Arts & Culture

5:16am

Mon December 22, 2014
KALW Almanac

Monday, December 22, 2014

Happy Birthday, Giacomo!

356th day of 2014, 9 days remain

  • Sunrise: 7:22am 
  • Sunset: 5:45pm

Tides at the Golden Gate:

  • High: 12:11am/10:57am
  • Low: 4:44am/5:40pm

Special celebrations today...

Army Day - Vietnam

Winter Solstice Holiday - Hong Kong

Las Posadas (Day 7 of 9) - Mexico

National Haiku Poetry Day

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7:56am

Fri December 19, 2014
Arts & Culture

Philosophy Talk asks: Why do we violate the humanity of others?

People tend to treat other people who differ from them, even in seemingly small and insignificant ways, as less than fully human. Our tendency to dehumanize the "other" has sometimes led to great atrocities like the Holocaust, the genocide in Rwanda, and the slave trade. It is arguably responsible for such widespread social ills as racism, sexism, and xenophobia. Where does our tendency to dehumanize others come from? Is it based on bad arguments hat can be rationally refuted, or are its origins deeper in the human psyche? Are we bound to see the "other" as less than fully human?

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7:02am

Fri December 19, 2014
Arts & Culture

99% Invisible: For Amusement Only

On this week's episode of 99% Invisible:

Winning an early pinball game was much more about luck than skill, since there were no buttons to activate flippers on the sides. You basically had one action: pull the plunger and watch the ball go. Without the flippers, pinball was a truly a game of chance—perfect for gambling.

Friday at 7:45am & 4:45pm, Saturday at 8:35am.

5:30pm

Thu December 18, 2014
The Spot

The Spot: Letters from Ferguson

The memorial to Michael Brown in the middle of Ferguson’s Canfield Drive.
Desmond Cole

This week on KALW's showcase for the best stories from public radio podcasts and independent radio producers...


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5:28pm

Thu December 18, 2014
Arts & Culture

A park ranger and Buffalo Soldier

Yosemite National Park ranger Shelton Johnson in uniform as a "Buffalo Soldier"

The Buffalo Soldiers were some of our country’s first park rangers. They proudly wore their uniforms with wide brimmed ranger hats and navy blue jackets adorned with gold stripes.  Just after the Civil War, the US government formed these regiments of black soldiers to patrol and protect nationally designated park land, claimed after the Indian Wars. And their journey started right here in the Bay Area where the Buffalo Soldiers gathered in San Francisco’s Presidio before heading into the mountains of Yosemite and beyond.

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