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The upside of climate change? And bringing teen mental health out of the shadows
Feb 21 • 49 min
The upside of climate change? And bringing teen mental health out of the shadows
From the bench to the hot seat
Feb 20 • 51 min
We put our questions (and some of your own) to two King County Judges. How long is this state of emergency likely to stand? How might compassion be harming the response to the city’s homelessness problem. And: what do you imagine about the Seattles that…
What killed grunge?
Feb 20 • 17 min
Seattle was the capital of grunge… until grunge was no longer a thing. So what happened?
Waking up from the American Dream
Feb 19 • 51 min
How the top institutions in America are “committing malpractice” by fostering a toxic version of success. Amazon’s tax bill is in – prepare to get mad. We hear about the criminalization of homelessness and of proposed changes to Title IX.
Amazon and New York are splitting up. Who dumped who?
Feb 14 • 51 min
HQ2.5 tanks when the thrill of the chase wears off. Sheriffs take the law into their own hands, and reach different conclusions. When did our reign as the king of grunge come to an end? And we look at school safety a year after Parkland.
The snowy quest for a damn good cup of coffee
Feb 13 • 51 min
Taxes, grocery store community, public land expansion, rehab monitoring, and a tale of two snow emergencies.
What to cook with your limited snow day pantry
Feb 12 • 51 min
Bill Radke talks to Thierry Rautureau, owner of Luc Bistro and Loulay Kitchen and Bar, about what listeners can cook with the ingredients they still have. We also dig into the “Green New Deal” and hear what John Kim, the “Angry Therapist” thinks about…
The never-ending snow day: cozy at home, or cooped up inside?
Feb 11 • 51 min
Snow day posts are starting to drag. Are you still making snow angels? Still stuck inside? Let’s check in.
State lawmakers reluctantly let the sunshine in
Feb 7 • 51 min
Last year, lawmakers were forced to put their conversations back on the books. How’s the new tunnel working out? Icy conditions may have contributed to a tragic accident on UW campus, and an artist reckons with her own mother’s untimely death. Lastly, we…
Who says there’s no innovation in death?
Feb 6 • 51 min
And this death-related practice would give new meaning to the idea of a water burial. Are people, tired of the extremes of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump, really ready for a move to the political center? Rosie the Jetsons robot may soon deliver your…
Snow day getting old?
Feb 5 • 49 min
Yesterday: a winter wonderland! Today: the grubby, icy aftermath. There’s a big unresolved disagreement on how to fund Seattle schools, and a now-vindicated argument about the viaduct. Also - got milk?
It’s snowing outside. Do you know where your bus is?
Feb 4 • 50 min
Host Ross Reynolds demands transit answers. Federal Way Public Schools pull a school shooting training video, and we help launch the new season of KUOW’s Prime(d). Lastly, we remember storied Seattle crime reporter Rick Anderson.
How do we define rape? And should that change?
Jan 31 • 49 min
Current legislation would force courts to reckon with how to determine consent. Seattle’s loss of the Reign is Tacoma’s gain. We speak to one of Washington’s faithless electors, and get to the bottom of the city’s problem with potholes.
The fight against measles, in the hospital and in Olympia
Jan 30 • 50 min
Governor Inslee has declared a state of emergency over a measles outbreak: this is what people are doing on the legislative and public health fronts to stop it. Washington parents have limited discretion over mental health care for their teens – should…
January 29th | ‘I just wanted to be somebody,’ says Henry Winkler (who will make you cry)
Jan 29 • 50 min
In addition to being the Fonz and so much else, Winkler is the author of a young adult series about a boy very much like him. The Gates Foundation just cut their generous parental leave policy in half. What will that mean for new parents? And is…
‘Criminals sleep in’: the crime-fighting case for Daylight Savings Time
Jan 28 • 50 min
How pushing back the golden hour might boost public safety. Also, what can we learn from his Starbucks background now that Howard Schultz has announced for president? We learn about the ransomware attack on the city of Sammamish, and how right-handedness…
Don’t put a LID on it, say some downtown residents
Jan 24 • 51 min
Why some condo owners feel a waterfront improvement levy is taxation without real representation. Speaking of money: who’s profiting from college athletes, and should that include the athletes themselves? One way to end the shutdown fight might be to…
What Bob Ferguson does when he’s not suing Donald Trump
Jan 23 • 52 min
What’s the AG up to in his copious spare time? Mayor Durkan once again desires a streetcar, and Jay Inslee expands his presidential flirtation to New Hampshire. Lastly, anything can be fodder for comedy – including struggles with weight, mental health,…
Keep the faith – or else, says Washington state
Jan 22 • 50 min
2016’s faithless electors are fighting their fines in court. Two state senators debate mental healthcare reform, and a Seattle librarian is tackling the problem of fake news. Lastly: in the smackdown for state clam, who will reign supreme?
