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Studio Sessions
4:38 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Helen Sung - Classical Piano's Loss Is Jazz Piano's Gain

For many years, pianist, Helen Sung devoted herself fully to classical piano studies.  So much so, in fact, that when a friend invited her out to hear Harry Connick, Jr., Helen had no idea who he was.  When she heard Harry do a series of solo piano jazz pieces she says she nearly jumped out of her skin.  She’d never heard piano played like that. From that point on, Helen focused her considerable talents on jazz.  Today, Helen Sung is one of the most inventive and respected jazz pianists of her generation.

Song List:

  1. Armando's Rhumba
  2. Hope Springs Eternally
  3. Carolina Shout 

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Jazz and Blues
10:00 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Singer Ed Reed Talks About Music, Drugs And 'The Sound of Redemption'

Ed Reed
edreedsings.com

"The Sound of Redemption:  The Frank Morgan Story" will be showing on Saturday, October 25 at NW Film Forum in Seattle as part of the Earshot Jazz Film Festival. Frank Morgan was a talented West Coast saxophonist whose life and career were stalled for 30 years because of heroin use and prison sentences.

Singer Ed Reed is one of many subjects interviewed in the film. He was a friend of Morgan's, and he has a similar story.

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BirdNote
9:00 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Black-footed Albatross, Graceful Giant

Credit Tom Grey

  Just a couple dozen miles off the Northwest coast, immense dark birds with long, saber-shaped wings glide without effort above the waves. These graceful giants are Black-footed Albatrosses, flying by the thousands near the edge of the continental shelf. Black-footed Albatrosses do not breed until they are at least five years old, and after the young leave their breeding colony, they spend their first three years at sea.

Election 2014
5:00 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Proposition 1 Promises Better Bus Service In Seattle

File image
Oran Viriyincy Flickr

Imagine commuting by bus in Seattle without any need for a bus schedule app on your phone or a paper one in your pocket. This is what Scott Kubly, the new head of Seattle’s Department of Transportation, envisions if voters approve Proposition 1, giving the city more than $40 million a year to invest in Metro Transit.

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Artscape
5:00 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Exhibit At Seattle's Henry Art Gallery Invites Visitors To Touch, Take Home Art On Display

One of four galleries wallpapered with photographic images that visitors are allowed to tear off. Among myriad art work in "Ann Hamilton: the common S E N S E" at the Henry Art Gallery.
Chona Kasinger

A new show at Seattle's Henry Art Gallery invites you to do something museums usually forbid: Touch the art and take it home.

Four galleries are filled with photographic images printed on tablets of newsprint. Visitors are invited to tear off the images. That means the galleries are in constant flux, and, at some point, they could be entirely left void.

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Life After The Military
5:00 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Joint Base Lewis-McChord To Hold Its Largest-Ever Jobs Summit

This photo was taken at a Joint Base Lewis-McChord jobs fair in 2013.
JBLM PAO Flickr

More than 8,000 service members at Joint Base Lewis-McChord will be leaving the military in each of the next few years as the military draws down its force levels. The base is aiming to help them find work, and this week it’s holding its biggest ever jobs summit

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Election 2014
5:00 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Election 2014: Big Money, Big Issues

James Myers of Seattle peers into the slot before dropping in his ballot at a ballot drop box Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, in Seattle.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

We’re just about two weeks away from the 2014 election. It’s not a presidential election year, but there are several big issues on the ballot that have attracted big money to try to get your vote. Those issues include gun sales, class size and control of the state Senate.

Here’s a quick look at what’s on your ballot, what’s at stake and what it’s costing.

