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For teens, vaping is a sleek, discreet way to smoke

From a special edition of Crosscurrents, this is part of a series of stories from students from the San Francisco Unified School District: My friend Dandar Ganbold is vaping inside my car. He puts an e-cigarette that looks like a metallic USB called JUUL up to his mouth and inhales.

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Media Roundtable: Afghanistan civilian casualties & super PAC spending ahead of 2018 midterms

On this edition of Your Call’s media roundtable, we’ll discuss coverage of the surge of violence in Afghanistan. In recent weeks, more than 200 people, including 34 students, have been killed by ISIS and Taliban forces.

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U.S. Will Try To 'Put Iran In A Vise'

Oct 12, 2011

One day after the U.S. outlined an assassination plot allegedly linked to the Iranian military, a host of U.S. officials began making angry calls for tough action in response.

But what kind of action might that be? The U.S. has been imposing sanctions against Iran ever since U.S. diplomats were seized following the 1979 Islamic Revolution. And analysts say they do not expect a U.S. military response.

Facing Planetary Enemy No. 1: Agriculture

Oct 12, 2011

For the past 200 years, ever since Thomas Malthus published his Essay on the Principle of Population, big thinkers have been wondering whether Earth-dwellers will eventually run out of food.

Today, a global group of scientists released a fresh look at the question. They add a different, environmental twist to it. Can we feed the world without destroying the environment?

At last night's GOP presidential debate in New Hampshire, Newt Gingrich condemned the government's latest effort to discourage men from routinely getting blood tests for prostate cancer by citing the views of Dr. Andrew von Eschenbach.

Gingrich stressed some of von Eschenbach's prestigious bona fides, including heading the National Cancer Institute and practicing at one of the country's major cancer centers.

The hits keep coming for Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation: While the company is still dealing with the consequences of its phone hacking scandal in the U.K., yesterday the publisher of The Wall Street Journal's European edition stepped down.

Today on All Things Considered, Alisha Niehaus of the Girl Scouts of the USA talks to host Guy Raz about a big update: For the first time in a quarter-century, they've completely overhauled the system of badges that Scouts can earn.

A budget battle between the city of Topeka, Kan. and Shawnee County has led to the repeal of the city's domestic violence law and freed about 30 people charged with abuse.

Here's how the Kansas City Star tells the story:

It started when Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor announced that a 10 percent budget cut would force him to end his office's prosecution of misdemeanor cases, almost half of which last year were domestic battery cases.

National Book Awards Finalists Announced

Oct 12, 2011

Our colleagues at Oregon Public Broadcasting's Think Out Loud hosted today's announcement of the 20 finalists for this year's National Book Awards.

They report that the nominees are:

Decoded DNA Reveals Details Of Black Death Germ

Oct 12, 2011

Scientists have used DNA lurking inside the teeth of medieval Black Death victims to figure out the entire genetic code of the deadly bacterium that swept across Europe more than 600 years ago, killing an estimated half of the population.

The researchers didn't find any genetic feature that could explain why the plague was so virulent, according to a report just published in the journal Nature.

A tiny portion of a secret cable released last month by WikiLeaks is just now making its way to the United States. In the Sept. 2009 cable, U.S. Ambassador to Japan John Roos tells the Obama administration that Japan doesn't think it's a good idea for President Obama to visit Hiroshima or to apologize for using an atomic bomb on two Japanese cities during World War II.

The contents of the cable were reported back in September by The Japan Times and ABC News picked it up, today.

Before Politics, Huntsman Aspired To Rock Star Fame

Oct 12, 2011

Third in a series

GOP presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman says he is the most qualified Republican in the White House race, thanks to his background as governor of Utah, a corporate executive, and U.S. ambassador to China. But if Huntsman had lived out his youthful ambition, he would have been none of those things.

"My initial passion in life was to be a rock 'n' roll musician," Huntsman told graduates at the University of South Carolina in May.

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Cabrillo Festival 2018 on KALW!

The Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music is America’s foremost festival for contemporary symphonic music — re-imagining the orchestral experience, advancing music and developing audiences for the 21st century.

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KALW's Summer 2018 Program Guide

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Almanac - Thursday 8/23/18

Today is Thursday, the 23th of August of 2018. It is the 235th day of the year. There are 130 days remaining until the end of the year. 30 days until autumn begins 75 days until mid-term elections Tuesday November 6, 2018 ...

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