Culture http://www.kplu.org en Exhibit inspires woman to try to avoid buying plastics for a month http://www.kplu.org/post/exhibit-inspires-woman-try-avoid-buying-plastics-month <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Plastics have only been in wide use since the </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">1940s</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, yet they are everywhere, from sandwich bags to phones, to keyboards, to rain gear. Even the cans of soup in the grocery aisle are lined with it.</span></p><p>It's hard to imagine a world before these conveniences. What would your life be like without plastics?</p> Tue, 21 May 2013 13:14:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 8810 at http://www.kplu.org Exhibit inspires woman to try to avoid buying plastics for a month So, would you eat a panda? http://www.kplu.org/post/so-would-you-eat-panda <p><span style="font-family: arial; ">A Chinese scientist recently&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.cbc.ca/news/offbeat/story/2012/10/15/panda-food-ancient-humans-chinese-scientist.html" style="font-family: arial; ">suggested</a><span style="font-family: arial; ">&nbsp;that prehistoric humans ate pandas. The evidence, based on cut marks on panda bones, strikes me as thin, but the report led me to a thought experiment.</span></p> Thu, 18 Oct 2012 16:45:09 +0000 Barbara J King 6755 at http://www.kplu.org So, would you eat a panda? Artistic passions on display at the NW Flower and Garden Show http://www.kplu.org/post/artistic-passions-display-nw-flower-and-garden-show <p>It&rsquo;s been sunny and fair lately&hellip;but what do you do when the dark and cloudy skies of late winter get you down?<br />&nbsp;<br />For many people in the Pacific Northwest, the answer is gardening.<br />&nbsp;<br />Their passion is on display this week at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show.<br />&nbsp;<br />KPLU environment reporter Bellamy Pailthorp went to check it out. (Click on the &quot;Listen&quot; button up top to hear some highlights from the preview tour.)<br />&nbsp; Wed, 08 Feb 2012 05:47:46 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 4086 at http://www.kplu.org Artistic passions on display at the NW Flower and Garden Show Seattle's Museum of Flight says no shuttle is sad, but they're getting the next-best thing http://www.kplu.org/post/seattles-museum-flight-says-no-shuttle-sad-theyre-getting-next-best-thing <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-963091.mp3</p><p>It&#39;s a day of disappointment in the northwest for fans of US space exploration.&nbsp;</p><p>Seattle&#39;s Museum of Flight got official word this morning that it will <strong>not</strong> be home to one of the three space shuttles NASA is retiring.&nbsp; And it won&#39;t get the prototype Enterprise (which was only used for test flights and never reached space) either.</p><p>The shuttles are going to:</p> Tue, 12 Apr 2011 22:40:28 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 1189 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle's Museum of Flight says no shuttle is sad, but they're getting the next-best thing Seattle's Museum of Flight won't get a space shuttle http://www.kplu.org/post/seattles-museum-flight-wont-get-space-shuttle <p>NASA says Seattle&#39;s Museum of Flight won&#39;t get to display one of the retiring space shuttles. Tue, 12 Apr 2011 17:40:21 +0000 Gary Crawford & The Associated Press 1184 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle's Museum of Flight won't get a space shuttle Museum of Flight a hopeful contender for Tuesday's space shuttle decision http://www.kplu.org/post/museum-flight-hopeful-contender-tuesdays-space-shuttle-decision <p>The odds are about<a href="http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2014715435_shuttle08m.html"> one in seven</a>.&nbsp; That&#39;s the skinny on Seattle&#39;s bid to become a host site for one of NASA&#39;s retiring space shuttles.&nbsp;</p><p>Seattle Times writer Jack Broom sums up the situation nicely in that paper&#39;s latest story on the question. Broom notes the Museum of Flight&#39;s chances were diminished slightly last week:</p> Tue, 12 Apr 2011 01:04:48 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 1178 at http://www.kplu.org Museum of Flight a hopeful contender for Tuesday's space shuttle decision Still no IPO, but another new CEO for Seattle's second largest coffee enterprise http://www.kplu.org/post/still-no-ipo-another-new-ceo-seattles-second-largest-coffee-enterprise <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-959787.mp3</p><p>Tully&#39;s Coffee has lost yet another CEO. Seattle&#39;s second biggest coffee enterprise has announced that <a href="http://www.tullyscoffeeshops.com/company/press/35/">Carl Pennington will retire</a> at the end of this month.&nbsp;</p><p>According to the Seattle Times, <a href="http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/businesstechnology/2014591515_tullys25.html">he is the seventh CEO</a> to cycle through the company since founder Tom O&#39;Keefe stepped down from the post a decade ago.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 25 Mar 2011 17:38:58 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 1074 at http://www.kplu.org Still no IPO, but another new CEO for Seattle's second largest coffee enterprise Century-old cedar totems to honor native woodcarver at Seattle Center "carve-in" http://www.kplu.org/post/century-old-cedar-totems-honor-native-woodcarver-seattle-center-carve <p>An ancient cedar tree was delivered earlier today (Tuesday) to the Seattle Center. Several totem poles carved from it in public will commemorate the life and art of native carver John T. Williams.</p><p>His shooting by a Seattle police officer last August has escalated tensions between law enforcement and people of color. But Williams&#39; family says the &quot;carve-in&quot; that has just begun is about remembering his cultural legacy.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 16 Mar 2011 00:20:45 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 1007 at http://www.kplu.org Century-old cedar totems to honor native woodcarver at Seattle Center "carve-in" Interview with poet, author and playwright Dr. Maya Angelou http://www.kplu.org/post/interview-poet-author-and-playwright-dr-maya-angelou <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-956447.mp3</p><p>One of America&#39;s most prominent living poets is coming to Seattle. Dr. Maya Angelou is the author of a groundbreaking memoire published in 1970, <em>I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings</em>. It describes <a href="http://mayaangelou.com/">how she overcame </a>racism and trauma growing up in the South.&nbsp;</p><p>Dr. Angelou is now 83, and recently received the highest civilian honor in the land, the Medal of Freedom, from President Barack Obama.&nbsp;</p><p>KPLU&#39;s Bellamy Pailthorp spoke with her and asked, first of all, how she came to write her first work of prose. <i>(Click on the audio &quot;play&quot; arrow at the top of this post to hear </i><i>KPLU&#39;s</i><i>&nbsp;interview).</i></p><p>Dr. Angelou <a href="http://stgpresents.org/artists/?artist=1481">will speak </a>at Seattle&#39;s Paramount Theatre&nbsp;on Monday, March 14th, in an appearance at 7:30 p.m.</p><p> Tue, 08 Mar 2011 21:35:44 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp & KPLU News Staff 949 at http://www.kplu.org Interview with poet, author and playwright Dr. Maya Angelou King County Libraries unveil giant book covers http://www.kplu.org/post/king-county-libraries-unveil-giant-book-covers <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-956345.mp3</p><p>They say you can&rsquo;t tell a book by its cover.&nbsp; But maybe coming face to face with one that towers over you will entice you to read a little more.&nbsp; At least that&rsquo;s the hope of the King County Library system.</p><p>Huge, 6 foot tall posters of book jacket covers have been placed next to coffee shops, paint stores, law firms and other small businesses on main streets in Burien, Bellevue, Mercer Island, Renton, Issaquah, Kirkland and on Vashon Island.&nbsp; It&rsquo;s called the Book Cover Walking Tour.</p><p> Mon, 07 Mar 2011 23:27:23 +0000 Paula Wissel 943 at http://www.kplu.org King County Libraries unveil giant book covers