12:25am

Thu January 16, 2014
Sports

For A Better Bobsled, Team USA Turns To Race Cars

Originally published on Thu January 16, 2014 12:07 pm

U.S. bobsledders Nick Cunningham and Abraham Morlu compete in a BMW-designed sled at the World Cup in January in St. Moritz, Switzerland. The U.S. team paired up with a BMW race car designer several years ago to boost its chances at the 2014 Winter Games.
Alex Livesey Getty Images

When you meet bobsled driver Steve Holcomb, he doesn't talk about his Olympic gold medal — the one he won with the four-man team at the Vancouver Olympics in 2010. Instead, he talks about the one that got away.

Four years ago, his two-man bobsled started the Olympic run with a great push. "I was actually winning the race in Vancouver," Holcomb says. But then he "made a driving mistake, and we went from first place to sixth place in two turns."

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12:25am

Thu January 16, 2014
Shots - Health News

Florida Bill Would Allow Medical Marijuana For Child Seizures

Originally published on Thu January 16, 2014 1:57 pm

Marilyn Budzynski takes care of her 20-year-old son, Michael, in Eustis, Fla., in September. Michael suffers from Dravet syndrome, a severe form of epilepsy.
Tom Benitez MCT /Landov

Florida may soon become the latest state to allow doctors to prescribe marijuana. Advocates there are gathering signatures to put a medical marijuana referendum on the fall ballot.

But Florida's Legislature may act sooner to allow residents access to a particular type of marijuana. Advocates say the strain called Charlotte's Web offers hope to children with severe seizure disorders.

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12:00am

Thu January 16, 2014

6:05pm

Wed January 15, 2014
Economy/Labor/Biz

Human trafficking: A fisherman’s story

Sara Brooke Curtis

San Francisco has some of the country’s highest reports of human trafficking. It’s one of the top 10 cities in the U.S where trafficking is the worst. The practice is often called modern-day slavery: traffickers use sexual exploitation, fraud, and forced labor to keep people powerless. It’s the second most profitable crime in the world, generating more than $32 billion a year -- just behind drug trafficking.

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4:41pm

Wed January 15, 2014
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: January 15, 2014

Human Trafficking: A Fisherman's Story; a conversation with Sergeant Tony Flores (of  the special victims unit for SFPD); and local cellist Rebecca Roudman.

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4:18pm

Wed January 15, 2014

4:16pm

Wed January 15, 2014
Arts & Culture

Chetty's Lullaby ~ Silent Sky ~ Jerusalem ~ Mostly British Film

Philip Watt as Chet Baker
Photo: Viracocha

Open Air with David Latulippe, originally broadcast on 16 January 2014.

This week on Open Air, actor and trumpet player Philip Watt discusses “Chetty’s Lullaby” at Stagewerx, about the tragic downfall of legendary  jazz musician Chet Baker; San Francisco playwright Lauren Gunderson shares details about her new stage play "Silent Sky", which is currently in production at TheatreWorks and tells the story of Henrietta Leavitt, an early 20th century female scientist who made startling discoveries in the 'man’s world' of astronomy;  and director Bill English talks about the first West Coast production of “Jerusalem” at San Francisco Playhouse, Jez Butterworth’s epic Tony and Olivier award-winning play. Regular contributor Peter Robinson talks about the San Francisco Public Library and gives some of his picks for the Mostly British Film FestivalOpen Air with David Latulippe, originally broadcast on January 16, 2014 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime.

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3:04pm

Wed January 15, 2014
Animals

Months After 'Blackfish' Release, Controversy Over SeaWorld Grows

Originally published on Wed January 15, 2014 6:11 pm

Two killer whales fly out of the water during a show at SeaWorld Orlando's Shamu Stadium in 2010.
Phelan M. Ebenhack AP

The documentary Blackfish made a splash at the Sundance Film Festival when it premiered last January, and got more attention when it was released in theaters over the summer. But it didn't reach its largest audience until October, when millions watched it on CNN.

It's a powerful documentary that focuses on Tilikum, the male orca who pulled trainer Dawn Brancheau into the water and killed her at SeaWorld Orlando in 2010. In telling the story, Blackfish relies heavily on interviews with former SeaWorld trainers like Samantha Berg.

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2:39pm

Wed January 15, 2014
Your Legal Rights 7pm 01.15.14

Consumer Scams and Issues Update.

Consumer Scams and Issues Update.
Guest:  Joseph Ridout, Manager of Consumer Services for Consumer Action, the National Consumer Advocacy and Educational Organization.
Listeners with questions or comments for Chuck and Joe Ridout, please call 415-841-4134.

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2:27pm

Wed January 15, 2014
The Two-Way

IMF's Lagarde: Any U.S. Budget Deal Is Better Than None

Christine Lagarde, who heads the International Monetary Fund, offered some positive comments about Congress on Wednesday.

Her assessment was a shade better than "faint praise," but something less than "Attaboy!"

Speaking at the National Press Club, Lagarde said she was pleased to see U.S. lawmakers have been moving forward "in a more orderly fashion" as they work on spending legislation.

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