American culture loves celebrity. Magazines and television shows follow the lives of celebrities like an ongoing mini-series -- until they die. That’s when we typically set down one tale and start another. But the story doesn’t always end there. Some famous corpses had very curious fates. Seattle writer Bess Lovejoy is author of "Rest in Pieces: The Curious Fates of Famous Corpses." She joins us.
Police officers are seen outside St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Monday, March 11, 2013. Cardinals have gathered for their final day of talks before the conclave to elect the next pope amid debate over whether the Catholic Church needs a manager pope to clean up the Vatican's messy bureaucracy or a pastoral pope who can inspire the faithful and make Catholicism relevant again.
An historic conclave to select the new pope begins today. One hundred and fifteen cardinal-electors will vote one by one to select the new leader of the Roman Catholic Church. It's the first conclave in 600 years to take place while the previous pope is still living. What's the mood in Rome right now? Writer Tiffany Parks joins us live from St. Peter’s Square to explain the conclave process and which candidates have Rome buzzing.
In the former Soviet Union, a cult of the former dictator Joseph Stalin seems to be forming. Not in a religious sense. But the adoration his former subjects bestow upon him can sometimes reach a religious pitch. Russians know Stalin was responsible for many deaths, but they brush that aside. There's just seems to be something about a strong man.
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For years, PTSD — or post-traumatic stress disorder — has been an issue for military members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.
But humans aren't the only ones with problems. Military dogs returning from war zones are also showing signs of PTSD. And there's evidence that these canines need some extra tender loving care after their tours of duty.
"Big data" refers to our ability to analyze vast quantities of information to come to surprising conclusions. What’s the promise of big data, and what about our privacy? Ross Reynolds talk about the new book, "Big Data" with one of the books co-authors, Kenneth Cukier about the promise and possible perils of big data.
Should the Seattle Port Commissioners get a raise? Before you answer, consider the fact that the Port of Seattle owns and operates the nation’s 6th busiest US seaport. It also operates Sea-Tac International Airport — the nation’s 17th busiest. And the Port runs a four-passenger cruise terminal that saw around 800,000 passengers in 2011. Ross Reynolds talks with Tom Albro, the president of the Seattle Port Commission. Alboro has served on and chaired the Audit Committee and co-chaired the Century Agenda committee. His areas of focus as a port commissioner include promoting regional job and business growth, maintaining the urban industrial base, economic development and reducing the port’s environmental footprint. Tom Albro is also a trained civil engineer, owner and president of Seattle Monorail Services, which operates the Seattle Monorail, and is the former chairman of the Municipal League of King County.
What began as widespread protests in response to a brutal gang rape have evolved into a movement. Its object is to change the way women are treated in India. PRI's Rhitu Chatterjee profiles one girl who seems to represent where girls in India have been - and where they're heading.
At its best, the Web is a place for unlimited exchange of ideas. But Web-savvy news junkies have known for a long time that reader feedback can often turn nasty. Now a study in the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communicationsuggests that rude comments on articles can even change the way we interpret the news.
Former King County Executive Ron Sims has retired from his position as deputy secretary for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. Will he join the race to be Seattle’s next mayor? He joins us to answer that question.
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Delegates to an international species conservation conference in Bangkok, Thailand, this week have agreed to limit the trade of shark fins and meat.
NPR's Christopher Joyce reports that government representatives to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, or CITES, have agreed to put the porbeagle, oceanic whitetip, three kinds of hammerhead shark and two kinds of manta ray on its Appendix II list, which places restrictions on fishing but still allows limited trade.
Last week, court-appointed monitor Merrick Bobb submitted his first-year plan for reforming the Seattle Police Department. On Friday, Mayor Mike McGinn accepted the plan, saying there's a mutual understanding that it's a living document that can be amended. Meanwhile, the Seattle Police Department is rolling out software that it claims will help predict where crimes are likely to occur. What's the proof that it works? Have a question for the mayor? Call us at 800.289.5869 or write to email@example.com.
There are certain creations that have defined beauty for generations: Renoir's pudgy, pink nude; Rothko's brilliant blocks of color that seem to vibrate; Michelangelo's naked young man in marble, with a slingshot on his shoulder.
What is well-being? How do you measure it? And how do Seattle and Washington state measure up in terms of healthy behaviors and happy outlook?
Ross Reynolds talked to Dr. Carter Coberley, vice president of Health Research and Outcomes at Healthways Center in Franklin, Tennessee, about a social-measurement index that goes beyond the gross domestic product or the Dow Jones Industrial average.
TSA Administrator John Pistole has announced a change to the Prohibited Items List. Starting April 25 of this year, passengers can now include in their carry-on luggage some previously banned items such as small knives and bats. Pilot and air marshal unions have come out against the relaxation of the TSA's ban on sharp objects. Ross Reynolds talks with airline workers and frequent fliers about their thoughts on the TSA announcement.