Stories for June 25, 2010
"The Wall" looks deep inside the revolution that swept across Europe two decades ago — with the November 1989 opening of the Berlin Wall — to understand how this remarkable event helped end the Cold War without a shot being fired. The film explores the lives of ordinary people caught up in Cold War politics: a young father forced to tunnel beneath the wall to reunite his family; a teenager whose love of pop culture got him in deep trouble with the state; a student activist helping make a peaceful revolution while facing down tanks; and a young man broken by the ruthless interrogation methods of the secret police.
First, detective Eduardo Pagán investigates the history of a hand-drawn map taken from the body of a Japanese soldier during the World War II battle of Iwo Jima in the segment “Iwo Jima Map.” Then, in “Copperhead Cane,” Wes Cowan follows the story of a cane topped with a coiled snake with ties to the anti-Abraham Lincoln group the “Peace Democrats.” Finally, in the segment “Theremin,” Elyse Luray traces the origins of the Theremin — one of the first electronic musical instruments — and finds out if a New Mexico man owns one of the fewer than a dozen Theremins in the U.S. built by Leon Theremin himself.
President Barack Obama dismissed Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the commander of U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan, after the general made critical comments about the president in a magazine article. We discuss the local impact of McChrystal's ouster, and how the move might affect combat operations in Afghanistan.
"Antiques Roadshow" continues its stop in Providence, Rhode Island, where host Mark Walberg visits the Providence Jewelry Museum in nearby Cranston and discovers that Providence once was the costume jewelry capital of the world. Appraiser Joyce Jonas offers a primer of the vintage "fabulous fake" jewelry market, including such famous brands as Chanel, Dior and Schiaparelli — all made in Providence.
This documentary examines the life of radical attorney William Kunstler from a surprising angle. Kunstler’s two daughters from his second marriage grew up lionizing a man already famous for his historic civil rights and anti-war cases. Then, in their teens, they began to be disillusioned by a stubborn man who continued representing some of the most reviled defendants in America — this time, accused rapists and terrorists.
While visiting an old friend, Miss Marple (Julia McKenzie) discovers that there may be new evidence concerning the notorious Blue Geranium murder case. Can Marple unlock the clues before the wrong person is found guilty of murder? Sharon Small (“The Inspector Lynley Mysteries”) and Toby Stephens (“Jane Eyre”) guest star.
Play with illegal fireworks this Fourth of July and you could be seriously injured or end up in jail, or both. The State Fire Marshal is warning of those consequences in advance of this weekend, when fireworks go on sale around the state.
The state’s $10,000 first-time home buyer credit is going quickly. Franchise Tax Board officials say in less than two months $91 million of the $100 million credit has been claimed.
"Andy Williams: Moon River And Me" features a collection of remarkable musical performances from the legendary crooner’s classic, Emmy Award-winning television series that aired from 1962-1971. The digitally re-mastered, full-length songs include many of Williams’ hits, such as “Almost Like Being in Love,” “Moon River” and “The Face I Love.”
The San Diego City Council made two decisions this week that could affect the future of downtown. The council agreed to create a "quiet zone" to limit train noise, and approved a $500,000 study on blight in the downtown area. Plus, a cost estimate for the new city hall was released.
Bill Kowba, acting superintendent, was chosen as the finalist to lead California's second-largest school district. We discuss the greatest challenge the district faces now.
We discuss General McChrystal's remarks, the risk of a mid-war change of command and the impact this will have on strategy in Afghanistan and morale.