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Ranked as one of the most popular public radio stations in the nation, KNKX has been bringing award winning local and National Public Radio news, jazz and blues to the Puget Sound Region since 1966. Known to many as "NPR News and All That Jazz," we find a diverse, growing audience by broadcasting both from our studios in Tacoma, Washington and near the Space Needle in downtown Seattle. We pride ou

Ranked as one of the most popular public radio stations in the nation, KNKX has been bringing award winning local and National Public Radio news, jazz and blues to the Puget Sound Region since 1966. Known to many as "NPR News and All That Jazz," we find a diverse, growing audience by broadcasting both from our studios in Tacoma, Washington and near the Space Needle in downtown Seattle. We pride ou

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Watch Biden's State of the Union address and listen to NPR's special coverage on KNKX.
02/08/2023
State of the Union

Watch Biden's State of the Union address and listen to NPR's special coverage on KNKX.

State of the Union

Por primera vez, NPR News ofrecerá una transmisión bilingüe especial del discurso sobre el Estado de la Unión. Se presen...
02/07/2023
Como escuchar la cobertura bilingüe del Estado de la Unión de NPR

Por primera vez, NPR News ofrecerá una transmisión bilingüe especial del discurso sobre el Estado de la Unión. Se presentará en una combinación de español e inglés.

For the first time ever, NPR News is offering a special bilingual broadcast of the State of the Union address. It will be presented in a mix of both Spanish and English.

Este martes el Presidente Joe Biden dará el discurso anual del Estado de la Unión. Por primera vez, NPR News transmitirá la cobertura y análisis en inglés y español.

President Biden is delivering his State of the Union address on Tuesday night at 6 p.m. PT. Listen and watch live on KNK...
02/07/2023
How to watch and listen to President Biden's State of the Union speech

President Biden is delivering his State of the Union address on Tuesday night at 6 p.m. PT. Listen and watch live on KNKX.

President Biden is delivering his State of the Union address on Tuesday night at 9 p.m. ET. The speech is expected to highlight the strength of the economy and past legislative wins.

A Tacoma business owner is merging physical pop-ups and the metaverse to c***ect with customers.
02/07/2023
A Tacoma vintage shop takes its business into the metaverse

A Tacoma business owner is merging physical pop-ups and the metaverse to c***ect with customers.

Last year, All-Star Vintage closed its brick-and-mortar store in Tacoma's Lincoln District. Now it's opened shop in the metaverse and hosting a physical pop-up to introduce others to the experience.

A stolen yacht. A dramatic Coast Guard rescue. A dead fish. And the famed home featured in the classic 1985 film “The Go...
02/06/2023
Arrest made in stolen yacht rescue, 'Goonies' fish incident

A stolen yacht. A dramatic Coast Guard rescue. A dead fish. And the famed home featured in the classic 1985 film “The Goonies.” Combined, Oregon police called it a series of “really odd” events spanning 48 hours.

Police in Oregon have arrested a Canadian man who allegedly stole a yacht and had to be rescued by a Coast Guard swimmer. He's wanted in what authorities call a series of “odd” events that involved him leaving a dead fish at the home in the film “The Goonies.”

This week's Jazz Northwest includes Ernestine Anderson singing in the '60s at The Penthouse plus a recent release by Tal...
02/06/2023
Ernestine Anderson at The Penthouse plus music from Tall & Small

This week's Jazz Northwest includes Ernestine Anderson singing in the '60s at The Penthouse plus a recent release by Tall & Small with the David Joyner trio.

This week features music from Ernestine Anderson, a recent release by Tall & Small and an unreleased studio recording by the duo of Fred Radke and Primo Kim.

In a new era of divided government, Biden and McCarthy will be forced to forge deals on a wide range of issues over the ...
02/06/2023
The State of the Union will showcase the state of the Biden-McCarthy relationship

In a new era of divided government, Biden and McCarthy will be forced to forge deals on a wide range of issues over the coming two years.

