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Pledge Drive
11:06 pm
Sat October 4, 2014

It’s The KPLU Fall Pledge Drive!

It's that time of the year when we ask you to consider making a give in support of the programs KPLU provides for you and your community. Our goal is to get 3,500 listeners to make a gift, in whatever amount works for you, by the end of Friday, Oct. 3. Your gift is vital in reaching that goal!

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Alternative Energy
2:24 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Snohomish County PUD Cancels Tidal Power Project

A screenshot from a promotional video by OpenHydro, the manuficaturing company that was one of the partners on the project.
Courtesy of Snohomish County PUD

Snohomish County Public Utility District has pulled the plug on its high-profile research project to develop technology that harnesses the tides to generate electrical power. The utility says the U.S. Department of Energy was not willing to share in escalating costs for the project.

It was to be located in Admiralty Inlet, west of Whidbey Island.

The federal agency committed in 2006 to cover a fixed dollar amount that, at the time, covered half of the total bill for the tidal energy project. But it was not clear how to cover increased costs for materials and new mandates for studies, and the DOE said Friday it would provide no additional funding for the effort.

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Business
10:58 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Protesters Disrupt Seattle Housing Authority Hearing With Chants Of `Rent Hikes — No!'

Ashley Gross KPLU

Protesters broke out in chants and disrupted a public hearing held by the Seattle Housing Authority on Monday night. They were protesting the agency’s plan to raise rents for tenants who are deemed able to work. 

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BirdNote
9:00 am
Tue September 30, 2014

The Lost Bird Project

Credit The Lost Bird Project

  In a forest on Martha’s Vineyard, a Heath Hen struts through the brush. Columbus, Ohio, harbors a Passenger Pigeon. In Okeechobee, Florida, you can find a Carolina Parakeet. A Great Auk scans the Atlantic Ocean from atop a rock on Fogo Island, Newfoundland. A sea-going Labrador Duck rests near the Chemung River in New York. How is this possible? Each of these species is extinct. Sculptor Todd McGrain has created a large bronze sculpture of each of the five lost birds and placed it in a location related to the bird’s decline, or where it might have been seen last. He’s done so because, as he says, “…forgetting is another kind of extinction.”

Gun Initiatives
8:00 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Washington Ballot Measure Targets Online Gun Sales

Aman More takes aim with his .357 Magnum at the Poulsbo Sportsman Club. He buys and sells guns on a website called ARMSLIST and opposes efforts to regulate those sales.
Austin Jenkins

This November, Washington voters will decide whether to require background checks for person-to-person gun sales.

Initiative 594 would close what gun control advocates used to call the “gun show loophole.” But these days, much of the unregulated gun trade is happening online.

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Swimming Upstream
5:00 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Part 3: Ballard Locks Poses Triple Threat To Returning Chinook

Courtesy of Eric Warner

Editor's Note: Fifteen years ago, Puget Sound salmon were listed under the Endangered Species Act. Despite the billions of dollars spent on recovery since, the results remain mixed. Some runs are seeing record returns while others are facing one of their worst years ever.

To learn more about the challenges of salmon recovery, this series follows one Chinook run from the open ocean to Puget Sound, through the Ballard Locks, past Renton and finally home to native spawning grounds on the Cedar River.

At the heart of Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood is one of the most unique parks in the region. The Hiram M. Chittenden Locks attracts tourists and locals alike. People line up to watch boats move up and down between Puget Sound and Lake Washington in a narrow concrete and metal channel that is, in effect, a kind of marine elevator. It was built with the Ship Canal that replumbed the region at the turn of the last century. The Locks opened in 1917. Along the south side is a fish ladder that has windows where you can see salmon as they migrate through.

Read the full story on our companion site, northwestalmon.org >>>

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Aerospace
5:11 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Boeing Plans Major Shift Of Defense Work Out Of Washington, Affecting 2,000 People

Two Lockheed Martin/Boeing F-22 Raptor's fly over the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race before the green flag at Talladega Superspeedway Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011, in Talladega, Alabama.
Dan Lighton AP Photo

Boeing plans to move a large portion of its defense-related business out of Washington state, affecting about 2,000 people.

The company is shifting defense services and support work to Oklahoma City and St. Louis, as well as some additional work to Florida and Maryland. The programs affected include support work for Airborne Warning and Control Systems, Airborne Early Warning and Control as well as the F-22 Raptor.

