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Mariah Carey throws it back for a classic - and now champion - Christmas song.

All we want for Christmas is sweet, sweet nostalgia

Anatomy of a great Christmas song. AI surveillance on a neighborhood street near you. As recently as the 1960s, America was no longer detaining unauthorized immigrants – what changed? And yet another car share program bites the dust.

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A Mariah Carey Christmas

25 years after its debut, Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You” has topped the Billboard charts – for the first time. To understand why everything old is new again (and why that song still slaps), Bill Radke sat down with Seattle musical treasures SassyBlack and DJ Abbie Gobeli.

AI neighborhood surveillance

Smart cameras are proliferating in Seattle as some neighborhoods begin to use artificial intelligence to watch their streets. Garret Langley is CEO of Flock Safety, which has been supplying cameras to Magnolia. Shankar Narayan, technology and liberty project director of the ACLU of Washington, has concerns.

César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández, Migrating to Prison

The number of people in US immigration detentions is at an all-time high. But the political rhetoric around refugees and the southern border can make it hard to remember that it wasn’t always like this. ICE is only 13 years old – and in fact, says immigration lawyer and legal scholar César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández, until pretty recently we weren’t detaining people at all. His new book is called Migrating to Prison: America's Obsession with Locking up Immigrants.

The demise of Seattle car sharing

ReachNow, Car2Go – all the undocked car-sharing services in Seattle have shuttered. What happened? Steve Banfield, former ReachNow CEO, said that car sharing IS successful… just not in America.