5:11pm

Wed January 16, 2013
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: January 16, 2013

An update on the legalization of marijuana in California, a history of illegal drugs in America, a play about a 12-year-old boy, listener feedback on San Francisco's legislation to approve TIny Apartments, and local musicians The Cyril Guiraud Trio.

4:54pm

Wed January 16, 2013
Economy/Labor/Biz

Listener Feedback: Tiny apartments

We always want to hear your feedback on our stories. We heard one important piece of feedback on a show we aired last week that discussed the trend of tiny houses. San Francisco recently passed legislation allowing apartments as small as 220 square feet. KALW's Ben Trefny interviewed city supervisor Scott Weiner about the new law.

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4:43pm

Wed January 16, 2013
Arts & Culture

Are you a troublemaker?

Robbie Tann and Gabriel King face off in the world premiere of Troublemaker, or The Freakin Kick-A Adventures of Bradley Boatright.

The stage is set at the Berkeley Rep Theatre: a group of rich kids who call themselves “gamers” are standing around, waiting for friends to arrive at a sleepover party. But not everyone they’ve invited is a friend – especially not the hero, Bradley Boatright.

“Yeah, we call him Boatwipe,” one character says, on stage.

Bradley knows they’re not his friends, and he’s suspicious of what they might do. So he and his best friend come to the party in disguise, and try to plan a counterattack.

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3:56pm

Wed January 16, 2013
U.S.

Violence-Riddled Chicago Hopes Gun Proposals Will Help Shield It

Originally published on Fri January 18, 2013 4:16 am

Community leaders and family members of murder victims attend a press conference Jan. 3 at St. Sabina Church in Chicago to make a plea for stronger gun regulations.
Scott Olson Getty Images

As President Obama unveiled his gun control proposals Wednesday, he highlighted mass shootings at schools in Colorado, Virginia and Connecticut. He also mentioned another group of children, not in school — the ones on the street corners of Chicago.

Chicagoan Annette Holt was at the White House during Obama's address. Her teenage son, Blair, was shot to death five years ago on a Chicago bus as he shielded a fellow student from a spray of bullets.

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3:53pm

Wed January 16, 2013
The Salt

Jihadi Fighters Win Hearts And Minds By Easing Syria's Bread Crisis

Originally published on Fri January 18, 2013 4:16 am

A man makes bread as residents, background, stand in line in front of a bakery during heavy fighting between Free Syrian Army fighters and government forces in Aleppo, Syria, on Dec. 4, 2012.
Narciso Contreras Associated Press

In Syria, the staple of most meals is a thin, round, flat bread that we would probably call pita.

Back in November, as fierce fighting raged across Syria, people started to run out of this bread. Government forces were attacking bakeries in rebel-held areas and cutting off electricity so mills couldn't grind flour. By late last year, Syrians were desperate.

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3:53pm

Wed January 16, 2013
Shots - Health News

Schedule Of Childhood Vaccines Declared Safe

Originally published on Fri January 18, 2013 4:16 am

Some parents have worried that kids get too many vaccinations too quickly. A review of all the available research suggests those concerns are misplaced.
Dmitry Naumov iStockphoto.com

Childhood vaccines for diseases like measles, polio and whooping cough have repeatedly been proved safe and effective. Even so, some parents still worry that the schedule of vaccinations — 24 immunizations by the age of 2 — can be dangerous. That worry is likely misplaced, according to a yearlong review of all available scientific data.

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3:47pm

Wed January 16, 2013
The Two-Way

Americans Among Hostages Seized By Militants In Algeria

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 4:25 am

Militants seized dozens of hostages, apparently including Americans as we reported earlier, in a deadly raid on an Algerian gas facility Wednesday.

As State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said earlier: "The best information we have at this time is that U.S. citizens are among the hostages."

Now, more is becoming known about what happened in the Algerian gas field, and about some of the hostages.

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2:55pm

Wed January 16, 2013
The Two-Way

Manti Te'o Girlfriend Story Was A Hoax; Linebacker Says He Was Taken In

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 6:35 am

The sports website Deadspin says the story of Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o losing a girlfriend to leukemia is a hoax.
Mike Ehrmann Getty Images

Manti Te'o, the Notre Dame linebacker who nearly won the Heisman Trophy this season, is at the center of what Deadspin reports is a "hoax," in which the story of a girlfriend — and her tragic death — was fabricated. The site is questioning the existence of a girl Te'o has said inspired him to new heights. We'll update this post with new information as it emerges.

Update at 9 p.m. Notre Dame News Conference

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2:54pm

Wed January 16, 2013
Politics

Interior Secretary's Legacy Defined By Issues Of Oil

Originally published on Fri January 18, 2013 4:16 am

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar speaks at the dedication for the Southwest's first urban wildlife refuge on the southern edge of Albuquerque, N.M., on Sept. 27, 2012. Salazar has announced that he'll leave his post in late March and return to Colorado.
Susan Montoya Bryan AP

The Department of the Interior is huge — more than 70,000 employees manage a half-billion acres of public land, mostly in the West. The department does everything from operate national parks to administer Native American social programs and manage wild horses.

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