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

iStockphoto.com

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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Environment
5:01 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Seattle Animal Shelter opens rabbit spay and neuter service

Pet owners are encouraged to get their bunny spayed or neutered to prevent surprises.
Peterastin Creative Commons

Though well known for their amorous natures, pet rabbits still aren’t fixed as often as they should be. To help curb the problem, the Seattle Animal Shelter will open its rabbit spay and neuter service to the public in January.

Shelter veterinarian Mary Ellen Zoulas says a common cause of unexpected pregnancy in rabbits has to do with folks mistaking Peter Cottontail for a female.

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Politics
11:04 pm
Sun December 9, 2012

Wedding bells ring for same sex couples in Washington State

Newlyweds Kath Kirsch and Shane Hope
Jennifer Wing KPLU
  • Jennifer Wing's story

After waiting for hours in line last week to obtain marriage licenses, hundreds of same sex couples finally got to tie the knot this weekend.  The ceremonies were made possible by the new voter approved same sex marriage law. 

Inside the sanctuary at Seattle First Baptist Church  twenty five couples, dressed in everything from matching, dapper suits and white dresses to coordinated western cowboy shirts, became a part of Washington State history when Pastor Tim Phillips said these familiar words.

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Jazz Northwest
3:00 pm
Sun December 9, 2012

Some of our favorite things on Jazz Northwest

Listen to Jazz Northwest

Jim Wilke shares some of his favorite CDs for the holidays by Northwest jazz musicians who’ve appeared often on the program.... Don Lanphere, The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, Ernestine Anderson, Dave Peck, Greta Matassa, Barney McClure and others.

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An Experiment
10:35 pm
Sat December 8, 2012

What to do when the bus doesn't come and you want to scream

Fra.Biancoshock

Originally published on Fri December 7, 2012 6:54 am

We're in Milan. We're not happy. We're waiting for a bus that doesn't seem to come. Then we see this:

Three different sized sheets of bubble wrap, sized for how long you expect to wait: a little square for three minutes, bigger for five minutes, biggest for 10 — and the sign on top says: "Antistress For Free!!"

Everyone knows what to do. First, you calculate.

Then you choose.

Then you forget all about the bus and spend the time happily popping polyethylene-wrapped air bubbles.

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Jazz & Blues
12:00 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Just a 'Spoonful' of blues ... and the rest is history

Howlin' Wolf

The Blues Time Machine

It’s a modern blues standard with roots in the 1920’s, one of Willie Dixon’s many great compositions, and it can trace its origin in part to a Charlie Patton song from 1929: “A Spoonful Blues."

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Weather with Cliff Mass
9:11 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Chillier and drier will bring white fluffy stuff to the passes

Snoqualmie Pass could soon look a lot like it did in December of 2007.
WSDOT

The weather pattern has shifted, and that means less rain, more chills, says Atmospheric Scientist Cliff Mass, of the University of Washington.

The pattern is giddy news for mountain ski areas, all of which should be open with light, fluffy snow this weekend, he says.

Don't worry, though, the snow should stay away from the Puget Sound lowlands, although the higher foothills may get a dusting tonight or Saturday morning.

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