Blues Time Machine
8:00 am
Fri September 30, 2011

'Drop Down Mama' – Country blues or hard rock?

“Crying the blues” perfectly describes the style of Sleepy John Estes. His music is not very complex, and he was a solid, but not a great guitarist.

Instead, Estes is known more for his ability to write about universal themes and to sing with deep emotion. He was a big influence on early bluesmen like Big Bill Broonzy and Arthur Crudup. He also was a big inspiration for later players like Michael Bloomfield, with whom he worked in the 1960s.

“Drop Down Mama” is a song of his that has re-surfaced several times. Sleepy John Estes and Hammie Nixon recorded it in 1935.

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu September 29, 2011

Mariners in 2012: Newbies show promise, veterans pose problems

Mariner Ichiro Suzuki smiles at fans after the Oakland Athletics defeated the M's 2-0 in their final game of the season Wednesday. Art Thiel says Ichiro is a big question mark for the team next year.
Kevin P. Casey AP Photo

The Mariners had a dismal 2011 season. They lost more than 90 games for the third time in four years. Attendance hit a new low at Safeco Field.

Now that the season is over, fans are looking ahead to 2012 with a little more optimism. The team has made a lot of young acquisitions who look promising. But KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says some old problems remain.

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Public spaces
12:17 pm
Thu September 29, 2011

In Everett, podcast helps blind park goers 'see' the park

Winding paths throughout a park are intended to awaken a sense of discovery but for the blind they can be confusing and even dangerous. So to eliminate potential hazards and enhance the park-going experience for its blind visitors, the City of Everett introduced downloadable audio walking instructions for Lions Park.

It’s called an audio wayfinding system and it’s one of several renovations unveiled today.

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Radar Love
12:08 pm
Thu September 29, 2011

Officials celebrate new Washington coastal radar

The new Doppler radar station near Copalis Beach, Wash., where today forecasters celebrated the new radar station – that gives them better information about Pacific storms – with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Associated Press

COPALIS BEACH, Wash. — The director of the National Weather Service, Sen. Maria Cantwell and Congressman Norm Dicks are among the officials who gathered Thursday on the Washington coast to celebrate the operation of a new Doppler radar station.

They say it will help save lives and property by improving storm forecasts.

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Sports with Art Thiel
12:06 pm
Thu September 29, 2011

Preview: Will young talent help Mariners bounce back?

Justin Smoak is met at home by Mike Carp and Dustin Ackley on Smoak's three-run home run against the Oakland Athletics Monday at Safeco Field. They are three of the new faces on the Mariners' roster. Can they help turn things around in 2012?
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

Now that the dismal 2011 season has come to a close, we're looking ahead to what 2012 might hold for the Mariners.

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Seattle Bridges
11:06 am
Thu September 29, 2011

Seattle meets goals on 5 bridges, more still need fixing

Seattle Department of Transportation Flickr

A number of concrete and steel bridges where built in Seattle in the 1930s, '40s and '50s - each designed with a 60-year lifespan.

The Seattle Transportation Department says 60 of the city's 137 bridges are more than 60 years old and would cost $1.1 billion to replace. The Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce reports  department Manager John Buswell told the city council's Transportation Committee this week that another Bridging the Gap levy might be needed.

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Education
10:37 am
Thu September 29, 2011

New report details gaps in graduation rates at U.S. colleges

A new study from the group Complete College America says that despite years of increasing enrollments at colleges around the country, the number of students finishing college is stagnant.

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Columbia River Dams
10:06 am
Thu September 29, 2011

U.S., Canada ponder new terms for shared Columbia River

Mica Dam was completed north of Revelstoke, B.C., in 1973 to store spring and summer runoff on the Columbia River. It also generates power for BC Hydro.
DAR56 Wikimedia commons

Your power bill could be cheaper if the U.S. didn't send so much electricity north of the border every year. Canada lays claim to around $300 million worth of hydropower annually under the terms of a 50-year-old treaty.

In return, the Canadians manage the upper Columbia River to prevent downstream flooding and to optimize power production. The Columbia River Treaty can be renegotiated soon and there are voices on both sides of the border clamoring for a better deal.

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu September 29, 2011

Can you use any money (songs) today?

Greenbacks
AMagill Flickr

Just in time for fund drive we ponder some eternal questions about money.

Can money buy you love? No, but it puts you in better bargaining position. Can money buy you happiness? No again. But you can rent it for awhile.

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Fall Pledge Drive
12:00 am
Thu September 29, 2011

Make your pledge and take advantage of 'Jazz Thursday'

All day today, your $60 pledge (or greater) earns you a 2 for 1 Coupon at Jazz Alley in Seattle!You don’t even have to give $60 all at once. Become a Sustaining Member and break that down to only $5/month and a hassle-free membership to KPLU!

Make your gift to KPLU now!

In addition, we have a special treat to donors pledging $365 or more during Morning Jazz, Afternoon Jazz and Evening Jazz.  We are celebrating Earshot Jazz Thursday, and have 25 pair of tickets to an exclusive Earshot Jazz Festival performance!

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