11:55pm

Tue June 5, 2012
Latin America

Female Presidential Candidate Blazes Trail In Mexico

Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 9:07 am

Josefina Vazquez Mota, presidential candidate from the ruling National Action Party, or PAN, delivers a speech during an electoral rally in Jocotepec, in the state of Jalisco, in May.
AFP/Getty Images/PAN Press Office

When Mexicans go to the polls on July 1 to choose their next president, a woman will be among the candidates, the first from a major political party. She belongs to the National Action Party — or PAN — the party of current President Felipe Calderon.

On a recent visit to the Mexican border city of Juarez, Josefina Vazquez Mota steps onto a catwalk that juts into the center of a long banquet hall crammed with table after table of women. When she speaks, they cheer.

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11:55pm

Tue June 5, 2012
Europe

A Party On The Rise, Germany's Pirates Come Ashore

Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 9:07 am

A member of the German Pirate Party, with its logo shaved in his hair, attends the party's two-day conference in Neumuenster, Germany, on April 28.
AFP AFP/Getty Images

They don't have a plan to save the euro or draw down the war in Afghanistan, nor do they have clear policies on an array of issues, but the German Pirate Party is winning converts and elections with its vision of digital democracy through "liquid feedback."

Despite public relations mishaps and a haphazard organizational structure, the Pirate Party is shaking up the stolid, bureaucratic world of German politics and jolting rival parties with its rising popularity.

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11:54pm

Tue June 5, 2012
Revolutionary Road Trip

Once Tolerated, Alcohol Now Creates Rift In Tunisia

Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 9:07 am

Children ride the train, hopping in and out of the open doors, from Tunis to the suburb of Sidi Bou Said.
John Poole NPR

Over the next couple weeks, NPR Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep is taking a Revolutionary Road Trip across North Africa to see how the countries that staged revolutions last year are remaking themselves as they write new social rules, rebuild their economies and establish new political systems. Steve and his team will be traveling some 2,000 miles from Tunisia's ancient city of Carthage, across the deserts of Libya and on to Egypt's megacity of Cairo. In this story, he looks at the friction that has developed over alcohol in Tunisia.

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11:53pm

Tue June 5, 2012
American Dreams: Then And Now

Grad Who Beat The Odds Asks, Why Not The Others?

Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 9:07 am

Juan Carlos Reyes is studying for his master's degree. The son of poor Dominican parents, Reyes is convinced his success is an aberration and wonders about the kids from his neighborhood who were left behind.
Claudio Sanchez NPR

Fewer than 5 percent of Americans had completed college when historian James Truslow Adams first coined the term "American dream" in 1931.

Today, many consider higher education the gateway to a better, richer and fuller life. But for many kids growing up in poverty, college might as well be Mars, and the American dream a myth.

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11:32pm

Tue June 5, 2012
It's All Politics

How Walker Held On To His Job In Wisconsin

Originally published on Wed June 6, 2012 5:17 am

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker greets supporters at a rally Tuesday in Waukesha, Wis., after weathering a recall challenge.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Gov. Scott Walker beat back a recall attempt in Wisconsin on Tuesday by doing what he had to do: turning out huge majorities in the Republican enclaves of the state — especially in its eastern half near Lake Michigan.

In the end, Walker wound up with about 53 percent of the vote, about 1 percentage point better than he had in winning the governorship the first time in November 2010.

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8:20pm

Tue June 5, 2012
Book Talk

Book Talk June 10, 2012

Keith Byerman

Alan talks with author Keith Byerman and artist, writer and poet Clarence Major about Byerman's biography, "The Art and Life of Clarence Major."

8:14pm

Tue June 5, 2012
Open Air June 7

Open Air June 7 at 1 PM

Mark Jackson

Alan talks with playwright Mark Jackson, who is directing his new play "Salomania" at the Aurora Theatre in Berkeley.

4:41pm

Tue June 5, 2012
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: June 5, 2012

The latest in California and San Francisco transportation, sequencing Iranian genomes, campaign music, and local musicians The Barbary Ghosts.

4:31pm

Tue June 5, 2012
American Dreams: Then And Now

'My Country': tUnE-yArDs Questions The American Dream

Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 9:07 am

Merrill Garbus is the singer and songwriter behind the band tUnE-yArDs.
Chloe Aftel Courtesy of the artist

Merrill Garbus, the woman behind the experimental folk-rock band tUnE-yArDs, wrote her song "My Country" with the state of the union on her mind. The melody resembles "My Country, 'Tis of Thee" at first but quickly veers into more chaotic territory.

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4:28pm

Tue June 5, 2012
Politics

Cannabis news roundup

SFGate // The state Assembly approved plans for a statewide commission to supervise California’s medical marijuana industry yesterday. Voters approved medical marijuana sixteen years ago, but this is the first attempt at creating formal guidelines for the industry.

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