skip to main content

Listen

Read

Watch

Schedules

Programs

Events

Give

Account

Donation Heart Ribbon

Stories for December 4, 2012

When The Art Of The Deal Includes Improv Training

Dec. 4
Julia Flucht / NPR

Some top-tier business schools are offering more than just finance and marketing these days: Duke, UCLA, MIT and Stanford are all teaching improv. Professors say these techniques help students increase collaboration, creativity and risk taking.

Vets Flock To Colleges ... But How Are They Doing?

Dec. 4
Larry Abramson / NPR

Record numbers of veterans are returning home from war and heading to college. The biggest draw: the generous benefits of the Post-9/11 GI Bill, which in three short years has helped 860,000 vets go to school.

Is A Recess Appointment Valid If The Senate Says It's Not Really Gone?

Dec. 4
Carrie Johnson / NPR
Tease photo

In a tug of war between President Obama and Congress, a federal appeals court panel in Washington, D.C., will hear arguments Wednesday on the legality of Obama's controversial recess appointments.

Pot's Legal In Washington State, But Don't Drive High

Dec. 4
Martin Kaste / NPR

Marijuana might be legal in Washington state as of 12:01 a.m. Thursday, but last month's ballot initiative that made it legal also contained a deal-sweetener for hesitant voters -- a new DUI standard that may actually make life riskier for regular pot users.

More Large Retailers Ease Customers' Path To Credit

Dec. 4
Yuki Noguchi / NPR
Tease photo

Retailers are finding more ways to offer their customers financial products -- mortgages, loans and the like. In the past, people looked to banks for this kind of product. But big-box stores are trying to find new ways of getting money to those who cannot use banks, or want to avoid them altogether.

Whereabouts Of Arizona Governor Jan Brewer Not Known

Dec. 4
Paul Davenport, Associated Press
Tease photo

Gov. Jan Brewer has taken a nearly week-long out-of-state work trip that was shrouded in secrecy Monday as she skipped an event to certify election ballots and her spokesman refused to disclose her location.

Ratepayers Fear SDG&E End-Run On '07 Fire Costs

Dec. 4
By Amita Sharma
Tease photo

Consumer advocates are worried that California regulators may be quietly finding a way to allow San Diego Gas & Electric to recoup its uninsured 2007 wildfire costs from customers.

First-Time Homebuyers Return To San Diego Housing Market

Dec. 4
By Erik Anderson
Tease photo

The San Diego housing market is showing signs of a revival. One indicator is the return of the first-time homebuyer.

City Council Calls For Overturn Of Citizens United

Dec. 4
City News Service
Tease photo

A resolution that calls for a federal constitutional amendment to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in the Citizens United campaign finance case was unanimously approved today by the San Diego City Council.

The Mind Of A Chef

Dec. 4
The Mind Of A Chef  Tease photo

From ramen to rotting bananas, Copenhagen to Kansas City, pork buns to golf clubs, THE MIND OF A CHEF combines travel, cooking, history, science, and humor into an unforgettable journey. Join executive producer and narrator Anthony Bourdain as he takes viewers inside the mind of noted Korean-American chef and restaurateur David Chang, a New York Times best-selling author and chef/owner of the Momofuku restaurant group.

Social Security's COLA At Stake In 'Fiscal Cliff' Talks?

Dec. 4
NPR Staff / NPR

The Republican plan to avert the "fiscal cliff" that the White House rejected Monday includes at least one element that's likely to produce controversy: a proposal that would, among other things, affect the cost of living adjustment for Social Security.

America's Test Kitchen From Cook's Illustrated: Cold-Weather Comfort

Dec. 4
America's Test Kitchen From Cook's Illustrated: Cold-Weather Comfort  Tease photo

In this episode, test cook Bridget Lancaster reveals the secrets to making Easy Caramel Cake. Then, host Christopher Kimball uncovers the tips and techniques for perfect cake making. And finally, test cook Julia Collin Davison shows Chris how to make foolproof Split Pea and Ham Soup.

