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Washington Ballot Measure Targets Online Gun Sales

KPLU News - 2 hours 50 min ago

This November, Washington voters will decide whether to require background checks for person-to-person gun sales.

Initiative 594 would close what gun control advocates used to call the “gun show loophole.” But these days, much of the unregulated gun trade is happening online.

Part 3: Ballard Locks Poses Triple Threat To Returning Chinook

KPLU News - 5 hours 51 min ago

Editor's Note: Fifteen years ago, Puget Sound salmon were listed under the Endangered Species Act. Despite the billions of dollars spent on recovery since, the results remain mixed. Some runs are seeing record returns while others are facing one of their worst years ever.

To learn more about the challenges of salmon recovery, this series follows one Chinook run from the open ocean to Puget Sound, through the Ballard Locks, past Renton and finally home to native spawning grounds on the Cedar River.

At the heart of Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood is one of the most unique parks in the region. The Hiram M. Chittenden Locks attracts tourists and locals alike. People line up to watch boats move up and down between Puget Sound and Lake Washington in a narrow concrete and metal channel that is, in effect, a kind of marine elevator. It was built with the Ship Canal that replumbed the region at the turn of the last century. The Locks opened in 1917. Along the south side is a fish ladder that has windows where you can see salmon as they migrate through.

Read the full story on our companion site, northwestalmon.org >>>

Boeing Plans Major Shift Of Defense Work Out Of Washington, Affecting 2,000 People

KPLU News - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 17:11

Boeing plans to move a large portion of its defense-related business out of Washington state, affecting about 2,000 people.

The company is shifting defense services and support work to Oklahoma City and St. Louis, as well as some additional work to Florida and Maryland. The programs affected include support work for Airborne Warning and Control Systems, Airborne Early Warning and Control as well as the F-22 Raptor.

Great Horned Owl Family VI

KPLU News - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 09:00

  Compared to many birds, Great Horned Owls remain with their parents a long time. They hatched in early March, from eggs laid in late January. By April, both parents were hunting through the night to feed their young. But for the last two weeks, the adults have not fed the young. The owlets have learned the skills they need to hunt for themselves. And any night now, the young owls will strike out on their own.

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First In The World, Seattle Surgeon Operates On Metastatic Brain Tumor With Sound

KPLU News - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 07:35

Surgeons at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle treated a patient for metastatic brain cancer last week with sound. It is believed to be the first procedure of its kind in the world.

Besides drugs, there used to be basically one tool for attacking attack brain cancer: a knife. Scientists have been developing less and less invasive ways to get at brain tumors, and now an early-stage trial at Swedish Neuroscience Institute has shown surgeons can treat a metastatic tumor with high-frequency sound beamed painlessly through the skull.

Jad Abumrad Tells Radiolab's Origin Story, And Learns To Embrace 'Gut Churn'

KPLU News - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 05:01

The public radio program Radiolab – part documentary, part audio art, part mad-scientist radio drama – is an experience unlike any other in the media. So what does it feel like to create something brand new like that? 

The Curious World Of Whidbey Island Animator Drew Christie

KPLU News - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 05:00

If you spend enough time in Drew Christie’s world, you’ll learn about everything from an invasive rodent living in lake Washington to “holiday demons” that scare children in Europe. Christie digs deep into various subjects through short animated films that are packed with well-researched information and a heavy dose of dry humor.

It’s The KPLU Fall Pledge Drive!

KPLU News - Sun, 09/28/2014 - 23:06

It's that time of the year when we ask you to consider making a give in support of the programs KPLU provides for you and your community. Our goal is to get 3,500 listeners to make a gift, in whatever amount works for you, by the end of Friday, October 3rd. Your gift is vital in reaching that goal!

