2:04am

Fri November 30, 2012
Around the Nation

Native Americans To Soon Receive Settlement Checks

Originally published on Fri November 30, 2012 4:05 am

Elouise Cobell, a member of Montana's Blackfeet Tribe, and four other Native Americans led a class-action land use lawsuit against the U.S. government. Cobell is shown here in 2009 with Interior Secretary Ken Salazar after an announcement on the settlement of the lawsuit. Cobell died last year.
Manuel Balce Ceneta AP

Federal officials are working to send out $1,000 checks in the next few weeks to hundreds of thousands of Native Americans. The money stems from a settlement of the Cobell case, a landmark $3.4 billion settlement over mismanagement of federal lands held in trust for Native American people.

The case was brought by Elouise Cobell, a member of Montana's Blackfeet Tribe, and four other Native Americans in 1996.

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2:04am

Fri November 30, 2012
It's All Politics

How Much Income Taxes Could Rise: A Breakdown Of The Options

Originally published on Fri November 30, 2012 7:46 am

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill Thursday after private talks with Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

"No substantive progress has been made." That's what House Speaker John Boehner had to say Thursday about efforts to avoid automatic spending cuts and tax increases at year's end.

The administration's lead negotiator, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, met with congressional leaders from both sides of the aisle Thursday, looking for an agreement on the hazard Congress and the White House created last year to focus their minds on deficit reduction.

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1:03am

Fri November 30, 2012
Deceptive Cadence

The Peony Pavilion: A Vivid Dream In A Garden

Originally published on Fri November 30, 2012 6:43 pm

A garden serves as the stage in the opera.
Zhang Yi

The Peony Pavilion is one of China's most famous operas, but uncut performances of this romantic 16th century work can take more than 22 hours. Chinese composer Tan Dun, who's best known for his Academy Award-winning score for the film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, has adapted the work into a compact 75 minutes.

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12:00am

Fri November 30, 2012
Politics

Today on Your Call: Friday Media Roundtable

Egyptian protesters hold a banner depicting Egyptian President Morsi…
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friday media roundtable

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8:29pm

Thu November 29, 2012
StoryCorps

A Life's Ministry Springs From A Dilemma Over AIDS

Originally published on Fri November 30, 2012 4:05 am

The Rev. Eric Williams and his colleague Jannette Berkley-Patton visited StoryCorps in Kansas City, Mo., where they discussed a funeral that shaped Williams' future.
StoryCorps

For more than 20 years, the Rev. Eric Williams has educated people about AIDS and helped those who suffer from the disease. But the focus of Williams' ministry isn't something he could have predicted back in 1991.

In those days, Williams was a young pastor who had only recently taken charge of his own church ‚ÄĒ Calvary Temple Baptist Church in Kansas City, Mo. He had been ordained in 1988.

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5:25pm

Thu November 29, 2012
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: November 29, 2012

What the election results mean for public education; proposal to fuse ethnic studies programs sparks controversy; and queer studies department at CCSF braces for cutbacks.

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5:24pm

Thu November 29, 2012
Education

What the election results mean for public education

San Mateo High School
Under CC license from Flickr user JoeInSoutherCA

This past election, San Franciscans voted on 18 state and local ballot initiatives. Arguably the biggest winner was public education.

On the state level, voters approved Proposition 30, which was a tax increase to fund K-12 programs and community colleges across the state. San Franciscans passed local Proposition A, establishing a more secure financial footing for City College.

KALW’s education reporter, Jen Chien, reports on how these measures will be rolled out and what their impact on public education will likely be.

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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 ‚Ästespecially in a city that boasts the country‚Äôs 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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