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Ep 53: Seattle City Council President Bruce Harrell on becoming mayor... for less than a week

9/22/2017
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Seattle Times reporters Jim Brunner and Daniel Beekman interview Seattle City Council President Bruce Harrell about a very unusual time in local politics. Harrell became mayor after Ed Murray resigned amid allegations of sexual abuse but only stayed in the role for a few days.

Duration: 00:28:12


Ep 52: Amazon seeks second headquarters and Ed Murray resigns as Seattle mayor

9/14/2017
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Seattle Times business reporter Matt Day discusses Amazon's decision to seek a second headquarters somewhere other than Seattle. Then politics reporters Jim Brunner and Daniel Beekman break down Mayor Ed Murray's stunning resignation amid allegations of child sexual abuse.

Duration: 00:29:00


Ep. 51: Debate over safe-injection sites in Seattle, King County heads to court

8/24/2017
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Seattle and King County officials plan to open safe-injection sites to help keep drug users alive. But Initiative 27 would block that from happening. Now public-health experts and proponents of the sites are suing to keep I-27 off the ballot. Seattle Times reporters Jim Brunner and Daniel Beekman hear from their lawyer, Knoll Lowney, and then talk to an I-27 booster, Joshua Freed.

Duration: 00:34:41


Ep. 50: Local politicians on Charlottesville and Monisha Harrell on Seattle's mayoral primary

8/17/2017
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How did Washington state's congressional delegation react to white supremacists rallying in Virginia and to President Donald Trump withholding judgment? What do the results of Seattle's mayoral primary mean for November's general election? Monisha Harrell, political consultant and board chair of Equal Rights Washington, joins Seattle Times reporters Jim Brunner and Daniel Beekman.

Duration: 00:31:34


Ep. 49: Homelessness and people living in vehicles – a revived debate

8/10/2017
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Seattle Times homelessness reporter Vernal Coleman explains how City Councilmember Mike O'Brien has reignited a debate about how Seattle should deal with homeless people living in vehicles on the streets.

Duration: 00:26:15


Ep. 48: Seattle's next mayor will be a woman, but which one?

8/2/2017
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Who's got the edge after Seattle's historic mayoral primary? This week, The Overcast brings a snap analysis of front-runner Jenny Durkan, and her probable November rivals, Cary Moon or Nikkita Oliver. Also, why did former Mayor Mike McGinn flop so hard? Support independent journalism: www.seattletimes.com/subscribe

Duration: 00:26:18


Ep. 47: Sidewalk interviews with voters about the race for Seattle mayor

7/27/2017
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The Overcast hits the streets for Episode 47 as Seattle Times politics reporters Daniel Beekman and Jim Brunner chat with voters in Columbia City, Beacon Hill, downtown Seattle, Capitol Hill and Lake City about who they're supporting for mayor. Primary-election ballots are due on Aug. 1.

Duration: 00:29:48


Ep. 46: New information on decades-old sexual-abuse allegations against Seattle Mayor Ed Murray

7/21/2017
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Seattle Times watchdog reporter Lewis Kamb and political reporter Jim Brunner discuss their recent story on a 1984 Child Protective Services investigation of sexual-abuse allegations against Ed Murray. Then they talk with City Hall reporter Daniel Beekman about reaction from mayoral candidates and City Council members.

Duration: 00:27:23


Ep. 45: Seattle's Mexican consul, Roberto Dondisch, on Trump, trade and immigration

7/13/2017
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How has President Donald Trump's election changed life for Mexicans and Mexican-Americans in Washington state? How has it changed trade between the Puget Sound region and Mexico? Roberto Dodisch discusses. Mexico's consul in Seattle, who served as his country's negotiator for the Paris climate agreement, also talks climate change.

Duration: 00:32:22


Ep. 44: Olympia reporter Joe O'Sullivan on the Legislature's secret talks and midnight budget

7/6/2017
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Seattle Times Olympia reporter Joe O'Sullivan describes how the state Legislature narrowly avoided a government shutdown by passing a $43.7 billion budget negotiated behind closed doors. Lawmakers were so pressed for time that many voted for the deal without having read through the entire budget.

