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Host Bill Radke leads in-depth conversations about what matters today in Seattle and beyond.

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  • caption: The underside of adult sunflower sea stars, feeding on mussels. More than two dozen adult sunflower stars make up a breeding colony at the University of Washington’s Friday Harbor Laboratories on San Juan Island, where researchers are rearing sea stars in captivity in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy. The species was recently listed as critically endangered, the first such listing for any starfish species worldwide.

    May 6th | Hope springs eternal for the endangered sunflower sea star

    Researchers in the San Juan Islands have successfully matured a brood of captive sunflower sea stars, which became critically endangered after a 2013 plague killed 90 percent of the giant ocean creatures. Also, we discuss the need to combat racism and diversify outdoor recreation. Lastly, our weekly conversation with Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan.

  • caption: On May 4, 2021, Governor Jay Inslee announced a two-week pause on the state's reopening plan.

    May 4th | Governor Jay Inslee announces two-week pause on reopening plan

    Bill Radke speaks with Northwest News Network regional correspondent Tom Banse about Governor Jay Inslee’s announcement today that all Washington counties will stay for two weeks in their current phase under the state’s Covid reopening plan. University of Idaho sociology professor Ryanne Pilgeram talks with Bill Radke about her new book on rural gentrification. And we continue our series introducing voters to candidates in the Seattle mayor's race two candidates vying to be Seattle’s next mayor as part of our series introducing voters to the candidates, their top priorities and why they’re running.

  • caption: Seattle Children's Hospital is shown on Thursday, November 14, 2019, in Seattle.

    May 3rd | Local hospital sees a rise in mental health crises in kids

    When the pandemic hit, doctors at Seattle Children's Hospital saw more children coming in with mental health emergencies. Seattle Children's CEO Jeff Sperring tells Bill Radke that that's not going to end with the pandemic. Plus - author Michelle Zauner discuses her new book 'Crying in H Mart', and a dive into the new dinosaurs at Woodland Park Zoo.

  • caption: Cindy Hill wears a garbage bag and handkerchief while joining a nationwide protest demanding PPE for healthcare workers on Thursday, April 9, 2020, outside of Evergreen Health in Monroe.

    April 29th | A year later, what has the pandemic taught us about how to prepare for the next great emergency?

    The beginning of the pandemic was chaotic. Remember the empty shelves, the desert of PPE, and the competition for essential resources from state to state? With another big emergency inevitable -- whether a wildfire, earthquake, or pandemic -- we look at what needs to happen to avoid chaos. Plus, how an urban farm is bringing biodiversity and homegrown community health to Beacon Hill. And, we take your calls for our weekly conversation with Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan.

  • caption: Vials of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine are shown on Wednesday, December 23, 2020, at EvergreenHealth Medical Center in Kirkland.

    April 28 | Considering intellectual property waivers and global vaccine solutions

    As Covid-19 case numbers in India reach record high numbers, the Indian diaspora in Washington get updates over text messages from miles away. We hear from Meenakshi Rishi, a Seattle University Professor about her family in India and how the role of the US in next steps. Then, a criticism of Bill Gates, a major global health leader in vaccine production. Also, we learn some of the benefit of a cosmic connection to nature and walking barefoot. And, you've heard about Save the Whales... well how about Save the Parasites?

  • caption: Washington State Supreme Court Justice Raquel Montoya-Lewis

    April 27th | Racism in criminal courts, as seen by this WA Supreme Court justice

    Bill Radke talks with Washington Supreme Court Justice Raquel Montoya-Lewis about restorative justice, systemic racism in the criminal justice system and her involvement with Washington Native American tribes. We hear from two candidates vying to be Seattle’s next mayor as part of our series introducing voters to the candidates, their top priorities and why they’re running. And move over McMansions, here comes McModerns!

  • caption: In this Jan. 7, 2021, file photo, the Legislative Building is shown partially shrouded in fog at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Washington state's richest residents, including Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos, would pay a wealth tax on certain financial assets worth more than $1 billion under a proposed bill whose sponsor says she is seeking a fair and equitable tax code. Lawmakers are also considering a capital gains tax.

    April 26 | A historic session for the Washington legislature

    Bill Radke sits down with Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins to discuss what passed during this season in the Washington legislature. Plus, how Washington police policies can move from accountability to justice, and who should be on PCC's board of trustees.

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    April 22nd | A worldwide game of telephone, kicked off right here in Seattle

    A local Seattle artist plays a worldwide game of telephone, in which a passage about banyan trees is interpreted over 900 times into paintings, sculptures, music scores, and a range of art media. Plus, a look at how tele-medicine is helping diagnose and care for people with autism in rural Washington. And finally, our weekly conversation with Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan.

  • caption: 'To stop police violence, we must abolish the police,' reads chalk writing on a sidewalk at the intersection of 11th Avenue and East Pine Street on Tuesday, April 20, 2021, following the reading of the guilty verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd, in Seattle.

    April 21st | With Derek Chauvin convicted, The Record looks at George Floyd's impact on Seattle

    Derek Chauvin, who kneeled on the neck of George Floyd for more than nine minutes, causing his death, was found guilty on three counts of murder by a Minnesota jury yesterday. Floyd's murder spurred a national movement against police violence and brutality, including here in Seattle, where protestors marched for 11 straight days. For the full hour of today's show we speak with those who have covered the movement galvanized by Floyd's death and those overseeing police accountability and reform here in Washington State.

  • caption: Holding baby's hand

    April 20th | How hospital pandemic policies hurt perinatal care

    The health and safety rules that hospitals imposed during the pandemic had negative effects for maternity patients and clinical staff treating them, according to a recent University of Washington study. King County officials are closely monitoring the rise in new coronavirus infections and hospitalizations while rolling out at-home vaccinatins for people with medical conditions that prevent them from leaving the house to get vaccinated. Also, we hear from our education reporter about the return of middle and high school students to Seattle schools and the recent decision to scrap standardized testing in state schools until the fall.

  • caption: USS Johnston (DD-557) off Seattle or Tacoma, Washington, 27 October 1943.

    April 19th | What lies 21,180 feet under the sea

    The world's deepest shipwreck isn't 20,000 leagues under the sea. It's 21,180 feet below the ocean surface, at the bottom of the Philippine Sea. The World War Two Navy Destroyer called the USS Johnston sank in 1944. This month, ocean explores dove underwater to map it. Plus, why some healthcare workers are hesitant to get the vaccine, Washington's new mermaid museum, and the future plans of Top Chef contestant, and Seattle chef, Shota Nakajima.