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Episode Date
This week the city taxeth and the city taketh away
This week, it was off with the head tax. The Seattle City Council voted to repeal the employee tax just weeks after unanimously voting to instate it. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Washington state tribes, forcing the state government to replace hundreds more culverts to save the salmon. And we found out this week the federal prison at SeaTac Airport is currently holding more than 170 women seeking asylum. Bill Radke makes sense of those stories and more of the week's news with Joni Balter, host of Civic Cocktail on the Seattle Channel, Mike McGinn, former mayor of Seattle, and Rob McKenna, former Washington state attorney general.
Jun 15, 2018
#NewsPoet: Talking to your kids after a school shooting
In the wake of school shootings like the one in Parkland, Florida this year, parents are asking: "How do I talk to my child about mass shootings?" KUOW helped answer that question with a story we did in March .
Jun 15, 2018
'It's like a war zone.' Why asylum seekers are desperate to reach the U.S.
Kim Malcolm talks with Beth Farmer about the experiences of asylum seekers who are coming to the United States from Central America. Farmer is director of Refugees Northwest .
Jun 15, 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
How James Baldwin schooled Robert F. Kennedy on race in America
Last week was the 50th anniversary of Robert F. Kennedy's assassination. Bobby Kennedy was remembered as a civil rights advocate, but it's more interesting than that.
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
The rise and fall of a Seattle megachurch through the eyes of an anthropologist
What happened during the creation and growth of Mars Hill Church made waves in Seattle and beyond. A charismatic minister, Mark Driscoll, preached in a daring, new way. He sought to make his ministry “culturally relevant,” bringing a hipster attitude to conservative theology. His methods drew people to the church in growing numbers.
Jun 14, 2018
You asked about the crisis of homelessness in Seattle. Here are some answers
There's a lot of money in Seattle these days. Companies like Amazon and Starbucks are based here, and construction has been booming. But our city has one of the biggest homelessness problems in the country. Our listeners are wondering about that disconnect. And they've been asking us questions about the issue.
Jun 14, 2018
Does Seattle have what it takes to host the 2026 World Cup?
Seattle can expect some tough questions in its bid to be one of 10 U.S. cities to host men's World Cup soccer games in 2026:
Jun 14, 2018
Rep. Reichert: Trump taking the 'wrong direction' on tariffs
Kim Malcolm talks with U.S. Rep Dave Reichert about why he's opposed to President Trump's tariffs on steel and aluminum. The tariffs affect imports from the European Union, Canada and Mexico.
Jun 13, 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
I dropped out of high school to help with rent. I still have big dreams
It's graduation season, and while many are donning their caps and gowns, others are taking a different path. Like me. I've spent the spring trying to learn how getting a GED may impact my future.
Jun 13, 2018
Don't panic, but property taxes are increasing about 15 percent this year
It's that time of year again when King County sends out property value assessments to homes and businesses.
Jun 13, 2018
Deeper harbor would bring world's biggest ships to Seattle
The world's biggest cargo ships, some a quarter-mile long, could be docking regularly near downtown Seattle before long. After four years' study, the Army Corps of Engineers has given the okay to digging deeper shipping channels around Harbor Island at the mouth of the Duwamish River.
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
Should states launch their own 'Obamacare'?
How about letting states offer their own universal health care plans? That’s the goal of a new bill that Seattle Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal unveiled this week.
Jun 12, 2018