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Past articles by Kara:

Eager reader? Join 'The Wild' Book Club!

We heard from so many of our listeners that our episode on beavers was one of their favorites, so we decided to take it to the next level. → Read More

Mold found at Seattle fire station where firefighters have had cancer

A north Seattle fire station was closed on Tuesday due to the possible presence of a dangerous mold at the station. → Read More

Should grizzlies be brought back to the North Cascades? 'Wild' listeners weigh in

We tried a little experiment with our Instagram followers for The Wild (@thewildpod). Before our episode on bears in the North Cascades we polled them to ask: Should grizzlies be reintroduced to this area? → Read More

Seattle residents: Here's how to use those democracy vouchers

before you Konmari these four bits of paper, consider that you voted to raise property taxes for this experiment, the first of its kind in the nation. → Read More

She called 911 and said she was suicidal. Then she was charged with a crime

After June called five times on St. Patrick’s Day, saying she was suicidal, she was charged with false reporting, a misdemeanor crime. → Read More

Grammy nominee Brandi Carlile's best songs, according to our in-house super fan

Northwest legend Brandi Carlile is up for six Grammy Awards on Sunday, including top honors Record of the Year and Album of the Year. → Read More

What I knew about suicide didn’t fit my sweet, energetic 12-year-old boy

Penny Daniel is a grandmother and mother of three, "a big, a middle and a little." She recently shared this heart-wrenching story about the death of her 12-year-old son, Declan, at the NAMI Washington's storytelling event, The Brainpower Chronicles. It's a difficult story, but draws together some lessons learned after a terrible tragedy. → Read More

By the numbers: How Amazon's sister cities compare on housing costs, education and more

How will Amazon affect Queens, in New York City, and a neighborhood just a mile south of the Pentagon? We looked to information on income, housing costs and education to find out. → Read More

Three Republican-held seats in Washington state could be lost in November

Seattle-area primary results are below, but we want to highlight some interesting developments from outside our area, where three Republican-held seats are → Read More

Rossi ahead in 8th District, Cantwell and Jayapal off to comfortable leads

Last updated:8/7/2018 at 8:33 p.m. Federal — U.S. Senator Federal — U.S. Representative races State — Legislative King County (You can see more results → Read More

First ballot drop show 3 vulnerable Republican-held seats in WA

Seattle-area primary results are below, but we want to highlight some interesting developments from outside our area, where three Republican-held seats are → Read More

Eat your heart out, Elon Musk: Behold these ugly electric cars from Seattle's past

Tesla tried to go mass market last year by starting production on the Model 3 – price tag starting at $35,000. It didn’t go well. → Read More

Interim no longer: Carmen Best named next Seattle Police Chief

After public uproar following the initial selection for the city's new head of police, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan announced Tuesday morning that Interim → Read More

Seattle’s adrenaline junkies prepare to compete in Special Olympics

Here’s the thing to know about Special Olympics athletes: They’re adrenaline junkies. And for some, the Games is the perfect outlet for that. → Read More

If you want to rent a one-bedroom in Seattle, you’ll need to make $30 an hour

Renters already know that finding an affordable place in Seattle is near impossible. But sometimes local employers do not appreciate how bonkers the rental → Read More

The tragic reason Seattle Center never got a SeaWorld

Fifty years ago, Seattle was trying to decide what do with its center attraction in the wake of the World’s Fair. One man came forward with the idea of → Read More

VIDEO: A short history of how Seattle’s tunnel finally got made

When Seattle's Alaskan Way Viaduct was built in the 1950s, we didn't know much about earthquakes. California's Loma Prieta quake in 1989 opened our eyes → Read More

What 100 miles of misery looks like

Northwesterners have a reputation for loving the outdoors and tirelessly lapping urban lakes. There are a few who push the "active lifestyle" to a cold, → Read More

Southbound I-5 to reopen after Amtrak derailment

Updated 12/20/2017 3:40 p.m.: Two lanes of southbound I-5 near Dupont will open at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, according to the Washington Department of → Read More

Southbound I-5 remains closed in area of fatal Amtrak derailment

Entering day three of the fatal Amtrak derailment in DuPont, southbound Interstate 5 remains closed in the area. There is still no estimated time when the → Read More