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Colorado Debates Whether IUDs Are Contraception Or Abortion

KPLU News - 2 hours 56 min ago
A popular contraception program in Colorado is receiving criticism from conservative lawmakers who say that the program's use of intrauterine devices, or IUDs, qualify as abortions.

More than 30,000 women in Colorado have gotten a device because of the state program, the Colorado Family Planning Initiative. An IUD normally costs between $500 and several thousand dollars.

Transgender Students Learn To Navigate School Halls

KPLU News - 4 hours 13 min ago
The first time I learned that gender could be fluid was in sex ed in the ninth grade. I remember the teacher mumbling under her breath that some people don't identify their gender with the biological sex they were born with.

At the time it didn't faze me because I'd never known anyone who'd talked about it or felt that way. But now, three years later, I have a 16-year-old classmate who's transgender. His name is Jace McDonald.

"That is the name I have chosen," Jace says. "It's what my parents would have named me if I was born biologically male."

Jace McDonald was born female.

Eat Your Veggies! Even The Ones From Fukushima

KPLU News - 4 hours 26 min ago
Nearly four years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, people in Japan are still hesitant to eat foods grown around the site of the accident.

Arsenic Antidote Hidden In Our Genes

KPLU News - 4 hours 27 min ago
For centuries, arsenic was the go-to poison for murder.

If you wanted to knock off an heir to the throne or speed up the arrival of your inheritance, all you had to do was add a dollop of rat poison to your rival's food. They wouldn't see or taste it. And the police wouldn't detect it — at least not until a chemist developed a test for the element in the early 19th century.

At high doses, arsenic causes vomiting, convulsions and eventually coma.

Why Some Parents Are Sitting Kids Out Of Tests

KPLU News - 4 hours 37 min ago
Meet Jenni Hofschulte, the 35-year-old mom who's one of the parents leading the charge against testing in Milwaukee.

"I have two children in Milwaukee Public Schools," Hofschulte says over coffee at a cafe near her home.

The Racist History Behind The Iconic Selma Bridge

KPLU News - 4 hours 47 min ago
The 1965 Voting Rights March from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., became known as Bloody Sunday because it ended in state troopers beating nonviolent protesters as they tried to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge.

In photos from that day you see the marchers being struck and trampled, and just above them are the bridge's big arches, with the name Edmund Pettus emblazoned across the steel beam.

The bridge has become one of the most hallowed places in America's civil rights history, but who was Edmund Pettus?

"Pettus was the head of the most notorious white terrorist group in Alabama probably up un

Boko Haram Takes A Page From ISIS Propaganda Playbook

KPLU News - 4 hours 47 min ago
In its latest video, Islamist extremists from the Nigerian group Boko Haram display the bodies of two men accused of spying.

Cardinal Egan, Ex-Archbishop Of New York, Dies

KPLU News - 5 hours 4 min ago
Cardinal Edward Egan, the former Roman Catholic archbishop of New York, has died. He was 82. The cause was cardiac arrest, the Archdiocese of New York said in a statement.

Egan, who was archbishop during the attacks of Sept.

Thousands Reportedly Flee Battle For Tikrit

KPLU News - 5 hours 22 min ago
Thousands of refugees have fled fighting in Tikrit, according to the U.N., as Iraqi forces backed by Shiite militias and Kurdish peshmerga battle to expel Islamic State extremists from the city.

Meanwhile, Reuters reports that ISIS militants have set fire to oil wells in Iraq's north in an effort to slow government forces.

According to the news agency: "On Thursday, militants set fire to some oil wells outside the city, an oil official said on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to release information.

A 'Black Tax' At Charlotte's Ritz-Carlton?

KPLU News - 5 hours 27 min ago
A Charlotte news station reported on Monday that the Ritz-Carlton, one of prosperous uptown Charlotte's swankiest hotels, added what looks suspiciously like a black tax to the lobby bar tabs of patrons in town last week for the CIAA, the popular mega-tournament for basketball teams at historically black colleges and universities from Pennsylvania to North Carolina.

