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Stay on top of Washington State's primary and general election races, ballot initiatives and issues. A production of KCTS 9 public media, which brings you the PBS experience of high-quality drama, news, documentaries, science, kids programming and local stories. Trust KCTS 9 to provide the widest variety of programs that entertain, inform and connect you with your community. KCTS 9 is a service of Cascade Public Media.
 
What is the story behind the stories reported by our local journalists? How did they find the story? What surprised them in the course of their reporting? Who is willing to talk and who is not? What does it mean to the public? We get answers to those questions and other fascinating insights from reporters in this timely and concise interview series. A production of KCTS 9 public media, which brings you the PBS experience of high-quality drama, news, documentaries, science, kids programming a ...
 
Stories from the EarthFix team at OPB, KUOW, KCTS 9, Northwest Public Radio and Idaho Public Television. EarthFix is an innovative partnership of the largest public media institutions in the Pacific Northwest established to expand environmental news coverage in the region. With journalists based in Oregon, Washington and Idaho, EarthFix creates media across multiple platforms, helping citizens examine environmental issues unfolding in their own backyards and to explore how local actions inte ...
 
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"From tweeting tirades to Republicans choosing country over party, The Analysts weigh in as the year comes to a close.It’s easy to say, 2016 was a wild year in politics, both locally and nationally. KCTS 9’s Analysts are all over it, discussing the highs and lows of the year. Listen in as Joni Balter and C.R. Douglas recap the political scene from …
 
"The results are in. Despite the many projections that suggested a victory for Hillary Clinton, GOP candidate Donald Trump has been elected as tThe results are in. Despite the many projections that suggested a victory for Hillary Clinton, GOP candidate Donald Trump has been elected as the 45th president of the United States of America. Running on t…
 
"Holding our collective breath; that’s what we are all doing now. We are waiting... waiting for Election Day to come and go, to get off Nate Silver’s “FiveThirtyEight” election forecast and all the other prognosticating that has reached a boiling point.Join Joni Balter and C.R. Douglas — together known as “The Analysts” — as they offer a few day-be…
 
With mere weeks until Election Day, amid a cacophony of sound bites, we sat down with the political junkies to help make sense of all the noise. KCTS 9 presents its newest podcast, “The Analysts,” featuring KCTS 9 Political Analyst Joni Balter and Q13 Political Analyst C.R. Douglas. Listen in as Balter and Douglas discuss some of the biggest issues…
 
With less than three weeks to go, “The Analysts” rev up their discussion of state and national politics. Joni Balter, KCTS9 political analyst, and C.R. Douglas, political analyst for Q13, offer their insights into many of the momentous choices facing Washington voters. Perhaps you are wondering how Democrat Hillary Clinton might fare against Republ…
 
The Analysts are fired up with just 10 days left in the election-that-seems-like-it-will-never-end. KCTS 9 Political Analyst Joni Balter and Q13 Political Analyst C.R. Douglas discuss “The Trump Effect” on Republicans in local races, a few fireworks in the 7th Congressional District race, the recent U.S. Senate debate in Washington State and more.…
 
The November election is no longer abstract or in the distance — it’s almost here. Or — for those suffering from election fatigue — we are almost there. The Analysts Joni Balter and C.R. Douglas are amped up — on way too much coffee — and ready to help you sort through your ballot. Listen as they dig into the Washington governor’s race, the sizzlin…
 
The election hangover somehow morphed into a turkey-induced tryptophan hangover that then morphed into the recount hangover. Don’t worry. The Analysts have the balm for your frazzled mind. Political analysts Joni Balter and C.R. Douglas shed light on the future of the state Republican and Democratic parties and what to expect during the upcoming le…
 
The alarming sound bites keep rolling in: “The Russians hijacked our election!” “Donald Trump makes some perplexing cabinet nominations!” “Our congressional delegation is tested in ways it has never been tested before!” “The Seattle City Council is losing one of its most experienced members!” Join Political Analysts Joni Balter and C.R. Douglas as …
 
A controversial logging project is moving forward near a popular entrance to the Eagle Cap Wilderness. It’s igniting a debate over what constitutes forest thinning for wildfire prevention and forest health. Critics see it as exploitation of a loophole — and perhaps the start of a trend in increased logging in the name of forest health across the We…
 
Hunters, fishermen and environmental activists. It’s not often these group are mentioned in the same breath. But recently they’re finding themselves standing shoulder to shoulder over the issue of public lands.Sportsmen and women consider hunting and fishing in these wild places to be their right. And they’re nervous that calls to sell off or trans…
 
Seattle residents were horrified when King County dumped millions of gallons of raw sewage into Puget Sound. Officials blamed it on a malfunction at a waste treatment plant. But raw sewage dumps aren’t as rare as we’d like to think. Even when no disasters happen, cities with combined sewers for their stormwater and sewage have to dump untreated was…
 
Edgar Martinez is one of the most popular and admired professional athletes in Seattle. He will forever be remembered for “the double,” the hit that beat the New York Yankees in the 1995 American League Divisional Series and helped to keep major league baseball in Seattle. In August, Edgar’s jersey, number 11, will be retired by the Seattle Mariner…
 
As you motor down the highway, you could be driving over dozens of underground passages -- called culverts. Those are metal pipes or concrete boxes that carry streams beneath the roadbed. In the Northwest, thousands of these culverts are poorly designed and maintained -- blocking the way for endangered salmon. That’s why Native American tribes have…
 
