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Mindy Kaling's Super Bowl Ad: Are Indian Women Invisible?

KPLU News - Sat, 01/31/2015 - 14:19


After Alzheimer's Diagnosis, 'The Stripping Away Of My Identity'

KPLU News - Sat, 01/31/2015 - 14:04
This is the second in NPR's series "Inside Alzheimer's," about the experience of living with Alzheimer's. In part one, Greg O'Brien talked about learning that he had the disease.

A diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease, says Greg O'Brien, doesn't mean your life is instantly over. "There is this stereotype that ...

Video Appears To Show Beheading Of Japanese Hostage Kenji Goto

KPLU News - Sat, 01/31/2015 - 13:22
A new video reportedly released by Islamic State extremists appears to show journalist Kenji Goto, the second of two Japanese hostages held by the group, being beheaded by a black-clad, masked individual.

The SITE Intelligence group relayed the video, which comes exactly a week after ISIS militants released a video featuring audio of Goto and a still photo showing him holding what appears to be a picture of the beheaded

Cumberbatch Wants Britain To Pardon Men Convicted Under Anti-Gay Law

KPLU News - Sat, 01/31/2015 - 13:15
English actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Stephen Fry have joined in a campaign to secure 49,000 pardons – most that would be posthumous — for men convicted under Britain's now-defunct "gross indecency" law that made it a crime to be gay or bisexual.

Cumberbatch has been nominated for a best actor Oscar for his portrayal of code-breaking genius Alan Turing in The Imitation Game. Turing, who Winston Churchill described as having "made the single biggest contribution to the Allied victory in the Seco

Sound Effect, Episode 4: Myths And Legends

KPLU News - Sat, 01/31/2015 - 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 dive into Northwest myths and legends.

The 3 Most Underreported Stories Of The Week, According To Our Roundtable

KPLU News - Sat, 01/31/2015 - 10:30

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

Islamic State Blames Coalition Airstrikes For Losing Kobani

KPLU News - Sat, 01/31/2015 - 10:23
The self-declared Islamic State says airstrikes conducted by the U.S.-led coalition forced its fighters from Kobani, the first time the extremist group has acknowledged its defeat in the heavily contested Syrian border town, The Associated Press reports.

The AP reports: "In a video released by the pro-IS Aamaq News Agency late Friday, two fighters said the airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition were the main reason why [ISIS] fighters were forced to withdraw from Kobani."

BirdNote: Reddish Egret - Lagoon Dancer

KPLU News - Sat, 01/31/2015 - 09:00

The Reddish Egret, a particularly glamorous heron, is best known for its startling antics in capturing fish.

When fishing, the egret sprints across the lagoon, weaving left and right, simultaneously flicking its broad wings in and out, while stabbing into the water with its bill.

Fish startled at the egret’s crazed movements become targets of that pink dagger. At times, the bird will raise its wings forward over its head, creating a shadow on the water. It then freezes in this position for minutes. Fish swim in, attracted by a patch of shade and . . . well, you know the rest.  

Four Years After Revolution, Libya Slides Into Chaos

KPLU News - Sat, 01/31/2015 - 08:41
There was hope in Libya and around the world for Libya after Moammar Gadhafi was overthrown four years ago.

But today, Libya is a country torn apart.

U.Va. Sorority Women Say Party Ban Is Patronizing

KPLU News - Sat, 01/31/2015 - 08:16
Saturday is Boys' Bid Night at the University of Virginia, when fraternities welcome their new members.

Women from U.Va.'s sororities are always invited to join the Boys' Bid Night party, but this year, they're under strict orders from national sorority presidents to stay clear of frat houses. The orders come after a Rolling Stone article about a gang rape at U.Va.

Record-Setting Balloonists Touch Down In Mexico After Pacific Crossing

KPLU News - Sat, 01/31/2015 - 07:36
The Eagles have landed.

Balloon pilots Troy Bradley and Leonid Tiukhtyaev, dubbed the "Two Eagles," who already set a distance record for a gas-filled balloon on Friday, have completed their nearly 7,000-mile journey across the Pacific from Japan to Mexico.

The Associated Press reports that Bradley of Albuquerque, N.M.

All Is Not So Well In The NFL Ahead Of Super Bowl Sunday

KPLU News - Sat, 01/31/2015 - 06:46
Another day, another controversy.

It's been that kind of a year for the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell talked about it all Friday at his annual State of the League address in downtown Phoenix.

The most recent controversies — deflated footballs and Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch's refusal to talk to reporters — have dominated media coverage i

Merkel: No Relaxing Of Terms On Greek Debt

KPLU News - Sat, 01/31/2015 - 06:03
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has rejected any renegotiation of Greek debt after last week's election that brought an anti-austerity party into power in Athens.

Merkel said banks and creditors that extended Greece bailout loans to keep the government from defaulting on its sovereign debt have already must draw the line on already substantial concessions.

Serena Williams Wins Australian Open For 19th Grand Slam Title

KPLU News - Sat, 01/31/2015 - 05:01
Serena Williams has beaten Russia's Maria Sharapova for her sixth Australian Open, clinching her 19th Grand Slam title.

Williams, 33, won the final 6-3 7-6 (7-5).

It was the tennis superstar's first Australian Open in five years and she managed to win despite fighting a severe cold that The New York Times says "left her occasionally coughing between returns and serves in the final."

The BBC says:

Pennsylvania Law Allows NRA To Sue Cities Over Gun Rules

KPLU News - Sat, 01/31/2015 - 04:37
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What Romney's Retreat Means For GOP Hopefuls

KPLU News - Sat, 01/31/2015 - 04:37
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Fighting In Eastern Ukraine Drags On Into WInter

KPLU News - Sat, 01/31/2015 - 04:37
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In LA, Women Build A Mosque Where They Can Call To Prayer

KPLU News - Sat, 01/31/2015 - 04:37
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Rod McKuen, The Cheeseburger To Poetry's Haute Cuisine

KPLU News - Sat, 01/31/2015 - 04:37
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An Arctic Institution, Sweden's Ice Hotel Turns 25

KPLU News - Sat, 01/31/2015 - 04:37
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