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Singers Rule On This Week's Jazz Northwest

KPLU News - Sun, 03/29/2015 - 15:00

Some singers you may not have heard before are featured on this Sunday's Jazz Northwest from 88.5 KPLU.

Perhaps most surprising is a seven member a cappella vocal group called Groove For Thought which will perform next Friday at Boxley's in North Bend.  Also on this week's show is a new vocalise release by Paul Green. He is well established as a blues singer and blues harp player, but he's making his CD debut as a jazz singer with his lyrics to jazz instrumental standards. He's also at Boxley's next Saturday.

Videos On End-Of-Life Choices Ease Tough Conversation

KPLU News - Sun, 03/29/2015 - 14:43

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g64zIKtB_0s

Iran, West Said To Be Closing Gap On Nuke Deal As Deadline Looms

KPLU News - Sun, 03/29/2015 - 12:39
Inching closer to the end-of-month deadline for a deal on Iran's nuclear program, major obstacles remain at the table in Switzerland, even as the sides were converging on an agreement to cap and ultimately roll back Tehran's nuclear ambitions, according to reports.

According to The Washington Post, Secretary of State John Kerry, the chief U.S.

Arab League Approves Idea Of Ground Forces For Regional Security

KPLU News - Sun, 03/29/2015 - 10:18
The Arab League has agreed in principle to establish its own military force designed to combat the threat from Islamist extremists in the region, as the 22-member grouping said that Saudi-led airstrikes against Yemeni Shiite insurgents would continue until the rebels "withdraw and surrender their weapons."

Egypt's state-run news agency says that Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi and leaders of the other states in the League agreed on broad details for forming a joint force that could be rapidly deployed in hot spots to restore peace and security.

Dozens Killed In Nigerian Election Violence As Polling Continues

KPLU News - Sun, 03/29/2015 - 07:07
Islamist insurgents in Nigeria have reportedly killed about 40 people, including a lawmaker, as the polling for a new president continues in the West African country.

Voting was extended for a second day after technical problems kept some from casting their ballots on Saturday. Incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan is squaring off against former military dictator Muhammadu Buhari.

According to The Associated Press: "Boko Haram extremists killed 41 people, including a

At Palm Sunday Mass, Pope Remembers Germanwings Crash Victims

KPLU News - Sun, 03/29/2015 - 06:14
Pope Francis, addressing tens of thousands at St.

Afghan Chief Executive: Leaders Set Aside Egos To Rally For Nation

KPLU News - Sun, 03/29/2015 - 05:43
Afghanistan's leaders were in Washington last week asking for more assistance from the U.S. They got what they wanted: President Obama announced he would postpone the withdrawal of thousands of U.S. troops this year. Those forces are needed to help Afghanistan troops battle the Taliban as the spring

Indiana Governor: Lawmakers To 'Clarify' Anti-Gay Law

KPLU News - Sun, 03/29/2015 - 05:36
Updated at 11:30 a.m. ET

Indiana Gov.

How Singapore Became One Of The Richest Places On Earth

KPLU News - Sun, 03/29/2015 - 04:39
Singapore has been called the 20th century's most successful development story.

"I don't think any other economy," says Linda Lim, an economist at the University of Michigan, "even the other Asian tigers, have that a good a statistical record of rapid growth, full employment, with very good social indicators — life expectancy, education, housing, etc.

As Iraqi Forces Press Into Tikrit, Hundreds Of ISIS FIghters Remain

KPLU News - Sun, 03/29/2015 - 04:31
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Cheez Whiz Helped Spread Processed Foods. Will It Be Squeezed Out?

KPLU News - Sun, 03/29/2015 - 04:26

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ELoVSLiA5I

Ukrainian Protestants Say Religious Intolerance Rising In Donetsk

KPLU News - Sun, 03/29/2015 - 04:26
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Clinton Seeks A 'New Relationship' With The Press

KPLU News - Sun, 03/29/2015 - 04:26
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Greek Voters Want Their Government To Show Some Fight

KPLU News - Sun, 03/29/2015 - 04:26
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Heat Tolerant, Tough Teeth, Lots Of Milk — They're Supergoats!

KPLU News - Sun, 03/29/2015 - 02:25
Villagers in a rural district of Kenya are getting a helping hoof to adapt to climate change. A newly introduced breed of supergoat is cutting the number of months per year that villagers in the district of Nyando go hungry.

Galla goats are tough but loving. They tolerate heat and drought and have great teeth (which means they rarely need to be culled due to worn-down chompers). The goats also produce lots of nutritious milk and mature more quickly than the old straggly looking breeds that the Nyando farmers are used to keeping.

The Cautionary Tale Of A Big-Time Bracket Bust

KPLU News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 15:35
About 25 years ago, John Bovery started a modest football pool out of his home in New Jersey. It had 57 participants, all friends and co-workers.

But thanks to word of mouth — and the multiplying factor of email — Bovery's pool grew to staggering proportions.

An Update On Yemen's Escalating Crisis

KPLU News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 14:22
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Assessing The Ellen Pao Verdict

KPLU News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 14:22
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What Is The Mystery Goo That Killed Seabirds In The Bay Area?

KPLU News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 14:22
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Nigerians Go To The Polls

KPLU News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 14:22
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