Last update: 2013-06-28

Assavapisitkul to Ng

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2013-06-28
On graduation days, Nancy Lecourt's most important job is to pronounce the names properly.…


Assavapisitkul to Ng

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2013-06-28
On graduation days, Nancy Lecourt's most important job is to pronounce the names properly.…


Zzzzzzzzzz

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2013-06-27
Steve Moss asks why so many people seem to be sleeping through important public policy meetings.…


Mass Transit to Nowhere

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2013-06-26
Dave Saltman says Bay Area transit is already disjointed and underfunded. And high speed rail threatens to make it worse.…


I Was Wrong about Same-Sex Marriage

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2013-06-24
Anne Lamb voted against same-sex marriage. Then, her daughter came out and empathy kicked in.…


Hemlock

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2013-06-21
Michael Ellis looks at a common weed that was the undoing of Socrates.…


I Speak Computer

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2013-06-20
Youth Radio's Saaleha Bey revels in learning a new language — computer programming.…


French Fry People

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2013-06-19
You can tell a lot about people by the way they eat their French fries. At least Hannah Eagle can.…


Being There

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2013-06-18
David Skirmont took lots of pictures and video of his tour in a B-17 warplane, but he forgot to enjoy the flight.…


The Glass Floor

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2013-06-17
Nils Kaufman is making the shift from war zone heavyweight to stay-at-home dad.…


Old Glory

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2013-06-14 Length: 2s
For Flag Day, Kevin Fisher-Paulson celebrates the Stars and Stripes.…


Here's Looking at You, Dad

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2013-06-13 Length: 2s
Gordon Wright learned the most important fact of fatherhood from a father who wasn't much of one.…


Risky Business

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2013-06-12 Length: 2s
Joe Mascaro is shocked — shocked! — by news that a manned mission to Mars would be dangerous.…


Working Vacation

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2013-06-11 Length: 1s
Paul Staley asks why vacations are so much work.…


All Together Now

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2013-06-10 Length: 2s
Daniel Zingale supports the governor's plan to direct more funds to poor schools.…


Religion and Climate Change

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2013-06-07 Length: 2s
Mike Newland wrestles with how religious views affect attitudes about climate change.…


Heavenly Baking

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2013-06-06 Length: 2s
Clarence Wong worships pastries baked by a French nun making money to feed the poor.…


Coming Home

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2013-06-05 Length: 2s
Army veteran Lorena King copes with the challenges of coming home from Iraq.…


Girls Grill Great

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2013-06-03 Length: 2s
The world seems to think great grilling is man's work. Not Linda Gebroe.…


The Boy in English Class

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2013-05-31 Length: 2s
There was something about the boy in English class that transfixed JJ Nash.…


Disunion

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2013-05-30 Length: 2s
Teacher Jeff Castle explains why he's resigned from his union.…


Disunion

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2013-05-30 Length: 2s
Teacher Jeff Castle explains why he's resigned from his union.…


Third-Hand Smoke

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2013-05-28 Length: 2s
Dr. Jyothi Marbin warns of the dangers of third-hand smoke.…


Abuzz

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2013-05-24 Length: 2s
Peggy Hansen is introduced to wonders of beekeeping.…


Piece of Mind

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2013-05-23 Length: 2s
Youth Radio's Jahlil Jackson resists constant pressure to carry a gun.…


No Friends in High Places

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2013-05-22 Length: 2s
Jeremy Sherman questions whether God will pull strings for the good and righteous.…


Her College Boyfriend

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2013-05-21 Length: 2s
Charles Wienbar's parenting skills are tested when he learns of his daughter's college boyfriend.…


Good Guns, Bad Guns

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2013-05-20 Length: 1s
Lorrie Goldin questions the distinction between good guys with guns and bad guys with guns.…


California Poppies

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2013-05-17 Length: 2s
Naturalist Michael Ellis pays tribute to the state flower.…


Worker Bees

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2013-05-16 Length: 2s
Charles Dennis says agribusiness practices are killing the bees so critical to our food chain.…


I'm Dying to Live

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2013-05-15 Length: 2s
Before her recent death, Barbara Brenner looked for life-affirming language. This is a re-airing, in memoriam, of her last Perspective, originally aired January 6, 2012.…


Recipe for Health

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2013-05-14 Length: 2s
Jennifer Tyler Lee says a family that cooks together gets healthy together.…


No Rights, No Hope

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2013-05-13 Length: 2s
A visit to an appalling foreign garment factory awoke Kate Constantin's conscience.…


Mother's Day

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2013-05-10 Length: 2s
Peipei Zhou's mother made huge sacrifices for her daughter. But to her mother, it was never enough.…


Mother's Day

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2013-05-10 Length: 2s
Peipei Zhou's mother made huge sacrifices for her daughter. But to her mother, it was never enough.…


It's a Big Deal

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2013-05-09 Length: 2s
Busy high schooler Gabriel Gangoso is missing out on being a kid.…


Why, God?

