12:31am

Wed September 26, 2012
The Salt

How Food And Clothing Size Labels Affect What We Eat And What We Wear

Originally published on Wed September 26, 2012 5:35 pm

There's no industry standard size for food and drink portions, so it's hard to compare a Big Gulp with a McDonald's medium soda.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

When you go into a restaurant, you probably give some thought to whether you're ordering a small, regular or large sandwich.

That makes sense.With widening waistlines across the land, many of us want to make a health-conscious choice. But are we really getting a small portion when we order a small sandwich?

Well, that depends.

University of Michigan marketing professor Aradhna Krishna has studied how labels impact how much we eat. In one experiment, she gave people cookies that were labeled either medium or large, and then measured how much they ate.

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12:30am

Wed September 26, 2012
Around the Nation

Bonnie And Clyde's Guns, Other Items Go On Auction

Originally published on Wed September 26, 2012 8:22 am

Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow are seen in an undated photo. The couple captured headlines with a long crime spree before being shot to death in an ambush in Louisiana.
AP

Nearly 80 years after the deaths of bank robbers Bonnie and Clyde, a few, shall we say, "tools of their trade" are going up for auction. Among them are his Colt .45 and her .38 Special, which could each go for hundreds of thousands of dollars.

When former Texas Ranger Frank Hamer eventually caught up with Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow in 1934, a newsreel announcer declared "the inevitable end: retribution. Here is Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker, who died as they lived: by the gun."

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12:29am

Wed September 26, 2012
Latin America

After 48 Years Of War, Colombians Plan Peace Talks

Originally published on Wed September 26, 2012 7:36 am

A member of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, runs to take position during a firefight with the Colombian army in the mountains of Cauca state on July 12. For now, fighting continues even as the two sides prepare for peace talks.
Luis Robayo AFP/Getty Images

After fighting for power for nearly 50 years, a Colombian rebel group is now opting to negotiate a peace deal with President Juan Manuel Santos' government and bring the country's slow-burning but brutal conflict to an end.

Most of Colombia's 47 million people are supportive of talks, which begin soon in Oslo, Norway, before moving to Havana.

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12:00am

Wed September 26, 2012
Prop 36--Three Strikes Reform

Today on Your Call: Is it time to reform California’s Three Strikes Law?


On today's Your Call, we’ll continue our election coverage with a debate on Proposition 36. If it passes, it would change key elements of California’s Three Strikes Sentencing Law, enacted in 1994.  With Prop 36, a life sentence would only be imposed if the final felony conviction is serious or violent.  What’s your opinion of California’s Three Strikes Law?  Join us at 10am PST or leave a comment here. What do you want to know about Prop 36?  It’s Your Call with Holly Kernan, and you.


Guests:

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11:03pm

Tue September 25, 2012
Music

Brother Ali: A Voice For The Suffering

Originally published on Wed September 26, 2012 7:36 am

Brother Ali's fifth studio album, Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color, came out last week.
Courtesy of the artist

7:03pm

Tue September 25, 2012
Sweetness And Light

RG3: A Game Changer For 'Thirds' Everywhere

Originally published on Wed September 26, 2012 7:36 am

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III watches from the sidelines. RG3 as he is known has a fan in other thirds like Frank Deford.
Rob Carr Getty Images

We're all familiar with the many sports terms that have moved into general usage: "par for the course," "slam-dunk," "curveball," "photo finish" and so on.

Curiously, though, every now and then something of the inverse occurs, and we get an expression which is commonly used that has been derived from sport, but never used in sport.

For example, that awful, overdone cliche, "level playing field." Never in my life have I ever heard anyone in sport — that is, somebody actually right there on the level playing field — say, "I'm glad we're playing on a level playing field."

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6:30pm

Tue September 25, 2012
SFUSD

Superintendents Message

This is the superintendents message for 09/25/2012

5:11pm

Tue September 25, 2012
HEAR HERE: A POP-UP RADIO PROJECT

Hear Here: Meet John Stangl

John Stangl is Principal of Laurel Elementary School in Oakland.

Finding food can be hard for some families in the Bay Area. The producers of Hear Here, KALW’s community storytelling project, paid a visit to Oakland’s Laurel Elementary School during a monthly food distribution service for Laurel families. Hear Here producer Audrey Dilling spoke with Laurel Elementary Principal John Stangl about the challenges his students have getting enough to eat – a challenge he experienced firsthand as a child.

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5:11pm

Tue September 25, 2012
Politics

Elections 2012: San Francisco's Asian Americans and Prop A

San Francisco Chinatown

As part of our joint series with New America Media, every Tuesday until election day, Crosscurrents will be speaking with representatives from local ethnic media to hear about what’s important to their audiences this election season.

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5:10pm

Tue September 25, 2012
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: September 25, 2012

Elections 2012: San Francisco's Asian Americans; a movement to improve school nutrition; Hear Here: Meet John Stangl; and local band Los Boleros.

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