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Honoring Ancestors
5:42 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Seattle Considers Renaming Columbus Day As Indigenous Peoples' Day

A bust of Seattle's namesake chief has been in Pioneer Square since 1909. Should the city do more to recognise its indigenous peoples and leave Columbus Day behind?
Brian Glanz Flickr

Members of Seattle’s City Council and Mayor Ed Murray say they’re in favor of a resolution to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day. But the council postponed a vote on the measure. 

Members of several Native American tribes and their supporters rallied outside City Hall, then filled  council chambers to testify. They said Columbus brought genocide and slavery to the Americas and celebrations of him as a discoverer need to stop.

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BirdNote
9:00 am
Tue September 2, 2014

The Cuban Tody

BirdNote

  The Cuban Tody is almost indescribably cute! It’s a "must-see" bird for anyone heading for the West Indies. In woodlands throughout the island of Cuba, todies are terrific foragers. In fact, their Puerto Rican cousins have been known to catch up to one or two insects a minute — hunting from dawn to dusk. Their wings make an audible whirring sound, and you may find a tody just by listening for that sound.

Early Childhood Education
5:00 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Report: In King County, Childcare Could Cost A Single Mother Half Her Income

S.C. Johnson Wax

Childcare costs in King County are among the highest in the nation, according to a recently-released analysis.

The report shows King County's costs are high even by the standards of Washington state, one of the ten least-affordable states for childcare. Someone earning the median income for single mothers in King County could sink more than half of her salary into the $17,300 average annual cost for infant childcare — a cost already $5,000 higher than the state average.

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Behind The Beat
5:00 am
Tue September 2, 2014

The Evolution Of Reggae: How It Became The Protest Music We Can Dance To

Jamaican Bob Marley, who has spearheaded the movement of Reggae, the popular music of Jamaica, is seen here in 1981.
AP Photo

Listen to the full episode.

For many of us, Jimmy Cliff’s 1973 song “The Harder They Come” was the first reggae piece we’d heard.

Jimmy Cliff's "The Harder They Come"

Reggae grew out of two earlier styles of Jamaican music, ska and rocksteady. And these were both preceded by the Jamaican folk/pop music of the 1950s, a style called mento. Here’s Alerth Bedasse’s “Rough Rider” from 1955.

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BirdNote
9:00 am
Mon September 1, 2014

The Demise Of The Passenger Pigeon

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On September 1, 1914, Martha, the last known Passenger Pigeon died in the Cincinnati Zoo. It’s hard to believe there were billions of Passenger Pigeons in the early nineteenth century. By 1900, there were none left in the wild. The last Passenger Pigeon became a symbol of how easily we can devastate a seemingly boundless natural population. But how did it happen? Recent research may shed new light on this extinction.

Labor Union
6:04 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Lawsuit Challenges Automatic Deduction Of Union Dues For Home Care Workers In Wash.

The Service Employees International Union Healthcare 775 Northwest represents about 33,000 independent home care workers in Washington state. Their union dues are automatically deducted by the state of Washington, which pays the workers using public money, including Medicaid funds.

But a lawsuit is challenging that arrangement, drawing on the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision (Harris v. Quinn), and that potentially threatens the union's financial strength. 

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Artscape
5:00 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Paint The Peninsula Festival Celebrates Joy Of Painting Outside

Artist Susan Ogilvie is seen at work near Dungeness Spit.
Jennifer Wing

The clouds hang low over the water along a quiet stretch of gravelly beach in the Strait of Juan de Fuca near Sequim, Washington. A sailboat silently glides past and a clear creek runs into the strait. A gang of seagulls stands at the watery crossroads, preening their feathers.

Perched on a grassy overlook capturing this on a small canvas of balsa wood is plein air artist Sandy Byers. Painting en plein air is the French term that simply means painting outside — something artists have been doing for hundreds of years.

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Jazz Northwest
3:00 pm
Sun August 31, 2014

NEA Jazz Master Bill Holman directs The Jazz Port Townsend Festival All-Star Big Band

Jim Levitt

One of the most highly regarded composer-arrangers in jazz is Bill Holman, whose career stretches back over six decades and includes music performed by Stan Kenton, Count Basie, Woody Herman, Gerry Mulligan and many others.  He also leads his own L.A. big band which includes many top musicians who vie for the opportunity to play Bill Holman's exciting and complex music.   Winner of three Grammy Awards and 14 nominations, he's arranged for recording sessions by Tony Bennett, Sarah Vaughan, Carmen McRae and many others. 

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Psychiatric Care
3:17 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Lawyer For Psychiatric Patients Says State Had Time To Prepare For Boarding Ruling

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Taber Andrew Bain Flickr

The state of Washington doesn’t deserve extra time to start following mental health laws, according to the lawyer representing psychiatric patients who successfully challenged a practice known as “boarding.”

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Languages & Roots
2:13 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Baseball Jerseys Reveal Unusual Alliance Between Team And Tribe

Josh Morgan is captured during an at-bat moment at Avista Stadium.
Spokane Indians Baseball Club

Football season has kicked off another round of scrutiny over how professional sports teams use Native-American mascots. But in eastern Washington, a minor league baseball team has earned the approval of its native namesake.

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Pot Moratorium
2:01 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Citing State Law, Judge Upholds Fife's Pot Ban; No Comment On Federal Preemption

FILE - This July 1, 2014, photo shows marijuana plants in containers at Sea of Green Farms, a recreational pot grower in Seattle.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

The city of Fife’s ban on recreational marijuana will stand, following a ruling by a Pierce County judge Friday.

Judge Ronald Culpepper said local jurisdictions have the right to opt out of marijuana legalization under state law. He added the pot shop owners who brought the suit did not meet the burden of proof necessary to overturn the ban in Fife.

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Jazz and Blues
10:00 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Have Piano, Will Travel: Mr. B's Epic Bicycle Adventure

Mr B's Joybox Express
Joybox Express

Boogie-woogie and blues pianist Mark Braun (a.k.a. Mr. B) has fond memories of touring in the Pacific Northwest. KPLU has played his recordings for more than 20 years. I've followed Mr. B for some time, because there's not much I like better than his style of piano playing, the music that came up from New Orleans and the Mississippi Delta.

What I didn't know about him until recently is that he's also a dedicated amateur athlete, an avid bicyclist and an advocate for getting kids active in the arts and athletics.

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Weather with Cliff Mass
9:51 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Mass: Cooler Weekend Ahead, But Don't Give Up On Summer Just Yet

"Dear Summer 2014...Don't leave us!"
Tim Durkan

It won't be long now. 

Fall is just around the corner, says KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass, and that means the holiday weekend won't be all sun. 

"We'll see a different weekend than we've been used to in the past," he said. "Temperatures are going to drop way back. No more 80s."

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Solid Choices, Big Chances 'Justify' Mariners GM Contract Extension

Seattle Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik visits on the field prior to a baseball game between the Seattle Mariners and the New York Mets, Tuesday, July 22, 2014 in Seattle.
AP Photo

The Mariners have made some solid choices and taken some big chances this year. It all appears to be paying off as they continue to be in the wild card playoff hunt.

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KPLU Travel Club
12:00 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Join KPLU On An 8-Night Adventure To Cuba

KPLU is going to Cuba this winter! Our previous tour was so popular we are offering two different trips, departing Jan. 24 and Feb. 7. Discover music, culture, art and dance in beautiful Cuba! Don't delay spots will fill quickly.

Click here for the full itinerary and pricing.

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