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Seattle Business Owners Turn To An Unlikely Source Of Consultants: UW Undergrads

KPLU News - 3 hours 42 min ago

Business owners in Seattle and around the state are lining up to tap the expertise of an unusual group of consultants: undergraduates at the University of Washington. That may sound surprising, since the students mostly just have a few internships on their resumes.

But their consulting class pushes them to dive deep into their clients’ business problems and deliver tangible, practical advice.

For one local chef, it’s a partnership that has yielded results.

New State Rules Could Limit Cheaper Health Plans With 'Narrow Networks'

KPLU News - 3 hours 42 min ago

The practice of offering relatively inexpensive health plans with bare-bones provider networks has created tension between making health care affordable and keeping it accessible. It’s set to come to a head this week in Olympia.

The growth of “narrow networks” in Washington comes as the Affordable Care Act limits the ability of insurance companies to control their costs. That’s made it harder to offer plans at a range of prices — something the companies want to do as they compete for comparison shoppers on the health exchanges.

Washington's Own Bill Iffrig A Reluctant Hero Of Boston Marathon Bombing

KPLU News - 3 hours 43 min ago

An elderly man from Lake Stevens has become a reluctant symbol of resilience in the face of terrorism. 

An image of 79-year-old Bill Iffrig, blown off his feet in an orange singlet near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, went around the world. He was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated, and interviewed for a 12-minute online documentary titled "The Finish Line." 

Stores With High Shoplifting Rate Could Lose Liquor License Under New State Law

KPLU News - 4 hours 12 min ago

Grocery store owners who are losing liquor to shoplifters could pay a hefty price. Under a new law that takes effect June 13, the state can take away the store's license to sell liquor.

The crack down is aimed at keeping liquor out of the hands of underage drinkers.

It's 4:20 On 4/20: Denver Hosts The Cannabis Cup Today

KPLU News - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 17:54
Tens of thousands of people are attending the Cannabis Cup in Denver this weekend, the first time the marijuana festival and trade show is held in Colorado since the state legalized recreational pot in January.

The festival's date is no coincidence – it's a conversion of the pot smoker's favorite time of 4:20 into a date.

Hey, Kids, Remember You're On Our Side: The FBI Makes A Movie

KPLU News - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 17:53



Song Of The Day: Lionel Hampton's 'I Got A Heartful Of Music'

KPLU News - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 15:38

Lionel Hampton is a towering figure in the world of jazz. He was one of the first people to play the vibraphone and make that instrument popular, he played in one of the first racially integrated bands in the world, and the list of people he played and recorded with reads like a who's who of jazz: Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Charles Mingus, Dizzy Gillespie, Wes Montgomery, Art Tatum, Stan Getz and on and on. It's also his birthday today, so I thought we'd fire up some of his best.

Kendra Shank And John Stowell Performing At SAM

KPLU News - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 13:00

Former Seattle resident Kendra Shank now lives in New York, and John Stowell resides in Portland when he's not touring. They first performed together in Portland over twenty years ago but when they re-discovered how much they liked making music together, it resulted in a new CD "New York Conversations."

The duo is currently on a West Coast tour with 13 dates which began in Seattle with a concert at The Seattle Art Museum.

Advice From Women About Negotiating For A Raise: Just Ask

KPLU News - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 12:07
Twice Juno Schaser asked for a raise. Twice she was turned down, she says. If her group of female friends is any indication, it's a common experience.

" 'At least they'll respect you for trying,' " a friend told Schaser, a 23-year-old museum publicist.

"I think I'd feel more respected if I was paid at the same level as my male co-workers," Schaser says.

The evolving discussion about women and negotiating has been filled with buzzwords, stats, meet-ups and must-reads.

Google Frecking: The Week In Pandas

KPLU News - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 12:06
What a week it's been for giant pandas. We know because for the past seven days, we have been Google Frecking for pandas.

Google Frecking is an info-gathering game we devised — at the suggestion of our creative editor — for drilling a little deeper into a subject that intrigues us. In this case: pandas.

Last weekend we set up a Google Alert for pandas.

'Hurricane' Carter Dies; Boxer Was Wrongfully Convicted Of Murder

KPLU News - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 12:01
Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the former boxing champion whose conviction for a triple murder was overturned after he served nearly 20 years in prison, has died of prostate cancer.

