7:03pm

Tue October 30, 2012
Sweetness And Light

The American Pastime Fades In Popularity

Originally published on Wed October 31, 2012 5:52 am

Wendell Franks iStockphoto.com

Jacques Barzun, the esteemed cultural historian, lived 104 years and wrote a multitude of words about the most important issues in society, but when he died last week, his one quote that was invariably cited was a pithy one that he wrote back in 1954: "Whoever wishes to know the heart and soul of America had better learn baseball."

Never mind that that is no longer even remotely true.

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6:52pm

Tue October 30, 2012
Politics

Voting from the Korean American perspective

Under CC license from Flickr user valuef

We conclude our series in partnership with New America Media, delving into the issues California’s ethnic voters care most about this year, with a look at the politics of Korean Americans. California is home to 451,000 Korean Americans. The biggest community is in LA, but a sizable number are here in the Bay Area, with the highest concentrations in Santa Clara and Alameda Counties. So what’s this community talking about one week ahead of the elections? KALW’s Hana Baba spoke with Won Yi, a talk show host on Korean television KEMS TV in San Jose.

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6:36pm

Tue October 30, 2012
Politics

Meet the most committed candidates you’ve never heard of

Sonja Trauss is running as a write-in candidate for the BART board in her district
Courtesy of http://www.district7.trauss.com/#!voting/c1u32

If you’ve got a mailbox, chances are that at this point in the election season, it’s stuffed with campaign literature. You might be so sick of it that you’re considering writing in your own candidate on Election Day. It’s a whimsical way to show dissatisfaction with the candidates who are running.

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6:23pm

Tue October 30, 2012
Politics

Democrat vs. Democrat in California's 15th District

Democrat Eric Swalwell is challenging Democrat incumbent Pete Stark in the race to represent California's 15th Congressional District.

For the past 39 years, the California’s 15th Congressional District has been represented in the U.S. House of Representatives by 81-year-old Pete Stark. He has gone mostly unchallenged until this year.

Eric Swalwell – a member of the Dublin City council – is running against Stark. Swalwell is quite a contrast: he's 31 years old, a soccer coach and a prosecutor. He’s also a democrat, which makes this race Dem v. Dem. This is the first time that two candidates from the same party can run for the same seat, a reform made possible by voters in 2010.

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5:37pm

Tue October 30, 2012
Politics

Oakland’s District One candidates on cops, debt, and economic growth

Courtesy of maps.google.com

Three incumbents are leaving their city council seats in Oakland this year, including District One’s councilmember, Jane Brunner. District One is basically North Oakland, separated by the 24 freeway, which divides the more upscale neighborhoods of Temescal and Rockridge from the historically lower-income neighborhoods to the west. Both Oaklands come together at the corner of Alcatraz and San Pablo Avenue, just shy of the Berkeley border.

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5:33pm

Tue October 30, 2012
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: October 30, 2012

The Korean-American vote, police funding and Oakland's District 1, how to become a write-in candidate, democrat vs. democrat in the election for California's 15th congressional distrcit, and local musicians Tokyo Raid.

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5:15pm

Tue October 30, 2012
Cops & Courts

Dispatches from the Inside: Separation and psychosis

Credit California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation

Richard Gilliam is incarcerated at the California Men's Colony (CMC).

October 1, 2012

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4:23pm

Tue October 30, 2012
The Two-Way

Army Corps Sends 'National Unwatering SWAT Team' To Help With NYC Subway

Originally published on Thu November 1, 2012 5:37 pm

"The New York City subway system is 108 years old, but it has never faced a disaster as devastating as what we experienced last night."

That's how Joseph J. Lhota, the chairman of the Metropolitan Transit Authority, explained the damage caused by Superstorm Sandy to the venerable mass transit system on Tuesday.

The problem is so big that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had deployed an elite 12-member team to help out.

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4:07pm

Tue October 30, 2012
Cops & Courts

Getting into Prison: Reporting from California's most restricted cellblocks

For the past few weeks, KALW News has been featuring a series of stories reported by Nancy Mullane from inside some of the hardest to access cellblocks in California's state prison system. Follow Mullane as she gains press access to these restricted areas, include death row at San Quentin State Prison, in the series Getting into Prison: Reporting from California's most restricted cellblocks.

4:07pm

Tue October 30, 2012
Cops & Courts

Getting into Prison: Reporting from California's most restricted cellblocks

For the past few weeks, KALW News has been featuring a series of stories reported by Nancy Mullane from inside some of the hardest to access cellblocks in California's state prison system. Follow Mullane as she gains press access to these restricted areas, include death row at San Quentin State Prison, in the series Getting into Prison: Reporting from California's most restricted cellblocks.

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