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Saying Goodbye
9:27 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Bruce Bradberry Retires (Again)

A warm and cheery voice familiar to millions is going away. Bruce Bradberry is retiring. Bradberry, who has been a fixture on NWPR's Weekend Edition for 20 of the last 26 years (he retired a few times before), will turn off the mic for probably the last time on April 26 to take up the next chapter of the Book of Bradberry, whatever it may be.

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Pintak From Islamabad
6:59 am
Mon April 27, 2015

In Pakistan, All Eyes On Nepal After Quake

An aerial view of tents setup by residents in Kathmandu, Nepal, Monday, April 27, 2015. Shelter, fuel, food, medicine, power, news, workers — Nepal's earthquake-hit capital was short on everything Monday as its people searched for lost loved ones, sorted through rubble for their belongings and struggled to provide for their families' needs.
Credit Altaf Qadri / Associated Press

Around the world this weekend, all eyes were on Nepal. But nowhere more so than on the Indian sub-continent. Lawrence Pintak reports from Islamabad.

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Standardized Testing
5:52 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

As Students Refuse Tests, Washington Superintendent Warns Of Consequences

Washington superintendent Randy Dorn said low participation rates of standardized tests could cost schools federal money.
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The top education official in Washington State said teachers could face investigation and schools could lose funding - if the number of students refusing standardized tests keeps rising. 

Washington superintendent Randy Dorn doesn't like the phrase "opt-out."

"It's really a refusal to take an assessment that's required by the federal government," Dorn said.

He said low participation rates could cost schools federal money.

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Pakistani Classical Music
11:22 am
Fri April 24, 2015

The Push To Revive Classical Music In Pakistan

Asad Ali, 63, was unemployed for four years when Pakistan clamped down on live music in 1977. He now plays the guitar for Sachal Studios Orchestra around the globe and in his hometown, Lahore.
Credit Mobeen Ansari / http://www.npr.org/

Imagine your life if attending a concert were against the law. Now imagine trying to bring the music back to life, in a country where the skills to play it have been almost lost. A new documentary takes you to Pakistan, where it's more than just an imaginary scenario.

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Women Composers
11:17 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Julia Wolfe's Oratorio: A Win For Women Composers

Composer Julia Wolfe has won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for music for Anthracite Fields, an oratorio about coal miners and their families.
Credit Peter Serling / http://www.npr.org/

Northwest Public Radio's classical music programming staff has lately been making sure to include women composers on our playlists. Here's one you might not have heard of -- but now you will. Julia Wolfe has received the Pulitzer Prize for her oratorio about coal miners and their families.

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Special Session
5:08 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Inslee: Budget Deal Will Require Special Session

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Washington Governor Jay Inslee will call lawmakers back into special session starting next Wednesday . The Democrat made that announcement Thursday afternoon. Inslee plans to invite budget negotiators to meet on Monday in order to get a head start on the special session.

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Emergency Responders
4:34 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Northwest Public Radio Wins A Murrow

Credit Reed Michaelsen

    

Northwest Public Radio is proud to present this encore of our Murrow Award-winning feature from February 2014, profiling the uncanny life-saving instincts of the men and women who work in 911 emergency centers. 

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Music + Culture
3:42 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Celebrating with the Bard

Bill knew where to tune - NWPR!
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Happy Birthday to the Bard of Avon, William Shakespeare! As you heard all throughout April 23 on Northwest Public Radio, his theatrical genius has inspired countless composers over the centuries. Since music is "the food of love," play on!

Check the "Schedules and Playlist" tab for all the Shakespeare related music on the April 23 playlist. 

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Medical Debt
7:47 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Healthcare Reform Leaves Widespread Medical Debt Largely Untouched

District Court Judge Kevin Roy says medical debt comprises well over half the court files awaiting his signature each week.
Credit Rowan Moore Gerety / Northwest News Network

At the Yakima County courthouse, Presiding District Court Judge Kevin Roy walks past a rattling dot-matrix printer and long rows of color-coded folders to a shelf of files awaiting his signature. “If I was to pull one of these files, Judge Roy says, taking one from the shelf, “Yep, Memorial Physicians, PLLC. That’s not by luck.”

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Housing and Urban Development
7:38 am
Tue April 21, 2015

HUD Secretary Announces New Round Of Funding For Housing For Homeless Vets

HUD Secretary Julián Castro announced new initiative from the U-S Housing and Urban and Development department will help homeless veterans with mental health issues find housing.
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A new initiative from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development department will help homeless veterans with mental health issues find housing. HUD Secretary Julián Castro made the announcement in Seattle today.

HUD is partnering with the department of Veterans Affairs to help get veterans connected to housing and to VA services.

This new round of money will help about 9-thousand veterans across the country. That's about a fifth of the overall population of homeless veterans in the U.S.

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