Money Matters
5:00 am
Tue May 22, 2012

Facing down the specter of student loans

www.campusgrotto.com

Total student loan debt in the United States has reached the $1 trillion mark

Thanks to the down economy, many of the students graduating from college this spring are worried about how they're going to make their loan payments.

On this week's Money Matters, financial commentator Greg Heberlein tells KPLU's Dave Meyer there are a few ways to ease the burden.

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Humanosphere
5:37 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

Can spiders fight malaria? UW students think so

Univeristy of Washington student propose using native African spiders to prey on mosquitoes who transmit malaria.

By Cyan James, Humanosphere correspondent

A fresh crop of Changemakers has been identified by the Washington Global Health Alliance’s Be the Change student competition. Among the three first place winners was a group of UW students who want to enlist a spider to fight malaria ...

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Tsunami preparation
1:29 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

Quarter of Pacific NW tsunami buoys out of service

Courtesy NOAA.

Originally published on Sat May 19, 2012 12:26 am

HONOLULU - One quarter (12 of 39) of U.S.-operated tsunami warning buoys in the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans are out of service. That includes the two tsunami detection buoys directly off the Pacific Northwest coast. But the warning system has some redundancy built in.

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Food safety
1:23 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

Calif. lettuce grower expands recall across nation

SALINAS, Calif. — A California lettuce grower has expanded a recall of some bagged salads after routine sampling detected listeria contamination. No illnesses have been reported.

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Sanity in Seattle
12:20 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

8 simple rules for staying sane in Seattle (now the rain is back)

Hey, don't lose your cool the way Mount St. Helens did ... and don't worry too much about the next great disaster!
The Associated Press

With the spring rains descending upon us, ushering in the "June Gloom" a little early, Crosscut.com's Knute Berger has come up with eight simple rules to preserve your sanity while living in Seattle.

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The Two-Way
10:47 am
Mon May 21, 2012

Supreme Court lets stand student's $675,000 penalty for downloading

Originally published on Mon May 21, 2012 9:16 am

Without commenting on the merits of the case, the Supreme Court this morning let stand a $675,000 jury verdict against a 25-year-old Boston University student who downloaded 30 songs nearly a decade ago and then shared them with others on a peer-to-peer network.

The court denied Joel Tenenbaum's "write of certiorari," which means his appeal of a lower court's ruling and the judgment were turned down.

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Artscape
5:02 am
Mon May 21, 2012

At SIFF, local film "Eden" spins a true tale of sex trafficking

Jamie Chung plays a Korean-American teen kidnapped and forced into sexual slavery in the movie "Eden."
Sean Porter

The film "Eden" tells the story of human trafficking through the tale of a Korean American teen in New Mexico. It's part horror film and part survivor's tale and it's based on a true story.

It's Seattle director Megan Griffith's third feature film.  And it's a project she was drawn to because of the actual narrative:

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Seattle Center
1:01 am
Mon May 21, 2012

Chihuly Garden and Glass opens to the public

Dale Chihuly's new Glass House with Persian Glass framing the Seattle Space Needle.
Photo by Bellamy Pailthorp KPLU News

Less than two years after the idea was pitched to the public, a new Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibition opens today (Monday 11am) at Seattle Center.

It’s located at the foot of the Space Needle, where the kiddy rides and arcade games of the old Fun Forest once drew crowds.

Now, people are standing on tiptoes to peer in through the fence around the outdoor displays, which beckon with flashes of color.  

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Jazz Northwest
1:00 pm
Sun May 20, 2012

Lary Barilleau & the Latin Jazz Collective

Ricardo Guity and Lary Barilleau in concert at SAM (w.Jay Thomas' trumpet)

Percussionist Lary Barilleau leads his new Latin Jazz Collective on the next Jazz Northwest, Sunday, May 20 at 1 pm PDT on 88.5, KPLU.   The concert was this month's installment of the Art of Jazz series presented by Earshot Jazz at The Seattle Art Museum. The quintet played music ranging from Latin Jazz classics to newer compositions by Lary Barilleau and Jay Thomas. 

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Crime
3:13 pm
Fri May 18, 2012

Improved fingerprinting system catches more criminals

Officials in King County say the adoption of a more advanced Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) a year ago has led to additional crimes being solved.

The regional AFIS is paid for through a property tax levy.  It costs the average homeowner in King County about $20 a year.

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KPLU Studio Sessions
12:46 pm
Fri May 18, 2012

All-Star Trio: Jack DeJohnette, Chick Corea and Stanley Clark

Legendary drummer Jack DeJohnette in the KPLU studios on May 11, 2012.
Justin Steyer KPLU

Drummer Jack DeJohnette was 23 years old when he made his first recording with The Charles Lloyd Quartet in 1966.  Since that time he’s been a driving (and we do mean ‘driving’) force in the world of jazz.  This year he’ll be celebrating his birthday (August 9th) all year long with a number of special events, such as his current tour with his old friends, Chick Corea on piano and Stanley Clarke on bass.

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Weather with Cliff Mass
9:52 am
Fri May 18, 2012

Has "June Gloom" arrived early? Not before garden soils warm

Peas may not be sprouting yet, but soils may be warm enough to plant that garden.
Digital Sextant flickr

You can blame a ridge of pressure over the Pacific for pushing a layer of cool, cloudy marine air over western Washington, says KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass.

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Facebook IPO
9:12 am
Fri May 18, 2012

Facebook's shares rise at opening, then dip toward $38 initial price

Emmanuel Dunand AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 18, 2012 1:03 pm

Facebook's much-publicized first sale of stock to the public started with a bang late this morning as the price per share jumped. But though the volume of shares sold was a record for an initial public offering, the stock's price gave up its gains as the day continued.

By the end of trading in the U.S., Facebook had settled right at the $38 initial offering price that had been set before shares went on sale.

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I Wonder Why ... ?
4:45 am
Fri May 18, 2012

What's with all of the totem poles in Washington?

Replica of a Tsimshian pole in front of the Burke Museum. Carved by Bill Holm, Curator Emeritus of Northwest Coast Indian Art at the museum, after the originals were destroyed in a fire.
Charla Bear KPLU

With all the totem poles in Washington State, it might surprise you to know the cedar monument isn’t from this region.

Though some local tribes now carve them, they didn’t originally.

In fact, the first one here was pilfered from another state.

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Why Seattle arena deal should be given the green (and gold) light

Investor Chris Hansen, right, shakes hands with Seattle SuperSonics supporters Kris "Sonics Guy" Brannon, center, and David Brown on Wednesday, after a memorandum of understanding was signed in an effort to bring the NBA back to Seattle.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

The proposal to build a new sports arena in Seattle is now open to public scrutiny now that the City of Seattle and King County have formalized their agreement with lead investor Chris Hansen.  The next step is to gain approval from the city and county councils.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel explains why he thinks the plan should move forward.

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