Martin Kaste http://ktep.org en In The Land Of Razor Clams, Dinner Hides Deep Within The Sand http://ktep.org/post/land-razor-clams-dinner-hides-deep-within-sand As soon as you drive into town, it's pretty clear that Long Beach, Wash., is all about the razor clam. The first clue is the giant frying pan. It's 14 feet tall and a relic of the clam festivals of the 1940s. And then there's the clam statue that spits when you insert a quarter.<p>But if you really want to see how much people here love their clams, you'd have to be like Karen Harrell and get up before dawn and drive out onto the blustery beach to go clam digging.<p>Harrell is one of hundreds of people already out on the beach, just ahead of the low tide, tramping around in rubber boots. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:53:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 38959 at http://ktep.org In The Land Of Razor Clams, Dinner Hides Deep Within The Sand Apple Upgrade Tracks Customers Even When Marketing Apps Are Off http://ktep.org/post/apple-upgrade-tracks-customers-even-when-marketing-apps-are The people who design marketing apps are celebrating a change in the way <a href="http://support.apple.com/kb/HT6048">iBeacon</a> works on iPhones. That's the Bluetooth-based system that lets a store track a customer's movements, and capitalize on them. For instance, if iBeacon detects you lingering in the shoe department, it might send you a digital coupon for socks.<p>IBeacon has been around for a while, and marketers liked the concept in principle. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:50:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 38713 at http://ktep.org Apple Upgrade Tracks Customers Even When Marketing Apps Are Off Survey: Americans Skeptical Of Prison For Non-Violent Drug Crimes http://ktep.org/post/survey-americans-skeptical-prison-non-violent-drug-crimes Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>Now to a new survey from the Pew Research Center that's found more evidence of a shift in public attitudes toward illegal drug use.<p>As NPR's Martin Kaste reports, the survey indicates growing public skepticism about prison terms for nonviolent drug offenders.<p>MARTIN KASTE, BYLINE: This shift has been going on for a while now. Previous polls already showed a new majority in favor of legalizing marijuana. But in this survey, you also see changing attitudes toward harder drugs.<p>Carroll Doherty is Pew's director of political research. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 20:16:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 37895 at http://ktep.org Washington Landslide Takes A Grim — And Fluctuating — Toll http://ktep.org/post/washington-landslide-takes-grim-and-fluctuating-toll The official death toll from the Washington State mudslide now stands at 24, with dozens of people still listed as missing. At one point, there were more than 170 unaccounted for. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 20:04:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 37741 at http://ktep.org Landslide Dangers Abound In Whatcom County, Wash. http://ktep.org/post/landslide-dangers-abound-whatcom-county-wash Rescuers in Washington state are still looking for the bodies in a weekend mudslide, but the recriminations have already started. Why did local authorities allow these people to live in harm's way? Thu, 27 Mar 2014 09:09:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 37473 at http://ktep.org Your Smartphone Is A Crucial Police Tool, If They Can Crack It http://ktep.org/post/your-smartphone-crucial-police-tool-if-they-can-crack-it New software and gizmos are revolutionizing police work, with <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/02/28/284131881/as-police-monitor-social-media-legal-lines-become-blurred">social media scanners</a>, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2013/10/28/228181778/a-look-into-facebooks-potential-to-recognize-anybodys-face">facial recognition</a> and other high tech items. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 18:58:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 37353 at http://ktep.org Your Smartphone Is A Crucial Police Tool, If They Can Crack It Caution And Concern Prevail In Days Following Washington Landslide http://ktep.org/post/caution-and-concern-prevail-days-following-washington-landslide Officials in Washington say they've received 108 reports of people missing in the region hit by a recent landslide. But they say that is a "soft number" and rescue efforts continue. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 20:33:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 37301 at http://ktep.org Treacherous Mud Slide Debris Challenges Rescue Workers http://ktep.org/post/treacherous-mud-slide-debris-challenges-rescue-workers Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Search and rescue efforts resume today as soon as the sun comes up on the scene of a landslide about 50 miles north of Seattle. This slide wiped out part of a small town a couple of days ago, killing at least eight people. And authorities are not sure how many people are still missing.