Clear Capital: California Home Prices Up 9.3%

Dec. 4
Steve Milne, Capital Public Radio Network

New data show home prices in California are up from a year ago by nearly double-digits.

SANDAG's Transportation Plan Goes Back To Drawing Board

Dec. 4
City News Service
Tease photo

Opponents of a region-wide roadmap to coordinate future transportation projects in San Diego County announced today that the plan's environmental impact report was rejected by a Superior Court judge.

AAA Calls To Suspend Sale Of New Ethanol Fuel

Dec. 4
Sonari Glinton / NPR

AAA has warned against potential damage that a new blend of gasoline could do to some engines. And the warning has started a fight over renewable fuels and the future of what we put in our gas tanks.

Council Approves Foreclosure Registry In Party-Line Vote

Dec. 4
City News Service

The new-look San Diego City Council had its first party line vote today, splitting 5-4 while giving final approval to the creation of a registry of defaulted properties.

The Perilous Politics Of The Health Insurance Tax Break

Dec. 4
Julie Rovner / NPR
Tease photo

There's not much in health care that economists agree on. But one of the few things that bring them together is the idea that excluding the value of health insurance from federal taxes is nuts.

Qualcomm Scholarships Available for Veterans

Dec. 4
Rick Rogers
Tease photo

Twenty information technology scholarships worth at least $430,00 are going to Iraq and Afghanistan veterans in a unique collaborative program sponsored by wireless giant Qualcomm Inc. and Manpower San Diego.

Live From Lincoln Center: One Singular Sensation: Celebrating Marvin Hamlisch

Dec. 4
Live From Lincoln Center: One Singular Sensation: Celebrating Marvin Hamlisch  Tease photo

The New York Philharmonic, conducted by Paul Gemignani, rings in 2013 with this celebration of the life and work of Marvin Hamlisch. Joshua Bell, Raúl Esparza, Michael Feinstein, Maria Friedman, Josh Groban, Megan Hilty, Kelli O’Hara and Frederica Von Stade are featured in a program highlighting selections that span Hamlisch’s groundbreaking music for stage and film. Audra McDonald hosts.

Computerized Health Records Breed Digital Discontent For Some Doctors

Dec. 4
Eric Whitney / NPR
Tease photo

Two years and $8.4 billion into the government's effort to get doctors to take their practices digital, some unintended consequences are starting to emerge.

Chula Vista Elementary Teacher Arrested For Child Pornography

Dec. 4
City News Service

A South Bay elementary school teacher was on leave from his job today and facing criminal charges for allegedly possessing child pornography and luring young boys into exposing themselves to him online, authorities reported.

San Diego Courts Looking For Grand Jury Applicants

Dec. 4
City News Service
Tease photo

San Diego court officials are looking for dedicated citizens willing to spend a year studying local government and recommending fixes as part of the county's grand jury for 2013-14.

Biologists Fight Battle To Save Endangered Devils Hole Pupfish

Dec. 4
By Veronica Zaragovia
Tease photo

Biologists are trying to stabilize the number of Devils Hole pupfish in Nevada. There are just 75 of the fish left in the world and they're facing an uphill battle.

DHS Buys New Radios, Agents Can't Use Them

Dec. 4
By Michel Marizco
Tease photo

Nearly half a billion dollars has been spent to provide modern, secure radios to DHS employees. But most agents haven't been shown how to use them.

Practical Techniques For Dealing With Holiday Stress

Dec. 4
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
Tease photo

Holiday stress can add to anxiety, strain and tension. Dr. Mimi Guarneri, founder of Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine, shares how to turn stress into strength.

SDSU Cyber-Security Expert With Tips On Safe Holiday Shopping

Dec. 4
Midday Edition
Tease photo

Everyone loves the Holidays, including cyber-criminals. Tips on keeping your online shopping safe.

'The Line' Documentary Shows Families In Poverty Across U.S.

