BirdNote
9:00 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Cape May In October

Credit Hope Mayer

  Cape May Autumn Birding Festival, October 24 - 26!

Cape May is one of the most famous birding destinations in the US. And October may be the most exciting month of all to watch birds there. It's hawk migration! Cape May lies at the southernmost tip of New Jersey, on a peninsula that divides Delaware Bay from the Atlantic Ocean. Because most birds prefer to migrate over land rather than open water, the peninsula funnels southbound birds, sometimes in astonishing numbers. In the autumn of 2010, Cape May Bird Observatory counted more than 47,000 migrating hawks - including Red-shouldered Hawks, like this one. New Jersey Audubon sponsors the festival.

Food for Thought
5:00 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Just Back From Spain, Nancy Leson Offers A Few Pointers On Paella

Here's the paella Nancy Leson and fellow KPLU Travel Clubbers made at the Barcelona Cooking School.
Nancy Leson

Both Nance and I have been traveling these past weeks. I traveled across Canada by train, and Nancy went to Spain and France with the KPLU Travel Club. While there, she and her fellow eaters tried their hands at the iconic Valencia dish, paella.

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Inner Lives
5:00 am
Wed October 22, 2014

How One Theologian Managed To Keep Her Faith Through Struggles With Depression

courtesy of Dr. Monica Coleman

Monica Coleman has an impressive resume (bachelor’s degree from Harvard, master’s of divinity from Vanderbilt, Ph.D. from Claremont School of Theology), and she doesn’t shy away from talking about tough or deeply personal things.

She’s spoken out about her own trauma of having been raped and her disappointment with the inept and sometimes callous response from church leaders to victims of sexual violence.

But as open as Coleman has been about her experience as a victim of sexual assault, there was another part of herself she kept hidden for years — her struggle with debilitating depression.

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Election 2014
5:00 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Seattle Voters To Decide On Monorail Plans — Again

Passengers ride the privately owned Seattle Monorail as it speeds along its elevated track on Monday morning. A ballot question asks city voters to fund a study for a larger, public system connecting West Seattle and Ballard.
Ed Ronco KPLU

Seattle voters have a monorail proposal on their ballots this year. The city's last public monorail effort died in 2005. Now, supporters hope to revive the idea.

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Election 2014
5:00 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Seattle Leaders Hope 'Magic Sauce' Will Guarantee 'Quality' In Proposed Pre-K Plan

Genesee Early Learning Center teacher Chanel Priel, center, helps two students as they draw "blueprints" for the pretend construction company their class has been running. It's part of the school's 'play-based' approach to preschool.
Kyle Stokes KPLU

Seattle's elected leaders can hardly describe the proposed preschool pilot program at the heart of Proposition 1B without using the phrase "high-quality."

City education officials frequently invoke these words when speaking about their desire to pass a four-year, $58 million property tax hike to not only cover preschool tuition for as many as 2,000 low-income kids, but to ensure these children receive the greatest possible benefit from the program.

But amid a broader debate over whether voters ought to choose the city's plan over a competing childcare initiative, Proposition 1A, a smaller debate has roiled among early educators: What exactly constitutes "high-quality" preschool?

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Schools & LGBT Issues
5:00 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Highline Schools The Latest Wash. District To Consider Transgender Student Policy

A bathroom to accommodate transgender students at Kent State University in Ohio.
Mark Stahl AP Photo

Where should a transgender student in a public school use the restroom? In which locker room should the student shower or change clothes? And how should a teacher refer to a student: as a he, a she, or neither?

The Highline Public Schools Board will vote Wednesday night on a new, formal set of guidelines to help staff answer these questions.

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Washington Supreme Court
4:56 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Washington Supreme Court Hears Arguments In Backpage.com Case

Anti-human trafficking activists rally at the Washington Supreme Court before oral arguments in a case involving Backpage.com.
Austin Jenkins

The fate of a human-trafficking lawsuit against Backpage.com is now in the hands of the Washington Supreme Court. The justices heard oral arguments Tuesday in a case that involves three underage victims of sex trafficking. The justices must decide if the lawsuit can proceed.

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Games & Humor
4:27 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

You Definitely Need This Condo Pony, And Other Products From 'SkyMaul'

St. Martin's Press

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 4:01 am

If you're midflight and the movie is terrible and the airline magazine crossword puzzle has already been done by someone else, the SkyMall catalog is the time-killer of last resort for the bored, boxed-in passenger.

