6:22pm

Tue December 11, 2012
Economy/Labor/Biz

Radical Ideas: New approaches to solving homelessness

Bevan Dufty is Director of Housing, Opportunity, Partnership, and Engagement for the city of San Francisco. In his new role brainstorming solutions to the city’s stubborn homelessness problem, Dufty has come up with some pretty novel thoughts. We wanted to hear about some of the most innovative, so we invited him in for a segment we call “Radical Ideas.”

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5:43pm

Tue December 11, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

Finding alternatives for homeless encampments

One of several tents under the I-280 on-ramp at 5th and King, in San Francisco.
Mary Rees

As California sloshes through its rainy season, homeless people around the Bay Area are looking for places to stay dry. In San Francisco, the spaces under freeways are popular, and groups of homeless people sometimes band together for their mutual protection. Still, as you might expect, living on the streets isn’t safe or easy.

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5:27pm

Tue December 11, 2012
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: December 11, 2012

Dealing with homeless encampments in San Francisco, giving dogs and supplying food trucks for the homeless, The Powers of Ten at SFMOMA, and local musicians Bill Hansell.

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5:18pm

Tue December 11, 2012
Transportation

MUNI offers free passes to low-income SF youth

Last week, young people in San Francisco got some good news: starting in March, they’ll be able to ride MUNI free of charge. After a two-year campaign, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency approved a 16-month pilot program that will allow low-income young people between five and seventeen to apply for free youth passes, which they can use to ride public transit in the city. KALW’s Julie Caine explains.

Click the audio player above to listen to the interview.

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4:09pm

Tue December 11, 2012
Arts & Culture

Size matters in "Powers of Ten" tribute

Futurefarmers, A Variation on the Powers of Ten, 2010–12; Production photo: Amy Franceschini and Michael Swaine, Futurefarmers; Courtesy the artists; © Futurefarmers

Charles and Ray Eames are best known as mid-20th Century designers of architecture and furniture, but they also worked in graphic design, fine art, and film. Unquestionably their most famous film was “Powers of Ten” (1968), which they describe as “a film dealing with the relative size of things in the universe, and the effect of adding another zero.”

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3:56pm

Tue December 11, 2012
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music: Guitar Pull

The Lady Crooners will be performing at the upcoming Guitar Pull

Now here’s something you don’t hear every day – a Guitar Pull. The term seems to come from the Great Depression when a group would get together to play songs. Often only one player would have a guitar, so they’d “pull” it from each other to have a turn.

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3:09pm

Tue December 11, 2012
The Two-Way

Boehner Sends 'Fiscal Cliff' Counteroffer To White House

Originally published on Tue December 11, 2012 3:33 pm

Speaker John Boehner leaves his office Tuesday and walks to the House floor to deliver remarks about negotiations with President Obama on the fiscal cliff.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

The back and forth over the "fiscal cliff" continues: House Speaker John Boehner sent a new counterproposal to the White House on Tuesday that, according to a spokesman for the speaker, aims to "achieve tax and entitlement reform to solve our looming debt crisis and create more American jobs."

Tuesday's offer from Boehner follows his remarks on the House floor in which he called on President Obama to identify what spending cuts the White House will accept as part of a "balanced approach" toward a deal.

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2:40pm

Tue December 11, 2012
Middle East

U.S. Doctors Provide Supplies, Training To Syrians

Originally published on Tue December 11, 2012 6:34 pm

Dr. Mazen Kewara, an American vascular surgeon, trains Syrian doctors during a workshop in Antakya,Turkey.
Deborah Amos NPR

Syria's health care system is collapsing after 21 months of revolt. According to a new report by the World Health Organization, half of the country's public hospitals have been destroyed in the fighting.

Pharmacies are running out of medicine for even the most basic care. In rebel-controlled areas, field clinics and hospitals are overwhelmed. A group of Syrian-American doctors has stepped in to help, bringing in crucial supplies and providing training.

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2:40pm

Tue December 11, 2012
It's All Politics

'Paris Hilton Tax' Vs. 'Death Tax': A Lesser-Known Fiscal Debate

Originally published on Tue December 11, 2012 6:34 pm

Ben Franklin famously observed that nothing is certain but death and taxes.

So far, Congress hasn't repealed the former, but the future of estate taxes — a largely overlooked piece of the "fiscal cliff" — remains uncertain as this year draws to a close.

Until now, most of the year-end tax debate has focused on the income tax, but another battle could be brewing over estate taxes.

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2:38pm

Tue December 11, 2012
Education

Berkeley Receives $1M For Undocumented Students

Originally published on Tue December 11, 2012 6:34 pm

Meng So, coordinator of the University of California, Berkeley's Undocumented Student Program, says students he helps are from low-income families with no experience navigating a university such as Berkeley. So calls undocumented students "underground undergrads."
Carol Ness UC Berkeley

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