BirdNote
9:00 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Swainson's Hawks Migrate South

Credit Daniel Sveinsen

In autumn, hundreds of thousands of Swainson's Hawks migrate to South America. With the help of a satellite tracking device, let's follow an individual male. On September 14th, he leaves his breeding territory near Hanna, Alberta; reaches southwest Saskatchewan by September 23rd; passes through Nebraska, October 1st; Tamaulipas, Mexico, on October 7th; Honduras, October 14th; and on the 7th of November, this Swainson's Hawk arrives at Marcos Juarez, Argentina - a migration of more than 6,000 miles.  The American Bird Conservancy has Swainson's Hawk on their watchlist at ABCBirds.org.  Learn more about hawk migration at the Hawkwatch International website.

Environment
5:01 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Volunteers At Wash. Farms Gleaning The Fall Harvest To Fight Hunger, Food Waste

Gleaners ar at work at Clean Greens Farm in Duvall, Washington.
Bellamy Pailthorp KPLU

Gleaning is an ancient word for a practice that dates back to Biblical times. Farmers allowed peasants to take leftover crops after the harvest was over. The practice has been making a comeback in recent years as a way to fight hunger locally and cut back on food waste. 

At Clean Greens Farm in Duvall, Washington, a field of kale is overflowing. It's been picked before, but it just keeps on coming, says farm manager Tommie Willis, as he leads a group of volunteers to one patch and shows them how to glean. 

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Bike Share
5:00 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Seattle's Bike Share Program Launches With 500 Bikes Around Town

Holly Houser, executive director of Pronto Cycle Share, poses with one of the shared bikes.
Monica Spain

After years of planning, the wheels are rolling on Seattle’s bicycle sharing service. Fifty bike stations open around the city today.

Rows of identical lime-green bikes are lined up next to sky-blue containers holding sanitized helmets available on the honor system. Next to them is a kiosk, which resembles a vending machine.

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Artscape
5:00 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Wing Luke Museum Exhibit Showcases Bruce Lee's Seattle Roots

This photo shows Bruce Lee during his days as a student at the University of Washington in the early 1960s.
TM & © Bruce Lee Enterprises, LLC. All Rights Reserved

As someone whose job it is to pay attention to the history and legacy of Asian Americans, Cassie Chinn, deputy director of the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, had, of course, heard about Bruce Lee and knew some basic things.

She knew he had been a groundbreaking star in Hollywood: a Chinese face cast in the 1966-1967 TV series “The Green Hornet.” She knew he was a legend in martial arts circles. She knew that following his death at age 32 from a swelling of fluid in the brain, he was buried in Seattle at Lake View Cemetery.

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Jazz Northwest
3:00 pm
Sun October 12, 2014

Benny Green Trio Concert From Jazz Port Townsend

Benny Green
Jim Levitt

Pianist Benny Green leads his trio in an exciting concert on Jazz Northwest on Sunday October 12.  David Wong is on bass and Rodney Green is the drummer.  The concert was recorded last July at Centrum's Jazz Port Townsend for this broadcast. 

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BirdNote
9:00 am
Sun October 12, 2014

Birds And Berries

Credit Don Spencer

  Henry David Thoreau wrote, "Our little mountain-ash is all alive with [birds.] A dozen robins on it at once ... plucking the berries... A robin will swallow half a dozen berries, at least, in rapid succession..." If you, too, enjoy watching birds eat berries, then consider planting trees and shrubs that produce berries to attract birds (like this American Robin) to your garden. Learn more about "Garden Basics" at Audubon.org.

BirdNote
9:00 am
Sat October 11, 2014

How Evolution Works, Featuring Dr. Mike Webster

Credit Tom Grey

  After breeding in Alaska, some Swainson’s Thrushes migrate across Canada to the East Coast before turning south to Ecuador. Others migrate directly down the Pacific Coast to the same destination. Why are some are traveling twice the distance? Dr. Mike Webster of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology explains the roles of genetic coding and genetic variation in this migratory divide.

