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Some meditations on the relative danger of travel this week. First, we’ve heard a lot about the vulnerability of American railroads since federal officials discovered vague plans to attack them while searching Osama bin Laden’s compound. But derailing a train is harder than you'd think… Roads are...
Education reform has taken many forms over the past decade – and many names. While Presidents Bush and Obama have each coined their own education catch phrases like “Race to the Top” and “No Child Left Behind,” the education community is suffering from budget cuts, teacher lay-offs, and less hope....
Cuentos Inmigrantes is a weekly collection of immigration news and views, from there to here and back The Wall Street Journal reports that the FBI is questioning Libyans living in the U.S. in an attempt to identify spies or terrorists. The article says agents, who began conducting interviews this...
After 30 years of prison boom in the United States, people are starting to question the usefulness of incarcerating large numbers of people, especially for less serious crimes. In New York, where prison populations skyrocketed after the state passed a series of tough sentencing laws for drug...
Got some good Crashes and Bangs this week. “Surreal” photos of New York officials dumping old train cars into the ocean to create an artificial reef. The most beautiful truck rollover you’ve ever seen. Plus magic maps that change shape based on travel time. (A delay, as you might imagine, warps...
KALW’s Steven Short recently visited the San Francisco Public Library, not for books, but for food. That's right, food. The public library is currently showcasing an exhibit called “San Francisco Eats,” a tour of San Francisco’s dining history. While at the exhibit, Short asked some visitors to...
One hundred years ago, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake ripped along the San Andreas Fault, rocking Northern California and sparking fires that torched the city of San Francisco. It became an example of how American civilization could be totally devastated by a simple shudder from Mother Nature. Within...
While the news from Libya – and also Japan – may be dominating newscasts nationwide, one of the top domestic stories has been coming out of Wisconsin, where union workers have been in a tug-of-war for their collective bargaining rights. Last week, a judge put a temporary restraining order on the...
In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama talked about “winning the future.” The President said if we want to get our country back on track, we need to invest – and that means rebuilding our infrastructure. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: We'll put more Americans to work...
Republican Peter King of New York is presiding over hearings in the U.S. House of Representatives today about Muslim extremism in America. Opponents liken the hearings to McCarthyism, but King insists “there are people within the community who are not cooperating with law enforcement to curb...
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