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See Priya Cook: Gender Bias Pervades Textbooks Worldwide

KPLU News - 3 hours 2 min ago
"If aliens beamed onto Earth and read our school textbooks, they wouldn't have a clue about what women contribute to our society," says Rae Blumberg, a sociologist at the University of Virginia.

Blumberg has spent years looking at textbooks from all over the world. In almost every country she has studied, women are either completely written out of texts — or they're portrayed in stereotypical, often subservient roles.

Take for instance, a history and geography book for third graders used in West Bengal, India.

This Robot Chef Has Mastered Crab Bisque

KPLU News - 4 hours 45 min ago


Netflix Adds Audio To Bring 'Daredevil' To Life For The Blind

KPLU News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 15:49
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Rules For No-Fly List Disclosures Get An Update

KPLU News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 14:40
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Late Chicago Chef Sought To Open 'A New Page In Gastronomy'

KPLU News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 14:39


Suicide Blast Kills More Than 30 In Afghanistan

KPLU News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 14:39
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GOP Presidential Hopefuls Converge In New Hampshire

KPLU News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 14:39
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When Politicians Lose Their Accents

KPLU News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 14:39
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Setting The Record Straight On The Phrase 'Gateway Drug'

KPLU News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 14:39
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Gazing Into Those Puppy-Dog Eyes May Actually Be Good For You

KPLU News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 14:39
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WHO Leader Says End Of Ebola Outbreak Is Near, But Hard Work Remains

KPLU News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 14:39
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It's Record Store Day – Here Are Pictures To Prove It

KPLU News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 14:09
In the music world, today is all about bricks and mortar. It's the annual Record Store Day, when music fans are urged to get out to support their local shop.

From new releases to vintage finds, people have been posting photos of beloved albums and record stores Saturday.

Music companies are putting out dozens of limited-edition releases for the occasion.

Syria's Minorities: Caught Between Sword Of ISIS And Wrath of Assad

KPLU News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 13:03
Consider the plight of Syria's many minorities — the Christians, the Druze, the Ismailis and many others.

On one hand, they face threats by extremists like the self-proclaimed Islamic State, which considers their beliefs heretical. On the other hand, joining forces with President Bashar Assad's regime could mean dangerous military deployments and antagonizing the Sunni Muslim majority.

It's a life-and-death dilemma for these small communities that have come to feel ever more vulnerable.

'Furious 7' Races To New Record, Quickly Hitting $1 Billion Mark

KPLU News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 11:50
It's taken the street-racing movie Furious 7 only 17 days to reach $1 billion in worldwide box office grosses, according to Universal Pictures. On its opening weekend, the movie reportedly made $143.6 million in the U.S.

Sound Effect, Episode 15: For The Love Of The Game

KPLU News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 11:00

  "Sound Effect" is your weekly tour of ideas, inspired by the place we live. This week's show is hosted by KPLU's Kevin Kniestedt.

Each week's show explores a different theme, and this week, we play ball with ‘For the Love of the Game.’

WWII Aircraft Carrier Is Found On Ocean Floor Near San Francisco

KPLU News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 09:43
It fought in World War II and was used in two atomic bomb tests. Now, 64 years after it was scuttled, the USS Independence has been located by an undersea survey team led by NOAA and the U.S. Navy.

A new image of the ship suggests it's in good shape for a craft that was damaged by shock waves, heat and radiation in the Pacific Ocean.

"Independence sits on the bottom as if ready to launch its planes," said James Delgado, maritime heritage director for NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries.

Antitrust Inquiry Reportedly Looks At How Big Theater Chains Snare Movies

KPLU News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 08:52
Small theaters' claims that large cinema chains keep them from screening first-run movies have reportedly prompted a Department of Justice investigation. News of a federal inquiry comes as arguments over preferential treatment and exclusivity have been heating up in recent years.

NPR's Mandalit del Barco reports:

"A Supreme Court decision in 1948 required that movie studios divest their ownership in theaters. The idea was to guarantee independent theaters could show new movie releases.

Australia Says It Broke Up ISIS-Inspired Plot To Attack WWI Event

KPLU News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 08:07
In a series of early-morning raids, Australian counterterrorism police arrested five men in the Melbourne area Saturday, over their possible involvement in a plot to attack police officers at an upcoming World War I remembrance ceremony.

Three of the men were later released; police say that Sevdet Ramdan Besim, 18, "has been charged with conspiracy to commit acts done in preparation for, or planning, terrorist acts."

From Sydney, Stuart Cohen reports:

"Police say two of the men were planning terror attacks at ANZAC Day ceremonies, Australia's memorial day, marking the 100t

Suicide Bombing Kills At Least 35 In Jalalabad; ISIS Reportedly Claims Responsibility

KPLU News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 06:59
In what could be the first attack in Afghanistan by the self-proclaimed Islamic State, the extremist group has reportedly said it is behind Saturday's deadly attack in Jalalabad. Media outlets and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani have noted the claim, which has not been independently verified.

"Who claimed responsibility for horrific attack in Nangarhar today? The Taliban did not claim responsibility for the attack, Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack," Ghani told Agence France-Presse.

Heavy Police Presence At Ferry Demonstrations Bring Seoul To A Halt

KPLU News - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 05:47