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Mount Everest: Avalanche Death Toll Rises To 13

KPLU News - 3 hours 21 min ago
Search teams have recovered the body of the 13th victim of a deadly avalanche on Mount Everest. Crews are digging through a mass of ice and snow in an unstable ice field on the world's tallest mountain in hopes of finding Sherpa guides who are still missing.

"Three guides remain missing, according to the head of the Nepalese government's mountaineering department," NPR's Julie McCarthy reports from New Delhi.

Song Of The Day: Vijay Iyer's 'Galang,' Trio Riot Version

KPLU News - 4 hours 47 min ago

Pianist Vijay Iyer is one of the most celebrated and talked-about musicians of his generation. His list of accomplishments and accolades is impressive, including Grammy Nominations, Jazz Musician of the Year awards, and even a MacArthur Genius Award. His body of work is as broad as it is creative, and he's a powerful piano player and a skillful composer.

First Nuisance Sea Lions Of 2014 Killed At Bonneville Dam

KPLU News - 6 hours 25 min ago


State wildlife officers trapped and killed six salmon-chomping sea lions at Bonneville Dam earlier this week.

It's part of a renewed campaign against nuisance predators who follow the spring salmon run.

How A Music Writer Learned Trust Is The Ultimate Backstage Pass

KPLU News - 8 hours 14 sec ago
Lisa Robinson has done just about every kind of music writing there is.

Mental And Physical Toll Of Bullying Persists For Decades

KPLU News - 8 hours 32 sec ago
What doesn't kill us only makes us stronger, right? Well, not when it comes to bullying.

Some may still consider bullying a harmless part of growing up, but mounting evidence suggests that the adverse effects of being bullied aren't something kids can just shake off.

Captain Apologizes As Death Toll Rises In S. Korea Ferry Accident

KPLU News - 8 hours 37 sec ago
Divers searching a sunken South Korean ferry have found three more bodies, bringing the number of victims to 32.

So This Is How They Do It! Zebras Getting Stripes

KPLU News - 8 hours 52 sec ago
How did it happen? How'd the zebra get its stripes?

In Rudyard Kipling's version, a gray, horsey-looking beast went into "a great forest 'sclusively full of trees and bushes and stripy, speckly, patchy-batchy shadows," stayed there awhile, and after a "long time"... got stripy.

OK. Not bad.

Here's another notion, this one from Ricardo Solis, an artist working in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Pakiastani TV Journalist Hamid Mir Wounded In Attack

KPLU News - 8 hours 2 min ago
Prominent TV anchor Hamid Mir is in a Karachi hospital after gunmen opened fire on his car Saturday afternoon. Mir's car was ambushed by attackers, at least some of whom were riding motorcycles, according to local media reports.

Details about the attack are still emerging. Mir's broadcast network, Geo TV, says he arrived at a hospital in critical condition after being shot three times in the leg and torso, citing police.

Song Of The Day: Sonny Rollins' 'Without A Song'

KPLU News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 21:42

“I want to be connecting with the subconscious, if I can call it that, because there are not to many words to describe the real deep inner part of a human being…I want to be at that place where everything is blotted out and where creativity happens, and to get there I practice, you know I’m a prolific practicer, I still practice every day…You have to have the skills, then you want to not think when you’re playing, that’s when you let whatever deep level of creativity, spirituality, I mean, you know these words are so inadequate these days but you want to get to this place where they exi

Campaign To Get Sherman Alexie Book To Idaho Students Tops Goal

KPLU News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 19:08

Two women in Washington have raised enough money to send 350 copies of a controversial book by Sherman Alexie to students in Meridian, Idaho. 

The move is in reaction to the Meridian School Board's decision to suspend use of “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian" after parents complained about profanity and sexual content in the novel.

Like Ham? There's A Festival For That In French Basque Country

KPLU News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 18:58
In Bayonne, they take their ham very, very seriously.

This medieval fortress of a town is minutes from the French seaside ports of Barritz and St. Jean de Luz, and not far from Spain's St. Sebastian. It has reigned as a cultural and commercial center for a millennium, according to historian Mark Kurlansky in The Basque History of the World.

Its most famous item since the Middle Ages? The jambon de Bayonne.

Airbnb To Start Charging Hotel Taxes In A Handful Of Cities

KPLU News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 18:57
When Regitze Visby, a tourist visiting San Francisco from Denmark, searched for accommodations for her trip and saw she could stay at one of the famed "painted ladies" on Alamo Square through Airbnb, she took it.

At $135 a night, "it was a good deal," she says.

But does she know if she's paying a transient occupancy tax or a hotel tax? "I have no idea," she says.

Visby would know if she were staying in a hotel. It's 14 percent per room.

A Love Letter To Literature: Reading Gabo In 'The Paris Review'

KPLU News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 18:57
Everyone has a favorite Gabriel Garcia Marquez book, and mine is Love in the Time of Cholera. It's the story of a romance that lasts decades, unwinding through the pages of the book. It's verbose, vibrant and full of love.

But that libro isn't my favorite section of the Garcia Marquez canon.

Hunting For The Tastiest Egg: Duck, Goose, Chicken Or Quail?

KPLU News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 11:37
The chicken clearly rules the roost of American egg production. Our hens laid 95.2 billion eggs in 2013, according to government figures.

Here's What Putin Didn't Tell Snowden About Russia's Spying

KPLU News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 10:49
"Does Russia intercept, store or analyze in any way the communications of millions of individuals?" former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden asked Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday.

"We don't have a mass system of such interception, and according to our law it cannot exist," the Russian leader responded.

Well, as NPR's Tom Gjelten tweets<

Why Mumps And Measles Can Spread Even When We're Vaccinated

KPLU News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 10:48
More than two months after a nasty mumps virus triggered fever, headache and painfully swollen glands among a handful of students at Ohio State University, the outbreak has ballooned to 234 cases at last count, and has spilled into the surrounding community in Columbus, Ohio.

"Columbus officials are calling it the city's biggest outbreak since the development of the mumps vaccine in the 1940s," WOSU reporter Steve Brown tells Shots.