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BirdNote
9:00 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Great Horned Owl Family VI

Credit Pamela Bell

  Compared to many birds, Great Horned Owls remain with their parents a long time. They hatched in early March, from eggs laid in late January. By April, both parents were hunting through the night to feed their young. But for the last two weeks, the adults have not fed the young. The owlets have learned the skills they need to hunt for themselves. And any night now, the young owls will strike out on their own.

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Cancer Treatment
7:35 am
Mon September 29, 2014

First In The World, Seattle Surgeon Operates On Metastatic Brain Tumor With Sound

Dr. David Newell, co-founder of the Swedish Neuroscience Institute, with a machine that delivers focused ultrasound. Doctors at Swedish were the first in the world to treat a metastatic brain tumor patient with the technology last week.
Gabriel Spitzer KPLU

Surgeons at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle treated a patient for metastatic brain cancer last week with sound in what is believed to be the first procedure of its kind in the world.

Besides drugs, there used to be basically one tool for attacking attack brain cancer: a knife. Scientists have been developing less and less invasive ways to get at brain tumors, and now an early-stage trial at Swedish Neuroscience Institute has shown surgeons can treat a metastatic tumor with high-frequency sound beamed painlessly through the skull.

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Gut Churn
5:01 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Jad Abumrad Tells Origin Story Of 'Radiolab', Learns To Embrace 'Gut Churn'

Jad Abumrad told the gut-churning tale of how Radiolab came to be.
marcoantonio.com

The public radio program "Radiolab" – part documentary, part audio art, part mad-scientist radio drama – is an experience unlike any other in the media. So what does it feel like to create something brand new like that?

"Radiolab" founder Jad Abumrad has been thinking about that question, and he said the best way to describe it is: gut churn. Abumrad will be giving a soundscaped live talk Tuesday night in Seattle called “Embracing the Gut Churn.”

“It kind of feels like you’re going to die,” Abumrad told KPLU. “And then you ask yourself, why do I feel this way on account of a radio piece or something you know is minor, And yet it triggers these deep fight-or-flight reflexes.”

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Artscape
5:00 am
Mon September 29, 2014

The Curious World Of Whidbey Island Animator Drew Christie

If you spend enough time in Drew Christie’s world, you’ll learn about everything from an invasive rodent living in Lake Washington to “holiday demons” that scare children in Europe. Christie digs deep into various subjects through short animated films that are packed with well-researched information and a heavy dose of dry humor.

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Studio Sessions
8:42 pm
Sun September 28, 2014

Industrial Revelation Performs Live In Seattle

Industrial Revelation live in the KPLU Studios on September 23, 2014
Justin Steyer

One of Seattle's most sought-after bands, Industrial Revelation, performed live in the KPLU studios hosted by Abe Beeson.

Track List:

  • End Of Courtesy
  • Old Man Soul
  • Ingathering

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Jazz Northwest
3:00 pm
Sun September 28, 2014

Three Singers In Concert At Jazz Port Townsend

Jon Hamar (bass), Sachal Vasandani, Johnaye Kendrick, Dena DeRose
Jim Levitt

An unusual concert featuring three singers was one of the features of Centrum's Jazz Port Townsend in July.  The singers, Johnaye Kendrick, Sachal Vasandani and Dena DeRose performed together in a "singers' jam" to open and close the concert and each did a solo turn on their own. All three were also on the jazz vocal faculty of the Jazz Workshop which precedes the festival concerts the last week of July each Summer.  The concert was recorded and broadcast exclusively on 88.KPLU.

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BirdNote
9:00 am
Sun September 28, 2014

How High Birds Fly II

Credit Ron Saldino

  Bar-headed Geese, champions of high-altitude migration, leave their nesting grounds in Tibet and scale the Himalayan range on their way to wintering grounds in the lowlands of India. How do they do it? These geese have a breathing structure that extracts oxygen from thin air, even at 30,000 feet. Inhaled air passes through the lungs and is temporarily stored in several sacs, then circulated back through the lungs. The capillaries in their breast muscles are more numerous than in other birds, providing the muscles with a greater supply of oxygen. Learn more about these "super birds" at Audubon.org.

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