3:56pm

Wed May 16, 2012
The Record

Go-Go Legend Chuck Brown Dies

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 4:48 pm

Chuck Brown, known as the "Godfather of Go-Go," shown in 1987.
David Corio Redferns

3:53pm

Wed May 16, 2012
The Two-Way

'Information' To 'Knowledge Agent': Google Changes The Way It Does Search

Originally published on Thu May 17, 2012 9:52 am

What a search result may look at on Google now.
Google

Google announced a big change in its approach to search today.

The search giant said the move was the first step in transitioning from an "information agent" to a "knowledge agent."

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3:37pm

Wed May 16, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

WEB EXCLUSIVE: The "other" spectacular solar event coming to a sky near you

Photo courtesy of Flickr user johncudw2399

Paul Salazar is a member of the San Francisco Amateur Astronomers and keeps a regular astronomy blog called the Urban Astronomer. He sat down with KALW’s Ben Trefny to talk about the upcoming solar eclipse. He also explained what he calls a "spectacular solar event" that only happens twice every hundred years. It's called the Transit of Venus and it's happening on June 5. Listen to find out where and when to watch.

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3:20pm

Wed May 16, 2012
It's All Politics

White House Sandwiches Followed By Snark, Disappointment, Warnings

Originally published on Wed May 16, 2012 3:44 pm

President Obama's limo in what was, in part, the world's most impressive lunch run, Washington, May 16, 2012.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

President Obama and congressional leaders lunched at the White House Wednesday on sandwiches the leader of the free world purchased during a visit to a Washington, D.C., eatery where he met earlier in the morning with a group of small-business people.

Descriptions of the White House lunch meeting from those on the opposing red and blue teams aware of the details of the discussion made it sound like yet another meeting featuring the nation's top policymakers that you could have accurately described beforehand.

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3:20pm

Wed May 16, 2012
The Two-Way

Video Evidence Helps Acquit Student in First Occupy Wall Street Trial

Originally published on Wed May 16, 2012 3:32 pm

Occupy Wall Street protesters march through in an impoverished community in December 2011.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Alexander Arbuckle, the defendant in the first Occupy Wall Street case to go to trial, has been found not guilty after video of the incident he was involved in showed him breaking no laws. The Village Voice reports:

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3:06pm

Wed May 16, 2012
The Two-Way

Violence Against Women Act Becomes Latest Controversial Measure In House

The House and the Senate are once again at odds: This time over a reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act.

The Senate passed a beefed-up version of the bill and the House removed those new protections in their version. With that, the conversation has shifted into the controversial areas of immigration and identity politics. The House debated the bill — H.R. 4970 — today and a vote could be scheduled for this week.

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3:01pm

Wed May 16, 2012
Afternoon News Round Up

Connecting the Dots: Afternoon edition May 16, 2012

(Sacramento Bee) //  University of California students hissed Vice President Nathan Brostrom this morning at the UC Chancellor's meeting when he stated that administrators have full confidence in Chancellor Linda Katehi. This was the first time the UC Regents have met in Sacramento since 1993...

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2:55pm

Wed May 16, 2012
Africa Mix 5/17

This week on Africa Mix

Host Emannuel Nado invited several music pioneers to the KALW studios to perform live and speak about African music: Baba Ken of West African Highlife band (Nigeria), ethnomusicologist Dr. Yancine Badian Kouyate (Mali), and Fely Tchaco (Cote d'Ivoire, pictured).

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2:45pm

Wed May 16, 2012
All Tech Considered

'What Facebook Is Selling Is Us'

A worker sits in the Facebook office in Menlo Park, Calif. The amount of information Facebook learns about its users seems to have entranced Wall Street.
Jeff Chiu AP

Facebook's initial public offering is shaping up to be one of the largest in history. This morning the company told the Securities and Exchange Commission that it was expanding its offering ... again.

Now Facebook is planning to raise up to $16 billion from investors by taking a small slice of the company to the public. And it will likely be worth more than $100 billion on its opening day of trading. It could easily go higher.

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2:24pm

Wed May 16, 2012
Animals

What Killed Orca Victoria? Some Point To Naval Tests

Originally published on Wed May 16, 2012 4:34 pm

Orca L112, also known as Victoria, was 3 years old when she washed up on the Washington coast. An investigation into her death has been inconclusive.
Center for Whale Research

Few people know the orcas of Puget Sound as well as Ken Balcomb.

A researcher with the Center for Whale Research on Washington state's San Juan Island, Balcomb has been studying the whales for more than 30 years.

It takes Balcomb only a few seconds of listening to the squeaks and whistles of underwater whale recordings to recognize the different pods of orcas.

In one recording, Balcomb identifies the group known as the L Pod — the family many people in the area are talking about right now.

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