12:05am

Wed August 22, 2012
Around the Nation

Trying To Tame The (Real) Deadliest Fishing Jobs

Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 1:09 pm

Crew members of a scallop boat float in their survival suits during a drill in Point Judith, R.I.
Jesse Costa WBUR

On the fishing-boat piers of New England, nearly everyone knows a fisherman who was lost at sea.

Boat captain Joe Neves remembers when a crew member got knocked overboard. "We heard him screaming 'Help me!' " Neves says, grimacing. "But you know, on the water at night, your head is like a little coconut." They didn't find him.

Mike Gallagher discovered a friend who was entangled in still-running hydraulics. "I knew right away he was dead," he says.

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12:04am

Wed August 22, 2012
First And Main

Wis. State Senator Connects Her Politics To Her Past

Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 5:35 pm

Wisconsin state Sen. Jessica King stands at the corner of Main Street and Algoma Boulevard in downtown Oshkosh. She won her seat in a senatorial recall campaign last year.
John W. Poole NPR

As the presidential election nears, Morning Edition is visiting swing counties in swing states for our series First and Main. We're listening to voters where they live — to understand what's shaping their thinking this election year. This week, we're spending time in Winnebago County, Wis., where we spoke with two women — one Democrat, one Republican — who embody their state's Midwestern charm and spirit of self-reliance. First, we hear from the Democrat.

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12:04am

Wed August 22, 2012
It's All Politics

Are Independents Just Partisans In Disguise?

Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 4:31 am

Don Nichols iStockphoto.com

Independent voters have grown in recent years into a mega voting bloc. By some estimates they outnumber registered Republicans, and even registered Democrats.

Every election cycle, independents generate enormous amounts of interest as candidates, pollsters and the media probe their feelings. These voters are widely considered to hold the key to most elections.

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7:09pm

Tue August 21, 2012
Sweetness And Light

Serena Williams Takes Tennis For A Ride

Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 10:44 am

Serena Williams returns a shot during a match at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament in Mason, Ohio.
Tom Uhlman AP

For the first time in a long time there is actually more than a modicum of interest in the women's side of a Grand Slam tournament. And, of course, it's all strictly due to a party of one: Serena Williams.

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5:33pm

Tue August 21, 2012
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: August 21, 2012

Youth sentenced to life without parole, the Golden Gate Park Band, the controversial Beach Motel in San Francisco's Sunset District, a Hear Here with Chris Mason, and local musician Mokai.

5:30pm

Tue August 21, 2012
HEAR HERE: A POP-UP RADIO PROJECT

Hear Here: Meet Chris Mason

Chris Mason shared his story with Hear Here producers at the San Francisco Public Library, Main Branch.

The Hear Here project has been visiting libraries and community organizations around San Francisco and Oakland, bringing back the personal stories of people who live in those cities. At the San Francisco Main library, they discovered Chris Mason. Mason came to the library to share his story of coping with a life-altering nervous system disorder.

Listen to the full story above. 

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4:52pm

Tue August 21, 2012
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music: Mokai

mokaimusic.com

He shares his unique finger-picking guitar style and socially conscious lyrics throughout the Bay Area and northern California. He’s appearing tomorrow, August 22, at The Lost Church in San Francisco, starting at about 7:30pm.

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3:36pm

Tue August 21, 2012
Politics

How a zoning dispute becomes a neighborhood controversy

The neighborhood at the edge of the earth, where streetcars turn away from the wind, was once a dangerous place.

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3:02pm

Tue August 21, 2012
All Tech Considered

Study To Test 'Talking' Cars That Would Warn Drivers Of Unseen Dangers

Originally published on Tue August 21, 2012 6:55 pm

Connected car technology could warn drivers when vehicles ahead of them suddenly brake.
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3:02pm

Tue August 21, 2012
Around the Nation

Where Cyclists Once Rode, Ghost Bikes Stand Vigil

Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 5:06 am

Ryan Nuckle helped found New York City's Ghost Bike Project in 2005, after three cyclists were killed in a single month.
Nellie Large for NPR

On a muggy summer afternoon in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, a dozen people are hard at work on the patio behind a local church. They're stripping old bicycles of their brakes, cables and chains, and sanding and spray-painting them white.

But behind the lighthearted chatter, there's a more somber purpose to this gathering: They're building "ghost bikes."

Painted all white and adorned with colorful notes and flowers, ghost bikes are the cycling community's equivalent of roadside shrines dotting the highway; they mark the spot where a rider was killed in traffic.

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