1:22pm

Tue October 16, 2012
News

Budapest Quartet Gets To The Heart Of Beethoven

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 9:42 am

The Budapest String Quartet in 1919.
Wikimedia Commons

The Budapest String Quartet has always been my standard-bearer for chamber music. I grew up listening to their recordings, and especially admired not only their gorgeous sound, but also the uncanny interaction among all four players, even when there were changes in personnel. They had a way of playing as if they were speaking to each other, expressing deep and sometimes complicated feelings.

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1:22pm

Tue October 16, 2012
Food

'Test Kitchen' Chefs Talk The Science Of Savory

Jack Bishop is the editorial director at America's Test Kitchen, where every day a near army of professional chefs test, test, then retest recipes to arrive at the best possible result.
Larry Crowe AP

You might think that Bridget Lancaster and Jack Bishop — two of the culinary talents behind the public television shows America's Test Kitchen and Cook's Country — would have their cooking techniques pretty much figured out. Think again.

For the new Cook's illustrated book The Science of Good Cooking, Bishop and Lancaster tested principles they assumed were true — and as Bishop tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross, "Things that we thought were actually accurate turned out to be, perhaps, more complex."

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12:46pm

Tue October 16, 2012
The Two-Way

Former Sen. George McGovern Enters Hospice; Was 1972 Democratic Nominee

Then-Sen. George McGovern in 1972, when he was running for president.
Keystone Getty Images

Former South Dakota Sen. George McGovern, the Democratic Party's 1972 presidential nominee, has moved into a hospice care facility in Sioux Falls, his family and friends tell The Associated Press and other news outlets.

The 90-year-old World War II veteran is "coming to the end of his life," his daughter, Ann McGovern, tells the AP.

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12:17pm

Tue October 16, 2012
TELL YOUR STORY

Put your story on the Hear Here map

Visit hearhere.kalw.org to contribute your story about a significant place in your neighborhood.

At KALW, we believe that telling the story of a city means telling the stories of the people who live there. That’s what our community storytelling project Hear Here has been doing in San Francisco and Oakland – and now they want to get to know the places that make these cities what they are by asking a simple question:

What’s a place in your neighborhood that means something to you – and why?

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12:01pm

Tue October 16, 2012
Economy

6 Things Surnames Can Say About Social Mobility

Originally published on Tue October 16, 2012 1:31 pm

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Using data on surnames dating back almost 1,000 years, economic historian Gregory Clark says he's found evidence that families rise and fall across generations at a much slower rate than anyone previously thought. And he says that rate remains constant across national boundaries and time periods.

Clark is writing a book about his research, and he says he's still working out some of his conclusions, but here are six possible takeaways from what he's found so far:

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12:00pm

Tue October 16, 2012
Folk Music & Beyond ~ 10/20

The Shook Twins

The Shook Twins

The Shook Twins are Katelyn and Laurie Shook,  identical twin sisters who also happen to be enormously talented musicians from Portland, Oregon.  They stop by the KALW studios to perform their highly original and imaginative  songs on Folk Music and Beyond this week.  Saturday, October 20 at 3pm.

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12:00pm

Tue October 16, 2012
Economy

Movin' On Up? That May Depend On Your Last Name

Originally published on Tue October 16, 2012 4:06 pm

New research suggests that success in life may be determined by ancestors from hundreds of years ago. The research finds that your chance of making it into the elite is the same in the United States as it is in South America, no matter when you were born.
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Here is a question that social scientists have been pondering for years: How much of your success in life is tied to your parents, and how much do you control?

The academic term used for this is "social mobility." And a striking new finding from economic historian Gregory Clark of the University of California, Davis claims your success in life may actually be determined by ancestors who lived hundreds of years ago. That means improving opportunities across generations might be a lot harder than anyone imagined.

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10:38am

Tue October 16, 2012
Shots - Health News

Feds Seek Comments On Bird Flu Safety Fears

An electron microscope view of the bird flu virus.
PR Newswire

Here's your chance to weigh in on mutant forms of bird flu that have been in the news — the U.S. government wants to know just how scary you think these new viruses are.

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10:22am

Tue October 16, 2012
The Two-Way

A Victory For Obama, High Court Refuses Ohio Early Voting Case

With a one sentence decision, the U.S. Supreme Court handed President Obama a victory today.

The court refused to hear a case that sought to block early voting Ohio. The AP reports:

"The court on Tuesday refused a Republican request to get involved in a dispute over early voting in the state on the three days before Election Day.

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10:22am

Tue October 16, 2012
The Two-Way

Citigroup CEO's Exit Leaves Wall Street Scratching Its Head

Originally published on Tue October 16, 2012 10:36 am

Vikram Pandit on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on in June.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Today's announcement that Vikram Pandit had abruptly resigned as chief executive of banking giant Citigroup has left competitors, analysts and media pundits stunned and sputtering.

"This comes as a huge surprise," William George, a Goldman Sachs board member, said in an interview on CNBC.

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