11:38pm

Mon January 7, 2013
Energy

Drilling Rig's Thick Hull Helps Prevent Oil Spill

Originally published on Tue January 8, 2013 3:06 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

The Shell oil drilling rig that ran aground off Alaska last week is now anchored in a quiet harbor so divers can assess the damage. Wildlife officials say they have seen no evidence of a spill from the vessel, which was carrying tanks of diesel fuel. But the accident does raise questions about Shell's plans to drill for oil in the remote and fragile ecosystem of the Arctic.

NPR's Richard Harris reports.

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11:03pm

Mon January 7, 2013
Music News

2 Pi: Rhymes And Radii

Originally published on Thu January 10, 2013 2:29 pm

Jake Scott (a.k.a. 2 Pi), with student.
Courtesy of Jake Scott

6:16pm

Mon January 7, 2013
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: January 7, 2013

A Hear Here Special: Hear Here Live!; Hear Here: David Peterkofsky and the Cathedral of Christ the Light; Hear Here: Visit The Harvey Milk Photo Center; and local singer Curt Yagi.

To subscribe to the Crosscurrents podcast in iTunes, click here. To use another podcasting tool, click here.

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4:50pm

Mon January 7, 2013
HEAR HERE: A POP-UP RADIO PROJECT

Hear Here: Visit The Harvey Milk Photo Center

harveymilkphotocenter.org

What’s a place in your neighborhood that means something to you – and why? Our Hear Here community storytelling project wants to know the answer. Over the past few weeks, KALW News reporters have fanned out to places all over the Bay Area – parks, churches, markets, and other public places – to ask the people there why these spots are special. KALW’s Steven Short visit the Harvey Milk Photo Center in the Castro and brought back this story from Reynaldo Cayetano.

REYNALDO CAYETANO: My name is Reynaldo Cayetano and I’m a “Junior.” My mom tells me to tell people that.

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4:18pm

Mon January 7, 2013
HEAR HERE: A POP-UP RADIO PROJECT

Watch Hear Here’s animated short!

Lita Hernandez, from Oakland, was featured in Hear Here's live presentation of local stories.
Alyssa Kapnik www.alyssakapnik.com

On December 8, KALW’s community storytelling project Hear Here put on a live presentation of some of the great Bay Area stories it has gathered so far. The event was in partnership with the second annual edition of Live Crosscurrents at the Oakland Museum of California. (Listen to a broadcast version of that show here.)

Watch the animated version of this presentation here!

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3:18pm

Mon January 7, 2013
Hear Here

Hear Here: David Peterkofsky and the Cathedral of Christ the Light

Oakland resident David Peterkofsky shared his favorite neighborhood spot with KALW's Hear Here project.
David Peterkofsky

3:09pm

Mon January 7, 2013
U.S.

New Regulations Could Treat Virginia Abortion Clinics Like Hospitals

Originally published on Tue January 8, 2013 7:00 am

Protesters appeal to members of the Virginia Board of Health after their decision to impose new building regulations on abortion clinics in Richmond, Va., on Sept. 14.
Steve Helber AP

This month marks the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the famed and widely cited case that legalized abortion. Yet across the country, states are continuing to approve restrictions.

With little fanfare, Virginia and Michigan Republican governors recently signed new abortion bills into law. Virginia's Bob McDonnell, in particular, quietly approved clinic regulations adopted by the state's Board of Health three months ago that hold abortion clinics to the same building standards as hospitals.

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3:08pm

Mon January 7, 2013
Shots - Health News

U.S. Health Spending Increases Stay Historically Low

Originally published on Mon January 7, 2013 3:57 pm

Orcea David iStockphoto.com

For the third straight year, spending on health care in 2011 grew at a historically slow rate, government researchers report.

According to a study published in the January issue of the policy journal Health Affairs, U.S. health spending rose 3.9 percent in 2011. That's statistically almost identical to the rate of increase in each of the two previous years.

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2:45pm

Mon January 7, 2013
All Tech Considered

Why Is Google Exec Interested In North Korea?

Originally published on Mon January 7, 2013 3:39 pm

Google's Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt (left) arrives at Pyongyang International Airport on Monday. There is speculation that Schmidt's presence in North Korea could have an upside for Google by positioning Schmidt as the company's global ambassador.
David Guttenfelder AP

Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google, has landed in North Korea. His trip there is a bit of a mystery.

Schmidt, the former CEO of Google, has been a vocal proponent of providing people around the world with Internet access and technology. North Korea doesn't even let its citizens access the open Internet, and its population is overwhelmingly poor — so it's not exactly a coveted audience for advertisers.

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2:38pm

Mon January 7, 2013
The Two-Way

'Latin@' Offers A Gender-Neutral Choice; But How To Pronounce It?

In Spanish, most nouns default to masculine or feminine, as do the adjectives that describe them. So if you're referring to a group of people that includes a man, the word you'd use for that group would be masculine — even if that group is mostly made up of women.

(For a handy explainer on how words in languages become gendered, check out the "When Nouns Grow Genitals" episode of Slate's Lexicon Valley.)

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