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Secrets And Lies
11:57 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

The Secret Burglary That Exposed J. Edgar Hoover's FBI

FBI director J. Edgar Hoover is seen in his Washington office, May 20, 1963. The 1971 burglary of one of the bureau's offices revealed the agency's domestic surveillance program.
William J. Smith AP

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 11:23 am

More than 40 years ago, on the evening of March 8, 1971, a group of burglars carried out an audacious plan. They pried open the door of an FBI office in Pennsylvania and stole files about the bureau's surveillance of anti-war groups and civil rights organizations.

Hundreds of agents tried to identify the culprits, but the crime went unsolved. Until now.

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Parent-ese
1:13 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

'Baby Talk' Helps Babies Learn To Speak More Quickly

Flickr Photo/etringita (Cc-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman interviews Patricia Kuhl about her new study on the benefits of “parent-ese," or baby talk. Kuhl is a professor and co-director of the Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences at the University of Washington.

EarthFix Reports
9:15 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Oregon Bill Would Limit Household Pesticide Use To Protect Bees

Lori Vollmer, owner of Garden Fever nursery in Portland, removed pesticides containing neonicotinoid chemicals from her store shelves after an estimated 50,000 bumblebees were killed in Wilsonville.
Cassandra Profita

Originally published on Fri January 3, 2014 1:30 pm

An Oregon lawmaker is looking to restrict household use of four common pesticides that pose risks to bees.

Rep. Jeff Reardon, D-Portland, says given the toxicity of certain pesticides and their track record for killing bees, untrained home gardeners shouldn't be allowed to use them.

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Social Media
7:42 am
Mon January 6, 2014

More Than 300 Sharks In Australia Are Now On Twitter

A shark warning is displayed near Gracetown, Western Australia, in November. An Australian man was killed by a shark near the area that month, sparking a catch-and-kill order.
Rebecca Le May EPA/Landov

Originally published on Thu January 2, 2014 7:35 am

Sharks in Western Australia are now tweeting out where they are — in a way.

Government researchers have tagged 338 sharks with acoustic transmitters that monitor where the animals are. When a tagged shark is about half a mile away from a beach, it triggers a computer alert, which tweets out a message on the Surf Life Saving Western Australia Twitter feed. The tweet notes the shark's size, breed and approximate location.

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Swine Flu
7:36 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Flu Season Arrives In Northwest, Bringing New Cases Of H1N1

The H1N1 influenza virus
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Originally published on Fri January 3, 2014 5:18 pm

The latest figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show Washington, Oregon and Idaho are among 25 states now facing widespread cases of the flu.

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Good Reads
3:59 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Nancy Pearl's Recommendations: Allegory And Mystery

Flickr Photo/German Poo-Caamano (CC BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher sits down once again with Nancy Pearl to discuss three books from 2013 that she recommends before they get lost amidst the new books of the new year; including a modern allegory “The Brothers: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles, and Their Secret World War”  by Stephen Kinzer, and Laurie R. King’s mysteries “A Grave Talent” and “To Play The Fool."

News Quiz
3:54 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

The Record's News Quiz

David Hyde hosts The Record's news quiz as listener Matt Horren tests his knowledge of the week's news for eternal glory.

New Year's Resolutions
2:49 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Keep Resolutions With Small, Concrete Routines: 'Tiny Habits'

Before you let your 2014 resolutions hit the dirt, consider the 'tiny habits' approach.
Flickr Photo/Chris Blakeley

Marcie Sillman talks with BJ Fogg, Stanford behavioral psychologist, about his “tiny habits” approach to New Year’s Resolutions. Fogg suggests that we should stop flogging ourselves over vague aspirations, and instead start practicing small, concrete routines.

Winterizing
2:49 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Take Care Of Your Pipes And Faucets: Cover, Wrap And Check

Flickr Photo/kbrookes

Steve Scher gets tips from home repair guru Roger Faris and his grandson Isaiah on how to protect outdoor hose faucets and pipes during the cold winter months.

Stabilizing Rents
2:45 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

2014 Brings Good News For Seattle Renters

Flickr Photo/Rob Ketcherside

David Hyde talks with Tim Ellis, founder of the real estate news blog The Seattle Bubble, about the booming development industry and stabilizing rents.

Sexism
1:33 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

‘Making Feminist And Queer Movements More Inclusive’ With Julia Serano

Julia Serano's book "Excluded."

Julia Serano has challenged exclusion in the feminist and queer movements for years. As an activist and trans woman, Serano was shocked to see some people challenge one type of sexism while ignoring — and sometimes furthering — others.

In her new book, "Excluded: Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive," Serano calls for a new, inclusive approach to battling sexism. She spoke at the Elliott Bay Book Company on December 4.

Health
4:07 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

The Fundamentals Of The Food Lover's Cleanse

Flickr Photo/The Greatist

Marcie Sillman talks with chef Sara Dickerman about the food lover's cleanse.

Distracted Driving
4:00 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

New Research Suggests Texting Much Worse Than Talking While Driving

Flickr Photo/Intel Free Press

Steve Scher talks with Dr. Charlie Klauer, research scientist at Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, about new research on distracted driving.

Tips
3:42 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Best Recycling Advice: Don't Agonize Over It

Recycling can be confusing, but it shouldn't cause too much anxiety.
Credit Flickr Photo/Chelsea Nesvig

Northwest denizens are known to take their recycling responsibilities seriously. But it can be confusing to keep on top of all the rules. Tom Watson from the King County Recycling and Environmental Services in Seattle told Steve Scher on The Record that you don't need to agonize too much about it.

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EarthFix Reports
11:21 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Conservation Group Turns Christmas Trees Into Salmon Habitat

When submerged in a coastal stream, an old Christmas tree offers young salmon protection from predators and new potential food sources.
Courtesy of Tualatin Valley Trout Unlimited

Originally published on Fri December 27, 2013 4:43 pm

Before you kick your dying Christmas tree to the curb, consider this: Members of the conservation group Trout Unlimited would love to turn that tree into fish habitat.

On three Saturdays in January, the Tualatin Valley chapter of Trout Unlimited will be collecting Christmas tree donations at two locations in the Portland metropolitan area. Later, they'll place the trees into a side channel of the Necanicum River near Seaside, where they will provide predator protection and food sources for baby coho salmon.

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