Culture

Could you do it?
6:14 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Exhibit inspires woman to try to avoid buying plastics for a month

A look at the accumulation of plastics that crept into Sam Porter's life, despite her pledge not to use or buy any new plastics for a month.
courtesy Burke Museum

Plastics have only been in wide use since the 1940s, yet they are everywhere, from sandwich bags to phones, to keyboards, to rain gear. Even the cans of soup in the grocery aisle are lined with it.

It's hard to imagine a world before these conveniences. What would your life be like without plastics?

Seattle resident Samantha Porter decided to find out. She works behind the scenes of the Burke Museum, which is hosting an exhibit titled "Plastics Unwrapped."

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Culture
9:45 am
Thu October 18, 2012

So, would you eat a panda?

What keeps pandas and lions off our dining tables, when we readily consume, say, pigs and chickens?
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

A Chinese scientist recently suggested that prehistoric humans ate pandas. The evidence, based on cut marks on panda bones, strikes me as thin, but the report led me to a thought experiment.

How would people in the modern world react if the some population or subculture today made panda-foraging a goal? I imagine most of us would be horrified, and not only because the panda is an endangered species. The panda has become a symbol of cuteness, an animal we love to love.

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Gardening
9:47 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

Artistic passions on display at the NW Flower and Garden Show

It’s been sunny and fair lately…but what do you do when the dark and cloudy skies of late winter get you down?
 
For many people in the Pacific Northwest, the answer is gardening.
 
Their passion is on display this week at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show.
 
KPLU environment reporter Bellamy Pailthorp went to check it out. (Click on the "Listen" button up top to hear some highlights from the preview tour.)
 

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Aerospace History
3:40 pm
Tue April 12, 2011

Seattle's Museum of Flight says no shuttle is sad, but they're getting the next-best thing

Former astronaut Bonnie Dunbar signs her autograph for 6-year-old Taylor Colville, who came to hear about the shuttle announcement with her father, Eric. Like many in attendance, they are trying to look on the bright side of Seattle's lost bid.
Photo by Bellamy Pailthorp KPLU

It's a day of disappointment in the northwest for fans of US space exploration. 

Seattle's Museum of Flight got official word this morning that it will not be home to one of the three space shuttles NASA is retiring.  And it won't get the prototype Enterprise (which was only used for test flights and never reached space) either.

The shuttles are going to:

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AEROSPACE HISTORY
10:40 am
Tue April 12, 2011

Seattle's Museum of Flight won't get a space shuttle

Space shuttle Discovery lifts off from the Kennedy Space Center in February of this year. Seattle's Museum of Flight's hopes to display one of the retiring shuttles were spoiled in favor of New York, Washington, D.C. and suburban Los Angeles.
NASA photo

NASA says Seattle's Museum of Flight won't get to display one of the retiring space shuttles.

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Aerospace History
6:04 pm
Mon April 11, 2011

Museum of Flight a hopeful contender for Tuesday's space shuttle decision

An artist's rendering of the new gallery plan at Seattle's Museum of Flight, a gallery intended to permanently lure a NASA Space Shuttle. The agency will announce the winners of the competition to host the retiring spacecraft Tuesday at 10am PST.
Graphic courtesy of Museum of Flight.

The odds are about one in seven.  That's the skinny on Seattle's bid to become a host site for one of NASA's retiring space shuttles. 

Seattle Times writer Jack Broom sums up the situation nicely in that paper's latest story on the question. Broom notes the Museum of Flight's chances were diminished slightly last week:

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Coffee Culture
10:38 am
Fri March 25, 2011

Still no IPO, but another new CEO for Seattle's second largest coffee enterprise

Tully's Coffee prides itself on providing the feel of "a family room - not a living room" says a spokesman about Starbucks biggest rival's approach to coffeehouse culture.
Flickr photo courtesy dontthink.feel

Tully's Coffee has lost yet another CEO. Seattle's second biggest coffee enterprise has announced that Carl Pennington will retire at the end of this month. 

According to the Seattle Times, he is the seventh CEO to cycle through the company since founder Tom O'Keefe stepped down from the post a decade ago. 

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Remembering John T. Williams
5:20 pm
Tue March 15, 2011

Century-old cedar totems to honor native woodcarver at Seattle Center "carve-in"

Late carver John T. Williams' brother, Rick, beams with joy as he and another carver, Dan Martin, make the first cuts on a 120-year-old cedar. Their carve-in will go on for at least 6 months.
Photo by Bellamy Pailthorp KPLU

An ancient cedar tree was delivered earlier today (Tuesday) to the Seattle Center. Several totem poles carved from it in public will commemorate the life and art of native carver John T. Williams.

His shooting by a Seattle police officer last August has escalated tensions between law enforcement and people of color. But Williams' family says the "carve-in" that has just begun is about remembering his cultural legacy. 

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Arts & Culture
1:35 pm
Tue March 8, 2011

Interview with poet, author and playwright Dr. Maya Angelou

Dr. Maya Angelou receives the nation's highest civilian honor, the Medal of Freedom, from President Barack Obama, Feb. 15, 2011, in Washington, D.C.
AP Photo

One of America's most prominent living poets is coming to Seattle. Dr. Maya Angelou is the author of a groundbreaking memoire published in 1970, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings. It describes how she overcame racism and trauma growing up in the South. 

Dr. Angelou is now 83, and recently received the highest civilian honor in the land, the Medal of Freedom, from President Barack Obama. 

KPLU's Bellamy Pailthorp spoke with her and asked, first of all, how she came to write her first work of prose. (Click on the audio "play" arrow at the top of this post to hear KPLU's interview).

Dr. Angelou will speak at Seattle's Paramount Theatre on Monday, March 14th, in an appearance at 7:30 p.m.

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Culture
3:27 pm
Mon March 7, 2011

King County Libraries unveil giant book covers

A 6 foot tall poster for the book "Appaloosa" by Robert B. Parker is displayed outside the Tin Theater movie house in Burien.
Scott Schaefer B-Town blog

They say you can’t tell a book by its cover.  But maybe coming face to face with one that towers over you will entice you to read a little more.  At least that’s the hope of the King County Library system.

Huge, 6 foot tall posters of book jacket covers have been placed next to coffee shops, paint stores, law firms and other small businesses on main streets in Burien, Bellevue, Mercer Island, Renton, Issaquah, Kirkland and on Vashon Island.  It’s called the Book Cover Walking Tour.

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