Food for Thought
5:00 am
Wed October 8, 2014

How Many Cookbooks Are Too Many?

Nancy's loss is the Friends of the Edmonds Library Book Sale's gain.

What say you? In Nancy Leson's case, "1,500 to 2,000" was too many cookbooks — so many that she could hardly get into her office any more.  So she called in her good friend Judy Amster, she said, "and we had an intervention." 

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Technology
5:32 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Maker Of Military Drones In Columbia River Gorge Sees Great Potential In Civil Uses

File photo of a ScanEagle unmanned aerial vehicle made by Insitu Inc., a subsidiary of Boeing.
The Boeing Co.

Managers at Insitu, a military drone maker headquartered in Bingen, Washington say they see great potential for civil and commercial uses for their best-known aircraft.

But realizing that promise requires the federal government to finalize rules for drones in the national airspace.

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Coffee Culture
1:42 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Listen: The Popular Coffee Drink Even Seattle Doesn't Know About

A flat white.
duncan C Flickr

Seattle thinks it knows its coffee. After all, it's the birthplace of Starbucks, and neighborhoods with two or three coffeehouses per block are not uncommon.

So you’d think the new director of Seattle Opera, Aidan Lang, would be happy. He’s a self-described coffee lover. But Lang says what we’re missing is a drink that’s taking the world by storm called a "flat white."

So we set out to find out what a flat white is, and where we can find it in Seattle. Click play below to hear what we found.

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Seattle Early Ed Vote
1:24 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

On The Heels Of Opponent's Ads, Seattle-Backed Prop. 1B Launches Own TV Ads

Seattle City Council President Tim Burgess, former Seattle Mayor Norm Rice and current mayor Ed Murray attend a a press conference to promote the city-endorsed preschool pilot program in July. Rice is featured in a new campaign ad for the proposal.
Kyle Stokes KPLU

The city-backed campaign to pass a preschool proposal on Seattle's November ballot has announced its first television advertising buy just a day after an opposing, union-backed campaign hit the airwaves with ads of its own.

Organizers for a campaign to pass Proposition 1B — a plan to hike property taxes to pay some low-income students preschool tuition — unveiled two TV spots Tuesday as part of a "six-figure," week-long ad buy. One of the ads features former Seattle Mayor Norm Rice.

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Studio Sessions
11:12 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Blues Singer Maria Muldaur Returns For A Live Studio Session

Ever since the 1960s, when she worked as a solo blues singer and member of the Jim Kweskin Jug Band, Maria Muldaur has been dedicated to traditional American music, primarily blues and gospel. In 1973, she had her biggest hit record, Midnight At The Oasis.  Maria and her band stopped by the KPLU Performance Studio during a tour celebrating the 40th anniversary of the recording of that song.

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Business
10:09 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Seattle City Council Sets New Rules For 'Micro-Housing' Development

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Seattle City Council members have moved to regulate so-called micro-housing developments, saying they’ve struck a compromise between allowing these tiny apartments to get built while at the same time allowing more community input on design.  

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BirdNote
9:00 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Swainson's Birds

Credit Donald Metzner

  October 8th is the birthday of William John Swainson, ornithologist, author, illustrator. He settled in New Zealand, and it's quite likely that he never saw any of the birds named for him. But because of Swainson's reputation and knowledge about birds, the Swainson's Warbler, Swainson's Thrush, and Swainson's Hawk – like this one – were all named in his honor. In fact, John James Audubon himself named the Swainson's Swamp-Warbler. Learn more about Swainson at Cornell.edu.  

Swimming Upstream
5:00 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Part 4: Back In Lake Washington, Chinook Stop Feeding, Rely On Smells To Find Way Home

(Michael Holden/Flickr)

Editor's Note: Fifteen years ago, Puget Sound salmon were listed under the Endangered Species Act. Despite the billions of dollars spent on recovery since, the results remain mixed. Some runs are seeing record returns while others are facing one of their worst years ever.

To learn more about the challenges of salmon recovery, this series follows one Chinook run from the open ocean to Puget Sound, through the Ballard Locks, past Renton and finally home to native spawning grounds on the Cedar River.

One of the most intriguing questions about Lake Washington chinook is the mystery of how they survived after we replumbed the region with the construction of the Ship Canal, which was completed in 1916. It dropped the level of the lake by nearly 10 feet and cut it off from what used to be its southern outlet, the Green River.

Read the full story on our companion site, northwestsalmon.org >>>

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