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Ancient Landscape Is Found Under 2 Miles Of Ice In Greenland

KPLU News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 17:41
In a surprising discovery, scientists have found evidence of a tundra landscape in Greenland that's millions of years old. The revelation goes against widely held ideas about how some glaciers work, and it suggests that at least parts of Greenland's ice sheet had survived periods of global warming intact.

"Glaciers are commonly thought to work like a belt sander," a news release from the University of Vermont says.

Telltale Rainbow Sheens Show Thousands Of Spills Across The Gulf

KPLU News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 17:40
Jonathan Henderson of New Orleans-based Gulf Restoration Network is flying Louisiana's coast looking for oil. As usual, he's found some.

"I just noticed something out of the corner of my eye that looks like a sheen that had some form to it," he says. "We're going to go take a closer look and see if there's a rainbow sheen."

It's a target-rich environment for Henderson, because more than 54,000 wells were planted in and off this coast — part of the 300,000 wells in the state. They're connected by thousands of miles of pipelines, all vulnerable to leaks.

And leak they do.

From Empty Lots To Hospitals, New Purposes For Standard Spaces

KPLU News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 17:39
The online magazine Ozy covers people, places and trends on the horizon. Co-founder Carlos Watson joins All Things Considered regularly to tell us about the site's latest discoveries.

This week, Watson tells about a fake hospital that's testing out high- and low-tech gadgets for real medical discoveries. They also discuss a Los Angeles project seeking to transform vacant lots into parks. Copyright 2014 NPR.

Writing The Wicked Ways Of The 'Worst. Person. Ever.'

KPLU News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 17:38
Douglas Coupland's latest book, Worst. Person. Ever., is a profane, shocking novel that centers around an awful guy named Raymond Gunt.

"Imagine there's this really bitter English guy who has Tourettes and swore all the time, except he doesn't have Tourettes, he just swears a lot.

Mount Everest: Avalanche Death Toll Rises To 13

KPLU News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 14:53
Search teams have recovered the body of the 13th victim of a deadly avalanche on Mount Everest. Crews are digging through a mass of ice and snow in an unstable ice field on the world's tallest mountain in hopes of finding Sherpa guides who are still missing.

"Three guides remain missing, according to the head of the Nepalese government's mountaineering department," NPR's Julie McCarthy reports from New Delhi.

Song Of The Day: Vijay Iyer's 'Galang,' Trio Riot Version

KPLU News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 13:26

Pianist Vijay Iyer is one of the most celebrated and talked-about musicians of his generation. His list of accomplishments and accolades is impressive, including Grammy Nominations, Jazz Musician of the Year awards, and even a MacArthur Genius Award. His body of work is as broad as it is creative, and he's a powerful piano player and a skillful composer.

First Nuisance Sea Lions Of 2014 Killed At Bonneville Dam

KPLU News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 11:49


State wildlife officers trapped and killed six salmon-chomping sea lions at Bonneville Dam earlier this week.

It's part of a renewed campaign against nuisance predators who follow the spring salmon run.

How A Music Writer Learned Trust Is The Ultimate Backstage Pass

KPLU News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 10:14
Lisa Robinson has done just about every kind of music writing there is.

Mental And Physical Toll Of Bullying Persists For Decades

KPLU News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 10:14
What doesn't kill us only makes us stronger, right? Well, not when it comes to bullying.

Some may still consider bullying a harmless part of growing up, but mounting evidence suggests that the adverse effects of being bullied aren't something kids can just shake off.

Captain Apologizes As Death Toll Rises In S. Korea Ferry Accident

KPLU News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 10:14
Divers searching a sunken South Korean ferry have found three more bodies, bringing the number of victims to 32.

So This Is How They Do It! Zebras Getting Stripes

KPLU News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 10:13
How did it happen? How'd the zebra get its stripes?

In Rudyard Kipling's version, a gray, horsey-looking beast went into "a great forest 'sclusively full of trees and bushes and stripy, speckly, patchy-batchy shadows," stayed there awhile, and after a "long time"... got stripy.

OK. Not bad.

Here's another notion, this one from Ricardo Solis, an artist working in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Pakiastani TV Journalist Hamid Mir Wounded In Attack

KPLU News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 10:11
Prominent TV anchor Hamid Mir is in a Karachi hospital after gunmen opened fire on his car Saturday afternoon. Mir's car was ambushed by attackers, at least some of whom were riding motorcycles, according to local media reports.

Details about the attack are still emerging. Mir's broadcast network, Geo TV, says he arrived at a hospital in critical condition after being shot three times in the leg and torso, citing police.

Song Of The Day: Sonny Rollins' 'Without A Song'

KPLU News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 21:42

“I want to be connecting with the subconscious, if I can call it that, because there are not to many words to describe the real deep inner part of a human being…I want to be at that place where everything is blotted out and where creativity happens, and to get there I practice, you know I’m a prolific practicer, I still practice every day…You have to have the skills, then you want to not think when you’re playing, that’s when you let whatever deep level of creativity, spirituality, I mean, you know these words are so inadequate these days but you want to get to this place where they exi

Campaign To Get Sherman Alexie Book To Idaho Students Tops Goal

KPLU News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 19:08

Two women in Washington have raised enough money to send 350 copies of a controversial book by Sherman Alexie to students in Meridian, Idaho. 

The move is in reaction to the Meridian School Board's decision to suspend use of “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian" after parents complained about profanity and sexual content in the novel.

Like Ham? There's A Festival For That In French Basque Country

KPLU News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 18:58
In Bayonne, they take their ham very, very seriously.

This medieval fortress of a town is minutes from the French seaside ports of Barritz and St. Jean de Luz, and not far from Spain's St. Sebastian. It has reigned as a cultural and commercial center for a millennium, according to historian Mark Kurlansky in The Basque History of the World.

Its most famous item since the Middle Ages? The jambon de Bayonne.

Airbnb To Start Charging Hotel Taxes In A Handful Of Cities

KPLU News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 18:57
When Regitze Visby, a tourist visiting San Francisco from Denmark, searched for accommodations for her trip and saw she could stay at one of the famed "painted ladies" on Alamo Square through Airbnb, she took it.

At $135 a night, "it was a good deal," she says.

But does she know if she's paying a transient occupancy tax or a hotel tax? "I have no idea," she says.

Visby would know if she were staying in a hotel. It's 14 percent per room.

A Love Letter To Literature: Reading Gabo In 'The Paris Review'

KPLU News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 18:57
Everyone has a favorite Gabriel Garcia Marquez book, and mine is Love in the Time of Cholera. It's the story of a romance that lasts decades, unwinding through the pages of the book. It's verbose, vibrant and full of love.

But that libro isn't my favorite section of the Garcia Marquez canon.