12:24am

Fri September 28, 2012
Education

Parsing Fact From Fiction In 'Won't Back Down'

Originally published on Fri September 28, 2012 7:19 am

Nona Alberts (Viola Davis) and Jamie Fitzpatrick (Maggie Gyllenhaal) share a triumphant moment with Nona's son Cody (Dante Brown) and Jamie's daughter Malia (Emily Alyn Lind).
Kerry Hayes 20th Century Fox

Won't Back Down opens with a little girl's anguished face. It fills the entire screen. The camera hovers as she struggles to read a simple sentence on the blackboard out loud.

She's dyslexic. Not that anyone at Adams Elementary cares — least of all her second-grade teacher, who is berating or slapping kids around when she's not shopping for shoes online.

But if it was your kid who was struggling and nobody at school cared, what would you do? What could you do? That's how director Daniel Barnz hooks you.

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12:24am

Fri September 28, 2012
Economy

Easy Money May Boost Economy But At What Cost?

Originally published on Fri September 28, 2012 9:31 am

Specialist David Pologruto works at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Sept. 13, as Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke holds a news conference in Washington. The world's central banks are easing credit, putting more money into the global economy.
Richard Drew AP

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.

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12:22am

Fri September 28, 2012
Space

NASA's Curiosity Finds Water Once Flowed On Mars

Originally published on Fri September 28, 2012 5:29 am

NASA says it has found proof that water shaped the rocks on the left, in a photograph taken by the Mars rover Curiosity (left). For comparison, the agency released an image of rocks from Earth (right).
NASA

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.

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5:45pm

Thu September 27, 2012
Arts & Culture

Mass Movements: Chris Carlsson and Lisa-Ruth Elliot wrote the book on Critical Mass

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.

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5:40pm

Thu September 27, 2012
Transportation

Web Exclusive: A spoke in the wheel of Critical Mass' story

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.

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5:29pm

Thu September 27, 2012
Politics

Will Durst: The October surprise

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.”

5:23pm

Thu September 27, 2012
Crosscurrents: September 27, 2012

Crosscurrents: September 27, 2012

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.

5:20pm

Thu September 27, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

True Cost: The plastic bag makes its case

Under CC license from Flickr user katerha

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.

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5:12pm

Thu September 27, 2012
Crosscurrents

WEB EXTRA: Chevron Oil Refinery Fire

KALW's Ben Trefny talk more with Jaxon Van Derbeken about the fire at the Chevron oil refinery in Richmond.

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4:56pm

Thu September 27, 2012
Hear Here

Hear Here: Meet the future skaters of Balboa Skate Park

Ben Trefny

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. 

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