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With Dark Humor, Anger And Empathy, Women Respond To The NFL

KPLU News - 1 hour 57 min ago


Why A Teenage Mom Was Jailed In El Salvador For A Miscarriage

KPLU News - 2 hours 3 min ago


An 'Epilogue' That Makes Sense Of The Chaos Of Memory

KPLU News - 2 hours 8 min ago
Will Boast's parents, Andrew and Nancy, met and married in Southampton, a port city on England's south coast. Fleeing the social and economic malaise that blighted the country in the late '70s — workers on strike, power outages and high inflation — and with ambitions for his young family, Boast Sr. moved them to Fontana, Wis., where he worked for a plastics company.

Will was in elementary school, and for him and his younger brother Rory, it was an adventure.

Giving Chickens Bacteria ... To Keep Them Antibiotic-Free

KPLU News - 2 hours 11 min ago
You know those foods and pills that promise to supply your body with "good bacteria?"

They may or may not make you healthier, but some of these "probiotics" do, in fact, appear to be effective in chickens.

Prosecutor To Drop All Seattle Marijuana Tickets

KPLU News - 2 hours 12 min ago

Seattle's elected prosecutor said Monday he's dropping all tickets issued for the public use of marijuana through the first seven months of this year, because most of them were issued by a single police officer who disagrees with the legal pot law.

Six Months After Oso Landslide, Lawsuit, Legal Claims Ongoing

KPLU News - 2 hours 17 min ago

Six months ago Monday, forty-three people lost their lives in the Oso landslide. So far, nearly 60 legal claims have been filed against the state of Washington stemming from the slide.

Attorney Karen Willie says a half-year later a “deep wound” remains from Oso. I spoke with her at 10:37a.m., the exact-six month anniversary.

Prosecutor Says White House Intruder Had 800 Rounds Of Ammunition In Car

KPLU News - 3 hours 27 min ago
The man who jumped a fence and made it past the White House's North Portico on Friday had 800 rounds of ammunition inside his vehicle, a prosecutor said on Monday.

Fox News reports:

"Prosecutor David Mudd revealed the new details about the high-profile security breach during an initial court appearance on Monday in Washington, D.C. At the hearing, suspect Omar J.

3 Afghan Army Officers, Who Had Gone Missing, Detained At Canadian Border

KPLU News - 3 hours 30 min ago
Update at 2:49 p.m. ET. Officers Found At Canadian Border:

After going missing over the weekend, three Afghan officers, who were being trained in the United States, were detained at the Canadian border, a Pentagon official tells NPR's Tom Bowman.

The news was first reported by WCVB-TV's Karen Anderson.

Massive Volcanic Eruption Is Making Iceland Grow

KPLU News - 3 hours 42 min ago
The tiny, island nation of Iceland is in the middle of a growth spurt. For the past month, the country's Bardarbunga volcano has been churning out lava at a prodigious rate. And the eruption shows no signs of abating.

It all began with a swarm of earthquakes in late August, according to Rikke Pedersen, with the Nordic Volcanological Center at the University of Iceland.

German Amazon Workers Strike For Better Wages

KPLU News - 3 hours 42 min ago
Employees from the online retailer Amazon.com in Germany are on strike.

The two-day event affects logistics centers, where workers want a collective wage agreement to bring conditions in-line with other retail sectors in the country.

Amazon faces very different labor conditions in Germany. Most of the workers there are covered by collective bargaining.

Being Good Isn't Zero Sum

KPLU News - 3 hours 42 min ago
As a (mostly vegan) vegetarian for ethical reasons, I've encountered all sorts of responses to arguments for animal welfare.

Hillary Exhilaration Helps Energize Generation Z

KPLU News - 3 hours 50 min ago
Question young, first-time voters about whom they will be supporting in the 2016 presidential election — via a callout on NPR's Facebook page — and you will receive more than 700 all-over-the-map responses.

Some thoughtful, some insightful.

Got Dessert? Slather On The Salted Caramel, Or Just Nibble Some

KPLU News - 3 hours 50 min ago
The legendary American sweet tooth may be growing up. It's classier now; more sophisticated. It lusts after salt with its sweets.

Driven by an increasingly adventurous population of palates, now even mainstream retailers and restaurants are expanding their salty-sweet repertoire. Just 0.4 percent of U.S. restaurants offered salted caramel desserts on menus in 2010, according to food and beverage consultancy CCD Innovation. This year, 3.1 percent of them do.

In California, Less Water Means More West Nile Virus

KPLU News - 3 hours 51 min ago
California's historic drought is partly to blame for the recent rise in West Nile virus infections, public health officials say. There have been 311 cases reported so far, double the number of the same time last year, and the most of any state in the country.

West Nile virus is spread by mosquitoes. They contract the virus when they feed on infected birds, then spread it to the birds they bite next.

After Coming Out As Owner Of Cannabis Club, Reporter Quits On Live TV

KPLU News - 3 hours 51 min ago
Talk about a take-this-job and shove it moment: During last night's local news broadcast, a reporter for KTVA-TV in Alaska did two pretty stunning things.

First, after reporting on the efforts of the Alaska Cannabis Club, Charlo Greene revealed she was the club's owner. And then, realizing the kind of ethical dilemma that put her in, she quit on live television.

