12:49am

Tue January 8, 2013
Shots - Health News

Can You Get A Flu Shot And Still Get The Flu?

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

Shea Catlin, a nurse practitioner, doses out flu vaccine to give a shot at a CVS Minute Clinic in Arlington, Va., on Jan. 3.
Barbara L. Salisbury The Washington Times/Landov

This year's flu season started about a month early, prompting federal health officials to warn it could be one of the worst in years. They're urging everyone to get their flu shots.

But like every flu season, there are lots of reports of people complaining that they got their shot but still got the flu. What's up with that?

Well, as Michael Jhung of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explains, there are lots of possible reasons.

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12:47am

Tue January 8, 2013
Theater

A Vet's Haunted Homecoming In 'Water By The Spoonful'

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

Liza Colon-Zayas plays a troubled character named Odessa Ortiz, who finds her better self online. She's pictured above with Bill Heck, as Fountainhead.
Richard Termine

The cliche about writers is they should write what they know, and that old saw has certainly worked for Quiara Alegria Hudes. The 35-year-old playwright has mined her Puerto Rican family's stories into a series of plays, a musical and even a children's book. Now, her Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, Water by the Spoonful, is being brought to life in the first New York production of the play, opening off-Broadway on Tuesday evening.

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12:44am

Tue January 8, 2013
Latin America

Ill In Cuba, Chavez Likely To Miss His Swearing In

Originally published on Wed January 9, 2013 6:10 am

A supporter of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez holds a heart-shaped sign that reads in Spanish "I vote for Chavez!" and a picture of Chavez outside the National Assembly in Caracas over the weekend. On Thursday, Chavez is scheduled to be sworn in for a fourth term. Government officials are suggesting the ceremony could be delayed as the president recovers from cancer surgery in Cuba.
Ariana Cubillos AP

In the Bolivar Plaza of downtown Caracas, supporters of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez arrive carrying photographs of their leader and singing songs urging him on. Music blares from loudspeakers, repeating over and over, "Chavez, my commander, is here to stay."

Chavez, however, is most definitely not here, and increasingly many Venezuelans wonder if he'll ever be back. He flew to Cuba, Venezuela's closest ally, for an operation that took place on Dec. 11. Before leaving for his fourth cancer surgery, Chavez named a successor.

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12:28am

Tue January 8, 2013

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

Transcript

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

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