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2013-05-08 Length: 2s
After a tragic loss, Paul Wolber searches for an answer to The Question.…


Pretty Lights

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2013-05-07 Length: 2s
Monica Stoffal learned as a child that everything looks better from distance.…


Something Fishy

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2013-05-06 Length: 2s
You don't get more endangered than the Devil's Hole Pupfish. Carol Arnold looks at the plucky creature.…


Unkindest Cuts

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2013-05-03 Length: 2s
Diane Luther says if Congress can spare air travelers from budget cuts, it can save the homeless from the street.…


Bodies in Rebellion

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2013-05-02 Length: 2s
Mike Newland bears witness to the perseverance of those with chronic pain.…


Old San Francisco

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2013-05-01 Length: 2s
Richard Swerdlow gets a tour of a neighborhood that used to support people with regular paychecks.…


The Health Coast

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2013-04-30 Length: 1s
New Yorkers and left-coasters, says Tarja Parssinen, just have different notions about health and exercise.…


Groovin' in Retirement

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2013-04-29 Length: 2s
In retirement, Pat Torello learns that something old can still be new.…


Parlez-Vous Programming?

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2013-04-25 Length: 2s
Forget French. Youth Radio's Christina So says the language to learn is computer programming.…


Mind Killer

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2013-04-24 Length: 2s
An anxiety disorder has taught Eric Wilinski how to deal with fear, from agoraphobia to terrorism.…


Illegal

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2013-04-23 Length: 2s
Guillermo Mayer applauds the AP Stylebook's kibosh on "illegal immigrant."…


Ridiculously Horrible

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2013-04-22 Length: 2s
Teacher Alison Liberatore has felt the sting of anonymous online postings.…


Wily Coyote

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2013-04-19 Length: 2s
Michael Ellis discusses the clever creature thriving on suburban environments.…


Blowing Smoke

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2013-04-18 Length: 2s
Carol Denney says the latest smoking fad — e-cigarettes — is the same old story.…


Palm Oil

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2013-04-17 Length: 2s
In Borneo, Ian Austin sees the devastation wrought by a common food product.…


Frankenstein

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2013-04-16 Length: 2s
Paul Staley looks at what we've wrought. It isn't pretty.…


Three Perspectives

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2013-04-15 Length: 2s
High schooler Raba Sbeih-Rosales is a Palestinian, a Latina and an American.…


Pen, Paper and Me

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2013-04-12 Length: 2s
When young Jake Newell is drawing, he creates his own world.…


Crazy Yard Lady?

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2013-04-11 Length: 2s
Is Louise Rafkin becoming the crazy old lady of her fears?…


New World Order

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2013-04-10 Length: 2s
Lewis Heathcote sweats SF's tech-driven obsession with new ideas.…


Climate Shame

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2013-04-08 Length: 2s
Mike Newland studies climate change. He has a young family. He's deeply worried.…


Online Advertising

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2013-04-05 Length: 2s
Craig Smith says online advertising is essential and not as intrusive as you think.…


How Not to Raise a Jackass

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2013-04-04 Length: 2s
Les Bloch has tried to raise his kids to be confident yet modest.…


Frances, Francis

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2013-04-03 Length: 2s
Francie Low has a lifetime of name-oriented experience to share with the new Pope.…


Maddening

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2013-04-02 Length: 2s
Amanda Hopping-Winn bristles at the idea that kids of same-sex couples are at-risk.…


The Torture's All Mine

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2013-04-01 Length: 2s
A's fan Dana Varinsky says Giant fans should retire the 'torture' talk.…


Fierce

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2013-03-29 Length: 2s
Want to see some truly fierce basketball, asks Debbie Duncan? Watch the women's collegiate tournament.…


Stuck

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2013-03-29 Length: 2s
Without a high school diploma Youth Radio's Joshua Clayton's got nothing but bad choices.…


Do The Math

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2013-03-27 Length: 2s
Sam Rubin's disability made it hard for him to pass math tests, except the ones that really counted.…


Family Leave

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2013-03-26 Length: 2s
Cate Claus argues that even in progressive California family leave laws are short-sighted and out-of-date.…


DOGMA

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2013-03-25 Length: 2s
It isn't gay marriage that should trouble the Supreme Court, says Kevin Fisher-Paulson. It's straight marriage.…


Fire Fighter

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2013-03-22 Length: 2s
Shorey Myers hopes a big change will correct an old law governing flaming furniture.…


Carnival Earth

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2013-03-21 Length: 1s
Cruise ship horrors remind Richard Swerdlow we're all passengers on an earthly voyage.…


Flower Power

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2013-03-20 Length: 2s
Susan Dix Lyons sets an example for her daughter to admire.…


What Me Worry?

