All this week, we've been examining the world's last remaining pockets of polio, a disease for which there is no cure. India marked a milestone when the World Health Organization struck it from the list of polio-endemic countries in February after no new cases were reported for more than a year. From Delhi, NPR's Julie McCarthy reports on how, despite poverty and poor sanitation, the world's second-most populous country is eradicating the disease.
There aren’t many country-flavored singers from Corte Madera. In fact, there may only be one: Victoria George. She’s back in the Bay Area after three years in Nashville, where she concentrated on perfecting her songwriting skills. The result is a sound she calls “California meets Tennessee.”
Originally published on Thu October 18, 2012 10:04 am
By Richard Knox
A small study offers a bit of cautious optimism about the prospects for treatment of tuberculosis, one of humankind's most ancient scourges.
This week's New England Journal of Medicine has a report showing that adding a 12-year-old antibiotic called linezolid, brand name Zyvox, to existing treatments cured nearly 90 percent of patients with a form of tuberculosis resistant to both first- and second-line antibiotics.
Eighty-five percent of San Francisco's water comes from the Hetch Hetchy reservoir. San Francisco Proposition F calls for the city to begin evaluating the option of draining the reservoir. Before the Hetch Hetchy Valley was flooded, or the O’Shaughnessy Dam was built, environmentalists led by John Muir put up a big fight to keep it protected.
On today's Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about bike commuting, which is on the rise in many cities around the world. A US Census Bureau Survey shows a 66% increase in bicycle commuters from 2002 to 2010. What are the policies and infrastructures that make this possible? And does bike commuting make our cities better? Join us at 10am Pacific or post a comment here. What are your bike-to-work stories? It’s Your Call with Rose Aguilar, and you.
After sharp words on the debate stage Tuesday and after weeks of tough talk about each other on the campaign trail, President Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney face a different kind of challenge tonight:
They have to be funny about each other and about themselves.
Originally published on Thu October 18, 2012 7:00 am
By Alan Greenblatt
As recently as last month, it was clear that a lot of Republicans were unhappy with their presidential nominee, Mitt Romney.
When I would ask GOP voters how they felt about Romney at campaign rallies or at their doorsteps, many made sour faces, like they were swallowing chalk. They offered their most backhanded endorsements, saying things like, "He wasn't my first choice," or, "He's who we've got."
It was clear they would vote for him, but for many it was not out of love — it was out of disdain for President Obama.