12:04am

Thu May 16, 2013
Shots - Health News

Cloning, Stem Cells Long Mired In Legislative Gridlock

Originally published on Thu May 16, 2013 8:53 am

After President Obama overturned Bush-era policy restricting federal funding of embryonic stem cell research in 2009, Nebraska Right to Life led a protest of the research outside the University of Nebraska regents' meeting.
Nati Harnik AP

The news that U.S. scientists have successfully cloned a human embryo seems almost certain to rekindle a political fight that has raged, on and off, since the announcement of the creation of Dolly the sheep in 1997.

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12:03am

Thu May 16, 2013
Research News

Water Trapped For 1.5 Billion Years Could Hold Ancient Life

Originally published on Thu May 16, 2013 6:25 am

This map, from the United States Geological Survey, shows the age of bedrock in different regions of North America. Scientists found ancient water in bedrock north of Lake Superior. This region, colored red, was formed more than 2.5 billion years ago.
United States Geological Survey

Scientists have discovered water that has been trapped in rock for more than a billion years. The water might contain microbes that evolved independently from the surface world, and it's a finding that gives new hope to the search for life on other planets.

The water samples came from holes drilled by gold miners near the small town of Timmins, Ontario, about 350 miles north of Toronto. Deep in the Canadian bedrock, miners drill holes and collect samples. Sometimes they hit pay dirt; sometimes they hit water, which seeps out from tiny crevices in the rock.

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12:02am

Thu May 16, 2013
Parallels

U.S. Hands Over Nation-Building Projects To Afghans

Originally published on Thu May 16, 2013 1:24 am

Afghan and U.S. officials attend the closing ceremony for the Paktia provincial reconstruction team on April 9 in eastern Afghanistan. NATO created more than 20 teams to help the Afghans rebuild. But now the U.S. teams are winding down their activities.
Sean Carberry NPR

On a sunny spring day in eastern Afghanistan's Paktia province, Afghan officials and U.S. troops and civilians gather inside the ancient mud fort in the center of Forward Operating Base Gardez. They're attending a ceremony marking the formal end of the work of the provincial reconstruction team, or PRT.

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12:00am

Thu May 16, 2013

11:20pm

Wed May 15, 2013
"Folk Music & Beyond" this Sat. 3 pm

Way To Blue: Songs of Nick Drake

Nick Drake

Record producer Joe Boyd talks about his latest tribute to the late British singer-songwriter Nick Drake.  "Way To Blue" includes gorgeous cover versions of Drake's songs performed by Lisa Hannigan, Teddy Thompson, Vashti Bunyan, Robyn Hitchcock, Shane Nicholson, and others.  "Folk Music & Beyond" this Saturday 3 pm.

6:02pm

Wed May 15, 2013
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: May 15, 2013

Kindergartners get a jump on college savings; helping low-income students save for college; Hear Here: Seeking a higher education; a few of our listeners fondly remember their favorite teacher; and local band The Bayonics.

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5:53pm

Wed May 15, 2013
BE A VIRTUAL AMBASSADOR

Power KALW!

Our Spring Campaign has arrived. We need your help spreading the word to your digital communities. With your social currency, we'll have the whole Internet talking about the importance of local powered radio and KALW in no time.

Here's how you can become a virtual ambassador:

On Facebook, change your profile picture and/or banner to one of these lovely images. You can also post these images to your Facebook timeline as a virtual shout-out or badge of support for the station.

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5:20pm

Wed May 15, 2013
Education

Helping low-income students save for college

www.1to1fund.org
1:1 Fund

Carl Rist is behind a local effort called 1:1 Fund. It combines social networking and crowd funding techniques to help low-income students save for college. The 1:1 fund is a project of the Corporation for Enterprise Development, or CFED, and Rist is executive director of the project. He spoke with KALW’s Holly Kernan.

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5:17pm

Wed May 15, 2013
HEAR HERE: A POP-UP RADIO PROJECT

Hear Here: Seeking a higher education

Esther Goolsby at the 81st Avenue East Oakland Library

Esther Goolsby is from East Oakland, and she is one of the people Carl Rist’s program might have helped if it were around back in the 90s. She was living in East Oakland, and at age 16 was already a mom. She told our community storytelling project, Hear Here, about the path she took to a college degree. 

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4:27pm

Wed May 15, 2013
Economy/Labor/Biz

Kindergarteners get a jump on college savings

http://flic.kr/p/9ssM5M
Gerard Van der Leun

At the Castro branch of Citibank in San Francisco, kindergartener Mat Larizadeh is making his very first bank deposit. Mat walks with his mom, Aoddi Attasara, up to the teller window. He’s much too short to see what transpires up there, but he knows the amount is $50 – and that it has something to do with his education. After the transaction, the two make their way over to a table where a plate of cookies, a stack of coloring books, and a clear plastic piggy bank await them.

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