KPLU Studio Sessions
10:45 am
Sun September 2, 2012

Bellingham vocalist Cheryl Jewell: Coming home to jazz

Vocalist Cheryl Jewell performing live in the KPLU Seattle Studios on August 2.
Justin Steyer KPLU

Bellingham jazz singer, Cheryl Jewell, was raised in Oak Harbor, Washington.  When she went to college in Bellingham, she fell in love with that city.  She left only to pursue her singing career in Chicago, Detroit and Los Angeles. 

After working for several years as a rock and country singer, Cheryl decided to move back to Bellingham and pursue her first musical love—jazz.  With the release of her first jazz CD, My Blue Heaven, Cheryl has placed herself on the top shelf of West Coast jazz singers. 

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The Two-Way
5:15 pm
Sat September 1, 2012

'Jonathan Livingston Seagull' Author Richard Bach Injured In Plane Crash

A file photo of author Richard Bach, in 1975.
Associated Press

Originally published on Sat September 1, 2012 1:02 pm

Pilot and author Richard Bach was hurt Friday when the small plane he was flying tangled in power lines as he attempted to land, according to media reports.

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The Two-Way
5:10 pm
Sat September 1, 2012

White House releases two of Obama's favorite beer recipes

President Obama drinks a beer — that's presumably not from the White House — as he watches the U.S. men's basketball team play Brazil in an Olympic exhibition game in July.
Alex Brandon AP

Originally published on Sat September 1, 2012 2:48 pm

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2012 elections
4:19 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

New age spiritual leader risks 'ridicule' to support Washington Dems

The gate to Ramtha's School of Enlightenment, Yelm, Washington. Photo by Richard David Ramsey via Wikipedia

Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 3:49 pm

She is perhaps the Northwest’s most famous new age spiritual leader. JZ Knight of the Ramtha School of Enlightenment in Southwest Washington. Now Knight has a new role: major political donor. She recently wrote a $50,000 check to the state Democratic Party.

JZ Knight says she’s always been political. But she was reluctant to associate herself with the candidates she supports.

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Water Quality
4:09 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Washington beaches mostly safe, but 3 get failing grades

Larrabee State Park, near Bellingham, gets an F in Heal the Bay's report Card. Dangerous levels of bacteria that can make people sick have been showing up since 2007.
Courtesy Washington BEACH program Wa State dept of ecology

Thinking of heading for the beach this weekend?  You’re mostly safe.

A California non-profit has just issued its 3rd annual end-of-summer report card on water quality, including beaches in Washington and Oregon. It shows almost all As and Bs in the northwest…but also 3 “F” grades.

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Food
3:09 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

5 lessons in extreme locavore dining

Chefs prepare an extreme locavore/organic dinner at the Herbfarm, a restaurant in Woodinville.
Mallory Kaniss KPLU

I’ve never eaten so many flowers in my life – Anise-Hyssop, Borage, Nasturtium, Day Lily …

But it turns out flowers are common fare in extreme locavore/organic dining. That’s the first thing I learned at the Herbfarm restaurant and gardens where I went to explore how chefs there make the restaurant’s strict locavore, organic dinners.

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food and nutrition
2:15 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Schools rush to reform lunches; more whole grains and veggies required

Trish Gossage serves up the new and federally approved lunch at Cascade Middle School in White Center.
Keith Seinfeld KPLU

The rush is on, to get healthier lunches into public school cafeterias. But administrators say you almost need an advanced degree to comply with the latest rules.

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NW Forest health
10:59 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Scientists look for ways to restore Northwest's sick forests

Scorched earth and trees from the Taylor Bridge fire not far from Liberty, Wash. Photo by Anna King

Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 8:06 am

LIBERTY, Wash. – This week fire crews declared the Taylor Bridge fire 100 percent contained. Now that the massive blaze in central Washington is controlled forest scientists say Northwest residents should brace for more large fires like this. Munching insects, parasitic plants and global climate change are part of the problem.

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Diversions
10:47 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Photos: Killer whale caught catching air in Puget Sound

First photo in a series catching a killer whale breaching near South Beach in Puget Sound on Monday.
James Maya Maya's Westside Charters

James Maya, a ship captain and owner of a whale watching company, took these photos of an orca breaching on Monday off South Beach on San Juan Island.

He said this was the only whale breach that evening and he just happened to have his camera at the ready. These breaches are not uncommon, he added.

“Sometimes they just go crazy,” he said. 

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Weather with Cliff Mass
9:05 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Sunshine, and a record streak of dry days

With heat on the way, your tomatoes just might ripen this year
jakobnewman Flickr

Western Washington is wrapping up its driest August ever, says KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass, a professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington.

And, with no precipitation in sight for the next two weeks, Mass says we may even break an all-time streak for the most consecutive days without rain. The record is 51 days, set in 1951.

"We are thirty-eight days in, right now," he says. "So, we certainly have a shot at the big record."

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Wolf reintroduction
7:48 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Another wolf pack in northeast Oregon

JOSEPH, Ore. — State biologists have identified a new wolf pack in northeastern Oregon.

Biologists spotted two gray-colored adult wolves and their litter of five pups last Saturday in the Upper Minam River drainage in the Eagle Cap Wilderness.

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2012 elections
5:16 am
Fri August 31, 2012

A Fine Night For Romney, But No Game Change

Mitt Romney accepts the Republican nomination for president at the party's convention Thursday.
Charles Dharapak AP

Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 10:17 pm

It's been the political world's obsession for weeks leading into the Republican National Convention in Tampa.

Would nominee Mitt Romney manage what would be miraculous for any candidate, and in a handful of days and one big speech wash away the problems of a modern candidacy?

Turns out Romney's moment Thursday night was a fine one, if not a great one.

His speech continued the campaign's concerted effort to reach out to skeptical female voters, reminding the audience that his strong mother ran for Senate.

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

UW Huskies face formidable foes in first half of 2012 season

On the bright side: Quarterback Keith Price is back at the helm for UW this year, after an impressive debut last year. Art Thiel says Price is a Heisman Trophy contender and will help the Huskies get through a rough start to 2012.
Elaine Thompson AP File Photo

The Washington Huskies begin the 2012 football season Saturday night against San Diego State. UW will face four Top 20 teams in the first six weeks of the season.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says a tough schedule is not the only obstacle the Huskies face this year.

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NPR science
5:28 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Pinky DNA Points To Clues About Ancient Humans

A replica of the pinky bone fragment found in a Siberian cave. Researchers used the bone bit to extract and sequence the genome of a girl who lived tens of thousands of years ago.
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 3:09 pm

Scientists in Germany have been able to get enough DNA from a fossilized pinky to produce a high-quality DNA sequence of the pinky's owner.

"It's a really amazing-quality genome," says David Reich of Harvard Medical School in Boston. "It's as good as modern human genome sequences, from a lot of ways of measuring it."

The pinky belonged to a girl who lived tens of thousands of years ago. Scientists aren't sure about the exact age. She is a member of an extinct group of humans called Denisovans. The name comes from Denisova cave in Siberia, where the pinky was found.

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First person
4:08 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

If you don’t know this band, you don’t know anything about music – really?

Nima Fatemi Flickr

I literally had someone say that to me the other day. My head almost exploded.

So if I am not familiar with a band that you happen to know or like, that means I have NO musical knowledge, whatsoever?

What is worse is that this is not the first time I have heard this from someone.

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