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They're dubbed "schools for startups": the tech accelerators that provide funding and mentorship to young companies. Y Combinator is one of the original accelerators - its success stories include Airbnb and Dropbox. But is the accelerator path right for every business? Other startups opt to join a seed fund, or to cold pitch venture capitalists. We'll explore the business of launching startups.
Common core standards require that kindergartners acquire a range of basic reading skills, including letter and word recognition and phonics. Supporters of the standards say they are necessary to create a language-rich environment for all children, something often missing in low-income homes. But critics say most children are not developmentally ready to read in kindergarten, and point to research that shows kids benefit more from play-based programs. We'll look at the complex issue of teaching young readers.
Fifty years ago, the original members of the Grateful Dead stepped onstage for their first show at a Menlo Park pizza shop. It marked the birth of a band that would define the hippie culture of the 1960s and earn what many consider the most loyal fans of any rock band in history. In his new book, "No Simple Highway: A Cultural History of the Grateful Dead," author Peter Richardson examines the band's utopian ideals and lasting appeal.
On Saturday, a senior at Gunn High School took his life near his home in Palo Alto. His suicide is the third at Gunn this school year, and the ninth since 2009. We talk about what may have contributed to the teens' deaths and what schools, medical professionals and the community at large can do to prevent further tragedy.
It has been nearly four decades since the first installment of "Tales of the City" appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle. The newspaper serial spawned a series of novels, a miniseries and a stage musical. Author Armistead Maupin has now published what he says is the final book in the series. In "The Days of Anna Madrigal," Maupin's heroine, now 92, takes a road trip to reconnect with her roots while her friends head to Burning Man. Maupin joins us to talk about his own journey with Anna and other the "Tales of the City" characters.
Neuroscientist Richard Scheller, who recently retired as head of research at Genentech, is a man of many passions. One of them is sub-Saharan African art, and his 120-piece collection will be on exhibit in San Francisco's de Young Museum starting this Saturday. Scheller joins us to talk about his interest in African art, how the de Young exhibit came about and life after Genentech.
Voters in Greece ushered in a left-wing government this weekend that promised to release the country from austerity measures imposed as part of its $270 billion bailout from the European Union. Some experts worry that the election results could spell a Greek exit from the eurozone, which economists warn would be disastrous for Greece, Europe and the global economy. We look at the politics and economy of Greece and the future of the eurozone.
Playwright and screenwriter Tom Stoppard is best known for plays like "Arcadia," "Rosencrantz and Guidenstern are Dead" and the film "Shakespeare in Love." He brings his play "Indian Ink" back to San Francisco this month. The play explores an academic's search to piece together a romance from 1930s India.
What is the journalist's role when covering social issues like homelessness and poverty? Should journalists stick with the facts or propose possible solutions? That's the question that Daniel Heimpel explores in "Journalism for Social Change," an online course he teaches at UC Berkeley. We talk with Heimpel and David Bornstein of the Solutions Journalism Network about the line between journalism and advocacy.
A bill introduced Monday by State Senator Mark Leno would ban electronic cigarettes in the same places that traditional cigarettes are banned, including restaurants, bars and workplaces. A recent study by the New England Journal of Medicine found that users of e-cigarettes can be exposed to high levels of the carcinogen formaldehyde. Supporters of e-cigarettes say they are far safer than regular tobacco products and help users kick their cigarette habits.
For more than two decades, Dan Savage has offered relationship and sex advice in his syndicated column, "Savage Love." The column, where no topic is off limits, has since spun off into a podcast and a show on MTV. Savage actively speaks out about politics and his "It Gets Better" campaign, which aims to prevent suicides among LGBT youth.
California is in the final stages of allowing 15 community colleges, including two in the Bay Area, to start offering four-year bachelor's degrees in selected subjects. Supporters say the state's pilot program will give more people access to higher education and provide the state with much needed skilled labor. Critics claim it will increase competition within higher education institutions. The move coincides with President Obama's proposal to offer two years of free community college tuition, which he outlined in his State of the Union address. We look at the potentials and pitfalls of both programs.