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  • caption: A 'Park Temporarily Closed' sign is shown as Seattle police and Parks and Recreation sweep unhoused people from Denny Park on Wednesday, March 3, 2021, in Seattle.

    March 3 | Denny Park sweep goes against pandemic guidance

    Does the Denny Park sweep go against Seattle's pandemic policy? We talk with KUOW reporter Casey Martin about the sweep and Dawn Whitson, an outreach care coordinator, tells us about the limited options. Also, now that teachers in Washington state can get the vaccine, when will they get back to schools? And we hear about a Colorado Public Radio podcast about struggling with addiction.

  • caption: Jourdan Keith.

    March 1st | 'When the blue bin rumbles' - Seattle's Civic Poet on finding poetry in a pandemic

    In her poem "Essential", Seattle Civic Poet Jourdan Keith writes: "In the dayless daze of quarantine, it is not the pale gray wisps in fuchsia sunsets that let me know the human world is okay. It is the morning, it is Tuesday, When the blue bin rumbles." Keith spoke to host Bill Radke about creating poetry during a pandemic. Plus, the struggle of Covid long-haulers, how the Puget Sound's public transit might change with the pandemic, and how Costco manages to keep their chickens so darn cheap.

  • caption: Communications Officer Halei Watkins wears a 'VOTE' necklace on Wednesday, October 28, 2020, at King County Elections in Renton.

    February 25th | Could ranked choice voting come to Washington?

    Some voters are frustrated they can only choose one candidate in a primary election -- could ranked choice voting help give voters more political choice? Speaking of elections, Republicans across Washington State are divided over the security of the state's election. Many Uch on becoming a U.S. citizen after more than two decades under the threat of deportation. And our weekly conversation with Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan.

  • caption: Chideya Wilson, a medical assistant at Carolyn Downs prepares to administer the first dose of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine for Laura Endres, a pharmacist at Country Doctor Community Health Center on Thursday, January 7, 2021, at a drive-thru vaccination clinic for healthcare workers in Renton.

    February | Immigrant doctors could help a Covid-19 health worker shortage

    Before 1988 immigrant doctors were able to get licensed, but after health bill eliminated that pathway. We talk about reconsidering that legislation in a pandemic. We hear the pro side of the the rank choice voting debate. A Seattle podcast wants to talk mental health and music, they're doling out music prescriptions! And we learn about how to find local artists from Cafe Racer Radio.

  • caption: Petty Officer 1st Class Wahkene Kitchenmaster, a member of the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star (WAGB 10) deck department, works in below freezing temperatures to remove ice from the ship’s hull while underway in the Chukchi Sea.

    February 22nd | 'It sounded like a car crash' - a journey to The Arctic and back

    In December a Coast Guard icebreaker headed from Seattle to the Arctic. Now they're back. Bill Radke spoke to Commanding Officer Captain Bill Woityra about the journey. Plus, a discussion on police training, how townhomes are bringing down housing prices, and a new project that helps teens voice what they're feeling.

  • caption: FILE: A student at the Denise Louie Education Center on Thursday, July 16, 2020, along Beacon Avenue South in Seattle.

    February 16th | As Some Schools Reopen, Questions Abound

    We launch a new, weekly education discussion to answer your questions about the debate over schools reopening. Also, love it or loathe it - a Harvard University professor helps us understand why we exercise. And King County Executive Dow Constantine answers listeners' calls.

  • caption: Second-grade student Nelly, second from left, watches a video about social distancing and other safety precautions along with her classmates on Thursday, January 21, 2021, as second-grade students returned to in-person learning at Somerset Elementary School in Bellevue.

    Are you ready for schools to reopen?

    Starting Tuesday, February 16, The Record is kicking off a weekly segment about school during the pandemic and we want to hear from you.