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Invisible For Generations, 'Hidden Armenians' Emerge In Turkey

KPLU News - 3 hours 7 min ago
A century after Ottoman forces massacred an estimated 1 to 1.5 million Armenian Christians, some of the remaining Armenian Turks are taking tentative steps out into the open.

Pop-Up Podcast: Same-Sex Marriage And The Supreme Court

KPLU News - 3 hours 24 min ago
Welcome to a special pop-up podcast from NPR's Washington Desk. As the Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments Tuesday on whether same-sex marriage bans are constitutional, our correspondents give their take on the legal questions before the court and seismic shift in the culture and politics on this issue.

Gay marriage is now legal in 36 states.

Judge: UW Trustees' Private Dinners Violated Open Meetings Laws

KPLU News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 18:45

For nearly three years, members of the University of Washington's top governing board regularly violated state public meetings laws by discussing official business during private dinners, a King County judge ruled Friday.

The UW Board of Regents discussed official business during 24 of these "dinner meetings," held at the home of the school's president, between January 2012 and September 2014, according to an order from Superior Court Judge Laura Inveen.

Three Speed: New Tolls and Carpooling Requirements Expected To Decongest I-405

KPLU News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 18:27

Interstate 405's notoriously crawling traffic might accelerate if the state's new system of express toll lanes and increased carpool minimums works as expected.

Win Tickets To Sweet Harmony Soul: Mavis Staples, Patty Griffin, Amy Helm

KPLU News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 17:00


Soul/gospel legend, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, and civil rights icon Mavis Staples will release her second collaboration with Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, One True Vine, June 25 via Anti-. The follow-up to 2010's Grammy-winning You Are Not Alone, One True Vine finds Staples traversing darker terrain with stark, acoustic arrangements and the most honest, unvarnished vocal performances of her career. Featuring ten tracks - including new compositions written specifically for Staples by Tweedy and Nick Lowe along with covers ranging from Funkadelic to Lowe - the record is the most personal and emotional statement from the "American treasure" (Chicago Tribune) yet.

Win Tickets To The Vijay Iyer Trio

KPLU News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 17:00

Described in The Village Voice as "the most commanding pianist and composer to emerge in recent years," Vijay Iyer brings his outstanding trio - including Marcus Gilmore (drums) and Stephen Crump (bass) - to Seattle once again for this special concert.

Win Tickets To Eric Bibb With Michael Jerome Browne

KPLU News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 17:00

The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley welcomes blues troubadour Eric Bibb for two nights with Michael Jerome Browne a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and living encyclopedia of American roots music.

Win A Weekend Package To An Evening With Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga

KPLU News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 17:00


#NPRreads: Rube Goldberg Machine's Dark Origins And Spalding Gray's Last Days

KPLU News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 16:42
#NPRreads is a new feature we're testing out on Twitter and on The Two-Way. The premise is simple: Correspondents, editors and producers throughout our newsroom will share pieces that have kept them reading.

PepsiCo Swaps Diet Drink's Aspartame For Other Artificial Sweeteners

KPLU News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 16:08
If you like the idea of zero or low-calorie sodas, but you're turned off by the artificial sweetener aspartame, you're not alone.

Sales of diet soda have fallen off significantly in the U.S.

A Most Indelible Ink: A Magazine Printed Using Blood

KPLU News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 16:06


These Animals Might Go Extinct Because No One Wants To Eat Them

KPLU News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 16:01
The Steller's sea cow, the passenger pigeon and the New Zealand moa all went extinct because people developed a taste for their meat.

But other animals are going their way precisely because they are no longer preferred table fare.

Baltimore Police: Freddie Gray Should've Gotten Medical Help At Scene Of Arrest

KPLU News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 14:35
Police officials in Baltimore admitted that their officers should have provided medical attention immediately following the arrest of Freddie Gray.

Instead, Deputy Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said during a press conference, police officers put handcuffed Gray and put him in the back of a police van without ever buckling him in.

The van went on to make three different stops across town. At the first, Gray was shackeled, but at no point said Commissioner Anthony Batts was Gray ever buckled into the van.

As we've reported, at some point on that day Gray suffered a fatal spine injury.

Clearing The Tangled Path For Land Ownership In The West Bank

KPLU News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 14:24
High on a West Bank hilltop, the extended Dissi family gathered on a recent weekend for a day out in the Palestinian countryside.

Aunts, uncles and cousins came to see the half-built weekend home of Taysier Dissi, an electrician and father of three. The concrete-block shell, with windows set and stairs roughed in, is placed just right for the view.

This will be the family's getaway from their home in the cramped confines of Jerusalem's often tense Old City.

LGBT Activists Push States To Expand Anti-Discrimination Laws

KPLU News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 14:22
Same-sex marriage is legal in most states but so is discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the areas of employment, housing and public accommodation.

Gay-rights activists say this creates a contradiction because in many states someone can legally marry a person of the same gender and then get fired for being gay.

What's That Smell? The Beautiful Tree That's Causing Quite A Stink

KPLU News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 14:22
It's springtime in Pittsburgh, and throughout the city, Callery pear trees are sprouting beautiful, white blossoms.

But that's just the problem. Simply put, these trees stink.

"This whole place smells like dead fish," says Sheila Titus. "I mean everywhere. Everywhere you see one of these trees with the white on them."

Titus has lived in her home in the now hip neighborhood of Lawrenceville for 49 years.

Young Trafficking Victim's Story On NPR Leads To Senator's Amendment

KPLU News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 13:24
Hearing the words of a 24-year-old victim of human trafficking — and her struggle to wipe away her conviction on prostitution charges — inspired New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.

That young victim, who was featured in an NPR story in February, endured years of rapes and brutal assaults by pimps who forced her into prostitution.

"I'm not ever going to forget what I've done or what I've gone through. But at the same time, I don't want it thrown in my face every time I'm trying to seek employment," she said.

At The Heart Of A Watch, Tested By Time

KPLU News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 13:24
When my mother passed away, I was by her side in a peaceful, sunny room at a hospice in South Florida. The sliding glass doors looked out to a flourishing garden filled with bougainvillea, rose bushes and carefully cultivated grasses. A block of sunlight, alive with swirling dust, hit the edge of my mother's bed where the tops of her small bony feet made a lump under the light cotton covers.

She had lost consciousness four days before, and my family held vigil by her bedside waiting for the inevitable moment.

In Charlotte, Police Use Simulators To Engage Community Amid Distrust

KPLU News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 13:24
Usually police simulators are tucked away in training academies. But in a Charlotte middle school gym, a crowd of 100 people watch Cpt. Rob Dance as he leads a teenager through a simulated traffic stop that goes bad.

The simulator lets out several loud bangs. Dance notices the teen is nervous, his hands are shaking.

"You shot 24 times," he tells the student. "Did you realize that?"

Scientists Discover Massive New Magma Chamber Under Yellowstone

KPLU News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 13:05
There's more to Yellowstone National Park than meets the eye. Much more, as it turns out.

You might already know that a supervolcano dominates the famous park that is situated on land in Wyoming and Montana. A shallow subsurface magma chamber has long been known.

But now a second, much larger reservoir of partially molten rock has been discovered by researchers at the University of Utah.