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KPLU Travel Club Presents ...
11:02 am
Tue January 31, 2012

A music lover's adventure to Lithuania, Latvia & Russia

Sign up today, there are only 4 spots left for this trip!

Join fellow KPLU listeners and General Manager Paul Stankavich & Joey Cohn Director of Content April 26 - May 8, 2012 for a world-class culturally rich jazz adventure to the Baltic States and historic Saint Petersburg!

Highlights to this year's KPLU Travel Club journey include:  The highly-acclaimed Kaunas International Jazz Festival, historic walks in the charming capitals of Vilnius and Riga, bistro dining, outings to villages and visits to stunning National parks.

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First person
3:45 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

KPLU observations during a snow day in Seattle

The snowman watchman of Westlake Park downtown.
Charla Bear KPLU

KPLU staff share their observations of wandering through the snow storm in Seattle.

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Humanosphere
4:41 pm
Thu January 5, 2012

Humanitarian insider reveals unsavory truths

It's not enough to just get your hands dirty when trying to help the poor, says one insider.
Julien Harneis Flickr

An anonymous humanitarian expert with years in the field writes about the things more “ordinary people” should understand about humanitarian aid:

"There’s always some woman at the Christmas party who, once she discovers what I do for a living, wants to talk my ear off about some awful idea she has about how to help poor children in El Salvador or Cambodia."

Read more on Humanosphere.

Jazz & Blues
11:26 am
Wed December 28, 2011

Top 10 blues CDs of 2011

Mariam Muldaur's 'Steady Love' is at the top of the list.

Here are the top 10 blues CDs of 2011, according to KPLU's John Kessler, Host of “All Blues.”

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Reception Notice ...
3:45 am
Thu December 15, 2011

KPLU's West Seattle listeners may encounter reception problems

KPLU's long-time signal to West Seattle at 88.1 FM may encounter interference due to a new radio station broadcasting on that same frequency beginning Monday, December 19.

Because of terrain and distance, it's possible that some KPLU listeners in West Seattle will still be able to hear the station, but others may experience some signal disruption.

At the present time, KPLU is unable to do anything about the interference. However, the station has a license application in to the FCC to move its West Seattle signal to a new frequency.

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New tracks
12:50 pm
Mon December 5, 2011

Putting unique Sarah Vaughan in the 'All That Jazz' mix

Sarah Vaughan in 1946.
Wikimedia Commons

Each week in a new feature on our jazz blog – Groove Notes – we'll tell you about a few of the songs added to KPLU’s "All That Jazz" rotation by our music director Nick Francis.

This week’s picks are three tracks from Sarah Vaughan’s first long-play album “In Hi-Fi.”

Read more on Groove Notes.

KPLU Studio Sessions
12:24 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

Jazz great Chick Corea to perform live in rare studio session

Chick Corea.
Chick Corea's Website

On the heels of a nearly month-long celebration of his 70th birthday at the Blue Note in New York City (which included performances with ten different bands and 30 musicians) legendary jazz pianist Chick Corea will offer a rare opportunity for radio listeners tomorrow afternoon on KPLU.

At 12:15 p.m. Pacific Time Corea will be joining Kevin Kniestedt in the KPLU Seattle performance studio for a live interview and solo piano performance. This is a real treat for us as Corea so rarely offers performances of this type.

Read more on Groove Notes.

Groove Notes
12:21 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

Jazz great Chick Corea to perform live in rare studio session

Chick Corea.
Chick Corea's Website

On the heels of a nearly month-long celebration of his 70th birthday at the Blue Note in New York City (which included performances with ten different bands and 30 musicians) legendary jazz pianist Chick Corea will offer a rare opportunity for radio listeners tomorrow afternoon on KPLU.

At 12:15 p.m. Pacific Time Corea will be joining Kevin Kniestedt in the KPLU Seattle performance studio for a live interview and solo piano performance. This is a real treat for us as Corea so rarely offers performances of this type.

Read more on Groove Notes.

