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Drug Overdose, On The Rise, Cropping Up As Campaign Issue

KPLU News - 2 hours 28 min ago
As presidential candidates visit the early caucus and primary states of Iowa and New Hampshire, they're hearing about heroin and meth. Drug overdoses now kill more Americans than traffic accidents. And, in many places, there's a growing acceptance that this isn't just a problem for other people.

New Hampshire is in the throes of a crisis. Last year more than 300 people in the small state died of drug overdoses.

Why A Journalist Scammed The Media Into Spreading Bad Chocolate Science

KPLU News - 2 hours 28 min ago
Earlier this spring, headlines around the world trumpeted an exciting bit of news that seemed too good to be true: "Eating that bar of chocolate can HELP you lose weight," as Britain's Daily Mail put it.

From India to Australia and Texas to Germany, news organizations shared findings published in the International Archives of Medicine in late March.

The problem? The study they were based on was pure junk.

Blind Auditions Could Give Employers A Better Hiring Sense

KPLU News - 2 hours 28 min ago
Entrepreneur Petar Vujosevic was just a regular guy who saw a big problem with the way the hiring system works.

Typically, a hiring manager posts an opening, describes the ideal candidate and resumes come flooding in.

FCC Chairman Wants To Help Low Income Americans Afford Broadband

KPLU News - 2 hours 33 min ago
A government program called Lifeline subsidizes basic phone service for low-income people. Now, the head of the Federal Communications Commission also wants to use the program to pay for broadband Internet connections, which many poor people lack.

When it comes to the Internet, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler says there are the haves and the have nots. Ninety-five percent of households with incomes over $150,000 a year have broadband access, he says.

What We Know About Tattoo Reactions Only Goes Skin-Deep

KPLU News - 3 hours 27 min ago
For about as long as there have been humans, it seems there have been tattoos.

Ötzi the Iceman, the 5,000-year-old mummy discovered in the Alps in 1991, had 61 tattoos covering his body. And a quick look around the local coffee shop reveals they're just about as popular today. By one estimate, about a quarter of U.S. adults have at least one tattoo.

Yet doctors say we still don't understand the full extent of the skin's reaction to tattoos.

Does Less Latin Mean Dumbing Down? France Debates School Reform

KPLU News - 3 hours 45 min ago
Reforming the education system in any country can be tricky. But in France, where learning is highly centralized and public school (l'ecole de la Republique) a symbol of French greatness, it's all but impossible.

Several French presidents have tried and failed.

Smartphones Are So Smart They Can Now Test Your Vision

KPLU News - 4 hours 10 min ago


Not Your Mother's Catholic Frescoes: Radiant Portraits Of Queer People Of Color

KPLU News - 7 hours 28 min ago
Photographer Gabriel Garcia Roman's portraits feature friends and acquaintances, activists and poets, Americans and immigrants — some naturalized, some undocumented.

All of them are queer people of color.

"I wanted to specifically focus on this community because queer and trans people of color are so rarely represented in the art world," says Roman, who is Mexican-American and also identifies as queer.

The photo series, called "Queer Icons," evokes the colorful, religious artwork th

'Trigger Mortis': New Bond Novel Brings Back Pussy Galore

KPLU News - 7 hours 32 min ago
What kind of birthday gift do you get a man who's already got everything? It's a well-worn riddle — and one that gets all the more difficult if the man in question happens to have died a half-century ago.

Luckily for Ian Fleming, today's 107-year-old birthday boy and the creator of James Bond, novelist Anthony Horowitz knows just the gift: a reunion with an old friend.

Horowitz, who's helming the newest official Bond novel, Trigger Mortis, announced Thursday that the book will be bringing back a familiar face — Pussy Galore.

FIFA President Blatter: Bribery Scandal Puts 'Long Shadow' Over Soccer

KPLU News - 8 hours 8 min ago
Embattled FIFA President Sepp Blatter is speaking at the beginning of the 65th Congress of soccer's worldwide governing body. Blatter faces a reelection vote Friday, in the face of new corruption and bribery charges against senior members of FIFA.

"These are unprecedented and difficult times for FIFA," Blatter said.

Depression Treatments Inspired By Club Drug Move Ahead In Tests

KPLU News - 8 hours 22 min ago
Antidepressant drugs that work in hours instead of weeks could be on the market within three years, researchers say.

"We're getting closer and closer to having really, truly next-generation treatments that are better and quicker than existing ones," says Dr. Carlos Zarate, a researcher at the National Institute of Mental Health.

The new drugs are based on the anesthetic ketamine, which is also a popular club drug known as Special K.

The Windshield-Pitting Mystery Of 1954

KPLU News - 8 hours 33 min ago
The nationwide weirdness that was the Windshield-Pitting Mystery began in the spring of 1954. Looking back at the events today may give us a window – ok, a windshield – on the make-up and the mindset of mid-20th century America.

The epidemic's epicenter, according to HistoryLink – an online compendium of Washington state history — was the town of Bellingham where "tiny holes, pits, and dings ...

NOAA Warns Of Powerful Storms, Despite Seeing 'Below-Normal' Hurricane Season

KPLU News - 8 hours 47 min ago
Even though its predictions call for a below-normal Atlantic hurricane season with 6 to 11 named storms this year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says strong and devastating storms remain a possibility.

From NOAA:

" 'A below-normal season doesn't mean we're off the hook.

Buzzfeed's Saeed Jones Wrote A Beautiful Thing On Being Black In The Book World

KPLU News - 9 hours 32 min ago
Today on Code Switch, writer and critic Roxane Gay, who's a favorite of ours, writes about the problem of all-white recommended readings lists.

It also reminded us of an essay from last month by Saeed Jones, literary editor at Buzzfeed.

FIFA Update: Europe's UEFA Backs Blatter's Opponent; Raids In Brazil

KPLU News - 10 hours 13 min ago
One day after a string of bribery arrests and indictments was revealed to center on FIFA, the soccer organization's president, Sepp Blatter, says he will not resign. Accusations of rampant corruption at FIFA emerged just two days before Blatter is set to stand for re-election.

The dozens of criminal charges unveiled Wednesday have stoked long-simmering suspicions about corruption in soccer's governing body.

How Much Does A Colonoscopy Cost In California? Help Find Out

KPLU News - 10 hours 29 min ago
The colonoscopy: It may be the most dreaded screening test out there, and it's the next step in KQED's PriceCheck project.

On PriceCheck, we're crowdsourcing prices of common health tests and procedures.

5 Things You Should Know About George Pataki

KPLU News - 10 hours 42 min ago
George Pataki will announce his presidential candidacy in Exeter, N.H., Thursday morning, the eighth official Republican entrant in the 2016 race for the White House. The field is expected to double over the next couple of months. Pataki has made numerous visits and a few friends in recent months in the Granite State, home of the first primary in 2016.

The Worst Kind Of Groundhog Day: Let's Talk (Again) About Diversity In Publishing

KPLU News - 10 hours 51 min ago
Another day, another all-white list of recommended reading. This year's New York Times summer reading list, compiled annually by Times literary critic Janet Maslin, offered up zero books by non-white authors.

George Pataki Announces 2016 Presidential Bid

KPLU News - 11 hours 31 min ago


Need To Get Away? Just Build An Airplane, Grab The Family and Go

KPLU News - 11 hours 41 min ago

It does seem like a lot of effort simply to find a good camping spot.