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Merkel: No Relaxing Of Terms On Greek Debt

KPLU News - 3 hours 33 min ago
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has rejected any renegotiation of Greek debt after last week's election that brought an anti-austerity party into power in Athens.

Merkel said banks and creditors that extended Greece bailout loans to keep the government from defaulting on its sovereign debt have already must draw the line on already substantial concessions.

Serena Williams Wins Australian Open For 19th Grand Slam Title

KPLU News - 4 hours 35 min ago
Serena Williams has beaten Russia's Maria Sharapova for her sixth Australian Open, clinching her 19th Grand Slam title.

Williams, 33, won the final 6-3 7-6 (7-5).

It was the tennis superstar's first Australian Open in five years and she managed to win despite fighting a severe cold that The New York Times says "left her occasionally coughing between returns and serves in the final."

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Pennsylvania Law Allows NRA To Sue Cities Over Gun Rules

KPLU News - 4 hours 59 min ago
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What Romney's Retreat Means For GOP Hopefuls

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Fighting In Eastern Ukraine Drags On Into WInter

KPLU News - 4 hours 59 min ago
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In LA, Women Build A Mosque Where They Can Call To Prayer

KPLU News - 4 hours 59 min ago
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Rod McKuen, The Cheeseburger To Poetry's Haute Cuisine

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An Arctic Institution, Sweden's Ice Hotel Turns 25

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Just Your Typical Teenagers Helping To Fight World Poverty

KPLU News - 5 hours 33 min ago
On Jan. 15, 15-year-olds around the world took a stand. Their goal was to make the world a better place 15 years from now by getting rid of poverty and disease.

A Former Child Soldier Finds Escape, Heaven Through His Music

KPLU News - 7 hours 3 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 - 7 hours 5 min ago
Football injuries have long been seen by some as a badge of honor.

Efforts To Free Japanese ISIS Captive 'Deadlocked'

KPLU News - 8 hours 58 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.