The Record

By Bill Radke

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The Record brings listeners the analysts and newsmakers who can best tell the story as it’s developing around the Puget Sound region and beyond. Produced by KUOW, Seattle’s public radio station.

Episode Date
What's your playlist for the hazy, lazy, crazy days of summer?
In honor of the summer solstice, we asked listeners about their favorite summer songs. You came through with the nostalgic, the playful, and some truly excellent 80s throwbacks.
Jun 22, 2018
How this Czech daredevil raced to freedom
"In America, freedom is like air," said Czech daredevil Mira Slovak. That air was his element - he used it for work, for play, and to make his escape across the Iron Curtain to freedom.
Jun 22, 2018
Welcome to summer! What's on your playlist?
Today is the longest day of the year: the summer solstice. And although it won't be truly summer in Seattle for a few weeks, it's never too early to get started on your list of lazy day jams. We spoke to music writer Charles R. Cross, checked in with our producers, and heard from many of you with your favorites. (Host Ross Reynolds had an extended dance break to Katy Perry.) One point of consensus? Some of the best summer songs are all about the open road.
Jun 22, 2018
Washington sues 'rogue and chaotic administration' over family separations
Governor Jay Inslee announced that Washington state is suing the Trump Administration over the family separation policy. Ross Reynolds asked him what that means, when the policy seems to be changing daily. "We have demonstrated time and time again that this rogue and chaotic administration needs to have the semblance of order and fairness and equity that is given to us by the protection of the judicial system," said Governor Inslee, referring to the state's other lawsuits.
Jun 21, 2018
600 Methodists bring religious charges against Jeff Sessions over family separations
Trump administration officials recently retreated on a policy to separate families at the border. Some have blamed past administrations for the stories of chaotic separations and traumatized children; others have pointed to Congress. And then one official claimed divine authority on the matter.
Jun 21, 2018
Rep. Derek Kilmer on the Democrats' bill to stop family separations
Bill Radke talks to Congressman Derek Kilmer about the bills up for vote in the House this week, and the new bill introduced by Democrats to address the problem of separating migrant children from their families at the border. We also talk with Domenico Montanaro, NPR lead political editor, about the likelihood that any of these bills pass.
Jun 20, 2018
Separations at the border meet rifts within a church
The Trump administration's policy of separating families at the country's southern border has caused consternation, outrage, and attempts to remedy the harm. Congressman Derek Kilmer, a United States Representative for Tacoma, Kitsap, and the Olympic peninsula, spoke with Bill Radke about what he calls "a question of what kind of country we are." They were joined by NPR lead political editor Domenico Montanaro.
Jun 20, 2018
Tech companies come under fire for controversial government contracts
Bill Radke talks to Geekwire's Todd Bishop about three tech giants that have faced controversy over their contracts with law enforcement and government: Amazon, Microsoft, and Google.
Jun 19, 2018
King County Executive Dow Constantine believes we can get by without a head tax
How will King County work on homelessness and home prices without money from Seattle's head tax? King County Executive Dow Constantine discusses his plans for that — and why he wants to spend more public money on the Mariners.
Jun 19, 2018
Seattle's Mayor on what the city will do next without the head tax
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan negotiated a comparmised head tax on big businesses in Seattle, but now the tax has been repealed. So how will the city pay for affordable housing and homeless services now? Cartoonist Ellen Forney was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in the late 1990s. She says back then there wasn't much information available, just a lot of stigma. It's an experince she documents in her memoir Marbles. Now she's out with a new book called "Rock Stead: Brilliant Advice From My Bipolar Life." And we review the weekend with writer and Seattle City Council Insight editor Kevin Schofield and reporter for Bloomberg Businessweek Karen Weise.
Jun 19, 2018
Weekend recap: Should you feel bad about going whale watching?
Bill Radke talks with our panel about the declining number of orcas in Puget Sound and if we should stop whale watching. We also look at the New York Times investigation into pregnancy discrimination , and why the World Health Organization has added " gaming disorder " to its disease classifications.
Jun 18, 2018
How to teach kids the art of self-control
Bill Radke talks with author Katherine Reynolds Lewis about her new book, " The Good News About Bad Behavior: Why Kids Are Less Disciplined Than Ever — And What to Do About It ."
Jun 14, 2018
Seattle’s fallen ‘head tax’ may still be a thing — in California
The Seattle City Council brought the short-lived "head tax" into the world last month — and last Tuesday, the council proved that it could take it out too.
Jun 14, 2018
Is there good news about your parental anxiety?
The fall of the house of head tax in Seattle might cast a shadow all the way to California. Mountain View is considering a head tax on its own tech behemoth, Google/the Alphabet Company. MarketWatch’s Jeremy Owens explains the fight.
Jun 14, 2018
Slowly, soccer is winning Americans over
Bill Radke talks to Roger Bennett, co-host of the NBC Sports show "Men In Blazers" about the rise of soccer's popularity in the U.S. and the 2018 World Cup without the U.S. Men's National team.
Jun 13, 2018
Business owners won the head tax fight. Now, do they have a plan to fund housing?
Yesterday, the city council voted 7-2 to repeal its freshly passed head tax. Glenn Kellman of Redfin and Saul Spady of Cre8ive Empowerment opposed the tax. We ask: What’s their plan now that the levy’s dried up?
Jun 13, 2018
Should Seattle's Christian churches get into politics?
Did you know that Seattle has the second most places of worship per capita in the nation? We are also the second most religiously unaffiliated city in America. Basically, Seattle has a lot of empty churches. And after June 24th, there will be one more empty church. That will be the last day of service for the Capitol Hill Presbyterian church. Bill Radke speaks with Seattle Pacific University Professor Jeff Kuess, Reverend Eliana Maxim with the Seattle Presbytery, and Pastor Tyler Gorsline from A Seattle Church about Christian churches in Seattle and what their future looks like in the city.
Jun 13, 2018
Seattle businesses disagree on what comes next, after head tax repeal
Bill Radke talks to two businesses that opposed the head tax about what solutions they're hoping to see, now that the head tax has been repealed. What do Seattle businesses need to do now? What's their responsibility?
Jun 13, 2018
Seattle: Do you dress like you're going to have a 'hiking emergency'?
Here we are in balmy June-uary, still clad in waterproof — and arguably unstylish — garb. With our tendency to dress like a "hiking emergency" could break out at any moment (as one listener put it): Is Seattle a fashionable city? Wellll... it depends on how you define fashionable, said our panel. But Seattle does have something special that's all its own.
Jun 12, 2018
Alas, poor head tax: we hardly knew thee
It might be time to raise the parting glass to Seattle's head tax, which passed last month in a contentious (yet unanimous) city council vote. Amid a mounting, well-funded repeal campaign, the council is meeting to consider repealing the tax itself. Why the about face? And how will the city fund homeless services now?
Jun 12, 2018