Thu January 31, 2013
It's All Politics

Cabinet Picks Show A Shift In How U.S. Wages War

Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 5:34 am

President Obama shakes hands with his nominee to head the Defense Department, former Sen. Chuck Hagel, at the White House on Jan. 7. John Brennan, Obama's choice for director of the CIA, looks on.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Chuck Hagel, who spent more than a decade in the Senate asking witnesses questions at hearings, will be the one answering them Thursday as his confirmation hearing to be secretary of defense begins.

His hearing follows that of Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., who was confirmed this week to be secretary of state.

Kerry and Hagel have a prominent biographical detail in common: service in Vietnam.

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Thu January 31, 2013

How Do You Solve A Problem Like Colin Kaepernick?

Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 4:55 pm

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick throws before the NFC Championship game against the Atlanta Falcons on Jan. 20.
David Goldman AP

There's always a question surrounding San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Years ago, people wondered whether the talented athlete would be good enough to start in college.

Then there was the question of what role he would play in the NFL. And after the 49ers took him, fans questioned whether he could throw enough to be more than a backup.

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Wed January 30, 2013
Music Interviews

Ben Harper And Charlie Musselwhite Get Muddy

Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 10:12 am

Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite's new collaborative album is titled Get Up!
Danny Clinch Courtesy of the artist

Ben Harper grew up roaming the aisles and restoring guitars at his family's music store, the Claremont Folk Music Center. Going on its 60th year of business, the storefront in Southern California is where Harper first discovered the harmonica playing of blues legend Charlie Musselwhite.

"We had Charlie's records stacked high at my family's store and at my house," Harper tells NPR's Steve Inskeep.

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Wed January 30, 2013

Crosscurrents: January 30, 2013

DACA, the newest addition to the discussion on US immigration reform; Adobe Books still fighting to keep its doors open; What does it take to open a business in San Francisco?; StoryCorps: Apollo 11 engineer recalls the thrill of the first lunar landing; and local band the Mezzacappa-Phillips Duo.

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Wed January 30, 2013

Family Law

Chuck Finney is joined by Family Law attorneys Esther Rosenfeld, Jill Mondry, and Lauren Zorfas to discuss alternative dispute resolution and mediation in Family Law cases.

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Wed January 30, 2013

StoryCorps: Apollo 11 engineer recalls the thrill of the first lunar landing

Patricia Fodor and Diane Daniels. Photo courtesy of StoryCorps

Take a moment to imagine how the night sky will look a few hours from now. The lights of the Bay Area may shine around you, making the darkness a little lighter. And of course there’s likely to be some fog. Still you’ll probably see a few stars, glowing dimly against an endlessly dark backdrop.

But drive further away from the city, perhaps up to Mt. Tamalpais, and the night sky dazzles.

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Wed January 30, 2013
The Record

Patty Andrews, Leader Of The Andrews Sisters, Dies

Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 10:40 am

The Andrews Sisters (from left, Maxene, Patty and LaVerne) in the 1940s. Patty was the star of the sibling act.
GAB Archive/Redferns Getty Images

StoryCorps partners with the Contemporary Jewish Museum to record, preserve, and share the stories of communities in San Francisco.


Wed January 30, 2013

What does it take to open a business in San Francisco?

Aubrie Pick Courtesy of outfitgeneric.com/

The nation may have been on shaky economic ground as it kicked off 2013, but there was little sign of that here in San Francisco. The city is still in the midst of a tech boom, which has fueled construction and retail investment.

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Wed January 30, 2013

DACA, the newest addition to the discussion on US immigration reform

Under CC license from Flickr user Icars

When you are undocumented in this country, it usually means you carry around a very big secret. So naturally, even when the president says he’s getting serious about immigration reform – as he did yesterday in Nevada – it’s still hard for undocumented people to believe they might find a legal place in society.

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