4:30 am
Mon April 2, 2012

Paramount's library: A treasure trove of memories

1928 Model T Fords, top hats, and thousands of people spilling out onto 9th and Pike. It's the opening of Seattle's Paramount Theatre (originally called the Seattle Theatre). Now that rich history is archived in the new, fourth-floor Paramount library. 

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Jazz Northwest
1:00 pm
Sun April 1, 2012

Jazz Northwest on location

Jim Wilke on location

This week's special Spring Membership Drive edition of Jazz Northwest contains music Jim has recorded on location since last Fall.  The artists include Peter Bernstein, Anton Schwartz, The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra,Thomas Marriott, Johnaye Kendrick and others.  Jazz Northwest presents regional jazz artists every Sunday afternoon at 1 on 88.5 KPLU.  Programs on alternate weeks feature music recorded on location at from small jazz clubs, to large concerts, and festivals.

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NW Craft Brews
4:14 pm
Fri March 30, 2012

The Friday beer: American Brewing’s Breakaway IPA

American Brewing Co., out of Edmonds, Wash., is a relatively new brewery on the Pacific Northwest craft beer scene. Started in early 2011, they offer a solid line up including a blonde, stout, brown, scotch ale, winter seasonal and the very nice Breakaway IPA.

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1:50 pm
Fri March 30, 2012

Changemakers: Redmond high school kids help fellow students in Cambodia

Students from Washington and Cambodia pose at the school in the village of Pailin built in part with money raised by the Overlake School in Redmond.
Overlake School

By Claudia Rowe, Humanosphere correspondent

In a lesson showing just how far one unlikely idea can travel, 18 upper affluent kids from suburban Seattle are this weekend en route to Cambodia, where they will teach science, art and English to some of the poorest children on Earth.

Foreign aid is a messy business, often stymied by inefficiency and corruption. But students from the Overlake School in Redmond wave off such concerns – not to mention parental worries about residual landmines and mandatory inoculations.

They believe their two-week trip to the village of Pailin will benefit them as much as their young pupils.

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Japanese tsunami
12:28 pm
Fri March 30, 2012

Cantwell, Begich: Plan now for tsunami debris

With a derelict Japanese fishing boat floating off the coast of Canada, U.S. senators from Alaska and Washington state say the United States needs to hurry up and get ready for more debris from last year's Japanese tsunami.

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Weather with Cliff Mass
9:29 am
Fri March 30, 2012

Atmospheric river brings record rains to Northwest

A satellite image shows how water gets channeled into a stream of moisture flowing toward the Northwest

What happens when a river runs into a mountain?

An atmospheric river, carrying dense clouds of moisture from the tropical Pacific, has been colliding with our mountains, and all that moisture has been dropping like a waterfall.

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I Wonder Why ... ?
4:30 am
Fri March 30, 2012

Why did Bigfoot grow up in the Northwest?

Bellamy Pailthorp KPLU

It’s one of the most enduring legends of the Northwest – hundreds of people report sightings of Bigfoot every year. Native American stories also call it Sasquatch or “the Hairy Man.” The idea of a giant, ape-like creature that hides in the woods and might be related to humans has been around for centuries.

Why has this “myth” endured in the Northwest? Is it because Bigfoot is really here? Or, is it because it’s the kind of wild alter ego Northwesterners love to imagine for themselves?

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

Mariners trip to Japan a hit in more ways than one

Coming Home. Japanese journalists focus their cameras on Mariner and native son Ichiro Suzuki before practice this week at the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan.
Itsuo Inouye AP Photo

The Mariners return from Japan Friday with one win and one loss under their belt, following the two-game series with the A's in Tokyo that kicked off their 2012 season.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says, overall, the trip was a success. He spent the week with the team in Japan.

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Washington State Legislature
3:26 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

Age verification for 'sex-ads' now the law in Washington; first in nation

New law is "the first time in the nation criminalizing those who advertize minors online if they have not done the verification of age,” said Rose Gundersen is co-founder and Executive Director at Washington Engage, a non-profit.
The Associated Press

Washington state has become the first in the nation to require verification of age for online ads that promote sex-related services, such as the escort ads that appear in

The bill, Senate Bill 6251, was among a dozen anti-trafficking bills signed into law by Washington Governor Chris Gregoire today.

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Seattle police issues
12:25 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

Update: Federal criticism leads to Seattle police reforms

Eric Peacock Flickr

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn has proposed a series of police reforms following a damning federal report after a series of high-profile incidents involving minorities.

McGinn on Thursday said among the initiatives were training for all officers on use of force standards, the development of protocol to make sure encounters don't escalate and steps to address biased policing.

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12:19 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

Report: School turnaround mostly failing in Washington

Researchers at the University of Washington say the federal school turnaround program is mostly failing in Washington state, even though teachers and administrators are trying their best to make a difference for kids.

The federal government is spending more than $3 billion nationwide to help districts turn around their worst-performing schools.

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Teacher evaluations
11:24 am
Thu March 29, 2012

McKenna, Inslee together on teacher evaluation law

Gubernatorial candidates Rob McKenna and Jay Inslee are praising a new law that passed the state Legislature this year making evaluations a part of how teachers are judged.

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Animal fun
9:48 am
Thu March 29, 2012

First baby wallaby for Seattle zoo; Tiger debut in Tacoma

In a Wednesday, March 28, 2012 photo provided by the Woodland Park Zoo, a 5-month-old wallaby joey at Woodland Park Zoo peeks out of mama’s pouch. The joey is the first infant wallaby born at the zoo.
The Associated Press

A 5-month-old baby wallaby has started peeking out of its mother's pouch at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle.

The zoo says it's the first infant wallaby — known as a joey — born at the zoo. And, in Tacoma a tiger that the zoo there hopes will become a love interest for Jaya will be introduced to the public.

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu March 29, 2012

A few songs about real people

The Actual Girl From Ipanema!

Art imitates life in this week’s episode, some great (and not-so-great) songs have been inspired by actual factual folks.

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Child shot
4:05 pm
Wed March 28, 2012

Couple plead not guilty in Tacoma boy's gun death

TACOMA, Wash. — A mother whose 3-year-old boy shot himself with a gun he found under a car seat is pleading not guilty to a manslaughter charge, along with her boyfriend.

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