5:34pm

Tue October 2, 2012
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: October 2, 2012

The key to San Francisco opens the heart of visiting Nobel Laureate; Elections 2012: the South Asian vote; Chew on This: Community service on the street level; Squeezebox Stories: Remembering Vince  Cirelli; Hear Here: The Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony; and local group The Sierra Ensemble.

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4:45pm

Tue October 2, 2012
Sierra Ensemble

Today's Local Music: Sierra Ensemble

http://www.sierraensemble.com/Sierra/Welcome.html

Today we're featuring the Sierra Ensemble, a trio of violin, horn and piano. They’ve titled their upcoming concert “From the Bosphorus to the Bay,” because they’ll be performing a world premiere by a Turkish composer, as well as the San Francisco premiere of another piece – and more.

You can hear them this Friday, October 5th, at The Old First Church  on Sacramento Street in San Francisco, starting at 8 pm.

4:39pm

Tue October 2, 2012
It's All Politics

Setbacks For Voter ID Laws in Pa., Other States Could Be Short-Lived

Originally published on Tue October 2, 2012 5:23 pm

Emily Goldberg, with her daughter, Willa, 2, holds up a sign during the NAACP voter ID rally to protest against Pennsylvania's voter ID law on Sept. 13. Tuesday, a judge ordered that the law not be enforced in the Nov. 6 presidential election.
Michael Perez AP

Civil rights groups are cheering the injunction placed on the Pennsylvania voter identification law, but their recent victories against state photo ID measures very likely won't last beyond Election Day.

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4:09pm

Tue October 2, 2012
Open Air ~ 10/4/12

Paul Dresher ~ Vasily Petrenko ~ Moby Dick

Composer Paul Dresher

On this week's Open Air, host David Latulippe visits with tenor Stephen Costello, who is making his San Francisco Opera debut as Greenhorn in their production of Jake Heggie’s “Moby Dick”, with conductor Vasily Petrenko, who is conducting the San Francisco Symphony this week, with Paul Dresher, who has a premiere with the Berkeley Symphony, and with the Sierra Ensemble, a chamber ensemble that is appearing on the Old First Concerts series this Friday.   Listen anytime here (originally broadcast 10/4/12).

3:44pm

Tue October 2, 2012
The Two-Way

Mike McQueary Files Lawsuit Against Penn State

Penn State assistant football coach Mike McQueary.
Chris Gardner Getty Images

Mike McQueary, the graduate assistant who witnessed former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky showering with a boy, has filed a lawsuit against Penn State University for defamation and misrepresentation.

The AP reports:

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3:33pm

Tue October 2, 2012
NPR Cities: Urban Life In The 21st Century

'Million-Dollar Blocks' Map Incarceration's Costs

Originally published on Tue October 2, 2012 5:16 pm

Bernard Goutier, 25, has served time in prison twice. He's now learning construction skills with Emerge Connecticut, which offers paid on-the-job training, literacy classes and support groups to ex-offenders.
Uma Ramiah for NPR

In many neighborhoods, hard truths about day-to-day life — like violent streets or crumbling schools — are readily apparent to residents, but less obvious to city and state officials.

Hard data can sometimes bridge that gap, helping policymakers better visualize which communities are doing well, and which may need additional help or resources.

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3:23pm

Tue October 2, 2012
Sierra Ensemble

Today's Local Music: Sierra Ensemble

Today we are featuring the Sierra Ensemble, a trio of violin, horn and piano. They have titled their upcoming concert “From the Bosphorus to the Bay,” because they’ll be performing a world premiere by a Turkish composer, as well as the San Francisco premiere of another piece, among others.

You can hear them this Friday, October 5th, at The Old First Church on Sacramento Street in San Francisco, starting at 8 pm. 

2:35pm

Tue October 2, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Vitamin D No Help For Colds

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 6:53 am

Sorry the vitamin D didn't help.
Michael Kemter iStockphoto.com

Should you take Vitamin D supplements to prevent colds and shorten the misery?

Like other theories about the benefits of vitamin D, it seems like a reasonably good idea. After all, some lab studies suggest vitamin D might enhance immunity. And as everybody knows, people are more prone to respiratory infections during winter, when they cover up and get less vitamin D-generating sunlight.

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2:24pm

Tue October 2, 2012
The Message Machine

Campaigns Targeting Hispanics, But With Tight Focus

Originally published on Tue October 2, 2012 3:17 pm

A volunteer hands out buttons before first lady Michelle Obama speaks at a Hispanic caucus on Sept. 5 in Charlotte, N.C.
David Goldman AP

2:20pm

Tue October 2, 2012
Europe

Opposition Victory Signals New Direction For Georgia

Originally published on Tue October 2, 2012 3:14 pm

Georgian billionaire and opposition leader Bidzina Ivanishvili (left) reacts with supporters at his office on Monday. Ivanishvili defeated Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili in the election, clearing the way for a new government.
Uncredited AP

Parliamentary elections in Georgia, the former Soviet republic, delivered a resounding defeat for the ruling party of President Mikheil Saakashvili on Monday. Preliminary election results showed the opposition winning 57 percent of the vote.

A day later, the president conceded defeat. In a televised address, Saakashvili said he respected the decision of the voters, and that he would clear the way for the opposition Georgian Dream party to form a new government, a move that would install opposition leader Bidzina Ivanishvili as prime minister.

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