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Local news explained. Get up to speed on the stories shaping Seattle, every morning at 6 a.m. Hosted by Patricia Murphy and produced by KUOW, Seattle's NPR station.

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    Casual Friday: 'Spiderman is cool, too!'

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 14:40

    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

    The Kraken have arrived

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 12:03

    The moment has arrived for hardcore hockey fans and hockey-curious Seattleites. We've released the Kraken.Guest: Greg Wyshynski, senior NHL writer for ESPN and cohost of the Puck Soup podcast

    Kent, we have a problem

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 12:12

    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

    Change is coming to the city attorney's office

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 12:17

    It's a choice between two very different candidates for Seattle's next city attorney, and a referendum on which way we're heading when it comes to policing and public safety. KUOW's Amy Radil explains.

    Our trees are stressed

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2021 14:07

    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.

    Casual Friday: No crying in baseball

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 14:49

    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

    Now arriving, Northgate station

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 15:36

    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

    An epic hack of online extremists

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 12:35

    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.

    Pandemic reality check

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021 10:48

    There's talk of turning a corner and some people seem ready to move on from the pandemic. We get a reality check from UW epidemiologist Judith Malmgren.Following us on Instagram? We're @seattlenowpod

    That was fun while it lasted

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2021 7:34

    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

    Casual Friday: All aboard the M's bandwagon

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2021 12:27

    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

    The U District is back

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2021 9:50

    As students return to classes and a new light rail station opens, the bustle is coming back to the University District.

    Keeping the ferry boats afloat

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2021 12:22

    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.

    The magical murals of Henry

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2021 9:45

    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.

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    South Seattle Emerald's Marcus Harrison Green

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2021 12:14

    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.

    Casual Friday: 764-HERO to zero

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2021 13:39

    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

    How will the city's eviction ban end?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2021 13:48

    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.

    A long road home

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2021 14:10

    Stable, permanent housing is at the heart of every long-term solution to the city's homelessness crisis. KUOW's Casey Martin tells us how it happened for one Seattleite who'd been homeless for a decade.

    When will M's fans see October baseball?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2021 9:46

    The Mariners have 14 games left to play and about a one-percent chance of making the postseason... something they haven't done since the iPod was invented 20 years ago. We get a pep talk from M's announcer Rick Rizzs.

    Spiders in your house and yard

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2021 14:55

    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.

    Casual Friday: Thirsty for fall

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 17, 2021 12:53

    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

    Remembering the pandemic through objects

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2021 13:57

    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

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    State vaxx mandate gets a legal challenge

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2021 13:07

    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.

    I had breakthrough covid

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2021 12:49

    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.

    Wild about houseplants

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2021 11:31

    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.

    Casual Friday: Spider season

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 10, 2021 13:53

    King County is going to verify vaccine status, there's some hope for the Mariners and it's spider season in the Pacific Northwest.Crosscut's Hannah Weinberger and TBTL's Andrew Walsh break it all down.

    A 9/11 story of forgiveness

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2021 13:40

    This weekend marks 20 years since the September 11th, 2001 attacks that changed American life, and millions of lives around the world. Today, a story of how that event forever altered the life and purpose of one Seattleite.

    A local effort to help Afghan refugees

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2021 11:10

    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 to find out how you can get involved.

    Inside pandemic school

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2021 14:44

    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.

    Diving deep with sperm whales

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 6, 2021 10:25

    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, or subscribe in your favorite podcast app.

    Casual Friday: Middle school mask fashion

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 3, 2021 15:27

    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

    Who decides who gets to work remotely?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2021 13:27

    Workers are slowly returning to offices, but for many there are more questions than answers. The culture of work has changed and now the old and new are crashing together. We break it down with author and consultant Ruchika Tulshyan.

    What's going on with Compassion Seattle?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2021 12:01

    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.

    Back to school (for real this time)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2021 13:23

    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, 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 during Delta

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2021 14:18

    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

    Casual Friday: 'The connoisseurs of our day'

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 27, 2021 15:07

    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.

    To hug or not to hug?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2021 13:35

    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

    Secret Seattle

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2021 12:08

    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

    'Revenge Travel'

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2021 13:39

    If you tried to book a flight, or a hotel, or even a campsite this summer, you probably discovered people are doing a LOT of traveling. There's a phrase for this phenomenon — it's called Revenge Travel.

    How to fight a wildfire

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2021 15:50

    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

    Casual Friday: Hot girl summer is over

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 20, 2021 16:07

    Afghanistan in crisis, how to leave your house in the era of constantly changing Covid mandates, and the end of hot girl summer.

    These Puget Sound pilots don't fly

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 19, 2021 10:28

    Safely navigating narrow Puget Sound passages is tricky business, especially for cargo boats. Port pilots and scientists make these journeys possible.

    Your garden might be a fire hazard

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2021 15:00

    If you think you're safe from wildfires because you live in the city, think again. Those pine trees and juniper bushes outside your front door could be putting you in danger.

    Ghost boats are haunting Puget Sound waters

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2021 16:36

    It can cost over $10,000 to properly dispose of a boat that is no longer in working order. Some owners are choosing to abandon ship instead, causing big problems for marina managers and the environment.

    Wine lovers, prepare to be crushed

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 16, 2021 17:47

    Wildfire smoke is choking vineyards, ruining Pacific Northwest wines and threatening the family dreams of local winemakers.

    Casual Friday: 'Put the memes in the earth'

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 13, 2021 15:00

    The City Attorney's race got spicy this week - and the rest of the city warmed up too. Plus, fun with time capsules.Guests: Seattle Times food and drink writer Tan Vinh and Chase Burns, editor at The Stranger

    Here come the 12s

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2021 11:33

    The Seahawks are headed back to Lumen Field, and for the first time in a year in a half, so are the fans. We'll get a preview ahead of this weekend's start to the preseason from The Athletic's Michael Shawn Dugar.

    Seattle summers are changing

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2021 11:02

    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

    Some answers about young kids and covid

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2021 13:53

    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

    An escape to one square inch of silence

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2021 14:52

    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.

    Casual Friday: Orcas minus Oprah

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 6, 2021 14:06

    The Delta variant continues to mess with summer. Bars around the city pull together to 86 unvaccinated customers. And Oprah sells her Orcas Island digs.Guests: KUOW producer Kristin Leong and Bill Radke, host of KUOW's Week in Review

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