5:49pm

Tue October 2, 2012
Politics

The key to San Francisco opens the heart of visiting Nobel Laureate

UK Department for International Development

At a time when Americans are increasingly preoccupied with our own upcoming elections, some of San Francisco’s expatriates recently had a chance to hear from a political fighter of their own.  Burmese opposition leader and Nobel prize laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi visited San Francisco at the end of last week.  

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5:48pm

Tue October 2, 2012
Economy/Labor/Biz

Chew on This: Community service on the street level

Ella Baker Center

Many of us wonder what we can do for the communities we live in. Sometimes we feel alienated, even from our neighbors, and just want to connect. Other times, we come together for the sake of safety. We join a neighborhood watch, or pay a visit to city hall. In this next story, we meet three residents of West Oakland who are finding new ways to clean up their communities -- literally. Reporter Charlie Mintz has the story from “Chew on This,” a new project coming to KALW this fall.

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5:46pm

Tue October 2, 2012
Arts & Culture

Squeezebox Stories: Vince Cirelli, accordion repairman

The accordion has been recognized as the San Francisco’s official instrument. Back in the early part of the 20th century, San Francisco’s North Beach was a Mecca of accordion building (and playing) in the United States.

Vince Cirelli was an Italian American accordion repairman in his 90s, and Skyler Fell, a woman in her early 30s, was his apprentice. Tattooed, pierced, and part of the “steam punk,” DIY, Burning Man scenes, Fell now owns her own accordion repair shop in San Francisco, where she says an “Accordion Revolution” is happening among people of all ages.

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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. 

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