5:54pm

Wed February 6, 2013
Arts & Culture

Where homosexuality and Mormonism collide

The intersection of gay rights and Mormon religion at a Mormons for Marriage Equality in Portland, Oregon.
Under CC license from Flickr user A.Davey

Recently on Crosscurrents, we aired a profile of Oakland’s Mormon Temple – an aesthetic icon in the city – and a place that’s very special to a man who was married there.

“Also, it is a place where a temple marriage can be performed, a marriage performed in a Mormon temple is not said to be ‘til’ death do you part, but also to carry on into the eternities,” Jay Pimentel said in the piece.

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5:46pm

Wed February 6, 2013
YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS 2/6

Legal Services provided by Legal Aid Offices

Chuck Finney is joined by Attorneys Shirley Gibson and Stacey Hawver of the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County; and Christina Varner, Legal Advice Line Advocate for Bay Area Legal Aid.

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5:35pm

Wed February 6, 2013
Arts & Culture

Today’s "Local" Music: David Byrne

David Byrne
http://www.myspace.com/davidbyrnemusic/photos/515043

Maybe you’ve noticed a theme in our music this week... it’s all from Baltimore. When the 49ers lost to the Ravens last Sunday, we lost a bet with Baltimore station WTMD. So you’ll be hearing the sweet strains of the Chesapeake Bay all week on Crosscurrents. Today we’re featuring David Byrne, raised in Baltimore. The movie Stop Making Sense, about Byrne’s band The Talking Heads, is playing at the Parkway Theatre at midnight on Friday. So, there from Chesapeake Bay to our own Bay... go Ravens!

5:30pm

Wed February 6, 2013
Arts & Culture

Commentary: Washington High School students on being "American"

Students at Washington High School in San Francisco’s outer Richmond neighborhood were recently asked to respond to the question: what was a time your identity mattered? KALW producers went out to Washington to hear their answers.

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5:19pm

Wed February 6, 2013
Politics

Commentary: Growing up trans

Irina Slutsky's Flickr Photostream

Figuring out one’s identity can be a life-altering process. Mills College student Skylar Crownover sent us this commentary about how the way people perceive gender affects a very basic part of their day.

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3:12pm

Wed February 6, 2013
Around the Nation

Questions Sprout Up Over Razed California Wildlife Reserve

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 4:23 pm

The Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve after the land was stripped by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Several advocates, including elected leaders, are protesting the move.
Courtesy of Mathew Tekulsky

Just a stone's throw from two of Los Angeles' busiest freeways lies the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve, a unique spot in an urban jungle.

The northern portion of the reserve is adorned with 30-foot-tall cottonwood trees, spots of coyote bush and other plants. Native plants cover 50 percent of the nature spot, says Kris Ohlenkamp with the San Fernando Valley Audubon Society.

"On the other side it was significantly more than that," he says.

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2:54pm

Wed February 6, 2013
Health, Science, Environment

East Bay Express: California gets fracked

Courtesy of EastBayExpress.com

Big Oil is rushing to extract fossil fuel from the state's underground shale formation. But will it contaminate — and waste — portions of our water supply?

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2:52pm

Wed February 6, 2013
The Two-Way

Sen. Marco Rubio Will Deliver Republican Response To State Of The Union

Sen. Marco Rubio speaks during the final day of the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio will deliver the Republican response to the president's State of the Union address this upcoming Tuesday.

NPR's Tamara Keith filed this report for our Newscast unit:

"Rubio is a rising star of the Republican party, who was elected as part of the Tea Party wave in 2010.

"He's the son of Cuban immigrants and is part of a bipartisan group of senators working on immigration reform legislation. He'll deliver the response in both English and Spanish.

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2:40pm

Wed February 6, 2013
Education

Lessons for inside and outside the classroom

American Indian Model School students
http://www.aimschools.org/aiphs_welcome.shtml

American Indian Public Charter School II in Oakland might be closing, despite its high achieving students. School administrators were found to have improperly used millions of dollars in school funds – and recently, its charter designation was revoked. 

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2:39pm

Wed February 6, 2013
The Two-Way

Air Base In Saudi Arabia Is Latest Drone Secret To Be Revealed

Originally published on Thu February 7, 2013 3:50 am

John Brennan, President Obama's nominee to be the next CIA director, worked closely with Saudi Arabia to set up a secret U.S. drone base there, The New York Times reported. Brennan's confirmation hearing is Thursday.
Kevin Dietsch UPI /Landov

The Obama administration says lethal airstrikes, delivered stealthily by drones, have been a major success in its counterterrorism efforts. But the administration has been much less successful in keeping secret the details of the often controversial drone program.

Last May, Foreign Policy published this story providing details on 12 U.S. drone bases spread across three continents, from the Seychelles to the Philippines.

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