Inslee and Outrage

February 22, 2018

It became abundantly clear on Nov. 8, 2016 that Seattle is not a big fan of President Trump. Only 8 percent of the city's votes went to him on election day. In King County, the number jumped to about 20 percent, but still: That’s a landslide of opposition. Activists and politicians from across Western Washington bellowed their outrage for the next … um, well, it’s still happening. And Governor Jay Inslee is among them. This week, Seattleland catches up with Inslee to process a tumultuous, anger-filled year, during which the Trump administration issued order after order that the governor vehemently disagrees with.

Music by Leeni Ramadan, Jahzzar, and Lee Rosevere

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What’s in a Game?

February 15, 2018

Seattle has a little-known claim to fame: It is one of the pinball capitals of the world. Competitive pinball tournaments are a nightly occurrence here—and a lot of the players are internationally ranked. But for a very long time, most of those players were men. Host Sara Bernard heads down to Add-A-Ball arcade in Fremont, lets the plunger fly, and introduces us to a growing cadre of badass women who are taking over a game that was, once upon a time, against the law. 

Featuring interviews with Maureen Hendrix, Kelsie Sherman-Hall,  Zac Petersen, Lauren Aquino, and Kayla Greet.

Music by The Shrugs and Leeni Ramadan

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The Other Robert E. Lee

February 8, 2018
After white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia, protested the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee in August 2017, some residents of Kent, Washington noticed that their police department was located inside the Robert E. Lee Memorial Building. Wait... what? In part two of our What's in a Name series, we explore the origins of the building's name and discover a man who, to the people of Kent anyway, managed to overshadow the legacy of his namesake.
 
Featuring interviews with Vicki Lee Schmitz, former Kent Mayor Suzette Cooke (she retired at the end of 2017), Kent City Councilmember Brenda Fincher, and Kent City Council President Bill Boyce.
 
Music by Leeni Ramadan and Kai Engel
 
This week's cover photo features Vicki Lee Schmitz standing next to the building that is named after her father, Robert E. Lee. It was taken by Steve Hunter of the Kent Reporter, who first reported this story last August.
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Meet the Producer

February 5, 2018

In this special bonus episode we introduce you to Sara Bernard, the host and producer of the Seattleland podcast. Three months ago, Sara moved from a staff writer role at Seattle Weekly into a multimedia producer role at Sound Publishing and began working on this podcast, hitting the ground as a reporter while also coaxing stories out of her colleagues at the company's many Seattle-area weeklies. In this making-of episode, editorial director Mark Baumgarten turns the tables on Sara and interviews her about the power of audio, what it's like to launch a podcast, and what you can expect from Seattleland going forward. Oh, and they talk about stress. Lots of stress.

Music by Leeni Ramadan

This week's cover is of Sara, by Sara, taken in the Seattleland studio.

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Martin Luther King’s County

February 1, 2018
Seattle, Washington is the county seat of King County—Martin Luther King, Jr. County. Some locals already know that their county is named for the civil rights leader; others don't. But even those who are aware of the name probably don't know much about the long, difficult journey to make this the only jurisdiction in the entire country named for Dr. King. How did that happen and what does it mean? In part one of a two-part series we're calling What's in a Name, we talked to the local political leaders and activists who made it happen to find out.
 
Featuring interviews with Eddie Rye, Jr.; Charlie James; King County Councilmember Larry Gossett; and former King County Executive Ron Sims.
 
Music by Leeni Ramadan and Lee Rosevere
 
This week's cover photo was taken during the march on Washington, D.C., in August of 1963. 
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