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The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra Plays Charles Mingus In Concert On Jazz Northwest

KPLU News - 6 hours 34 min ago

For its season finale, The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra co-directed by Clarence Acox and Michael Brockman, played music by Charles Mingus (1922-1979).  Charles Mingus was one of the most significant American Composers of the Twentieth Century.  

Born in Nogales, New Mexico and raised in Watts,  he rose to prominence in New York during the 1940s Bop Era playing with Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and others.  As a leader himself from the 50s on, his groups toured around the world playing his original compositions exclusively.

As First Presidential Debate Looms, A Look At The Landscape Of The Race

KPLU News - 7 hours 25 min ago
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Review Of Leaked Test Results Shows Doping Is Widespread In Track And Field

KPLU News - 8 hours 31 min ago
According to a review of the results of 12,000 blood tests, the world of track and field has a doping problem that is as big as the one cycling had at the height of Lance Armstrong's popularity.

That's according to the Sunday Times and Germany's public broadcaster ARD/WDR, which obtained a leak of documents with the bloodwork of 5,000 athletes.

The International Association of Athletics Federations, track and

A Hitchhiking Robot's Journey West Ends Early ... In Philadelphia

KPLU News - 10 hours 22 min ago
After a bunch of really nice humans helped a hitchhiking robot traverse the length of Canada and most of Germany, the robot was going to try to make it from Massachusetts all the way to California.

HitchBOT is the brainchild of two Canadian social scientists.

Mexican Photojournalist Found Dead In Country's Capital

KPLU News - 13 hours 12 min ago
A Mexican photojournalist, who worked for, among others, the investigative outfit Proceso, has been found dead along with four other people at an apartment in the country's capital.

According to Article 19, a group that advocates for press freedom, Rubén Espinosa is the 88th journalist killed in Mexico.

But this death is different.

President Obama To Unveil Tough Proposal Targeting Greenhouse Gases

KPLU News - 14 hours 47 min ago
Calling it the "biggest, most important step we've ever taken to combat climate change," President Obama said his administration would unveil the final version of a proposal aimed at curbing the amount of carbon pollution put out by power plants.

NPR's Scott Horsley reports that the new regulations are actually tougher than the ones unveiled by the Environmental Protection Agency in a draft proposal in June of 2014.

Two big numbers: The regulations require that po

25 Years In Iraq, With No End In Sight

KPLU News - 15 hours 35 min ago
It started so well. When Saddam Hussein's Iraq invaded Kuwait on Aug. 2, 1990, the United States swiftly cobbled together a broad coalition, unleashed a stunning new generation of air power and waged a lightning ground offensive that lasted all of four days. Iraqi troops were so desperate to quit that some surrendered to Western journalists armed only with notebooks.

Kuwait was liberated, U.S. commander Gen.

More Plane Debris Washes Up On Réunion Island

KPLU News - 15 hours 42 min ago
More debris has washed on shore of the French Island of La Réunion in the Indian Ocean.

From Paris, reporter Jake Cigainero tells our Newscast unit that French authorities believe the debris could be linked to the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

Jake filed this report:

"Taking a Sunday morning stroll on the beach in La Réunion, walkers stumbled upon mangled metallic debris with what appears to be a type of door handle.

"Authorities believe the piece of metal could belong to flight MH370, which disappeared in March last year en route from Kuala Lampur to Beijing.

Obama To Detail Tougher Plan To Fight Climate Change

KPLU News - 16 hours 6 min ago
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Mormons Face A Painful Loss If The Church Severs Boy Scout Ties

KPLU News - 16 hours 19 min ago
The vote by the Boy Scouts of America to lift its ban on openly gay troop leaders last week was a blow to some religious conservative organizations that have long been connected to scouting, especially the Mormon Church, which has deep roots in the Boy Scouts.

The church, also known as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has used the Boy Scouts as its official program for young men for more than 100 years, according to Qin Monson, a political science professor at Brigham Young University.

"The church took the Boy Scout program and decided its values and mission aligned closely

Less-Addictive Opioids Could Boost Drug Firms' Image

KPLU News - 17 hours 3 min ago
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Could Biden Catch Clinton In A White House Bid?

KPLU News - 17 hours 4 min ago
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Nusra Front Attacks U.S.-Backed Syrian Fighters

KPLU News - 17 hours 7 min ago
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NFL's First Female Coach Raises The Perennial 'Distraction' Question

KPLU News - 17 hours 7 min ago
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Rivers Run Through This Exhibit Of Colombia Art

KPLU News - 17 hours 31 min ago
You walk into an air-conditioned building in Washington, D.C., and suddenly you're surrounded by rivers.

You can hear them, from the bubbling chuckle of a current to an unforgiving roar.

You can see them, foamy currents rushing past on video screens.

And when you take a break and sit down on a chair — carved out of reclaimed rainforest wood — you look up to see cascades of linen and plastic that seem to pour from the ceiling like flowing water.

Welcome to Waterweavers, an exhibit at the Art Museum of the Americas that represents the contemporary cul

Counterfeit Duck Confit: All Of The Flavor, Without The Labor

KPLU News - 19 hours 11 min ago
This summer, NPR is getting crafty in the kitchen. As part of Weekend Edition's Do Try This At Home series, chefs are sharing their cleverest hacks and tips — taking expensive, exhausting or intimidating recipes and tweaking them to work in any home kitchen.

This week: We learn to make a "counterfeit" version of duck confit, a classic French dish that traditionally can take days to prepare.

The Chef

David Lebovitz says the first time he tasted duck confit, he declared it the best thing in the world.

Jericho Isn't Cecil's Brother And Is Probably Still Alive, Lion Researcher Says

KPLU News - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 14:14
Two non-profit conservation groups in Zimbabwe are telling distinctly different stories about a lion that's seen as an ally of Cecil, the popular 13-year-old animal whose death at the hands of an American hunter in July sparked international outrage.

"We are absolutely heart broken," the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force said Saturday, announcing via Facebook page that Jericho, which it called Cecil's brother, was shot and killed at 4 p.m.

After A West Bank Home Goes Up In Flames, Tensions Flare In The Region

KPLU News - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 14:10
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SuperPACs Report Their Funds — And The Numbers Are Staggering

KPLU News - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 14:10
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Wildfires In California Spur Emergency Declaration; 1 Firefighter Dead

KPLU News - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 11:33
With 20 major wildfires burning in California, the state's governor, Jerry Brown, has declared a state of emergency. Nine of those fires cover areas of at least 1,000 acres; a firefighter from Rapid City, S.D., was killed while battling one of them, in Northern California.

From Los Angeles, Danielle Karson reports:

"The U.S. Forest Service is investigating how David Ruhl died. He was killed while fighting a wildfire in Modoc National Forest.

"A search began Thursday night, when Ruhl couldn't be contacted. His body was found Friday morning.