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caption: Marilyn Strickland is a former Tacoma Mayor and a former CEO of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. She was elected to Congress in November 2020, representing Washington's 10th Congressional District.
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Marilyn Strickland is a former Tacoma Mayor and a former CEO of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. She was elected to Congress in November 2020, representing Washington's 10th Congressional District.
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What the 2020 election means for the two Washingtons

We speak with two members of Washington’s delegation to the House of Representatives – both women of color – about how things will look in the political future. Also, a look at rural Washington’s reaction to this election, and a deep dive into the Saran-wrapped tree that concealed a giant secret murder hornet lair.

Individual segments are available in our podcast stream or at www.kuow.org/record.

Representative-elect Marilyn Strickland

Former Tacoma mayor Marilyn Strickland is making history as the first Black woman from the Pacific Northwest, and the first Korean-American ever, to join the United States Congress. Bill Radke spoke with her about the issues, and what it’s like to be part of the freshman class in a year like this.

Pramila Jayapal on representation and getting work done

Representative Pramila Jayapal will be returning to the House for her third term. She is the first Indian-American woman to serve in the House of Representatives, and was elected the same night that Kamala Harris became the first Indian-American to serve in the Senate. We spoke to her about that history in the making, and the advice she has as a member of the scrappier chamber for her former Senate colleagues.

Anna King on rural PNW voters

As the dust settles, how is the election feeling for rural voters in Washington and Oregon? KUOW’s Anna King returned to communities she’s been reporting on this cycle to see how folks are reacting.

Eradicating the murder hornet

Red and white frat party-ish coolers. Hazard suits from Amazon. Isolating a tree with Styrofoam and Saran wrap. The operation to track and eradicate murder hornets in the Pacific Northwest was surprisingly DIY, as Washington Department of Agriculture public engagements specialist Karla Salp shares.