Behind The Beat
5:00 am
Tue October 7, 2014

An Introduction To Trance Blues, A Little-Known Music Genre Not Even On Wikipedia

Legendary guitarist Jeff Beck performs in concert at The Sands Event Center on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Owen Sweeney Invision/AP Photo

Today we’re going to talk about a genre of blues that’s so rare it barely has a name. And if you look up that name in Wikipedia, nothing comes up. We’re talking about “trance blues.”

We define trance blues as blues that has a strong electronic component, like samples, loops and drum machines. And woven into that is some element of traditional blues.

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City Council
4:35 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Seattle Votes To Celebrate Indigenous People On Columbus Day

A bust of Seattle's namesake chief has been in Pioneer Square since 1909.
Brian Glanz Flickr

Seattle’s City Council has declared the second Monday in October as Indigenous People’s Day. They voted unanimously in favor of the resolution to replace city celebrations of Columbus Day and encourage other institutions to do the same.  

Mel Sheldon, former chairman of the Tulalip Tribe, was among many who testified in favor of the measure before the vote. To rounds of drumming and warm applause, he said thanks in his indigenous language, Coast Salish. 

"This initiative makes me proud. It makes all Indian people proud, because you're thinking about the future generations — the children, the little ones, who are not born yet," Sheldon said.

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Seattle Early Ed Vote
3:37 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Childcare Campaign To Air TV Ads During Monday Night Seahawks Game

Backers of the Yes for Early Success campaign, whose favored ballot initiative appears on Seattle's November ballot as Proposition 1A, hold a press conference in July.
Kyle Stokes KPLU

Supporters of a campaign to raise wages and create a training program for Seattle's childcare workers are hitting the airwaves, unveiling a commercial that will air during one of the city's most-watched television events: Monday night's Seahawks game.

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2:03 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Blessing Of The Animals At Seattle Church Includes Cats, Dogs And A Boa Constrictor

Reverend Samuel Torvend blesses Griffen, with owner Kelly Vance, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Seattle
Paula Wissel

The Blessing of the Animals has long been a tradition in the Anglican Church in England and Catholic and Episcopal churches in the United States. It occurs on the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi.

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Ebola Preparedness
12:54 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Seattle's Harborview Agrees To Accept Evacuated U.S. Ebola Patients

The Washington Dept. of Health lab in Shoreline is one of 13 cleared to test virus samples for Ebola.
Gabriel Spitzer KPLU

Harborview Medical Center in Seattle has agreed to consider accepting Americans infected with Ebola who have been evacuated from Africa. It’s just the fifth hospital in the United States to do so.

UW Medicine, which operates Harborview, said the decision would be based on whether the hospital has capacity at the time. Dr. Timothy Dellit said the hospital’s normal infection controls and a heightened awareness of patients’ travel history will help minimize any risk to health workers or the public.

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10:39 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Thank You!

Thank you to our generous listeners who supported the Fall Fund Drive.  Your support ensures that our world-class news, jazz and blues will continue for another year.  Thank you for supporting KPLU!  Your commitment means the world to us!

9:00 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Black-crowned Night-Heron

Credit Tom Grey

  Black-crowned Night-Herons feed primarily on fish, but they will consume everything from earthworms to clams to eggs of nesting birds and refuse at landfills! Because they are high on the food chain, found throughout much of the world, and nest in colonies, Black-crowned Night-Herons can tell us a lot about the health of our environment.

Today's show was produced with support from the BirdNote Pacific Flyway Circle. Thank you, donors, for your generosity!  

5:00 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Meet The Englishman Now Leading Seattle Opera

Aidan Lang, Seattle Opera's new general director in his office. He's holding a 3-D laser printed image of his wife Linda Kitchen.
Photo: Florangela Davila

For the first time in 30 years, Seattle Opera is beginning its season with a new person in charge. Taking the place of Speight Jenkins, who retired, is Aidan Lang, an Englishman by way of New Zealand.

Lang is 56 years old. After a long history of freelance directing, leading music festivals in England and serving seven years as the general director of New Zealand Opera, he’s ready to forge ahead on what he says are Seattle Opera’s two big priorities: financing for both new administrative offices as well as a new Ring cycle.

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Election 2014
5:00 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Political Action Committees Pop Up In Election Years

Political Action Committees in Washington have spent more than $14 million so far this year. The top spenders are teachers, trial lawyers, SEIU and a business PAC called Enterprise Washington. But there are also dozens of smaller PACs — PACs in a box — that have been set up for just this election year.

You’ve heard of a jack in the box. Single-year political action committees are sort of like that. They just pop up. And then when the election is over, they disappear again.

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5:00 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Amazon Asks FAA For Permission To Test Aerial Delivery Drones Near Seattle has asked the FAA for permission to test drones outdoors.

When Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos unveiled plans for aerial drone delivery of packages last year, many observers dismissed the concept as science fiction or pie in the sky.

Not at Amazon though. The Seattle-based company has asked the Federal Aviation Administration for permission to test drones outdoors and is awaiting an answer.

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