5:47pm

Thu February 21, 2013
Audiophiles

Audiophiles: The hidden musicality of the human voice

Sound designer Jeremiah Moore (right)
Erica Mu

If you had to design music for a performance called Chinese Whispers, you might jump to some pretty familiar sounds – mandolin, bamboo flute, maybe a gong or two. But artist Rene Yung’s Chinese Whispers isn’t that kind of a project. 

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5:36pm

Thu February 21, 2013
Folk Music & Beyond

Remembering Chris Caswell this Sat. 3 pm

Chris Caswell

Bay Area Celtic harper and multi-instrumentalist Chris Caswell passed away last month.  This Saturday at 3 pm, Folk Music & Beyond presents a retrospective of Chris' solo work and his collaborations with Scottish bard Robin Williamson and local musician Danny Carnahan.  Plus excerpts from Chris' live performances on KALW.

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5:20pm

Thu February 21, 2013
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: February 21, 2013

Finding jobs in the green economy, musician biographies, sound design for the exhibit "Chinese Whispers," the Audiograph answer for the week, and local musician Nils Bultman.

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5:20pm

Thu February 21, 2013
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music: Nils Bultmann

Today we are featuring a duet between a classical viola and an Australian didjeridu. Nils Bultmann, who is playing viola, wrote this piece, which may be part of his presentation on Sunday, February 24 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in San Francisco. It’s presented by the Noe Valley Chamber Music series. The concert begins at 4pm.  

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5:09pm

Thu February 21, 2013
Arts & Culture

Litquake organizers take you 'way behind the music' of pop stars

litquake.org

When was the last time you read an American pop star's memoir? Have you ever flipped through one of those glossy volumes at a bookstore and thought, "How narcissistic! What would possess anyone to read this?"

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4:56pm

Thu February 21, 2013
Economy/Labor/Biz

Solving two problems with one job

We hear a lot about green jobs these days – those in renewable energy like solar, or wind, or retrofitting houses so they stay warmer. President Obama, campaigning in 2008, promised that investing $150 billion in clean energy would generate five million jobs. But after $90 billion from the stimulus, only a fraction of that number have been created.

San Francisco is trying to be green. The city has committed to an aggressive Climate Action Plan that calls for reducing carbon emissions by a quarter by the year 2017 – and getting to 100 percent renewable energy by 2020. The city also awards millions of dollars in grants for environmental cleanup programs.

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4:16pm

Thu February 21, 2013
Shots - Health News

Feds Set New Rules For Controversial Bird Flu Research

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 4:25 am

Health officials around the world are on constant lookout for the deadly bird flu. Here a worker collects chickens on a farm in Kathamndu, Nepal, where the virus was suspected of infecting poultry last October.
Prakas Mathema AFP/Getty Images

Government-funded scientists here in the U.S. are a step closer to being able to resume some controversial experiments with lab-altered bird flu viruses.

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2:51pm

Thu February 21, 2013
It's All Politics

The 'Line' For Legal Immigration Is Already About 4 Million People Long

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 7:26 am

Newly sworn-in U.S. citizens recite the Pledge of Allegiance during a naturalization ceremony in Baltimore in 2012.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

In the back and forth between Congress and the White House over immigration, both sides seem to agree that people now in the U.S. illegally should wait at "the back of the line" for legal residency — meaning no green card until all other immigrants get theirs.

But that presents a problem, because the wait for a green card can take decades.

Maria has been waiting in line with her husband for 16 years and counting for what the government calls a priority date for legal residency. Because she is in the U.S. without documents, Maria asked NPR to use only her first name.

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2:47pm

Thu February 21, 2013
Africa

In Algeria, Sahara Attack Revives A Fear Of Renewed Terrorism

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 7:30 am

Algerian police stop cars at a checkpoint in In Amenas, deep in the Sahara near the Libyan border, on Jan. 18. Islamists took hostages at a nearby gas field in a major international incident.
Farouk Batiche AFP/Getty Images

When Muslim extremists overran an oil and gas facility in Algeria's Sahara desert last month, Algerians saw the drama through the lens of their own painful history.

The news that terrorists had seized the In Amenas oil and gas plant stunned people in Algiers, the Algerian capital, who thought they'd seen the last of such attacks.

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2:47pm

Thu February 21, 2013
Shots - Health News

Morning-After Pills Don't Cause Abortion, Studies Say

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 1:51 pm

Plan B is one of two emergency contraceptives available in the U.S.
UPI/Landov

The most heated part of the fight between the Obama administration and religious groups over new rules that require most health plans to cover contraception actually has nothing to do with birth control. It has to do with abortion.

Specifically, do emergency contraceptives interfere with a fertilized egg and cause what some consider to be abortion?

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