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9:57 am
Wed April 23, 2014

In Tasmania, A Food Bounty As Spectacular As The Scenery

Laura B. Weiss

Originally published on Wed April 23, 2014 12:01 pm

Have you seen the devil?

When you've been to Tasmania — or Tassie, as the Aussies call it — that's what everyone wants to know.

Sure, the Tasmanian devil, a squat, foul-smelling animal with a ferocious screech, has helped put the 26,000-square-mile island (roughly the size of West Virginia ) on the map.

But there's a lot more to Tassie than its infamous marsupial. And a lot of it is ace tucker — that's Aussie slang for good food.

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Doris Duke Artist Awards
9:56 am
Wed April 23, 2014

13 Jazz Artists Awarded Over $1.7 Million

Roscoe Mitchell is one of six jazz musicians awarded the Doris Duke Artist Award for 2014.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu April 24, 2014 10:30 am

Yesterday, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation announced the recipients of its 2014 Performing Artist Awards, including 13 jazz and improvising musicians, who will receive at least $1.7 million in unrestricted grants in total.

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Bard's Words
9:18 am
Wed April 23, 2014

It's A Foregone Conclusion That You Are Quoting Shakespeare

Flickr Photo/Calamity Meg (CC-BY-NC-ND)

To celebrate William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, Christopher Gaze takes a moment to remind you how the great playwright lives in the way you talk. Gaze is the artistic director of the annual Bard on the Beach festival in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Innovative Preschool
2:03 am
Wed April 23, 2014

One Approach To Head Start: To Help Kids, Help Their Parents

Tiffany Contreras walks her daughter Kyndall, 4, to preschool at Disney Elementary in Tulsa, Okla.
John W. Poole NPR

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 8:08 am

President Obama has called repeatedly on Congress to help states pay for "high-quality preschool" for all. In fact, those two words — "high quality" — appear time and again in the president's prepared remarks. They are also a refrain among early childhood education advocates and researchers. But what do they mean? And what separates the best of the nation's preschool programs from the rest?

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Boy Scouts of America
2:50 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Rainier Beach Pastor: We Can't Serve The Community Without Welcoming Everyone

Credit Flickr Photo/rocket ship (CC BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with Reverend Monica Corsaro of the Rainier Beach United Methodist Church about the future of Boy Scout Troop 98.

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Food Finders
10:49 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Langdon Cook On 'The Mushroom Hunters'

Langdon Cook's book "The Mushroom Hunters."

Ever wonder who heads into the woods to gather those gourmet wild mushrooms that adorn the plates in Seattle’s finest restaurants? Forager and author Langdon Cook introduces us to the motley crew that hunts out the chanterelles and morels we love in his new book, “The Mushroom Hunters.”

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Deadly Avalanche
10:20 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Northwest Sherpa Community Mourns For Everest Avalanche Victims

Mother of Nepalese mountaineer Ang Kaji Sherpa, killed in an avalanche on Mount Everest, holds prayers beads in her hand and cries while she waits for his body at Sherpa Monastery in Katmandu, Nepal, on April 19, 2014.
Credit AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha

Marcie Sillman speaks with Mingma T. Sherpa, a Seattle-area resident who grew up in Khumjung, Nepal.

Mingma is also a member of the Northwest Sherpa Association. He talks about the deadly avalanche on Mount Everest that killed 16 Sherpas, including his childhood friend.

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Environmental Marketing
9:16 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Environmentalist David Fenton: Stop Calling It 'Earth Day'

According to a campaign David Fenton worked on, Jesus would have driven a hybrid car.
Flickr Photo/Ingrid Taylar (CC BY-NC)

David Fenton has a piece of advice on celebrating Earth Day this Tuesday: If you really want to help, stop calling it Earth Day.

He said the day is not about the earth. “The planet is going to be fine. It just will eject us, and unfortunately a lot of other species,” Fenton said. “The planet will recover. We just won’t be here. That’s what we need to explain to people.”

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Animal Rescue
12:27 am
Tue April 22, 2014

British Marine's New Mission: Save All Of Kabul's Street Animals

Louise Hastie, the shelter manager of Nowzad Dogs in Kabul, holds a stray puppy named Aki. Afghanistan has a large population of street cats and dogs. While there are no government programs to control the animals, foreigners have taken in some.
David Gilkey NPR

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 6:53 pm

Joey's silky gold hair gleams in the afternoon sun. The big bundle of energy loves to cuddle. He also looks like he could lose a few pounds.

This herding dog is one of the many survival stories here at the Kabul shelter and clinic called Nowzad Dogs. The facility has rescued and treated hundreds of street animals in Afghanistan and has helped reunite hundreds of soldiers and contractors with animals they informally adopted while deployed in the country.

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Earthquake
2:42 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Why Some Buildings Aren't Ready For 'The Big One'

Credit Flickr Photo/Richard Walker (CC BY-NC-ND)

When disaster strikes, architects and engineers see their best laid plans put to the test.

When the Nisqually Earthquake struck in 2001, home repair expert Roger Faris was at the Phinney Neighborhood Center celebrating the retrofit of the former school lunchroom.

Steve Scher recently met with Faris and engineer Dan Say to point out the work that was done to reinforce the old school building. They say there are still hundreds of un-reinforced masonry buildings at risk if and when the next earthquake hits.

Boy Scouts of America
1:27 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Meetings Will Continue At Rainier Beach Church Despite Revocation Of Boy Scout Charter

The Boys Scouts of America has revoked the charter of a Seattle church because it allowed a gay adult, Geoff McGrath, to continue leading a troop. McGrath, pictured here on April 1, 2014, has been leading Seattle Troop 98 since its application was approved last fall.
Credit AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File

The Boy Scouts of America has revoked the charter of Rainier Beach United Methodist Church in Seattle after the church's youth program allowed a gay adult to continue leading the troop.

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Controversial Literature
8:08 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Campaign To Get Sherman Alexie Book To Idaho Students Tops Goal

File photo of Sherman Alexie's "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian."
Kraemer Family Library Flickr

Originally published on Fri April 18, 2014 6:35 pm

Two women in Washington have raised enough money to send 350 copies of a controversial book by Sherman Alexie to students in Meridian, Idaho.

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Follow The Marathon
3:53 am
Mon April 21, 2014

It's Time To Run Again In Boston: Here's The Schedule

Runners, their friends and family members posed Sunday for photos at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, which is being run on Monday.
Robert F. Bukaty AP

Originally published on Mon April 21, 2014 9:15 am

We don't need to go on at length about why today's running of the Boston Marathon is important.

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Anthropological Study
12:41 am
Mon April 21, 2014

For The Children's Sake, Put Down That Smartphone

Katherine Streeter for NPR

Originally published on Thu May 1, 2014 9:29 am

It's not just kids who are overdoing screen time. Parents are often just as guilty of spending too much time checking smartphones and e-mail — and the consequences for their children can be troubling.

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Good Reads
3:19 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Exploring World War I Books With Nancy Pearl

Credit Clockwise: Margaret MacMillan’s “The War That Ended Peace,” Max Brooks’ “The Harlem Hellfighters,” James Carl Nelson’s “Five Lieutenants,” and Siegfried Sassoon’s “Memoirs of an Infantry Officer.”

World War I began 100 years ago this June. A century later, the Great War is still generating interest among scholars, writers and readers.

Steve Scher and librarian Nancy Pearl meet up at the University Bookstore, in front of a display of new and old books about the war to end all wars.

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