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Iraqi Christian Village: From Sanctuary To Ghost Town In 2 Months

KPLU News - 1 hour 59 min ago
The northern Iraqi village of Al-Qoush was humming with activity — and some jitters — when NPR visited back in June.

Book News: Calif. Law Calls For Textbooks To Teach Significance Of Obama's Election

KPLU News - 2 hours 14 min ago
The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

  • California history textbooks will now be asked to cover "the significance of President Barack Obama's election," under a law signed this week by Gov. Jerry Brown.

'Lock In': A Cop Story For Robot Lovers, A Robot Story For Cop Lovers

KPLU News - 2 hours 15 min ago
When I'm reading for fun and not sitting up in my ivory tower reviewing books for NPR, I generally gravitate toward two kinds of stories: science fiction and procedurals. In both cases, I like my books grimy and lived-in. I have no love for utopias, shiny spaceships where nothing is ever broken, or Teflon detectives who don't come with baggage. If there isn't a bullet hole in someone or something before the story starts, there'd better be one put there within the first couple of pages.

But crossing those streams — creating a science fiction procedural — is almost always a bad idea.

Science Crowns Mozzarella The King Of Pizza Cheese

KPLU News - 2 hours 15 min ago
Any way you slice it, Americans are obsessed with pizza. One in eight of us are noshing it on any given day, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. And the average American consumes pizza about 39 times a year, according to the NPD Group, a market research firm.

Who's In The Office? The American Workday In One Graph

KPLU News - 2 hours 15 min ago
Researchers often look at the number of hours worked, but rarely do they ask the question of when. Fortunately, the government conducts an annual study called the American Time Use Survey that tracks how people spend their days.

The interactive graph below shows the share of workers who say they're working in a given hour, grouped by occupation. Play with the different job categories to see how the average workdays differ from one another.

The conventional workday remains pretty strong.

Rice Bucket Challenge: Put Rice In Bucket, Do Not Pour Over Head

KPLU News - 2 hours 15 min ago
There's the Ice Bucket Challenge.

Report: Washington's Low-Income Residents Are Disproportionately Burdened By Debt

KPLU News - 2 hours 16 min ago

Low-income residents Washington state are disproportionately burdened by debt, according to a new report by the grassroots advocacy group Alliance for a Just Society. 

One reason: increasing student loan debt. The report says the average student loan debt at graduation in Washington jumped 23 percent from 2008 to 2012 to a total of more than $23,000. And the average credit card debt in the state is more than $5,000.

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KPLU News - 2 hours 20 min ago

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'The Easiest, Most Delicious Thing To Do With Corn' That Nancy Leson Has Ever Tasted

KPLU News - 6 hours 55 min ago

I can't believe I've never come across this method for corn off the cob before. After our friends Lori and Denny made it for us this weekend, I checked online and there were pages of variations on this same theme. It's so simple that ingredients are measured in units of "some." 

Nearly $6 Million And Counting For Wash. Fall Ballot Measures

KPLU News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 17:32

Washington’s November election will decide three statewide ballot measures. So far, nearly $6 million has flowed to these campaigns, and it’s still early.

Initiative 594 to expand background checks for gun sales is far out in the lead when it comes to fundraising. So far, nearly $3.4 million raised with recent $500,000 contributions each from Paul Allen, Bill Gates and Melinda Gates. Plus, venture capitalist Nick Hanauer just contributed $1 million.

Toddlers Can Figure Out A Game Of Chance Quicker Than You Might Think

KPLU News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 16:16

Toddlers use intuition for probability to their advantage, according to a new study led by researchers at the University of Washington.

The researchers don't contend children as young as age 2 understand statistics, but they do wonder about potentially tapping into the intuition to help prepare children for concepts older students often struggle with, like fractions.

Weyerhaeuser Moving Headquarters To Seattle's Pioneer Square

KPLU News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 16:02

Weyerhaeuser is moving its headquarters from Federal Way to Seattle's historic Pioneer Square neighborhood, the company announced Tuesday.

The 114-year-old timber company will "divest the land and buildings it owns in Federal Way, Washington," according to a news release.

VA's Inspector General Finds Faked Data At Hospitals Across U.S.

KPLU News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 14:39
President Obama addressed the annual convention of the American Legion in North Carolina with a raft of new proposals for vets. The speech comes as the inspector general at the Veterans Affairs Department is releasing a report on the scandal over phony wait times at the Phoenix VA hospital. Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Depressed Teens May Need Extra Support To Stick With Treatment

KPLU News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 14:39
Say a pediatrician notices that one of her teenage patients is showing signs of depression. In most cases, the doctor will notify parents and prescribe an antidepressant or recommend a therapist.

The trouble is, many of those teens won't go to therapy or won't stick with it.

Has Next Tuesday Already Happened?

KPLU News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 14:36
Why is next Tuesday different from Amsterdam's Central Station?

Next Tuesday is off in the future. It hasn't happened yet, and you can't say what it's going to look like. Maybe it will be like today. No big deal. But maybe you'll get hit by a falling meteor on Monday and be in the intensive care ward. Bummer. Amsterdam's Central Station, however, exists now. It's just over the Atlantic Ocean, and even as you read these words people are there, scurrying to get their trains or milling about buying weird Dutch fast food (try the greasy fried rice balls ...

Former FBI Director Louis Freeh Returns To Surgery Following Crash

KPLU News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 13:32
Former FBI Director Louis Freeh was returned to surgery at a New Hampshire hospital on Tuesday, after suffering serious injuries in what police say was a one-car crash Monday, according to the Burlington Free Press. The newspaper also reports that Freeh is under armed guard.

The crash took place in Barnard, Vt., where Freeh owns a house. He was airlifted from the scene to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire.

Former FBI Director Louis Freeh Returns To Surgery Following Crash

KPLU News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 13:32
Former FBI Director Louis Freeh was returned to surgery at a New Hampshire hospital on Tuesday, after suffering serious injuries in what police say was a one-car crash Monday, according to the Burlington Free Press. The newspaper also reports that Freeh is under armed guard.

The crash took place in Barnard, Vt., where Freeh owns a house. He was airlifted from the scene to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire.

HealthCare.gov Recruits Leader Of Successful Connecticut Effort

KPLU News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 13:10
The federal government has recruited the leader of one of the most successful state health insurance marketplaces to lead the federal health exchange, in the hope that the second year of Obamacare will go more smoothly than the first.

Kevin Counihan, the head of Connecticut's health insurance marketplace, will be the new CEO of HealthCare.gov, the website that 36 states use to sell insurance under the Affordable Care Act, the Obama administration announced Tuesday.

Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell tapped Counihan to lead the site as part of a

Bronx Baker Turns Dominican Cakes Into A Sweet American Dream

KPLU News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 11:00
For many immigrants arriving in the U.S., opening a family food business can be a pathway to economic stability. While many fail, one Dominican woman in the Bronx has managed to get her family off food stamps, send her kids to college and share her heritage with new friends and neighbors.

Cosmic Query: What Color Is Marty McFly's Vest?

KPLU News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 09:47
Please understand that the following discussion is as much about memory as it is about minutiae. It's as much about childhood as it is about the color wheel.