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'Breaking Bad' Fans Get Their Fix In Spanish

2 hours 55 min ago

NFL Players Association Files Appeal Of Ray Rice Suspension

2 hours 56 min ago
The NFL Players Association formally filed an appeal of the indefinite suspension of Ray Rice on Tuesday evening.

When The Power's Out, Solar Panels May Not Keep The Lights On

2 hours 57 min ago
The cost of solar panels is falling rapidly in the United States. And as the panels become more affordable, they're popping up on rooftops around the country.

Meanwhile, the U.S. is trying to find better ways to back up its power system against blackouts. And while it may seem counterintuitive, more solar power does not mean fewer blackouts — at least not yet.

The tiny town of Del Norte, in southwestern Colorado, is a perfect example.

If We Create Life, Who Will Control It?

2 hours 58 min ago
Perhaps I shouldn't have used a conditional on the title. After all, we are already creating life.

Recently, Craig Venter, from the J. Craig Venter Institute, announced the creation of a living, self-reproducing bacterial cell with a DNA sequence produced in the laboratory.

How Catholic Insurance Companies Outsource Contraceptive Coverage

3 hours 2 min ago
Catholic and other religious hospitals and universities have been arguing in federal court for much of the past two years that they shouldn't have to offer or facilitate birth control as part of their employee health plans because it violates their religious beliefs.

But what happens when the insurance company is itself Catholic?

Growing Business — Show Us Your Desk Plant

3 hours 7 min ago
Post a photo of the plant on your desk in the Comments section below.

That's right: The plant the boss wants you to take home ...

Now you can explain — with some research to back you up — that having greenery in your workspace makes you more productive. And how a ficus near the phone or a lily by the laptop helps grow business.

And maybe your supervisor will make like a plant — and leave.

Rooting Out The Problem

Mistura Food Fest Gives Peruvian Cuisine A Chance To Shine

3 hours 8 min ago
Every September, Peruvian restaurants and famous chefs from around the world gather in Lima for a celebration of Peruvian cuisine. The word "mistura" means "mixture" in Portuguese.

Nighttime Flights Of Songbirds

3 hours 36 min ago

  Some cloudless night in September, when the air is clear, you may see birds flying across the yellow face of the moon! September is peak migration time for millions of songbirds heading south from North America to more tropical latitudes. Nocturnal migrants of the same species, such as orioles, warblers, sparrows, and tanagers, call as they fly, enabling flock-mates to stick together. Many of these flight calls are distinctive, enabling those with an excellent ear to identify them as they pass.

Wok This Way — Not Nancy Leson's Way, Says Stein

7 hours 36 min ago

Nancy Leson keeps a lot of stuff on hand to do what she characterizes as stir-frying. These techniques include first searing meat on the grill rather than in the wok. Tut-tut.

'Wait Wait' Host Peter Sagal Talks Comedy, News And Microsoft's Cartoon Paperclip

7 hours 36 min ago

The popular NPR news quiz "Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!" is coming to Seattle's Paramount Theatre on Thursday. On the weekly game show, a panel of comedians and writers crack wise about the news. The show also features celebrity guests taking the  quiz — everyone from actors and comedians to Supreme Court justices. (This week, it's travel expert Rick Steves.) KPLU spoke with "Wait Wait..." host Peter Sagal about the news, comedy and even a famous incident involving that animated paperclip from Microsoft.

Suspected Enterovirus Outbreak Widens In Northwest

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 16:30

Public health authorities in Washington and Idaho are now investigating at least 79 cases of a serious respiratory illness that affects children.

The widening disease outbreak is suspected — but not confirmed — to be enterovirus D68, a rare strain of the virus.

More Birthdays For Kids Under Five Around The World

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 14:30
In 2013, 6.3 million children under the age of five died. That's a tragic statistic — yet it represents a 49 percent drop from 1990, according to data released today by the United Nations.


Americans Waistlines Are Expanding, And That's Not Good Fat

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 14:24
If your belt needs to be let out a notch, you're not alone. The average American waistline is growing even though obesity rates haven't grown, too.

A 'Circle' Of Support Helps Families Stay Out Of Poverty

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 14:19
Go around the country and you'll hear lots of frustration about just how difficult it is to get out of poverty — and more importantly, how to stay out. The official U.S. poverty rate may have gone down to 14.5 percent in 2013 according to new numbers out Tuesday, but still more than 45 million were poor.

Employment is up, but many Americans still lack jobs that pay enough to meet basic needs.

Rep. Gowdy To Lead New Benghazi Committee In First Public Hearing

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 14:14
The Sept. 11 attacks two years ago on an outpost in Benghazi, Libya will get a fresh look by House lawmakers Wednesday. The attacks took the lives of four Americans including a U.S. ambassador.

It will be the first public hearing since Speaker John Boehner announced the formation of Select Committee on Benghazi and named Rep.

Hagel, Dempsey Defend Obama's Strategy For Fighting ISIS

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 14:04
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, defended the Obama administration's new strategy to fight the group called the Islamic State. The two officials were testifying before a Senate committee and were questioned on key aspects of the strategy, including whether a more U.S. troops might be needed on the ground in Iraq. Copyright 2014 NPR.

Vikings Allow Adrian Peterson Back Without Suspension

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 14:04
Melissa Block talks with Minneapolis Star Tribune sports columnist Chip Scoggins about how Minnesota is reacting to the Vikings decision to allow running back Adrian Peterson to play after admitting to hitting his 4 year old with a switch. Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit

Edible Packaging? Retailers Not Quite Ready To Ditch The Wrapper

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 13:48

NASA Picks Boeing And SpaceX To Ferry Astronauts

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 13:21

NASA is a giant step closer to launching Americans again from U.S. soil.

On Tuesday, the space agency announced it has picked Boeing and SpaceX to transport astronauts to the International Space Station in the next few years.