What good is winning the climate battle if you lose the electoral war?
Jan 17 • 49 min
Two researchers argue that before politicians can enact ambitious climate reforms – first they have to win. Microsoft wades into the moneylending game, in support of affordable housing. And, has America messed up motherhood? If so, how can we fix it?
“Four raisins in a rice bowl” no more
Jan 16 • 50 min
Fifty years of immigration has built a complex – and at times complicated – community in the region. Following the governor’s State of the State address, Republican lawmakers wonder how Inslee will pay for his proposed reforms. And… have you ever thrown…
The state of the state, from the legislature to the governor’s mansion
Jan 15 • 58 min
Governor Inslee gives the State of the State address; King County Exec Dow Constantine replies. And we also hear more about the upcoming legislative session.
How to improve your life by… limiting choice?
Jan 14 • 50 min
Contrary to what Starbucks and Tinder would have you believe, innumerable choices might just be making you miserable. Now that the viaduct’s gone, what will you see in its place? What really goes on after you send your (improperly sorted) recycling to the…
Eat at your own risk
Jan 10 • 50 min
Sooo, the FDA isn’t inspecting your food at the moment – easy on the salads? Farther from home, what are some ways to stay safe while you travel? We look inside the world of elite youth sports. And: Sephora wants to sell you $24 Kush Mascara. What a time…
Is it dangerous to keep national parks open during the shutdown?
Jan 9 • 50 min
The nation’s parks are open for business, but largely unstaffed. Congestion pricing might make it harder to get into Seattle, and you might be able to relieve your own congestion with bionic plants in the home. Plus, the story of how Sub Pop put Seattle…
Governor Inslee talks health care and his tax plan
Jan 8 • 50 min
We ask the governor about his proposal for a public option for health insurance. What would that mean for you? And does social media have to be toxic, or is there a better way?
Survival of the fittest? Try survival of the sneakiest.
Jan 7 • 49 min
It turns out all those fables might have been right after all: the witty animal is often the one that prospers. Also: how do you feel about further automating your grocery shopping? A Washington state senator wants to legalize corpse composting, and…
Are youth sports leaving too many kids out?
Jan 3 • 51 min
Tom Farrey, executive director at the Aspen Institute and Julie McCleery from the University of Washington Center for Leadership in Athletics talk about the big business of youth sports. We also examine what to watch for from special counsel Robert…
How accurate is your at-home DNA test kit?
Jan 2 • 50 min
Dr. Fuki Hisama medical director of the UW Medicine Genetic Medicine Clinic tells us why you shouldn’t necessarily trust your results. We also talk about why adults with developmental disabilities are being sheltered at the hospital, and we hear about how…
The Record’s producers share their favorite segments of 2018
Dec 31, 2018 • 54 min
We made around 200 shows for you in 2018. These were the segments that producers Amina Al-Sadi, Alison Bruzek, and Adwoa Gyimah-Brempong found most memorable.
What’s your anthem of the year?
Dec 27, 2018 • 50 min
Emotional and inspirational, we hear about your personal anthem of the year. We also take a look at the new Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan, and his time at Boeing and the University of Washington. Plus, a conversation with historians Paul…
Traffic, Tacoma, and tsunamis: SoundQs takes over The Record
Dec 26, 2018 • 48 min
We get sooo many listener questions that it’s just not possible to fit every one in a SoundQs episode. So the podcast team ousted Bill Radke and took over The Record’s airtime spot.
Need a books guide for the holidays? We got you.
Dec 20, 2018 • 40 min
December 20th | Need a books guide for the holidays? We got you.
Is this the worst job in Seattle?
Dec 19, 2018 • 34 min
A warm welcome to the new head of SDOT. We find out more about the skinhead group behind a Lynnwood attack, plus an update on the private surveillance coming to a public space near you.
Don’t block the box!
