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Before You Take A Bite Of That Mushroom, Consider This

KPLU News - 2 hours 18 min ago
If you haven't been DNA-sequencing your dinner lately, you've been missing out. In particular, we suggest examining those spongy, wild fungi before you lay them on your pizza.

Bryn Dentinger and Laura Suz, mycologists with the Royal Botanic Gardens in Surrey, England, were curious about what was in their marketplace shrooms.

More Americans Favor Mixing Religion And Politics, Survey Says

KPLU News - 3 hours 16 min ago
Nearly three-quarters of Americans believe religious influence on life in the U.S. is waning and nearly half think that churches and other houses of worship should play a greater role in the national discourse on social and political matters, according to a new Pew study.

The findings by Pew's Religion & Public Life Project show that 72 percent of more than 2,000 people surveyed think religion's hold on America is in decline, as opposed to 22 percent who believe its influence is on the rise.

Al-Qaida's Khorasan Group Led By Hard-Core Fighters

KPLU News - 3 hours 17 min ago
While the al-Qaida offshoot known as the Khorasan Group only burst into the public consciousness in the past week, the group has been on the radar of counterterrorism officials for a while, and intelligence officials say they have tracked the individual members of the group for years.

Its members are part of al-Qaida's core operation, a roster of individuals who fought together in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and even lived together, in exile, in Iran after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

A Rational Conversation: Is PC Music Pop Or Is It 'Pop'?

KPLU News - 3 hours 54 min ago

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Insurers Cautious As Proton Beam Cancer Therapy Gains Popularity

KPLU News - 3 hours 59 min ago
Everyone seems to agree that proton beam therapy — a type of radiation treatment that can target cancerous tumors while generally sparing the surrounding tissue — is an exciting technology with a lot of potential.

But some insurers and medical specialists say that coverage shouldn't be routine, until there's better evidence that proton therapy is more effective at treating various cancers than traditional, less expensive radiation treatment.

That cautious approach doesn't sit well with proponents, some of whom say that insurance coverage is needed for research on the controversial therapy'

After WWI, A Mother And Daughter Must Take In 'Paying Guests'

KPLU News - 4 hours 28 min ago
Sarah Waters' new novel, The Paying Guests, is a knockout, which isn't a word any of her characters would use.

The book opens in 1922: The Edwardian Age, with its high collars and long skirts, is dead; the Jazz Age is waiting to be born — at least, that's the case in the suburban backwater of London where Waters' main character, a 26-year-old spinster named Frances Wray, lives with her mother.

The Wray women have decidedly come down in the world: Frances' two brothers were killed in World War I and her recently deceased papa made some bad investments.

A $15 Million Space Race For Education

KPLU News - 4 hours 29 min ago
A rural tribe is living peacefully in the Kalahari desert, free of contact with the modern world. One day, a Coke bottle drops from the sky, falling from a passing airplane.

The villagers find many uses for this unfamiliar new technology: a fire starter, a musical instrument, a stamp for printing on cloth. But because of its very uniqueness, they start to fight over it, and one of the villagers decides that to preserve harmony, it's best to return this "gift" to the gods.

The Gods Must Be Crazy, a South African comedy, was a global smash hit in the early 1980s.

California Climate Activist Dumps $1 Million Into Washington State Politics

KPLU News - 4 hours 32 min ago

California billionaire and climate activist Tom Steyer has dumped $1 million into Washington state.

The seven-figure contribution was made last week and became public Monday.

Jack White, Live In Concert

KPLU News - 4 hours 37 min ago
"I'm in a talkative mood," Jack White told the sold-out crowd at Hollywood's historic Fonda Theater.

ISIS Purportedly Releases New Video Of British Hostage

KPLU News - 4 hours 39 min ago
The self-declared Islamic State has apparently released the second propaganda video in a promised "lecture series" delivered by kidnapped British journalist John Cantlie.

"In this program, we will see how Western governments are hastily marching toward all-out war in Iraq and Syria without paying any heed to the lessons of the recent past," says Cantlie, who is seated at a desk and dressed in an orange jumpsuit similar to the one he was seen wearing in a video released last week.

