The world's central banks are pumping cash into their economies, pushing down interest rates in hopes the ready cash and lower rates will boost borrowing and economic activity. Everyone agrees the action is dramatic and unprecedented, but there's disagreement over whether they will do more harm than good.
Economists know very well the trillions of dollars being added by the central banks to the global economy can be risky.
"These are risks about long-term rises in inflation, housing bubbles potentially building up," says Jacob Kirkegaard of the Peterson Institute.
NASA's newest Mars rover, Curiosity, has snapped photos of rocky outcroppings that jut out from the alien soil, and scientists say they look like the remnants of an ancient stream bed where water once flowed on the surface of the red planet.
The exposed rocks look like broken slabs of concrete sidewalk, about four inches thick, and are made of rounded bits of gravel in a sandy matrix. The rock has eroded a little bit, and some of the smooth pebbles — about the size of M&M candies — have fallen down into a little pile.
Political movements don't have to be shaped by politicians. In fact, one of the most dynamic movements to shape the way we see our streets started with a group of bicycle riders in San Francisco who simply wanted to be seen.
It's a gathering that's come to be known as "Critical Mass." Tomorrow night, hundreds, if not thousands, of cyclists from around the world will come together to take over the city's streets and celebrate the event's 20th anniversary.
Friday, September 28 is the 20th anniversary of Critical Mass, a weekly event in San Francisco where bicyclists ride around the city to reclaim their right to the road. KALW’s Ben Trefny spoke with Chris Carlsson, who cowrote the book Shift Happens: Critical Mass at 20. You can here the complete interview here, but take a listen to a special un-aired segment of the interview here.
Political comedian Will Durst is turning his attention to the home stretch of the presidential election.
The opinions of Will Durst do not necessarily reflect those of KALW News. Every Tuesday night, you can find Durst at the Marsh Theater in San Francisco’s Mission District putting on his one-man show called “Elect to Laugh.”
An update on the Chevron gas pipeline explosion, San Francisco's ban on plastic bags, comedian Will Durst on the next month of the presidential campaign, the 20th anniversary of Critical Mass, a new skateboard park San Francisco, and local musicians The Corte Madera Town Band.
In February, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved the expansion of our existing ban on plastic, single-use bags. By October of this year, we could see fewer plastic bags in our stores and landfills, as the law further cuts down on distribution.
If skateboards are your thing, you have a new place to thrash in San Francisco: the new Balboa Skate Park. And that brings us to another installment of our community storytelling project, Hear Here. KALW's Ben Trefny swung by the Balboa Skate Park, before its official opening, to meet some of the skaters there. He met edn Bowater-Skelly, Mario Mancini, Sirdenzel Lumsey, and Vivan Nguyen there.