12:31am

Thu February 7, 2013
Shots - Health News

Silica Rule Changes Delayed While Workers Face Health Risks

Originally published on Thu February 7, 2013 12:07 pm

A worker makes a cut in the side of a sandstone block at the Cleveland Quarries facility in Vermilion, Ohio, earlier this month. The legal limit on the amount of silica that workers can inhale was set decades ago.
Ty Wright Bloomberg via Getty Images

One of the oldest known workplace dangers is breathing in tiny bits of silica, which is basically sand. Even the ancient Greeks knew that stone cutters got sick from breathing in dust. And today, nearly 2 million American workers are exposed to silica dust in jobs ranging from construction to manufacturing.

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12:27am

Thu February 7, 2013
Puerto Rico: A Disenchanted Island

'Don't Give Up On Us': Puerto Ricans Wrestle With High Crime

Originally published on Thu February 7, 2013 5:31 pm

Luis Romero looks out over the ocean to a view that includes the Coast Guard station where his son, Julian, was in the auxiliary. Romero started the anti-violence organization Basta Ya after Julian was murdered.
Coburn Dukehart NPR

Puerto Rico's population is declining. Faced with a deteriorating economy, increased poverty and a swelling crime rate, many Puerto Ricans are fleeing the island for the U.S. mainland. In a four-part series, Morning Edition explores this phenomenon, and how Puerto Rico's troubles are affecting its people and other Americans in unexpected ways.

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12:11am

Thu February 7, 2013

7:40pm

Wed February 6, 2013
National Security

Obama's Pick For CIA Chief To Face Senate Scrutiny

Originally published on Thu February 7, 2013 12:07 pm

John Brennan, the deputy national security adviser for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, speaks at the White House in January. Brennan is President Obama's choice for CIA director.
Carolyn Kaster AP

John Brennan, President Obama's choice to lead the CIA, can look forward to a grilling Thursday on Capitol Hill. As Obama's chief counterterrorism adviser, he has been associated with some controversial policies, including the use of armed drones. Brennan's nomination comes before the Senate Intelligence Committee, and members from both parties have their questions ready.

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6:02pm

Wed February 6, 2013
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: February 6, 2013

Where homosexuality and Mormonism collide; Washington High School students on being "American;" Growing up trans; and "local" (Baltimore) legend David Byrne.

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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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