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Bill Radke



Bill hosts The Record and Week In Review.

After starting with KUOW as a University of Washington student in 1985, Bill was KUOW's morning host in the '90s and the creator of the past show Rewind, a news-satire show heard on KUOW and nationwide on NPR.

Bill moved away to Southern California to host American Public Media's Weekend America and Marketplace Morning Report. He returned to KUOW in 2012.


  • caption: Cosmic crisp apples in Wenatchee.
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    June 16th | Finding lost apples brings Washingtonians together

    Turns out there are more new apples and you can help identify them. The introduction of the Malden Act could bring quicker relief to wildfire devastation in rural towns in Washington. Canadian author Jonny Sun joins us to talk about his latest work, "Goodbye, again!" And we continue our mayoral candidate conversations.

  • caption: Clem Watts, a 17-year-old junior at The Center School, receives a Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine, administered by Seattle Fire Captain Melissa Woolsey, right, on Tuesday, May 18, 2021, at Memorial Stadium in Seattle.
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    June 15th | Seattle’s pretty vaxxed – now what?

    Seattle has reached a 70% vaccination rate and Washington is getting ready to reopen. Virologist Angela Rasmussen answers questions about vaccine protection, variants, boosters, and what precautions to take as the region lifts restrictions. Plus, New York Times tech correspondent Karen Weise on conditions in an Amazon warehouse during the pandemic and Seattle Times reporter Joseph O’Sullivan on the limits of the governor’s veto powers.

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    June 14 | How one Washington man brought big tech to court

    Facebook says they aren't selling political ads in Washington because of our rigorous transparency law. But people like Zach Wurtz, whose job it is to track those ads, are saying otherwise. So he did what he could - he took Facebook to court. Small claims court. It didn't quite go to plan. Plus, two discussion on the role of Japanese Americans during World War Two. As prisoners, soldiers, and contentious objectors.

  • caption: A Great Blue Heron enjoys a meal on Friday, June 4, 2021, at the Ballard Locks in Seattle.
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    June 10 | Great blue herons have made their home at the Ballard Locks

    Every year blue herons make their nests along the water in Ballard. And every year the Heron Habitat Helpers are there to assist. Ross Reynolds spoke to two of those volunteer helpers last week - father daughter pair Mike and Linda Marsh about why they spend their time helping blue herons. Plus, why prison populations are decreasing, if college athletes will ever be paid in Washington, and a radioactive musical.

  • An actor's view of a theater from the stage
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    June 9th | The show must go on...line!

    Last summer, RadioActive journalist Jadenne Radoc Cabahug captured scenes of her neighbors stuck inside. Pictures of supportive signs, waves, and routines became a musical by students at The 5th Avenue Theatre. We talk about the inspiration for the musical and hear the entire showcase. Then, perhaps delusion can be a good thing. Shankar Vedantam shares how self-deception may boost your success and well-being. Also, we hear about what happened when a teacher in Spokane created a lesson plan around picking cotton. And, finding a psychiatric bed in Washington is a years old problem that has worsened in the pandemic. KUOW's Austin Jenkins tells a story about one man in southwest Washington.

  • caption: FILE: The block-long Black Lives Matter street mural, beginning at 10th Avenue and East Pine Street, is shown on Saturday, June 13, 2020, inside the area known as the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest, or CHOP, in Seattle.
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    June 8 | CHOP: reflecting on one year after the protests that changed Seattle

    A year ago protestors marched in cities around the U.S. in demonstrations against police violence following the murder of George Floyd by a police officer. Seattle area protesters converged around a few blocks on Capitol Hill that became known as the CHOP. This hour, we look back on the site and how it has a place in Seattle history. Guests include KUOW reporter Casey Martin, mural artist Angelina Villalobos, Washington State Representative Nicole Macri, Seattle Police Chief Adrian Diaz, and Attorney Sadé Smith.

  • caption: Kara Peters walks through the Seattle Public Central Library to her desk before starting her shift on Wednesday, January 22, 2020, in Seattle.
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    June 3rd | What are you reading right now?

    After a whole year of being closed to the public, Seattle Public Libraries is starting to re-open its branches. Bill Radke and interim chief librarian Tom Fay talk to listeners about what books they've reading, and what the . Plus, what's happening with hotel shelters and a q&a with Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan.