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Media roundup: sci fi, electronica, the tragedy of suburbia, and public radio

And now, a brief list of things produced by fellow humans I enjoyed reading, hearing and watching in the past few weeks. Books: Larry Niven’s Ringworld I was drawn in by the concept of a ringed artificial habitable structure orbiting … Continue reading

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Station Manager of 91.7 KALW San Francisco reaches out to listeners.

During my Tuesday shift I was pleasantly surprised to hear a radio station manager speaking directly to listeners for an extended period of time about the state of the station. In the past, I’ve heard station managers speak during pledge … Continue reading

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Driving in the City is beautiful.

I eeked by on Sunday with my lowest Sunday earnings in a long, long time — only $87. This was offset by better than usual earnings Monday and Tuesday, both over $170 (over average). I notice that fares run together … Continue reading

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You’re richer than you think.

While sitting in the queue to pay the toll for the Bay Bridge Monday, I heard two great counterintuitive pieces on KQED. The first was a thoughtful comparison between our quality of life now compared to the distant past. It … Continue reading

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Radiolab: another great radio show

I recently stumbled upon another great radio show: Radiolab. Radiolab tries to explain things. Big things. Philosophy and science things. Radiolab features a simple theme for each episode such as Love, Pop Music, or Deception. My initial frustration while listening … Continue reading

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News flash: Livable cities are sustainable cities.

NPR’s Morning Edition recently featured an excellent two part series on the aggregate effects of our living decisions on the environment. The stories hit hard from the angle that suburbia increases per capita carbon footprint while denser, urban living offers … Continue reading

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A day in the life of a chocolate taster

Do you like chocolate? Yes? So does ChloĆ© Doutre-Roussel. Ms. Doutre-Roussel is a professional chocolate taster. Marketplace’s “Working” series did a surprisingly touching segment on her unique profession. Links MP3 Direct Link Segment Page

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Harry Shearer’s “Le Show” is yet another great radio program.

Who says the golden age of radio is dead? I’m amazed at the depth and breadth of radio these days and I’m blessed to have cabbing force me to explore these depths during long shifts. My latest find is a … Continue reading

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When I get mad about employers screwing me over, I think of Robert Reich and then direct that anger at the government. You can too! Here’s how.

When I drive an 11 hour shift and make only fifty or sixty bucks I feel pretty sour. This doesn’t happen often. But, it does happen a few times a month during this time of year when demand for cabs … Continue reading

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The best Democratic candidate debate you didn’t know existed.

NPR hosted a radio debate Tuesday between the Democratic presidential candidates. It was a radio-only debate with no cameras, no audience, and no strict time limits for candidate answers (although they were kept thankfully brief). It was an excellent forum … Continue reading

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