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A Former Child Soldier Finds Escape, Heaven Through His Music

KPLU News - 4 hours 2 min ago
Emmanuel Jal was only 8 when he was dragged into Sudan's long civil war. Like 12,000 other children, he was recruited as a soldier, fighting and killing alongside South Sudanese armed groups.

Only a few, like Jal, have managed to escape.

This week, the United Nations says that it has made an agreement that will gradually release 3,000 child soldiers from the armed group called the South Sudan Democratic Army Cobra Faction.

Why Do We Love Football So Much? Theater Tackles Tough Questions

KPLU News - 4 hours 4 min ago
Football injuries have long been seen by some as a badge of honor.

Efforts To Free Japanese ISIS Captive 'Deadlocked'

KPLU News - 5 hours 57 min ago
A top Japanese diplomat says efforts to free a captive journalist from the militant Islamic State group have reached a "state of deadlock."

The fate of veteran war reporter Kenji Goto has been linked to that of another hostage, Jordanian fighter pilot Lt.

Listen: Another Seahawks Rally, This One In A Natural History Museum

KPLU News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 16:12

Leading up to the Super Bowl on Sunday, there have been lots of rallies for the Seahawks. One of the most unusual took place in the Burke Museum, a natural history museum on the University of Washington campus.  

Washington Lawmakers Consider Legalizing Fantasy Sports

KPLU News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 16:03


On the eve of the Super Bowl, Washington state lawmakers are considering whether to legalize fantasy sports contests.

This is where sports fans build an imaginary team based on the stats of real players. They then compete in a league with other participants.

Win Tickets To 'Dear Elizabeth'

KPLU News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 15:26

A life in letters. Sarah Ruhl, one of the most celebrated playwrights of her generation, paints a portrait of the remarkable 30-year friendship between two of the most honored American poets of the 20th century: Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell.

Win Tickets To Dave Peck Trio Valentine's Weekend

KPLU News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 15:25

Come watch Dave Peck along with bassist Jeff Johnson and drummer Byron Vannoy perform at Tula's Jazz Club on Friday, February

Shake Shack Sizzles With IPO As McDonald's Fizzles

KPLU News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 15:21
Shake Shack, the Manhattan-based burger chain, has a cult following, and investors gobbled up shares Friday when it became a publicly traded company.

In its initial public offering, shares were priced at $21, but they jumped to nearly $50 as trading began, and closed the day just under $46.

Aaron Allen, a consultant, says a revolution is taking place in the restaurant business.

Argentine Official Says He Sought Cooperation With Iran, Not Coverup

KPLU News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 15:19
Shortly before Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman was found dead with a bullet in his head, he accused Argentina's President, Cristina Fernandez, and others in her government of covering up what he said was Iran's involvement in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center.

Nisman claimed that those involved in the coverup included Foreign Minister Hector Timerman — a particularly sensitive accusation not only because of his position, but also because of his background.

Timerman is Jewish and is one of the founders of the humans rights group

Is There A #PubRadioVoice That Sounds Like America?

KPLU News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 14:24
Chenjerai Kumanyika, a professor at Clemson University and aspiring public radio journalist, sparked a challenging conversation with his commentary about the "whiteness" of public radio voices.

The Real Super Sunday Battle Is In The Snack Bowl

KPLU News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 14:22
Here at The Salt, we have been overwhelmed with emails brimming with factoids and completely unsubstantiated assertions about the food that Americans will consume on Sunday as they watch gigantic athletes burn through calories at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.

In fact, this has become a vicious competition of its own — a Snack Bowl, you might say — with the nation's top merchants of munching (virtuous and less so) fighting for control of the chow line of scrimmage.

Civilians In Eastern Ukraine Flee As Fighting Intensifies

KPLU News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 14:14
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The True Costs Of Community College

KPLU News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 14:14
On the first day of spring semester at Berkeley City College in Berkeley, Calif., hundreds of students rush to print out their schedules and find their next class. But some have to stand in line at the financial aid office. That's where I run into Dominique Bell and Tyfanni Edwards, both 19.

They're here to check on the status of their financial aid. Edwards says she's "trying to see what's going on with that [financial aid] because I haven't gotten it yet."

I've known Bell and Edwards for a long time.

By Impersonating Her Mom, A Comedian Grows Closer To Her

KPLU News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 14:14


Seahawk Marshawn Lynch's Silence Becomes The Story

KPLU News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 14:14
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'Suge' Knight Charged With Murder After Fatal Hit-And-Run

KPLU News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 14:14
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Latvia Keeps Careful Eye Trained On Russia

KPLU News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 14:14
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Republican Gov. Rick Snyder Turns To Voters To Approve Tax Increase

KPLU News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 14:14
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Close Friend Of Putin Awarded Contract For Crimea Bridge

KPLU News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 14:04
Moscow has awarded a $3 billion contract to build a bridge linking Russia with the newly annexed Crimean peninsula to a close friend of President Vladimir Putin.

The bridge that would join Russia and Crimea across the Kerch Strait will be constructed by the SGM Group, majority owned by Arkady Rotenberg, which the BBC describes as "a childhood friend and judo partner of the Russian president." Further, Rotenberg,

WATCH: Forget Crop Circles, This Farmer Is Making Art With His Cows

KPLU News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 11:09