President Biden developed a strong working relationship with Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell over the years. The same isn't true for Biden and new Republican Speaker Kevin McCarthy.

Don't be shocked by the 23-year-old jazz singer's breakneck rise from precocious college student to best new artist Gram...
02/06/2023
Samara Joy's polyphonic stardom

Don't be shocked by the 23-year-old jazz singer's breakneck rise from precocious college student to best new artist Grammy nominee. In those few years, she's been building three careers at once.

Daniel Black's essays call for an overhaul of the U.S. criminal justice system, of the Black church, of the way Black pe...
02/05/2023
'Black on Black' celebrates Black culture while exploring history and racial tension

Daniel Black's essays call for an overhaul of the U.S. criminal justice system, of the Black church, of the way Black people see themselves, and of the country itself — and do so with authority.

Daniel Black's essays call for an overhaul of the U.S. criminal justice system, of the Black church, of the way Black people see themselves, and of the country itself — and do so with authority

All of a sudden, Samara Joy was everywhere. Watch Lara Downes' conversation with the 23-year-old, Grammy-nominated sensa...
02/05/2023
Jazz singer Samara Joy embraces the past while making music for the future

All of a sudden, Samara Joy was everywhere. Watch Lara Downes' conversation with the 23-year-old, Grammy-nominated sensation.

Watch Lara Downes' conversation with the 23-year-old, Grammy-nominated sensation about balancing the demands of a surging career and the women artists who paved the way.

See the complete list of nominees for the 65th annual Grammy Awards, which will be presented on Sunday.
02/04/2023
2023 Grammy Awards: The full list of nominees

See the complete list of nominees for the 65th annual Grammy Awards, which will be presented on Sunday.

Across 91 categories, the nominations for the 65th Grammy Awards were led by Beyoncé, who is up for nine awards, and Kendrick Lamar, with eight.

Celebrating 2023 Grammy nominees on Jazz Caliente
02/04/2023
Celebrating 2023 Grammy nominees on Jazz Caliente

Celebrating 2023 Grammy nominees on Jazz Caliente

Music from 2023 Grammy-nominated recordings by Arturo Sandoval, Miguel Zenon, Flora Purim and the Spanish Harlem Orchestra will be on this week's show.

Decolonizing food with the new Indigenous ʔálʔal Cafe
02/04/2023
Decolonizing food with the new Indigenous ʔálʔal Cafe

Decolonizing food with the new Indigenous ʔálʔal Cafe

Located in the heart of Seattle’s Pioneer Square, Chief Seattle Club’s ʔálʔal Cafe made its grand opening Nov. 29. Its menu is centered around “reclaiming and reintroducing traditional Indigenous foods” to Seattle and has become a place filled with Indigenous art, music, and community.

SNAP recipients nationwide will stop getting pandemic-era boosts after this month's payments, the Food and Nutrition Ser...
02/03/2023
SNAP recipients will lose their pandemic boost and may face other reductions by March

SNAP recipients nationwide will stop getting pandemic-era boosts after this month's payments, the Food and Nutrition Service announced.

Congress ended the temporary benefit meant to help low-income households with pandemic-era hardships. A huge increase in Social Security benefits may mean some households see further SNAP reductions.

Washington families share their experiences with police violence
02/03/2023
Washington families share their experiences with police violence

Washington families share their experiences with police violence

Following the news of what happened to Tyre Nichols in Memphis, three Washington families talk about how losing loved ones to police violence impacted them and turned them into advocates.

Seattle jazz Hall of Famer Skerik leads his Huge Band ###XL at Nectar Lounge Friday at 8 p.m. The 15-member group will f...
02/03/2023
Skerik goes big, performing with his Huge Band ###XL in Seattle

Seattle jazz Hall of Famer Skerik leads his Huge Band ###XL at Nectar Lounge Friday at 8 p.m. The 15-member group will feature some of Seattle's finest improvisers, including singer Phinehas Nyango'ro.

