3:55pm

Tue May 1, 2012
The Two-Way

Live Blog: President Obama Addresses The Nation From Afghanistan

Originally published on Wed May 2, 2012 6:14 am

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers an address to the American people on U.S. policy and the war in Afghanistan during his visit to Bagram Air Base on Tuesday.
Kevin Lamarque AFP/Getty Images

3:04pm

Tue May 1, 2012
SMILEY & WEST AT THE PARAMOUNT

In Photos: Smiley & West at The Paramount

On Saturday, more than 1900 people came to The Paramount Theatre in Oakland to hear Tavis Smiley & Dr. Cornel West talk about their new book The Rich and the Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto.  

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2:55pm

Tue May 1, 2012
Crisis In The Housing Market

Time To Trade The Lease For A Mortgage?

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 7:44 am

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, homeownership rates got even closer to pre-housing boom numbers in the first quarter of 2012.
Steven Senne AP

This week, the U.S. Census Bureau announced that in the first quarter of 2012, the American homeownership rate hit its lowest level in 15 years. During the housing boom, millions more Americans bought homes, bumping the rate to nearly 70 percent. Now, that buying spree has been replaced with millions of foreclosures, and most of those gains have been lost.

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2:54pm

Tue May 1, 2012
It's All Politics

In Mass. Senate Race, Warren On Defense Over Native American Heritage

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 7:44 am

U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat, greets people at Dinky's Blue Belle Diner in Shrewsbury, Mass., on Sunday.
Steven Senne AP

In the tight U.S. Senate race in Massachusetts, Democrat Elizabeth Warren has been playing defense because of allegations that she used her Native American heritage to advance her career.

Warren, the likely Democratic challenger to incumbent Republican Scott Brown, says she did not know that Harvard Law School touted her as a member of a minority group back in the 1990s, when the school's faculty came under criticism for being too white.

But Warren says that when she was growing up in Oklahoma, her family always told her that she's part Cherokee.

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2:26pm

Tue May 1, 2012
Fog City Blues 5/2

A Shovelful of Blues

On Fog City Blues this week, host Devon Strolovitch welcomed local musician Shovelman for a live in-studio visit.  Listen anytime this week via KALW's Local Music Player.

2:20pm

Tue May 1, 2012
Open Air 5/3/12

Open Air - Thursday, May 3

On Open Air, KALW's weekly magazine of arts and cultural events, host Alan Farley's guests are conductor Jane Glover (pictured), who is leading the San Francisco Symphony this week in the Brandenburg Concertos and other "Baroque Delights" ; Stephanie Rhoads, from the cast of "Zorba" at 42nd Street Moon; and Anne Elias and Mark Ellinger from Cutting Ball Theatre, who talk about their production of "Tenderloin."  Thursday at 1pm.

2:02pm

Tue May 1, 2012
The Two-Way

Facing Criticism, Gay Romney Aide Resigns

Richard Grenell.
Mark Lennihan AP

Richard Grenell, a long time Republican hired by Mitt Romney's campaign as a foreign policy spokesman, resigned today. Grenell's hiring made news less than two weeks ago, because Grenell is openly gay.

The New York Times reports Grenell's abrupt resignation comes after he came "under attack by antigay activists in the party."

The Romney campaign cofirmed his resignation saying they were "disappointed" Grenell had resigned for "personal reasons."

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1:56pm

Tue May 1, 2012
Manager's Report to the Listeners

KALW Manager's Report to the Listeners

KALW Station Manager Matt Martin's reports on station developments, with listener calls and e-mails.  

If you were  unable to call or e-mail during the program, you can share your ideas or questions with Matt anytime at matt@kalw.org.

1:55pm

Tue May 1, 2012
It's All Politics

Politics Not Far From Obama, Romney On Bin Laden Anniversary

Originally published on Wed May 2, 2012 4:20 am

President Obama gets a chance to showcase his national security credentials during a surprise visit to Afghanistan on the anniversary of Osama bin Laden's death at the hands of the U.S. military.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

On the one-year anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden by U.S. Navy SEALs, there were two contrasting scenes to consider.

One was of President Obama in Afghanistan on a surprise visit, speaking to U.S. troops as their commander in chief in the nation whence the SEALs departed for their successful raid into Abbottabad in neighboring Pakistan.

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1:54pm

Tue May 1, 2012
Europe

George Papandreou: Greece Had To Make Changes

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 7:44 am

Former Prime Minister George Papandreou stands by the tough austerity measures that ultimately brought down his government — and ended his family's leading role in Greek politics. Here, the then-leader addresses the Socialist party parliamentary group at the Greek Parliament in Athens in November.
Louisa Gouliamaki AFP/Getty Images

Europe's economic crisis has been driving leaders from power, one after another. Among those toppled was George Papandreou, who stepped down as the prime minister of Greece last November, just two years into his government's four-year term.

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