All Grown Up? Three Books About The Mystery Of Coming Of Age

KPLU News - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 12:01
Some books have a subject so timeless as to be almost mythic — it's as though these stories are reinvented each time a new book appears, since the subject is right at the heart of what it means to be human. Coming of age books, if they are any good, have this mythic quality. Here are three that are at the top of the scale.

What does it mean to grow up?

Pope Francis Leads Easter Mass For Thousands

KPLU News - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 12:00
A crowd estimated at more than 150,000 people gathered in St. Peter's Square for an Easter Mass led by Pope Francis on Sunday. The pope gave his traditional blessing on the most important day of the Christian calendar; he also called for help for people who are living in desperate conditions.

From Rome, NPR's Sylvia Poggioli reports for our Newscast unit:

"Looking tired after an intense holy week, Francis stressed that Easter is 'the basis of our faith and hope.' If Christ were not raised, he said, Christianity would lose its very meaning.

This May Be Rogue Parishioners' Last Easter In Closed Church

KPLU News - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 12:00
Nearly a decade has passed since the doors of the Saint Frances Cabrini Catholic Church were shut and its holy water dried up.

With the Archdiocese of Boston strapped for cash, it was one of dozens of churches in the area to be closed and sold off. At the time, the archdiocese was in the throes of the clergy sex abuse crisis. It had agreed to pay nearly $85 million to more than 500 people who said they were abused by priests.

The closing of the church took parishioners in Scituate, Mass., about 30 miles south of Boston, by surprise.

Ancient Landscape Is Found Under 2 Miles Of Ice In Greenland

KPLU News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 17:41
In a surprising discovery, scientists have found evidence of a tundra landscape in Greenland that's millions of years old. The revelation goes against widely held ideas about how some glaciers work, and it suggests that at least parts of Greenland's ice sheet had survived periods of global warming intact.

"Glaciers are commonly thought to work like a belt sander," a news release from the University of Vermont says.

Telltale Rainbow Sheens Show Thousands Of Spills Across The Gulf

KPLU News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 17:40
Jonathan Henderson of New Orleans-based Gulf Restoration Network is flying Louisiana's coast looking for oil. As usual, he's found some.

"I just noticed something out of the corner of my eye that looks like a sheen that had some form to it," he says. "We're going to go take a closer look and see if there's a rainbow sheen."

It's a target-rich environment for Henderson, because more than 54,000 wells were planted in and off this coast — part of the 300,000 wells in the state. They're connected by thousands of miles of pipelines, all vulnerable to leaks.

And leak they do.

From Empty Lots To Hospitals, New Purposes For Standard Spaces

KPLU News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 17:39
The online magazine Ozy covers people, places and trends on the horizon. Co-founder Carlos Watson joins All Things Considered regularly to tell us about the site's latest discoveries.

This week, Watson tells about a fake hospital that's testing out high- and low-tech gadgets for real medical discoveries. They also discuss a Los Angeles project seeking to transform vacant lots into parks. Copyright 2014 NPR.

Writing The Wicked Ways Of The 'Worst. Person. Ever.'

KPLU News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 17:38
Douglas Coupland's latest book, Worst. Person. Ever., is a profane, shocking novel that centers around an awful guy named Raymond Gunt.

"Imagine there's this really bitter English guy who has Tourettes and swore all the time, except he doesn't have Tourettes, he just swears a lot.

Mount Everest: Avalanche Death Toll Rises To 13

KPLU News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 14:53
Search teams have recovered the body of the 13th victim of a deadly avalanche on Mount Everest. Crews are digging through a mass of ice and snow in an unstable ice field on the world's tallest mountain in hopes of finding Sherpa guides who are still missing.

"Three guides remain missing, according to the head of the Nepalese government's mountaineering department," NPR's Julie McCarthy reports from New Delhi.

Song Of The Day: Vijay Iyer's 'Galang,' Trio Riot Version

KPLU News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 13:26

Pianist Vijay Iyer is one of the most celebrated and talked-about musicians of his generation. His list of accomplishments and accolades is impressive, including Grammy Nominations, Jazz Musician of the Year awards, and even a MacArthur Genius Award. His body of work is as broad as it is creative, and he's a powerful piano player and a skillful composer.