5:11pm

Mon March 4, 2013
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: March 4, 2013

Getting a free ride on MUNI, another installment of "Money Diaries" in which young people reflect on their relationship with money, a commentary from a high school student on riding the bus, lawyers who prey on immigrants, and local musician Destiny Muhammad.

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5:08pm

Mon March 4, 2013
Economy/Labor/Biz

Money Diaries: Unemployed and on food stamps

Money Diaries is a series presenting stories from young people in Oakland, talking about their relationships with money.
Under CC license from Flickr user 401(K)

For the next few weeks, KALW News will be presenting stories from young people in Oakland, talking about their relationships with money. It’s part of a collaboration with the Oakland-based nonprofit Game Theory Academy, which works with low-income youth to improve their economic decision-making skills. Independent producer Lisa Morehouse worked with students at Game Theory Academy to record their experiences, in pieces we’re calling Money Diaries. 

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5:06pm

Mon March 4, 2013
YOUTH PERSPECTIVE

Commentary: Fighting misperceptions on the bus

Students at San Francisco’s Washington High School were asked in a school assignment to respond to the question: “When is a time your identity mattered?” Senior Jessica Ruan had this answer.

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4:40pm

Mon March 4, 2013
Cops & Courts

Fraudulent lawyers prey on immigrants

When criminal defendants can’t afford to pay for a lawyer, the court will appoint them one for free. But not all defendants have that right. If you’re called to immigration court, for example, you have to hire a private attorney. If you can’t afford one, you’re on your own. Many agencies provide free legal services to immigrants in these situations, but these agencies are overwhelmed. And even immigrants who can afford an attorney have to be careful who they hire. Some unlicensed practitioners prey on unsuspecting immigrants to make easy money.

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3:42pm

Mon March 4, 2013
Weekly digest

Coming up this week on Your Call

What's ahead this week on Your Call?  Check out our upcoming show topics...  If you have ideas about people we should be talking to, questions we should be asking, resources we should know about -- drop us a line at feedback@yourcallradio.org or post a comment right here!  

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3:40pm

Mon March 4, 2013
The Two-Way

Fannie And Freddie Announce Plans To Merge Some Operations

Originally published on Mon March 4, 2013 4:00 pm

The government-controlled mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac announced today that they would try to merge some of the operations the two companies currently perform separately.

The Wall Street Journal reports:

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3:39pm

Mon March 4, 2013
Transportation

Free Muni for Youth gives 40,000 S.F. students a free ride

Students celebrate the start of Free Muni for Youth (photo by Isabel Angell)

Starting this month, some kids in San Francisco can ride the bus for free. The new program, called Free Muni for Youth, aims to make life a little easier for the city’s low- and moderate-income families. The city estimates that 40,000 young people qualify for the program.

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3:34pm

Mon March 4, 2013
The Two-Way

Indian On Hunger Strike For 12 Years Charged With Attempted Suicide

Activist Irom Sharmila is flanked by a policeman, left, and a supporter, on Monday in New Delhi. Sharmila has been on a hunger strike for 12 years to protest an Indian law that suspends many human rights protections in areas of conflict.
Tsering Topgyal AP

Hunger strikes are often used in India as a method of protest — but try being on one for 12 years.

That's how long it's been since Irom Sharmila last ate on her own. She is protesting an Indian law that suspends human rights guarantees in conflict-ridden parts of the country. The government is force-feeding her through a tube. And on Monday, Sharmila was charged with attempted suicide.

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3:05pm

Mon March 4, 2013
It's All Politics

Scientists Are The New Kings (Or At Least Secretaries) At Energy Department

Originally published on Mon March 4, 2013 3:18 pm

Massachusetts Institute of Technology scientist Ernest Moniz is introduced by President Obama as the nominee to run the Energy Department, Monday at the White House.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

With President Obama nominating Ernest Moniz to be the nation's next energy secretary, he continued a relatively recent trend of putting scientists atop a part of the federal bureaucracy once overseen by political types.

If confirmed by the Senate, Moniz, an MIT physicist, will follow Nobel laureate Steven Chu, a University of California physicist who served as Obama's first-term energy secretary.

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2:50pm

Mon March 4, 2013
U.S.

Steamship Anchors A Community, But Its Days May Be Numbered

The nation's last coal-burning ferry, the SS Badger, sits on Lake Michigan in the port town of Ludington, Mich. The EPA permit that has long allowed the ship to dump coal ash into the lake is now under review.
Courtesy photo for NPR

On the shores of Lake Michigan, the tiny town of Ludington, Mich., is home port to the last coal-fired ferry in the U.S. The SS Badger has been making trips across the lake to Manitowoc, Wis., during the good-weather months since 1953. And as it runs, the 411-foot ferry discharges coal ash slurry directly into the lake.

An Environmental Protection Agency permit allows the Badger to dump four tons of ash into the lake daily. But now, the agency has put the permit under review — and that means the Badger could stop sailing.

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