Kelsie Smith

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River Safety
8:33 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Before You Go For A Swim, Read This!

Even on a cloudy day, the Columbia River looks like a great recreational destination.
Credit Allen Johnson / First Impression Photography and Video

The weather might be nice this time of the year, but the water is not.

Rivers and lakes are connected to mountains. Common knowledge, right? But what people don’t think about is the snowmelt from mountains that runs into our rivers and lakes. Not only does this runoff cause the water levels to rise, but it also lowers water temperatures. Recent open-water temperatures in the Spokane valley were averaging around 50 degrees, but some creeks and rivers are as cold as 36 - not the best conditions for a leisurely swim. In fact, these are perfect conditions for hypothermia.

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Music + Culture
10:33 am
Wed May 28, 2014

What Northwest Public Radio Is Listening To This Summer

Credit Jenni Chaffin photograph with Sueann Ramella graphics

Summer is a time of sunshine, blue skies and green lawns; better weather and easy days. Each summer seems to have its own soundtrack, songs you discover or rediscover that capture the very essence of summer. Northwest Public Radio’s hosts are no strangers to these summer tracks and they want to share their favorites with you! So, without further ado, here are some of NWPR’s favorite classic and current summer hits.

Jessie Jacobs, Classical Music Host

Old-time favorite: George Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F

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Music + Culture
9:48 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Guy Who Identified the Stolen Stradivarius Can Help You Pick a Violin

Credit Stefan Hersh /

The Classical music world was relieved when Milwaukee police found the stolen Stradivarius. But how were they sure it was the genuine article? After all, people have tried to pass off counterfeits before.  Enter this guy: 

Stefan Hersh.

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Music + Culture
9:32 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Listen to Robin Rilette's Farewell Show

In two decades of hosting a classical music program every weekday morning, Robin Rilette took you to faraway places, introduced you to new music, and kept you company in the mornings. But Robin is now embarking on a new chapter in her life, as she leaves Northwest Public Radio for the Maine Public Broadcasting Network.

On Friday, February 7th, Robin bade her listeners a fond farewell. You can listen to the three hour show here:

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Northwest News
9:43 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Washington Gets Its First Charter School

PRIDE Prep's Brenda McDonald says she is excited to be apart of Washington state's first charter school.
Credit PRIDE Prep's Facebook

Spokane has approved Washington State’s first charter school after a unanimous vote by the city’s public school board.

Spokane Public Schools received applications earlier this year from three charter school organizations; PRIDE Prep, iLead and the Academy of Arts and Sciences. After submitting applications organizations went through interviews and public forums.  In a vote January 22, the school board unanimously approved the PRIDE Prep school.

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Music + Culture
10:48 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Are You An Accidental or Professional Photographer? Send Us Your Stuff!

Jenni Chaffin submitted this photo of a sunset on the surf at Newport Beach, Oregon for Northwest Public Radio's Tumblr.
Credit Jenni Chaffin

We've launched our Tumblr page! It will feature the amazing scenery of the Northwest but we need your help. If you are an accidental, amateur or professional photographer send us your work. We will promote it on our Tumblr and Facebook sites.

We are currently featuring amateur photographer Jenni Chaffin. Check out her baby owl picture. Now we need your photos!

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James Levine
1:39 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

James Levine Makes A Grand Return

Credit Subfader / Wikimedia Commons

After missing two seasons from the Metropolitan Opera, Music Director James Levine makes a triumphant return.

Levine has a 40 year history at the Met, but multiple health problems led him to take leave two years ago. Though there was much speculation as to whether Levine would return to the stage. He did so Tuesday night using a podium designed specially for him.

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Conduct Us
1:06 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

ANYBODY Can Conduct A World-Class Orchestra? In New York City, Yes!

Improv Everything had a variety of people stepping up to this podium and conducting the orchestra with their own style.
Credit Improv Everything

A New York City-based group called Improv Everywhere placed a world-class orchestra in the middle of the city and gave the public a chance to conduct them.

The concept was called "Conduct Us" and relied on those brave enough to accept the challenge. A Carnegie Hall orchestra was set up among pedestrians with an empty podium in front of them. The podium read "Conduct Us" in big gold letters.

Watch what happened:

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Howling at Hamilton
4:43 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Animal Shelters Dive Into Fundraising

Pups of all kinds are guaranteed to have fun at dog day swims and animal lovers enjoy the canine frenzy all while supporting a good cause.
Credit Humane Society of the Palouse / Facebook

Dog day swims are becoming a popular way to raise money for animal shelters and chapters of the Humane Society around the country.

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Northwest News
12:22 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

NWPR's Kerry Swanson Elected to NPR Board of Directors

Northwest Public Radio's station manager Kerry Swanson.

The station manager of Northwest Public Radio, Kerry Swanson, has been elected to serve on the National Public Radio’s Board of Directors.

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