One of Seattle's biggest names in modern jazz, Skerik leads an extra big band at Nectar Lounge in Seattle's Fremont neighborhood on Friday.

Local government has never been an easy job, but there’s been a rash of politicians retiring in the last year, especiall...
02/03/2023
Many local politicians aren't seeking reelection in 2023

Local government has never been an easy job, but there’s been a rash of politicians retiring in the last year, especially in King County.

Local politicians in Seattle and around King County are opting to term out instead of running for reelection. One elected official who is running talks about why.

Trumpeter Kelvin Bixler, a senior at Lake Stevens High School, joins KNKX as guest DJ for February. Dig into this big ba...
02/02/2023
School of Jazz guest DJ for February: Kelvin Bixler

Trumpeter Kelvin Bixler, a senior at Lake Stevens High School, joins KNKX as guest DJ for February. Dig into this big band trumpet fan's playlist on our website.

Trumpeter Kelvin Bixler joins Abe Beeson as guest DJ for February. Listen to Kelvin's show and check out his playlist.

This week's episode of Jazz Northwest opens with pianist Gene Argel, who began his career in Seattle and Tacoma, but has...
02/02/2023
Pianist Gene Argel's 'Luminescent' plus music from Cory Weeds and Tom Collier

This week's episode of Jazz Northwest opens with pianist Gene Argel, who began his career in Seattle and Tacoma, but has been a resident of Hawaii since 1982. His album "Luminescent" features regional musicians Jay Thomas, Chuck Deardorf and Mark Ivester.

Stretching our focus on Pacific Northwest artists just a bit, we open this show with pianist Gene Argel, who began his career in Washington, but has been a resident of Hawaii since 1982. His album "Luminescent" features regional musicians Jay Thomas, Chuck Deardorf and Mark Ivester.

Legislators in Olympia are considering a host of bills to address the housing crisis, and Tuesday, members from both par...
02/02/2023
WA lawmakers promise bipartisan action to boost housing supply

Legislators in Olympia are considering a host of bills to address the housing crisis, and Tuesday, members from both parties announced they're finding common ground.

A bipartisan group of lawmakers say they are finding common ground in the effort to build new housing in Washington state.

Thousands of former and current Boeing workers joined customers and other guests to bid farewell to the company's final ...
02/01/2023
Before enormous, emotional crowd, Boeing delivers final 747

Thousands of former and current Boeing workers joined customers and other guests to bid farewell to the company's final 747 jumbo jet. It was an emotional ceremony for many people, who traded stories of the work they had done on the plane, or the flights they had taken.

Thousands of people said goodbye to Boeing's final 747 airplane

This marks possibly the first time ever — or at least for thousands of years — that the comet has streaked across our sk...
02/01/2023
Look up! You can see a bright green comet making a rare trip across the Earth's sky

This marks possibly the first time ever — or at least for thousands of years — that the comet has streaked across our sky. And the best chance of seeing it with the naked eye is coming up on Wednesday, Feb. 1.

Comet C/2022 E3 was first spotted last year. Its path will bring it within 26 million miles of the Earth on Wednesday, allowing it to be visible to the naked eye for perhaps the last time ever.

From the first flight of Boeing's 747 in 1969 to assembling some of the final planes in 2022, photos show the revolution...
02/01/2023
Photos: Boeing's 747 jumbo jet from first flight to final assembly

From the first flight of Boeing's 747 in 1969 to assembling some of the final planes in 2022, photos show the revolutionary plane over its 54 year production run — which started and will now end in the Puget Sound region.

On Tuesday, Boeing is delivering its final 747 jumbo jet in Everett, Wash. From its first flight in 1969 to assembling some of the final 747s in 2022, photos show the revolutionary plane over its 54 year run — which started and will now end in the Puget Sound region.

KNKX reporter Bellamy Pailthorp explains why this veto is such a big deal.
02/01/2023
EPA vetoes Pebble Mine looming over Bristol Bay salmon fishery

KNKX reporter Bellamy Pailthorp explains why this veto is such a big deal.

