How the Washington State legislative map turned as blue as the view from Olympic State Park.
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How the Washington State legislative map turned as blue as the view from Olympic State Park.

Midterm recap: Is Washington more progressive today than it was yesterday?

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A lot depends on who you ask. We talked district elections, ballot measures, and the tea leaves of turnout. Author Susan Orlean also made an appearance to chat about her new book.

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District 8 and more

Which way did Washington state independents go? What did that mean for races across the state? We asked strategists Randy Pepple and Cathy Allen (Republican and Democratic respectively), as well as Seattle Times columnist Melissa Santos.

State level recap of WA midterm

What happened in Olympia? Capital correspondents Austin Jenkins (KUOW) and Melissa Santos (Seattle Times) broke down the big state stories for us. And we spoke to a panel of reporters about the fate of the ballot initiatives: KUOW's Casey Martin, Amy Radil, and Ruby DeLuna, as well as the Seattle Times' Hal Bernton.

Susan Orlean, The Library Book

Author Susan Orlean's new book is about a massive fire in the LA library that somehow slipped under the radar. Do we just read more in Seattle? Or was there more to it?