Charlotte resident Patrice Wright and her husband Tony stopped into the Ritz's Lobby Bar as they often do

'Respect The Robot': Giant Robots Oversee Traffic In Kinshasa

KPLU News - 5 hours 47 min ago


Guest Student DJ Margaux Bouchegnies: 'Through Jazz We Tell A Story'

KPLU News - 5 hours 55 min ago

Note: Each month, KPLU invites a teen guest DJ to play his or her favorite pieces on the air.  The program is part of KPLU's School of Jazz.

Puget Sound Community School's Margaux Bouchegnies is the Student DJ for the month of March.  Margaux's hour will air from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. on March 5.  

Why Is The VP Of Sierra Leone Running The Country By Laptop?

KPLU News - 5 hours 56 min ago
Ebola hasn't been in the news much lately.

That's because the number of new cases has plummeted since the height of the epidemic late last year. In fact, the turnaround has been so dramatic that Liberia, once the hardest-hit country, is now on the brink of declaring itself Ebola-free.

But two headlines from Sierra Leone this week caught our attention.

According to reports, a boat with sick fishermen sparked a new outbreak in the capital.

Study: At 'Rate My Professors,' A Foreign Accent Can Hurt A Teacher's Score

KPLU News - 6 hours 44 min ago
"So-and-so is really, really hard to understand." Or: "His accent is so distracting." I remember hearing off-the-cuff remarks like this a few times in college, complaints by classmates about TAs and instructors, almost all of them of Asian descent and non-native English speakers.

Along these lines, Nicholas Subtirelu, a linguistics grad student at Georgia State University, recently published a study in the journal Language in Society about student b

Mass-Market Stocks In Handcrafted Goods: Etsy Preps To Go Public

KPLU News - 6 hours 45 min ago
For sale: lovingly handcrafted shares of Etsy stock, proudly produced in the USA by a team of entrepreneurs, designers and coders. Please note, there may be some variation in size, color and profits.

A decade ago, Etsy launched as a way for crafters and DIY-ers to sell their handmade goods online.

Snow Is Delicious. But Is It Dangerous To Eat?

KPLU News - 7 hours 20 min ago
Many people will see the snow that's currently blanketing much of the Eastern seaboard of the U.S. as a nuisance coating sidewalks and roads. Others are celebrating it as an excuse to spend the day swooshing down a hill.

As for me, I like to think of snow as food.

Growing up in Missouri, I consumed as much snow ice cream as possible from November to March. Each time the winter sky let loose, I caught a bowl of fresh flakes.

Injectable Goo Developed In Seattle Could Help Stop Trauma Patients From Bleeding To Death

KPLU News - 7 hours 27 min ago

Seattle-based researchers have developed a synthetic substance that might help prevent some severely injured people from bleeding to death. The injectable polymer is designed to make blood clots stronger, forming a kind of bandage that can stem or stop bleeding, even from internal wounds. Blood loss is the second leading cause of death following a trauma, such as a crash or gunshot.

It's World Book Day: Time For Reading Lists And Dress-Up

KPLU News - 7 hours 40 min ago
Put down that screen: Today's the day to celebrate holding a bound book in your hands. World Book Day celebrations include storytelling and dressing up as favorite characters. We bring you a roundup of stories and reading lists.

Many young (and less-young) readers are using the occasion to dress up as beloved characters from pirates and the doughnut-dispensing Mr. Panda to Hermione Granger of the Harry Potter series.

Even more than usual, the Web is bursting with lists of favorite books today.

Florida Man's Facebook Post Against Employer In Emirates Leads To Jail

KPLU News - 7 hours 41 min ago
Ryan Pate's anger stemmed from Abu Dhabi-based Global Aerospace Logistics refusal to extend his leave so he could recover from a back injury.

Ringling Bros. Says No More Circus Elephants By 2018

KPLU News - 7 hours 42 min ago
What's the "Greatest Show On Earth" without elephants? Starting in 2018, anyone attending the iconic Ringling Bros.