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Seattle Port Lacks Permit for Drilling Rig, Mayor Murray Says

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said the Port of Seattle can't host Royal Dutch Shell's offshore Arctic oil-drilling fleet unless it gets a new land-use permit. Shell has been hoping to base its fleet at the port's Terminal 5. Environmentalists have already sued over the plan, saying the port broke state law in February when it signed a two-year lease with Foss Maritime, which is working with Shell.
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The U-S Open golf tournament being held at Chambers Bay in Piece County next month is expected to bring about 235,000 people to the region -- more than the entire population of Tacoma.

Carmen Bradford graciously stepped in as a last minute replacement for an ailing Wycliffe Gordon as featured soloist with the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra for its April concerts.  With less than a week to prepare a new concert with different music than planned, it was tense but everything just seemed right after the first rehearsal with Carmen Bradford.  

Playing for capacity audiences in Benaroya Hall and Kirkland Performance Center, Miss Bradford and the SRJO drew standing ovations and encores.  The concert at Kirkland Performance Center was recorded for broadcast on KPLU's Jazz Northwest and will air on Sunday, May 3 at 2 PM Pacific and stream at

When A Rape Ends, Its Echoes Never Do

May 2, 2015
Yarra Zaslow


Here is the full account of her rape written by Yaara Zaslow and featured in Saturday's Sound Effect show "Coming Out" on KPLU. This article originally appeared in Jezebel. It is reposted with permission.

Three months after I was raped, I fractured two of my molars from grinding my teeth while I was sleeping. I woke up every night to the sound of a door breaking open, wood splintering: a sound that existed entirely in my memory.

Before that, I’d served in Burkina Faso in West Africa with the United States Peace Corps. I was raped, and because I did everything “right” afterwards—I talked to the Peace Corps, talked to the Embassy, completed a rape kit—I didn’t understand the nausea that came over me whenever I did anything aside from hide in my bed. Soon after, I was evacuated from the country with a canvas backpack and a change of clothes. I stayed home, in Seattle, for three months, while the Peace Corps did a full investigation.

Sound Effect, Episode 17: Coming Out

May 2, 2015
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"Sound Effect" is your weekly tour of ideas, inspired by the place we live. The show is hosted by KPLU's Gabriel Spitzer.

Each week's show explores a different theme, and this week, we discuss some of the different things we struggle to Come Out about.

Kyle Stokes

An investigation into who altered students' answers on state standardized tests at Beacon Hill International School has found three district employees breached protocols designed to protect exam materials from tampering, Seattle Public Schools officials have announced.

But a months-long investigation still hasn't concluded who altered the test materials themselves, a district spokeswoman said.

Seattle Public Schools officials placed two of those employees — Beacon Hill principal Po Tang and ELL teacher Judy Eng — on paid administrative leave Friday. The third who broke the rules, former assistant principal Michele Nishioka, left the district for another job last July.

Tim Durkan

Editor's Note: This story will be updated through the afternoon and evening as May Day events and protests continue.

10 p.m. Update:  Events took an ugly turn late. What had been a day of mostly peaceful protest and demonstration evolved into a three-block rock-throwing riot in Capitol Hill at 9 p.m. Three Seattle Police officers were slightly injured and protesters set fire to trash cans.

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As you might have heard, KPLU's longtime All Things Considered host, Dave Meyer, is stepping down from the show. You'll still be able to hear him hosting on Weekend EditionSunday, beginning in mid-May. 

Belgium Is About Blending In, Relaxing Like A Local

Apr 30, 2015
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  France, Germany and the Netherlands draw millions of tourists every year. Nestled in between those countries (and Luxembourg) is Belgium. KPLU travel expert Matthew Brumley says travelers who overlook this country miss out on an important part of European history and culture.

Emigration Point

Antwerp’s harbor was where millions of Europeans said goodbye to their home continent. One of them was a German scientist who arrived in town, renounced his citizenship, and boarded a boat for the United States.

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The members of Tyrant Lizard are all involved in the University Of Washington’s Improvised Music Project.  When they came to KPLU for a live studio session, they immediately stated their improvisational intentions by beginning the show with a gorgeous version of Don’t Fence Me In.  (So the first thing we knew about the band was that they have a sense of humor.)  


It's RamenMania in Seattle these days and Nancy Leson's favorite slurp is Samurai Noodle. "It's long been my favorite place to get a big, rich bowl of Ramen noodles."  Recently Nance got to hang out with owner Ryo Izawa and got a look at how they make their tonkotsu broth.  Short version: Pork bones, water and 20 hours of slow simmering.

Nance explained that flavorful Tonkotsu broth is not de-fatted or strained for clarity.  "That's where the mouth feel and flavor comes from."  Now me...