Language

8:56am

Fri November 28, 2014
Arts & Culture

Philosophy Talk asks: Is hypocrisy a vice or a virtue?

Hypocrites believe one thing, but do another. Jefferson opposed slavery, but owned slaves. Jesus professed universal love, but cursed an innocent fig tree. Jerry Brown opposes the death penalty, but as governor of California will be responsible for executions. Hypocrites all – but vile hypocrites? Surely it was better that Jefferson was a hypocrite, and articulated the case against slavery, than not opposing it at all. Does it take courage to defend a view that you, yourself, don't have the courage or the character to follow through on?

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5:40pm

Mon November 17, 2014
Education

"Latino?" "Hispanic?" The historic struggle to name Latin Americans in the U.S.A.

Percentage of Hispanic or Latino (of any race), demographic map from US 2010 census using quantile classification bands (equal number of records in each class)
US Census US Census

It’s hard to define individual identity. For example, if you're Spanish speaking, what do you call yourself? Latino? Hispanic? Something else? Berkeley professor G. Cristina Mora dug into the  history of what Spanish speakers were called in America in her new book 'Making Hispanics: How Activists, Bureaucrats and Media constructed a New American.' It tells the story of how and when Spanish speakers in America got their own ethnic category on the US census, and what that iconic moment led to. G. Cristina Mora joined Hana Baba in studio, and Mora told her that story. 

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8:00pm

Thu April 10, 2014
Education

Golestan Kids: bringing Iran to west Berkeley

Hana Baba

The Bay Area’s cultural diversity is translated in so many different ways; you can hear it in how many languages are spoken here.  For parents wanting their children to be immersed in another language, there are  50 immersion programs , mostly  teaching Mandarin, Spanish, and French, but there is one school in Berkeley that’s one of the first Persian immersion preschools. It’s called Golestan Kids, named after a province in Iran that was a vital Persian stop on the silk road, thousands of years ago. Golestan kids is not just a Farsi language school, it’s a full cultural immersion experience.

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11:16am

Wed January 29, 2014

Questioning my inside jokes

From our partners at Youth Radio.
Source: Youthradio · Via: Sophie Varon
January 27th, 2014 by Sophie Varon Featured on KCBS "K.M.S." I say it all the time. It stands for kill myself. But it's just an inside joke with my friends. Right? I use the acronym as a secret way to tell my friends exactly how I feel without the risk of offending anyone who catches parts of our conversation.

4:51pm

Wed November 20, 2013
Arts & Culture

The mysterious roots of a homegrown language

Wes Smoot (far right), Don Pardini (second from right) and friends socialize at the Redwood Drive-in in Boonville, CA.
Liz Pfeffer

A few hours north of San Francisco is the town of Boonville, nestled in the quaint Anderson Valley of Mendocino County. Like Silicon Valley, this place is known for its innovations in communication – but in a completely different way.

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