“It’s tough to think about yourself in color terms, even though people of color have to think about it every day.”Tyrone Beason is a staff writer for the “Seattle Times Pacific Northwest Magazine.” On Jan. 26, the magazine published “Black Like Me: It’s time for a deeper conversation about race in America,” a personal essay written by Beason. At a …
 
Grizzly bears have been stirring up debate for decades in North-Central Washington communities. Most people love them or hate them -- they argue the bears are a necessary part of the ecosystem or a threat to their way of life. The public is getting a new chance to share their opinions at open houses throughout Washington. EarthFix reporter Courtney…
 
“My job is to put an objective lens on it to get results.”Chris Reykdal is the new superintendent of public instruction for the state of Washington. A former high school teacher and state legislator, Reykdal was elected state schools chief in November. He takes office as the Washington State Legislature is grappling with meeting a state Supreme Cou…
 
Seattle and Vancouver B.C. have much in common. Both have wonderful scenery, a growing economy, an influx of newcomers and major traffic congestion that can make commuting a nightmare. In Vancouver, traffic is so bad that the 2016 TomTom traffic index survey rated the city as the most congested in Canada followed by Toronto and Montreal. It is not …
 
California condors once filled the skies from Baja to British Columbia. The giant scavenging bird had a wingspan of 10 feet. But with European settlement, the population crashed. Condors were victims of poisoning that targeted large predators like wolves. Now, the greatest known killer of these highly endangered birds is a different kind of poisoni…
 
For decades, environmental laws have protected North America’s trumpeter swan from sport hunting, but every year swans in the Pacific Northwest fall victim to one of hunting’s toxic legacies.For now, a small group of scientists and volunteers may be their only chance of survival.Reporting for our EarthFix team, Ken Christensen has the final story i…
 
Crosscut.com reporter David Kroman tells KCTS 9’s Enrique Cerna the inside story of how he captured the details of a frantic race to halt deportations from Sea-Tac Saturday night. The drama played out as protesters and lawmakers descended upon the airport to protest their opposition to President Trump’s executive order imposing an immigrant ban on …
 
On this edition of Conversations, host Enrique Cerna talks with author Michael Eric Dyson about his new book, a New York Times best-seller, “Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America.” Dyson, a scholar, ordained Baptist minister and the author of 19 books, delivers a hard-hitting sermon that calls on white people to take action and responsibi…
 
President Trump signs an executive order to build a border wall and targets sanctuary cities like Seattle. But at the same time, he indicates that Dreamers, undocumented young people who are receiving protection under DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, are not the main target of his efforts to crack down on those who are here illegally. …
 
2016 ended on a high note for King County Executive Dow Constantine as he received national recognition for his governing of the state’s largest county. But 2017 brings challenges, with President Donald Trump and questions about future federal funding for transportation, housing and human services. Constantine talks about those concerns and more on…
 
Occasionally a big idea comes along that promises revolutionize the world – think about things like self-driving cars. For biologists – especially those who work with fish – the big idea involves something called “environmental DNA.” The technology could revolutionize how we protect native animals and ensure invasive species don’t take hold. Jes Bu…
 
What is “White Fragility” and why do white people struggle with it?Dr. Robin DiAngelo coined the term to describe why many white people are unable to respond to racism without getting defensive. DiAngelo is the author of “What Does it Mean to be White? Developing White Racial Literacy.In conversation with host Enrique Cerna, DiAngelo explains how r…
 
On this edition of Reporter’s Notebook, Crosscut.com city reporter David Kroman talks with KCTS 9’s Enrique Cerna about the Seattle police shooting of Che Taylor last February. Kroman obtained the entire dash-cam recording of the shooting. His story examines the police response after the shooting and the length of time it took for Taylor to be give…
 
Tens of thousands of birders all over North and Central America are participating right now in the Christmas Bird Count.This annual survey in the last weeks of December and first week of January documents what birds are where and how many of them there are.The count’s been running for over one hundred years.It’s given scientists loads of data about…
 
In this special edition of Conversations, Washington State Senior Senator Patty Murray shares her concerns about President-elect Donald Trump and his nominees for cabinet posts. Murray won re-election in November and now ranks third in the Senate Democrat hierarchy. In conversation with KCTS 9’s Enrique Cerna and political analyst Joni Balter, she …
 
Salmon need cool, shady streams to thrive. Oregon was once at the forefront in protecting these waters, but these days, the state lags far behind Washington and California.Now, Oregon is updating how its rivers and streams are protected.Jes Burns of EarthFix partnered with Liam Moriarty of Jefferson Public Radio to find out if these new rules will …
 
On August 9, 2014, 18-year-old Michael Brown, an unarmed African American was shot and killed after the scuffle with Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson. Wilson said he feared for his life and acted in self-defense. Brown’s shooting set off protests and riots in Ferguson and elsewhere throughout the country — especially after Wilson was cleared b…
 
In this edition of Reporter’s Notebook, KCTS 9 intern Peter Choi talks about his recent personal essay about the Seattle Pacific University shooting and how the shooting shook his belief in America. Peter, an international student from South Korea, lost his close friend Paul Lee in the June 5, 2014 shooting. Lee was shot and killed by Aaron Ybarra,…
 
President-elect Donald Trump says will nominated Dr. Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon and a former presidential candidate, to be the Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). But as someone who has never worked in government or served at the head of a major bureaucracy, is Carson the right person for the job? KCTS 9’s En…
 
On this edition of Reporter’s Notebook, Crosscut staff reporter David Kroman talks with KCTS 9’s Enrique Cerna about his recent stories from Eastern Washington, where he talked with residents of the small farming town of Ritzville, Wash, where Donald Trump received 77 percent of the vote. We learn about their support of Trump and how the state’s ea…
 
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