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'You can have a sweet voice, too' reads Washington's first Indigenous State Poet Laureate, Rena Priest

Rena Priest, Washington Poet Laureate
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New State Poet Laureate Rena Priest shares her poetry and aspirations for her tenure. Why Gonzaga is so darn good at basketball. An update on local recall movements. And our weekly conversation with Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan.

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Rena Priest, Washington State's new Poet Laureate

April 1 marks the beginning of National Poetry Month, and to celebrate Washington State announced Rena Priest as the new Poet Laureate. Priest is a Bellingham-based writer and member of the Lhaq’temish (Lummi) Nation. She spoke with Bill Radke about her poetry, solastalgia, and her aspirations for poetry in the North West.

Gonzaga made it to another final four. Are you surprised?

Perennially underrated, Gonzaga's men's basketball team has made it to another final four. Not only that, but they could be the first team in over four decades to pull off an undefeated season. But how did a small Jesuit college from Spokane become a basketball powerhouse? Bill Radke talks with Percy Allen, who covers the University of Washington and the Seattle Storm for the Seattle Times.

Recall petition against City Councilmember Kshama Sawant can move forward

The Washington State Supreme Court announced today that the recall petition for Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant can officially move forward. Backers now have 180 days to collect 10 thousand signatures from voters in Seattle's third district. Bill Radke gets an update from KUOW reporter David Hyde.

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan 4.1.21

Our weekly conversation with Mayor Durkan features your calls on homelessness and speed limits.

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