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Homeland Security Gets Stopgap Funding, But More Political Battles Loom

KPLU News - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 13:59
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Is The Battle Won And Done For Those Who Fought For Net Neutrality?

KPLU News - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 13:59
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One Man's Race To Outrun Alzheimer's

KPLU News - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 13:57
This is the third in NPR's series "Inside Alzheimer's," about the experience of living with the illness.

How Conservatives Are Readying Their 'Grassroots Army' For 2016

KPLU News - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 12:28
This week's Conservative Political Action Conference, CPAC, brought all the expected on and off the main stage in Washington D.C. — speeches by presidential hopefuls, debates and the annual straw poll. But there was one big addition: hundreds attended the conference's first-ever Activism Boot Camp, which trained attendees in the best practices of do-it-yourself campaigning.

The boot camp, powered by American Majority, a nonprofit conservative organizing group, was split into two tracks: the "Candidate, Campaign Manager & Campaign Operative" track and the "Activist" track.

How To Make A Mini Zine

KPLU News - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 11:00

In this week's episode of Sound Effect, KPLU's Arwen Nicks spoke with poet Amanda Laughtland about her poetry zines and small press, Teeny Tiny. 

Watch Arwen demonstrate how to create a mini zine out of a single sheet of paper.


Sound Effect, Episode 8: Small & Tiny

KPLU News - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 11:00

"Sound Effect" is a weekly tour of ideas, inspired by the place where we live. The show is hosted by KPLU's Gabriel Spitzer.

Each week's show will explore a different theme. In this week's show, we illuminate the mighty power of small things.

Our Guests' Picks For The 3 Most Underreported Stories Of The Week — Feb. 28

KPLU News - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 10:30

Here are the three most underreported stories of the week, according to the guests of our news roundtable:

Cleanest Energy Of All Could Soon Come From Small Redmond Lab

KPLU News - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 10:30

When you start talking with David Kirtley, don’t be surprised if you suddenly feel like you’re in a comic strip.  

Kirtley is the CEO of Redmond-based Helion Energy, and his business plan sounds like fantasy. He says the potential for solving all of our energy problems is contained in what looks like just a drop of water.

Iraq's National Museum To Open For First Time Since 2003 Invasion

KPLU News - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 10:12
Days after video emerged showing self-declared Islamic State extremists taking sledge hammers to pre-Islamic antiquities inside the Mosul museum, the Iraqi government has reopened the country's national museum, shuttered since the 2003 U.S.

While New England Gets Snow, West Africa Gets Sand

KPLU News - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 09:07
Would you kindly bear with me a little while I have a good old moan, please? I'm feeling rather wretched. No, not because I've finally kicked a lingering lurgy that turned out to be bronchitis and stole my voice. But because one of the reasons I blame for the illness is back: the Harmattan.

You know that saying about an ill wind? Well, that ill wind is the Harmattan.

BirdNote: Regal Great Blue Heron

KPLU News - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 09:00

Tall and prehistoric-looking, the Great Blue Heron is the largest heron in North America. Great Blue Herons are often seen flying high overhead with slow wing-beats.

When foraging, they stand silently along riverbanks, on lake shores, or in wet meadows. Quickly then, they stab at their prey.

Although usually found in or near water, Great Blue Herons nest high in trees, with several nests in a colony. Learn more about this bird at Cornell's AllAboutBirds.  

Egypt Declares Hamas 'Terrorist' Group

KPLU News - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 07:39
A court in Egypt has declared Hamas a "terrorist organization."

The verdict concerning Hamas, which controls Gaza, is seen as part of the government of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi's crackdown on Islamist groups.

Hamas is an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist party that was banned in Egypt after President Mohamed Morsi was ousted in 2013.

The Associated Press reports:

"Last month, an Egyptian court banned Hamas' military wing, the Izzedine al-Qassam Brigades, and also designated it a terrorist organization.

A 'Show Boat' With An Asian-American Cast Hits The Rocks

KPLU News - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 07:03


West Calls On Russia For Independent Probe Of Nemtsov's Murder

KPLU News - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 06:44
Western leaders are pressuring Moscow for a full and transparent investigation into the fatal shooting of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, a staunch opponent of President Vladimir Putin.

Nemtsov, 55, a deputy prime minister in the 1990s who later organized mass rallies against Putin in 2011 and 2012.

Silly, Saucy, Scary: Photos Show The Many Faces Of Ugly Fruit

KPLU News - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 06:37
When it comes to nutrition, fruits and vegetables are usually the most virtuous denizens of the dinner plate.

But it turns out, wholesome produce can also get pretty raunchy — like the randy tomatoes in this image, which our standards editor deemed too "saucy" for us to embed here.

Or needy, like this eggplant, clearly shopping for a hug ...

Or moody, like this forlorn-looking apple ...

Or just plain anthropomorphic.

Funding Homeland Security: Where Do We Go From Here?

KPLU News - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 05:57
As we reported late Friday, the House managed to approve a one-week extension of funding for the Department of Homeland Security, which President Obama signed.

House GOP Scurries To Avert Homeland Security Shutdown

KPLU News - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 05:01
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Despite Big Advantages, Emanuel Forced To Face Chicago Runoff

KPLU News - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 05:01
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More U.S.-Cuba Talks Ahead, Including Human Rights Dialogue

KPLU News - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 05:01
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Report Urges Britain To Take Small-Claims Cases Online

KPLU News - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 05:01
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