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Jazz Northwest
1:00 pm
Sun March 25, 2012

Jazz Northwest

Jazz Northwest full program podcast for March 25, 2012.

Healthcare overhaul
5:09 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

Gov. Gregoire signs insurance exchange bill into law

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Gov. Chris Gregoire has signed into law a bill setting rules for insurers preparing for the state's online insurance exchange.

Online exchanges are key to the federal health care overhaul signed into law by President Obama in 2010. The state exchanges for individual and small-group plans are set go live January 1, 2014.

The U.S. Supreme Court will start hearing on Monday a challenge to the federal health care law. If it is overturned in its entirety, the state's exchange could still be put in place but federal funding would likely be lost.

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NW Craft Brews
2:57 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

The Friday beer: Foggy Noggin Brewing's Big Chief

Foggy Noggin Brewing's Big Chief
Paul Gibson

Bothell’s Foggy Noggin Big Chief Imperial Irish Red is one of those rare ales you’re lucky to find outside of the brewery’s tasting room. I didn’t know that when I sat down to order a beer, but that’s where a good bar and a knowledgeable staff can help guide the beer adventurer.

This malty Irish Red offered a slightly sweet, mildly hoppy flavor without masking the 8.3 percent ABV.

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Diversions
2:12 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

Tacoma leopard cubs to meet public, need names!

You can help the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium name these cubs! Go to the survey link in the story.

TACOMA, Wash. — Two newborn leopard cubs are making their first public appearance Saturday at Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma.

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Seattle landmark
11:39 am
Fri March 23, 2012

Seattle's Smith Tower sold for nearly $37 million

Petra Franklin, producer of Artists Toolbox in her apartment in the Smith Tower.
Monica Spain KPLU

Seattle's historic Smith Tower was sold Friday for nearly $37 million in a foreclosure auction on the steps of the King County Administration Building.

The buyer is CBRE Capital of New York, which acquired the delinquent mortgage last fall after Chicago-based Walton Street Capital defaulted on $43 million in loans. When it bought the building in 2006 it intended to convert the tower into condos, but the condo market collapsed in the recession.

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Weather with Cliff Mass
9:14 am
Fri March 23, 2012

The cold temperatures are gone, for real

Awww - we're all ready for a little sun and warmth.
indigo Flickr

It's true, says KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass, of the University of Washington. It will feel like spring from here on out.

We had clear skies starting this morning, and temperatures will approach 60 on Saturday, says Mass. Expect a few clouds on Sunday, but still a pleasant day.

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IWW Encore Edition
6:19 am
Fri March 23, 2012

Why did Seattle turn manhole covers into works of art?

yelahneb flickr

"We, in our 20’s and 30’s, took over the city from the old men who were sitting in the Rainier Club playing dominoes all day."

There are thousands of manhole covers on the streets of Seattle. Some of them, 115 to be exact, are official works of art. Artists are commissioned by the city to create them. It’s one of those little quirks that set the city apart.

Why the city decided to decorate these "personnel hatch covers," as the city now refers to them, harks back to a time when the city was full of creative energy and lots of city activists were looking for ways to improve the quality of urban life.

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

New Seahawks QB scores with bosses, fans; Mariners hope to score big in Japan

Matt Flynn scores a touchdown against Minnesota Nov. 14, 2011, in one of the two games he played for the Packers.
Matt Ludtke AP

Seahawks fans like what they're hearing about new quarterback Matt Flynn. Team leaders touted his skills and leadership ability this week.

While the Seahawks welcome an important new player, a veteran player for the Mariners is preparing for a huge homecoming in Japan. 

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War in Afghanistan
4:25 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

Bales to be charged with murder; had two assault cases

A U.S. official says Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, who had been stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, will be charged with 17 counts of murder in the massacre of Afghan villagers.

It has also come to light that Bales was accused in a second incident involving alcohol and violence.

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Environment
3:43 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

Senate holds hearing on protection for San Juans' public lands

Shorelines and lighthouses such as this one, at Lime Kiln Point on San Juan Island, would be permanently protected as part of a National Conservation Area under leglislation moving through Congress.
Photo by KenBungay Flickr

A bill to establish a National Conservation Area that would give permanent protection 1,000 acres of unique landscapes in the San Juan Islands is wending its way through Congress. A key committee took up the legislation this afternoon. Senator Maria Cantwell told a panel, the bill would stave off the threat of future development.

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Groove Notes
1:59 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

How Marilyn Monroe changed Ella Fitzgerald's life

Jazz icon Ella Fitzgerald’s voice is recognized by millions around the world. But few know about her career-defining friendship with Marilyn Monroe, to whom Fitzgerald said she “owe a real debt.”

While touring in the ’50s under the management of Norman Granz, Fitzgerald, like many African-American musicians at the time, faced significant adversity as a result of her race, especially in the Jim Crow states. Granz was a huge proponent of civil rights, and insisted that all of his musicians be treated equally at hotels and venues, regardless of race.

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heart transplant
1:39 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

Man walks out of Seattle hospital with no heartbeat (just a pump)

Chris Marshall shows off the mobile pump and battery pack for his artificial heart, with his wife Kathy and surgeon Dr. Nahush Mokadam at his side (Mokadam is also holding a sample of an artificial heart), at UW Medical Center.
Keith Seinfeld KPLU

Of all the organs to take out of your body, the heart is the most dramatic. About 90 people in the Pacific Northwest are on a wait-list for a heart transplant. While they're waiting, many are confined to bed, for months or even years at a time, with an artificial heart connected to a 418-pound pump. 

A new artificial heart allows them to walk around, and, now, even leave the hospital. It’s still considered experimental, although it’s been used more than 1,000 times around the world.

The first person to walk onto the streets of Seattle with an artificial heart—plus its external battery pack—exited the University of Washington Medical Center on Wednesday.

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KPLU Studio Sessions
1:19 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

Lynne Arriale: Pianist with that 'something extra'

When pianist Lynne Arriale released her first CD in 1994, KPLU began playing music from it right away.  It was clear to us that Lynne had that "something extra" that separates good musicians from great musicians.

Over the course of her career she’s continued to build on that quality, so we were especially pleased to finally welcome her as a guest artist in our Seattle performance studio.

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Sports with Art Thiel
12:00 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

Preview: Excitement builds for new Seahawks QB

Matt Flynn in action for the Green Bay Packers on Jan. 1, 2012
Matt Ludtke AP

Fan excitement is building for the Seahawks new quarterback Matt Flynn. Will he really have to compete for the job of starter?

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Transportation
11:48 am
Thu March 22, 2012

520 bridge toll will hit $4.35 in 2016

The peak toll on the Highway 520 floating bridge that began at $3.50 at the end of last year will rise to $4.35 in 2016 after a series of scheduled increases.

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