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2013-03-19 Length: 2s
Pat Torello finds a way to manage her chronic worrying.…


I'm Just Fine

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2013-03-18 Length: 2s
Rachel Gibson asks how much kinder we would be if we knew the burdens others carry.…


Blinking Lights

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2013-03-15 Length: 2s
The lives of Al Gilbert's family and friends come together, briefly, then drift apart.…


Stay Awake

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2013-03-14 Length: 2s
For feminists like Holly Brady, past gains can always be lost to indifference.…


Transformation

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2013-03-13 Length: 2s
An encounter with a long lost acquaintance is God's way of telling Steven Moss something important.…


Strawberries

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2013-03-12 Length: 2s
Michael Ellis charts the exotic journey of the common strawberry.…


The Weight of a Word

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2013-03-08 Length: 2s
Bob Engel considers the difference between a marriage and a domestic partnership.…


Home Work

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2013-03-07
Bonnie Thomas looks at Yahoo's decision to pull the plug on working from home.…


Gun Spotting

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2013-03-06 Length: 2s
Carol Denney looks at who's most likely to carry a gun and who's most likely to be killed with it.…


Gun Spotting

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2013-03-06 Length: 2s
Carol Denney looks at who's most likely to carry a gun and who's most likely to be killed with it.…


Footloose

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2013-03-05 Length: 2s
Karen Hester explores the Southern Hemisphere blissfully alone.…


The Face of Rampage

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2013-03-04
Tim Tosta believes mass murderers share a "narrative failure."…


For Giving

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2013-03-01 Length: 2s
Bailey Malone works in philanthropy, but she had to give herself an education in giving.…


What's My Name?

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2013-02-28 Length: 2s
Many names are mispronounced. But Youth Radio's Sheila Blandon wasn't sure how to pronounce her own name.…


Moonlight Sonata

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2013-02-27 Length: 2s
Bhaskar Sompalli is stunned by a desperate man playing the Moonlight Sonata on a campus piano.…


Etch-a-Sketch

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2013-02-26 Length: 2s
Every year Richard Swerdlow's young students ask him what was his favorite toy as a kid.…


A Change of Habit

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2013-02-25 Length: 2s
Forget about breaking bad habits. Kevin Fisher-Paulson says practice some good habits instead.…


Mind Reader

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2013-02-21 Length: 2s
Therapist Jamie Matter knows too well the difficulty of identifying violent patients' intent on harm.…


Mind Reader

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2013-02-21 Length: 2s
Therapist Jamie Matter knows too well the difficulty of identifying violent patients' intent on harm.…


Disconnected

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2013-02-20 Length: 2s
A dead battery and no phone charger send Amrutha Badrinarayan into digital panic.…


Facts Would Help

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2013-02-19 Length: 2s
Wendy Sinek deplores a missing element in the gun debate: fact-based research.…


Facts Would Help

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2013-02-19 Length: 2s
Wendy Sinek deplores a missing element in the gun debate: fact-based research.…


Zombied

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2013-02-15 Length: 2s
When Steven Moss marinates himself in zombie lit, the effects on his mind are creepy.…


Reason to Stay

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2013-02-14 Length: 2s
Affording San Francisco is a problem for Darya Mead, but the Alemany farmer's market is the cure.…


Reason to Stay

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2013-02-14 Length: 2s
Affording San Francisco is a problem for Darya Mead, but the Alemany farmer's market is the cure.…


Papal Resignation

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2013-02-13 Length: 2s
At 67, Stan Goldberg shares the pope's acceptance of what they just can't do anymore.…


Good School, Bad School

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2013-02-12 Length: 2s
Teacher Alison Liberatore challenges assumptions about the difference between a "good" and "bad" school.…


LOL

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2013-02-11 Length: 2s
Jessica Malone Latham drinks the tonic of laughter.…


Counting on Compromise

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2013-02-04 Length: 2s
Paul Wolber believes some simple statistics make the case for a compromise on guns.…


Learning History

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2013-02-01 Length: 2s
For Richard Swerdlow to teach black history, he needed to learn a thing or two.…


Chess Mate

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2013-01-31 Length: 2s
Chess may be a game, but a mentor taught Youth Radio's Chris Alsobrook that it's really a way of thinking.…


Time Traveller

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2013-01-30 Length: 2s
Cataract surgery leaves Evan Sagerman with two eyes that each see the world differently.…


I'll Lay Down My Arms

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2013-01-29 Length: 2s
Mac Clayton grew up with a beloved shotgun — but he won't be passing it on to his son.…


Gratitude

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2013-01-01 Length: 2s
A dying friend leaves Richard Swerdlow a generous gift.…


The Commute

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2012-12-31 Length: 2s
The passing landscape makes Bhaskar Sompalli's commute more than a ride to work.…


Nocturne

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2012-12-28 Length: 2s
For Peggy Hansen, night is an experience.…


Slaughterhouse

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2012-12-27 Length: 2s
Colleen Patrick-Goudreau believes exposure to animal slaughter encourages violent crime.…


Christmas Carols

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2012-12-25 Length: 2s
Michael Ellis celebrates the music that makes this season bright.…