SkyMall sells items that, under normal circumstances, you might never consider — like say, adult-size, unisex, one-piece Superman pajamas. But somehow, midflight, you find yourself wondering: Do I need a dog bed designed to look like an NCAA stadium?

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Election 2014
10:52 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Some Lobbyists Play Key Role In Washington Campaign Finance

Harvey Barrison Flickr

The top political spenders in Washington this election year include environmentalists, unions, trial lawyers and business interests.

But there’s a group of influential players who don’t necessarily show up in the campaign finance reports: lobbyists. They often work behind the scenes to guide campaign contributions on behalf the interests they work for. It’s another way that lobbyists exert their influence over the political process.

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The Salt
9:38 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Can Hand-Cut, Artisanal Ice Make Your Cocktail That Much Better?

Joe Ambrose of Favourite Ice holds one of his crystal-clear artisanal cubes.
Jessica Sidman Washington City Paper

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 1:41 pm

Now that we've entered the "craft cocktail" era, drinks with double-digit price tags are just par for the course. And in many cities, there's a decent chance that your fancy craft drink now comes with a large, crystal-clear cube or rectangle that melts unhurriedly in your glass. That's right: Artisanal ice is a thing.

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BirdNote
9:00 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Geese In V-formation

Credit Ted Bobosh

  Autumn … and geese fly high overhead in V-formation. But what about that V-formation, angling outward through the sky? This phenomenon – a kind of synchronized, aerial tailgating – marks the flight of flocks of larger birds, like geese or pelicans. Most observers believe that each bird behind the leader is taking advantage of the lift of a corkscrew of air coming off the wingtips of the bird in front. This corkscrew updraft is called a tip vortex, and it enables the geese to save considerable energy during long flights. The V-formation may also enhance birds’ ability to see and hear each other, thus avoiding mid-air collisions. Small birds probably do not create enough of an updraft to help others in the flock and don’t fly in vees.

Swimming Upstream
5:00 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Part 6: Chinook Face Final Obstacle At Landsburg Dam Before Reaching 'Shangri-La'

Landsburg Dam
Bellamy Pailthorp KPLU

Editor's Note: Fifteen years ago, Puget Sound salmon were listed under the Endangered Species Act. Despite the billions of dollars spent on recovery since, the results remain mixed. Some runs are seeing record returns while others are facing one of their worst years ever.

To learn more about the challenges of salmon recovery, this series follows one Chinook run from the open ocean to Puget Sound, through the Ballard Locks, past Renton and finally home to native spawning grounds on the Cedar River.

For more than a hundred years, the aqueduct at Landsburg Park near Maple Valley was the end of the line for salmon in the Cedar River watershed. Built between 1899 and 1901 through a voter initiative to provide water for the city of Seattle after the great Seattle fire, Seattle’s water system is the envy of municipalities all over the country.

Read the full story on our companion site, northwestsalmon.org >>>

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Election 2014
5:00 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Ballot Initiatives Pit Gun Control Advocates Against Gun Rights Activists

Seth Perlman AP Photo

There are two gun initiatives on the Washington ballot. Initiative 594 and Initiative 591 both have to do with background checks on gun buyers.

The battle over the initiatives is a classic fight between gun control advocates who say more regulation will limit gun violence and gun rights activists who fear a loss of their Second Amendment “right to bear arms.”

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Studio Sessions
4:38 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Helen Sung: Classical Piano's Loss Is Jazz Piano's Gain

For many years, pianist Helen Sung devoted herself fully to classical piano studies.  So much so, in fact, that when a friend invited her out to hear Harry Connick, Jr., Helen had no idea who he was. When she heard Harry do a series of solo piano jazz pieces she says she nearly jumped out of her skin. She’d never heard piano played like that. From that point on, Helen focused her considerable talents on jazz. Today, Helen Sung is one of the most inventive and respected jazz pianists of her generation.

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Jazz and Blues
10:00 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Singer Ed Reed Talks About Music, Drugs And 'The Sound of Redemption'

Ed Reed
edreedsings.com

"The Sound of Redemption:  The Frank Morgan Story" will be showing on Saturday, October 25 at NW Film Forum in Seattle as part of the Earshot Jazz Film Festival. Frank Morgan was a talented West Coast saxophonist whose life and career were stalled for 30 years because of heroin use and prison sentences.

Singer Ed Reed is one of many subjects interviewed in the film. He was a friend of Morgan's, and he has a similar story.

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