"Now everything you've heard is why I, the actual owner of the Alaska Cannabis Club, will be dedicating all of my energy toward fighting for freedom and fairness, which begins with legalizing marijuana here in Alaska," she said.

Listen: Peter Sagal Explains Difference Between Seattle Runners And Chicago Runners

KPLU News - 4 hours 5 min ago

You know him as the host of the popular NPR news quiz "Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!" But Peter Sagal is also an avid runner. 

Wealthy Individuals Bankroll Washington Campaigns

KPLU News - 7 hours 43 min ago

So far this year, business interests have contributed more than $16 million to political campaigns and committees in Washington.

But gifts from individual donors eclipse even that. That’s because a small group of wealthy people are writing large checks.

Autumnal Equinox

KPLU News - 8 hours 18 min ago

  Today marks the mid-point between June's longest day and December's shortest day. We may hardly notice, but ancient cultures closely watched the changes in the sun's daily patterns. One legend from the Andes of South America held that only the giant Andean Condor (like the one pictured here), with its ten-foot wingspan, had the strength to lift the sun each morning and pull it back down each evening. You can learn more about this condor at The Peregrine Fund. Or visit your local Audubon chapter, and find your local birds.

Why These Seattle Artists Are Selling Cans Of Dirt From A Georgetown Brownfield

Quirksee - 12 hours 17 min ago

A trio of Seattle artists has taken a unique approach in an attempt to “undo three-quarters of a century’s worth of polluting”: canning and selling dirt.

The “premium-quality hand-canned dirt,” which are available for $25 a can, are a commentary on how a community can share in the responsibility of cleaning up a contaminated urban site.

The artists’ work focuses on one specific site, a brownfield in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood. Once home to a gas station, it is now choked with blackberries, littered with drug baggies and covered in contaminated soil.

Artists John Sutton, Ben Beres and Zac Culler want to transform the place into a green space and art venue.

“There’s hundreds of thousands of these sites all across the United States, and we are one of the few people who are actually giving them a creative response,” Beres said.

The site once housed a gas station. (Courtesy of SuttonBeresCuller)

Here’s a more current photo of the Georgetown site. (Courtesy of SuttonBeresCuller)

This artist rendering shows the artists’ vision for the site. (Courtesy of SuttonBeresCuller)

And that’s where the cans of dirt come in.

The artists, who work under the moniker SuttonBeresCuller, scored grant funding to purchase the abandoned property. They waded through mounds of bureaucracy and rounds of environmental testing only to realize it would cost a fortune to clean up and haul out the site’s estimated 106,000 cubic feet of contaminated soil.

The polluted soil would have to be trucked to Oregon for disposal, Beres says. To the artists, the whole notion sounded environmentally wrong and even ridiculous.

“So we thought, ‘Why not can this stuff up ourselves?”’ Beres said.

The result, as told through a campy sales video featuring the trio in hazmat suits, is cans of premium “not non-toxic” dirt. The dirt is from the actual contaminated site and the can label specifies, in detail, the various contaminants identified through environmental testing.

“There are disclaimers all over the cans: ‘not safe for human consumption.’ Not that you would eat dirt anyways,” Beres said.

This 2005 Sears portrait shows artists Ben Beres (left), Zac Culler (center) and John Sutton. (Courtesy of Greg Kucera Gallery)

The artists have packed 1,300 cans of dirt, which are available for sale online as well as at the Greg Kucera Gallery as part of a larger SuttonBeresCuller art show. Sales benefit the Georgetown project, which is being called Mini Mart City Park. The artists have calculated all the contaminated soil would fill more than 5.5 million cans. If they sell out their first batch, Beres says, they will make more.

SuttonBeresCuller, who’ve created a host of buzzed-about projects over the years (a floatable island in the middle of Lake Washington, just to name one), first came up with this idea of upending a piece of property back in 2000.

Back then, Seattle was considering extending the monorail line and buying up several parcels of land. SuttonBeresCuller envisioned transforming a convenience store on Crown Hill into some sort of public space. Then voters voted down the monorail proposal.

When they decided to hold onto their concept, they went looking for old gas stations in an urban environment, ideally something retro-looking that was situated in a neighborhood with limited open space.

“We liked the old-timey feel of this station,” Culler said. And the Georgetown neighborhood isn’t teeming with parks.

SuttonBeresCuller formed a nonprofit entity and paid $50,000 for the Mini Mart City Park site. The gas station, which opened in 1926, was owned for decades by the Perovich Brothers. Boeing stored fuel tanks here during World War II, according to the artists.

The artists have already started to remove blackberries and paint parts of the lot, but they acknowledge it will take years to finish the project. But Mini Mart City Park has already played host as a temporary art venue. The site will feature a video installation by Brent Watanabe in October.

Researchers: Keep An Eye Out For Tagged Monarch Butterflies

KPLU News - 12 hours 18 min ago

If you’re lucky enough to spot a lacy monarch butterfly as it heads south for winter, look closely. You might see something unusual on its wing.

In a town in northern California, a young girl noticed a white sticker with an email address on a butterfly’s wing when it landed on her garage door.

“She took note and emailed me, so it proved the system worked,” said Dr. David James, an entomologist at Washington State University.