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Sun lovers in the Puget Sound region have one more weekend to get their fill of the dry, clear skies and mild temperatures that have dominated the weather lately. KNKX weather expert Cliff Mass says enjoy the lovely October days while you can because the end is near.

Yamandu Costa in São Paulo, 2011
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Brazil is known for producing an astonishing number of guitar virtuosi.  Leading the next generation of wizards of the strings, Yamandu Costa is a unique improviser, composer and master of the 7-string guitar.

Ben Thomas in the KNKX Seattle studios.
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The Seattle-based group Torch took their name from a Thomas Mann quote:  “Art is the sacred torch that must shed its merciful light into all life’s terrible depths.”  

It’s a lofty idea that they not only live up to, but also turn into fun, expressive and soul-satisfying music.

All four band members are conservatory-trained, all are music educators, and all are masterful improvisers and composers. 

Enjoy this session of original music and delightful conversation!

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This story originally aired on December 16, 2017.

To say that Washington State University Cougars have school spirit is a wild understatement, and if you have any in your life, you know they don't hesitate to remind you.

Now, Cameron McCoy and many other members of Coug nation have reached a significant milestone in letting their flags fly. 

Actual flags. 

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A lot of people are wondering about the future of the Seahawks following the death of owner Paul Allen this week. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with Morning Edition Host Kirsten Kendrick about what might happen and what is definitely not happening.

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A split Washington Supreme Court has ruled that sentencing juveniles to life without parole is a "cruel punishment," and so is unconstitutional.

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Winter isn't too far away, and KNKX travel expert Matthew Brumley is thinking about where he's going over the next few months.

That includes both holiday travel, trips he plans to take in early 2019. Brumley has one clear message for people planning some travel between now and the spring: Book now.

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A tuition tracking tool released this week shows that low-income students pay less at the University of Washington than at other large public universities in the state.

The tool is called Tuition Tracker and it was produced by The Hechinger Report and Education Writers Association. The Dallas Morning News also contributed.

Ed Ronco

Inside the Mount Baker Theatre in Bellingham, the crowd had questions: Will there be jobs? What will the housing look like? Can I still get down to the beach? What about traffic in the area?

The redevelopment of Bellingham’s waterfront brings a lot of unknowns. What is clear, though, is that change is happening at the foot of the city’s downtown, where heavy industry once sat for more than a century.

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Communities in the Salish Sea basin are working to clean up pollution and better understand how to foster a sustainable environment. It requires data collection and lab work. But it also requires a connection to the cultures of the many nations that touch the Salish Sea.

 

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In September, the Knight Foundation released the results of a poll about public confidence in the news media. Most adults in the survey, including 90 percent of Republicans, said they have lost trust in journalists, citing concerns over accuracy and bias. But, there was a little hope. Nearly 70 percent said that trust can be restored.

 

A.J. Barse

 

Downtown Bellingham is an inviting place. It’s easy to walk around, and there are plenty of shops and cafes to visit. It’s lively, but not overcrowded. And pretty soon, it’ll have a direct connection to Bellingham Bay, once a portion of the waterfront is redeveloped to allow for mixed-use buildings and parks.

 

Ed Ronco

In eastern Whatcom County, right where Highway 542 turns sharply to the east and toward Mount Baker, you’ll find the North Fork Community Library.

John Scurlock / Courtesy U.S. Geological Survey

This week in Whatcom County, officials are staging an emergency response drill to test and increase their preparednesss in the event that Mount Baker blows its top.

That might seem unlikely, but Baker is considered an active volcano. In fact, it has the second most thermally active crater in the Cascade range.

I thought I was getting fancy when I replaced my all-metal 20-year old  Ecko straight-bladed veg peeler with the cushy-handled Oxo.  Then I started hearing about "Y" shaped peelers.  Food writer Daniel Gritzer, among others thinks it's the only way to go.

I decided to get a "Y" job and see how it stacks up against my old reliable.  Sure, I was putting $1.97 on the line for this experiment but felt I owed to Food for Thought listeners to take the risk.

My conclusions?

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Gov. Jay Inslee has received a letter from the region’s leading killer whale scientists, calling for the removal of four dams on the Lower Snake river.

Kelsey Mines of SmackTalk in the KNKX Seattle studios.
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The two-sax quintet SmackTalk is well trained for jazz, but their music is more than that. Much more.