Wonder

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2012-12-24 Length: 2s
The holidays give Jeremy Sherman a special reason to wonder about "wonder."…


The Last Perspective

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2012-12-21 Length: 2s
In case you hadn't noticed, the world ends today. Paul Staley looks at calendars and time.…


Feast

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2012-12-20
Mike Newland finds that when ancient peoples had a feast, it was to connect themselves to a complicated world.…


The Perfect Eggroll

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2012-12-19
Jill Selvaggio recalls her mother's lifelong search for a second perfect eggroll.…


Heightened Scrutiny

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2012-12-18
Do gays and lesbians have political power? Clyde Wadsworth says the Supreme Court's gay marriage decision could depend on the answer.…


Bay Bridge Blemish

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2012-12-17
Karen Hester objects to garish billboards that will grace the landing of the swank new Bay Bridge.…


Rock Bottom

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2012-12-14 Length: 2s
Michael Ellis finds the answer to a personal crisis in the Bay Bridge left lane.…


Searching for Dad

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2012-12-06 Length: 2s
Youth Radio's Sayre Quevedo never knew his father — and at 20 the object of his search has changed direction.…


It Is Written

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2012-12-05 Length: 2s
Typewriters couldn't doom handwriting — and now Barbara Simmons hopes it survives the digital age, too.…


Self-Destruction

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2012-12-04 Length: 2s
Sofie Kleppner considers what a wasp, a caterpillar and people have in common.…


Self-Destruction

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2012-12-04 Length: 2s
Sofie Kleppner considers what a wasp, a caterpillar and people have in common.…


First World Problem

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2012-12-03 Length: 2s
Vinita Nelson discovers her problems aren't worth the stress and anxiety.…


Muscle Memory

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2012-11-30 Length: 2s
Ray Pestrong is at an age where his body can't do what his mind says it should.…


How to Peel a Banana

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2012-11-29 Length: 2s
Luke Pease discovers that even peeling a banana comes with a dose of cultural relativity.…


Season of the Cliff

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2012-11-28 Length: 2s
Paul Staley says the "fiscal cliff" is marketing genius.…


Era of the Obamas

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2012-11-27 Length: 2s
The president's re-election gives African-Americans like Jamila Chambers new belief that America includes them, too.…


Era of the Obamas

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2012-11-27 Length: 2s
The president's re-election gives African-Americans like Jamila Chambers new belief that America includes them, too.…


A New Generation

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2012-11-26 Length: 2s
Daniel Zingale argues that high turnout of youth voters presages a new generation of engaged problem solvers.…


A San Francisco Thanksgiving

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2012-11-22 Length: 2s
Jonah Raskin's Thanksgiving of food, family and friends reflects the diversity of greater San Francisco.…


Twinkie Defense

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2012-11-20 Length: 2s
The manufacturer of Twinkies is filing for bankruptcy, and Michael Collins declares a national emergency.…


Twinkie Defense

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2012-11-20 Length: 2s
The manufacturer of Twinkies is filing for bankruptcy, and Michael Collins declares a national emergency.…


The Greatest Perspective Ever

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2012-11-19 Length: 2s
Paul Staley marks the 149th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address to ponder the power of language.…


Undecided

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2012-11-16 Length: 2s
What it takes to reach Ohio's last undecided voter isn't in Andrew Lewis' script.…


Flowers in Your Hair

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2012-11-15 Length: 2s
Richard Swerdlow remembers Scott McKenzie and the 1967 version of San Francisco.…


Flowers in Your Hair

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2012-11-15 Length: 2s
Richard Swerdlow remembers Scott McKenzie and the 1967 version of San Francisco.…


I'm Just Fine

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2012-11-14 Length: 2s
Rachel Gibson asks how much kinder we would be if we knew the burdens others carry.…


What's In Here?

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2012-11-13 Length: 2s
Mike Newland's young daughter becomes curious about the contents of a family urn.…


The Art of Listening

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2012-11-12 Length: 2s
Tim Tosta's work with hospice patients teaches him the art, and power, of listening.…


Bioluminescence

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2012-11-09 Length: 2s
Michael Ellis finds a Bay Area version of fireflies shimmering on Tomales Bay.…


Who's Fat and Who's Not?

