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Russell Wilson is missing a Seahawks game for the first time in his career. The Kraken hit the ice for the first time. And Halloween is just around the corner. Kraken costume, anyone?Guests: Terry Hollimon and Marcus Trufant, co-hosts of The Barbershop podcast
Blue Origin launches another rocket today, but it comes as the company is being accused of a toxic workplace environment. Employees report widespread sexism and sexual harassment at the Kent-based company, and an "authoritarian bro culture" that puts competition over safety.Guest: Laura Seward Forczyk, space scientist and analyst
It's fall, but you wouldn't exactly know it from looking out the window. The trees that usually signal the changing season with a blaze of color aren't popping like they usually do. And that's partly because this past summer was anything but normal.First there was a record-breaking heat wave right as summer kicked off, and it hardly rained all summer. It took a toll, not just on us, but our trees. Raymond Larson is the curator of living collections at the University of Washington Botanic Gardens. He led Seattle Now through the Washington Park Arboretum where you can see climate change's impact not just on fall foliage, but on the overall health of our trees.
The Mariners are out of time. Seattle police are taking their time getting vaccinated. And a lone beluga whale is getting some ‘me time' in Puget Sound. At least we hope that's what he's doing.Guests: Chase Burns, editor of The Stranger and Andrew Walsh, co-host of the Too Beautiful To Live podcast
Sound Transit unveiled Northgate Station last weekend, the new northernmost stop on our growing light rail system. And the train is not only changing the way people get around, but what each community looks like around each stop.Guest: KUOW reporter Joshua McNichols
A massive hack of a Sammamish-based web hosting company has revealed the personal information of some of the people behind right-wing extremist groups like QAnon and Proud Boys. We'll find out what researchers and reporters are hoping to learn from all that information.
What a weekend for baseball in this town. Mariners fans didn't get the outcome they were hoping for, but still there's reason to think the team might be turning a corner on one of baseball's longest dry spells.Following us on Instagram? We're @seattlenowpod
UW students are back on campus. Light rail is about to hit Northgate. And the Mariners are this close to believing themselves into the playoffs. We're wrapping up another week in Seattle with KEXP's Eva Walker and UW's Douglas Ishii.Don't wait until Monday for more Seattle Now.... follow us on Instagram! We're @seattlenowpod
If you've taken a state ferry lately, there's a good chance you were waiting a while. Delays and cancellations have frustrated passengers all summer. KUOW's Noel Gasca tells us what's been slowing down the boats, and how a new high school is trying to help keep things running.
You've seen Ryan Henry Ward's murals around town: A walrus riding a bike. A sasquatch hugging a salmon. A salmon drinking coffee. There's lots of whimsy and joy in Henry's work, and as KUOW's Anna Boiko-Weyrauch explains, he worked hard to find it.
If nothing else, this pandemic has given us a spotlight on some of society's biggest problems. Today, a conversation about how we can be part of the solution, with South Seattle Emerald publisher Marcus Harrison Green. He writes about the power of turning inward for answers to some of our most complex challenges in his new book, Readying to Rise.
Washington hangs up its hotline for reporting HOV lane cheats. Seattle drivers are honking more. And it's officially fall, so get your daylight while you still can.Guests: Jeannie Yandel and Eula Scott Bynoe, co-hosts of the Battle Tactics for Your Sexist Workplace podcast
Seattle's next mayor will have to decide how and when the city unwinds its pandemic evictions ban, because Mayor Durkan just extended it to January. How does this end? And where is the money that's supposed to be helping people out? Seattle Times real estate reporter Heidi Groover explains.Follow us on Instagram for even more Seattle Now! We're @seattlenowpod.
It's spider season here in the Pacific Northwest. Well, actually for just two types of spiders, but these are ones you're most likely to notice. Burke Museum curator of arachnids Rod Crawford shares what we need to know about the giant house spider and European orb weaver.To find out more about common spider myths, visit Rod's spider myths page.
After a dusty, dry summer, Seattleites are in for more rain in one weekend than we got in three months. Microsoft learns remote work means longer workdays. And Macklemore moves from the thrift shop to the pro shop.Guests: Lex Vaughn, editor-in-chief of The Needling and Zaki Hamid, director of community engagement at KUOW
While the pandemic is still raging, there's a local effort to ensure we never forget the imprint it has left on our lives.The Washington State History Museum is collecting artifacts (both tangible and digital) to commemorate how Washingtonians have experienced Covid.Head curator of the Washington State History Museum Margaret Wetherbee talks about the items they've collected so far and why it's important to document the pandemic while it's still happening.While it's too premature to have a comprehensive exhibit of the pandemic, you can see the first public aspect of the project at the Washington State History Museum where UW Public Health students collected artifacts and oral histories.If you want to donate an item to Washington State History Museum's collection, you can write Margaret Wetherbee at email@example.com
The clock is ticking for thousands of state workers facing Governor Inslee's order to get vaccinated. But now almost a hundred have signed on to a lawsuit to avoid the jab and keep their jobs. KUOW's Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins explains.
