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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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This week… SPD wants the Justice Department to stop monitoring its every move, Seattle’s birding organization is dropping a name with racist ties, and the oldest southern resident orca in captivity may have a pathway home. Author Jodi-Ann Burey and KUOW’s Bill Radke are here to help us break down the week.
It’s Opening Day for the 148th season of Major League Baseball today. All 30 teams kick off their seasons at various points in the day, including the Seattle Mariners, who face the Cleveland Guardians tonight at T-Mobile Park. Seattle Now talks to Marco Gonzales, pitcher for the Seattle Mariners, who . We’ll hear from him as well as Knute Berger and a listener about why opening day is such a meaningful day
Most people don't think they'll be around to see the research benefits of donating brain tissue to science. Mike Morgan will. He donated his living brain tissue after undergoing surgery for seizures. It’s now being studied by scientists at the Allen Institute to help make discoveries about brain functions. Allen Institute Senior scientist Brian Kalmbach is here to help explain the importance of the new sample and its impact on current research.
Washington is one of only eight states without an income tax, but legal experts think that could change after a state Supreme Court ruling last week. Pluribus News reporter Austin Jenkins is here to talk with us about the court’s ruling on capital gains tax, and what it means for Washington’s tax law.
Starbucks's new CEO Laxman Narasimhan is at the helm, but it will be Howard Schultz on Wednesday answering a Senate panel's questions about the company's alleged union busting. KUOW’s labor and economy reporter Monica Nickelsburg is here to break it down.
This week… Starbucks has a new CEO, and he was greeted with a nationwide strike. The Seattle Mariners are gearing up for a new season. And MacKenzie Scott is looking to throw some charitable donations to over 200 nonprofits. KUOW’s Casey Martin and Gustavo Sagrero are here to break down the week.
The proposals for Sound Transit’s promised light rail expansion are coming in fast ahead of today’s board vote. Late yesterday, Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell offered a substitute motion that would include stations North and South of the Chinatown International District that would serve the CID and Pioneer Square. Disruption is imminent with any expansion. But for the people who live in the C-ID it’s more complicated. Northwest Asian Weekly reporter, Mahlon Meyer is here to shed some light.
Calling downtown home

Calling downtown home


It’s been a bumpy road to recovery for Seattle’s downtown. Three years ago this month, the city shut down. Foot traffic all but disappeared and businesses had to close their doors. But people choosing to live in the city center has actually been on the rise recently. Axios reporter Christine Clarridge brings us up to speed on why people are choosing to live downtown and the impact on the city’s recovery.
After 3 long years, the Stranger has a new print edition. Their quarterly arts and performance magazine is here for the Spring. Stranger arts editor Megan Seling, is here to explain why a print edition is back now and what you can look forward to seeing inside.
It's officially spring. So, we thought we’d start the week off with a few ideas for how to spend these longer spring days around our city.
This week… The tech and wine industries were rocked by the failure of Silicon Valley Bank. The state is attempting to bring some equity to the cannabis market by opening up new licenses. And the cherry trees at the Pike Place Market were cut down. But they're gonna put new ones in…so it’s all good? KUOW arts reporter Mike Davis and producer Vaughan Jones are here to break down the week.
The missing link of the Burke-Gilman Trail has long been the White Whale for Seattle’s cycling community. One potential solution, putting in a trail on Shilshole Ave NW, has been subject to almost three decades of political and legal gridlock. Now, 6th District Councilmember Dan Strauss thinks he’s finally found a way. KUOW reporter Casey Martin is here to talk us through Strauss’s proposed plan.
Local tech start-ups and even the Washington wine industry had a few tense days following the Silicon Valley Bank failure. Now they’re looking for answers right alongside the Fed who’s stepped in to investigate. Seattle Times reporter Paul Roberts is here to talk about how SVB failed and what it means for local tech customers.
Democratic lawmakers in Olympia are working on a strategy to tackle drug possession that balances law enforcement and diversion. Senate Bill 5536 would allow people with substance use disorder an opportunity to choose treatment over jail time. But supporters say it will require a major investment for an airtight plan. And time is of the essence, the current law on the books expires this summer. KUOW reporter Amy Radil joins us today to walk us through where the senate bill is at today.
Hopefully you remembered that Daylight Saving Time started yesterday and you set your clock an hour forward. The time change elicits feelings in these parts. We’ll hear from UW sleep expert Horacio de la Iglesia and check in with some of the city's early risers about how they feel.
This week… Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell paused a plan to take down the cherry trees outside of pike place market. A plan that would bring more housing density to our state now heads to the senate. And Seattle is the setting for the latest season of love is blind. KUOW’s Katie Campbell and Seattle Times columnist Naomi Ishisaka are here to break down the week.
Throughout the early-to-mid 20th century, Washington state was home to 15 Native American boarding schools. The schools have been the source of cultural erasure and generational trauma for Native people for over a century. But the specifics of what went on in those schools has been largely ignored or forgotten by many, including government officials. KUOW Investigative Team members Ashley Hiruko and Isolde Raftery have been collecting information and stories about what went on at these schools, and they’ve spoken with survivors and their families.
Around here, when you think forest, you think towering Evergreen trees. But an equally important forest sits within Puget Sound. The state’s kelp forests play a critical role supporting fish and sea life in the Northwest, but they’ve been on the decline for the last 10 years. Northwest News Network correspondent Tom Banse is here to talk about how the state is working to restore kelp and eelgrass along the coastline.
Amazon (no) Go

Amazon (no) Go


In 2018 Amazon launched Amazon Go, "the store of the future." Customers walk in, grab what they want, and go. No cashier, no line. On Friday, the retail giant announced they would close eight of those stores–including in Seattle. It's another cost-cutting measure, part of the company's streamlining plan to get it right in other "just walk out" locations. Lauren Rosenblatt, the Seattle Times Amazon reporter, is here to help us make sense of Amazon's latest moves.
Washington state may soon take responsibility for its role in restricting housing rights for Black, Indigenous, Jewish, and people of color before the Fair Housing Act of 1968. If passed, House bill 1474 would provide loans to people and their descendants previously affected by Washington’s restrictive housing laws. KUOW reporter Joshua McNichols is here to tell us about the bill.
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