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Programming Announcement

KUOW and The Record team are excited to kick off a large-scale initiative to expand and innovate our local content offerings, including the development of a new project led by Bill Radke, new local podcast pilots, and a reimagining of our flagship local news show The Record with a new format and a new host this fall. The Record will be going on hiatus as the team develops new approaches, starting June 28. Learn more here.


  • caption: After waiting in line for an antigen test, Seattle Public Schools students put their test on a paper plate and waited 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, they or their parents uploaded the result online using a QR code.

    So you got Covid. Now what?

    King County is seeing record breaking Covid infection numbers. There's a good chance you, or someone you know, will get Covid. So if that happens, what should you do?

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    June 24th | Fantastic fossils and where to find them

    The fossil trade is booming right now -- but what do you need to know before you go digging in your backyard? Plus, a primer on summer eats and current pandemic restaurant etiquette. We get an update on wildfire season and what the state is doing for prevention. And, a preview with On Point before The Record goes on summer break.

  • caption: Kids play at the Seattle Center's International Fountain on a hot day in July last summer.

    June 22 | Summer’s here – let’s talk music, food and books.

    Musician and KEXP radio host Eva Walker joins Café Racer owner Jeff Ramsey to talk about what they’re listening to and what might be on playlists this summer. And Jack Timmons, owner of Jack’s BBQ, gives tips and tricks for the grill. You’ll also hear from Tracy Taylor of Elliott Bay Books on how independent bookstores managed the pandemic along with some titles for summer reading.

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    June 21 | 'We have to forgive' - the story of one person left behind

    The Biden administration is gradually reuniting families separated at the Mexico border under President Trump. For author Judy Temes, the scene feels familiar. She tells Bill Radke about that, and her new memoir "Girl Left Behind." Plus, how the pandemic has shaped one college student's career plans, and the trials and triumphs of pandemic dating.

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    June 17th | What defines a family?

    The way we define "family" has always changed. It's not as simple as blood relatives or extended legal family. But in Washington, getting legal recognition of your "chosen family" -- those who aren't related to us in a traditional sense, but are as close to family as anything else -- is still impossible. Plus, we talk summer solstice activities and host another conversation with Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan.

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    June 16th | Finding lost apples brings Washingtonians together

    Turns out there are more new apples and you can help identify them. The introduction of the Malden Act could bring quicker relief to wildfire devastation in rural towns in Washington. Canadian author Jonny Sun joins us to talk about his latest work, "Goodbye, again!" And we continue our mayoral candidate conversations.

  • caption: Clem Watts, a 17-year-old junior at The Center School, receives a Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine, administered by Seattle Fire Captain Melissa Woolsey, right, on Tuesday, May 18, 2021, at Memorial Stadium in Seattle.

    June 15th | Seattle’s pretty vaxxed – now what?

    Seattle has reached a 70% vaccination rate and Washington is getting ready to reopen. Virologist Angela Rasmussen answers questions about vaccine protection, variants, boosters, and what precautions to take as the region lifts restrictions. Plus, New York Times tech correspondent Karen Weise on conditions in an Amazon warehouse during the pandemic and Seattle Times reporter Joseph O’Sullivan on the limits of the governor’s veto powers.

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    June 14 | How one Washington man brought big tech to court

    Facebook says they aren't selling political ads in Washington because of our rigorous transparency law. But people like Zach Wurtz, whose job it is to track those ads, are saying otherwise. So he did what he could - he took Facebook to court. Small claims court. It didn't quite go to plan. Plus, two discussion on the role of Japanese Americans during World War Two. As prisoners, soldiers, and contentious objectors.