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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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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.
Jazz lovers lucky enough to get a ticket will be crowding into San Francisco's new SFJAZZ Center Wednesday to help christen the music hall. But the center is opening at a time when Bay Area jazz clubs are struggling -- and some are wondering if the audiences will be there to support this uniquely American art form.
Congressman Pete Stark is a twenty-term incumbent who hasn't been in a close election for decades. But California's top-two primary, along with a redrawn district, has changed the rules. This year Stark is facing another Democrat in a close race to represent District 15 in the Bay Area suburbs.
Prop. 28, which grants lawmakers more time in a single chamber but less time in office overall, passed by a significant majority in Tuesday's election.
If you've been to see live theatre, you're familiar with the announcement asking that cell phones and other devices be turned off before the curtain rises. But attitudes appear to be changing. More and more stage companies and symphony orchestras are asking audience members to keep their smart phones on and live-tweet during the show.