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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 6:35 am
By Bill Chappell
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.
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.