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Seattle 'Kayaktivists' Building Ranks For Direct Action Against Shell’s Arctic Drilling Fleet

On the shore of Seaview Park in West Seattle, a group of young activists stands behind a row of bright yellow kayaks. Most of them are new to boating. An instructor from Alki Kayak Tours gives a safety briefing before they head out for a sunset paddle.
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Interactive Graphic: Washington State's Tax Exemptions

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Seattle School Board president Sherry Carr would rather Washington had not entered the charter school game in the first place. But eventually, she says the state's largest district may have to decide whether it wants to play.

Only one Washington school district, Spokane, currently decides whether to allow applicants to start charter schools within its boundaries and oversees their operations once they open; they're the state's only local "charter authorizer" — for now.

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Thousands of workers at the University of Washington who teach classes, grade papers and conduct scientific research are negotiating a new contract with the university.

John Cline

Multi-generational bands are not uncommon in jazz, but a bit more unusual is a Father and Son front line.  Tatum Greenblatt (trumpet) and his father Dan Greenblatt (tenor saxophone) have been playing gigs together since Tatum was in elementary school.  Both are now veterans of both New York and Seattle jazz scenes and still enjoy playing together.  

Tatum is active in New York and Dan lives in Seattle and they've been fronting a quintet several times a year for a reunion at Tula's.  Earlier this month, their gig was recorded for Jazz Northwest and highlights will air on 88.5 KPLU on Sunday, April 12 at 2 PM  PDT and stream at  

Here are the three most underreported stories of the week according to the guests of our news roundtable: 

Adrien Leavitt

Fern is a spindly Great Dane with all the feelings and her owner, Adrien Leavitt was gifted a session with an animal communicator. 

KPLU's Arwen Nicks gets pulled into the story when the over the phone visit with the pet psychic goes awry. 

Sound Effect, Episode 14: Creatures

Apr 11, 2015


"Sound Effect" is your weekly tour of ideas, inspired by the place we live. The show is hosted by KPLU's Gabriel Spitzer.

Each week's show explores a different theme, and this week, we feature creatures.

Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley is choosing to remain mostly silent about his legal troubles.

There's money in a state highway budget that passed the Washington House Thursday to study a one-of-a-kind possible toll bridge fashioned out of retired Navy aircraft carriers.

Ashley Gross

Readers of Jamie Ford’s bestseller, Hotel On The Corner Of Bitter And Sweet, know Seattle’s Panama Hotel as the place where Keiko Okabe and her family stashed treasured belongings – including the jazz album central to Keiko’s star-crossed romance with Henry Lee.

The book is fiction, but the part about Japanese-Americans leaving their possessions at the hotel is truth. The Panama Hotel is located on South Main St. at the corner of 6th Ave. South, in the heart of what was the city’s bustling Japantown.

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The Mariners are in Oakland this weekend for their first road trip of the season. They got off to a bumpy start at home, much to the dismay of many fans.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says the city seems to be suffering from the “Seahawks effect.”