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Cyrus Musiker graduated from Hampshire College, then worked in the wine business in New York City and Napa Valley for almost a decade before he succumbed to his true calling as a radio news hound. Cyrus received a master's degree from the School of Journalism at UC Berkeley, then juggled stay-at-home Dad duties while working at a series of jobs: reporter and editor for KPFA in Berkeley and NPR's Crossroads. He was also a frequent contributor to NPR's Latin File, Living on Earth, Marketplace, and for "the smiling man," Charles Osgood.
Cy's work has been recognized by the Society for Professional Journalists with their Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service in Journalism.
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Stories (259 archives)
There's new evidence every day of the brutal housing market in parts of California. Many housing experts think the short supply of affordable rental units is likely to get worse, at least partly because the state did away with Redevelopment Agencies two years ago. For all their faults, the agencies were legally required to devote a fifth of their revenue to affordable housing -- about a $1 billion a year. What happens now that the money is gone?
About 200,000 people in the Bay Area must find another way to get to work or school. BART workers are on strike again for the second time in four months. Despite a reported deal on wages, pensions and benefits, the talks foundered over changes to work rules proposed by management. No new talks are scheduled and the lead federal mediator working with the two sides is heading back to Washington, D.C.
The debate over immigration reform is building in Congress and it's being watched closely here in California, home to some three million undocumented immigrants. Two theatres in San Francisco are staging new plays telling the story of undocumented immigrants and the challenges they face living outside the law. We talked to the playwrights about their work, and their message to lawmakers.
Internationally-acclaimed Hung Liu's work incorporates both Chinese history and her own personal history in China. The first comprehensive survey of her art is on display at the Oakland Museum of California, the first stop on a national tour. KQED's Cy Musiker discusses the exhibition, "Summoning Ghosts."
Now a very different kind of translation -- the Musical Instrument Digital Interface, MIDI for short. That's the software that lets computers and synthesizers talk to each other and it's used by tens of millions of devices around the world. Dave Smith invented it 30 years ago. And you'd think someone who invented a language so elegant and so powerful would be well known. But few have heard of him. As KQED's Cy Musiker reports, that could change when Smith gets a special Grammy Award for Technical Achievement this weekend in Los Angeles.