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Kitchen Window
8:41 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Spirited Sweets For St. Patrick's (Or Any) Day

Laura B. Weiss for NPR

Originally published on Wed March 12, 2014 5:37 am

On Saint Patrick's Day, often the first order of business is to raise a glass to the Irish with a frosty mug of green beer. You might also savor a slice of Irish soda bread, rich with raisins and caraway seeds, or tuck into a hearty dish of corned beef and cabbage.

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Housing
8:36 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Elementary School Pilot Program Helps Family Escape Homelessness

Fifth grader Simya Gantt is doing better in school thanks to a unique program in Tacoma, Wash.
Taylor Winkel Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue March 11, 2014 4:17 pm

Across the country more than one million kids may not know where they’re going to sleep tonight.

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Affordable Housing
3:55 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Tenants Picket Goodman Real Estate

Flickr Photo/Ashley Brown (CC BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman speaks with Tim Doub, a resident of the Theodora apartments, and Eliana Horn, a community organizer with the Tenants Union of Washington State, about why they are picketing the Seattle-based Goodman Real Estate.

Technology
3:18 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Life Without Reliable Internet Access

Flickr Photo/Steve Rhode (CC BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with Steve McCullough, superintendent of Curlew School District, about the lack of adequate Internet access in the small, northeastern Washington town.

About 200 students attend the school, which houses the classrooms from preschool through high school. McCullough also serves as the school's principal. The district is currently the only place with the fastest and most reliable Internet access in town.

Pedestrian Signals
1:13 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Seattle’s Crosswalk ‘Chirps’ Being Killed Off By ‘Rapid Ticks’

The small speakers at certain intersections in Seattle emit a tone to signal when it is safe to cross for the blind or visually impaired.
KUOW Photo/Kara McDermott

Of the nearly 1,050 traffic signals in Seattle, about 100 have audible traffic signals. Pedestrians who have gotten used to the chirps and cuckoo sounds are contending with a new tone. So far, multiple people have described the new “rapid ticks” as jarring, according to the Seattle Department of Transportation.

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Comedic Advice
11:42 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Dave Barry On Parenting: 'We Need To Find A Cure For Puberty'

Comedian Dave Barry has written a new book about raising his daughters.
AP Photo/Mitchell Zachs

Steve Scher talks with humorist Dave Barry about his new book, "You Can Date Boys When You're Forty: Dave Barry On Parenting and Other Topics He Knows Very Little About."

Oceanic Distillery
10:48 am
Tue March 11, 2014

For A Faster-Aged Bourbon, You Need The Motion Of The Ocean

Jefferson's Ocean bourbon is aged on the high seas, a technique that takes advantage of basic physical chemistry. The bottles sell for $200 a piece.
Courtesy of OCEARCH

Originally published on Thu March 13, 2014 7:48 am

From its earliest days as America's homegrown whiskey elixir, Kentucky bourbon has been traveling on boats.

In fact, boats were a key reason why Kentucky became the king of bourbon. In the late 1700s, trade depended on waterways, and distillers in the state had a big advantage: the Ohio River. They'd load their barrels onto flatboats on the Ohio, which flowed into the Mississippi, taking their golden liquor as far down as New Orleans.

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Gender Equality
8:53 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Not Enough Hours In The Day? We All Feel A Little 'Overwhelmed'

Milos Luzanin iStockphoto

Originally published on Tue March 11, 2014 7:50 am

Sometimes there just isn't enough time to get it all done. Washington Post journalist Brigid Schulte has certainly felt that way. "I was working all the time and yet never very good at what I was doing," she tells NPR's David Greene. " ... I felt all this pressure that I was a working mom and so I was always so guilty, and I didn't want to ruin their childhood. So I was up at 2 in the morning to bake cupcakes for the Valentine's party."

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Black Gold
12:06 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Turning Food Waste Into Fuel Takes Gumption And Trillions Of Bacteria

The digester eggs at Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant in Brooklyn contain millions of gallons of black sludge.
Courtesy of New York City Department of Environmental Protection

Originally published on Wed March 12, 2014 10:12 am

Every year, Americans send millions of tons of food to the landfill. What if you could use all of those pizza crusts and rotten vegetables to heat your home? That's already happening in one unlikely laboratory: the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant in Brooklyn.

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Book Interview
4:06 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Newsgathering: What's The Best Way Of Being Aware

Alain de Botton's book "The News."

Marcie Sillman talks with Alain de Botton about his latest book on modern philosophy and life, "The News: A User's Manual."

Bargain From The Bazaar
2:26 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Why Haroon Ullah Is Optmistic About Pakistan's Future

Haroon Ullah visits the KUOW studios.
KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

Steve Scher talks with U.S. diplomat and Seattle native Haroon Ullah about his book “The Bargain from the Bazaar: A Family’s Day of Reckoning in Lahore."

Author Interviews
9:29 am
Mon March 10, 2014

'Boy, Snow, Bird' Takes A Closer Look Into The Fairy Tale Mirror

Helen Oyeyemi's previous books include Mr. Fox and The Icarus Girl.
Piotr Cieplak Penguin Group

Originally published on Sun March 9, 2014 4:00 pm

Boy, Snow, Bird reimagines the traditional Snow White fairy tale. Helen Oyeyemi's new novel explores beauty, envy and identity in New England in the 1950s — race and skin color shape the characters' experiences.

The wicked stepmother in this story is named Boy; the fair beauty is Snow. The birth of Snow's half-sister, Bird, reveals a long-buried family secret. Throughout the book, characters are haunted by a sense that things are not as they appear in their relationships and in the outside world.

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Virtual Skin
9:29 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Our Conversation On Race In 'World of Warcraft,' Unabridged

The Pandaren are a fairly new race in WoW — "giant pandas that belong to clans with Chinese-sounding names and lands filled with 'Asian' architecture," as one person told us — and they show how real-world racial notions creep into the game's universe.
Battle.net

Originally published on Mon March 10, 2014 6:55 am

World of Warcraft is trying to reduce racial inequality. Don't worry, this isn't about racial disparities between black, Latino and Asian players — we're talking about gnomes and trolls and orcs here.

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Cookie Recipe
9:28 am
Mon March 10, 2014

The Gooey Chocolate Cookie Recipe That's Worth $5,000

Sally McKenney sallysbakingaddiction.com

Originally published on Mon March 10, 2014 1:26 pm

Sally McKenney is a self-described "sprinkle lover" and author of a new cookbook based on her popular blog Sally's Baking Addiction. She says baking doesn't have to be intimidating and wants her followers to experiment along with her.

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Online Influence
11:57 pm
Sun March 9, 2014

Of Cigs And Selfies: Teens Imitate Risky Behavior Shared Online

High school students whose friends posted photos of drinking and smoking were about 20 percent more likely to become drinkers or smokers themselves.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Mon March 10, 2014 6:59 am

Teenagers put a lot of stock in what their peers are doing, and parents are forever trying to push back against that influence. But with the advent of social media, hanging out with the wrong crowd can include not just classmates, but teenagers thousands of miles away on Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook.

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