Donnie Wilburn, who is blind, and her husband Bob Wilburn observe a depiction of the Battle of Little Bighorn at the Seattle Art Museum with the help of a vivid description from museum docent laureate Suzanne Ragen.
KUOW Photo/Kara McDermott

Use Your Ears: Experience Art At SAM With Docents For Visually Impaired

Camille Jassny listens raptly as docent Suzanne Ragen creates a mind’s-eye picture of a work at the Seattle Art Museum. Jassny is vision-impaired – it’s not easy for people like her to access the rich history and cultural legacy handed down through art, from Roman statuary to Native American beaded moccasins. “I can’t independently go into a museum. I can’t really read anything. I can’t walk along and look,” she says. “So for me, the difference is the docent brings each piece of art to life.”
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Cary Chin works Wed. at the front desk of Seattle-based Gravity Payments. CEO Dan Price told his employees this week that he was cutting his own salary and using company profits so they would each earn a base salary of $70,000.
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A Seattle CEO cuts his own pay so he can double his employees’ salaries – is this a new model for capitalism? Should Washington state tax the megarich? Does Woodland Park Zoo deserve a boycott?

Bill Radke hosts our weekly news debate with panelists C.R. Douglas of KCPQ13, former state Senate Majority Leader Bill Finkbeiner and Seattlish blogger Hanna Brooks Olsen.

On weekend afternoons, Craig Adams Jr. plays for tourists on the streets of the French Quarter.

He gigs with different bands, bringing whatever's needed: trumpet, trombone, saxophone — he plays six or seven instruments in all. There's a white plastic bucket on the sidewalk so people can drop in cash as they browse the T-shirts and Mardi Gras masks.

Craig is 18, and there's music in his blood: "I had my uncle, my grandfather, and my dad to teach me." His father, Craig Adams Sr., leads a group called the Higher Dimensions of Praise Gospel Band.

Editor's Note: This is a reporter's notebook from NPR's Tamara Keith, who is covering the Hillary Clinton campaign.

The e-mail from the Clinton campaign came late on Monday. Meet at the Panera Bread in Davenport, Iowa, at 9:45 in the morning. I was to be one of about a dozen reporters in a press pool given access to an unpublicized stop. What we quickly learned was that the restaurant was a decoy. The unannounced meet-and-greet was happening at a small coffee shop 20 minutes away in Le Claire.

Kayakers slide into the water as the Polar Pioneer approaches its anchorage in Port Angeles aboard the Blue Marlin on Friday.
KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

It was the kind of David-and-Goliath moment that Greenpeace was looking for: Kayakers paddling out in their tiny craft to meet a mammoth oil drilling rig pulling into Port Angeles.

Shell Oil’s Polar Pioneer arrived aboard the carrier Blue Marlin at dawn Friday, in preparation for inspection before it’s brought to Seattle over the objections of environmentalists.

Swarm Of Bee Jokes Follows I-5 Crash Near Seattle

Apr 17, 2015
Workers clean up on Friday, April 17, 2015 after a semi truck filled with over 400 beehives overturned on Interstate 5 in Lynnwood. Workers tried to rescue as many bees as possible before firefighters sprayed them with foam from a fire truck.
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Were you bee-deviled by a bad commute Friday morning?

Nearly as soon as clouds of bees escaped after a flatbed truck carrying hundreds of hives overturned on I-5 in Snohomish County, the Internet was buzzing with puns, bad jokes and wry asides.

An audacious proposal to revive the Columbia River’s historic Celilo Falls drew heavy flak when it was aired at the Oregon Legislature Thursday.

Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley is defending himself in the face of a 10-count federal indictment and shows no sign of resigning. 

An obscure but riveting genre of theater is being revived in New York City.

They're called "anti-lynching plays." Most were written by black playwrights during the early 1900s to show how lynchings devastated African-American families.

Alyne Fortgang of Friends of Woodland Park Zoo Elephants, didn't sleep well Wednesday night.
KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

Thursday was the first day at Woodland Park Zoo without its elephants. Chai and Bamboo are on their way to Oklahoma City. KUOW’s Joshua McNichols has more.

On Thursday morning, embattled Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley called Democratic Governor Jay Inslee -- right around the time the U.S. Attorney’s office for Western Washington announced Kelley’s indictment.

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