Fri April 12, 2013

The Thatcher Era's Effect On British Music

Originally published on Fri April 12, 2013 7:55 am

Morrissey, an outspoken critic of Margaret Thatcher, is one of many U.K. musicians who responded to the late British leader's reforms in song.
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Fri April 12, 2013

In NASA's Budget: Plans To 'Shrink-Wrap' An Asteroid

Originally published on Fri April 12, 2013 7:55 am

A NASA mission proposed in President Obama's budget would involve capturing an asteroid and pulling it into Earth's orbit for observation.
NASA/Advanced Concepts Laboratory

When President Obama released his 2014 budget for the federal government on Wednesday, much of it was spreadsheets and tables. But one corner of NASA's budget looked like something out of a movie script.

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Fri April 12, 2013
Planet Money

The Tax Code, Translated Into Plain English

Originally published on Fri April 12, 2013 7:55 am

Tim Boyle Getty Images

The tax code is full of complicated loopholes and deductions that require professional translation. So I called a bunch of accountants and tax lawyers and asked them: What are your favorite, most confusingly named deductions — and what do they actually mean?

Intangible Drilling Costs

"The government will pay you to dig a hole in the ground," says Howard Rosen, a CPA in St. Louis. "You can write it all off immediately."

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Fri April 12, 2013
Latin America

In The Wake Of Brazil's Boom, Prices To Match

Originally published on Fri April 12, 2013 7:56 am

Tatiana Coelho buys fruit from a vendor in a favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Sept. 20, 2012. Prices, especially for food, are skyrocketing in Brazil.
Melanie Stetson Freeman Christian Science Monitor via Getty Images

In Sao Paulo, Brazil's largest city, a Starbucks coffee shop looks as it would in the United States. It has the same jazzy music; the same items on the menu.

There is one thing that is different, though: the prices.

"Everyone told me it's expensive, but when you see it yourself it's shocking," says one customer, Thierry, who is from Geneva and is in town for a wedding.

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Thu April 11, 2013


Thu April 11, 2013
Arts & Culture

Film explores the untold story of America’s heroines

On Monday night, PBS is airing the documentary, Wonder Women: the Untold Story of America’s Heroines.  The film looks at how popular representations of powerful women often reflect something more subtle, that is: society’s anxieties about women’s liberation. It features TV stars Lynda Carter (Wonder Woman) and Lindsay Wagner (The Bionic Woman), along with Gloria Steinem and others talking about feminism through a pop culture lens. Bay Area documentary filmmaker Kristy Guevera-Flanagan made the film. She spoke with KALW contributor Kevin Robinson, who runs the website Medium Rare.

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Thu April 11, 2013
The Two-Way

NHL, Players Union Launch Initiative To Battle Homophobia

Originally published on Thu April 11, 2013 5:54 pm

Fans cheer after Martin Hanzal of the Phoenix Coyotes scores an empty-net goal against the Detroit Red Wings in Glendale, Ariz., on April 4.
Christian Petersen Getty Images

The National Hockey League and its players union launched an initiative today that it hopes will stamp out homophobia from the game.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman tells our Newscast unit that the partnership with You Can Play is intended to send a message that everyone is welcome in the NHL as a player or a fan.

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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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Thu April 11, 2013

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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Thu April 11, 2013
The Two-Way

A Blooming Mistake: Irish James Joyce Coin Misquotes Author

James Joyce
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"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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