2:28am

Tue July 24, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Bird Flu Researchers To Meet About Research Moratorium

Originally published on Wed July 25, 2012 7:30 am

Chickens are under quarantine in Tepatitlan, Jalisco State, Mexico. The Mexican government declared a national animal health emergency July 2 in the face of an aggressive bird flu epidemic that has infected nearly 1.7 million poultry.
Hector Guerrero AFP/Getty Images

Top influenza researchers around the world published a statement back in January saying they would temporarily hold off on any work with contagious, lab-altered forms of a particularly worrisome form of bird flu.

The unusual voluntary moratorium was supposed to last only 60 days, but it's been more than six months. And scientists don't agree on what should happen next.

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1:45am

Tue July 24, 2012
U.S.

Despite Crop Insurance, Drought Still Stings Farmers

Originally published on Wed July 25, 2012 7:30 am

Corn plants dry in a drought-stricken farm field on July 17 near Fritchton, Ind. The corn and soybean belt in the middle of the nation is experiencing one of the worst droughts in more than five decades.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Stop by most any unirrigated farm across the lower Midwest and you'll see crops in distress. Midwestern corn and soybean farmers are taking a beating during the recent drought, but it's not likely to drive many out of business.

Most of those farmers carry terrific insurance, and the worse the drought becomes, the more individual farmers will be paid for their lost crops. The federal government picks up most of the cost of the crop insurance program, and this year that bill is going to be a whopper.

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1:22am

Tue July 24, 2012
The Veepstakes

Budget Hawk Ryan Offers Romney Risk, Reward

Originally published on Wed July 25, 2012 7:30 am

Rep. Paul Ryan (left), R-Wis., and GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney at a campaign stop in Appleton, Wis., on March 30.
Steven Senne AP

Among those on Mitt Romney's list of potential running mates, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan has youth and experience, he's a conservative from a swing state, and he has big ideas and the policy chops to back them up.

But the chairman of the House Budget Committee would not be the safest of choices.

Back in February, when the Republican primary was still in full swing and the party's right wing was conspicuously unhappy with the idea of Romney, tax hawk Grover Norquist spoke to the Conservative Political Action Conference.

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1:07am

Tue July 24, 2012
Middle East

Border Battles A Cat-And-Mouse Game In Syria

Originally published on Wed July 25, 2012 7:30 am

Battles on the Syria-Turkey border, like the one at the Bab al-Hawa border post, are a cat-and-mouse game for Syrian rebels.
Bulent Kilic AFP/Getty Images

Second of five parts

I'm standing next to a ridge, looking at the Syrian town of Salaqin. Just up on the ridge you can see the silhouettes of a mosque and couple of water towers. It looks like a very small, inconsequential town, but because it's on the Syrian-Turkish border it's very important to the rebels.

What the Syrian rebels are trying to do right now is carve out a kind of safe zone, a buffer zone where they can gather, assemble and plan attacks against the Syrian regime's army, and also a place where they can move weapons and money into Syria.

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1:04am

Tue July 24, 2012
Mitt Romney

Romney's Foreign Agenda: Listen, Learn, Olympics

Originally published on Sun July 29, 2012 6:18 am

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks in Bow, N.H., on July 20. On his upcoming trip, Romney plans to make stops in the United Kingdom, Israel and Poland.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks to the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Reno, Nev., on Tuesday. It's a sort of launching pad for a foreign trip that will take Romney to three countries over the next week: the United Kingdom, Israel and Poland.

Romney, a man with a lot of domestic policy experience, is now trying to demonstrate his proficiency with international affairs.

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11:57pm

Mon July 23, 2012
Economy/Labor/Biz

Today on Your Call: Who benefits from microfinance?

On today’s Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with Hugh Sinclair, the author of Confessions of a Microfinance Heretic: How Microlending Lost Its Way and Betrayed the Poor. Sinclar argues that with a few exceptions, the $70 billion dollar industry is filled with corruption. What do you want to know about how this industry operates?  Join us live at 10am PST or post your comments here.  Have you donated money to a microfinancing institution? What will it take to ensure they actually help the poor? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

Guests:

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6:37pm

Mon July 23, 2012
Radiolab: The Bad Show

Radiolab: The Bad Show

The curious minds of Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich continue their sonic explorations, where sound illuminates ideas, and the boundaries blur between science, philosophy, and human experience. This week: “The Bad Show” - Cruelty, violence, badness...wrestling with the dark side of human nature and questioning whether it's something we can ever really understand, or fully escape.  Radiolab: Tuesday at 10pm.

5:23pm

Mon July 23, 2012
HEAR HERE: A POP-UP RADIO PROJECT

KALW’s Hear Here project aims to keep community storytelling fun, fresh, and personal

KALW’s community storytelling initiative “Hear Here: A Pop-Up Radio Project” has recorded the stories of over 65 Oakland and San Francisco residents so far.

Hear Here: A Pop-Up Radio Project is KALW’s new community storytelling initiative in Oakland and San Francisco. We’re spending 12 months in these two cities, asking you to share your stories with us on the web and on air. Today, we’re kicking off a week of Hear Here by sharing some of the best stories the project has gathered so far. KALW’s Holly Kernan sat down with Hear Here producers Erica Mu and Audrey Dilling to get an update on the project.

Listen to their conversation above.

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5:21pm

Mon July 23, 2012
Arts & Culture

Homeowners commission graffiti artists to tag their homes

Private homeowners are trying to give graffiti artists a legal, public canvas. KALW's Leila Day spoke with a Bernal Heights couple that hired local artist Get Up to come tag their house.

Listen to their conversation above. 

5:20pm

Mon July 23, 2012
Arts & Culture

The vibrant ‘muralismo’ of San Francisco’s Mission District

Street art has long been at the heart of San Francisco’s Mission District. With its colorful wall murals, it has been called the largest concentration of public painting in the world, embodying culture, passion, and activism. It would be quite a treat if you could see hundreds of the Mission's murals in one place – well, now you can.

The book Street Art San Francisco: Mission Muralismo features over 500 full color photographs, with 30 essays by icons in the San Francisco public art movement. KALW’s Hana Baba sat down with the editor of the book, artist Annice Jacoby.

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