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You Say Striped Bass, I Say Rockfish. What's In A Fish Name?

KPLU News - 3 hours 4 min ago
Order a rockfish at a restaurant in Maryland, and you'll likely get a striped bass. Place the same order in California, and you could end up with a Vermilion rockfish, a Pacific Ocean perch or one of dozens of other fish species on your plate.

This jumble of names is perfectly legal.

Egypt Postpones Verdict In Trial Of Al Jazeera Journalists

KPLU News - 3 hours 7 min ago
A court in Egypt has delayed reading the verdict in the re-trail of three Al Jazeera journalists who have been accused of aiding a terrorist organization.

The BBC reports:

"Canadian-Egyptian Mohamed Fahmy, Egyptian Baher Mohamed and Australian Peter Greste were sentenced to up to 10 years in prison in June 2014.

"Their convictions for spreading false news were overturned on appeal and they were released on bail in February.

#TheEmptyChair Amplifies Conversation About Sexual Assault

KPLU News - 5 hours 39 sec ago
The cover story of this week's New York magazine is getting a lot of attention.

It features 35 women seated in chairs and one empty chair. The women are all dressed in black, looking straight ahead with both hands resting on their knees. It is a stark image, and all the more compelling because each of them is openly and by name accusing Bill Cosby of horrendous acts.

In The West Bank, A Rough Start Doesn't Deter New Arab TV Channel

KPLU News - 5 hours 5 min ago
One out of every five people in Israel is Arab. But Israeli TV only sets aside a few hours a week for Arabic-language programming. And Arabs in Israel don't have many opportunities to see their own cities and lives reflected on the screen. That's the idea behind a new TV channel. It's called Palestine 48, a reference to the year Israel was founded.

The channel's new morning show is called Our Morning Is Different.

Through Doubt And Dark Times, Joss Stone Lets Her Voice Light The Way

KPLU News - 5 hours 12 min ago


Close Listening: How Sound Reveals The Invisible

KPLU News - 5 hours 20 min ago
Over the years, scientists have mostly interpreted the world through what they can see. But in the last few decades, a culture of listening has blossomed, especially among biologists who seek to understand how animals communicate. This week Morning Edition embarks on a weekly summer series called Close Listening: Decoding Nature Through Sound. We begin with an innovation that transformed medicine by searching sounds for clues to illness and health.

Microscopes illuminate the invisibly tiny; telescopes reveal the heavens. But sound?

At One Juvenile Hall, Too Few Staff Has A Big Impact

KPLU News - 5 hours 23 min ago
Across the country, there are efforts to close outdated and dangerous juvenile detention centers. But even in places with so-called model juvenile halls, counties often struggle to meet the minimum standards.

A juvenile hall in San Leandro, Calif., is one such detention center that's generally well regarded but faces some major challenges.

Pell Grants For Prisoners: An Old Argument Revisited

KPLU News - 5 hours 31 min ago
It's an old and controversial question: Should federal Pell grants be used to help prisoners pay for college?

Tomorrow, at a prison in Jessup, Md., Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Attorney General Loretta Lynch are expected to unveil a program to do just that. The new plan would create a limited pilot program allowing some students in prison to use Pell Grants to pay for college classes.

The key word there is "limited" — because there's only so much the administration can do.

Seattle Council Candidates Push To Lift Ban On Rent Control

KPLU News - 6 hours 4 min ago


Affordable housing is one of the top campaign issues in Seattle’s City Council race.Eight candidates have come together to endorse what they call a “progressive housing plan.”


Meet Ammon Walker: A Comic Book Hero Who Gave Superpowers To His Creator

KPLU News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 18:18

Aaron D'Errico had one dream as a child: To be a soccer star in the same manner as his father, David D'Errico, an original Seattle Sounder and former U.S. Men's National Team captain. 

But where Arron's dreams went, his body couldn't follow. Born with cerebral palsy Aaron was never going to be a much of a soccer player, much less a professional. That wasn't about to stop him, however.

The Friday Harbor man put pen to paper and created Ammon Walker, a comic book superhero and super-spy who uses his status as a professional soccer as his cover. Like Aaron, Ammon has cerebral palsy. But unlike his creator, Ammon has developed technology that allows his body to overcome it.

Seattle Mayor Will Not Support Controversial Single-Family Zone Change

KPLU News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 15:49

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is backing away from a controversial proposal to alter nearly all of the city's single-family neighborhood zoning to allow duplexes, triplexes, cottages and other denser housing types.

The idea — one of 65 the city's Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) committee recommended this month — drew significant blowback from neighborhood groups who oppose granting greater flexibility to housing developers.

Birkin Bag Is Fine, But Namesake Actress Wants 'Birkin Croco' Rebranded

KPLU News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 14:52
A lot of people who want a Birkin bag — a handbag popular among celebrities that can cost more than $100,000 — will get on multiple-year waiting lists to get one. But its namesake wants nothing to do with one version of it.

Specifically, Jane Birkin no longer wants to be affiliated with the popular crocodile-skin version.

SpaceShipTwo 'Pilot Was Thrown From The Vehicle' High In Atmosphere

KPLU News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 14:50


From The Silents To Millennials, Debt Burdens Span The Generations

KPLU News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 14:31
For most of us, debt is a big part of life. According to a new study by Pew Charitable Trusts, 80 percent of Americans have some form of debt — from student loans to credit card balances.

There are many among the so-called silent generation, those born before World War II, who are still paying off mortgages and credit cards.

"Silent generation people, 90 percent of whom are retired, are carrying debt later into life.

The Golden Age Of Cocktails: When Americans Learned To Love Mixed Drinks

KPLU News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 14:15
Summertime is the perfect time to indulge in a refreshing cocktail on a balmy night.

Politics Overshadows U.S. Tech Firms' Hopes For Entering Iran

KPLU News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 14:12
Iran has the potential to be a boom market for American tech companies. The majority of the population is under 30 and well educated, and over half the country has access to the Internet.

Many businesses have to wait until more sanctions are lifted, but certain tech companies can already go into Iran legally because the U.S. has lifted sanctions on various communication technology.

California's Drought Spurs Unexpected Effect: Eco-Friendly Development

KPLU News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 14:12
The drought in California has gone on so long, and is so severe, that it's beginning to change the way people are designing residential communities — in unexpected ways, and unexpected places.

Planning is under way, for instance, for one of the first eco-friendly communities in California's predominantly agricultural Central Valley.

The site is in the town of Reedley, 30 miles southeast of Fresno.

There were a number of factors that distinguished Reedley, says Curt Johansen, the San Francisco developer who's spearheading the project.

It's home to a community college and a thriving down

Once Outlaws, Young Lords Find A Museum Home For Radical Roots

KPLU News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 14:12
They were under watch by the FBI and the New York Police Department. And by the early 1970s, the Young Lords emerged as one of the country's most prominent radical groups led by Latino activists.

Inspired by the Black Panthers, a band of young Puerto Ricans wanted to form a Latino counterpart to the black nationalist group.

Europe's Taste For Caviar Is Putting Pressure On A Great Lakes Fish

KPLU News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 14:12
Lake Superior is the largest freshwater lake in the world, by surface area, and it has something the other Great Lakes do not: stable populations of mostly native fish species.

But scientists say a key fish in Superior's food web is now in trouble because of mild winters and an appetite for caviar in Europe.

There wasn't much demand for lake herring 10 years ago.

One Point Of View On How Lions Can Earn Money For Africa

KPLU News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 13:53
A beloved lion in Zimbabwe — Cecil was his name — was wounded with a crossbow, then later shot dead.