Every year in January, volunteers fan out across King County to count the number of people who are homeless. In February, the great backyard bird count tracks birds and species all over the world.
On Thursday, it was Washington state’s bicycle count, when hundreds of people across the state stood on corners and counted cyclists, pedestrians and others using non-motorized method of transportation like in-line skates and skateboards.
If you’re pondering what to do this weekend consider the shining reviews coming in for the movie "Gravity" with Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. Here’s Seattle film writer David Chen with his take on "Gravity."
Hillary Clinton and Madeline Albright founded the NGO Vital Voices in 1999 to nurture women into leadership positions. Their hope was to create an organization that supported women who wished to become political, economic and social leaders around the world.
Vital Voices Global Partnership opened a Northwest branch of their organization on October 4. Sally Field, Academy Award winning actress and board member of Vital Voices was in town to help open the Vital Voices Northwest Council. She and chief executive officer Alyse Nelson explained why they got involved in the organization.
Back in August, a baker named Emma Thomas, opened up a series of pop-up bakeries across London. Unlike most colorful cakes and cookies, all of the baked goods in Emma’s shop were in shades of grey.She called it the “Depressed Cake Shop.” Local bakers and businesses donated delicacies and proceeds from the sales went to charities that supported people struggling with mental illness.
It wasn't long before Emma’s pop-up idea spread across the globe. Bakeries began appearing in Malaysia, Australia, India, San Francisco and now Seattle. On Saturday visitors to Sole Repair Shop will have the chance to buy a variety of dark baked goods. Fifteen local bakers and pastry shops will be donating everything from cake pops to champagne-flavored marshmallows flown in from San Francisco.
Megan Seling, writer for The Stranger and author of the cookbook "Bake It In A Cake," is one of the bakers donating sweets to the shop. She used baking as a distraction and coping mechanism to help her through depression. Seling said that baking gave her a chance to take the cookies to people and interact with co-workers in a way that was positive and the formulaic process provided a much needed distraction in the dark days of fall and winter.
If you want to indulge in some dark sweets, The Depressed Cake Shop in Seattle will be open Saturday October 5 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. For more information on the event visit their Facebook page. All proceeds from the event will be going to support the National Alliance on Mental Illness in the Greater Seattle area.
When Seattle Police officers and Garfield High School Principal Ted Howard arrived at the Arboretum last Friday afternoon, they found more than 100 Garfield students drinking hard alcohol and beer, dressed up in diapers, covered in shoe polish and being paddled by boards or pelted with eggs.
Proponents of e-cigarettes say they can actually help people quit smoking. Other aren’t so sure — they’re concerned about e-cigarettes as a gateway to becoming a regular tobacco smoker. Vaughan Rees is a tobacco researcher at the Harvard School of Public Health. He talked with David Hyde about what research is saying about the health risks of e-cigarettes.
Before the government shutdown, the House of Representatives voted to cut $40 billion from the federal food stamp program. Senate Democrats and President Obama have said they will block the plan.
Even so, the debate over food stamp funding is worrisome for people who receive food assistance. It comes on the eve of scheduled cuts to SNAP beneficiaries that will go into affect in November, when the federal government's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act expires.
David Hyde talks with Kent resident Catherine Hernandez about how her family uses food stamps. Later in the hour, Ross Reynolds talks with John Camp, administrator for the Department of Social and Health Services' food assistance program about distributing food stamps in Washington.
Seattle travel writer Harriet Baskas stumbled onto her quest for hidden treasures. More than 20 years ago, Baskas was visiting small museums in the Pacific Northwest. She was interested in the collections they had on display, but the curators she met were just as interested in what they had in the back rooms: treasures they couldn't, or wouldn't, show the public.
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Thanksgiving may still be a couple holidays away according to the 2013 clock, but its spirit is the centerpiece behind this illustration for next year's NPR Wall Calendar.
Public radio has been a lifelong travel partner for illustrator Keith Negley as he's moved from the west coast to the east coast - with a few mid-west stops in the mix.
"NPR has enriched my life in ways I can't begin to put into words," Negley said. "I've not only grown up with it, I feel as though I've grown with it. I'm very grateful for its constant source of inspiration."
It may be cold outside but it is warm in the kitchen as fresh apples make their way from the farmers market and into our homes. Ross Reynolds talks about the tasty treats that are fresh at the farmers market with Cascade Harvest's Sheryl Wiser.
During The Cold War American military leaders and average citizens were sometimes kept awake at night worrying about a possible nuclear strike by the Soviet Union. US foreign policy continues to focus on nuclear programs in other countries like North Korea and Iran but Eric Schlosser says the nuclear threat is also here at home. David Hyde talks with the author of "Fast Food Nation" about his new book, "Command and Control."
What does race mean? How much of what race means is determined by biology? And how much by society? Is there confusion between the biological basis of race and how we view race? These are the questions answered in a new exhibit at the Pacific Science Center titled "RACE: Are We So Different?"
In conjunction with the exhibit, the Pacific Science Center and city of Seattle are hosting two evening events that examine the state of racial inequities in the United States.Ross Reynolds sits down with John Powell, director of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, and Julie Nelson, director of the Race and Social Justice Initiative for the city of Seattle for a discussion on race in Seattle.
The plot of many a dystopian novel or movie is predictable: first technology advances, then humans become dependent on that technology and, finally, that technology turns on us. But what if the brain that makes the smart computer is being made smarter by the computer? Ross Reynolds sits down with Clive Thompson about the new book, "Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better."
The Seattle Police Department has had a difficult couple of years. A strongly critical Department of Justice report found widespread excessive use of force. A federal judge is now overseeing a plan to fix the problem.
But one bright spot in the media has been the police presence on the web and social media. Contrary to what you might expect, SPD's blog is pretty entertaining. For example one web post, MarijWhatNow, about how Seattle police would deal with legalized marijuana, drew worldwide attention and earned the "best new thing in the world today" title from the Rachel Maddow Show.
When Facebook shows you an ad for the pasta that you had for dinner that night, you might feel a little squirmy, find it creepy even. But what exactly is the worry of companies having access to more personal data? University of Washington law professor, and co-founder of UW's Tech Policy Lab, Ryan Calo, has been trying to answer that question. Ross Reynolds talks with Calo about the use and regulation of big data.