4:41pm

Thu April 11, 2013
Folk Music & Beyond ~ 4/13 at 3pm

Les Blank Tribute

Les Blank

Folk Music & Beyond celebrates the life of Bay Area documentary film maker Les Blank, who passed away last week.  Subjects of his films included food, gap-toothed women, film director Werner Herzog, and American roots music.   We'll listen to music from the film soundtracks of "J'ai Ete Au Bal", "Chulas Fronteras", and "Del Mero Corazon".  Film maker Maureen Gosling joins host Sandy Miranda to talk about her former colleague and her fond memories of their adventures together.  Saturday 4/13 at 3 pm.  

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2:45pm

Thu April 11, 2013
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: April 11, 2013

Turning a healthy corner in the Bay View! Wonder Women! This week's Audiograph revealed! And local composer and vocalist Ken Ueno!

To subscribe to the Crosscurrents podcast in iTunes, click here. To use another podcasting tool, click here.

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2:43pm

Thu April 11, 2013
The Two-Way

A Blooming Mistake: Irish James Joyce Coin Misquotes Author

James Joyce
Fran Caffrey AFP/Getty Images

"A man of genius makes no mistakes," James Joyce wrote in Ulysses. "His errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery." Looks like Ireland's Central Bank has taken that message to heart.

The bank announced Wednesday the launch of a limited-edition coin to honor the Irish writer. The coin features a portrait of Joyce and a quotation from Ulysses, arguably his most famous novel. Trouble is Joyce was misquoted.

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2:39pm

Thu April 11, 2013
The Two-Way

North Korea May Have A Nuclear Warhead To Put On A Missile, Says Pentagon

Originally published on Fri April 12, 2013 4:13 am

A South Korean soldier stands at a military checkpoint connecting South and North Korea at the Unification Bridge last week in Paju, South Korea.
Chung Sung-Jun Getty Images

The Pentagon's intelligence arm has "moderate confidence" that North Korea may have developed the technology to create nuclear weapons that are small enough to fit on a long-range missile.

NPR's Larry Abramson filed this report for our Newscast unit:

"The Defense Intelligence Agency assessment says such a weapon would probably not be very reliable. This is the first time the U.S. has concluded that Pyongyang's nuclear efforts have reached this point.

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2:11pm

Thu April 11, 2013
The Two-Way

Report: Democrat Says Liberal Kentucky SuperPAC Behind McConnell Recording

Originally published on Thu April 11, 2013 2:40 pm

A Democrat on the committee of the Jefferson County (Kentucky) Democratic Party says a liberal SuperPAC was responsible for surreptitiously recording a strategy session between Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and some of his campaign aides.

As Mark reported on Tuesday, a McConnell aide is heard saying that actress Ashley Judd, who mulled a run against McConnell, was "emotionally unbalanced."

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1:35pm

Thu April 11, 2013
Around the Nation

Fair Or Foul? Pigeon Shoots Ruffle Feathers In Pennsylvania

Originally published on Thu April 11, 2013 2:49 pm

A sportsman participates in a pigeon shoot in Pennsylvania in 2009. Animal-rights activists want to ban the tradition in the state.
The Humane Society of the United States

Animal-rights activists are hoping for change in Pennsylvania, where they're fighting to end a tradition: live pigeon shoots. At the events, shooters compete to hit birds that are launched into the air.

Elissa Katz remembers feeling helpless at the site of a pigeon shoot, with feathers flying through the air and wounded birds falling to the ground. "They flutter up in the air as they are sprung from boxes. Shooters have shotguns, they are at fairly close range, and they blast away at the birds," she says.

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1:31pm

Thu April 11, 2013
It's All Politics

Looking To Broaden Appeal, RNC Heads To Hollywood

Originally published on Thu April 11, 2013 2:49 pm

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus speaks at the National Press Club in March. Priebus has irritated faith-based values voters and others in the GOP with his quest to retool the party following the losses of 2012.
Manuel Balce Ceneta AP

The Republican National Committee is holding its spring meeting in the Democratic stronghold of Hollywood this week — part of an effort to broaden the party's appeal.

So far, there are sharp divisions among RNC delegates about the future direction of the GOP. But there's general agreement that the party isn't effectively communicating its message.

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1:27pm

Thu April 11, 2013
Space

Origin Of 'Mercury' Meteorite Still Puzzles Scientists

Originally published on Fri April 12, 2013 5:18 am

Several fragments of this unusual rock were discovered last year in Morocco. It's been hailed as the first meteorite from the planet Mercury, but where it came from in the solar system isn't certain.
Stefan Ralew

A strange green rock discovered in Morocco last year was hailed by the press as the first meteorite from Mercury. But scientists who've been puzzling over the stone ever since say the accumulating evidence may point in a different direction. Maybe, just maybe, they say, the 4.56-billion-year-old rock fell to Earth from the asteroid belt located between Mars and Jupiter.

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1:18pm

Thu April 11, 2013
All Tech Considered

A Mile-High Hack: An App That Could Remotely Hijack Planes

Originally published on Fri April 12, 2013 8:28 am

A German IT consultant's proof-of-concept software raises questions about efforts to secure global flight systems.
iStockphoto.com

The Federal Aviation Administration continues work on its multibillion-dollar upgrade to the nation's air traffic control system, but it may not be enough to stop hackers from taking control of airplanes with a smartphone.

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1:17pm

Thu April 11, 2013
The Salt

A Legal Twist In The Effort To Ban Cameras From Livestock Plants

Originally published on Mon April 15, 2013 1:38 pm

Cows wait to be milked at a California dairy farm.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

For years, undercover videos documenting animal cruelty at farms and slaughterhouses have cast the nation's meat and dairy farmers in a grim light.

In response, the livestock industry supported legislative efforts in multiple states designed to keep cameras from recording without permission in livestock plants. The Salt reported on these efforts, which activists call "ag gag" bills, last year.

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