12:34am

Fri June 7, 2013
Planet Money

How To Sell Coke To People Who Have Never Had A Sip

Originally published on Mon June 10, 2013 12:05 pm

Lam Thuy Vo NPR

For years, there were only three countries in the world that didn't officially sell Coca-Cola: Cuba, North Korea and Myanmar, formerly known as Burma.

Now, after 60 years, Coke is back in Myanmar. Sanctions were lifted last year on the country. Just this week, Coca-Cola opened its new bottling plant outside of Yangon. Now all the company has to do is figure out a way to sell all that Coke to people who may not remember what it tastes like.

Read more

12:26am

Fri June 7, 2013
The Salt

Not Everyone Cheers Turkey's Move To Tighten Alcohol Rules

Originally published on Fri June 7, 2013 1:46 am

Diners drinking raki, a traditional Turkish alcoholic drink flavored with anise, at a restaurant in Istanbul.
Jodi Hilton for NPR

The ongoing anti-government protests in Turkey are about a lot of things — including a recent law to restrict the advertising and sale of alcohol. The limits aren't any more onerous than those in some other Western countries, but secular Turks see them as another step in a push by the ruling party to impose conservative social values on the population

Read more

12:25am

Fri June 7, 2013
Law

Former Mass. Chief Justice On Life, Liberty And Gay Marriage

Originally published on Fri June 7, 2013 10:56 am

Chief Justice Margaret Marshall asks petitioner to explain a point during arguments before the Supreme Judicial Court in Boston in 2005.
George Rizer AP

The U.S. Supreme Court, on the brink of issuing two same-sex-marriage decisions, is facing a question that Margaret Marshall had to resolve for her state a decade ago, as chief justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Her decision became the first to legalize same-sex marriage in the United States.

Read more

12:24am

Fri June 7, 2013
Parallels

Criminals Fleeing Rio Crackdown Set Up Shop In The Suburbs

Originally published on Fri June 7, 2013 7:27 am

Rio de Janeiro's Elite Special Forces Police Unit patrols the Caju favela complex as part of the pacification program designed to crack down on crime in advance of the World Cup in 2014 and the Summer Olympics in 2016.
Lianne Milton for NPR

The provincial town of Mage seems a world away from the violence and drug dealing that plague Brazil's larger cities. On a recent afternoon, the central square is a picture of calm. Children play around a fountain; older people sit on the many park benches dotting the area, under the shade of trees.

Mage, about 35 miles northwest of Rio, is close enough that people can commute to the city, which many of them do. Yet it's far enough away that nothing much really happened here in the past. But residents say that is changing.

Read more

11:16pm

Thu June 6, 2013
Interviews

Finding An Anchor For A Life Set Adrift By A Shipwreck

Originally published on Fri June 7, 2013 10:57 am

Shengqiao Chen spent two and a half years at York County prison while his asylum case was pending. He has been living in the United States for longer than he lived in China, and has no immediate family left in his native Fujian Province. Few people call him by his Chinese given name any longer — his wife and children know him only as Sean.
Diptych by Katja Heinemann for NPR

In 1993, a freighter ran aground off Queens, N.Y. The Golden Venture had nearly 300 people on it who were being smuggled into the U.S. from China.

Passengers cited China's forced-sterilization program and governmental persecution from political expression as reasons to climb aboard the Golden Venture. Some paid the smugglers $30,000 to board the ship. An organized crime syndicate would front the money, and the passengers would have to work off the debt, often in restaurants like indentured servants.

Read more

11:01pm

Thu June 6, 2013
Music

Jose-Luis Orozco: Capturing Kids' Attention In Two Languages

Originally published on Fri June 28, 2013 10:49 am

José-Luis Orozco is as much an educator as an entertainer: The singer and author is passionate about teaching children to be bilingual through music.
Courtesy of the artist

For the past 42 years, José-Luis Orozco has been entertaining children with songs he sings in English and Spanish. He's passionate about teaching children to be bilingual through music, and he's also written books for kids.

"Let's say hello to each other," he says to a crowd of preschoolers at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. "Buenos dĂ­as," he sings.

"Buenos dĂ­as," they repeat in unison.

"Good morning," he sings back.

Read more

6:15pm

Thu June 6, 2013
Transportation

Extended interview: Chronicle's Jaxon Vanderbeken on the Bay Bridge controversies

Crossing the old eastern span of the Bay Bridge.
Under CC license from Flickr user mrjoro

The Eastern span of the Bay Bridge is the region’s biggest-budget project. Plans for the seismically strong segment were first developed in 2002. It’s been more than a decade and the single suspension structure has cost more than $6 billion, which makes it overdue and over budget.

Recent issues involving snapping rods and improperly galvanized bolts may delay the long-awaited Labor Day opening.

San Francisco Chronicle reporter Jaxon Vanderbeken has been covering the Bay Bridge controversies. KALW’s Ben Trefny sat down with him for a wide-ranging conversation.

Read more

6:00pm

Thu June 6, 2013
Economy/Labor/Biz

Oakland restaurateur looks back on recession

The economic recession reared its head in all industries, especially in the food industry. It might be the first place where consumers cinched their belts. The USDA reports that during the recession, from 2007 to 2009, we spent less on all food. We spent less on groceries, ate at home more, and went out to eat less.

Read more
Tags: 

5:43pm

Thu June 6, 2013
Transportation

The good, the bad, and the ugly of the Bay Bridge

New Bay Bridge
flickr

The Eastern span of the Bay Bridge is the region’s biggest-budget project. Plans for the seismically strong segment were first developed in 2002. It’s been more than a decade and the single suspension structure has cost more than $6 billion, which makes it overdue and over budget.

Recent issues involving snapping rods and improperly galvanized bolts may delay the long-awaited Labor Day opening.

Read more

5:20pm

Thu June 6, 2013
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: June 6, 2013

Oakland restaurateur looks back on recession; The good, the bad, and the ugly of the Bay Bridge; Meet the woman behind the new Peninsula Museum of Art; Audiograph's Sound of the Week Revealed! and local musicians ZOFO Duet.

To subscribe to the Crosscurrents podcast in iTunes, click here. To use another podcasting tool, click here.

Read more

Pages