11:56pm

Tue February 5, 2013
The Salt

New Hampshire Cuts Red Tape To Put Nanobreweries On Tap

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 7:51 am

Throwback Brewery co-owner Nicole Carrier and assistant brewer Chris Naro pour beer for customers at their North Hampton, N.H., taproom.
Emily Corwin NHPR

As beer drinkers demand increasingly obscure beers with ingredients like jalapenos or rhubarb, smaller and smaller breweries are stepping up to the plate. New Hampshire is one state helping these brewery startups get off the ground, with new laws that make it easier for small-scale breweries to obtain licenses and distribute their craft beers.

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11:55pm

Tue February 5, 2013
Research News

Why You Love That Ikea Table, Even If It's Crooked

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 7:51 am

Building your own stuff boosts your feelings of pride and competence, and also signals to others that you are competent.
iStockphoto.com

Have you ever spent a couple of hours working on a craft project — or a presentation for work — and then fallen in love with what you've accomplished? Do the colors you've picked for your PowerPoint background pop so beautifully that you just have to sit back and admire your own genius?

If so, get in line: You're the latest person to fall victim to the Ikea Effect.

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11:53pm

Tue February 5, 2013
Books

Hollywood Hot Shots, Scientology And A Story Worth The Risk In 'Going Clear'

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 9:26 am

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In the 1970s, a young man named Paul Haggis was walking down a street in Ontario, Canada. He encountered a man peddling a book.

"And he handed the book to Paul, and he said, 'You've got a mind — this is the owner's manual,' " journalist Lawrence Wright tells NPR's Steve Inskeep. "And inside, there was a stamp saying 'Church of Scientology,' and Paul was intrigued, and he said, 'Take me there.' " Haggis soon became a member of the Church of Scientology — and he's a central character in Wright's new book, Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief.

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11:01pm

Tue February 5, 2013
Sweetness And Light

It's The Dog Days For America's Sports Dynasties

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 7:51 am

Maltipoo Shaggy is dressed as a Yankees fan at the Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade in New York City last year. Commentator Frank Deford says the Yankees are turning into a home for the assisted living.
John Moore Getty Images

Since that devilish little morality saga with Linda Evans and Joan Collins left television in 1989, there have been no dynasties in our world outside of sports.

Today, nobody says that William and Kate are continuing a dynasty or the Kennedys are a dynasty, or the Rockefellers, or even that dreadful ugly chubby family in North Korea.

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8:25pm

Tue February 5, 2013
Music Education

Oakland Symphony keeps music education alive in public schools

A few children shuffle in their seats to get a better look, but most of them resume their work putting their clarinets together.

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8:13pm

Tue February 5, 2013
Education

An artistic approach to education

The Oakland Museum of California was a recent destination of a field trip for students in Oakland High's Visual Arts & Academic Magnet Program.
Courtesy of museumca.org

On a recent Friday, a group of tenth graders from Oakland High School prepare to start their weekend with a field trip to the Oakland Museum of California. A mob of loud and animated students cram into a bus. When we reach our destination, the pupils rush off the bus and dash up the steps to the museum. 

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6:41pm

Tue February 5, 2013
Education

Seeking the truth about charter schools

Oakland has become a sort of test kitchen for charter schools. One of the first in the state opened in Oakland in 1993 – and in the past decade or so, the district has gone from having three charters to 33 today. But there are challenges in welcoming charter schools to the city, and it has been a contentious issue in Oakland.

Ingrid Seyer-Ochi, director of the Center for Urban Schools and Partnerships at Mills College, says the controversy is often fueled by misconceptions, like that charter schools are private. Seyer-Ochi spoke with KALW’s Holly Kernan.

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6:16pm

Tue February 5, 2013
Education

Debate program gives voice to students

The Fremont High School debate team.

About a dozen teens at Fremont High School are standing in a circle in their classroom. They are rapidly firing questions at one another so fast they’re almost inaudible. This is Fremont High School’s debate team, in the middle of a cross-examination exercise. When the exercise is over, the team gets down to the real issues.

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5:35pm

Tue February 5, 2013
Education

Getting schooled on innovative teaching

At the end of the school day at Franklin Elementary in East Oakland, second grade teacher Darissa Phipps is trying out new techniques with her class to keep them engaged. Ms. Phipps sits at the head of the class with some handouts, waiting to get the students’ attention.          

“I find the kids charming and entertaining most of the time – and it’s really exciting to see them learn and grow and how they change over the year from the beginning to the end,” says Phipps.

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5:29pm

Tue February 5, 2013
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: February 5, 2013

A Crosscurrents special on Oakland schools, plus  memories form within the newsroom of our favorite teachers! Engaging students at Franklin Elementary in East Oakland, music class in public schools, transitioning from public to charter school, charter schools explained with Ingrid Seyer-Ochi, teaching with students in mind at American Indian public schools, Skyline Public High School's high tech classroom,  debating at Fremont high, ReVAAMP and bringing art back into Oakland schools, and Baltimore musicians Future Islands.

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