5:24pm

Thu November 29, 2012
Education

Queer studies department at CCSF braces for cutbacks

Under CC license from Flickr user Sam T

The department of LGBTQ studies at City College of San Francisco, the first queer studies department in the U.S., founded in 1978, is facing consolidation. Professor Ardel Thomas heads the Department. KALW’s Hana Baba asked her what would happen if consolidation is carried out.

Click the audio player above to listen to the interview.

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4:26pm

Thu November 29, 2012
Ethnic Studies

Proposal to fuse ethnic studies programs sparks controversy

City College of San Francisco is proposing to consolidate all its ethnic studies departments into one department. That has many people concerned, and some downright angry – especially in a city that boasts the country’s first Ethnic Studies department (at San Francisco State).  

Sean Arce, director of the Mexican-American Studies program for the Tucson Unified School District, says the program "highlights the struggle of the families and the students, of what they go through and how we are struggling. We will continue to struggle for Raza studies, for ethnic studies, in Tuscon."

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3:45pm

Thu November 29, 2012
The Two-Way

WikiLeaks Suspect Bradley Manning: 'I Thought I Was Going To Die In That Cage'

Originally published on Thu November 29, 2012 8:16 pm

U.S. Army Private Bradley Manning is escorted as he leaves a military court in June.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Bradley Manning, the Army private accused of leaking a massive cache of classified information to WikiLeaks, testified for the first time since he was arrested in May 2010.

According to CNN, Manning said at one point during his military custody, he considered suicide. CNN adds:

"He first discussed his arrest in Iraq and his transfer to Kuwait where he was held for a nearly two months before being transferred to the brig at Marine Base Quantico in Virginia in July 2010.

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2:52pm

Thu November 29, 2012
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music: Daniel Castro

Today we are featuring the blues stylings of Daniel Castro. He’s a festival favorite throughout the West and has shared the stage with big-name blues players from John Mayall to The Staples Singers. 

You can hear him at The Saloon, San Francisco’s legendary blues dive bar, on Saturday, December 01.  The band should be tuning up around 9:30pm.

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2:43pm

Thu November 29, 2012
Around the Nation

In Wake Of Recession, Immigrant Births Plunge

Originally published on Thu November 29, 2012 3:45 pm

A new report finds the U.S. birth rate has dropped to its lowest level on record. It's fallen twice as much among the foreign-born.
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A new report finds the U.S. birth rate has dropped to its lowest level on record, led by a dramatic decline in births among immigrant women. The trend has been visible at La Clinica del Pueblo, a nonprofit in Washington, D.C., that holds a weekly neonatal clinic.

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2:25pm

Thu November 29, 2012
Science

Greenland, Antarctic Ice Is Melting Faster

Originally published on Thu November 29, 2012 2:44 pm

An iceberg that likely calved from Jakobshavn Isbrae, the fastest glacier in western Greenland.
Ian Joughin Science/AAAS

Superstorm Sandy sparked a lot of interest in rising sea levels when it swept across the Northeast last month and flooded parts of the coast. Over the next century, more water — and higher sea levels — could come from melting ice in Greenland and Antarctica. How much has been unclear.

But now scientists have developed a much clearer view of how quickly that ice has been melting over the past two decades. And that will help researchers forecast the rate of sea-level rise in the years to come.

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2:25pm

Thu November 29, 2012
All Tech Considered

Yet Another Shift In Facebook Policies Raises Privacy Concerns

Originally published on Thu November 29, 2012 2:37 pm

Joerg Koch AP

Facebook has a long history of upsetting its users by suddenly announcing a change to its privacy settings. In 2009, as a way to quiet the critics, Facebook set up a system for its customers to vote on changes. If enough of them were unhappy, the company would back down. Now, Facebook wants to get rid of the voting.

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2:25pm

Thu November 29, 2012
Business

A Bet Or A Prediction? Intrade's Purpose Is Debated

Originally published on Thu November 29, 2012 3:02 pm

Ireland-based Intrade lets users bet money on all manner of predictions — like if a particular film will win an Oscar. The site is ceasing operations in the U.S.
NPR/Intrade screen grab

The popular website Intrade allows its users to bet on the odds of almost anything — like whether Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will get ousted by a certain date, or whether the movie Argo will win best picture at the Oscars.

This week, Ireland-based Intrade announced that U.S. users will have to unwind their bets and shut down their accounts by the end of the year. That's after the Commodity Futures Trading Commission sued Intrade for operating an unregistered exchange.

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2:23pm

Thu November 29, 2012
The Two-Way

U.N. Votes To Give Palestinians 'Non-Member Observer State' Status

Originally published on Thu December 13, 2012 5:40 am

Palestinians in Ramallah celebrated in advance of the U.N. vote.
Uriel Sinai Getty Images

The United Nations General Assembly on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a resolution upgrading Palestine to a "non-member observer state," from a "non-member observer entity."

Before the vote and in front of the assembly, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said this was the body's "last chance to save the two-state solution."

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1:51pm

Thu November 29, 2012
It's All Politics

Would Raising Taxes On Investment Income Hurt The Economy?

Originally published on Thu November 29, 2012 6:53 pm

A screen grab from an ad by the Defend My Dividend campaign, which is funded by utilities and other companies. They don't support a proposed increase in taxes from investment income.
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As Democratic and Republican leaders try to work out a deal to avoid the automatic spending cuts and tax increases of the fiscal cliff, one area they're zeroing in on is investment income.

Raising the rates on capital gains and dividends, even just for the wealthy, would bring in $240 billion over the next decade. That makes them an easy place to look for new revenue.

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