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Manhattanhenge Set To Wow New Yorkers Tonight

KPLU News - 2 hours 2 min ago


Sound Effect, Episode 21: Self-Government

KPLU News - 2 hours 16 min ago

"Sound Effect" is your weekly tour of ideas, inspired by the place we live. The show is hosted by KPLU's Gabriel Spitzer. Each week's show explores a different theme, and this week we hear stories about the promise and the perils of self-government. 

We begin with the tale of a short-lived utopian society, right in the heart of Seattle. In 1962, a mysterious island rose, inexplicably, out of the waters of Lake Union. That gave a group of UW students an idea. Gabriel Spitzer tracks down one of the ringleaders of their plot, half-a-century later, to learn about the epic rise and tragic fall of Chelan Island. 

It's A 'Year Of Fear' For Kids, U.N. Says. Can We Make Things Better?

KPLU News - 3 hours 6 min ago
It's a "year of fear" for children.

That's how Gordon Brown put it in a speech this month. He's the former British Prime Minister who is now the U.N. special envoy for global education.

Hastert Due To Be Arraigned Next Week

KPLU News - 3 hours 27 min ago
Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert was due to be arraigned in federal court next week on charges he paid hush money — reportedly to keep silent allegations of sexual abuse that date from his days as a high school teacher and coach in rural Illinois.

Hastert, a Republican, led the House of Representatives for eight years after Newt Gingrich was forced to step down. He is accused of structuring the withdrawal of $952,000 in cash in increments just under $10,000 in what prosecutors say was an effort to avoid attracting the attention of federal authorities.

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley Seeks Democratic Nomination

KPLU News - 5 hours 15 min ago
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Newly Re-Elected, FIFA's Sepp Blatter Denies Ties To Corruption

KPLU News - 6 hours 16 min ago
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Under Cover Of Conflict, Hamas Killed Palestinians, Amnesty Alleges

KPLU News - 6 hours 37 min ago
During the upheaval of last year's war between Hamas and Israel, at least 23 Gazans were deliberately killed by their fellow Palestinians, according to a report out this week from Amnesty International.

Amnesty blames the killings on Hamas, which runs Gaza. It says those killed were accused of being collaborators — spies for Israel — and many were awaiting trial.

Hamas denies responsibility for the killings.

Death Toll In Texas, Oklahoma Floods At 28

KPLU News - 6 hours 50 min ago
Officials are warning of more rain this weekend in Texas and Oklahoma, compounding severe flooding in the region that began last weekend and has been blamed for the deaths of at least 28 people.

Forecasters warn that the Colorado River at Wharton, Texas, could crest today, causing major flooding in that area.

Egypt Agrees To Deport U.S. Citizen Sentenced For Protests

KPLU News - 7 hours 16 min ago
A dual U.S.-Egyptian citizen who spent nearly two years in prison after being swept up in a crackdown on the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood movement has been released and will be deported to the United States.

Mohamed Soltan, 27, was sentenced for helping finance anti-government protests and for spreading "false news."

He had reportedly been on a hunger strike for 489 days and was arrested in August 2013.

Mary Ellen Mark And The Caged Prostitutes Of Mumbai

KPLU News - 8 hours 18 min ago
She saw young women in cages. Men young and old watched as the women beckoned and lifted their skirts, then decided which one to pick as if they were choosing a brand of soap in the supermarket.

That's the sight that confronted Mary Ellen Mark in 1968 when she visited Falkland Street, a bustling thoroughfare in Mumbai.

South Korea Struggles To Contain Deadly MERS Virus' Spread

KPLU News - 9 hours 36 min ago
A deadly virus with no known cure — Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS — has infected 13 people in South Korea since mid-May.

Mecca Becomes A Mecca For Skyscraper Hotels

KPLU News - 9 hours 48 min ago
At the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, the booming call to prayer competes with the racket of construction.

The Grand Mosque is the destination for the most sacred Muslim pilgrimage and it holds the Kaaba, the black cube of a building in the center of the mosque known to Muslims as the House of God.

But skyscraper hotels increasingly dominate the skyline, dwarfing the Great Mosque where worshippers gather, and angering those who seek to retain the city's history and traditional architecture.

Cranes fill the sky and soaring above it all is the Clock Tower Hotel, which reaches some 13

Seattle Hires New Director For City's Labor Office

KPLU News - Fri, 05/29/2015 - 19:53


The Seattle office charged with enforcing the $15 minimum wage law has hired Dylan Orr to be its new director. Before taking the job Orr was the first openly transgender person appointed by the Obama Administration, or any presidential administration.

High School Testing Bill Stalls, Putting Fate Of 2,000 Students' Diplomas In Doubt

KPLU News - Fri, 05/29/2015 - 19:50

More than 2,000 high school seniors in Washington state appear unlikely to graduate this year because they didn't pass a required biology test.

But while their predicament has caught Olympia's attention, a last-minute push to let those students get their diplomas anyway appears to have stalled in the State Senate as lawmakers debate what tests to link to graduation going forward.

Win Tickets To Eliane Elias At Victoria JazzFest

KPLU News - Fri, 05/29/2015 - 17:00


Eliane Elias Made In Brazil featuring Marc Johnson (bass), Rafael Barata (drums), and Rubens De Lacorte (guitar).

Sponsored by KPLU 88.5

Win Tickets To CSI: Oly

KPLU News - Fri, 05/29/2015 - 17:00
  • CSI: Oly
  • @ Hands On Children's Museum in Olympia
  • Friday, June 26th  7-10 p.m.


The museum is turning into a crime scene!

Win Passes To A Screening Of "I'll See YOu In My Dreams"

KPLU News - Fri, 05/29/2015 - 17:00


In this vibrant, funny, and heartfelt film, a widow and former songstress discovers that life can begin anew at any age.

Trickster Journalist Explains Why He Duped The Media On Chocolate Study

KPLU News - Fri, 05/29/2015 - 15:21
On Thursday we told you about an elaborate hoax carried out by a science journalist who wanted to teach the media a lesson about being more responsible in reporting on nutrition science.

As we reported, John Bohannon conducted a real — but deeply and deliberately flawed — study on how chocolate affects weight loss. He wrote press releases to alert the media, then sat back and watched who bit.

When Are Employee Wellness Incentives No Longer Voluntary?

KPLU News - Fri, 05/29/2015 - 14:52
Scotts Miracle-Gro makes products for the care and health of lawns. The Marysville, Ohio, company says it wants to nurture its 8,000 employees the same way.

"It's very much of a family culture here," says Jim King, a spokesman for the Scotts company, which offers discounted prescriptions, annual health screenings and some free medical care.

In states where it's legal, the company refuses to hire people who smoke.

"We've been screening for tobacco use for about a decade," King says. "We no longer employ tobacco users."

That provision landed the company in court several years ago.