11:45am

Thu May 16, 2013
All Tech Considered

Google's Privacy Shift Powers New Customized Maps

Originally published on Fri May 17, 2013 8:15 am

The new Google Maps features tailor-made results based on users' habits and search histories.
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This week, Google, already a leader in mapping, created more space between itself and its competitors by more deeply mining the data users provide the company when using its various services.

At the Google developers' conference in San Francisco on Wednesday, Daniel Graf, director of Google Maps, crowed about the company's mapping app for the iPhone — and couldn't quite stop himself from taking a dig at Apple.

"People called it sleek, simple, beautiful, and let's not forget, accurate," he said.

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11:04am

Thu May 16, 2013
Your Money

The Tricky Business Of Retirement: Hidden 401(K) Fees

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A couple generations ago, when older Americans retired they could rely on pension plans to support them. Then, in the late 1970s and early 1980s, many companies switched their retirement plans over to 401(k) accounts. The security of workers' retirement savings suddenly became subject to the vagaries of the stock market.

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11:01am

Thu May 16, 2013
Arts & Culture

Today’s Local Music: Bhi Bhiman

Bhi Bhiman

The heart-felt singing we are featuring today belongs to Bhi Bhiman, who has received stellar reviews from The New York Times, Time Magazine, and NPR.  But those are just journalists. More important is what YOU think about him. You can form your own opinion of him when Bhi Bhiman is joined on Saturday, May 18 by two more Crosscurrents favorites, Meklit Hadero & Quinn DeVeaux. They’re all performing at St. Cyprian’s Church in San Francisco, as part of the SF Live Arts series. Music begins at 8pm. 

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10:59am

Thu May 16, 2013
U.S.

Managing The $30 Million 'One Fund' To Aid Boston Victims

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. Thirty million dollars is a lot of money, but how do you divide it among the families of the three people killed, the dozens maimed, the hundreds who spent time in the hospital, the thousands who witnessed the blasts at the finish line of the Boston Marathon last month?

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10:27am

Thu May 16, 2013
The Two-Way

Obama Names New Acting IRS Commissioner

Originally published on Thu May 16, 2013 4:39 pm

Rain fell Thursday during part of President Obama's joint news conference with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the Rose Garden of the White House.
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Update at 5:38 p.m. ET. One More IRS Official To Leave

Another official is out at the embattled agency.

The Associated Press reports that Joseph Grant, commissioner of the IRS' tax exempt and government entities division, will retire June 3. The division scrutinized Tea Party groups when the applied for tax-exempt status.

Update at 4:45 p.m. ET. Obama Names New IRS Acting Chief

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10:15am

Thu May 16, 2013
The Salt

How Trace Amounts Of Arsenic End Up In Grocery Store Meat

Originally published on Fri May 17, 2013 8:18 am

Roxarsone, a drug linked to elevated levels of inorganic arsenic in chicken meat, is no longer used in broiler chicken farming, producers say. But another arsenic-based drug is still used to raise turkeys.
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A study published online recently in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives documented slightly elevated levels of arsenic in samples of chicken purchased at grocery stores in 10 cities in the U.S.

So how did trace amounts of this toxin end up in supermarket poultry?

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10:14am

Thu May 16, 2013
Thank You Gifts

Anat Shenker-Osorio: "Don't Buy It"

Don't Buy It

If you make a gift to KALW of $120 or more, we can send you a copy of Anat Shenker-Osorio's book, Don't Buy It, as featured on Your Call.

Anat Shenker-Osorio, strategic communications consultant, explores how wrong-headed metaphors and deceptive language have muddled our thinking on everything from the economy and the environment to abortion and immigration. She argues that better word choice alone can win the debate.

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10:04am

Thu May 16, 2013
Shots - Health News

Everybody In The Pool! But Please Leave The Poop Behind

Originally published on Fri May 17, 2013 9:53 am

Is it safe? The water in many public pools is contaminated with E. coli, a study finds.
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Perhaps you've noticed a toddler's sagging swim diaper and wondered if it's really keeping the poop out of your neighborhood pool.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has the answer for you: no.

Last summer, researchers at the federal public health agency collected 161 filter samples from public swimming pools in the Atlanta area. More than half of those samples, 58 percent, were contaminated with E. coli.

That, the CDC reported today, "signifies that swimmers introduced fecal matter into pool water."

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9:51am

Thu May 16, 2013
Parallels

Women In Combat: Some Lessons From Israel's Military

Originally published on Sun May 19, 2013 7:39 am

Soldiers of Israel's 33rd Caracal Battalion take part in a graduation march in the northern part of the southern Israeli Negev desert on March 13. The Caracal was formed in 2004 with the chief purpose of giving women a chance to serve in a true combat role.
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As the U.S. moves to open up combat positions to women, it's catching up with other countries that have been doing it for years.

But the experience in these countries, including Israel, suggests that access to combat jobs doesn't lead directly to equal treatment within the ranks.

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9:48am

Thu May 16, 2013
Music Reviews

100 Years Of Woody Herman: The Early Bloomer Who Kept Blooming

Originally published on Thu May 16, 2013 11:04 am

American jazz musician Woody Herman rehearses in London during a tour of England.
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Woody Herman, who would have turned 100 on Thursday, bloomed early and late — and then later still. He turned pro by age 9, singing and dancing in movie theaters on summer vacation. He'd perform one song deemed too risqué for radio when he recorded it decades later: "My Gee Gee From the Fiji Isles."

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