1:20pm

Wed May 15, 2013
Parallels

Heavy Metal In Kabul? It's The Music, Not The Munitions

Originally published on Thu May 16, 2013 6:35 am

Solomon "Sully" Omar performs with the Afghan metal band District Unknown at the third annual Sound Central Festival in Kabul earlier this month.
Courtesy of Ellie Kealey

When 23-year-old Solomon "Sully" Omar felt the music scene in his native Denver wasn't giving him what he was looking for, he made a radical move. He headed for Kabul, capital of the war-torn country his parents had fled decades ago.

"I came here to continue my education and at the same time see what's in the music scene here and bring some of the skills and abilities that I have to the music scene," says Omar.

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12:59pm

Wed May 15, 2013
News

When The Missing Return, Recovery Is Long, Too

A missing poster is left on a tree outside Amanda Berry's home in Cleveland last week.
Chris Langer Barcroft Media/Landov

They call themselves "Rooters," and they convene in a private online place they call the "RooterHood."

There, they can talk freely and frankly about what it was like to be kidnapped, to be stripped of identity, often sexually abused by their captors, separated from family, friends.

And also about the struggle to recover their uprooted lives, to trust and hope again.

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12:57pm

Wed May 15, 2013
KALW'S SPRING CAMPAIGN

Shorter is better ~ KALW listeners are the best!

"Triumphant Corgi"

We did it.  

In just 7-and-a-half days, KALW reached its Spring Campaign goal of $350,000.  That's more than the station raised in 14 days last September, and it happened without interruption to programming.

That is a real victory for listener-supported radio.  And it confirms what we always knew:  KALW listeners are the best. 

The web of people who support KALW – who power the station with their resources, talent, attention and enthusiasm – is growing.  And it's making this a more powerful and creative community enterprise. 

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12:51pm

Wed May 15, 2013
Thank You Gifts

Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls

Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls

If you give at the $120 level, KALW can thank you by shipping a copy of David Sedaris' latest book direct to your doorstep.

Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls is a book of essays where Sedaris takes his readers on a bizarre and stimulating world tour, engaging us in sidesplitting adventures that are not to be forgotten.

Click here to donate now, and select your thank you gift from the list!

Thank you for Powering KALW!

12:40pm

Wed May 15, 2013
Code Switch

Immigrants To Be Largest Driver Of U.S. Population Growth

Originally published on Thu May 16, 2013 6:56 am

Immigrants take the U.S. oath of citizenship during a naturalization ceremony in Irving, Texas.
LM Otero AP

New immigrants will be the main driver of population growth in the U.S. by as early as 2027, according to new Census Bureau projections.

This would be the first time in almost two centuries that new births will not be the largest source of U.S. population growth.

The Census Bureau says its projections show a combination of declining fertility rates, aging baby boomers and ongoing immigration to the United States.

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12:30pm

Wed May 15, 2013
The Salt

Can Star Power Make New Orleans' Food Deserts Bloom?

Originally published on Thu May 16, 2013 6:59 pm

Wendell Pierce, the actor and co-owner of Sterling Farms grocery store, chats with Dwight Henry, who will be making doughnuts and buttermilk drops in the store.
David Grunfeld The Times-Picayune /Landov

Plenty of celebrities leverage their star power to raise awareness of complicated food issues. Some of the biggest names include Michelle Obama, Jamie Oliver, Prince Charles and Paul McCartney.

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12:16pm

Wed May 15, 2013
Shots - Health News

How Researchers Cloned Human Embryos

Originally published on Wed May 15, 2013 1:49 pm

Human embryos grow in a petri dish two days after scientists in Oregon cloned them from a donor's skin cell.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ohsunews/8726915230/in/photostream/ Courtesy of OHSU Photos

Scientists in Oregon have achieved something that many thought might be impossible.

They said Wednesday that they have cloned human embryos and then harvested the embryo's stem cells.

The discovery, if it holds up, means scientists would be able to make personalized stem cells, with their genetic code almost perfectly matched to that of a patient.

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12:00pm

Wed May 15, 2013
The Two-Way

Publisher Threatens Librarian With $1 Billion Lawsuit

A scholarly publisher has issued a warning to Jeffrey Beall, a librarian who writes about what he calls "predatory" practices in the scholarly publishing industry, threatening him with a $1 billion lawsuit for his blog posts criticizing the company.

Beall is an academic librarian at the University of Colorado; he writes about the journal industry on his personal blog, Scholarly Open Access.

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11:49am

Wed May 15, 2013
The Two-Way

Walmart Has Its Own Plan To Help Bangladesh Garment Workers

Originally published on Wed May 15, 2013 12:30 pm

A Wal-Mart store in Paramount, Calif. The company announced it would conduct its own inspections at Bangladeshi factories that produce its goods rather than joining an agreement with other Western retailers.
Frederic J. Brown AFP/Getty Images

Wal-Mart says it has drafted its own plan for improving safety at garment factories in Bangladesh rather than join other Western retailers in a legally binding agreement to pay for improved conditions for workers in the South Asian country.

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11:40am

Wed May 15, 2013
Food Donors

We LOVE our Food Donors!

Please support these local businesses and thank them for supporting KALW!

Arizmendi Bakery ~ 1331 9th Ave (Irving/Judah) ~ 415-566-3117

BiRite Market ~ 3639 18th (Dolores/Guerrero) ~ 415-241-9760

Chai Cart ~ 550 Alabama (Mariposa/18th) ~ 415-728-1951

Destination Baking Company ~ 598 Chenery (Glen Park) ~ 415-469-0730

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