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Win Tickets To Ann Hampton Callaway At Jazz Alley

KPLU News - 5 hours 48 min ago

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 - 8 hours 4 min ago
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 - 8 hours 29 min ago
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 - 8 hours 52 min ago


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 - 8 hours 55 min ago
"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 - 9 hours 22 min ago
#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 - 9 hours 37 min ago

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 - 10 hours 26 min ago
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.

5 Quotes From Earl Lloyd, The First Black Player In The NBA

KPLU News - 11 hours 48 min ago
Earl Lloyd, who became the first black player in the NBA nearly 65 years ago, died Thursday at age 86.

Lloyd had a long career that stretched from West Virginia State to basketball's Hall of Fame. He once told a young man who thanked him for being a pioneer, "Man, you owe me absolutely nothing."

As a player, the 6'5" Lloyd was nicknamed The Big Cat.

When Food Is Too Good To Waste, College Kids Pick Up The Scraps

KPLU News - 11 hours 56 min ago
Back in 2011 when I was a student at the University of Maryland in College Park I once noticed a massive pile of trash in front of a dining hall. A closer look revealed that it was mostly food — a half-eaten sandwich, a browning apple and what appeared to be the remains of the day's lunch special.

The heap was gross, but intriguing. Turned out it was a stunt to get students thinking about how much food they throw out each day.

Nowadays, students are coming face to face with their food waste, and its environmental and social impact, a lot more often.

Families Of ISIS Victims React To Identification Of 'Jihadi John'

KPLU News - 11 hours 56 min ago
Families of hostages killed by the self-described Islamic State militant group are reacting to the identification Thursday of "Jihadi John" as Mohammed Emzawi, a Kuwaiti-born British man who is seen in the group's videos appearing to behead the hostages.

Barak Barfi, the spokesman for the family of U.S.

Drizzly Friday Giving Way To More Sun This Weekend

KPLU News - 12 hours 23 min ago

If rainy weather makes you blue, don’t worry. The sun will come out on Saturday, and the weekend will bring us back to the pattern of sunshine. 

KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass sounded a bit surprised to see rain coming down on Friday, amid one of the sunniest winters we’ve experienced in a long time.

Leonard Nimoy, Mr. Spock On 'Star Trek,' Dies At 83

KPLU News - 12 hours 40 min ago
Updated at 1:16 p.m.

Actor Leonard Nimoy, best known for his role as Mr. Spock, the logical half-Vulcan, half-human in the original Star Trek series and several movies, has died at his home in Los Angeles, his granddaughter, Madeleine, told NPR. Nimoy was 83.

The cause was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, she said.

NPR's Neda Ulaby, who is reporting on the story, tells our Newscast unit:

"Leonard Nimoy started acting as a teenager at a settlement house theater in Boston where he grew up.

Parents Choose A Simple Device To Reshape A Baby's Ear

KPLU News - 12 hours 41 min ago
Soon after giving birth to a baby girl, Jennifer McMullen noticed that one of her daughter's ears looked a little different.

"She had a condition called lidding, where the top part of the cartilage in the ear is basically folded over so the top ridge is kind of rounded over," McMullen tells Shots. Her daughter could hear just fine, but McMullen worried about bullying when she got older. "She's a beautiful baby girl," she says.

Surge In Long-Distance Hiking On PCT Spurs Interest In Creating New Trails

KPLU News - 13 hours 5 min ago

Thousands of people are expected to start long-distance treks on the Pacific Crest Trail this year.

That's inspired in part by the successful movie adaptation of Portland writer Cheryl Strayed's hiking memoir, "Wild." Hollywood’s next hiking movie, “A Walk in the Woods," could spur even more backpacking interest when it's released later this year.

That has Western outdoors enthusiasts backing the build-out of additional long-distance trails, which could offer greater solitude.

Mexico Says Leader Of Knights Templar Cartel Captured

KPLU News - 13 hours 9 min ago
Mexican authorities say they have detained Servando Gomez, the leader of the Knights Templar drug cartel and one of Mexico's most-wanted men.

NPR's Carrie Kahn filed this report for our Newscast unit:

"He's known as 'La Tuta' and has evaded capture for years. Authorities say he was taken down in [Morelia,] the state capital of Michaoacan, during an early morning raid Friday without a single shot fired.

"Gomez may have been on the run since federal authorities took over the state and led an all-out manhunt for him. But he was anything but quiet.

U.S. Biologists Keen To Explore, Help Protect Cuba's Wild Places

KPLU News - 13 hours 37 min ago
As diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba thaw, the island could see a new wave of tourism — with visitors treated to music and scenery that's been closed to most U.S. residents for more than half a century.

But beyond the beaches and cabarets, there's a spectacular world of wildlife, with hundreds of plants and animals that live nowhere else. Cuba is also a vital stopover for birds migrating from North America, and much of the wild area is pristine because the government hasn't had the money to develop it. U.S. biologists are eager to explore this "green" Cuba ...

BirdNote: Raven's Love Song

KPLU News - 13 hours 48 min ago

Ravens are seen as tricksters in many traditions. But Common Ravens have a softer side. During courtship, a pair will often sit side by side, sometimes preening each other's feathers. And during that ritual, one or both may make soft warbling sounds.

Raven nestlings sometimes make this same sound after they've been fed. Compared to the usual raucous raven calls, this one is soothing. It's called a comfort sound. You can hear more raven songs at macaulaylibrary.org.

Fines Remain Rare Even As Health Data Breaches Multiply

KPLU News - 14 hours 30 min ago
In a string of meetings and press releases, the federal government's health watchdogs have delivered a stern message: They are cracking down on insurers, hospitals and doctors offices that don't adequately protect the security and privacy of medical records.

"We've now moved into an area of more assertive enforcement," Leon Rodriguez, then-director of the U.S.

A Glut Of Ph.Ds Means Long Odds Of Getting Jobs

KPLU News - 14 hours 40 min ago
This week marked National Adjunct Walkout Day, a protest to gain better working conditions for part-time college instructors. Why are college professors from San Jose State University to the City University of New York taking to the streets like fast-food workers?

They say they have something in common.

Adjuncts and other nontenured faculty now make up three-quarters of college and university teachers.