Vaccines are keeping people from getting seriously ill, but there's still a lot of covid out there and even a mild case can be pretty brutal. So how do you size up the risk if you're fully vaccinated? NPR science reporter and editor Will Stone tells what he learned after getting surprised by covid last month.
All that time spent inside thanks to the pandemic fueled a booming market for indoor plants. Paige Browning gives us a look inside the growing hobby-slash-obsession that has some Seattleites caring for hundreds of specimens.Is this you we're talking about? Follow us on Instagram @seattlenowpod and share your plant pics with us.
Afghan refugees are headed to Washington, and some Seattle-area Vietnamese Americans who see parallels to their own stories are determined to help them. We hear from Thanh Tan and Jefferey Vu, co-founders of a local refugee aid effort called Viets4Afghans.Visit https://viets4afghans.org to find out how you can get involved.
School is back in session. It's a bit exciting, a bit scary, and a lot weird. Today we go inside the first day of school at Mount View Elementary School in White Center to see what pandemic school looks like in action.Check out our Instagram to see first day of school photos - we're at SeattleNowPod.
Happy Labor Day! It's the last kick of summer, and many folks are out enjoying the natural beauty of our region - including all our waterways. That got the Seattle Now team thinking about extreme swimming, like the mile-deep dives of the sperm whale. Our colleagues on The Wild dug into the science of how these whales go so deep into the ocean, so we're sharing that episode today. See and hear more from The Wild at TheWildPod.org, or subscribe in your favorite podcast app.
It was a packed week, especially for students and families around the city. We get into that, plus how a fried chicken restaurant is supporting other local businesses, with KUOW's Jeannie Yandel and Mentor Washington's James Miles.See photos of James, Jeannie and their kiddos on our Instagram - we're at SeattleNowPod
There's one ballot measure that's been driving a lot of the talk around Seattle's elections this year: Compassion Seattle. And there are some recent twists in the conversation. To find out the latest, KUOW's Paige Browning spoke to Seattle Times staff reporter Scott Greenstone, who covers homelessness.
Many students will be stepping into their classrooms tomorrow for the first time since before the pandemic. But what will school look like given skyrocketing cases, no vaccines for kids under 12 and a bevy of rules around masks and distancing? We break it all down with KUOW reporter Kate Walters.Follow all KUOW's back-to-school coverage on kuow.org, and keep an eye open for more back to school episodes in your feed soon.Eilis O'Neal and Noel Gasca contributed reporting to this episode.
Drag performances are all about interacting with the audience, putting on a show and trying new things. This summer, many drag queens returned to the stage for the first time since the pandemic started... but Delta is changing the equation.Guest: Ian Hill, a.k.a. Drag Queen Irene DuboisCheck out Ian's drag on Instagram at QueenIreneDuboisAnd while you're there, be sure to follow the show - we're at SeattleNowPod
Summer is crawling to a close, and it was a weird week in the city. The baby on Nirvana's Nevermind album is suing the band - King County hit 70% initial vaccination in every age and racial group - and just how hard was it to date during this pandemic summer?We break it all down with South Seattle Emerald Founder and Publisher Marcus Green and KUOW Community Engagement Producer Kristin Leong.
Vaccines have made it a lot safer to be physically close to people again. But that's opening all sorts of conversations about people's comfort level with physical touch. Do you go in for a hug, or keep your distance?Guest: Nicole McNichols, UW psychology professor studying human sexualityFollow Nicole on Instagram at Nicole_TheSexProfessorFollow Seattle Now on Instagram at SeattleNowPod
We all got to know our neighborhoods a LOT better during quarantine, but Susanna Ryan went above and beyond. She runs the Seattle Walk Report Instagram account, and has a new book about the hidden history of objects on the city's streets — Secret Seattle.Check out Seattle Walk Report on Instagram at SeattleWalkReportAnd while you're there, follow the show! We're at SeattleNowPod
We all see the news stories and experience the smoke of wildfires up and down the West coast. But what does it actually take to stop one of those blazes? Today we find out.See photos of the homes John and Kelly protected on our Instagram - we're at SeattleNowPod
We're heading towards the second heat wave of the summer, and smoke from West Coast wildfires is finally arriving. Today, we revisit a conversation about how wildfires and climate change are impacting summer, and our relationship with this place.Guest: Emma Maris, environmental writer
Sleepovers, playdates, water parks, even school. These were all things kids couldn't wait to get back to as vaccination rates went up and cases went down. But with new covid variants circulating, some families are wondering when to press pause on the activities.Guest: Dr. Elizabeth Meade, pediatric hospital medicine physician at Swedish
Looking for some peace and quiet away from city life? From our friends at KUOW's The Wild, we'll meet a Washingtonian who's made it his life's mission to preserve the sounds of nature. We also want to hear from you - we're looking for stories about travel disasters this summer. Call us and leave a voicemail: 206-616-6746.