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2012-11-08 Length: 2s
Youth Radio's Bria Bryant finds the link between body image and health isn't a simple formula.…


Celebration

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2012-11-07 Length: 2s
Raised in communist Romania, Gabriela Pasat revels in her first vote as an American citizen.…


Mailing It In

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2012-11-06 Length: 2s
Absentee ballots are fine, but Debbie Broeker finds something special about Election Day voting.…


Foucault's Pendulum

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2012-11-05 Length: 2s
Bhaskar Sompalli, and small children, are fascinated by a giant pendulum that knocks over small pins like clockwork.…


Optimal Illusion

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2012-11-02 Length: 2s
Politicians lie, says Jeremy Sherman, because they have to.…


You Like Me, You Really Do

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2012-11-01 Length: 2s
Mac Clayton 'connects' on Facebook. Well, sort of.…


Flaming Pumpkins

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2012-10-31 Length: 2s
Cameron Walker's father feared fire, flaming pumpkins included.…


Surrounded by Walls

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2012-10-29 Length: 2s
After a stay in Brazil, Evan Sagerman knows the difference government can make.…


The Biggest Leaf

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2012-10-26 Length: 2s
Peggy Hansen goes hunting for the biggest leaf in the forest.…


Good Enough

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2012-10-25 Length: 2s
Like everyone else, Christine Canty worries that she's not good enough.…


It Has to Stop

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2012-10-24 Length: 2s
Richard Swerdlow has seen the ugliness of bullying in his own school.…


Pooling Resources

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2012-10-23 Length: 2s
As a kid, Hal Stemmler wanted a basketball he couldn't afford. What he got was a civics lesson.…


Pooling Resources

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2012-10-23 Length: 2s
As a kid, Hal Stemmler wanted a basketball he couldn't afford. What he got was a civics lesson.…


Sweet and Sour

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2012-10-22 Length: 2s
Manel Kappagoda limits her daughter's soda intake, but could use some help.…


The End of Death

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2012-10-18 Length: 2s
Bob Finlayson says death may be the next victim of technology's march.…


The End of Death

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2012-10-18 Length: 2s
Bob Finlayson says death may be the next victim of technology's march.…


Hybrid

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2012-10-17 Length: 2s
Paul Staley looks for the balance between dependence on government and the anarchy of individualism.…


My New Hero

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2012-10-16 Length: 2s
The struggle of an elderly woman to get dressed teaches Hanna Clements-Hart a lesson in guts.…


Wynken, Blynken and Nod

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2012-10-15 Length: 2s
When Jolie Kanat looks at government she doesn't see "them." She sees "us."…


Weeds

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2012-10-12 Length: 2s
What makes a weed a weed? Michael Ellis has the answer.…


Branch and Root

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2012-10-11 Length: 2s
Youth Radio's Bianca Brooks discovers that her family tree has unexpected branches and roots.…


We Built This City

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2012-10-10 Length: 2s
It was bad music then, and its bad music now. But Fred Etheridge has a new attitude about it.…


Loving Betta

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2012-10-09 Length: 2s
Helen Smolinski's severely disabled child isn't the gift she'd hoped for, but her gifts are profound still.…


Saved by the Safety Net

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2012-10-08 Length: 2s
Bhaskar Sompalli's life is testimony to the good the education and a social safety net can do.…


Stats That Matter

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2012-10-05 Length: 2s
Teacher Matt Mitchell is fine with test-score-based evaluations, but not all statistics are born equal.…


I Already Gave

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2012-10-04 Length: 2s
A credit card reader asks Wichita Sims to "donate to breast cancer."…


Three Perspectives

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2012-10-03 Length: 2s
High schooler Raba Sbeih-Rosales is a Palestinian, a Latina and an American.…


Animal Nation

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2012-10-02 Length: 2s
Paul Staley says it isn't just elephants and donkeys going to the polls on election day.…


Threads of Change

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2012-10-01 Length: 2s
Les Bloch looks at how our view of the flag and the republic for which it stands changes over time.…


The GOP and Science

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2012-09-28 Length: 2s
Clyde Wadsworth looks at the GOP's use of a flawed study to argue against same-sex marriage.…


Literary Cad

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2012-03-14 Length: 2s
Richard Swerdlow used to finish every book he read. But now, he dumps the under-performers.…


Black Bart

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2012-03-13 Length: 2s
An emergency on a BART platform reminds Jennifer Kathleen Gibbons of an old fear.…


California Dreamin'

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2012-03-12 Length: 2s
Bobby Podesta has left a great job for a risky one. He's so California.…


Ready to Go

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2012-03-09 Length: 2s
Because it's "when I die" not "if I die," Daniel Kohn gets his affairs in order now, not later.…


Daydream Believer

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2012-03-08 Length: 2s
The death of The Monkees' Davy Jones takes Sarah Glover back in time.…


A San Francisco Thanksgiving

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2011-11-24
Jonah Raskin's Thanksgiving of food, family and friends reflects the diversity of greater San Francisco.…


Invincible

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2011-11-23
Young boys tend to think they're invincible in part, says Will Courtenay, because their parents think so too.…


Invincible

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2011-11-23
Young boys tend to think they're invincible in part, says Will Courtenay, their parents think so too.…


Delta Hyacinth

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2011-11-22
Cynthia Shelton thinks a Delta plague can become a boon to the local economy.…


Everyone's Marine

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2011-11-21
When Cybele Ryan's daughter fell for Ben, he became "our Marine." Now he's "everyone's Marine."…


Just Drive

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2011-11-18 Length: 2m 19s
When it comes to distracted driving, Richard Swerdlow has seen it all.…


