12:42am

Thu February 28, 2013
Shots - Health News

What Happened To The Aid Meant To Rebuild Haiti?

Originally published on Mon March 4, 2013 1:39 pm

Many homes that were rebuilt after the earthquake in 2010 are even more dangerous than the original ones. This three-story home was put up after the quake but is already slated for demolition to make way for an 18-unit housing project.
David Gilkey NPR

After a devastating earthquake hit Haiti in 2010, governments and foundations from around the world pledged more than $9 billion to help get the country back on its feet.

Only a fraction of the money ever made it. And Haiti's President Michel Martelly says the funds aren't "showing results."

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12:17am

Thu February 28, 2013
Author Interviews

Dictionary Of Idioms Gets Everybody On The Same Page

Originally published on Thu February 28, 2013 9:04 am

The "elephant in the room" is something obvious that can't be overlooked, even if no one is talking about it. The phrase was in use as early as 1935.
iStockphoto.com

If you've ever shot the breeze, had a heart-to-heart or bent somebody's ear — in fact, if you've ever talked at all — odds are you've used an idiom. These sometimes bizarre phrases are a staple of conversation, and more than 10,000 of them are collected in the latest edition of The American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms, which came out this week.

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12:00am

Thu February 28, 2013

9:21pm

Wed February 27, 2013
Out in the Bay - 2/28, 7pm

'Change Coming' for S.F. singer Mark Etheredge (show Saturday)

photo by Stuart Locklear

Meet Bay Area-bred singer, songwriter and keyboard player Mark Etheredge and collaborator Michael Cronin, who play in San Francisco  Saturday, and hear their latest music on this week's Out in the Bay.  Mark has just released his first CD, Change Coming,  featuring a wide range of songs about life and love, from the upbeat and humorous "Hot Tub" and "Pimp You Out for Love" to the very personal and touching "Room to Room,"  about his mother's struggle with Alzheimer's.

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7:07pm

Wed February 27, 2013
Community Partnership

Philosophy Talk in The Classroom - The Art of Living

The hosts of KALW's Philosophy Talk present The Art of Living, a five-week course in partnership with Stanford's Continuing Studies program. The course, which runs from April 8 to June 3, will explore the various ways in which it is possible to live well and beautifully, what it takes to implement our values, and what happens when they come under pressure from inside and out.

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5:52pm

Wed February 27, 2013
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: February 28, 2013

How do we define wilderness?; Brain Vitamin: Is desalination a viable solution to water shortages?; and Science commentary: The low-oxygen ocean lifestyle.

To subscribe to the Crosscurrents podcast in iTunes, click here. To use another podcasting tool, click here.

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4:49pm

Wed February 27, 2013
YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS 2/27

Landlord/tenant laws



Chuck Finney is joined by landlord/tenant attorneys James Coy Driscoll and Marc Seidenfeld.


It's also Call a Lawyer night!

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4:39pm

Wed February 27, 2013
Arts & Culture

Arts/Culture/Weekend: Noise Pop, silent film and sea chanteys

Fresh and Onlys
David Black

I used to think festival season was all about summertime magic, bare feet, desert sands and palm trees. But one of the wonders of living in a seasonal twilight-zone like San Francisco is a festival can strike at any time, like...now! Noise Pop is here, a springtime selection of independent music, art and film. There are events going all week so check out the schedule and take your pick. Here are mine, for this week's Arts/Culture/Weekend:

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4:10pm

Wed February 27, 2013
Health, Science, Environment

Science commentary: The low-oxygen ocean lifestyle

The floor of the Pacific Ocean.
Under CC license from Flickr user Matt McGee

When we talk about climate change, it’s easy to get stuck in our terrestrial mammal mindset. Let’s face it: most of us are total dry land chauvinists. The only time we even notice something’s happening to the ocean is when it’s gnawing away at our coastline. But something else is going on just beneath the surface. Certain sections of the ocean are losing oxygen – and that’s just as bad for sea creatures as it would be for us.

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3:57pm

Wed February 27, 2013
Health, Science, Environment

How do we define wilderness?

Drakes Estero
Casey Miner

If someone told you they wanted to open a commercial business in a national park, your answer might be obvious—Who wants a McDonalds when you’re out in nature? But it can be more complicated than that.

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