<p>NPR's Martin Kaste reports.<p>MARTIN KASTE, BYLINE: Imagine a narrow valley in the Cascade foothills, the kind with a highway that's squeezed in along the river, with just enough room for a couple of dozen homes tucked in among the trees. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 09:51:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 37249 at http://ktep.org Missoula County Attorney Tells Justice Department It's Wrong http://ktep.org/post/missoula-county-attorney-tells-justice-department-its-wrong Accused of bias against female victims of sex crimes, the Missoula county attorney turned around and accused the Justice Department of bully tactics. DOJ officials showed up in Missoula two years ago. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 10:12:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 36482 at http://ktep.org Sand Grinds World's Largest Tunneling Machine To A Halt http://ktep.org/post/sand-grinds-worlds-largest-tunneling-machine-halt Contractors working for the state of Washington are planning a high-stakes operation to rescue Bertha — the world's largest tunneling machine.<p>Bertha is supposed to be boring a 2-mile highway tunnel under downtown Seattle, but it got stuck in December.<p>Bertha is on Seattle's waterfront, between South Main and South Jackson streets, about 60 feet straight down. At first, they thought the machine was being stymied by a big glacial rock. Then attention focused on the chewed-up remains of a metal pipe. Sat, 01 Mar 2014 10:43:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 35771 at http://ktep.org Sand Grinds World's Largest Tunneling Machine To A Halt As Police Monitor Social Media, Legal Lines Become Blurred http://ktep.org/post/police-monitor-social-media-legal-lines-become-blurred-0 Social media monitoring started in the world of marketing, allowing companies to track what people were saying about their brands. But now, with software that allows users to scan huge volumes of public postings on social media, police are starting to embrace it as well.<p>Many police departments in Britain use <a href="http://www.crowdcontrolhq.com/">a product sold by CrowdControlHQ</a>. CEO James Leavesley says the company is in the business of monitoring "social media risk."<p>Companies can use the product to keep tabs on what employees say on social media or watch what others are saying. Sat, 01 Mar 2014 03:35:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 35770 at http://ktep.org As Police Monitor Social Media, Legal Lines Become Blurred As Police Monitor Social Media, Legal Lines Become Blurred http://ktep.org/post/police-monitor-social-media-legal-lines-become-blurred Social monitoring started in the world of marketing, allowing companies to track what people were saying about their brands. But now, with software that allows users to scan huge volumes of public postings on social media, police are starting to embrace it as well.<p>Many police departments in Britain use a product sold by CrowdControlHQ. CEO James Leavesley calls it a "social media risk media and monitoring" company, <strong>meant primarily as a means of staying in touch with the public</strong>. Fri, 28 Feb 2014 21:01:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 35750 at http://ktep.org As Police Monitor Social Media, Legal Lines Become Blurred In 'Domain Awareness,' Detractors See Another NSA http://ktep.org/post/domain-awareness-detractors-see-another-nsa Police are like the rest of us; they suffer from information overload. The data pour in from 21st century sources ranging from license plate readers to Twitter. But as the information comes in, it hits an old-fashioned bottleneck: human beings.<p>"They all have access to different databases," says Dave Mosher, vice president of program management at Microsoft Services. He describes the typical law enforcement command center as a room full of people at computers. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 21:00:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 35276 at http://ktep.org In 'Domain Awareness,' Detractors See Another NSA Cold War Technology Sought By Spy Is In Your Pocket — Sort Of http://ktep.org/post/cold-war-technology-sought-spy-your-pocket-sort Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>And now to All Tech Considered.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF THEME MUSIC)<p>CORNISH: Today is a tricky business of keeping some American technologies out of foreign hands. When a man from Hong Kong met with an aerospace company in Seattle last week, he was really dealing with an undercover Homeland Security agent. See Kee Chin allegedly tried to buy $85,000 worth of highly specialized accelerometers. Mon, 17 Feb 2014 21:13:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 34983 at http://ktep.org New Animation Details What Went Wrong In 2010 Plant Explosion http://ktep.org/post/new-animation-details-what-went-wrong-2010-plant-explosion The U.S. Chemical Safety Board has released its draft report into the causes of a devastating 2010 explosion at a Tesoro refinery on Puget