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Jazz Northwest
3:00 pm
Sun October 19, 2014

More Earshot Previews With John Gilbreath On Jazz Northwest

Lew Tabackin Trio
Howard A. Gitelson

The Earshot Jazz Festival started last weekend and will continue through November 11 with dozens of performances in various venues around Seattle. Earshot director John Gilbreath joins Jim Wilke on KPLU's Jazz Northwest  to provide some highlights from a dizzying array of world class talent appearing during the Earshot Jazz Festival.  Highlighted on this program are performances by Lew Tabackin, Chad Mccullough, Miguel Zenon, Pharoah Sanders, Davie Liebman and Anton Schwartz. 

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BirdNote
9:00 am
Sun October 19, 2014

Waterfowl Migration In Flux

Credit Teddy Llovet & Aaron Maizlish

  Waterfowl such as this Greater White-fronted Goose have long followed a predictable schedule, flying south in autumn after breeding in the north. But for some birds, climate change may be delaying fall migration. Beginning in 1979, scientists in northern Europe recorded migration dates of geese and ducks during a period of 30 years. The data revealed six species that delayed southward migration. The reasons are complex, but a general trend of delayed fall migration will make waterfowl conservation increasingly challenging.

BirdNote
9:00 am
Sat October 18, 2014

Chorus Line In The Sky

Credit Bob Stevens

  A flock of small shorebirds (like these Western Sandpipers) twists and turns, glittering in the sky. When threatened by a falcon, these birds take to the air, flying so close together that it's hard for a predator to capture one. A bird at one edge turns toward the middle, and a wave sweeps across the entire flock in less than a second.

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Paid Sick Leave
2:32 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Seattle City Auditor: No More Kid Gloves For Violators Of Sick Leave Ordinance

Seattle's auditor said it's time to step up enforcement of an ordinance requiring businesses to offer paid sick leave to workers.
Sean MacEntee Flickr

A city department has enforced Seattle’s mandatory sick leave ordinance mainly by sending violators a polite letter. Now the city auditor says it’s time to get tougher.

Seattle’s Office of Civil Rights used a pretty light touch during the first year of requiring businesses to provide paid sick leave for workers. The department would typically respond after a worker complained, sending the employer a “non-adversarial letter.”

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Weather with Cliff Mass
10:39 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Mass: Enjoy The Mild Weekend Before The 'Real Wet Stuff' Returns Next Week

Tim Durkan

This weekend will start off wet and cloudy, but the rain will give way to milder conditions, says KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass.

Mass says things will steadily improve over the weekend, with each day a bit better than the last.

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Taking The Plunge
10:09 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Chilly Water No Deterrent To Growing Numbers Of 'Wild Swimmers'

Swimmers enter the water for a mid-October, one-mile "excursion" at Alki Beach in Seattle.
Tom Banse

More swimmers in the Northwest are trading the comfort of the pool for a workout in open water.

The English call these people "wild swimmers." It seems an appropriate description when you consider the chilly temperature of most Northwest lakes, rivers and bays. And yet the popularity of open-water swimming is rising.

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Investment
9:44 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Wash. State's Exotic Investment Opens On Tahitian Island Once Owned By Brando

The Washington State Investment Board is a majority owner of the company that owns a resort on a Tahitian island once owned by Marlon Brando.
Wikimedia

A new luxury resort has opened on a Tahitian island once owned by Marlon Brando and it could soon start to pay a dividend to Washington state’s retired public employees.

That’s because the Washington State Investment Board is a majority owner of the company that owns the resort.

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BirdNote
9:00 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Great Missoula Flood - Scablands And Plunge Pools

Credit Moo Moo Savaloy

  During the last ice age, a lobe of the ice sheet covering western Canada dammed the Clark Fork River, creating a vast lake in what is now northwestern Montana. Several times during the past 15,000 years, the ice dam broke, sending hundreds of cubic miles of water roaring across the inland Northwest and down the Columbia River Gorge. It left 100-ton boulders scattered across the land, gorges 1000 feet deep, and enormous potholes. Now on a quiet, sunny October day, Mallards (like this female), pintails, and Gadwalls bathe and preen in a pool created by one of the greatest floods the Earth has ever known.

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