Play Date

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2011-11-17 Length: 2m 21s
Stay-at-home dad Jonathan Slusher's attempts to network with moms draw suspicion.…


Surplus Meds

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2011-11-16 Length: 2m 21s
Some have meds they don't need. Others lack meds they need. Dr. Angela Walker has an answer.…


Online Anonymity

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2011-11-15 Length: 2m 27s
Jules Older has a solution for online incivility.…


Greed is Sick

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2011-11-11 Length: 2m 28s
Hoarders have a mental illness. Vinita Nelson asks if the greedy do, too.…


Detour

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2011-11-10 Length: 2m 27s
Wichita Sims once was queen of the road trip. Now it's public transit or bust.…


Bully for All Seasons

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2011-11-08 Length: 2m 18s
John Dorrance counsels his son on how to handle a bully.…


Self-Reliance Paradox

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2011-11-07 Length: 2m 29s
Jeremy Sherman says it takes a village to be self-sufficient.…


A Sikh's Prayer

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2011-11-04 Length: 2m 27s
Meeta Kaur prays that when others see her son, they see more than his turban.…


Disconnected

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2011-11-03 Length: 2m 27s
Todd Adler wonders if there's anything as disconnecting as being constantly connected.…


Payback

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2011-11-02 Length: 2m 24s
Alejandra went to jail for a terrible decision. Now she helps others find their way.…


Last Market

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2011-11-01 Length: 2m 20s
The seasons are changing and Peggy Hansen will miss her local farmer's market.…


Equilibrium

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2011-10-31 Length: 2m 27s
We've bailed out the lenders. Now, says Paul Staley, economic recovery requires rescuing the borrowers.…


The Great American Exchange

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2011-09-23 Length: 2m 26s
Michael Ellis looks at one California critter among the very few that migrated north in the Great American Exchange.…


Gift Cards

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2011-09-22 Length: 2m 23s
It's easier to give a gift card than an actual gift, but Sue Glader says something is missing.…


Choosing Poverty

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2011-09-21 Length: 2m 28s
American poverty is on an alarming rise thanks, says Dick Meister, to public policies we choose.…


Talk to Me

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2011-09-20 Length: 2m 23s
Conversation with strangers used to make Mike Adamick cringe. Then, his daughter started school.…


Government Lifeline

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2011-09-19 Length: 2m 24s
Bola Odulate didn't think she'd need government health insurance. Until she did.…


Outside the Box

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2011-09-02 Length: 2m 26s
Lindsey Grant adopted a sweet old cat, but Mufasa isn't what she'd call a bargain.…


A Congress of Costanzas

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2011-09-01 Length: 2m 21s
Richard Friedlander says Congress is a "Seinfeld" character fond of pretending to be someone he's not.…


Postcard View

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2011-08-31 Length: 2m 27s
The views from Mt. Diablo are vast, once Luke Pease manages to get past the gift shop.…


The Marriage Test

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2011-08-30 Length: 2m 13s
Phil Gravitt offers a test for anyone, gay or straight, considering marriage. Kayak, Ikea and real estate required.…


The Common Good

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2011-08-29 Length: 2m 25s
If you're waiting for everyone to agree with you, says Steve Torgerson, you'll wait forever.…


Muir Woods

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2011-08-26 Length: 2m 28s
Muir Woods is a treasure, but Michael Ellis recounts how it very nearly was logged.…


The Jobless Recovery

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2011-08-25 Length: 2m 22s
Joe Epstein looks at why companies are piling up profits and cash while shedding workers.…


The Conversation

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2011-08-24 Length: 2m 11s
Paul Staley asks his father if he's ready to die.…


Pink Triangles

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2011-08-23 Length: 2m 28s
Clyde Wadsworth remembers Rudolf Brazda, a gay man who survived a Nazi concentration camp.…


I Quit

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2011-08-22 Length: 2m 26s
It's goodbye public school, hello private school for teacher Chris Voisard.…


Things We Carried

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2011-08-19 Length: 2m 26s
Steven Saum finds the weightiest things he and his son carried on their hike wasn't in their backpacks.…


Virtual Beauty

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2011-08-18 Length: 2m 17s
Youth Radio's Bianca Brooks agrees with a study that links Facebook and narcissism.…


The World in an Airport

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2011-08-17 Length: 2m 22s
Summer travel means airports, where Richard Swerdlow finds the people watching fascinating.…


To Kill a Chipmunk

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2011-08-16 Length: 2m 13s
Peggy Hansen must weigh the life of a chipmunk against the sanctity of her garden.…


When Bookstores Close

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2011-08-15 Length: 2m 25s
Li Miao Lovett says physical spaces where readers can gather are casualties of the digital age.…


I Hate Crows

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2011-08-12 Length: 2m 24s
Randee Fenner wouldn't hurt a fly. But those squawking crows?…


A Good Man

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2011-08-11 Length: 2m 22s
Susan Dix Lyons' father isn't famous, just a good man who did all the right things.…