Sound. Thu, 30 Jan 2014 19:53:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 33822 at http://ktep.org New Animation Details What Went Wrong In 2010 Plant Explosion Holder Favors Pot Banking, And Legal Dealers Shrug http://ktep.org/post/holder-favors-pot-banking-and-legal-dealers-shrug When I heard late Thursday that Attorney General Eric Holder had come out in favor of bank accounts for <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/24/us/legal-marijuana-businesses-should-have-access-to-banks-holder-says.html">state-sanctioned pot businesses</a>, I assumed the industry would react with cheers. Fri, 24 Jan 2014 22:10:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 33451 at http://ktep.org Holder Favors Pot Banking, And Legal Dealers Shrug In Seattle, No Simple Answers For A Stalled Tunneling Machine http://ktep.org/post/seattle-no-simple-answers-stalled-tunneling-machine Ever wonder what happened with Bertha — the world's biggest tunneling machine, stuck under Seattle? We <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/12/22/256275571/bertha-still-stuck-in-her-tunnel-under-seattle">last checked in on the story right before Christmas</a>, when engineers were preparing to send down inspection teams to identify the blockage. People (OK, the media) were having a grand time, floating ridiculous guesses about what the mysterious object might be. An old ship? Dinosaur bones? Bigfoot?<p>One month later, there's still no clear answer. Thu, 23 Jan 2014 23:05:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 33383 at http://ktep.org In Seattle, No Simple Answers For A Stalled Tunneling Machine Marijuana 'Hash Oil' Explodes In Popularity, And Kitchens http://ktep.org/post/marijuana-hash-oil-explodes-popularity-and-kitchens If you think the recent liberalization of marijuana laws around the country is only about smoking leaves and buds, think again. For users younger than 25, "hash oil" is where it's really at. This concentrated resin of marijuana is creating new public safety headaches — even in places where it's legal.<p>There have always been forms of the substance, but the resins available today are much stronger than in years past. Fri, 10 Jan 2014 22:01:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 32557 at http://ktep.org Marijuana 'Hash Oil' Explodes In Popularity, And Kitchens A Late Christmas Tree May Not Be A Beauty, But It's A Tradition http://ktep.org/post/late-christmas-tree-may-not-be-beauty-its-tradition Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>For a lot of families, Christmas tree tradition spark household debate. For instance, tinsel or beads; white lights or multicolored; star or angel on top. And for some people, it's not how to decorate the tree. It is when to put it up, early or late, late being now, Christmas Eve. NPR's Martin Kaste falls into that last category.<p>MARTIN KASTE, BYLINE: Yes, I belong to that small and shrinking tribe. We're the ones lurking in the Christmas tree lots at the last possible moment. Tue, 24 Dec 2013 21:35:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 31547 at http://ktep.org 'Bertha' Still Stuck In Her Tunnel Under Seattle http://ktep.org/post/bertha-still-stuck-her-tunnel-under-seattle Transcript <p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin. The people of Seattle are puzzled by a mystery unfolding underground: the world's biggest tunneling machine is stuck about 75 feet under street level where it's digging a nearly two-mile-long highway right under downtown Seattle. As NPR's Martin Kaste reports, engineers say it'll take until January to figure out what is causing the block.<p>MARTIN KASTE, BYLINE: They call the machine Bertha, and it has a circular cutting face five stories high, with special attachments for chewing up boulders. Sun, 22 Dec 2013 15:05:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 31416 at http://ktep.org A Majority In U.S. Favor Legal Pot, But Will That Stick? http://ktep.org/post/majority-us-favor-legal-pot-will-stick <em>As we near the end of 2013, NPR is taking a look at the numbers that tell the story of this year. They're numbers that, if you really understand them, give insight into the world we live in. </em><p>This year, for the first time, national polls show a majority of Americans support the legalization of marijuana. Tue, 17 Dec 2013 22:28:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 31123 at http://ktep.org A Majority In U.S. Favor Legal Pot, But Will That Stick? Washington State Growers Roll The Dice On New Pot Licenses http://ktep.org/post/washington-state-growers-roll-dice-new-pot-licenses Washington residents thinking about jumping into the state's new legal marijuana industry need to act soon. The deadline to apply for a state license to sell recreational pot is Dec. 19, and the applications are flooding in.