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Industrial Revelation Performs Live In Seattle

KPLU News - Sun, 09/28/2014 - 20:42

Track List:

  • End Of Courtesy
  • Old Man Soul
  • Ingathering

Three Singers In Concert At Jazz Port Townsend

KPLU News - Sun, 09/28/2014 - 15:00

An unusual concert featuring three singers was one of the features of Centrum's Jazz Port Townsend in July.  The singers, Johnaye Kendrick, Sachal Vasandani and Dena DeRose performed together in a "singers' jam" to open and close the concert and each did a solo turn on their own. All three were also on the jazz vocal faculty of the Jazz Workshop which precedes the festival concerts the last week of July each Summer.  The concert was recorded and broadcast exclusively on 88.KPLU.

How High Birds Fly II

KPLU News - Sun, 09/28/2014 - 09:00

  Bar-headed Geese, champions of high-altitude migration, leave their nesting grounds in Tibet and scale the Himalayan range on their way to wintering grounds in the lowlands of India. How do they do it? These geese have a breathing structure that extracts oxygen from thin air, even at 30,000 feet. Inhaled air passes through the lungs and is temporarily stored in several sacs, then circulated back through the lungs. The capillaries in their breast muscles are more numerous than in other birds, providing the muscles with a greater supply of oxygen. Learn more about these "super birds" at Audubon.org.

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Hiker Catches Volcano's Eruption On Video, And Is Overtaken By Ash

KPLU News - Sat, 09/27/2014 - 19:35

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Ea3uED1Zgc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pr5btAJqNPQ

Right And Left Joined Forces In Fight To Legalize Home Schooling

KPLU News - Sat, 09/27/2014 - 19:34
"It was like the days of the one-room schoolhouse," reminisces home-schooling advocate and First Amendment lawyer Michael Farris. He's talking about a few short decades ago, the time when he and his wife raised their 10 children — six girls, four boys — and educated them entirely in the home.

Farris and his wife — a certified teacher who he says "had to unlearn all the stuff she'd been taught" in order to educate their kids — are two pioneers of the home-schooling movement as we know it today.

I Thought It Was Just Stress, Until It Broke My Heart

KPLU News - Sat, 09/27/2014 - 19:34
That Friday, I was dizzy and sick to my stomach with what felt like food poisoning, only sometimes my chest throbbed. I declined my husband's offer of a ride to the emergency room because I had to prepare for a crucial school meeting on Monday.

Our six-year-old son, a gifted child with a disability, had been repeatedly sent home for eloping from class and disruptive behavior. The school had laid a paper trail to ship him to a more restrictive program across town, but I was blocking the exits. My goal for Monday was to keep him in his class and get him support to develop coping skills.

Birding Trails

KPLU News - Sat, 09/27/2014 - 09:00

  Coast to coast and border to border, Birding Trails offer great opportunities to find birds. On a summer trip in New England, along the Connecticut River between Vermont and New Hampshire, you can hear the vividly colored Blackburnian Warbler. Texas birding trails offer birds that can't be found anywhere else in the United States. Washington State's birding loops guide you through diverse habitats.

Many stops are on local, state, or national parks or refuges – all public lands. And September 27th is National Public Lands Day! Volunteers are out there right now, planting trees, repairing trails, and restoring native habitats for all those birds. You can learn more and plan for next year!

GMO Wheat Investigation Closed, But Another One Opens

KPLU News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 20:25
Investigators from the U.S.

Ferguson Police Will Be Banned From Wearing 'I Am Darren Wilson' Bracelets

KPLU News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 20:23
Police in Ferguson will no longer be allowed to wear bracelets in support of Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager.

The shooting in August unleashed days of unrest on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri.

In a letter released on Friday, the Justice Department says Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson has agreed that his police officers and any other officers brought in to patrol Ferguson will be banned from weari

Win Tickets To The Joshua Redman Trio

KPLU News - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 17:00

The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley welcomes jazz saxophonist Joshua Redman and his band for four nights, returning by popular demand! Band members include Ruben Rogers (bass) and Gregory Hutchinson (drums). 

KPLU offers you a chance to win a pair of tickets to this event.