Business
8:54 am
Wed December 12, 2012

National Federation of the Blind to protest at Amazon.com

Blind people say Amazon's Kindle devices and apps lack functions that they need
thekellyscope

Update: An Amazon.com spokeswoman did return my call after this story aired, but declined to comment.

Blind people – including former New York Governor David Paterson – are planning to protest at Amazon.com today. They want the company to make its Kindle device and apps more accessible to the visually impaired, especially kids as e-readers start to be used in schools. 

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Food for Thought
4:00 am
Wed December 12, 2012

A clever gift idea for cooks

Nancy Leson loves these cookbooks but they're not the clever idea.
Nancy Leson

It's not the three cookbooks pictured above, though Nancy really loves them and recommends them swooningly and from a great height.  Nope, this is an enjoyable DIY project.  Click "Listen" and all will be revealed.  Now let's talk about saffron,

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Food
9:17 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Mushroom Ice Cream, Anyone? Chefs Turning To Veggies For Dessert

A cup of pumpkin ice cream with chunks of frozen candy cap mushrooms. The candy cap variety is said to have the fragrance of maple syrup.
Jeff Moreau

Originally published on Fri December 7, 2012 10:56 am

Chefs at some of the most cutting edge restaurants in the country are incorporating vegetables into their desserts in ways that, at first glance, might not seem very dessert-y.

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Education
5:07 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

King County school districts bag $40M federal grant

A pack of King County school districts has won of slice of the federal government’s Race to The Top fund, worth $40 million dollars over four years. Seven districts applied for the grant together, as the Road Map District Consortium. They said they’ll use the money to beef up preschool programs, enrich science and math learning in the primary grades, and offer training and testing subsidies to high schools.

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Multimedia
12:46 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Watch: A personal look at Seattle's first same-sex ceremonies

Barbara Kinney for KPLU

On December 9, 2012, same-sex marriage became legal in Washington State, one of the first states to do so by popular vote. Wedding ceremonies began at 12:01 a.m. that day.

KPLU's Florangela Davila and photographer Barbara Kinney take a look at what unfolded during the first eight hours at the King County Courthouse in downtown Seattle.

Environment
11:45 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Mazama pocket gopher slated to join endangered species list

Mazama pocket gopher
Tom Banse

The Northwest may have another species listed as endangered. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Monday proposed listing the Mazama pocket gopher as threatened in the South Puget Sound region of western Washington.

This is the third time this fall the government has moved to protect a critter that depends on dwindling Northwest prairies or coastal grasslands. Correspondent Tom Banse reports from Olympia.

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The Two-Way
10:49 am
Tue December 11, 2012

World's Most Expensive Whisky? It's Not The One We Toasted

The record-holder, according to Guinness: A bottle of 64-year-old Macallan whisky in a Lalique Cire Perdue decanter. In 2010 it sold for $460,000.
Alpha /Landov

Originally published on Tue December 11, 2012 6:38 pm

On Sunday, Weekend All Things Considered aired an interview with Glenfiddich Malt Master Brian Kinsman. He talked about the $94,000 that a buyer recently paid at auction for one bottle of Glenfiddich Janet Sheed Roberts Reserve 55 Year Old whisky.

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Food
10:16 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Calorie tracking apps may help boost weight loss

Close Up Of Man Reading Shopping List From Mobile Phone In Supermarket
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Tue December 11, 2012 8:35 am

If you happen to be a techie with weight loss goals, you've likely noticed the explosion in calorie-counting and exercise-tracking apps available on smartphones.

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Money Matters
5:34 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Don't worry about a hike in the capital gains tax

IRS Form 1040, Schedule D
Dave Meyer KPLU

As we approach the dreaded fiscal cliff, many financial pundits are sounding the alarm: “Take your capital gains now to avoid higher taxes next year!”

Should most of us be worried about this? On this week’s Money Matters, financial commentator Greg Heberlein says you should hang on to your winning investments. He tells KPLU’s Dave Meyer that the push to sell because of capital gains concerns may be the biggest idiocy since the sale of no-money-down, balloon-payment mortgages. 

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Business
5:00 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Cashless trade between small businesses brightens giving season

One of the newest members of BizXchange's bartering network is a gift shop owner who has two storefronts near Pike place Market. Clare Fisher of Pacific Rain Gift Company was selling excess inventory including Ikebana supplies at the BizX Holiday expo.
Bellamy Pailthorp KPLU News

It’s giving season, so there are loads of parties going on this time of year.

But a recent holiday bazaar in Seattle's Georgetown neighborhood is the work of a unique entrepreneur, with a special spin on networking.

He has helped thousands of small companies to survive and even grow during the Great Recession.

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Distracted driving
4:35 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Do you text while you drive? You're not alone.

A car involved in a fatal "texting and driving" accident. The Washington State Patrol takes the car to high schools in the state as part of an education campaign.
Paula Wissel

Have you ever been tempted to respond to a text message while you’re behind the wheel?

Texting while driving is illegal in Washington state, but the practice is common enough that the state plans to launch a full scale campaign against it along the lines of the “Click it or Ticket” campaign that promotes seat belt use.

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KPLU Studio Sessions
10:49 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Graham Dechter: Youth steeped in tradition

Graham Dechter performing live in the KPLU Seattle studios.
Justin Steyer KPLU

Listen to the full performance & interview

Graham Dechter is a 26-year-old jazz guitarist who is, indeed, currently living his dream. 

Graham was invited to join the world-famous Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra at age 19. Now, 7 years later, he is leading his own group and just released his second CD, “Takin' It There.”  

Here is a video of the quartet performing the title track, "Takin' It There" live in our studios: 

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FINAL DAY!
7:23 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Favorite Things Weekend: Here are the 12 top KPLU stories in 2012

Trumpet legend Arturo Sandoval's studio session performance from January tops our list with more than 260,000 views on YouTube, alone.
Justin Steyer KPLU

Today is the last day of our Favorite Things Weekend. Join us as we celebrate December and all the things listeners love most about KPLU. 

In the spirit of the season we hope you will consider making an online gift this weekend in any amount to KPLU.

'Tiz also the season for lists – best of lists, most of lists, longest lists, naughty and nice lists … so, here’s ours in honor of the 12 days of Christmas. Here are the 12 most-read stories of 2012 (so far):

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Politics
7:21 am
Mon December 10, 2012

One party control of Wash. senate could change this week

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington is currently a Democratic one party rule state. But that could change this week. A possible challenge to the Democrats' tenuous control of the Washington state senate could emerge. Senate Republicans have called a news conference Monday morning at the Capitol.

A bipartisan group of senators is expected make an announcement regarding the leadership of the state’s upper chamber. All it would take is two Democratic senators to join with Republicans to create a philosophical majority.

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Holidays
6:54 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Hanukkah Lights 2012: Stories of the season

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Originally published on Fri December 7, 2012 9:02 am

  • Hanukkah Lights 2012 full, one-hour special

In stories by four noted authors, this year's edition of Hanukkah Lights showcases some of the program's most touching and insightful moments: Two teenagers find the formula to bridge a bitter family divide; the life of a cynical young reporter is changed by a single mysterious encounter; a reluctant grade-school student stands up for his heritage, and is wounded in the line of duty; and a despairing mom reconnects with her distant yet devoted daughter. Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz bring these generation-spanning tales to life.

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