Listen

Read

Watch

Schedules

Programs

Events

Give

Account

Donation Heart Ribbon

Stories for February 7, 2011

NOVA: Smartest Machine On Earth

Feb. 7
0 Comments
NOVA: Smartest Machine On Earth  Tease photo

NOVA investigates the world of artificial intelligence and profiles the computer that could be the “Smartest Machine on Earth.” Known as “Watson,” this IBM supercomputer is so advanced it’s pursuing the first-of-its-kind challenge competing against “Jeopardy!” champions to prove its uncanny ability to mimic the human thought process.

Lawmakers Consider State Park Cuts

Feb. 7
Marianne Russ, California Capital Network
0 Comments
Tease photo

State lawmakers heard from parks officials about the impact of Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed cuts on Monday.

NOVA: Making Stuff: Smarter

Feb. 7
0 Comments
NOVA: Making Stuff: Smarter  Tease photo

"Making Stuff Smarter" looks at materials that respond to their environments and even learn, such as an airplane wing that changes shape as it flies. Scientists are turning to nature in developing such "smart" stuff. Sharkskin, for instance, has inspired a substance that, when sprayed in hospitals, could eliminate antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Geothermal Plants Could Boost Imperial Valley Economy

Feb. 7
By Ed Joyce
0 Comments
Tease photo

Tapping into geothermal energy sources could bring jobs to Imperial County.

NOVA scienceNOW: How Smart Are Animals?

Feb. 7
0 Comments
NOVA scienceNOW: How Smart Are Animals?  Tease photo

Would you care to match wits with a dog, an octopus, a dolphin, or a parrot? You may think twice after watching the segments in this "NOVA scienceNOW" episode. While we may not be ready to send pets to Harvard, the remarkable footage and findings presented here demonstrate that many animal species are much smarter than we assume and in ways we had never imagined.

UC, CSU Face Deep Cuts But Will Avoid Fee Hikes

Feb. 7
JULIET WILLIAMS, Associated Press
0 Comments

The chancellors of the University of California and California State University systems say they don't plan to seek student fees increases this year, despite a state budget proposal that calls for deep cuts to higher education.

Event Aims To Raise Awareness About Concussions

Feb. 7
By Kenny Goldberg
0 Comments

The dangers of concussions among student athletes will be the topic of a public forum tonight at Santa Fe Christian High School. Concussions make up nearly one in ten sports injuries.

Darrell Issa Out Front Of Obama On Regulations

Feb. 7
Associated Press
0 Comments
Tease photo

When President Barack Obama asked businesses for advice on creating jobs, he might have anticipated that more than 200 responses would quickly be headed his way courtesy of Rep. Darrell Issa, a Republican who once called him corrupt.

Judge Who Halted CA Executions To Tour Death Room

Feb. 7
Associated Press
0 Comments

A federal judge who shut down the death chamber at San Quentin State Prison after an inspection five years ago returns there Tuesday to tour the new facility.

Blackstone Buys Majority Stake Of Hotel Del Coronado

Feb. 7
City News Service
0 Comments

The investment firm Blackstone Group LP is the new majority owner of the venerable Hotel del Coronado, it was announced today.

Bill Would Mandate Maternity Coverage

Feb. 7
By Kenny Goldberg
0 Comments

California women with individual health-insurance polices have to pay extra for maternity care. A bill introduced in the state senate would change that.

Jack Benny: Comedy In Bloom

Feb. 7
0 Comments
Jack Benny: Comedy In Bloom  Tease photo

"Jack Benny: Comedy In Bloom" tells the chronological story of one of the most beloved American entertainers of the 20th century. The program offers an intimate glimpse at Jack’s unique humor and humble character through poignant interviews with those who knew him best: Bob Hope, Dinah Shore, Johnny Carson, Ann Margret, Joan Benny (his daughter), Carol Burnett, Mel Blanc, his writers, his producers and his best friend, George Burns.

PIONEERS OF TELEVISION: Local Kids' TV

Feb. 7
0 Comments
PIONEERS OF TELEVISION: Local Kids' TV  Tease photo

Local kids’ programs shaped the childhoods of millions of American children in the early years of television. With the flimsiest of second-hand store costumes and their own imaginations, they learned how to make their audience laugh, smile and think. This program features pioneers of local kids' TV including Willard Scott, Stan Freberg, Jim Henson, Larry Harmon ("Bozo") and Nancy Claster (“Romper Room”).

Thousands Of Protesters Dig In Their Heels In Cairo

Feb. 7
NPR Staff and Wires
0 Comments
Tease photo

Thousands of protesters remained camped in Cairo's Tahrir Square on Monday, showing no signs of easing pressure on President Hosni Mubarak's regime and shrugging off the latest round of government concessions.

UCSD Researchers Uncover "History Sniffing"

Feb. 7
These Days
2 Comments

Dozens of websites have been secretly harvesting lists of places that their users previously visited online, everything from news articles to bank sites to pornography. A team of UCSD computer scientists -- a graduate student and 3 professors -- found that the practice of "history sniffing" is possible because of a weakness in web browsers which allows websites to do this.

Can Private Partnerships Save Public Universities Struggling With Budget Cuts?

Feb. 7
These Days
1 Comment
Tease photo

How can the private sector help public universities facing difficult budget cuts? Cal State San Marcos President Karen Haynes talks about how the university has benefited from private partnerships during difficult financial times.

Valentine's Day Food Of Love

Feb. 7
These Days
1 Comment

Our Food hour is devoted to Romance. We talk about the foods, meals, sweets and treats that can make your Valentine's Day one to remember.

Why Some People Evade Colds And Others Don't

Feb. 7
Patti Neighmond, NPR
0 Comments
Tease photo

People who've built up immunity to common viruses are less likely to get sick. But researchers say it's also possible some people are genetically less susceptible to catching a common cold.

S.D. Council Members Have Large Budgets, Short Stays In Office

Feb. 7
By Katie Orr
1 Comment
Tease photo

San Diego’s city council may be relatively small, but its members have a lot of money to work with. A new study ranks the council against those in 14 other major studies.

Growing Number Of San Diegans Need Rental Assistance

Feb. 7
By Kyla Calvert
0 Comments

Poor families spending half of their earnings or more on rent jumped by 20 percent recently, according to a federal report. The problem is acute in San Diego.

Trailers: 'Cowboys and Aliens'

Feb. 7
By Beth Accomando
2 Comments
Tease photo

In recent years I think I have been more interested in the ads that run at the Super Bowl than the game. Here are some of the movie ads that ran including the "Cowboys and Aliens" trailer that debuted.

VA Aims To Prevent Homelessness Among New Vets

Feb. 7
By Alison St John
0 Comments

The VA is looking for a place to open a residential center, to prevent a new generation of veterans from joining the homeless population.

Assault Weapon Reporting Rule For Border States Delayed

Feb. 7
By Amy Isackson
0 Comments

Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) officials had hoped the rule, they say would help them control the sale of guns that Mexican drug cartels favor, would have made it through the White House a month ago.