Exploring & restoring Puget Sound: kelp, salmon, and killer whales

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Port of Seattle & Seattle Aquarium are teaming up to help kelp

Underwater view of kelp forests

The Port of Seattle and Seattle Aquarium are using an underwater drone (flown via Xbox game controller!) to investigate the state of kelp forests in the Puget Sound. They hope the findings will help them restore the kelp population and the other species it supports. 


Harbor Island company builds a “rest stop” for salmon

A salmon swims near some rocks underwater

Salmon runs in the Duwamish waterway, especially the Chinook species, diminished dramatically over the last century because of industrial pollution. Federal regulations may give them a fighting chance as one company cleans up contamination around Seattle's Harbor Island.


Explore the past, present, and future of Puget Sound Orcas

Author Lynda V. Mapes in a boat, holding a notebook and pen, watching orcas pass by

Journalist and author Lynda Mapes discusses her new book "Orca: Shared Waters, Shared Home," which won the 2022 Washington State Book Award for best nonfiction. The book explores the natural history of orca and the unique challenges for Puget Sound's Southern Resident orca pods.


Scientists restore kelp to save countless species

Diver swims through green water and kelp.

The Puget Sound lost 80% of its bull kelp population in the last 50 years. The kelp's steep decline spells trouble for countless other species that depend on it for shelter and food. Scientists are working in the lab and the water to restore kelp populations and the habitat they support. 


Remembering Holocaust survivor Eva Tannenbaum Cummins

Eva Tannenbaum Cummins

Holocaust survivor Eva Tannenbaum Cummins passed away earlier this year at the age of 100. She arrived in Seattle two weeks before the start of World War II, and spent her life learning, advocating, and performing. This Holocaust Remembrance Day, we’re sharing just a bit of her amazing story.


State legislature explores direct cash payments to those living in poverty

Host Brian Callanan

A statewide proposal to give low-income residents a guaranteed monthly income for two years is gaining traction. City Inside/Out examines Tacoma’s recent experiment with granting families $500 monthly for a year. Plus, the show explores whether the Evergreen Basic Income Pilot Program might be a viable path out of poverty or the wrong way to spend taxpayer funds.


Book Lust's Nancy Pearl chats with "The Hero of This Book" author

The cover of Elizabeth McCracken's book "The Hero of This Book"

Author Elizabeth McCracken talks with Book Lust host Nancy Pearl about her latest book, “The Hero of This Book.” To the age-old question of whether it’s a novel or a memoir, she says, “It’s a novel about writing a memoir about my actual mother.”