Weather with Cliff Mass
8:00 am
Sat October 11, 2014

Mass: Expect Intensifying Rains With Global Warming

Spappy.joneS Flickr

Editor's Note: This story has been updated to include a link to Craig Welch's response. 

A warmer planet will certainly cause more intense rains in the Northwest and we should start getting ready for that now, says KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass.

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All Tech Considered
1:42 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Microsoft CEO Nadella's Remarks Add To Tech's Sexism Problem

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella addresses the media during an event in New Delhi in September. This week, he was criticized for comments he made about women asking for raises.
Adnan Abidi Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri October 10, 2014 12:08 pm

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's comments on women asking for raises triggered an instant backlash, but they also raise more questions about the tech industry's male-dominated culture and spotlight the challenges women in tech face.

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Weather with Cliff Mass
10:42 am
Fri October 10, 2014

The Weekend's Rain, Clouds To Give Way To Dry Sunday

Aaron Brethorst

Fall is in the air, and you’ll want to keep a raincoat handy, says KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass.

Mass says we can expect a big transition to deep autumnal clouds and rain early next week. But the weekend forecast is not as wet as predicted a few days ago, and Sunday should bring a break from the rain.

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Shots - Health News
9:57 am
Fri October 10, 2014

32 Myths About The Flu Vaccine You Don't Need To Fear

Originally published on Mon October 13, 2014 5:14 am

Brace yourselves: Flu season is coming. And along with the coughing, fevers and aches, you can expect a lot of unreliable or downright wrong information about the flu vaccine.

Many people underestimate the health risks from flu. Thousands of Americans die from flu-related complications in a typical year, and last season's H1N1 strain hit young adults particularly hard.

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Politics
9:33 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Oregon's First Lady Admits She Married Immigrant For Cash

Cylvia Hayes, fiancee of Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, cries as she speaks at a news conference in Portland, Ore. on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014.
Gosia Wozniacka AP Photo

Oregon’s first lady said she committed a federal crime 17 years ago. Cylvia Hayes told reporters Thursday that she married a man for the sole purpose of helping him get a green card.

She said the confession came as a surprise even to the man who, this summer, became her fiancé: the governor of Oregon.

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BirdNote
9:00 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Ring-necked Pheasants In The Wild

Credit Tom Grey

  The Ring-necked Pheasant is likely the best-known bird in North America that isn’t native to the continent. Indigenous to Asia, Ring-necked Pheasants were introduced to Oregon in 1881. The birds thrived in rural landscapes for many years, but modern industrial farming practices have diminished pheasant habitat. In some areas, however, wildlife agencies are working with private landowners to create favorable habitats for pheasants, giving the birds the cover they need for feeding, nesting, and roosting through the seasons.

Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri October 10, 2014

'Remarkable' Wilson Winning Seahawks Games With Hands, Feet

Russell Wilson eludes a tackle during the Monday Night Football game against Washington.
Alex Brandon AP Photo

The 3-1 Seahawks host the 4-1 Cowboys on Sunday at CenturyLink Field. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel expects another strong showing from quarterback Russell Wilson, the man who's won the last two games with his hands and his feet. 

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Tacoma Public Schools
5:00 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Tacoma District Sues Lincoln High Staffers Who Allege School 'Cherry-Picks' Students

Lincoln High School in Tacoma, Washington.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

Tacoma Public Schools officials recently filed suit against a teacher and two guidance counselors at Lincoln High School, alleging the staff members violated privacy laws designed to keep student records confidential.

An attorney for the educators says her clients have broken no privacy laws. She says the district's lawsuit is retaliation for the staffers going public with concerns the school's scheduling practices are pushing too many students out of Lincoln and into alternative school settings.

But district officials say the practice, which attorney Joan Mell and her clients disparagingly call "cherry-picking," is part of a coordinated effort to ensure the district's most vulnerable students can graduate from high school.

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