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Pacific Science Center Opens Doors, Turns Down Lights For Autistic Kids

KPLU News - 4 hours 29 min ago

On a Saturday at the Pacific Science Center, life-size robotic dinosaurs roar. A giant video monitor shows a person sneezing as a spray of mist shoots down from the ceiling. Nearby, naked mole rats scurry blindly through a maze of tunnels.

And since it's all mud and rain outside, the place is packed with curious children and adults trying to keep up with them.

Loud noises, bright lights, crowded spaces: This is exactly the situation Mike Hiner tries to avoid with his 20-year-old son Steven, who is autistic.

Jazz Northwest For January 25th

KPLU News - 4 hours 54 min ago

Over 3 decades of jazz from the Pacific Northwest is featured on this week's Jazz Northwest Sunday, January 25 at 2 PMPacific.  An upcoming two trombone tribute to Frank Rosolino and Carl Fontana will feature Rodger Fox (NZ) and David Marriott Jr (WA) at the Royal Room.  It seemed like a good excuse to listen again to the spectacular trombonists Rosolino and Fontana as they played at The Bayside in Vancouver BC in 1978.

Got $15 Million? Actor Rowan Atkinson Has A Car For Sale

KPLU News - 6 hours 21 min ago
Mr. Bean is selling his car.

No, not the lime green British Leyland Mini that was the prop for so many of the character's antics. We're talking about the purple McLaren F1 'supercar' owned by the actor who plays Mr. Bean, Rowan Atkinson.

Ukraine's President Hopes To Revive Shattered Peace Process

KPLU News - 8 hours 12 min ago
Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko says he will "calm" fighting between his forces and Russian-backed separatist in the country's east a day after rocket fire killed 30 people in and around the port city of Mariupol.

Poroshenko, speaking after an emergency meeting of Ukraine's security council, said reviving a shattered peace deal agreed in September was the only way out of the conflict.

The Ukrainian leader also said that, in case there was any doubt, that intercepted radio transmissions showed conclusively that it was the rebels who attacked government-held Mariupol, hitting an open-ai

Obama Proposes New Protections For Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

KPLU News - 8 hours 15 min ago
The Obama administration is proposing new protections for large portions of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). The U.S.

Several Killed In Egypt Amid Clashes Marking Anniversary Of Uprising

KPLU News - 12 hours 2 min ago
At least nine people are dead in the Egyptian capital following clashes between police and Islamist protesters marking the fourth anniversary of 2011 uprising that ousted then-President Hosni Mubarak.

The Associated Press said nine people had been killed, but Reuters and ITV News put the figure at 11.

Future Of Eurozone At Stake In Today's Greek Elections

KPLU News - 13 hours 40 min ago
Greeks citizens cast ballots today in an election that is being closely watched, as the outcome could decide whether the troubled country stays the course on a European Union austerity plan.

In 2010, as Greece was on the verge of a default on its sovereign debt, Athens agreed to unpopular austerity measures in exchange for billions of euros from its fellow European Union countries and the International Monetary Fund. The measures have cut salaries and pensions.

A GOP Weekend, Courtesy Of The Koch Network And Citizens United

KPLU News - 13 hours 46 min ago
Republican presidential hopefuls are turning out this weekend for two big events, but just one of them, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, plans to be at both.

Cruz is among seven possible contenders who spoke Saturday at the Iowa Freedom Summit, cosponsored by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) and the group Citizens United. Sunday night, Cruz is scheduled to join two possible primary rivals, Sens.

Suspected Boko Haram Militants Attack Another Nigerian Town

KPLU News - 15 hours 1 min ago
In the latest attack by the suspected Boko Haram extremists in Nigeria, militants shelled the northeastern city of Maiduguri, Reuters reports quoting witnesses.

The BBC says fierce fighting is reported on the outskirts of Maiduguri, which is "home to tens of thousands of people who have fled the attacks by Boko Haram attacks and was visited on Saturday by President Goodluck Jonathan."

Reuters says:

"The assa

'Walking The Walk' With Students ... And Screaming Fans

KPLU News - 15 hours 6 min ago

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Virtual Games Try To Generate Real Empathy For Faraway Conflict

KPLU News - 15 hours 19 min ago

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Piece By Piece, Monks Scramble To Preserve Iraq's Christian History

KPLU News - 15 hours 19 min ago
In an unfinished building in the northern Iraqi city of Erbil, displaced Christian children sing a little song about returning to their village. "We're going back," they sing, "to our houses, our land, our church."

Right now, they're living in an open concrete structure. The self-styled Islamic State, or ISIS, took over their home village of Qaraqosh, and the Christians fled in fear, on foot.

They finish their song and applause breaks out from two unlikely figures. One is a beaming Iraqi in white robes, Father Najeeb Michaeel.

President Obama Welcomed To India With A Significant Hug

KPLU News - 20 hours 1 min ago
President Obama has arrived in India for a three-day trip. Upon landing in New Delhi on Sunday, the president and first lady Michelle Obama were greeted by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

'How Do You Tell Your Kids That You Got Alzheimer's?'

KPLU News - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 14:53
This is the first in a series, "Inside Alzheimer's," about the experience of being diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease.

In 2009, 59-year-old Greg O'Brien was a successful journalist and writer living in Cape Cod. He was healthy and happy — he exercised every day, made a good living, spent time with his three children and wife.

But he had also started to notice changes in himself. He was forgetting things, and his judgment sometimes seemed to fail him.

For U.S. And Cuba, A Slow Walk To Re-Establishing Ties

KPLU News - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 14:20
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Patriots' Coach: Team 'Followed Rules' On Inflation Of Footballs

KPLU News - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 13:38
New England Patriots' Head Coach Bill Belichick defended his team and quarterback Tom Brady against accusations of cheating amid the so-called "Deflategate" controversy that erupted last weekend when underinflated footballs were used in

Sound Effect, Episode 3: Rain

KPLU News - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 10:54

"Sound Effect" is a weekly tour of ideas, inspired by the place where we live. The show is hosted by KPLU's Gabriel Spitzer.

Each week's show will explore a different theme. In this week's show, we dive into the rain.

Seattle's Rain Art

KPLU News - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 10:29

When It Rains, Seattle's Hidden Sidewalk Messages Reveal Themselves

KPLU News - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 10:29

Next time you’re walking on a sidewalk in Seattle and it’s raining, look down. You just might see a message reveal itself.

At least that’s the intention of a 21-year-old magician who has created unusual sidewalk art. His stenciled messages are only visible when it’s wet outside.

Read the story and see a map of the artwork on Quirksee.org >>>