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FIFA To Review World Cup Corruption Report

KPLU News - 2 hours 59 min ago
Soccer's governing body said today it will further review the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, reopening for scrutiny the mechanism by which Russia and Qatar were awarded the tournaments.

FIFA said Michael Garcia, an American prosecutor, and Hans-Joachim Eckert, a German judge, met today in Zurich and agreed to hand over Garcia's 430-page report to Domenico Scala, the independent chairman of FIFA's financial monitoring body.

Iraq War Vet Wins National Book Award For Fiction

KPLU News - 3 hours 18 min ago
Iraq War veteran Phil Klay has won the National Book Award for fiction. The judges described the short stories in Klay’s collection “Redeployment” as brutal, piercing and sometimes darkly funny.

Klay served as a U.S. Marine in Iraq’s Anbar province in 2007 and 2008.

So Just What Is An 'Executive Action,' Anyway?

KPLU News - 3 hours 26 min ago
You can read here about President Obama's impending executive action on immigration.

An NPR Photographer Looks Ebola In The Eye

KPLU News - 3 hours 35 min ago
Her eyes met the camera. She was there. And yet she wasn't there.

That's how NPR photographer David Gilkey remembers the moment last Saturday when he took a picture of Baby Sesay, a 45-year-old traditional healer in the village of Royail in Sierra Leone.

Sesay had tried to cure a sick little boy. The boy died, likely of Ebola. Then Sesay herself fell ill. She had come to a community care center a few hours earlier, walking in under her own power, to be tested for the virus.

The man who runs the center called her out to talk with Gilkey and NPR correspondent Nurith Aizenman.

Turkey Looks For Energy In An Abundant Resource: Pistachio Shells

KPLU News - 3 hours 36 min ago
What would you do with thousands of tons of leftover nutshells?

Takata Quality Official Apologizes Over Air Bag Defect Linked To Deaths

KPLU News - 3 hours 38 min ago
The executive in charge of quality for Takata Corp. apologized today for the defects in the air bags made by his company that have been linked to at least five deaths and dozens of injuries.

"We are deeply sorry about each of the reported instances in which a Takata air bag has not performed as designed and the driver or passenger had suffered personal injuries or death," Hiroshi Shimizu, senior vice president of quality for Takata, told the Senate Commerce Committee.

Takata air bags can inflate with too much force, sending metal shrapnel through the vehicle.

Book News: Ursula K. Le Guin Steals The Show At The National Book Awards

KPLU News - 3 hours 41 min ago


Musicians' Brains Really Do Work Differently — In A Good Way

KPLU News - 3 hours 55 min ago


Duchess Of Alba, Spain's Richest Woman, Dies At 88

KPLU News - 4 hours 1 min ago
Spain's richest woman, the Duchess of Alba, has died at the age of 88 in Seville.

Maria del Rosario Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart had more titles than any other aristocrat in the world.

Jeb Bush Stands Firm On Common Core But Softens Tone

KPLU News - 4 hours 3 min ago
Former Florida GOP Gov. Jeb Bush defended the Common Core education standards Thursday, but offered an olive branch to Republican activists who oppose them and are making them a litmus test for potential 2016 presidential candidates.

Bush's longtime support has put him crosswise with part of the Republican base. He said that he finds the new angst over Common Core "troubling," but that there is room for disagreement among those who more generally support school reform.

"Look, even if we don't all agree on Common Core, there are many principles for us to agree on," he said.

Mike Nichols, Award-Winning Director Of 'The Graduate,' 'Silkwood,' Dies

KPLU News - 4 hours 3 min ago




Swedish Appeals Court Upholds Detention Order For Julian Assange

KPLU News - 4 hours 24 min ago
An appeals court in Sweden has upheld a detention order in connection with sex assault accusations against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has been living in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London since seeking refuge there more than two years ago.

The Svea Court of Appeals in Stockholm affirmed a lower court ruling that ordered the detention of Assange, 43, for questioning over allegations that in 2010 he had nonconsensual sex with two women who were working as volunteers

Sleep's Link To Learning And Memory Traced To Brain Chemistry

KPLU News - 4 hours 55 min ago
Almost a century after the discovery that sleep helps us remember things, scientists are beginning to understand why.

During sleep, the brain produces chemicals that are important to memory and relives events we want to remember, scientists reported this week at the Society for Neuroscience meeting in Washington D.C.

"One of the most profound effects of a night of sleep is the improvement in our ability to remember things," says Ravi Alla

How Well Do Your Apps Protect Your Privacy?

KPLU News - 4 hours 56 min ago
When you open up your Skype app to make a call, it's probably no surprise that it's accessing your phone's call history. But would you expect your Nike+ Running app to collect that information too?

If you're like most people, the answer is no.

That's why the Nike+ Running app gets a B on PrivacyGrade, a site for people to figure out what information their apps might be collecting.

A Worry In Theory, Medical Data Privacy Draws A Yawn In Practice

KPLU News - 4 hours 56 min ago
When it comes to health records, how concerned are Americans about what happens to their personal information?

We asked in the latest NPR-Truven Health Analytics Health Poll. And, in a bit of surprise to me, the responses showed that, in general, worries don't run very high.

First, we learned that nearly three-quarters of people see doctors who use electronic medical records.

You Can Bring Pie With You When You Fly, And Other Holiday Travel Tips

KPLU News - 9 hours 23 min ago

Thanksgiving week marks the opening of the holiday travel rush. And foolishly, Ed booked a flight to Michigan on the day before Thanksgiving.

“Don’t do that,” said KPLU travel expert Matthew Brumley.

It’s not Sea-Tac Airport’s busiest time of the year (that’s summer, they say), but it’s pretty close. More than 600,000 travelers will head through the airport the week of Thanksgiving.

Just What Is In Pumpkin Spice Flavor? (Hint: Not Pumpkin)

KPLU News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 18:29


Oh, The Places You'll Go: Toilet Signs Try To Help (And Often Fail)

KPLU News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 18:28
You have to go. You know, um, go potty.

You are in a foreign country. And things are certainly looking a bit foreign.

Do you sit or squat? Can you toss toilet paper down the bowl or hole?

Let the signs guide you.

That is, if you can understand them.

Doug Lansky, author of the Signspotting series of books, knows how toilet etiquette signs can be mysterious, misleading and hilarious. His books include all types of funny warning and advice signs, but the topic of toilets is especially popular.

Rep. Steve King, The Unlikeliest Amnesty 'Supporter'

KPLU News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 18:28
A new term may have been coined today on Capitol Hill: "gaggle bombing."

Ahead of President Obama's executive action on immigration, Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, was a hot interview Wednesday afternoon. He has been known to say inflammatory things on the topic of immigration.

Wash. State Steps Up To Sue Over Hanford Tank Farm Vapors

KPLU News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 18:06


Workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation have been complaining of vapors from radioactive sludge for decades. They say the fumes give them sore throats, headaches and dizziness. 

Now Washington state says it intends to sue the U.S. Department of Energy in 90 days if more isn’t done to protect these workers.