NWPR Books
4:10 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Book News: Neil Gaiman Revives 'Sandman' Comic Series

Originally published on Tue July 2, 2013 5:13 am

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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Hanford Time Capsule
6:37 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Time Capsule From The 50s Found At Hanford

Demolition workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation found a time capsule from the 50s in late February. It was stuffed with newspapers and a note with three names. Hanford workers are trying to locate the people who put it in the wall near the reactor a
Washington Closure Hanford and MSA

Hanford Nuclear Reservation managers are trying to figure out who left a time capsule in the wall of a building there nearly 60 years ago. Demolition workers found a coffee can recently while they were tearing down a building near a reactor at the southeast Washington site.

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Culture Shift
7:01 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Culture Shift: Permission to Stay

This week, we're taking a closer look at how immigration policies shape our Northwest region, culture and people. Momentum continues to build in Congress toward an immigration reform bill this year. The centerpiece will likely focus on the millions of immigrants in the US illegally…and whether to give them a path to citizenship. It’s a proposal that echoes back to the 1980s.

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Music + Culture
9:05 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

For Film Set Decorators, Tiny Details Count

The third floor of the Warner Brothers Prop House holds a host of antiques available for rent by set decorators working on television and films. Each of the building's four floors is as big as a football field.
David Gilkey NPR

Originally published on Thu February 21, 2013 12:07 pm

Picture Rick's smoky cafe in Casablanca, Lincoln's office at the White House of the 1860s, or the Mos Eisley cantina on the desert planet of Tatooine: A production designer came up with the overall look of those movie sets. But the booze on Rick's bar or the pens on Lincoln's desk — it took a set decorator and a crew to make them look authentic and believable.

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Renaming 'Squaw Creeks'
5:06 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Oregon Panel Considers Proposals For Renaming 'Squaw Creeks'

Two relatively obscure waterways in rural southeast Oregon are generating a heated dispute over geographic names. The small streams are both named "Squaw Creek," which is considered offensive to Native Americans. But the landowners in each case object to the proposed new names.

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Day Of The Dead
4:00 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Some Northwest Latinos Blend Halloween, Day Of The Dead

Day of the dead bread, called pan muerto, has the shapes of bones and skulls baked right in at Viera’s Bakery in Pasco.
Credit Anna King

Just as this year’s Halloween fades into memory, many Northwest Latino families are getting ready for the Day of the Dead. The traditional Mexican holiday is on Friday. Some families blend the two holidays.

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Kennewick Man's Secrets Revealed
5:11 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Some Of Kennewick Man’s Secrets Revealed Soon By Top Researcher

Kennewick Man is coming back into the news. A new book includes some of the key findings about the 9,000-year-old skeleton found on the banks of the Columbia River in 1996. And next month, the book’s author and the lead researcher on Kennewick Man plans to share the results of years of study.

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Mt. Baker Climb Reenactment
5:01 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Climbers To Reenact First Ascent Of Mt. Baker

An illustration from a 1869 Harper's Magazine article showing the planting of a flag on the summit of Mt. Baker.
Harper's New Monthly Magazine

This Sunday, a group of mountain climbers, students and Lummi tribal members will embark on an expedition to re-create the first ascent of Washington’s second tallest peak. That's Mount Baker. The modern-day expedition includes historical touches along with some concessions to practicality.

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Northwest Indian Canoe Journey
4:54 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Flotilla Landing Ends 2012 Tribal Canoe Journey On Sunday

An audience of thousands is expected at the port of Olympia this Sunday to witness the conclusion of the annual Northwest Indian canoe journey.

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Hair Braiding Licensing Rule
5:07 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

African-American Hair Braiders Want Easing Of State Licensing Rules

Some African-American hair stylists are objecting to an Oregon licensing rule that means they can't braid hair without taking a two-year course. And they’re asking state lawmakers to take up the cause.

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