5:22pm

Tue March 12, 2013
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: March 12, 2013

Immigration court and the difficulties of getting legal representation as a US immigrant, Andrew Lam talks about his short stories on being a Vietnamese immigrant to America, an urban astronomer talks comets and asteroids, and local musicians The Owl Paws.

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5:18pm

Tue March 12, 2013
Cops & Courts

Access to legal counsel proves challenging for immigrants

You would never notice it if you were walking by, because there are no signs, but San Francisco's immigration court is on the eighth and ninth floors of a nondescript office building here on Montgomery Street in the city's financial district. Immigrants can get a notice to appear here if they are facing deportation or applying for asylum. The people outside are here without lawyers. When I asked a man if he had a lawyer, he told me he wasn't sure if they'd let him see a judge or not.

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4:52pm

Tue March 12, 2013
Astronomy

Where's the best place to view the Comet PanSTARRS?

UFOs may be a bit far fetched, but this week there is something else coming from outer space. The Comet PanSTARRS can be seen in western skies this week.  To learn more about the science behind the spectacle, KALW's Ben Trefny spoke with Urban Astronomer Paul Salazar.

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4:36pm

Tue March 12, 2013
Arts & Culture

Vietnamese American author Andrew Lam on his new book "Birds of Paradise Lost"

The immigrant experience is meant to be a smooth one, full of promise. Ideally, people from developing countries come to America for better work, education, human rights and, overall, and a better future for their children.

However, many of these stories turn out to be not as polished as that narrative. Immigrants often need to learn a new language, navigate a new system, face realities they never have before, and find their way in a new adopted country. Their hopes are high, and sometimes they end up unmet.

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3:48pm

Tue March 12, 2013
The Two-Way

L.A. Archdiocese Agrees To $10 Million Settlement Over Abuse Claims

Cardinal Roger Michael Mahony arrives to attend a mass at St Peter's basilica on March 12, 2013 at the Vatican.
Gabriel Bouys AFP/Getty Images

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles has agreed to pay $9.9 million to four men who allege they were abused by former priest Michael Baker, the men's attorney tells the AP.

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3:48pm

Tue March 12, 2013
It's All Politics

Ryan's Budget Plan Leaves Obamacare Taxes Alone

Originally published on Tue March 12, 2013 4:23 pm

As he has said many times in recent years, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan is no fan of President Obama's health care law. The Republican repeated his view again Tuesday as he laid out the House Republicans' proposed budget:

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3:42pm

Tue March 12, 2013
The Salt

Can Dunkin' Donuts Really Turn Its Palm Oil Green?

Originally published on Tue March 12, 2013 4:13 pm

Dunkin' Donuts plans to go green by committing to purchasing all of its palm oil from sustainable sources.
Andrew Huff/via Flickr

Dunkin' Donuts is changing its recipes — though you may not notice much difference the next time you bite into a cruller. In response to pressure from one of New York's top elected officials, the company recently announced that it will set a goal of using only 100 percent sustainable palm oil in making its donuts.

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3:32pm

Tue March 12, 2013
The Two-Way

Labor Relations Board Will Take Recess Appointment Decision To Supreme Court

The National Labor Relations Board says it will ask the Supreme Court to review a lower court decision that invalidated three of President Obama's recess appointments, casting a legal cloud over more than 1,000 board actions over the past year.

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3:24pm

Tue March 12, 2013
Open Air ~ 3/14 at 1pm

ODC/Dance Downtown ~ City of Tomorrow Wind Quintet ~ On St. Patty's Day

City of Tomorrow Woodwind Quintet


This week, conversations with KT Nelson and Brenda Way of ODC/Dance, to talk about their Downtown Season; the award-winning wind quintet The City of Tomorrow will be in the studio for a live performance; a preview of this week’s Peninsula Symphony concerts; plus critic Peter Robinson explores some of the idiosyncrasies of St. Patrick’s Day. David Latulippe is your host.  Originally broadcast on Thursday, March 14 at 1pm.


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3:00pm

Tue March 12, 2013
The Two-Way

Ewald-Heinrich Von Kleist, Who Plotted To Kill Hitler, Dies

Originally published on Tue March 12, 2013 3:49 pm

Ewald-Heinrich von Kleist-Schmenzin, right, a former German army officer and a member of the July 20 Plot, talks with German Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg during a ceremony for new recruits on July 20, 2010 in Berlin on the occasion of the 66th anniversary of the failed attempted assassination on Hitler on July 20, 1944.
Rainer Jensen AFP/Getty Images

Ewald-Heinrich Von Kleist, the last survivor of a plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler, has died, the Associated Press reports quoting his wife.

Von Kleist, a former German army lieutenant, first volunteered to wear a suicide vest in 1944. He was scheduled to meet Hitler to model a new uniform and that's when he would detonate.

According to the AP, Von Kleist told his father, an early opponent of Hitler, about the suicide plot.

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