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  1. Merriam-Webster's word of 2017 is 'feminism.' For this Seattle woman, a better word is 'community.'2017/12/28
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  2. The da Vinci lesson: What really matters is being creative2017/12/27
    Looking back at a year that was tumultuous in so many ways, this talk by author Walter Isaacson stands out as something that has almost nothing to do with our modern day trials and tribulations.
  3. Can Seattle schools can do right by their 4,000 homeless students? 2017/12/27
    Stephan Blanford was the only black person on the Seattle School Board. He decided not to run again this year. At the end of 2017, KUOW's Race and Equity Team asked him what pressing problem he saw in the city's schools. His answer: 4,000 homeless students.
  4. The new year looks promising for Seattle's Native people2017/12/27
    According to the 2017 Count Us In survey , Native Americans in Seattle/King County are seven times more likely to be homeless than any other population. Colleen Echohawk, the executive director of the Chief Seattle Club, a nonprofit that serves Native people in Seattle, spoke with KUOW about the problem this last summer.
  5. He came face to face with ICE and stopped an arrest2017/12/27
    Morning traffic streamed past a busy intersection in South Seattle, past a family-style pizza shop and a brightly-painted Mexican restaurant that still wouldn't open for several hours. A few residents came and went from the low-rise apartments lining the blocks in this largely Latino neighborhood.
  6. 10 months later: 'There's hope after a cancer diagnosis'2017/12/26
    Ten months ago, Alexes Harris' health was precarious . She'd just had a stem cell transplant in the hopes of combating a rare form of leukemia. The sociology professor at the University of Washington wasn't sure what the future held.
  7. This man's camping spot is now an underused bike rack2017/12/26
    Seattle’s department of transportation is taking some flak for using bike racks to discourage tent camping on Seattle sidewalks.
  8. Week in Review: Amtrak crash, tax bill, final 747 flight2017/12/23
    What caused Amtrak Cascades 501 from Seattle to Portland to crash on its first trip along a new, faster route? Who wins and loses with the passage of the new Republican tax plan? Why is Washington's Attorney General suing Value Village? And where are people going to eat turkey sandwiches now that Bakeman's Restaurant is closing?
  9. A family recipe from Seattle’s much-missed Kingfish Cafe2017/12/22
    Holidays often evoke family traditions and food memories. So we asked Leslie Coaston and Laurie Minzel, the former owners of the Kingfish Café, about theirs. The sisters' Kingfish Café was a favorite fixture in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood before it closed in 2015. And it all started out as a dream.
  10. It's the most polluting time of the year. Your airline choice could help2017/12/22
    Which airline you choose can help cut back on the damage your air travel does to the climate, according to a new study .
  11. Welcome to winter: You can do it!2017/12/22
    The winter solstice was this morning at 8:28 a.m. – if you’re reading this, you’re through the darkest point of the year. But we know it may not feel like it. What to do to beat the winter blues in Seattle? Host Marcie Sillman spoke to some experts to help us answer that question.
  12. Keep Christmas weird in Seattle: Listen to 'A Rogue's Christmas'2017/12/22
    For the past eleven years the crew of Town Hall Seattle’s "Short Stories Live" series has presented a celebration of storytelling they call "A Rogue’s Christmas." Curator Jean Sherrard chooses seasonally-appropriate readings. It’s always a festive, thought-provoking and slightly devious gathering — just the thing to keep Christmas weird in Seattle.
  13. What we know about the escaped radioactive contamination at Hanford2017/12/22
    Marcie Sillman talks to Anna King, Northwest News Network's Richland correspondent, about the radioactive contamination that was found on six workers and fourteen cars around the Plutonium Finishing Plant in Richland Washington.
  14. The Record: Thursday, December 21, 20172017/12/21
    The first major overhaul of the nation's tax code in decades isn’t just about taxes – it’s also about oil. Guest host Marcie Sillman talks with Bloomberg’s Jennifer Dlouhy about a provision in the tax bill that requires the government to open the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge to drilling.
  15. A robot wrote this headline! Your job is next2017/12/21
    This is a crazy time of year for online retail behemoth Amazon – especially for their robots. Robots have already taken over a lot of the work in Kent's Amazon warehouse, like finding and retrieving items. And they’re continually learning how to do things that humans do.
  16. The latest on why your commute is so bad2017/12/21
    Highway congestion in the Seattle area overall was up 22 percent in 2016. That's according to the latest WSDOT report on the state of our roads network. That network is challenged — as are we all — with the consequences of Seattle’s jobs and population explosion.
  17. The Record: Wednesday, December 20, 20172017/12/21
    A GPS-guided safety system called positive train control was in the works for Amtrak's new, faster Seattle-to-Portland line, but it wasn't up and running when the line opened on Monday. We talk with Seattle Times reporter Mike Lindblom about the "very aggressive schedule" that may have pushed service to begin before all available safety measures were in place.
  18. Would you give up flying for the environment?2017/12/21
    If you thought it could help save the planet, would you give up flying?
  19. How the new tax plan will impact Washington state residents 2017/12/20
    Jeannie Yandel talks to Gary Grimstad, local accountant and part time lecturer in the University of Washington Foster School of Business about how the new GOP tax plan will impact Washington residents.
  20. As robots take on more work, Amazon invests in warehouse workers' education2017/12/20
    It’s the last few days before Christmas and Amazon warehouses are buzzing with human activity — and with robots. The robots are getting more intelligent, and experts say robots will soon take more of those jobs. There are things humans can do to get ready for that future. Amazon intends to help them prepare.
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