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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3:56pm

Wed May 15, 2013
The Two-Way

Obama Announces Resignation Of Acting IRS Commissioner

Originally published on Thu May 16, 2013 6:39 am

President Obama makes a statement Wednesday about acting IRS Commissioner Steve Miller's resignation.
Alex Wong Getty Images

President Obama announced late Wednesday that the acting commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, Steve Miller, has resigned in the wake of a report that employees at the agency engaged in partisan scrutiny of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status.

The president, appearing for a brief statement at the White House, said he had directed Treasury Secretary Jack Lew "to accept the resignation of the acting commissioner of the IRS."

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3:53pm

Wed May 15, 2013
Cops & Courts

San Francisco Unified School District employees charged with stealing funds

San Francisco Unified School District headquarters

The San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) is dealing, today, with news that six employees misappropriated $15 million of public funds. A three-year investigation by law enforcement and the District Attorney’s office resulted in charges including grand theft, embezzlement, forgery, and perjury. Jill Tucker has been covering the case for the San Francisco Chronicle. In her cover story this morning, she details how the money was spread between school services, outside non-profits, internal computer systems, salaries, and benefits. I reached Tucker by phone and asked her how $6.7 million were allegedly used on student programs that were not designated by grant funding.

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3:51pm

Wed May 15, 2013
The Two-Way

Jury Finds Jodi Arias Eligible For Death Penalty

Originally published on Wed May 15, 2013 6:36 pm

Jodi Arias reacts during the reading of the verdict at Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix on May 8.
Associated Press

A jury has found Jodi Arias, the Arizona woman found guilty last week of first-degree murder for killing her onetime boyfriend in a fit of rage, eligible for the death penalty.

The Associated Press reports: "The decision came after a day of testimony Wednesday during which prosecutors had to prove the murder was committed in an especially cruel and heinous manner."

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3:16pm

Wed May 15, 2013
The Two-Way

NASA Says Kepler's Planet-Searching Days May Be Numbered

Originally published on Thu May 16, 2013 7:09 am

Kepler-22b, the discovery of which was announced in December 2011, is one of many planets that bear the space telescope's name.
Getty Images

The planet-hunting career of NASA's Kepler spacecraft might be near its end.

Astronomers said Wednesday that a reaction wheel that keeps the orbiting telescope pointed at tiny, distant patches of sky to look for Earth-like planets has failed. If they can't fix it, Kepler will be relegated to a less prestigious mission, directing its gaze much closer to home in a search for so-called "near-Earth objects," i.e., meteors and asteroids.

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