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Is America one of those relationships that looks great from the outside, but then divorces in unexpected acrimony?

The disunited states of America

How solid is our confederation, really? This week’s chat with the King County Executive. And a look at COVID risk assessment.

Individual segments are available in our podcast stream or at www.kuow.org/record.

Richard Kreitner, Break It Up

Among the most cherished mottos of the American experiment is E pluribus unum – from many, one. But what if that’s not true? Richard Kreitner is the author of the book Break It Up: Secession, Division and The Secret History of America’s Imperfect Union.

King County Executive Dow Constantine 9.8

This week with King County Executive Dow Constantine, we discuss the smoke situation and other challenges facing the county.

COVID risk assessment

And: how at risk do you think you are for COVID-19? Has it changed over the course of the pandemic? University of Washington risk assessment researcher Ann Bostrom says our calculations may not be fully accurate – but there are ways to mitigate the danger of your optimism bias.