Public health
7:35 am
Thu March 31, 2011

Northwest states move to counter rise in child immunization waivers

Child immunization rates in the Northwest lag behind national rates. Some say it's too easy to opt out of vaccinations, creating a public health threat. Many parents disagree. This 4-year old is ready to get a shot in Littleton, Colorado.
AP

Record numbers of parents in the Northwest are seeking waivers from mandatory child immunization requirements. The trend alarms public health officials. They say it creates increased risk for disease outbreaks. Washington, Oregon, and Idaho are all moving to sway vaccine skeptics.

All U.S. states require parents to immunize their children before sending them to school.

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Northwest Cultures
6:16 am
Thu March 31, 2011

Tribe wants apology from Fox News for anchor remarks

The head of the Coeur d'Alene tribe in North Idaho is demanding an apology from Fox News. Today he learned he won't get one.

Last week on the morning show "Fox & Friends," Fox Business anchor John Stossel questioned the need for the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

"There's no Bureau of Puerto Rican Affairs or Black Affairs or Irish Affairs. And no group in America has been more helped in by the government than the American Indians. Because we have the treaties, we stole their land. But 200 years later, no group does worse," says Stossel.

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Record Bin Roulette
4:56 am
Thu March 31, 2011

Money can buy happiness, sort of

A Million Bucks!
JBlazeB Flickr

A recent Princeton University study found that “happiness” peaks when a person’s income is about $75,000. But you have to make a whole lot more to actually feel “rich”.

Another study found that 42% of millionaires don’t feel wealthy. It turns out, you have to have about $7.5 million before you can feel both happy and rich.

Just once, we would like the chance to prove that money can’t make us happy.

Herewith, some of our favorite sayings about money and happiness…

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Spring Fund Drive: March 30 - April 4
12:26 am
Thu March 31, 2011

Our shortest Spring Fund Drive ever: Today is Jazz Alley Day!

All day your $60 pledge (or greater) earns you a 2-for-1 coupon at Jazz Alley in Seattle!

You don’t even have to give $60 all at once. Become a Sustaining Member and break that down to only $5/month and a hassle free membership to KPLU!

Click here to make your gift and receive the 2-for-1 coupon!

Click here or call 1-800-NPR-KPLU to make your gift receive the 2-for-1 coupon!

Many of our Studio Sessions feature musicians who have shows at Jazz Alley, so be sure to check out some of our recent performances!

We really appreciate your support! Here are some fun extras to get you in the giving mood this spring:

Alec Baldwin doesn't want you to pledge ... or does he?  -  VIDEO: Public Radio Rap  -  Jake Shimabukuro live at KPLU

 

Food
5:24 pm
Wed March 30, 2011

NW milk still safe according to federal health officials

Dairy industries fear radiaion getting into their products. Milk is the least to worry about when it comes to being exposed to radiation.
KPLU

Northwest milk industry leaders are hustling to allay fears about radiation in their products. The Environmental Protection Agency found small amounts of radiation in a milk sample taken from a Spokane-area dairy last week.

The agency has stepped up its monitoring program earthquake and nuclear plant disasters in Japan. Blair Thompson is the spokesman for the Washington Dairy Products Commission. He says Northwest dairies are concerned about the findings, but there is no immediate risk to residents.

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Elders and aging
5:10 pm
Wed March 30, 2011

Avoiding poverty as you age

Enjoy retirement, if you can, at Safeco Field
Matt McGee Flickr

How much income will you need to be financially secure after age 65?  It’s often hard to know. A new study shows what it costs for the elderly in Washington to live at home and stay out of debt.  

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Economics and recovery
2:15 pm
Wed March 30, 2011

Housing prices falling around the nation, including the Seattle area

A sign advertises a new price on a home for sale in Seattle's Queen Anne neighborhood, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2009.
Ted S. Warren AP

A "...boatload of loans, sitting in foreclosure," or on the verge of being taken back by the banks. Those are the words of one economist, talking about what's happening in the real estate markets of major cities, nation-wide. The greater Seattle area is no exception.

The numbers come from the Case-Schiller index and they're not pretty.

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Northwest Cultures
1:35 pm
Wed March 30, 2011

Radiation and climate change drive Marshall Islanders to Northwest enclave

Most schools are used to working with children whose native language isn't English. In most of the Northwest and the nation, that means Spanish.

But in Spokane, immigrants from a remote set of South Pacific islands have sent schools scrambling to find translators for a language most of us have never heard of. It's called Marshallese. Turns out,  people from the Marshall Islands are leaving their tropical home for the Northwest in large numbers.

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KPLU Studio Sessions
7:35 am
Wed March 30, 2011

Jake Shimabukuro: Defying genres to bring the ukulele mainland and mainstream

KPLU was pleased to welcome ukulele virtuoso, Jake Shimabukuro, into our studios on March 29, 2011. Jake played before not only a record number of KPLU Leadership Circle members, but four young ukulele players from Foster High School we recently featured in an installment of Artscape, which explored the rising popularity of the ukulele in local schools.

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Food for Thought
4:33 am
Wed March 30, 2011

Wit Whiz?

What we're talkin' about.
Nancy Leson

The headlined question can be further refined -- and refined is the word -- to "Light, Tex-Mex, Salsa Con Queso, or Italia?"

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