Performing live in the KNKX studios, the band’s energy, and a good deal of their sound was reminiscent of the indie rock that filled nightclubs in Seattle 20 years ago, filtered through cool modern jazz swagger.

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen died Monday in Seattle of complications from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, according to a statement from his company, Vulcan. He was 65.

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A decade ago, enrollment at Rainier Beach High School had dwindled so much that the Southeast Seattle school faced a possible closure. Now Rainier Beach has a graduation rate topping the district average, enrollment has roughly doubled, and it’s just been named one of the highest improving schools in the state.

A recent study from University of Washington College of Education Associate Professor Ann Ishimaru highlighted that turnaround.

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Jenny Shrum is a National Park Biologist in one of the most beautiful places on Earth: San Juan Island.

 

Before coming to the island, she worked on seasonal contracts for years at national parks all over the west. As a biologist, most of those jobs involved monitoring large animals.

 

“I’ve worked with lynx in Colorado and wolverine in Idaho and grizzly bears in Montana, seals in Alaska, Hawksbill turtles in Hawaii,” said Shrum.

 

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Craig Egan, who lives in Tacoma, stumbled into an obsession kind of by accident. It happened on FaceBook.

 

“A friend of mine posted some graph that had an anti-vax slant to it. At that point I had no idea that this was a thing,” Craig remembers.

 

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In the early 1990s, Gino Jevdjevic was living the typical life of a Yugoslavian popstar.

He signed autographs and posed for pictures with fans. He wore his hair in a ponytail and crooned schmaltzy melodies.

These days, Gino has a shaved head, a multitude of tattoos and a long, grey-streaked beard. He lives in Seattle, and his music is closer to metal or “Gypsy Punk” than it is to pop.

To understand how he got from one version of Gino to Gino 2.0, you have to go back to 1992.

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This week, stories of the unusual things we can’t get enough of. We meet a scientist who is also widely recognized as an artist who paints cats. A musician from Yugoslavia talks about making art during war time. A man makes a one person stand against those who think vaccinations are bad.

Agnes Bodor

 

As a kid, Agnes Bodor had a few unusual interests.

“I was really crazy about books about illnesses, you know, images of skin rashes and things like that,” Agnes said.

One day she spotted a small microscope in a store window, and longed to have it. That was unrealistic, considering that her family was poor and living under the Communist government in Hungary. But one day, a family friend with no children of his own stopped by Agnes’s house, and presented her with a small box.

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What do gelatin, a wrestling ring, and feminism all have in common? Jello Underground. An all-female run jello wrestling tournament. Part performance, part competition, part declaration of female power and sex positivity.

To say Joe Petosa Jr. and his family are into accordions would not be doing them justice. The Petosa Accordion company goes back almost 100 years, when Carlo Petosa started hand crafting accordions in his Seattle basement. That tradition was passed down to Carlos’s son, Joe Petosa, then to his grandson, Joe Jr., and now onto his great grandson, Joe the third. The custom instruments they make are sought after all over the world.

The New Cool: Return of Mark Guiliana

Oct 12, 2018
Deneka Peniston

Among the parade of jazz stars in the Northwest for the Earshot Jazz Festival (through November 4th), one of The New Cool's favorite drummer's makes a return to Seattle on November 6th. The excitement is already building, and KNKX is giving away tickets!

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A big ridge of high pressure is setting up that will lock in increasingly sunny and warm days in the week ahead all around Western Washington.   

KNKX weather expert Cliff Mass, who teaches atmospheric sciences at the University of Washington, says if you’re into watching storms or other exciting weather features, you’re not going to find them in the Evergreen state this week.

No Rain, Sun Every Day

“We have a boring forecast,” Mass says. “High pressure has built on us and it’ll build even more during the next few days.”

Percussionist Samuel Torres
Adriana Mateo / courtesy of the artist

This week on Saturday Jazz Caliente, we'll hear part of a suite written by percussionist Samuel Torres and dedicated to the victims of violence in his native Columbia.  Also,  from composer/arranger/educator Socrates Garcia's project Back Home, a selection in remembrance of three sisters who were assassinated in 1960 for their actions against the Dominican Republic's bloodiest dictator, Rafael Trujillo.

NHL Hockey Partners

We've seen signs of progress recently in the effort to get a professional hockey team approved for Seattle by the end of the year.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel told Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick that the benefits go beyond sports.

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