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Past articles by John:

Washington ferries still floating back to pre-pandemic service levels

Washington state's ferry system now has four of its eight routes back to pre-pandemic service levels. But the state's only international route, Anacortes to Sidney, B.C., won't be back until 2030 at the earliest. → Read More

Ho, ho, hold on, December! A winter wonderland to-do list

This week we’re bringing you gleeful, exploratory, deep-diving, and extravagant winter season event picks. → Read More

This week’s arts and culture picks may have you at ‘twerking Shreks’

‘If you see the kids dressed up as Shrek roaming around Westlake this weekend, you'll know what it's for.’ → Read More

Cuts at Seattle City Hall are on the table as city aims to fill $117M budget gap

The city of Seattle is facing a projected $117 million revenue shortfall in 2023. Senior Deputy mayor Monisha Harrell says the funding gap will have consequences around town. "The city will have to cut back on some programs, we do know that," Harrell said. "We are evaluating all of our programs at this point in time. We are evaluating programs to make sure that we're getting the return on… → Read More

Around Seattle this spring: jazz, art, and other historic coalitions

‘Where do we perform, and more than that, teach young people about what it's like to perform live jazz?’ → Read More

‘The science isn’t complicated.’ An investigative reporter details the effects of climate change disinformation in public education

‘We’re pumping millions of tons of warming pollutants into the atmosphere every day. The trick is, you don’t need very much of the population to doubt it to stop action.’ → Read More

Powerful moments mark reopening week arts events

A garage band art installation, a history walk, and a streaming solo show highlighting Black culture. → Read More

What’s overheating the planet? Kate Aronoff says capitalism is

‘For better and for worse, our choice now is between eco-socialism or eco-apartheid.’ → Read More

A poet’s search for grace and justice amid historic and contemporary anti-Asian hate

Brian Komei Dempster’s ‘poetry of remembering, and the reverberations of our ancestors.’ → Read More

Race, reckoning, and redemption: Michael Eric Dyson’s message to White America

“How far are we willing to go? Are we prepared to sacrifice tradition and convention for genuine transformation?” → Read More

Where a booming oil market meets wind and solar alternatives, geopolitics happens

‘Peak oil, at this point, it looks like it’s around 2030, which used to sound far away, but it isn’t anymore.’ → Read More

Promising vaccine results amid spike in COVID-19 cases

The pharmaceutical company Pfizer, has released promising news in regards to a Covid-19 vaccine. During the companies' COVID-19 vaccine trials, early analysis shows their vaccine is more than 90% effective at preventing the virus. This news is timely as the United States and Washington State are currently heading into the biggest surge of coronavirus cases yet. Dr. Vinay Gupta is a pulmonologist… → Read More

A personal, hopeful view of the enduring legacy of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

‘The world has changed, partly because of her work, as an individual, as a lawyer, as a judge, as a feminist.’ → Read More

Washington state’s new Teacher of the Year sees challenges, opportunities amid distance learning

Here in Washington state, we have around 60,000 teachers — but there's only one Teacher of the Year. This year, it's Brooke Brown. She teaches English Language Arts and Ethnic Studies at Washington High School in the Franklin Pierce School District, south of Tacoma. This interview has been edited for clarity. It's overwhelming [to receive this award]. It's a very humbling experience. Teachers by… → Read More

Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett on her prediction for Nov. 3, and the protests

‘It's going to be up to every American to say we have a responsibility to heal these wounds, too.’ → Read More

Why it’s crucial to get a flu shot as the Covid-19 pandemic continues

‘Even if it prevents 40% of infections, when you look at how many cases of influenza happen every year, that is a very, very large number.’ → Read More

‘Definitely is the same fight:' Two Garfield High grads talk two eras of civil rights protests

This conversation is part of our Beyond the Protest series, led by people involved in the struggle for social justice, from different generations and viewpoints, from protesters to police. → Read More

Race and justice in journalism, with Nikole Hannah-Jones

The 1619 Project is a New York Times undertaking led by reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones. It was launched in 2019, on the 400th anniversary of the arrival of enslaved Black people in America. → Read More

What’s in store in the coming election? NPR reporters help us look ahead

Mary Louise Kelly, Tamara Keith and Ayesha Rascoe go Inside 2020 → Read More

8 Tips for navigating the perks & problems of love in lockdown

Drs. John and Julie Gottman join KUOW to explore the challenges and adventures of coupledom during Coronavirus. → Read More