Dec 18, 2018 • 51 min
The City of Seattle is unamused by your habit of blocking intersections – and they want to fine you for it. A new charge of sexual harassment is the first test of the State Senate’s respectful workplace procedures. An author writes her way through the…
This author wants to make you a beaver believer
Dec 17, 2018 • 50 min
Beavers: they’re just like us! (Only more effective.) Is the Affordable Care Act on its way out? Brightly colored edibles might be, in an effort to make it less attractive to kids. And further holiday film controversy: is Diehard a Christmas movie?
December 13th | Who gets to live in Seattle?
Dec 13, 2018 • 51 min
Randy Shaw, Director of the Tenderloin Housing Clinic in San Francisco, says single-family homeowners are at least partially to blame for an increasingly unaffordable city. Also, poet and educator Quenton Baker gives us a preview of his first installation…
Runaway robots
Dec 12, 2018 • 50 min
Do we still have control of our technology? A new initiative attempts to take greater control of our health. How will Jay Inslee’s proposal for mental health services help those in need? What can New York learn about Amazon from us? And in a week and a…
Hey, Seattle: Bill Gates wants you to push the clouds away
Dec 11, 2018 • 42 min
Will 10 minutes of daily meditation change your life? We talk you through Jay Inslee’s climate proposals, and through the drama at today’s White House meeting over border wall funding. The XFL is coming to town, and some local schools are not getting…
When voter fraud comes to call
Dec 10, 2018 • 50 min
The voter fraud in North Carolina came not at the ballot box, but at the front door. As a vote by mail state, are we vulnerable too? When is online harassment free speech, and when does it cross the line? Is there a way to connect our young people with…
Signs of transformation in Seattle’s south end
Dec 6, 2018 • 50 min
Rainier Beach is gentrifying faster than you can paint a house grey and move in with your dog. What are the solutions? Speaking of which, could solutions journalism help restore America’s trust in the media? And a performance artist’s work stays sharp…
When temperatures drop, what happens if you can’t go indoors?
Dec 5, 2018 • 51 min
The options available to our neighbors living without shelter. Also, Seattle is getting a hockey team – which means it needs a hockey rival. What are the stories you haven’t heard about abortion? And what have you heard about the changing culture of…
Mariners, deconstructed
Dec 4, 2018 • 50 min
NHL Hockey will come to Seattle in 2021. The Mariners will make the playoffs in approximately 2041. What’s good in baseball? Also, the viaduct will be falling before the new waterfront tunnel opens – so you’ll be getting to work at the same time the…
Where you gonna run to – when Seattle runs out of water?
Dec 3, 2018 • 50 min
All on that day. A newly released report says that after a big earthquake, the city could be dehydrated for up to two months. At this point, we’ve all sent work-related emails from a private account: why is it still such a big political story? The…
O Tannenbaum: is there a war on Christmas trees?
Nov 29, 2018 • 50 min
Christmas tree season is upon us: where are you on the real v. fake divide? Also, how do you feel about your medical devices spying on you? Frank Chopp is stepping down as House Speaker, and one man shares the practices that helped him survive death row.
This Seattle bus driver decided to be extra nice to his passengers. Here’s how it went
Nov 29, 2018 • 17 min
He wanted to test a theory from his childhood: If you’re nice to people, will they be kind in return?
Seattle’s first anniversary with Mayor Durkan
Nov 28, 2018 • 51 min
Mayor Jenny Durkan has been on the job for a year. What’s changed? And speaking of changing times, Microsoft is aging in reverse – into America’s most valuable company again. Gene editing is on the rise: has it just crossed an ethical line?
The search for life on Mars, by way of Redmond
Nov 27, 2018 • 51 min
What role did Puget Sound play in getting a robot to Mars? And what’s behind the actions – and coverage – of an American missionary killed in the Bay of Bengal? House prices in Seattle are falling fast, and Ralph Munro remembers when our view of marine…
When climate change arrives on your doorstep
Nov 26, 2018 • 53 min
There’s a new climate change report in town. What will it mean for the Pacific Northwest? A Russian asylum seeker died this weekend in Tacoma – what happened? We speak to the city’s happiest bus driver, and explore why leopard print has never gone out of…
This is why we’re so aroused by leopard print
Nov 26, 2018 • 11 min
A leopard can’t change its spots, but it’s so glamorous, so why would it even try?