Food for Thought
7:36 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Supermarket self-check: Raising convenience or blood pressure?

zazzle.com

Definitely the BP in my case but I'm a confirmed Luddite, anyway.   I can be accused of malfeasance right at home by my wife.  I don't need to go to the supermarket to hear it from a snooty machine.

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NPR science
7:34 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Wow! NASA video shows 'mind-bogglingly gorgeous' solar eruption

That's quite an eruption.
nasa.gov

Originally published on Wed September 5, 2012 5:23 am

Before we run through the news of the day, let's pause for something spectactular: a new video from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory. It shows a "massive filament" eruption on the sun that occurred last Friday. As Britain's The Register says, it is "mind-bogglingly gorgeous."

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Tsunami debris
7:12 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Japan offers to contribute to tsunami debris cleanup

The Japanese government said it will help pay to clean up debris from the tsunami, such as this refrigerator found on Long Beach on July 5. Photo courtesy of Shelly Pollock

Originally published on Tue September 4, 2012 4:10 pm

For the first time, the Japanese government says it will help to cover some of the cost of cleaning up tsunami debris on American and Canadian shores. Confirmed debris swept to sea by last year's Japanese tsunami began to wash up here this spring.

International law imposes no formal obligation on Japan to help. But now the spin from Tokyo is that the Japanese government wants to make a gesture of appreciation for the overseas support it has received since last year.

Here's chief cabinet secretary Osamu Fujimura speaking through a translator.

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2012 elections
7:09 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Can Partisanship Trump Education Level On Hot Button Issues?

Your understanding of a hot-button issue could depend on which of these men you support. (Campaign photos)

Originally published on Tue September 4, 2012 4:23 pm

As Democrats gather in North Carolina for their convention, there’s new research from the Northwest on the power of partisan rhetoric. Turns out, your core political beliefs can trump your education level when it comes to understanding the basic facts of a high contentious issue.

The Affordable Care Act. ObamaCare. Whatever you call it, it’s provided countless hours of fodder to the cable television networks.

From Glen Beck on Fox News:

“You don’t play ball with them now. If you don’t get into their government health care there will be jail time.

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Education
6:17 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

New Seattle schools chief: We'll fight disparities with data

Superintendent Jose Banda says deep data will help close the achievement gaps.
Gabriel Spitzer KPLU

As students around Puget Sound begin a new school year, administrators are pushing hard to close disparities in student achievement.

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Business
4:00 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Yesler Terrace approved; How well do Seattle's mixed-income communities work?

John Harrison and Helen Biersack are homeowners who moved into the mixed-income community of High Point in West Seattle in April
Ashley Gross KPLU

Update: The Seattle City Council unanimously approved the redevelopment of Yesler Terrace.

“By building a mixed-use community at Yesler Terrace we can improve the quality of life for very low income families and create new affordable housing opportunities,” said Mayor Mike McGinn in a press release. 

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Same-sex marriage
3:01 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Same-sex marriage foes grapple with Wash. campaign rules 


OLYMPIA, Wash. — The group seeking to overturn Washington's gay marriage law has changed its website instructions to churches that want to raise money for the effort, but state campaign finance officials say that the language is still not in compliance with state law.

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Politics
2:11 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Ex-lawmakers want to eliminate surplus campaign accounts

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Two former members of the state Legislature say it is time for lawmakers to eliminate campaign surplus accounts.

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Gardens and Technology
1:00 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

'Cropswap' website takes barter between home gardeners online

A budding friendship between happy traders. Connie Parsons, co-founder of the Cropswap website, and Scott Shaffer expect they'll trade gardening tips via the site as well as continue trading for home-grown goods.
Bellamy Pailthorp KPLU News

What do you do when you’ve got a bumper crop of zucchini or lettuce? Or flower bulbs that have multiplied like rabbits? Many people give their extras away. And in the down economy, more and more hobby gardeners are trading their bounty at swap meets. 

A new website from a team in Seattle and Tacoma makes those transactions easier.

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Street Cents
12:26 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Will that remodel add to your home's resale value?

Remodeling breakfast nook windows.
Loren Owensby flickr

Remodeling can turn boring into wow but will it add to the value of your home? If your goal is to sell your home at a higher price after you doll it up, it pays to first ask some serious questions about the house, the land  it sits on, and the neighborhood.

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NPR health
7:08 am
Tue September 4, 2012

Why Organic Food May Not Be Healthier For You

A shopper surveys the produce at Pacifica Farmers Market in Pacifica, Calif., in 2011.
AP

Originally published on Wed September 19, 2012 1:13 pm

Yes, organics is a $29 billion industry and still growing. Something is pulling us toward those organic veggies that are grown without synthetic pesticides or fertilizers.

But if you're thinking that organic produce will help you stay healthier, a new finding may come as a surprise. A new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine finds scant evidence of health benefits from organic foods.

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NPR tech news
7:15 pm
Mon September 3, 2012

When a Kickstarter campaign fails, does anyone get their money back?

In seeking financial backers for her Ouya game console, Julie Uhrman was looking for about $1 million. The business received far more than that amount.
Kickstarter

Originally published on Wed September 5, 2012 12:48 pm

Crowd funding began as a way to support the arts on the Internet. Artists could go online to pitch a new album, for example, in the hope that thousands would give small amounts. But now it's expanded to entrepreneurs, and the rules aren't quite as clear.

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NPR education
9:35 am
Mon September 3, 2012

Understanding history with 'Guns, Germs, And Steel'

A growing number of colleges are assigning all incoming freshmen a common book to read so they can discuss it when they arrive on campus.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Mon September 3, 2012 9:03 am

Freshmen "common reads" are becoming increasingly popular at American colleges and universities. Incoming freshmen are assigned the same book over the summer and are asked to come prepared to discuss the book in their first week on campus.

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NPR Economy
8:47 am
Mon September 3, 2012

Are today's Millennials the 'screwed generation'?

Graduates attend a ceremony at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Writer Joel Kotkin notes that many recent college grads are saddled with high debt and dim job prospects.
Butch Dill AP

Originally published on Mon September 3, 2012 3:18 pm

U.S. student loan debt tops $1 trillion, and young people face disproportionately high unemployment. Writer Joel Kotkin points to these numbers when he claims today's millennial generation is getting the short end of the stick. Kotkin speaks with Tell Me More host Michel Martin about his Newsweek/Daily Beast article on what he calls the "screwed generation."

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Jazz Northwest
5:59 am
Mon September 3, 2012

Benny Green's Jazz Port Townsend concert on Jazz Northwest

On Jazz Northwest from 88.5 KPLU, the Benny Green Trio with special guest Gary Smulyan on baritone saxophone is heard in concert at Centrum’s Jazz Port Townsend.  The concert was recorded in McCurdy Pavilion at Fort Worden on July 28, and consists of original music by Benny Green.  

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