A Salute to Sacrifice

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2011-08-09 Length: 2m 18s
Andres Fernandez salutes a young soldier killed long ago, and only now given a decent burial.…


A Salute to Sacrifice

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2011-08-09 Length: 2m 18s
Andres Fernandez salutes a young soldier killed long ago, and only now given a decent burial.…


Torture

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2011-08-08 Length: 2m 26s
Joaquin DiazDeLeon says what happened to him in the youth prison system shouldn't happen to anyone.…


99

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2011-08-05 Length: 2m 26s
Hate those $9.99 or $29.99 prices? So does Nitin Deo, and he wants them to go away.…


Restitution

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2011-08-04 Length: 2m 18s
Steve Woolpert argues that restitution programs might be an answer to California's overcrowded prisons.…


Restitution

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2011-08-03 Length: 2m 18s
Steve Woolpert argues that restitution programs might be an answer to California's overcrowded prisons.…


Fruits and Roots

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2011-08-02 Length: 2m 26s
The fruit that grows so easily in California never ceases to amaze an out-of-stater like Nancy Kho.…


How Many Fools?

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2011-08-01 Length: 2m 23s
Jeremy Sherman asks if Lincoln was right that you can't fool all the people all the time.…


A Murder of Crows

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2011-07-29 Length: 2m 24s
Michael Ellis' backyard is being overtaken by a very aggressive black bird.…


Not Your Grandma's Classroom

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2011-07-28 Length: 2m 26s
A primary school graduation teaches Joan Reinhardt Reiss that her grandkids are getting a very different education than she did.…


Pancakes and Progress

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2011-07-27 Length: 2m 23s
When his young son won't sit in the back of the car, Kevin Fisher-Paulson's hope for a post-racial America is staggered.…


The Job Interview

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2011-07-26 Length: 2m 21s
Brian Cabrera makes the case that preparing for a job interview is like arguing a courtroom trial.…


Hard Work

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2011-07-25 Length: 2m 26s
It turns out too much praise is bad for kids. Amanda Enayati discovers the alternative is two words.…


Politics of Me

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2011-07-22 Length: 2m 16s
Paul Staley says that politics has become a demand for government of me, by me and for me.…


Summer Love Lessons

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2011-07-21 Length: 2m 25s
Youth Radio's Rachel Krantz takes her first love on the road and discovers love is about more than romance.…


Food Revolution

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2011-07-20 Length: 2m 26s
Steven Moss thinks the Bay Area-driven food revolution can achieve what the 1960s could not.…


I Have a Voice

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2011-07-19 Length: 2m 30s
Barbara Brenner is losing her ability to speak, but technology is giving her a voice.…


Go Boldly

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2011-07-18 Length: 2m 22s
The space shuttle lands one last time this week. Robert Mitchell remembers when it carried boyhood dreams into space.…


The Doctor Thing

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2011-07-15 Length: 2m 20s
Peggy Hansen knows that being a doctor means you never stop being a doctor.…


The Airplane Napkin

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2011-07-14 Length: 2m 25s
Emily Leonard finds a use for an airplane napkin while remembering her departed sister.…


Urban Livestock

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2011-07-13 Length: 2m 25s
Colleen Patrick-Goudreau says Oakland should encourage urban farming — but not urban livestock.…


Unionizing Youth

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2011-07-12 Length: 2m 20s
Dick Meister says unions need young workers as much as they need unions.…


At a Loss for Hair

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2011-07-11 Length: 2m 27s
The hair Kira Halpern is losing to chemotherapy isn't the only thing she's shedding.…


Get to Know Me

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2011-07-08 Length: 2m 27s
On a cross-country drive, Jose Arreola must tell a close friend his deepest secret — he's undocumented.…


Advanced Beginner

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2011-07-07 Length: 2m 18s
Learning to swim, Stephanie Losee hated being labeled a Guppy or Tadpole. But Advanced Beginner...…


The Music Teacher

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2011-07-06 Length: 2m 26s
A renowned Lafayette music teacher befriends Laura Shumaker's autistic son.…


111 Words

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2011-07-05 Length: 2m 19s
John Storella cites two short passages in the Declaration of Independence that sum up the entire philosophy of American governance.…


111 Words

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2011-07-04 Length: 2m 19s
John Storella cites two short passages in the Declaration of Independence that sum up the entire philosophy of American governance.…


Above the Street

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Augustus Vargas hustled life on the streets until he decided it was time to get a life.…


Healing

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Michael Ellis says sometimes only a mystery explains the unexplainable.…


Living Small

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Clarence Wong is living large by supporting small business.…


Read To Me

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Susan Dix Lyons' son is 15, becoming a man, but still her child and she will read him a story.…


Jobless Need Not Apply

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Dick Meister is outraged some employers tell the unemployed not to apply for job openings.…


Happy Robot Day

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Kevin Fisher-Paulson tries to keep up with innumerable holiday demands.…


