Stephen Thompson is an editor and reviewer for NPR Music, where he writes the advice column The Good Listener, fusses over the placement of commas and appears as a frequent panelist on the podcasts All Songs Considered and Pop Culture Happy Hour. In 2008, he and Bob Boilen created the weekly NPR Music video series Tiny Desk Concerts, in which musicians perform at Boilen's desk.

Money Matters
4:00 am
Tue February 14, 2012

Facebook IPO fever, an analysis

Facebook-inspired street art in San Francisco. 3/12/2011
Steve Rotman flickr.com

Should you buy Facebook stock when it goes public in the next few months?

Like any individual stock, it's a gamble. Most investors are better off with the relative safety of a stock index fund.

But sometimes it's hard to resist the dream of striking it rich like early investors did with the Microsoft or Amazon IPOs.

On this week's Money Matters, financial commentator Greg Heberlein and KPLU's Dave Meyer look at what to expect when Facebook finally goes on the market.

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Exhibit with substance
3:00 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

Burke Museum: We are not only what we eat, but how we make it, too

An Ecuadoran family and their cuisine.
Peter Menzel Burke Museum

Focusing on how the disparities between rich and poor and environmental practices have changed diets around the world – and how they played out here in the Northwest among the Coast Salish tribes – The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture created an exhibit curators hope will lead to more conversations about the ethics, culture and practices of food production around the globe.

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Gay rights
12:18 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

Gregoire signs same-sex marriage bill - Washington 7th in nation

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Gov. Chris Gregoire has signed into law a bill that legalizes same-sex marriage in Washington state, making it the nation's seventh to allow gay and lesbian couples to wed.

It's a historic moment, but same-sex couples can't walk down the aisle just yet.

The law takes effect June 7, but opponents are already mounting challenges on multiple fronts.

Opponents planned to file a challenge Monday that could put the law on hold pending the outcome of a November vote.

Jazz & Blues
9:36 am
Mon February 13, 2012

Jazz Grammy winners announced

Chick Corea won Best Improvised Jazz Solo for ‘500 Miles High’ from ‘Forever (Corea, Clarke and White).’ Above, Corea plays in the KPLU studio in December in a rare live studio session.
Justin Steyer KPLU

The Grammy Awards were given out in the jazz categories during the pre-telecast ceremonies on Sunday. Check out the winners and the results of our reader poll.

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Opinion
8:19 am
Mon February 13, 2012

Foreign Policy opinion: Women on the front lines

Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Military Personnel Policy Vee Penrod speaks to the media during a briefing Feb. 9, 2012 at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. Penrod briefed the media on the results of the Defense Department's review on women in service, which would ease some restrictions on women serving in combat roles.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Mon February 13, 2012 6:25 am

Joshua E. Keating is an associate editor at Foreign Policy.

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Gay rights
8:11 am
Mon February 13, 2012

Gov. Gregoire to sign gay marriage bill today

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Gov. Chris Gregoire will sign a measure legalizing gay marriage in Washington state into law on today.

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Boating incident
8:06 am
Mon February 13, 2012

Crabber missing off Whidbey Island

COUPEVILLE, Wash. (AP) — A crab fisherman is missing from a 32-foot boat that was found empty with its motor running off Penn Cove on Whidbey Island.

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Environment
12:02 am
Mon February 13, 2012

Researchers on hunt for killer whales' winter hideout

A porpoising juvenile transient orca. Photo by Richard Dudley/Flickr

Originally published on Fri February 10, 2012 5:45 pm

This week , federal biologists will cast off on a research cruise from NOAA's new homeport in Newport, Oregon. They hope to crack an enduring mystery about some of the most studied killer whales on earth. Namely, where do the Northwest's resident orca whales go in the winter?

Every winter, the three pods of orca whales that call Northwest waters home just disappear into the wild blue yonder. Research biologist Dawn Noren and colleagues from the Northwest Fisheries Science Center are about to embark on a three-week mission to find them.

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Health
12:01 am
Mon February 13, 2012

Scientists Take Cautious Tack On Bird Flu Research

A government veterinarian worker sprays anti-bird flu disinfectant over birds and fowls at Medan city market in North Sumatra province. Indonesia reported its second human death from bird flu this year in late January.
AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon February 13, 2012 8:24 am

Last month, scientists around the world agreed to temporarily halt certain genetic experiments with bird flu viruses. More than three weeks of that 60-day moratorium have already passed. And the scientific community is in the midst of a fierce debate about what needs to happen next.

The suspension of the research came in response to fears that researchers had created dangerous new germs that could cause a devastating pandemic in people if they ever escaped the lab or fell into the wrong hands.

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