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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2:19pm

Thu June 21, 2012
Education

Kids Get Hands-On With Science In A 'Dream Garage'

Originally published on Fri June 22, 2012 6:09 am

Community Science Workshops give low-income kids around California opportunities to learn about science firsthand — from holding spiders to building robots.
Amy Standen for NPR

Many kids who grow up in big cities have lots of opportunities to experience science hands-on. There are zoos, museums, planetariums and school field trips.

But those amenities are sometimes out of reach for lower-income children. And in some rural areas, those opportunities simply don't exist at all.

In California — as in many states — public school science programs have faced deep budget cuts. Many kids have been left behind.

Dan Sudran has taken it upon himself to help close the gap.

Instilling A Love Of Science, Early On

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2:19pm

Thu June 21, 2012
Around the Nation

A Fight To The Finish For Tennessee Mosque

Originally published on Thu June 21, 2012 7:34 pm

Construction workers pack up at the end of their workday at the Islamic Center in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Mark Humphrey AP

The first minarets in Murfreesboro, Tenn., are about to be placed atop a new mosque. But when construction is complete on the new Islamic Center of Murfreesboro, located about 30 miles southeast of Nashville, no one will get to move in.

An ongoing court battle has stalled the project, one of several Islamic centers around the country that, like the so-called ground zero mosque, have encountered resistance from local communities.

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2:07pm

Thu June 21, 2012
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music: Josh Jones Latin Jazz Ensemble

Today we are featuring The Josh Jones Latin Jazz Ensemble. Jones is a noted percussionist, who has performed and recorded with everyone from Larry Coryell to Zion-I. You can actually hear him twice in San Francisco this Saturday, June 23, 2012. He’s at the free Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, starting at 1pm. Then he’s playing again at the 850 Cigar Bar, beginning about 10pm. 

2:02pm

Thu June 21, 2012
The Salt

Kosher: The Hottest Word On Food Labels

Originally published on Fri June 22, 2012 3:11 am

This matzo ball soup may be kosher, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's better for you.
iStockphoto.com

Grandma's can of matzo ball soup and jar of gefilte fish have never seen such love.

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