Duration: 00:28:29


Ep. 43: debating the wisdom - and legality - of a Seattle income tax

6/29/2017
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With Seattle city leaders determined to vote soon on an income tax for the wealthy, The Overcast looks at whether a city-only tax makes sense, and whether it's even legal. Guests: income-tax proponent John Burbank with the Economic Policy Institute, and tax critic Jason Mercier of the Washington Policy Center.

Duration: 00:35:39


Ep. 42: Pundit-o-rama on the Seattle mayoral race with Monisha Harrell and Marco Lowe

6/22/2017
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Two local politics experts, Monisha Harrell and Marco Lowe, map out the contours of Seattle's scorching-hot race for mayor. Will Bob Hasegawa's public-bank concept catch fire? Will young voters turn out for Nikkita Oliver? Will Ed Murray re-enter the race? This week's episode was recorded in KNKX 88.5's Seattle studio.

Duration: 00:34:34


Ep. 41: Should landlords get to screen for criminal history?

6/16/2017
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Seattle is considering restrictions on what landlords can ask prospective tenants about their criminal histories. We hear from advocates who argue the importance of a clean slate, and from a landlord rep, who fears the rules put landowners and other tenants at risk.

Duration: 00:36:01


Ep 40: Seattle Times investigative reporter Mike Baker on double-booked surgeries

6/8/2017
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Investigative reporter Mike Baker takes us inside Quantity of Care, an ongoing Seattle Times series delving into business practices in the health-care industry. The latest story in the series is about doctors carrying out more than one surgery at a time.

Duration: 00:24:00


Ep. 39: Rep. Pramila Jayapal on five months in Congress, and why she'd consider impeaching Trump

6/2/2017
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Rep. Pramila Jayapal of Washington's 7th Congressional District talks about her first five months in Congress, what it's like to be in the Democratic minority, her bills targeting President Donald Trump - and why she's already mentioning impeachment

Duration: 00:27:54


Ep 38: Seattle soda tax? A health advocate and a burger boss debate city's proposal

5/25/2017
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Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has proposed a 1.75 cent per ounce tax on the distribution of sweetened beverages, and the City Council is considering it. Lindsay Hovind of the American Heart Association and Ryan Hopkins of West Seattle's Boss Drive-In debate the proposal.

Duration: 00:37:49


Ep 37: State Attorney General Bob Ferguson talks Trump's travel ban, coal trains and chess

5/18/2017
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Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson's successful effort to block President Donald Trump's travel-ban executive order has catapulted the Democrat into the national spotlight. But he tells political reporters Jim Brunner and Dan Beekman he's also grappling with the federal government over coal and national monuments. Plus, Ferguson uses chess to explain Trump's governing approach.

Duration: 00:27:24


Ep 36: A suddenly wide-open race for mayor of Seattle after Ed Murray ends his re-election campaign

5/11/2017
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Seattle Times reporters Jim Brunner and Daniel Beekman discuss a race for Seattle mayor that was turned upside down this week when Ed Murray announced he was ending his campaign for a second term.

Duration: 00:29:19


Ep 35: Tyrone Beason on Portraits of Homelessness, a new Seattle Times project

5/4/2017
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Pacific Northwest Magazine staff reporter Tyrone Beason discusses Portraits of Homelessness. He and Times photographer Erika Schultz visited homeless encampments in Seattle and asked people there to share their thoughts, hopes and dreams with the rest of the city by writing in a scrapbook.

Duration: 00:26:11


Ep 33: Nikkita Oliver on Seattle politics and her campaign for mayor

4/20/2017
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Nikkita Oliver explains why she wants to become Seattle's mayor. But first, Seattle Times reporters Jim Brunner and Dan Beekman analyze the state of the race, including former Mayor Mike McGinn's comeback bid and the latest news on child sexual abuse allegations against Mayor Ed Murray.

Duration: 00:38:43

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