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Silly, Saucy, Scary: Photos Show The Many Faces Of Ugly Fruit

KPLU News - 2 hours 46 min ago
When it comes to nutrition, fruits and vegetables are usually the most virtuous denizens of the dinner plate.

But it turns out, wholesome produce can also get pretty raunchy — like the randy tomatoes in this image, which our standards editor deemed too "saucy" for us to embed here.

Or needy, like this eggplant, clearly shopping for a hug ...

Or moody, like this forlorn-looking apple ...

Or just plain anthropomorphic.

Funding Homeland Security: Where Do We Go From Here?

KPLU News - 3 hours 26 min ago
As we reported late Friday, the House managed to approve a one-week extension of funding for the Department of Homeland Security, which President Obama signed.

House GOP Scurries To Avert Homeland Security Shutdown

KPLU News - 4 hours 22 min ago
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Despite Big Advantages, Emanuel Forced To Face Chicago Runoff

KPLU News - 4 hours 22 min ago
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More U.S.-Cuba Talks Ahead, Including Human Rights Dialogue

KPLU News - 4 hours 22 min ago
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Report Urges Britain To Take Small-Claims Cases Online

KPLU News - 4 hours 22 min ago
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Boris Nemtsov, Shot Friday, Was A Vehement Anti-Putin Critic

KPLU News - 4 hours 22 min ago
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Conservatives Heckle Jeb Bush On Education, Immigration

KPLU News - 4 hours 22 min ago
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Nimoy Is Gone, But Mr. Spock WIll Live Forever

KPLU News - 4 hours 22 min ago
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Can You Dig It? More Evidence Suggests Humans From The Ice Age

KPLU News - 7 hours 40 min ago
In Florida, archaeologists are investigating a site that a century ago sparked a scientific controversy. Today, it's just a strip of land near an airport.

But in 1915, it was a spot that became world-famous because of the work of Elias Sellards, Florida's state geologist.

A German Muslim Asks His Compatriots: 'What Do You Want To Know?'

KPLU News - 7 hours 48 min ago
Sadiqu al-Mousllie sees humor as a good way to fight growing anti-Islam sentiment in Germany.

He lives in Braunschweig, in western Germany. Earlier this month, he decided to go downtown and hold up a sign that read, "I am a Moslem. What would you like to know?"

"This is a bridge of communication," the Syrian-born German says.

Leonard Nimoy's Mr. Spock Taught Us Acceptance Is Highly Logical

KPLU News - 7 hours 50 min ago
For this Star Trek fan, Leonard Nimoy was more than the guy who played one of the most popular characters in the most popular science fiction franchise on American TV.

He was a serious actor whose journey to accept his unique fame mirrored many fans' personal struggles for acceptance — particularly back when science fiction and fantasy wasn't quite so cool. He was the guy whose status as the half human, half Vulcan Mr.

Win Tickets To Ann Hampton Callaway At Jazz Alley

KPLU News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 17:00

The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley welcomes pop/jazz singer and platinum selling songwriter Ann Hampton Callaway for two nights. Band members are Christian Jacob (piano), Mark Ivester (drums) and Chuck Deardorf (bass). Show times Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30pm.

Putin Critic Boris Nemtsov Shot Dead

KPLU News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 14:44
Boris Nemtsov, a former Russian deputy prime minister turned prominent critic of President Vladimir Putin, was shot dead today on a street in central Moscow, the Interior Ministry told the Interfax news agency.

The Russian-language news website Meduza reported that Nemtsov was walking with a woman near the Kremlin at the time of the attack.

The Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, Longtime President Of Notre Dame University, Dies

KPLU News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 14:19
The Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, a former president of the University of Notre Dame who tangled with the Nixon administration, died late Thursday. He was 97.

For those who knew him, Hesburgh was simply Father Ted. But make no mistake, he was a highly influential priest who moved among presidents and popes. During his 35 years as president of Notre Dome, he reinforced the importance of a college education and urged that it be affordable and accessible to all.

"He understood that ...

Lynne Arriale: Pianist With That 'Something Extra'

KPLU News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 13:56

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When pianist Lynne Arriale released her first CD in 1994, KPLU began playing music from it right away.  It was clear to us that Lynne had that "something extra" that separates good musicians from great musicians.

Over the course of her career she’s continued to build on that quality, so we were especially pleased to finally welcome her as a guest artist in our Seattle performance studio.

A Rival's Retirement Prompts One-Word Statement From Aussie Politician

KPLU News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 13:53
"If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all" goes the old saw. Australian politician Anthony Albanese seems to have taken that to heart. Almost.

Upon receiving news that Max Moore-Wilton, the head of the Sydney Airport Corp.

#NPRreads: A Sign Of The Times? Trinidad Offers Venezuela Toilet Paper For Oil

KPLU News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 13:26
#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. They'll share tidbits on Twitter using the #NPRreads hashtag, and on occasion we'll share a longer take here on the blog.

This week, we share with you three longish reads.

Seattle's Nathan Hale High Will Not Give Juniors A Required Standardized Test This Year

KPLU News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 13:10

This spring, juniors at Seattle's Nathan Hale High School will not sit for a federally-required standardized test, a leadership team of staff, students and parents at the school decided this week.

The staff's refusal to administer Smarter Balanced Assessments to eleventh-graders would make Nathan Hale the latest Seattle school to thumb its nose at a standardized test and would fly in the face of the nation's tough school accountability law, the No Child Left Behind Act.

What Do Conservatives Want For 2016? We Asked

KPLU News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 12:22
The Conservative Political Action Conference, held this week in Washington D.C., is prime time for 2016 Republican presidential hopefuls trying — yes, already — to win over a key part of their base. Former Gov. Jeb Bush, Sen. Ted Cruz, Ben Carson, Gov. Scott Walker and others paraded on and off the main stage, trying to fire up the crowd with their ideas for America's next, post-Obama chapter.

But, as many CPAC attendees told us, it'll take more than a rousing (and certainly more than a humdrum) speech on the main stage to win them over.