11:01pm

Thu March 21, 2013
StoryCorps

Living And Loving Through The Bubonic Plague

Originally published on Fri March 22, 2013 7:55 am

John Tull, 63, and Lucinda Marker, 57, survived a bout of the bubonic plague in 2002.
StoryCorps

The bubonic plague killed about one-third of Europe's population during the Middle Ages, but today the bacterial infection rarely shows up in the U.S. Only a handful of people catch it each year.

But in 2002, Lucinda Marker and her husband, John Tull, were bitten by fleas infected with the plague near their home in New Mexico. They then took a trip to New York City.

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10:56pm

Thu March 21, 2013
The Two-Way

Investigators Seek Link Between Texas Car Chase, Colorado Shooting

Originally published on Fri March 22, 2013 5:25 am

Earlier this week, we told you about the head of Colorado's Department of Corrections who was shot and killed after answering the front door of his home.

On Thursday, a Colorado parolee who may be linked to Tom Clements' killing led Texas deputies on a high-speed car chase that ended only when he crashed into a semitrailer, opened fire and was subsequently shot down.

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9:03pm

Thu March 21, 2013
Movie Interviews

Tina Fey, Movie Star? Not Quite Yet, She Says

Originally published on Fri March 22, 2013 7:55 am

Tina Fey stars as Princeton University admissions counselor Portia Nathan in the new comedy Admission. Fey says the movie's frankly manic depiction of the college application melee appealed to her.
David Lee Focus Features

Writer, actor and producer Tina Fey stars in a new movie out today called Admission, a film that's nominally about getting into college. Fey plays an admissions officer at Princeton University, one of those diligent bureaucrats who cull thousands of applications in search of a small cadre of brilliant young people who will be the freshman class.

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6:17pm

Thu March 21, 2013
Arts & Culture

BoomTown Sounds: San Francisco's sonic history

Andrew Roth is a sound designer who re-creates soundscapes that no longer exist. You can hear his most recent work at the Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco. The exhibit is called BoomTown, and it’s what San Francisco sounded like in the early 1850s, when the city was known as the Barbary Coast.

Click the audio player above to listen to the story. 

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5:50pm

Thu March 21, 2013
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: March 21, 2013

A Special "Audiographiles" Edition of Crosscurrents:

Entering the soundscape with Bernie Krause; BoomTown Sounds: San Francisco's sonic history; This bus in an F: the music of everyday life; a conversation with Julie Caine about KALW's Audiograph; and this week's Audiograph sound revealed!

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5:47pm

Thu March 21, 2013
Arts & Culture

Entering the soundscape with Bernie Krause

In this episode of Crosscurrents, we go on a sonic tour of sounds from everyday life, led by bioacoustician and soundscape ecologist Bernie Krause.

Part I.

Bernie Krause says if we really listen, we’ll hear an animal orchestra out there and we need to protect it.

“Fully 50 percent of the habitats I’ve recorded are now quiet. It tells us about so many things about ourselves and how we’re doing in relationship to the rest of the living world around us,” says Krause.

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5:38pm

Thu March 21, 2013
Arts & Culture

Audiograph's Sound of the Week: The Wave Organ

Maya de Paula Hanika

All week long we've been playing this sound, and asking you to guess what exactly it is and where exactly in the Bay Area we recorded it.

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4:02pm

Thu March 21, 2013
Arts & Culture

Arts/Culture/Weekend: Prince and Bob Dylan's sonic baby, Khmer psych-pop, and American roots music

Dengue Fever
Lauren Dukoff

These first few days of spring sure look fruitful. If you haven't filled out a bracket or are looking to get away from the madness of it all, then you have options, people! You can crowd surf with college students, groove to Cambodian rock, take a musical journey from Berkeley to Lake Wobegon, and more.

This is your Arts/Culture/Weekend:

THURSDAY

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3:59pm

Thu March 21, 2013
The Two-Way

Man Freed after Two Decades In New York Prison; Doubt Cast On Murder Conviction

"Sir, you are free to go."

With those words from a judge in a New York court on Thursday, David Ranta was released from custody after serving 23 years in prison for a killing that authorities now doubt he carried out.

Weeping and surrounded by relatives, Ranta tried to describe his feelings to the media.

"I'm overwhelmed," the 58-year-old told reporters. "I feel like I'm under water, swimming."

The AP reports that, ahead of freeing Ranta, the judge acknowledged the failure of justice in his case:

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3:30pm

Thu March 21, 2013
The Two-Way

Dozens Killed By Suicide Bomber In Syrian Mosque

Dozens of people, including a prominent pro-government cleric, are dead in the Syrian capital following a suicide attack inside a mosque.

Syrian TV reported 42 people were killed and 84 wounded in the attack on the Iman Mosque. The pro-government cleric was Mohammed Saeed Ramadan al-Bouti, a longtime supporter of President Bashar Assad and imam of Damascus' Ummayyad Mosque.

Here's more from al-Jazeera:

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