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Shows From Spring 2010

Memory Flows

Originally aired on Thursday, April 29th, 2010
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Today’s show is about something that carries our past—memory. Our reporters will bring back stories from people’s memories. You’ll hear about a forgotten creek that was sent underground in San Francisco’s Mission District and how to improve memory through more sleep. And then the memories from millions of Chinese young people on the same high school English textbook they used. Finally, a story on how we remember two political icons—Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy.

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From Gamelans to Kurzweil Keyboards

Originally aired on Tuesday, April 27th, 2010
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In our last Tuesday edition of North Gate Radio for the spring semester, we bring you a diverse blend of news — We’ll hear a report about a new center for victims of domestic violence in Richmond. In another story, we’ll learn about the impending closer of UC Berkeley’s print shop. And, finally, three stories on music.

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Moving Around the Bay

Originally aired on Thursday, April 22nd, 2010
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Getting from one place to another almost always brings some kind of challenge with it. This week, North Gate Radio reporters find stories about public transportation of all kinds in the Bay Area. We have stories about a defunct bus, trolley and ferry system in the East Bay, casual carpoolers dealing with a new toll, budget cuts to MUNI, biking in San Francisco, and California’s high speed rail plan.

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The Weed Show

Originally aired on Tuesday, April 20th, 2010
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It’s April 20th, also known as 4-20, the unofficial holiday for pot smokers. In today’s show, we take a trip to the International Cannabis and Hemp Expo in Daly City, where we’ll hear about a new electronic device called the i-weed and speak with cannabis entrepreneurs. Then, Richard Lee, founder of Oaksterdam University, discusses the movement to legalize marijuana. Finally, we hear from critics about why drug-sentencing reforms don’t go far enough.

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The Money Show

Originally aired on Thursday, April 15th, 2010
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First, we’ll have a story on an unusual outdoor flea market in the Mission where everything is free. We’ll also have a story on a program called Bernal Bucks—a system of buying local—that is catching momentum in a San Francisco neighborhood. And a story on why people feel antsy talking about money. Also, in this show, an interview with a financial adviser on how to look after your bottom line.

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Language Barriers

Originally aired on Tuesday, April 13th, 2010
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Typically, when we think of language barriers we think of foreign languages, far off lands, or international business. But what about the other languages we speak? In this show we examine a few places where language can fall apart: between servers and customers at restaurants; at art galleries; deciphering tax code; and understanding a virus. We also explore the real language barriers in a predominately ESL school.

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Health Matters

Originally aired on Thursday, April 8th, 2010
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A show themed on one thing nobody wants to lose: Health. First we’ll have a report on magic remedies for the common cold. Then a story about a condition called Americanitis. We’ll visit Richmond to find out how a high crime rate distracts residents there from paying enough attention to industrial health hazards. And we’ll also learn about a controversial new tax on tanning salons introduced in the healthcare reform bill. Finally, an interview about how the bill will affect the UC Berkeley campus community.

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April Fools!

Originally aired on Thursday, April 1st, 2010
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It’s March 32nd, and you know what that means — April Fools Day. We’ve got a show full of goofs, spoofs and pranks today. We’ll hear about a man, sometimes called the Fifth Top, whose lived large by impersonating R&B stars. We’ll have a report from the Mission District where two hours and ninety bucks can buy you a new identity. And we’ll hear about a corporation that’s running for Congress.

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The Changing Meaning of Common Words

Originally aired on Tuesday, March 30th, 2010
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A wedding is a public declaration of love for a same-sex couple, and an age-old tool for curtailing women’s rights to a queer studies professor. The meaning of independence is contested in the world’s youngest nation, Eretria. When we think of the homeless, do we see a group of people down on their luck or a public nuisance? And since when could a person be ghetto? The meaning of physical objects changes too. In our last story, we meet a cigarette that doesn’t smoke.

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What the Spring Brings

Originally aired on Thursday, March 18th, 2010
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A whirlwind of stories. First we’ll have a report on the effectiveness of Daylight Savings. Does it really save energy? We’ll move on to Richmond where residents and city officials are rallying against the violence plaguing the city. Then we’ll meet some teenage girls who are looking for the ideal prom dress with a little grassroots help. We go to the Mission District and zoom in on backyard beekeepers. And we conclude with a report on love and how it makes every day feel like Spring.

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