12:03am

Wed April 25, 2012
Around the Nation

Holder Vows 'Zero Tolerance' To Human Trafficking

Originally published on Wed April 25, 2012 5:13 am

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said human trafficking will not be tolerated in the U.S. during a speech at the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, Ark., on Tuesday.
Danny Johnston AP

Forced labor and underage prostitution are hiding in plain sight in cities all over the U.S. and are no longer problems confined to the developing world, according to Attorney General Eric Holder.

In a major speech on human trafficking Tuesday in Little Rock, Ark., Holder said far too many reports of abuse cross his desk each week, more than 40 percent of them involving children.

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12:02am

Wed April 25, 2012
World

VA Struggles To Provide Vets With Mental Health Care

Originally published on Wed April 25, 2012 5:10 am

A veteran of the Iraq War with post-traumatic stress disorder talks to physical therapist Nicole Bormann before a session in the VA Medical Center in St. Louis.
Chris Hondros Getty Images

Over the past five years, the Department of Veterans Affairs says, the number of former service members seeking mental health services has climbed by a third. In response, the agency has boosted funding and tightened standards.

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12:01am

Wed April 25, 2012
Asia

Carmakers In China Rev Up As Industry Shifts East

Originally published on Wed April 25, 2012 3:24 pm

China is now the world's largest market for cars, and the Auto China 2012 car show is now taking place in Beijing. Here, the Denza electric car, a joint creation by Daimler and Chinese manufacturer BYD, is unveiled Monday.
AP

The Beijing auto show runs this week in what is now the world's largest car market, and a crucial one for Detroit companies.

General Motors just announced it will open 600 more dealerships in China, where it sells more cars than it does in the U.S. Last week, Ford announced construction of its fourth Chinese assembly plant.

For longtime American auto executives in China, witnessing the shift in the global auto industry is dramatic.

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12:00am

Wed April 25, 2012
Earth Day

Today on Your Call: Is Earth Day effective?

 

On today's Your Call we’ll reflect on Earth Day. Environmental journalist Mark Hertsgaard believes that Earth Day is becoming a bland, tired ritual that polluters and politicians have learned to ignore or co-opt. It’s time to reclaim Earth Day and return it to its 1970s roots when millions took to the streets. What will it take to get millions into the streets today? Join us at 10 or email feedback@yourcallradio.org. How would you save Earth Day and the environmental movement? It’s Your Call with Holly Kernan, and you.

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10:36pm

Tue April 24, 2012
Education

Negotiating The College Funding Labyrinth

Originally published on Wed April 25, 2012 7:16 am

About 7 out of 10 students borrow money to pay for college. Here, a Stanford University student walks through the campus in Palo Alto, Calif.
Paul Sakuma AP

Now that your child has gotten into college, have you figured out how much it's actually going to cost — and who's going to pay for it?

These questions are hitting college-bound students and their parents right about now, along with the other million questions that nobody seems to have straight answers for. Paying for college can be complicated, if not mind-boggling.

Roughly 7 out of 10 students borrow money to pay for college, and for many, the process might as well be a mystery wrapped in a riddle.

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10:18pm

Tue April 24, 2012
Book Talk

Book Talk April 29, 2012

Jonah Lehrer

Alan talks with Jonah Lehrer about his book, "Imagine: How Creativity Works."

8:58pm

Tue April 24, 2012
City Visions: April 30, 2012

Co-operatives: Workers in Progress

The U.N. has dubbed 2012 the International Year of Co-operatives. In the U.S., there are roughly 30,000 co-ops comprising nearly 900,000 members. Of these co-ops, somewhere between 300 and 400 are worker co-operatives—where workers own their jobs and the business, and have the power to make decisions about where, how, and with whom to do business.

Today’s worker co-op is arguably not just your hippie grocery store.

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7:16pm

Tue April 24, 2012
Superintendents message

Superintendents Message

The Superintendents message for 4/24/12 .  The board started their meeting so late that not all of the message was recorded.

5:36pm

Tue April 24, 2012
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: April 24, 2012

Update on the Wells Fargo Protests in San Francisco, Secure Communities and sharing fingerprints of those arrested with immigration enforcement officials, American-born children struggle to adapt to Guatemala town, San Francisco dance group celebrates 30 years of art and service, and local musicians The Corner Laughers.

5:04pm

Tue April 24, 2012
Economy/Labor/Biz

Arrests made in Wells Fargo protests

This morning, up to a thousand protesters converged on San Francisco’s Justin Herman plaza and marched through the City’s Financial District to the Merchant’s Exchange Building, where the Wells Fargo Group was holding its annual shareholders meeting. The protesters called themselves The 99 Percent Takeover.

Protestors demanded a total moratorium on foreclosures, saying Wells Fargo’s lending practices were immoral, and accusing the bank’s leadership of being insensitive to the needs of ordinary people.

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