Artscape
7:51 am
Sun November 20, 2011

Old-time radio drama fires up the imagination

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"You're in a dark room you've never been in before. And it's very late at night."

Larry Albert is casting a spell. Cue up the sound of a creaking building and suddenly, you're transported to a slightly terrifying place.

Albert is one of the behind-the-scenes talents of Jim French's "Imagination Theater," which produces old-time radio dramas.

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Planet Money
5:47 pm
Fri November 18, 2011

The Friday podcast: A financial adviser bets the house

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Originally published on Tue May 22, 2012 8:17 am

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On today's show, we talk to Carl Richards. His job is to give people financial advice, yet he got sucked into the housing boom and spit out the other end, just like millions of other people.

He tells us his story, and explains how his experience has changed the way he thinks about money, and about risk.

For more, read Carl's recent New York Times article.

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Environment
5:36 pm
Fri November 18, 2011

Electric car drivers eschew public charging stations

OLYMPIA, Wash. - You've probably seen plum parking spots set aside for electric cars, maybe even shaken your fist at an empty space. More than a thousand Northwest drivers have hit the road this year with the first mass market electric cars.

Many of them are letting researchers electronically track their charging and driving behavior. That data shows more than 80% of electric "fill ups" are happening not at those public charging points, but at home.

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Other News
5:28 pm
Fri November 18, 2011

Idaho executes first prisoner in 17 years

Convicted murderer Paul Ezra Rhoades died by lethal injection Friday morning. His death marks the first time in 17 years Idaho has held an execution. In his last remarks, Rhoades did not take full responsibility for the three murders he was charged with.

In his final statement, Paul Rhoades took partial responsibility for the murder of Susan Michelbacher. He said he was sorry for the part he played in her death.

Rhoades told the families of Nolan Haddon and Stacy Baldwin that they have to keep looking for their killer.

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Budget crisis
5:23 pm
Fri November 18, 2011

Cuts and new revenue state budget proposals set for Monday

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington Governor Chris Gregoire is set to propose a mix of cuts and new revenues to close a $1.4 billion budget shortfall. The Democrat has scheduled a news conference Monday morning.

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The Two-Way
4:07 pm
Fri November 18, 2011

Cool photo: Scientists present 'lightest material on Earth'

Researchers created a "micro-lattice" structure of interconnected hollow tubes with a wall thickness of 100 nanometers, 1,000 times thinner than a human hair.
Dan Little HRL Laboratories

Originally published on Fri November 18, 2011 3:43 pm

We were stunned when we saw this image:

According to HRL Laboratories that is an "ultralight metallic microlattice" sitting atop a dandelion. The material was developed by scientists at HRL, The California Institute of Technology and the University of California, Irvine.

The material is 99.99 percent air and 100 times lighter than styrofoam.

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Protesting Wall Street
4:00 pm
Fri November 18, 2011

Pepper-spraying brought 'good' attention to Seattle, woman says

The 84-year-old woman who was pepper sprayed this week at an Occupy Seattle protest says the national attention she received can help the movement's cause.

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A Blog Supreme
3:51 pm
Fri November 18, 2011

Around The Jazz Internet: Nov. 18, 2011

The skyline of Doha, Qatar. The city will welcome a new jazz club, operated by Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Christof Koepsel Getty Images

Originally published on Fri November 18, 2011 3:21 pm

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Death row
3:43 pm
Fri November 18, 2011

Oregon readies its execution chamber for Haugen

Oregon State Penitentiary Superintendent Jeff Premo explains the features of the state's execution room.
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

SALEM, Ore. – The first inmate to be executed in Oregon since 1997 will have his hands wrapped in gauze to prevent any final obscene gestures. That's one detail that emerged Friday during a media tour of the state's execution chamber.

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NW Craft Brews
3:30 pm
Fri November 18, 2011

The Friday beer: Naked City Brewery's I&I Double IPA

Naked City Brewery and Taphouse and the I & I Double IPA on cask.
Paul Gibson KPLU

Naked City Brewery and Taphouse in Seattle's Greenwood neighborhood recently celebrated their 3rd anniversary by throwing a party and serving up 15 of their own beers, including the I & I Double IPA on cask.

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