12:01am

Fri June 22, 2012
All Tech Considered

Tesla's New Electric Sedan: Five Passengers, 89 MPG, And No Engine

Originally published on Fri June 22, 2012 7:46 am

The new Model S from Tesla has a maximum range of 265 miles with a full charge. The car can also reach 60 miles per hour in 4.4 seconds — a feat the company says may affect overall mileage.
Bill Chappell NPR

The Tesla electric car company has high hopes for its new Model S, which it calls "the world's first premium electric sedan." The new car, which is being delivered to customers Friday, is priced at around half the cost of the only other Tesla model, the svelte, two-door Roadster.

The new car's sticker price starts around $57,000; a $7,500 federal tax credit drops the starting price just below $50,000. But like its gas-powered cousins, this electric vehicle has so many options available that its price can soar to near $100,000.

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10:28pm

Thu June 21, 2012
Politics

Today's Your Call: Friday Media Roundtable

Egypt Independent]

On today’s Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll have a conversation about coverage of the elections and the deepening political crisis in Egypt. We’ll also talk about coverage of widespread human trafficking in the United States. We’ll be joined by KGO Radio’s Scott Lettieri, Independent journalist, Beena Sarwar and freelance journalist Ahmad Shokr joins us from Cairo, Egypt. Join us at 10am PST or leave a comment here. Where did you see the best reporting this week? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you

Guests:

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7:03pm

Thu June 21, 2012
StoryCorps

Serving In Silence, Before 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

Originally published on Fri June 22, 2012 5:40 am

Denny Meyer spoke about serving in the Navy as a gay man at StoryCorps in New York City.
StoryCorps

This weekend, gay pride celebrations will mark the first year since the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell," the law that banned gays from serving openly in the U.S. military.

Denny Meyer, 65, is a veteran who served in the Navy during the Vietnam War. During a recent visit to StoryCorps, he remembered what it was like to be both gay and a sailor in the late 1960s.

"In those days, we served in silence. And not one day passed when you didn't worry that you were going to be found out," he says.

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3:31pm

Thu June 21, 2012
The Two-Way

From Our Readers: TV? What TV?

Our piece about a Supreme Court's decision to dismiss fines against ABC and Fox, led to comments from households that have greatly reduced their television intake. Of course, most acknowledged the obvious — they're still on the internet (hardly a space known for its sterling regulation of decency), and did we detect a little of one-up-manship?

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3:23pm

Thu June 21, 2012
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: June 21, 2012

Rights of transgender immigrants facing deportation, a music festival powered by bikes, and an Iraq veteran transitions back to civilian life in San Francisco.

3:19pm

Thu June 21, 2012
The Two-Way

Moody's Downgrades 15 Major Global Banks, Including BofA, JPMorgan Chase

Originally published on Thu June 21, 2012 3:53 pm

The credit rating agency Moody's Investor Services just downgraded the ratings of 15 of the world's largest banks.

Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup and Goldman Sachs were among them.

The AP reports:

"The ratings agency said late Thursday that the banks were downgraded because their long-term prospects for profitability and growth are shrinking.

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3:13pm

Thu June 21, 2012
It's All Politics

New SuperPAC Financial Reports Reveal More Big Spenders

The political fundraising numbers filed this week are revealing a new crop of million-dollar donors.

Cash flowed into the superPACs supporting President Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney last month. Priorities USA Action, the pro-Obama superPAC, got $4 million, while the pro-Romney equivalent, Restore Our Future, pulled in $5 million.

So who are the big spenders?

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3:08pm

Thu June 21, 2012
Arts & Culture

A music festival on two wheels

Rock Star Pedaler. Photo by Celeste Lindhall.

It’s a sunny morning at Stowe Lake Meadow in Golden Gate Park and the grass is already strewn with bikes. Amid the tinkering and whirring sounds of pedals and wheels, there’s an excited chatter of voices. The 5th annual Bicycle Music Festival is getting into gear.

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2:55pm

Thu June 21, 2012
HEAR HERE: A POP-UP RADIO PROJECT

Hear Here: Meet Josh

Hear Here's Erica Mu interviewed Josh (who asked that his last name not be used) about his work experience – past and present. 

2:53pm

Thu June 21, 2012
The Two-Way

Sandusky's Adopted Son Claims He Was An Abuse Victim, Too

Originally published on Thu June 21, 2012 5:03 pm

A lawyer for Jerry Sandusky's adopted son says Matthew Sandusky was also a victim of the former Penn State assistant football coach.

In a statement released by Andrew Shubin, Matthew Sandusky said he was prepared to testify against his father.

The Patriot-News first broke the story and Shubin confirmed his statement to NPR.

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