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Adventures with Owls, Plum Recipes, Google's New Browser

Megan Sukys

Paul Bannick has traveled all over North America photographing owls. He shares tales about the diversity of owls he's discovered right here in the Northwest, from the long–eared to the saw–whet owl. We also get recipes for Italian plums and review new Internet browsers.

At 2:05 p.m. – The Works

If the Internet is an information superhighway, then your browser is the vehicle to get you into the fast lane. Both Google and Microsoft have new hot rods they want you to take for a spin. Technology Reporter Glenn Fleishman joins us every week with a look at how high tech works in our lives. Today, we find out if the new Internet Explorer is worth switching back from Firefox. We also learn how the Americans with Disabilities Act affect websites, and we ask if slimming down your computer is worth 30 bucks.

At 2:20 p.m. – Adventures with Owls

There are over 200 species of owls in the world. Local photographer Paul Bannick has traveled all over the U.S. And Canada capturing many of these owls on camera. He has discovered that in the Northwest, he doesn't have to travel far to find a wide diversity, from the long–eared owl to the saw–whet owl. But just as exciting as the discovery is the adventure in searching for these birds of prey in their natural habitat. He's been fascinated owls ever since the day he heard the sound of a snowy owl outside his back door.

At 2:40 p.m. – Greg Atkinson Cooking Klatch

The plum has long been representative of a prize, such as "a plum job". This time of year, local trees are loaded with delicious prizes. Writer, chef, and culinary consultant Greg Atkinson joins us this week with recipes for Italian plums.

At 2:50 p.m. – Smart Monkey Knits

Thrift store sweaters can be a great bargain. Although they can smell a little weird or have an odd shape, Leah Andersson doesn't care about that. She looks at the stuff the sweater was made with: the yarn. She unravels old sweaters and recycles the yarn as part of her business, Smart Monkey Knits. While not a million dollar business, it has provided returns Leah wasn't expecting. In this archived conversation, she tells Jeannie Yandel how she got started.

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