Feed aggregator

Hollywood Pros Fear A Chilling Effect After Sony Bows To Hackers

KPLU News - 3 hours 19 min ago
President Obama is not the only one thinking about the precedent set when Sony decided not to release the comedy The Interview.

4 Gitmo Prisoners Released For Return To Afghanistan

KPLU News - 3 hours 42 min ago
Updated at 10:45 a.m. ET

The United States has released four Afghan detainees from the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, who were returned to Afghanistan — the latest in a series of releases of inmates in recent weeks.

Reuters says: "The men were flown to Kabul overnight aboard a U.S. military plane and released to Afghan authorities, the first such transfer of its kind to the war-torn country since 2009, a U.S.

A Snail So Hardcore It's Named After A Punk Rocker

KPLU News - 5 hours 5 min ago
Shannon Johnson, a researcher at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, found that when she talked to youngsters about sea snails, she communicated a little more effectively if she skipped the technical description and called them "punk-rock snails."

"Their entire shells are covered in spikes," Johnson explains.

'Going There' in 2014

KPLU News - 5 hours 15 min ago
We've been privileged in these last few months to share the stories of many Americans, some of them famous, but most of them not. We came together through some avenues we know well — books, music and theater. Sometimes, we found each other through pathways that have only recently become a big part of our lives, such as the #BeyondFerguson hashtag that brought so many young people to an August community meeting in that city. Our New Year's Resolution is to keep these honest and vital conversations going.

North Korea Has An Interesting Offer. And Another Threat

KPLU News - 5 hours 38 min ago
North Korea, which denies that it had anything to do with a hack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, now wants to help the U.S. root out the real culprit. But true to form for Pyongyang, the dubious offer comes tinged a threat of "serious" consequences should Washington decline.

An unidentified Foreign Ministry spokesman says his country can prove it had nothing to do with the cyberattack against Sony that was directed at an upcoming release of the satire film The Interview, about an assassination plot on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. But the spokesman says the U.S.

Twelve Weeks To A Six-Figure Job

KPLU News - 6 hours 15 min ago
Marlon Frausto is in pursuit of the new American dream. Just a few weeks ago he left his job, in Hispanic marketing for the legal industry, and moved to San Francisco.

Every day he wakes at 5:30 a.m., commutes 45 minutes by train, and studies until 9 or 10 at night. He's spending down his savings and says he's getting help from "my loving family."

At age 26, Frausto has gone back to school. Sort of.

Suddenly, Russia Is Confident No Longer

KPLU News - 6 hours 36 min ago
Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Obama Wraps Up A 'Breakthrough' 2014

KPLU News - 6 hours 36 min ago
Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Excavation Reveals Regular Citizens Who Really Ran Ancient Egypt

KPLU News - 6 hours 36 min ago
Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Designing State Symbols For The World's Newest Country

KPLU News - 6 hours 36 min ago
Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

3-D Scanning Sonar Brings Light To Deep Ocean Shipwrecks

KPLU News - 6 hours 36 min ago
Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Obama: Sony Should Have Talked To Him Before Pulling 'The Interview'

KPLU News - 6 hours 36 min ago
Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Youth Who Led Tunisia's Uprising Find Themselves Sidelined

KPLU News - 6 hours 36 min ago
Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Kurdish Troops Free Yazidis, But Major Battles Remain

KPLU News - 6 hours 36 min ago
Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Author: Cuban Dissidents Feel Betrayed By Obama's Action

KPLU News - 6 hours 36 min ago
Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

The Africa I Know Isn't The Africa In The Headlines Today

KPLU News - 7 hours 15 min ago
Stepping off the plane in Zimbabwe a quarter century ago was a huge shock. A college student on my very first visit to Africa, I was surprised how familiar everything felt.

Like most Americans, my image of the continent had been formed by disaster news, flies-on-the–eyes charity commercials and wildlife documentaries. Instead, I found an energetic-if-ordinary place. My welcoming host family of two teachers, four children and several adopted cousins aspired for good schools, well-paying jobs and a better life.

Antarctic Holiday: A Christmas Feast In The Loneliest Spot On Earth

KPLU News - 9 hours 1 min ago
It was Christmas Eve 2002, at the height of midsummer, when I arrived to take up a year-long job as doctor at Halley base – the most remote research station operated by the British in Antarctica.

As we cruised up to the Caird Coast of Antarctica, a crowd of us stood out on the deck of the supply ship RRS Ernest Shackleton, singing Christmas carols in the 24-hour sunlight, wearing Santa hats and reindeer antlers.

The sky was a depthless blue cupola, the ice threw off a lacquered white sheen.

Long-Awaited Report Could Dictate Next Chapter For Bergdahl

KPLU News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 16:46

 

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is due to be briefed on a report detailing the disappearance of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

Wall St. Swoons Over Seattle's Juno Therapeutics With Biggest Biotech IPO In Years

KPLU News - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 15:56

A Seattle biotechnology firm is making waves on Wall Street. Juno Therapeutics had a splashy initial public offering Friday, and shares climbed more than 45 percent in its first day of trading.