The Environmental Protection Agency made a rare move under the Clean Water Act that effectively vetoes the so-called Pebble Mine in Alaska. The proposed mine would take gold and copper from open pits near Bristol Bay. It's 1500 miles away, but its salmon fishery has made it hugely important to many....

The EPA has effectively vetoed a proposed copper and gold mine in a remote region of southwest Alaska that supports the ...
01/31/2023
Feds use rare veto to block Alaska Pebble Mine plan

The EPA has effectively vetoed a proposed copper and gold mine in a remote region of southwest Alaska that supports the world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery. The move was heralded by Alaska Native tribes and environmentalists who have long fought the proposed Pebble Mine.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has effectively vetoed a proposed copper and gold mine in a remote region of southwest Alaska that supports the world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery. The move was heralded by Alaska Native tribes and environmentalists who have long fought the proposed Peb...

Boeing on Tuesday is delivering the last 747 jet ever made, handing over a freighter version of its iconic aircraft to A...
01/31/2023
Boeing delivers its final 747 jet today, ending a run of more than 50 years

Boeing on Tuesday is delivering the last 747 jet ever made, handing over a freighter version of its iconic aircraft to Atlas Air. Thousands of current and former employees and others are gathering in Everett, Wash., to mark the end of an era in aviation.

Boeing built its last-ever 747 in December. It's the end of an aviation era that began with Pan Am's first commercial flight of the jumbo jet in 1970.

Inside a warehouse at the industrial Port of Portland lies what some believe could be the answer to Oregon's housing cri...
01/31/2023
Oregon pins hopes on mass timber to boost housing, jobs

Inside a warehouse at the industrial Port of Portland lies what some believe could be the answer to Oregon's housing crisis — a prototype of an affordable housing unit made from mass timber.

In Oregon, mass timber is increasingly being viewed as a construction material that could help the state build more affordable homes and revive rural logging towns. Mass timber is made from wood products that are fastened together to make large panels or beams.

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Watch Biden's State of the Union address and listen to NPR's special coverage on KNKX.
A measure up for a Feb. 14 special election in Seattle would create 'social housing,' something that's like public housing — but with a big difference.
Por primera vez, NPR News ofrecerá una transmisión bilingüe especial del discurso sobre el Estado de la Unión. Se presentará en una combinación de español e inglés.

For the first time ever, NPR News is offering a special bilingual broadcast of the State of the Union address. It will be presented in a mix of both Spanish and English.
President Biden is delivering his State of the Union address on Tuesday night at 6 p.m. PT. Listen and watch live on KNKX.
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A Tacoma business owner is merging physical pop-ups and the metaverse to c***ect with customers.
When Dungeons & Dragons fans saw a leaked draft of proposed changes to the game's copyright license, the backlash against publisher Wizards of the Coast was so severe it reversed course.
A stolen yacht. A dramatic Coast Guard rescue. A dead fish. And the famed home featured in the classic 1985 film “The Goonies.” Combined, Oregon police called it a series of “really odd” events spanning 48 hours.
This week's Jazz Northwest includes Ernestine Anderson singing in the '60s at The Penthouse plus a recent release by Tall & Small with the David Joyner trio.
In a new era of divided government, Biden and McCarthy will be forced to forge deals on a wide range of issues over the coming two years.
Don't be shocked by the 23-year-old jazz singer's breakneck rise from precocious college student to best new artist Grammy nominee. In those few years, she's been building three careers at once.
Daniel Black's essays call for an overhaul of the U.S. criminal justice system, of the Black church, of the way Black people see themselves, and of the country itself — and do so with authority.
All of a sudden, Samara Joy was everywhere. Watch Lara Downes' conversation with the 23-year-old, Grammy-nominated sensation.
Omar Apollo has been nominated for Best New Artist at the Grammys, an accolade that usually takes artists years to achieve. But not for Apollo.
See the complete list of nominees for the 65th annual Grammy Awards, which will be presented on Sunday.
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