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Ottawa Attack Seen As Canada's Security Wake-Up Call

KPLU News - 3 hours 24 min ago
Until Wednesday, the front door of Canada's main Parliament building, Centre Block, was often left unlocked.

How To Sell Bogus Health Cures In 5 Easy Steps

KPLU News - 3 hours 32 min ago
I'm bummed that the green coffee weight-loss cure touted by Dr. Oz doesn't work.

Great Danes: Three Symphonic Albums By Danish Composers

KPLU News - 4 hours 23 min ago
Denmark may be small — smaller than West Virginia — but its musical impact is disproportionately big. Since the late 19th century, some of the best symphonists have hailed from the Scandinavian country, and though they may not be household names in the U.S., their works have influence far beyond their homeland.

I'll (Gag) Drink To That: Oral Rehydration Key For Ebola Patients

KPLU News - 4 hours 29 min ago
Have you ever swallowed unflavored rehydration solution, or ORS? That's what they call the mixture of salt, sugar and water given to Ebola patients.

I've taken more than a mouthful, and urgh!

'Test Kitchen': How To Buy The Safest Meat And Make The Juiciest Steaks

KPLU News - 4 hours 30 min ago
When shopping for meat, sometimes the options can be dizzying — what's the difference between an organic, free-range or air-chilled chicken? The Cook's Illustrated Meat Book offers insights.

It's about how to shop for, store, season and cook meat and poultry — and how to prevent contaminating your kitchen with bacteria from the raw meat.

" 'Free range' can be a bit of a misnomer," Bridget Lancaster, executive food editor of the Test Kitchen, tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.

Canada's Parliament Gives Sergeant-At-Arms Standing Ovation

KPLU News - 4 hours 42 min ago


Blizzard In Nepal Deals A Blow To Porters As Well As Trekkers

KPLU News - 4 hours 44 min ago
In early October, blizzard conditions in Nepal killed more than 16 foreign trekkers and 17 locals, most of them lightly-dressed porters who were carrying the trekkers' gear. The tragedy calls attention to the dangers of trekking — and the risky life of local porters.

At 42, Rane Tamang knows the trekking business well. From a poor village in central Nepal and with little formal education, he started work as a porter 25 years ago, lugging 90 pounds of gear up mountains.

Behind The Scenes: Ethics Of Wolf Wars And Turtle Travels

KPLU News - 5 hours 6 min ago
Once upon a time, documentary film maker Chris Palmer rented a bunch of wolves from a game farm to aid the making of an IMAX film called Wolves.

Ebola Is Keeping Kids From Getting Vaccinated In Liberia

KPLU News - 5 hours 28 min ago
When Ebola began killing people in the Monrovia suburb of Clara Town several months ago, some residents blamed vaccines.

One vaccinator in the town says mothers didn't want her near their babies.

"They had a notion that when the people come to the hospital, we would inject them and kill them," says vaccinator Che Che Richardson at the Clara Town Health Center, "because it was the hospital giving the people Ebola."

Rumors like that, combined with the closing of many health facilities, have caused childhood vaccinations rates to plummet in Liberia.

Now thousands of children are vulnerabl

Herbie Hancock: 'On A Path To Find My Own Answer'

KPLU News - 5 hours 29 min ago


Tweets In Hong Kong Put Kenny G In Jam With Communist Party

KPLU News - 5 hours 29 min ago
Politics between Hong Kong and mainland China are a minefield these days, and if Kenny G, the 1980s saxophone superstar, didn't know it, he does now.

Kenny G, who is hugely popular in mainland China, was in Hong Kong on Wednesday and decided to pop by the main pro-democracy protest camp, which is now in its fourth week.

He posed for photos with fans, flashed a peace sign and said he hoped the demonstrations would end peacefully.

"Most people really welcomed Kenny G's visit," says Kacey Wong, a protester and professor of d

You're Enjoying Low Gas Prices, But Is It Really A Good Sign?

KPLU News - 5 hours 30 min ago
All around the country, gasoline prices have been falling for weeks, down to an average of about $3 a gallon. Those lower prices are helping restrain inflation across the board.

On Wednesday, the Labor Department said its consumer price index barely inched up 0.1 percent last month. Over the last 12 months, the CPI has risen by 1.7 percent, roughly half of its historical average rate of increase.

That sounds great for consumers.

But some economists see possible trouble ahead.

Girl Scouts Look For A Way Out Of The Woods

KPLU News - 5 hours 32 min ago
The Girl Scouts organization wants s'more – members and leaders, that is.

Membership in Girl Scouts of the USA is on the decline.

Scientists Fight For Superbug Research As U.S. Pauses Funding

KPLU News - 5 hours 34 min ago
An unusual government moratorium aimed at controversial research with high-risk viruses has halted important public health research, scientists told an advisory committee to the federal government on Wednesday.

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy said Friday that the federal government will, for now, not fund any new research proposals that might make three particular viruses more virulent or contagious.

Mark Zuckerberg Shows Off His Mandarin Chinese Skills

KPLU News - 5 hours 36 min ago


Why California's Drought-Stressed Fruit May Be Better For You

KPLU News - 5 hours 36 min ago
California's severe drought is putting stress on everyone these days: the neighborhoods whose wells are running dry; the farmers forced to experiment with growing their produce with much less water; and of course, the thirsty fruits and vegetables themselves.

But preliminary research suggests there may be an upside to all this dryness: fruit packed

Pileated Applepeckers

KPLU News - 5 hours 55 min ago

  It's autumn, and apples have begun to fall, although many remain on the trees. In full view of its offspring, an adult Pileated Woodpecker stabs a tasty apple treat. After it feeds, it flies to a nearby tree. Alone now, the youngster repeats what it's seen, knocking apples to the ground until it finds one secure enough to withstand its hungry blows. It just learned something that will sustain it, once it's on its own. Hey, perhaps they should be called Pileated Applepeckers at this time of year!

Ebola 'Still Small Potatoes,' But A Major Menace In West Africa

KPLU News - 9 hours 54 min ago

As the Ebola outbreak first emerged in West Africa, some global health experts downplayed it. The virus has flared up here and there since it was discovered in the 1970s, and rarely has its death toll exceeded a few dozen or at most a few hundred.

“I actually was among those who didn’t think it would be that big a deal, and like the previous ones, it would be contained and would burn itself out very quickly,” said Tom Paulson, who has been covering global health for nearly 20 years. “I was dead wrong.”

Paulson, the founder and editor of Humanosphere, sat down with KPLU to talk about why he’s changed his mind and come to see Ebola in Africa as a major menace.

Why Do Unions Want To Run Child Care Teacher Training In Seattle?

KPLU News - 9 hours 55 min ago

Seattle voters will have to choose between two ballot measures that both aim to help improve education for preschoolers, but in different ways.

The city’s plan, Proposition 1B, would set up a pilot program of subsidized preschool using a property tax levy.

The competing measure, Proposition 1A, is sponsored by two unions, Service Employees International Union Local 925 and American Federation of Teachers, a national teachers’ union affiliated with AFL-CIO.

Prop. 1A calls for a quicker path to a minimum wage of $15 an hour for child care teachers and would set a city policy that states no family should have to spend more than 10 percent of the household income on child care.

One other provision that’s drawn less attention is a plan to set up a system of training in which the unions would play a bigger role. 

Nearby Destinations For Winter Escapes, Whether You Ski Or Not

KPLU News - 9 hours 55 min ago

With autumn in full swing, it’s already time to start planning winter getaways. Here are a few options from KPLU travel expert Matthew Brumley: