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Cancer Research
3:12 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

What Are Scorpion Venom And Brain Tumors Doing In A Lab Together?

Dr. Jim Olson
Courtesy of Susie Fitzhugh/Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

After removing a tumor, surgeons are confronted with an unfortunate reality: they can’t be sure they got it all. It can be difficult to distinguish between normal tissue and cancerous cells while operating.

Dr. Jim Olson, an oncologist at the University of Washington, was inspired by his young patients to find a way to ensure that surgeons didn’t miss anything.

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Rules
9:27 am
Mon July 28, 2014

PHOTOS: Remarkable Seattle Homes In A Sharing Economy

Airstream trailer on lower Queen Anne; $105/night.
Airbnb

“Sharing” has become a popular suffix in the news these days, mostly in regards to transportation like ridesharing and bikesharing. Your living spaces can now get in on the action with sites like Airbnb and Vacation Rental By Owner, which allow you to rent out your home or a room for short stays.

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Longevity
2:00 am
Mon July 28, 2014

People Who Feel They Have A Purpose In Life Live Longer

Maria Fabrizio for NPR

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 4:37 pm

We know that happiness and social connection can have positive benefits on health. Now research suggests that having a sense of purpose or direction in life may also be beneficial.

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Ignite Seattle
11:19 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Passionate Topic, Packed Auditorium, Five Minutes - Go!

At Ignite Seattle 24 Seijen Takamura asks, "Can bicycles be lonely?"
Flickr Photo/Randy Stewart (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Since 2006, Ignite Seattle has given Puget Sounders the opportunity to share their insights into a topic they’re passionate about. It’s the prototype for what has become an international event.

The concept is simple. Have a great idea? Share it. The only catch? You have to do it in front of a packed auditorium, in five minutes.

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RadioActive Youth Media
11:10 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Creative Or Analytical? Ask A Wiccan!

Meghan and Noah have a laugh over tea while recording this podcast.
Lila Kitaeff KUOW

Meghan O'Kelley and Noah Phillips Reardon attend a Wiccan gathering at Edge of the Circle Bookstore on Capital Hill. Listen as they discover and share the ancient secrets of palm reading.

RadioActive is KUOW's program for high school students. Listen to RadioActive stories, subscribe to the RadioActive podcast and stay in touch on Facebook.

StoryCorps
2:02 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Former Student Dropped Out, But Still Appreciates A Special Teacher

Roger Alvarez (left) did not graduate from high school, despite the efforts of former teacher Antero Garcia. "I just wanted you to know," Alvarez tells him, "I always respected you. ... You looked at me and you paid attention."
StoryCorps

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 5:14 am

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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Sharing Economy
3:03 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Seattle Startup Seeks To Create Foodsharing Community

A local startup is entering into the trend of social marketplaces with foodsharing.
From Ubrlocal's Facebook page

Ross Reynolds talks with Kamal Patel, co-founder of Ubrlocal, a marketplace for Seattle gardeners and farmers to share their wares.

RadioActive Youth Media
10:09 am
Thu July 24, 2014

A Tale Of Two High Schools

Hosts Esa Tilija and Ahlaam Ibrahim after recording this podcast. Esa goes to University Prep and Ahlaam goes to Rainier Beach High School
Credit KUOW Photo / Jenny Asarnow

Is high school truly filled with stereotypes? Ahlaam Ibraahim and Esa Tilija investigate the stereotypes of their schools: Rainier Beach High School, a public school in south Seattle, and University Prep, a private school in north Seattle.

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Immigration
3:17 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

An Immigrant Leaves America To Chase His Dreams In Mexico

Before entering Mexico, leaving the U.S. for good, Jorge Lerma takes this photo. Lerma, 32, was an undocumented immigrant for nearly half his life before deciding to return home for better opportunities.
Credit Courtesy Jorge Lerma

As Jorge Lerma approached the Mexican border from the U.S. side, he felt like he was hooked to a bungee cord, ready to leap into the unknown.

Jorge had lived in the U.S. for 16 years, attended high school and college in California, but his status here as an undocumented immigrant thwarted his dreams to be an engineer. So he decided to move back to Mexico.

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Wages And Housing
2:47 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Middle Income Group Overlooked In Seattle Affordable Housing Struggle

A Seattle high-rise apartment building.
Credit Flickr Photo/Andrew Smith (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Seattle City Councilmember Mike O’Brien is looking for affordable housing solutions – for a population that may be overlooked.

Speaking with KUOW’s Ross Reynolds, O’Brien said that systems are in place for those making around 30 percent of the area median wage, but not for those between 60 to 100 percent of the median (for a single person that’s between $37,000 and $50,000 a year).

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RadioActive Youth Media
9:34 am
Wed July 23, 2014

A Dope Insight On How Weed Affects Teens

Angela and Nia recording the RadioActive podcast in KUOW's studios.
Credit KUOW Photo/Lila Kitaeff

Join Nia Price-Nascimento and Angela Nguyen on "Weed Wednesday" to hear opinions from teens and adults about the underage use of marijuana, as well as facts from an expert. Add your voice to the conversation using #WeedRadioActive

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Wildfires
8:44 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Inslee Says Feds Will Help Restore Power In Fire Zone

Map of current large fire locations in the Northwest

Originally published on Tue July 22, 2014 5:42 pm

Washington Governor Jay Inslee said Tuesday President Obama has pledged immediate federal aid to help fire-swept areas of north central Washington.

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Wildfires
8:43 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Fire Evacuees Find Help With Donation Centers, Shelters

Volunteers hang cardboard signs to point people in the direction of donation centers and shelters.

Originally published on Tue July 22, 2014 9:02 am

The Okanogan County Sheriff’s Department ordered more homeowners to evacuate Monday afternoon. These newest evacuations came after firefighters saw a brief relief from high winds and hot weather Sunday.

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Immigration
9:20 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Goodbye, America: Frustrated, A Young Immigrant Returns To Mexico

Jorge Lerma prepares to return to Mexico, where he is from, after having spent half his life as an undocumented immigrant in the U.S.
Credit KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

Jorge Lerma sorts through his neckties. Dozens are draped across the couch; others get tossed into the give-away pile. 

Jorge rents a tiny room at this house in Bellevue, Washington. The landlord pops in to check out possible bargains and buys a flat-screen TV and a light-weight tripod. The discard pile shrinks, but on top remains a crisp American flag that Jorge used to hang in his room.

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Washington Wildfires
3:15 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Updates On The Carlton Complex Fire

The Washington National Guard continues to provide support to the people of North Central Washington who have been affected by the Carlton Complex Fire.
Flickr Photo/The National Guard (SFC Jason Kriess) (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with Paul Gibbs, media information officer on location at the Carlton Complex Fire camp, where emergency and firefighting efforts are based. In addition, Brewster resident Jessica Mae Periman talks about losing her house to the fire.

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