Wonder

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The holidays give Jeremy Sherman a special reason to wonder about 'wonder.'…


Enough for Everybody

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Richard Swerdlow's students remind him that if we share, everybody has enough.…


It's a Beautiful Sunset

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Les Bloch found the meaning of 9/11 a week later in a Home Depot parking lot.…


A Good Man

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Susan Dix Lyons' father isn't famous, just a good man who did all the right things.…


Payback

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Alejandra Bautista Landin went to jail for a terrible decision. Now she helps others find their way.…


I Love You More

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Priscilla Yuki Wilson talks to her grandmother in disaster-ravaged Japan.…


Belching Yellow Buses

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Lizzie Velten laments polluting school buses.…


More Than a Number

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Paul Staley thinks the 99 percent needs to define itself by what it is, not what it's not.…


Vive Le Google

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Patricia Needle helps French tourists searching for an iconic San Francisco address.…


I'm Dying to Live

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Like others with a fatal disease, Barbara Brenner takes issue with common phrases.…


My Own Path

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Youth Radio's Sayre Quevedo couldn't afford four-year college, but he's building a future his own way.…


Parent in Waiting

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Love is on hold as Mike Newland and his partner wait for their adopted child in Ethiopia.…


What's it Worth?

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Richard Friedlander believes too many of us are invested in Wall Street's success to change it.…


Tender Beef

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Matt Mitchell is troubled that star high school linemen are heavier on average than the Super Bowl I champion Packers.…


The Natural Man

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Anna Shaff encounters a man on Baker Beach with everything and nothing.…


Alarming Clocks

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Technology has changed how alarm clocks alarm, and Bhaskar Sompalli considers an alarming future clock.…


Pumped Up

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Veronica Jordan looks at the obstacles working moms face to breastfeed their infants.…


Twinkie Defense

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The manufacturer of Twinkies is filing for bankruptcy, and Michael Collins declares a national emergency.…


Long Journey

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Carol Arnold welcomes the return of a lone wolf to California.…


Do It With Passion

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Jonah Raskin is retiring after 30 years of teaching, and has some advice for new educators.…


My Best Mistake

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Richard Swerdlow's young students learn the best thing they ever did was a mistake.…


Me and My Shadow

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Youth Radio's Derek Williams has come to accept himself, despite his unhealthy obesity.…


Life Without Gluten

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Debbie Duncan's daughter has had to avoid eating gluten virtually her entire life.…


Fussy Props of Grandeur

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Greed and ego aren't new to American robber barons, but Jeremy Sherman finds our modern elite remarkably lame.…


Safe at Home

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Linda Sondheimer discovers that when it comes to personal safety, money makes the difference.…


The Need for Grace

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An interfaith conversation in Iraq leads Steve Torgerson to an understanding of the need for grace.…


The Need for Grace

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An interfaith conversation in Iraq leads Steve Torgerson to an understanding of the need for grace.…


The Art of Arguing

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High school student Jordan Levy loves a good argument.…


Two Cents

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Decisions aren't hard to make if, like Richard Friedlander, you aren't afraid of mistakes.…


Two Cents

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Decisions aren't hard to make if, like Richard Friedlander, you aren't afraid of mistakes.…


Galls

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Michael Ellis examines galls, the abnormal and often surprising growths on many plants and trees.…


Bully

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Angela Kim is stalked by a bully - her own obsessive compulsive disorder.…


Food Stamp Politics

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Food stamps are a presidential campaign talking point. Lorrie Goldin looks at who receives them.…


Slippery Slope

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Clyde Wadsworth says those who fear the slippery slope of gay marriage should beware the slick hillside of religious liberty.…


The Things We Say

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In politics, says Paul Staley, money is speech. In business, speech is money.…


The Things We Say

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In politics, says Paul Staley, money is speech. In business, speech is money.…


The Weight of Water

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A very dry winter reminds Peggy Hansen of the value - and weight - of water.…


We Just Want You to Be Happy

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Catholics are recruiting unhappy Episcopalians. Rev. Matt Lawrence returns the favor.…


Lin-spiration

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Rebecca Leung is thrilled that Jeremy Lin redefines the world of cool for Asian-Americans.…


Yes, And

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Improv has taught Karen Chee that failure is nothing to fear.…


This Is My Heaven

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Art is where young Gabriela Lindley turns to find joy and creativity.…


Talk to Me

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Conversation with strangers used to make Mike Adamick cringe. Then, his daughter started school.…


Fish and Blame

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Carol Arnold looks at the controversy over a state wildlife official who killed an Idaho mountain lion.…


Pretty Things

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Clarence Wong believes museums should tell the ugly stories behind the beautiful objects.…


Highline the Bridge

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Joe Epstein says the eastern span of the Bay Bridge should be reborn, not torn down.…


Early Decision

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Youth Radio's Maddy Roberts compares applying to college to coping with an eating disorder.…


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