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Black Lives Matter Meets #MeToo
In December, a trio of activists formed Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County (BLMSKC), the first official BLM chapter in the region, despite the fact that the movement has been active here for four years. The reason, they said, had a lot to do with allegations of harassment against some male BLM leaders. In this week’s episode, South Seattle Emerald editor and Seattle Weekly columnist Marcus Harrison Green talks about Black Lives Matter’s #MeToo moment — and how the fight for one kind of...
The Matriarch of Marijuana
Everyone knows that Washington was one of the first states to legalize marijuana — medicinal in 1998 and recreational in 2012. But few know the story of the small, tight-knit community that fought the battles for patients’ rights that eventually opened the door to recreational cannabis. Those who did know will tell you that none of it would have happened without JoAnna McKee, who passed away in late 2017. In this episode, we meet some of the people who knew and loved JoAnna; hear about her...
A Hardwood Classic
In this mini episode, we introduce you to the editorial director for the show, Mark Baumgarten, who is really into basketball. He plays in a pick-up league on Monday nights, and on Tuesday nights in winter, he and some buddies go to high school basketball games. It’s cheap, he says, and really good! So good, in fact, that after one dramatic game this season, he was inspired to write a poem about it. We recorded it in early January. But Mark insists that if we ever share this with you all,...
Inslee and Outrage
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,...
What’s in a Game?
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...
The Other Robert E. Lee
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 Vicki...
Meet the Producer
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...
Martin Luther King’s County
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...