<p>Danielle Rosellison, a loan officer in Bellingham, Wash., applied for her pot-growing license on the first day. "It's so cool," she says, laughing. "We have butterflies in our stomach all the time. Tue, 03 Dec 2013 21:06:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 30145 at http://ktep.org Washington State Growers Roll The Dice On New Pot Licenses Is It The End Of The Line For The Landline? http://ktep.org/post/have-we-reached-end-landline America's traditional phone system is not as dependable as it used to be. Just last month, the Federal Communications Commission told phone companies to start <a href="http://www.fcc.gov/encyclopedia/problems-long-distance-or-wireless-calling-rural-areas">collecting stats on calls that fail to complete</a>. According to one estimate, as many as 1 in 5 incoming long-distance calls simply doesn't connect.<p>The problem may be in the way those calls are being routed — often via the Internet, which is cheaper. Mon, 18 Nov 2013 22:41:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 29296 at http://ktep.org Is It The End Of The Line For The Landline? There May Be A Green Light For Pot, But Not For Driving High http://ktep.org/post/there-may-be-green-light-pot-not-driving-high Western states have led the way in the legalization of marijuana, first with medical marijuana, and then with the legalization of recreational pot in Colorado and Washington last November.<p>It's been quite an adjustment for the police. Washington State Patrol is adapting to the new reality in a variety of ways, from untraining dogs that sniff out pot, to figuring out how to police high drivers.<p><strong>A Smell Once Forbidden</strong><p>I'm driving through Seattle on Interstate 5. Wed, 06 Nov 2013 22:01:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 28514 at http://ktep.org There May Be A Green Light For Pot, But Not For Driving High Infosys To Pay $34 Million To Settle Immigration Fraud Case http://ktep.org/post/infosys-pay-34-million-settle-immigration-fraud-case The Indian IT company Infosys has tentatively agreed to pay the U.S. government $34 million for alleged immigration violations. Wed, 30 Oct 2013 22:00:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 28048 at http://ktep.org A Look Into Facebook's Potential To Recognize Anybody's Face http://ktep.org/post/look-facebooks-potential-recognize-anybodys-face Revelations about NSA spying have left people wondering about the privacy of their digital data. Mon, 28 Oct 2013 07:38:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 27841 at http://ktep.org A Look Into Facebook's Potential To Recognize Anybody's Face It's Easy To Blame The Canadians For HealthCare.gov Problems http://ktep.org/post/its-easy-blame-canadians-healthcaregov-problems President Obama is putting former CEO <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2013/10/23/240283860/white-house-turns-to-rock-star-manager-for-obamacare-fix">Jeff Zients</a> in charge of the "tech surge" — the administration's emergency effort to fix the <a href="https://www.healthcare.gov/">Web portal</a> at the heart of the federal government's new health care market. But what about the contractors that built the system? What's their responsibility?<p>You may have never heard of CGI, but it's the Canadian information technology company that had the biggest piece of the project. Wed, 23 Oct 2013 21:28:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 27618 at http://ktep.org It's Easy To Blame The Canadians For HealthCare.gov Problems Seattle Suburb Considers Setting $15 'Living Wage' http://ktep.org/post/seattle-suburb-considers-setting-15-living-wage Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Minimum wage workers in a tiny suburb of Seattle may soon get a big pay raise - a big raise - if voters approve a controversial ballot initiative there next month.<p>NPR's Martin Kaste reports.<p>MARTIN KASTE, BYLINE: This is SeaTac - it's a smallish suburb halfway between Seattle and Tacoma - hence the name - and the site of the international airport. Tue, 22 Oct 2013 10:53:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 27505 at http://ktep.org So What Happens If The Movement To Label GMOs Succeeds? http://ktep.org/post/so-what-happens-if-movement-label-gmos-succeeds I have a story on <em>All Things Considered </em>Wednesday (click on the audio link above to hear it) about the campaign to put labels on food containing genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. The idea is gaining ground in the Northeast — Maine and Connecticut passed labeling laws this summer, though they won't take effect unless more states do the same. And GMO labeling is on the ballot this November in Washington state.<p>One aspect I didn't have room for in the radio story is the question of what might happen if the movement succeeds. Wed, 16 Oct 2013 22:39:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 27194 at http://ktep.org So What Happens If The Movement To Label GMOs Succeeds? ACLU Posts Fed-Collected 'Suspicious' Activity Reports Online http://ktep.org/post/aclu-posts-suspicious-activity-reports-online With all the talk of spying by the National Security Agency, it's easy to forget the government engages in off-line surveillance, too. Thu, 19 Sep 2013 07:59:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 25346 at http://ktep.org ACLU Posts Fed-Collected 'Suspicious' Activity Reports Online