12:11 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Legos Wash Ashore The Cornish Coast After 17 Years In The Atlantic

An octopus Lego from the 1997 spill. Most of the Legos were sea-themed.
Tracey Williams/Lego Lost At Sea

Marcie Sillman speaks with retired oceanographer Curtis Ebbesmeyer, publisher of the newsletter Beachcombers' Alert!, about the afterlife of nearly 5 million maritime-themed Lego pieces.

The Legos fell off the container ship Tokio Express off the coast of England in 1997 and have been hunted by beachcombers, such as Tracey Williams and Jo Atherton, ever since.

7:59 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Tacoma, Seattle Ports Join Forces To Take On Canada

The Port of Seattle'sTerminal 46 is the closest container terminal to downtown Seattle.
Credit Courtesy Port of Seattle

After decades of competing for cargo business, the ports of Seattle and Tacoma are forming an unlikely alliance to fight new competitors.

The ports have been struggling with sudden sea changes. Shipping companies are themselves forming alliances and combining cargo into gigantic ships that will be discriminating in their choice of ports.

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Urban Planning
3:26 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

What's Next In The Development Of Seattle's University District?

In 1933, the University Bridge was under construction. In a couple of years, the district will have a Sound Transit train running through to downtown Seattle.
Flickr Photo/Seattle Municipal Archives (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Dave LeClergue is a Seattle city planner, but he may as well hold the title "citizen wrangler." LeClergue is the man who has the job of shepherding in a new development plan for Seattle's University District.

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Good Reads
2:45 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Nancy Pearl's Picks For A Little Academic Silliness

Flickr Photo/Macsoundhine (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman gets the week's reading list from beloved librarian Nancy Pearl, who in honor of back-to-school season recommends two academic satires: "Famous Writers I Have Known," by James Magnuson, and "Dear Committee Members," by Julie Schumacher.

Capitol Hill
11:35 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Gays Most Frequently Targeted In Seattle Hate Crimes

Seattle Police, including Chief Kathleen O'Toole, far right, appear before Seattle City Council Monday to discuss hate crimes. Police are focusing on Capitol Hill where attacks on gays has increased.
KUOW Photo/John Ryan

Hate crimes are up in Seattle despite the increasing efforts of Seattle Police to fight them.

Capitol Hill and downtown Seattle are hotspots for crime that involves hatred of targeted groups of people, according to Seattle Police.

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10:04 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Caffeine Cravings (Or Jitters) Are In Your Genes

Marcie Sillman speaks with Marian Neuhouser, a nutrition researcher at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle and co-author of a study that examines the role your genes play in your tolerance to caffeine.

4:17 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Does Darkness Spur Creativity? A Conversation With Jad Abumrad

Jad Abumrad, host and producer of Radiolab spaking at PopTech in Camden, Maine 2010
Credit Flickr Photo/Kris Krug (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks to Jab Abumrad, creator and co-host of Radiolababout his work and creativity.