Zak Burns

Zak Burns

Zak hails from Portland where he was a producer and talk show host for KXL. Before that Zak was at KSL in Salt Lake City.

You should approach Seattle’s homeless like you have Richard Russell

I have really felt for Richard Russell and his family after his death. He was mentally ill. Why don't we approach homeless people living in tents, or worse, around Seattle. They, too, have similar problems.
3 years ago

A Christmas letter from mom

This is the first year I will not be spending Christmas with my family. This is the Christmas letter I received from my mom.
4 years ago

Why would anyone defend Robert E. Lee?

Let's get something straight. Robert E. Lee was a treasonous criminal. That's it. So why would anyone defend an enemy of the United States?
4 years ago

Not anti-gun, but anti-mass shootings

I’m not anti-gun. It’s really pointless to stake the position that all guns should be banned. I am, however, anti-mass shooting.
4 years ago

The Reel Debate

Every Friday night, Tom Tangney and I take a deep dive into different film topics for an in-depth discussion. We call it The Reel Debate.
4 years ago

Daryl Davis makes it a point to talk with Klansmen

Blues musician Daryl Davis has a way of dealing with the Klu Klux Klan -- he talks to its members. Instead of fighting, he strolls up for a conversation.
4 years ago

‘He was not an ally’

President Barack Obama was not the ally to immigrants he pretended. It’s one of the failures I find myself most disappointed about when reflecting back on the previous administration.
4 years ago

Feeling sick about my time with Ed Murray

KIRO Radio's Zak Burns says finally, the city of Seattle isn’t going to have a vile embarrassment for a mayor.
4 years ago

The party of Reagan no more

The Republicans of the 1980s were compassionate to the plight of those looking to build a better life. So how can the GOP still claim to be the party of Reagan?
4 years ago

Why my Canadian family is loving Donald Trump

Because Canada is currently in the midst of a love affair with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, I thought the conversation would be predictably hypercritical.
4 years ago

Admit it, you wanted OJ to go free

It’s OK, you’re not alone. Thursday’s parole hearing felt like a flashback to the 1995 reading of OJ’s not guilty verdict.
4 years ago

The Seattle Dog is the shame of this city

The A.V. Club recently featured one of Seattle’s most iconic dishes: The Seattle Dog. This hot dog is the shame of the city.
4 years ago

Evergreen State should go full activist

Why deny it? Embrace it. Evergreen State College should go full blown activist after a tense and controversial spring quarter.
4 years ago

The Stranger gets stranger

I like Charles Mudede. He’s normally a frustratingly good writer, which is why I was perplexed after reading his piece today.
4 years ago

Why this Muslim feminist voted for Donald Trump

Zak Burns asks Sen. Harris to listen to Asra Nomani. He says it's OK to criticize Islam, just as it is to criticize any religion denying people’s rights.
4 years ago

No, Jason, CNN is not failing

My co-host, Jason Rantz, is trying to convince me that CNN is failing. He’s wrong.
4 years ago

‘Make it easier to get’ – How to fix the opioid crisis

Jefferey Miron argues that legalizing opioids prescribed by doctors to anyone who wanted them would reduce the criminal activity surrounding the drug trade. Maybe he's right.
4 years ago

No, kids in Olympia aren’t playing soccer without a ball

I know there is a narrative that kids today have it easy when it comes to competition, so I'm not surprised to see how many people fell for this CBC video.
4 years ago

I tackled a naked man on Eastlake

KIRO Radio's Zak Burns explains how he tackled a naked man in his beloved Seattle neighborhood on Monday night. Here's his story.
4 years ago

‘Progressive’ professor: All immigration should be limited

Colorado State University Professor Philip Cafaro is a self-proclaimed progressive who believes that legal immigration is harmful to the country.
5 years ago

The frightening realities of hate speech laws

The issue of hate speech is being debated around the nation and in Seattle. But is this something we should even crack down on?
5 years ago

Seattle haters need geography lessons about Bainbridge Island

Zak Burns says Seattle haters need to channel their outrage towards something more meaningful. At the very least, channel it to the right location.
5 years ago

A Fair Shake

Every Friday, Jason and Zak talk to someone with an unusual perspective, job, or life experience that may otherwise be mocked or dismissed, and we give them a fair shake.
5 years ago

Don’t wait to talk about gun violence

Undoubtedly, the shooting in San Bernardino will spark a debate, both online and in the real world, about gun control and gun violence. Good.
5 years ago