Dec. 4
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
Tease photo

A new documentary, screening tonight in San Diego, puts a human face on poverty in America and challenges stereotypes about the poor.

San Diego Cooks: Sharing Family Recipes

Dec. 4
By Monica Medina
Tease photo

When my mother left Venezuela to follow my father to this country, she was a young woman, barely 24. She couldn’t understand English, let alone speak it. But that didn’t stop someone from giving her a copy of the New Settlement Cookbook.

From Humors To Self Control: The Evolution Of A Well-Balanced Diet

Dec. 4
Eric Mennel / NPR
Tease photo

Chances are you're familiar with the phrase "a well-balanced diet." Two to three servings of meat, poultry or fish; three to five servings of vegetables -- you know the drill. When we talk about being "well-balanced" today, we're usually talking about the specific nutrients we put into our body.

Report: Man Given Boots By NYC Police Officer Has Apartment He Could Use

Dec. 4
Mark Memmott / NPR

Jeffrey Hillman's bare feet on a frigid night in New York City last month inspired a police officer to buy the seemingly homeless man a pair of warm boots -- a moment captured in a heartwarming photo that went viral.

$370m Settlement Reached Over San Diego Wildfires

Dec. 4
Associated Press
Tease photo

An electrical contractor and tree-trimming company have agreed to pay $370 million to settle lawsuits over wildfires that swept San Diego County in 2007.

Hay Thefts Soar As Drought Deepens

Dec. 4
Mark Memmott / NPR

Your crime fodder ... sorry, make that blotter ... news of the day.

Living On Food Stamps: Newark Mayor Cory Booker Starts Challenge Today

Dec. 4
Mark Memmott / NPR

A campaign to raise awareness about the struggles of low-income Americans who depend on food stamps gets a high-profile plug today as Mayor Cory Booker of Newark, N.J., begins a week of living on $30 worth of food.

Manhattan Project Sites Part Of Proposed Park

Dec. 4
Ted Robbins / NPR

Congress is considering whether to turn three top-secret sites involved with creating the atomic bomb into one of the country's most unusual national parks.

Obama And Boehner Are Still Far Apart On Fiscal Cliff, But Don't Panic -- Yet

Dec. 4
Frank James / NPR

It's apparently still too early for any of Washington's top policymakers to start blinking in the "fiscal cliff" stare-down. So there's no need to panic -- yet.

The Huge (And Rarely Discussed) Health Insurance Tax Break

Dec. 4
Julie Rovner / NPR

What's the largest tax break in the federal tax code?

New York, Orthodox Jews Clash Over Circumcision

Dec. 4
Joel Rose / NPR

An ancient circumcision ritual is at the center of a present-day legal battle in New York.

What's Next For The Daily Deal Business Model?

Dec. 4
NPR Staff / NPR

Are the days of "daily deal" coupons about to expire? Shares of email coupon company Groupon are down nearly 80 percent since going public last year. And its smaller rival, Living Social, plans to lay off as many as 400 employees, after reporting a net loss of more than $560 million in the third quarter.

CNN To Launch New Programming For U.S. Latinos

Dec. 4
By Jill Replogle
Tease photo

The cable news network CNN is adding new programming aimed at U.S. Latinos. a fast-growing sector of the population that’s been getting a lot of attention lately from business and political leaders.

San Diego County Apartment Rents Remain Cheaper Since Recession

Dec. 4
By Erik Anderson
Tease photo

The San Diego County Apartment Association says rents are cheaper today in San Diego than they were five years ago.

Health Officials Using Google To Track Flu Outbreaks

Dec. 4
By Susan Murphy
Tease photo

Public health officials around the country are turning to the Internet for warning signs of flu outbreaks.

California Lawmakers Face Tight Deadline To Tackle Health Reform

Dec. 4
By Kenny Goldberg
Tease photo

The clock is ticking for California to get ready for the complete rollout of healthcare reform.