"Not since Vietnam have we witnessed such a potential

Israel Kills Palestinians Suspected In June Kidnappings

KPLU News - 4 hours 45 min ago
Ending a months-long search, the Israeli military says it has killed two Palestinian men with ties to Hamas who it believes were responsible for kidnapping and killing three Israeli teenagers early this summer.

Seeking Frugal Tech Solutions For Nairobi's Jammed Traffic

KPLU News - 4 hours 46 min ago
Traffic in Nairobi is so mind-numbing it makes Los Angeles' Interstate 5 look like the Autobahn. Motorcycles squeeze between cars and trucks that practically park on major boulevards and highways. Street peddlers walk to and fro selling newspapers, flowers, air fresheners and children's toys to captive audiences. Roundabouts become cartoonishly clogged.

Nairobi is the world's fourth-most congested city, far worse than any in the U.S., according to a 2011 survey. Kenya's government estimates traffic jams cost Nairobi $600,000 per day in lost productivity and wasted fuel.

Stoutaccino? Starbucks Tests Coffee With Beer Flavors

KPLU News - 4 hours 48 min ago
Reports that Starbucks is testing a new coffee drink for autumn that incorporates "toasty stout flavors" has set off a debate over how such a concoction might taste — and questions over where customers can find one. The Dark Barrel Latte was "inspired by the rise of craft beers," the company says.

This isn't the first time beer and coffee flavors have mingled. But the relationship has largely been a one-sided one, with artisanal and specialty beers adopting coffee flavors years ago. Many ales have been flavored with espresso, for instance.

Obama Lays Out Approach To Climate Change In U.N. Speech

KPLU News - 5 hours 17 min ago

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Your Guide To Dining From The Dump

KPLU News - 5 hours 17 min ago

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To Make Interval Training Less Painful, Add In Tunes

KPLU News - 5 hours 18 min ago
There's increasing evidence that interval training, which involves alternating short bursts of harder exercise with easier recovery periods, delivers more health benefits than exercising at a steady rate.

But if you've tried it, you may have decided that exercising quite hard, even for short periods of time, is about as much fun as peeling off your toenails one by one.

Rosh Hashana's Sacred Bread Offers Meaning In Many Shapes And Sizes

KPLU News - 5 hours 18 min ago
Editor's Note: This post was originally published on Sept. 15, 2012.

Challah is a rich, eggy bread baked every week for the Jewish sabbath, or shabbat. But for Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year that starts tomorrow at sundown, it gets a few tweaks. There's a little extra honey or sugar, for a sweet new year. And instead of the usual long braid, it's round.

Mimi Wilhelm, who bakes challah for her family every week, teaches a challah-making class through Chabad Oregon.

Sandhill Cranes Wait Out The Storm

KPLU News - 6 hours 23 min ago

  At the fall equinox, gillnetter Misha Noonan would often get stuck at the far east end of the Copper River Delta, waiting out the storms. Once the storms were so unrelenting, that not only were fishermen unable to return to Cordova, but Sandhill Cranes were unable to proceed with their southeast migration. He writes: "Every morning, a test flight of scouts would lift off and attempt - unsuccessfully - to get around a nearby cape. The tenth morning broke calm and clear. The scouts lifted off at first light. They called loudly and excitedly to the flock on the ground. They seemed to say, '1,000 feet, clear and calm. 2,000 feet, visibility unlimited! 3,000 feet, we're outta here!'" Share your story below.

Part 2: Returning Chinook Exposed To Bathtub Of Contaminants In Puget Sound

KPLU News - 10 hours 23 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.

Puget Sound is one of the most enchanting bodies of water in the Pacific Northwest. Framed by mountains to the east and west, its physical beauty is part of what attracts new people to the region every year.

A total of 115 towns and cities surround this deep inland fjord. But the Sound’s geography is also part of what makes it toxic for fish that migrate through it.

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

Part 2: Returning Chinook Exposed To Bathtub Of Contaminants In Puget Sound

KPLU News - 10 hours 23 min ago

Puget Sound is one of the most enchanting bodies of water in the Pacific Northwest. Framed by mountains to the east and west, its physical beauty is part of what attracts new people to the region every year.

A total of 115 towns and cities surround this deep inland fjord. But the Sound’s geography is also part of what makes it toxic for fish that migrate through it.

Read and hear the full story on our companion site, northwestsalmon.org >>>