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Open Cases: Why One-Third of Murders In America Go Unresolved

KPLU News - 59 min 22 sec ago
If you're murdered in America, there's a one-in-three chance the police won't identify your killer.

To use the FBI's terminology, the national "clearance rate" for homicide today is 64.1 percent.

How Many Crimes Do Your Police 'Clear'? Now You Can Find Out

KPLU News - 1 hour 24 min ago
Violent crime in America has been falling for two decades. That's the good news. The bad news is, when crimes occur, they mostly go unpunished.

In fact, for most major crimes, police don't even make an arrest or identify a suspect.

In New York's Multinational Astoria, Diversity Is Key to Harmony

KPLU News - 1 hour 32 min ago
Queens, N.Y., is one of the most diverse urban spaces in the world, and one of the most diverse neighborhoods in Queens is Astoria, across the East River from upper Manhattan.

Astoria has a reputation as New York City's Greektown, but it's more like an urban United Nations. People from nearly 100 countries live there, according to census data.

They coexist pretty peacefully, but that wasn't always the case.

With So Much Oil Flowing, U.S. May Be Reaching Storage Limits

KPLU News - 2 hours 54 min ago
Never before in history has the U.S. had so much oil spurting up out of the ground and sloshing into storage tanks around the country. There's so much oil that the U.S. now rivals Saudi Arabia as the world's largest producer.

But there's been some concern that the U.S. will run out of places to put it all. Some analysts speculate that could spark another dramatic crash in oil prices.

Everyone in the oil trading business needs information. One thing they want to know these days is how full are oil storage tanks in places like Cushing, Okla.

Uphill Skiing Gains Traction In Colorado

KPLU News - 2 hours 55 min ago
It's spring break season and families and college students are heading to Colorado's ski resorts. You've heard of downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, but a growing trend in these areas involves people skiing uphill.

It's midday in Aspen, Colo., and uphill skier Chris Lane is on a break from work at a nonprofit. He clicks into his ski bindings and begins his 1,600 vertical foot journey uphill — on skis.

He's going against downhill traffic, so he stays on the side of the ski run.

"We've always gone one of two ways — either this route.

Sure Use A Treadmill Desk — But You Still Need To Exercise

KPLU News - 2 hours 56 min ago
First off, I need to be upfront: I have a treadmill desk. I got it about two years ago, prompted by all the studies showing the dangers of sitting all day. The idea is to get people more active and walking while working. The problem is, I don't use it. In fact, I probably only used it for a few months. I still stand all day, but I'm not walking.

It turns out I'm not alone. Treadmill desks may have seen their day, according to Dr. Tim Church of the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, La.

Compression Clothing: Not The Magic Bullet For Performance

KPLU News - 2 hours 57 min ago
Maybe you've seen them in the gym, or even squeezed into them yourself: super-tight T-shirts, leggings, knee and calf sleeves, even tube tops. More and more athletes are wearing compression garments, hoping they will improve their performance and recovery.

But do they work? This is a question Abigail Stickford, a postdoctoral researcher at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, wanted to answer.

She conducted a small study using compression calf sleeves.

Today Begins The Spring Pledge Drive!

KPLU News - 3 hours 36 min ago

It’s KPLU’s Spring Drive, the time of year when we ask you to consider making a gift in support of the programs the station provides for you and your community.

Today is New Member Day during our Spring Fund Drive! Every new member will receive an exclusive new item just for you.

Our goal is to get $330,000 in four days to support the music and news programs that you love most, while keeping the drive as short as possible!

Singers Rule On This Week's Jazz Northwest

KPLU News - Sun, 03/29/2015 - 15:00

Some singers you may not have heard before are featured on this Sunday's Jazz Northwest from 88.5 KPLU.

Perhaps most surprising is a seven member a cappella vocal group called Groove For Thought which will perform next Friday at Boxley's in North Bend.  Also on this week's show is a new vocalise release by Paul Green. He is well established as a blues singer and blues harp player, but he's making his CD debut as a jazz singer with his lyrics to jazz instrumental standards. He's also at Boxley's next Saturday.

Videos On End-Of-Life Choices Ease Tough Conversation

KPLU News - Sun, 03/29/2015 - 14:43


Iran, West Said To Be Closing Gap On Nuke Deal As Deadline Looms

KPLU News - Sun, 03/29/2015 - 12:39
Inching closer to the end-of-month deadline for a deal on Iran's nuclear program, major obstacles remain at the table in Switzerland, even as the sides were converging on an agreement to cap and ultimately roll back Tehran's nuclear ambitions, according to reports.

According to The Washington Post, Secretary of State John Kerry, the chief U.S.

Arab League Approves Idea Of Ground Forces For Regional Security

KPLU News - Sun, 03/29/2015 - 10:18
The Arab League has agreed in principle to establish its own military force designed to combat the threat from Islamist extremists in the region, as the 22-member grouping said that Saudi-led airstrikes against Yemeni Shiite insurgents would continue until the rebels "withdraw and surrender their weapons."

Egypt's state-run news agency says that Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi and leaders of the other states in the League agreed on broad details for forming a joint force that could be rapidly deployed in hot spots to restore peace and security.

Dozens Killed In Nigerian Election Violence As Polling Continues

KPLU News - Sun, 03/29/2015 - 07:07
Islamist insurgents in Nigeria have reportedly killed about 40 people, including a lawmaker, as the polling for a new president continues in the West African country.

Voting was extended for a second day after technical problems kept some from casting their ballots on Saturday. Incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan is squaring off against former military dictator Muhammadu Buhari.

According to The Associated Press: "Boko Haram extremists killed 41 people, including a

At Palm Sunday Mass, Pope Remembers Germanwings Crash Victims

KPLU News - Sun, 03/29/2015 - 06:14
Pope Francis, addressing tens of thousands at St.

Afghan Chief Executive: Leaders Set Aside Egos To Rally For Nation

KPLU News - Sun, 03/29/2015 - 05:43
Afghanistan's leaders were in Washington last week asking for more assistance from the U.S. They got what they wanted: President Obama announced he would postpone the withdrawal of thousands of U.S. troops this year. Those forces are needed to help Afghanistan troops battle the Taliban as the spring

Indiana Governor: Lawmakers To 'Clarify' Anti-Gay Law

KPLU News - Sun, 03/29/2015 - 05:36
Updated at 11:30 a.m. ET

Indiana Gov.

How Singapore Became One Of The Richest Places On Earth

KPLU News - Sun, 03/29/2015 - 04:39
Singapore has been called the 20th century's most successful development story.

"I don't think any other economy," says Linda Lim, an economist at the University of Michigan, "even the other Asian tigers, have that a good a statistical record of rapid growth, full employment, with very good social indicators — life expectancy, education, housing, etc.

As Iraqi Forces Press Into Tikrit, Hundreds Of ISIS FIghters Remain

KPLU News - Sun, 03/29/2015 - 04:31
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Cheez Whiz Helped Spread Processed Foods. Will It Be Squeezed Out?

KPLU News - Sun, 03/29/2015 - 04:26



Ukrainian Protestants Say Religious Intolerance Rising In Donetsk

KPLU News - Sun, 03/29/2015 - 04:26
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