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Black-footed Albatross, Graceful Giant

KPLU News - 1 hour 54 min ago

  Just a couple dozen miles off the Northwest coast, immense dark birds with long, saber-shaped wings glide without effort above the waves. These graceful giants are Black-footed Albatrosses, flying by the thousands near the edge of the continental shelf. Black-footed Albatrosses do not breed until they are at least five years old, and after the young leave their breeding colony, they spend their first three years at sea.

Proposition 1 Promises Better Bus Service In Seattle

KPLU News - 5 hours 54 min ago

Imagine commuting by bus in Seattle without any need for a bus schedule app on your phone or a paper one in your pocket. This is what Scott Kubly, the new head of Seattle’s Department of Transportation, envisions if voters approve Proposition 1, giving the city more than $40 million a year to invest in Metro Transit.

Exhibit At Seattle's Henry Art Gallery Invites Visitors To Touch, Take Home Art On Display

KPLU News - 5 hours 54 min ago

A new show at Seattle's Henry Art Gallery invites you to do something museums usually forbid: Touch the art and take it home.

Four galleries are filled with photographic images printed on tablets of newsprint. Visitors are invited to tear off the images. That means the galleries are in constant flux, and, at some point, they could be entirely left void.

Joint Base Lewis-McChord To Hold Its Largest-Ever Jobs Summit

KPLU News - 5 hours 54 min ago

More than 8,000 service members at Joint Base Lewis-McChord will be leaving the military in each of the next few years as the military draws down its force levels. The base is aiming to help them find work, and this week it’s holding its biggest ever jobs summit

Election 2014: Big Money, Big Issues

KPLU News - 5 hours 54 min ago

We’re just about two weeks away from the 2014 election. It’s not a presidential election year, but there are several big issues on the ballot that have attracted big money to try to get your vote. Those issues include gun sales, class size and control of the state Senate.

Here’s a quick look at what’s on your ballot, what’s at stake and what it’s costing.

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


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.


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.