Humanosphere in Rwanda
9:28 am
Mon November 7, 2011

Rwanda, an African success story with Seattle connections

Gorillas in the mist. Mass genocide. The movie ‘Hotel Rwanda’ and maybe coffee. Tom Paulson is in Rwanda to explore these issues and more.
extremeboh Flickr

Seattle is connected to Rwanda in a number of ways, beginning with the country’s role as a major producer of high quality coffee beans for Starbucks and Costco. A number of local humanitarian organizations, as well as social enterprise business ventures, are active there.

KPLU and Humanosphere blogger Tom Paulson is headed to Rwanda along with a dozen or so other journalists sponsored by the International Reporting Project at Johns Hopkins University. For the next two weeks, he’ll be reporting on the trip and also posting stories on a number of Seattle projects at work there that have helped make Rwanda — despite its horrific recent past history — into what many see as an African success story.

Read more on Humanosphere.

Jazz & Blues
2:31 pm
Tue October 11, 2011

Tuning up for the Earshot Jazz Festival, which starts Friday

Monktail Creative Music Concern Flickr

KPLU’s Kevin Kniestedt kicks off his preview of the Earshot Jazz Festival today by interviewing executive director of Earshot, John Gilbreath.

“There is so much that wants to be done and needs to be done and should be done, and this is our attempt to do as much of it as we can,” Gilbreath said.

Leading up to opening night, we will be posting posts and questions as part of a preview to the festival, and during the festival we will be bringing you reviews, updates, and most importantly, your feedback.

Read more at Groove Notes.

Protesting Wall Street
11:11 am
Tue October 11, 2011

Seattle mayor 'patient' with 'Occupy Seattle' in park

'Occupy Seattle' protesters begin their wet and soggy day on Monday.
KPLU

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn says he's being patient with the Occupy Seattle protesters camping out for a second week in the downtown Westlake Park.

Occupy Seattle issued its own statement Tuesday saying it will stage a march Saturday in coordination with the Occupy Wall Street protest against corporate power.

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Law
10:51 am
Tue October 11, 2011

Seattle 'superhero' Phoenix Jones bails out, hits the streets

This February photo, self-styled Seattle superhero "Phoenix Jones," right, in downtown Seattle. Police officers arrested Phoenix Jones early Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011, after he was accused of assaulting several people with pepper spray.
Associated Press

SEATTLE — Seattle's self-style superhero Phoenix Jones wrote on his Facebook page that he was back on patrol Monday night.

He had to wear a backup costume after police seized his black and yellow outfit Sunday when they arrested him for investigation of assault. He is accused of using pepper spray on four people who were dancing after leaving a nightclub.

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Other News
10:07 am
Wed October 5, 2011

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Fall Fund Drive
12:00 pm
Tue October 4, 2011

Thanks for your support!

Thank you for sustaining KPLU during our Fall Fund Drive! Listeners have been exceptionally generous to KPLU over the years during our fund drives and this year has been no exception!

Thank you to everyone who supported us, and if you missed your chance you can still give now (until October 11th) to be counted!

Thank You!

We'd also like to thank the numerous businesses who supported our volunteers and staff with donations of food and beverage. See a list of these generous businesses.

Fall Fund Drive
12:00 am
Tue October 4, 2011

Final Day - 500 Pledges by Noon!

This is it ... our Fall Fund Drive is coming to an end! We need 500 pledges by noon so make your gift now and be counted! Help KPLU reach its goal!

As an added incentive, listeners who pledge at the $500 level (or just $42/month) will recive an exclusive package with the opportunity to see NPR's Steve Inskeep at Town Hall on October 27th!

This package includes great tickets to the event, an exclusive reception with appetizers and drinks, as well as the opportunity for a meet & greet with Steve!

If that wasn't enough, we will also give you a signed copy of his new book, Instant City: Live and Death in Karachi.

There are only 10 pairs of tickets available, and they will go fast, so make your pledge now to secure your spot!

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