Tue November 20, 2012

Gmail Sends Message In Cherokee

Originally published on Tue November 20, 2012 9:41 am

The Cherokee Nation has teamed up with Google to launch Gmail in the Cherokee language. They hope to give young Cherokees a chance to use the language every day. Guest host Celeste Headlee discusses the project with Google Senior Software Engineer Craig Cornelius and Cherokee language expert Joseph Erb.


Tue November 20, 2012

Are Stocks Threatened By 'Generation Sell'?

Fewer than 20 percent of Americans now say they're interested in buying stocks. That's according to a survey conducted by the site Bankrate.com. Guest host Celeste Headlee talks to Roben Farzad, contributor for Bloomberg BusinessWeek about what this could mean for the market's future.


Tue November 20, 2012
The Two-Way

VIDEO: Clown, Cop Trade Punches

Originally published on Tue November 20, 2012 12:03 pm

It could be hard to run from police in these.
Mario Tama Getty Images

We need a break from the day's incredibly serious news. Maybe you do too. If so, check the story from Milwaukee about a guy in a clown suit who was running in and out of traffic — and the fistfight/wrestling match he got into with a police officer.

It was all recorded by a guy with a camera phone. Reportedly, no one was hurt. The clown is said to be a local activist of some sort.

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Tue November 20, 2012
The Two-Way

Allen West, Controversial Tea Party Firebrand, Concedes In Florida House Race

Originally published on Tue December 4, 2012 4:26 pm

Rep. Allen West , R-FL, speaks during an address to the 39th Conservative Political Action Committee in Washington, D.C., in February.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

After two weeks, legal challenges and plenty of barbs with his opponent, Rep. Allen West, the Republican Tea Party firebrand, conceded defeat this morning.

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Tue November 20, 2012
The Two-Way

Elmo Puppeteer Resigns; Calls Sex Allegations A 'Distraction'

Originally published on Tue November 20, 2012 9:22 am

Puppeteer Kevin Clash and Elmo.
Frederick M. Brown Getty Images

Kevin Clash, the voice and puppeteer who for 28 years has made Sesame Street's Elmo come alive for kids, has resigned because "the controversy surrounding [his] personal life has become a distraction," Sesame Workshop said this morning.

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Tue November 20, 2012
The Two-Way

Former Sen. Warren Rudman Dies

Former Sen. Warren Rudman, R-N.H., in 2002.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Former New Hampshire Sen. Warren Rudman has died. His name will always be linked to a 1980s-era effort to tame the federal budget deficit and to a pre-Sept. 11 warning about the nation's security. And he will be remembered as a "moderate" Republican who could work across party lines.

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Tue November 20, 2012
KALW Almanac

November 20, 2012



324th day of 2012, 42 remaining

Sunrise: 6:55am
Sunset: 4:55pm

50% of the moon is visible, setting at 11:25pm, rising at 12:02pm

Low Tides at the Golden Gate: 11:13am/10:05pm
High Tides: 5:27am/4:50pm

Special Celebrations today:

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Tue November 20, 2012
Shots - Health News

When Your State Says Yes To Medical Marijuana, But Your Insurer Says No

Originally published on Wed November 21, 2012 7:33 am

Medical marijuana advocates demonstrate outside a San Francisco fundraiser for President Obama in February.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Medical marijuana is now legal in 18 states and the District of Columbia, but health insurance doesn't cover it and patients often scramble to cover the cost.

"It's an expensive medication, no doubt about it," says Kris Hermes, a spokesman for Americans for Safe Access, a patient advocacy group. "Patients are struggling to afford it, regardless of whether it's available in their state."

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Tue November 20, 2012
The Salt

Tracking The Elusive 'Chocolate' Persimmon

Originally published on Tue November 20, 2012 6:51 am

The fabled and rare chocolate persimmon may look rotten, but it is juicy and sweet without being cloying.
Rachel Myrow NPR

When farmers from Japan settled in California more than 100 years ago, they brought Japanese persimmons, with their bright, shiny skins and sweet interiors.

Some Americans almost immediately caught onto the charm of these orange beauties, and with the help of a few prominent backers, passion for the Japanese varieties spread across the country, according to botanist Julia Morton.

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Tue November 20, 2012
The Two-Way

Charges Filed Against Murdoch Editors Accused Of Paying Officials For Information

Originally published on Tue November 20, 2012 8:45 am

Rebekah Brooks, who rose to the top spot at Rupert Murdoch's News International.
Oli Scarff Getty Images

British officials today filed more charges against former top editors at some of Rupert Murdoch's newspapers in the U.K., this time for allegedly paying nearly $160,000 to a ministry of defense official to get information.

That information allegedly included the "Green Book" that lists phone numbers and other contact details for members of Britain's royal family.

According to the Crown Prosecution Service, those charged are:

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