11:20pm

Thu May 30, 2013
StoryCorps

Cherishing The Gift Of Friendship Through A Cancer Bout

Originally published on Fri May 31, 2013 5:34 am

Peter Obetz (left) and Jeff Jarrett met in 1998 and are still close friends. Peter was diagnosed with stage IV esophageal cancer in 2004. He was declared cancer-free in 2009. They visited StoryCorps in Kansas City, Mo.
StoryCorps

In 2004, Peter Obetz was in the middle of a divorce when he was diagnosed with esophageal cancer.

"Food would get stuck down my throat, and it got worse and worse, so I met with my doctor. I had a tumor on my esophagus wall," says Peter, 48, during a visit to StoryCorps in Kansas City, Mo.

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5:50pm

Thu May 30, 2013
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: May 30, 2013

It takes a village: when special ed works; San Francisco's only free and democratic Conservatory of Music; this week's Audiograph answer revealed!; and local singer Meredith Axelrod.

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

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5:48pm

Thu May 30, 2013

5:17pm

Thu May 30, 2013
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music: Meredith Axelrod

Today's local music is Meredith Axelrod. She joins Craig Ventresco this Saturday for an afternoon performance at Atlas Cafe in San Francisco. The show is free.

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4:19pm

Thu May 30, 2013
The Two-Way

TSA: No More Graphic, Full-Body Airport Scans

Originally published on Thu May 30, 2013 4:40 pm

A U.S. Transportation Security Administration employee demonstrates the less intrusive Automated Target Recognition software in 2011.
Ethan Miller Getty Images

The Transportation Security Administration has told Congress that it's finished retrofitting airport scanners to blunt a widely criticized technology that shows graphic detail of a passenger's body as he or she goes through security checkpoints.

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3:32pm

Thu May 30, 2013
It's All Politics

War Zone Visit A McCain Trademark

Originally published on Thu May 30, 2013 4:02 pm

In this photo provided by Mouaz Moustafa and the Syrian Emergency Task Force, Sen. John McCain, accompanied by Moustafa (right) visits rebels in Syria on Monday. McCain, who slipped into the country for a surprise visit, favors providing arms to rebel forces in Syria.
Mouaz Moustafa AP

There are risks aplenty for a U.S. lawmaker who makes a surprise visit to a war zone, as Sen. John McCain recently did when he crossed the border from Turkey into Syria.

The perils to life and limb go without saying. But there are also other risks: trying to tell the good guys from the bad guys; or being victimized by disinformation from unfriendly Middle Eastern interests.

While McCain got out unscathed from Syria, where he visited rebels fighting Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces, he may have had less success navigating the other risks.

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3:22pm

Thu May 30, 2013
Arts & Culture

San Francisco’s only free and democratic Conservatory of Music

Local jazz artists playing in San Francisco’s “Conservatory of Music” in Golden Gate Park

To me, Sunday mornings are sacred, but not for any religious reason. It’s when I head out for a weekly bike ride through Golden Gate Park west to Ocean Beach. But one weekend, I decide to go on a Saturday instead. I take my usual route – cruising through the aromatic eucalyptus trees along the Panhandle, hugging the curves of John F Kennedy Drive in Golden Gate Park. But when I arrive at the white Conservatory of Flowers, something’s different. On my left, a soothing, and out-of-place sound emerges from out of nowhere. It’s jazz.

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2:51pm

Thu May 30, 2013
The Two-Way

A Kiss Is But A Kiss, But To French Kiss Is 'Galocher'

Originally published on Thu May 30, 2013 5:29 pm

French businessman Francois-Henri Pinault kisses his wife, actress Salma Hayek, in Paris in 2009.
Francois Mori AP

It might come as a surprise that for centuries the French have been sans a term for "French kiss."

But, voila! The newest edition of the Petit Robert 2014 dictionary has rectified that with a new verb — "galocher," meaning "to kiss with tongues." It's a clever derivation of la galoche, a word for an ice-skating boot, and so evokes the idea of sliding around the ice — or the lips and tongue.

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2:30pm

Thu May 30, 2013
Shots - Health News

Administration Touts Competition In Insurance Exchanges

The Obama administration is countering criticism that the new health insurance exchanges will be lacking in competition, though it's doing so a bit quietly.

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1:56pm

Thu May 30, 2013
All Tech Considered

Online College Courses Get A Big Boost, But Doubts Persist

Originally published on Thu May 30, 2013 3:01 pm

The University of Tennessee became one of 10 state university systems teaming up with Coursera, a for-profit tech company.
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From New Mexico to New York, 10 state university systems have announced they are joining the ranks of elite institutions embracing the massive open online course, or MOOC, system.

On Thursday, they unveiled a landmark partnership with Coursera, a for-profit tech company with 3.5 million registered students. It's the biggest effort to catapult degree-granting institutions into the world of global education.

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