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More Earshot Previews With John Gilbreath On Jazz Northwest

KPLU News - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 15:00

The Earshot Jazz Festival started last weekend and will continue through November 11 with dozens of performances in various venues around Seattle. Earshot director John Gilbreath joins Jim Wilke on KPLU's Jazz Northwest  to provide some highlights from a dizzying array of world class talent appearing during the Earshot Jazz Festival.  Highlighted on this program are performances by Lew Tabackin, Chad Mccullough, Miguel Zenon, Pharoah Sanders, Davie Liebman and Anton Schwartz. 

Waterfowl Migration In Flux

KPLU News - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 09:00

  Waterfowl such as this Greater White-fronted Goose have long followed a predictable schedule, flying south in autumn after breeding in the north. But for some birds, climate change may be delaying fall migration. Beginning in 1979, scientists in northern Europe recorded migration dates of geese and ducks during a period of 30 years. The data revealed six species that delayed southward migration. The reasons are complex, but a general trend of delayed fall migration will make waterfowl conservation increasingly challenging.

Chorus Line In The Sky

KPLU News - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 09:00

  A flock of small shorebirds (like these Western Sandpipers) twists and turns, glittering in the sky. When threatened by a falcon, these birds take to the air, flying so close together that it's hard for a predator to capture one. A bird at one edge turns toward the middle, and a wave sweeps across the entire flock in less than a second.

Win Tickets To John Oliver At The Paramount

KPLU News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 17:00

STG Presents John Oliver at The Paramount Theatre in Seattle on Sunday, November 23, 2014.

Win Tickets To Karrin Allyson At Jazz Alley

KPLU News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 17:00

Billionaire's PAC Moves $750K To Washington Conservation Voters

KPLU News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 15:08
California billionaire and climate activist Tom Steyer has contributed a significant amount of cash to an environmental political action committee in Washington.

Seattle City Auditor: No More Kid Gloves For Violators Of Sick Leave Ordinance

KPLU News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 14:32

A city department has enforced Seattle’s mandatory sick leave ordinance mainly by sending violators a polite letter. Now the city auditor says it’s time to get tougher.

Seattle’s Office of Civil Rights used a pretty light touch during the first year of requiring businesses to provide paid sick leave for workers. The department would typically respond after a worker complained, sending the employer a “non-adversarial letter.”

Drop In Unemployment Raises Debate On Optimal Rate

KPLU News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 14:13
The U.S. unemployment rate has been falling steadily over the years. Down from the recession peak of 10 percent in 2009, it reached 5.9 percent in September.

That's getting close to what economists call the natural unemployment rate — the normal level of joblessness you'd expect in a healthy economy.

But a lot of economists are asking whether the old rules about full employment still apply.

It might seem counterintuitive, but there is always going to be some unemployment.

What Art, And The Game 'Telephone,' Teach Us About Copying

KPLU News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 14:12

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U.S. To Temporarily Halt Funding For Controversial Virus Research

KPLU News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 14:10
The federal government will temporarily stop funding any new studies that could make three high-risk infectious diseases even more dangerous.

Washington, D.C., Pitches New Bridge Park As A 'Model For Social Equity'

KPLU News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 14:09
Washington, D.C., moved a big step closer this week toward building its own "bridge to the future." Two well-known design firms — OMA and OLIN — are the winners of a competition to conceptualize the 11th Street Bridge Park.

The plan is an inventive reuse of old infrastructure that could help to revitalize a long-underserved part of the city. The old crumbling 11th Street Bridge used to carry the I-295 freeway over Anacostia River. It has since been replaced, and the deck of the old bridge has been demolished, leaving only the piers standing in the middle of the water.

Generation Listen Heads to Life is Beautiful

KPLU News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 12:39
As our mantra goes: Stories are everything. A good story can change a life. A great story can change the whole world. It's why we listen.

We'll be taking in a number of stories at the Life is Beautiful festival's Learning Series next week.

Spike In ER, Hospital Use Short-Lived After Calif. Medicaid Expansion

KPLU News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 12:30
While the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act may lead to a dramatic rise in emergency room use and hospitalizations for previously uninsured people, that increase seems to be largely temporary and should not lead to a dramatic impact on state budgets, according to an analysis from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research released Wednesday.

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Citing Previous Rulings, Federal Judge Throws Out Arizona Gay-Marriage Ban

KPLU News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 12:29
In a process that will surely be repeated across the United States, a federal judge in Arizona ruled that the state's ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional.

U.S. District Judge John W.

Astronaut Chris Hadfield Brings Lessons From Space Down To Earth

KPLU News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 10:58
The former International Space Station commander achieved Internet stardom with his in-space rendition of David Bowie's "Space Oddity." After three missions and a total of six months in space he shares what he's learned in a new book, An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth.

Originally aired Oct. 30, 2013. Copyright 2014 NPR.

Astronaut Chris Hadfield Brings Lessons From Space Down To Earth

KPLU News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 10:58
The former International Space Station commander achieved Internet stardom with his in-space rendition of David Bowie's "Space Oddity." After three missions and a total of six months in space he shares what he's learned in a new book, An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth.

Originally aired Oct. 30, 2013. Copyright 2014 NPR.

Florida 'Loud Music' Shooter Michael Dunn Gets Life In Prison

KPLU News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 10:47
A Florida man convicted of first-degree murder for fatally shooting a teenager during an argument over loud music has been sentenced to life in prison.

Michael Dunn, 47, was convicted last month in his second trial, after the first trial ended in a deadlocked jury.

At London's Tincan, Eating Canned Fish Is The Height Of Luxury

KPLU News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 10:46
In the heart of London's Soho sits a gleaming new restaurant — Tincan. The premise is simple: No kitchen, very few staff, and the menu all comes out of a can. Specifically, canned fish.

To many people, canned food conjures up images of stocking up for winter, emergency rations, or — for Brits — the deprivations of World War II.

"The big challenge we had was how to change the perception of tinned food in the U.K.," says Max Arrocet, one of the directors of AL_A, the architecture firm behind Tincan.

Mass: Enjoy The Mild Weekend Before The 'Real Wet Stuff' Returns Next Week

KPLU News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 10:39

This weekend will start off wet and cloudy, but the rain will give way to milder conditions, says KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass.

Mass says things will steadily improve over the weekend, with each day a bit better than the last.

Chilly Water No Deterrent To Growing Numbers Of 'Wild Swimmers'

KPLU News - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 10:09

More swimmers in the Northwest are trading the comfort of the pool for a workout in open water.

The English call these people "wild swimmers." It seems an appropriate description when you consider the chilly temperature of most Northwest lakes, rivers and bays. And yet the popularity of open-water swimming is rising.