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

KPLU News - 5 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 - 5 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 - 6 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 - 6 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 - 6 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 - 6 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 - 7 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 - 8 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 - 8 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 - 8 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 - 8 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 - 9 hours 31 min ago


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

KPLU News - 9 hours 41 min ago

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

Leavin' On A Jet Plane, Don't Know If You'll Ever Sleep Again?

KPLU News - 9 hours 51 min ago

Travel over long distances can wear you out. As anyone who’s flown a great distance can tell you, the sudden change in time zones can wreak havoc on your body. KPLU travel expert Matthew Brumley has been almost every continent on the planet, and has a lot of experience fighting off jet lag. Here's his advice:

Before The Trip

Live Anthrax Was Mistakenly Sent To 9 States And A U.S. Military Base

KPLU News - 10 hours 39 min ago
The Department of Defense says an attempt to ship inactive anthrax samples resulted in live samples being sent to labs in nine U.S. states and to a U.S. Air Force base in South Korea.

Fears of exposure to the potentially deadly disease has prompted officials to advise four civilian workers to get preventive care; more than 20 military personnel are also being monitored. The samples were sent via commercial shipping companies, but the Pentagon says there is "no known risk to the general public."

The spores were supposed to have been killed by being irradiated.

Non-Academic Skills Are Key To Success. But What Should We Call Them?

KPLU News - 10 hours 48 min ago
More and more people in education agree on the importance of learning stuff other than academics.

But no one agrees on what to call that "stuff".

There are least seven major overlapping terms in play. New ones are being coined all the time. This bagginess bugs me, as a member of the education media. It bugs researchers and policymakers too.

"Basically we're trying to explain student success educationally or in the labor market with skills not directly measured by standardized tests," says Martin West, at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

The Future President Will Need To Wrestle With Debt From The Past

KPLU News - 12 hours 50 min ago
Our next president is likely to have some big plans for the future of the country. But he or she will also have to wrestle with some left-over bills from the past. The federal government has issued trillions of dollars in IOUs. And just the interest on that massive debt could be a serious constraint for the next president.

That's why Danette Kenne has some questions for the presidential candidates about what kind of budget they plan to present to Congress.

"Being in Iowa, one of the things we can do is ask questions," Kenne said.

Kenne is not your typical deficit scold.

Are Black Voters Ready For Hillary Clinton?

KPLU News - 12 hours 51 min ago
Hillary Clinton will need black voters if she wants to win the Democratic nomination and the presidency next year.

Their Life In A Refugee Camp Might Be Better Than Life Back At Home

KPLU News - 14 hours 21 min ago
The world's largest refugee camp is also a giant social experiment.

Take hundreds of thousands of Somalis fleeing a war. Shelter them for 24 years in a camp in Kenya run by the United Nations. And offer different opportunities than they might have had if they'd stayed in Somalia.

The Kenyan government wants the experiment to end, soon. It's pushing the refugees to return to their home in Somalia, though the camp called Dadaab is the only home many have known.

Habiba Abdurahman fled the war in Somalia when she was six, with her mother and sisters.

The Technology Of Books Has Changed, But Bookstores Are Hanging In

KPLU News - 14 hours 22 min ago
If the book is dead, nobody bothered to tell the folks at Capitol Hill Books in Washington, D.C.