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Interviews

Leapin' lizards — it's Leap Year again

Michele Anderson, SF Public Press — Jan 23 2012 - 8:58pm

Storifying has come to SF Public Press. From time to time, we will be gleaning the best from social media to  amplify our coverage. This is our first storification: our take on 2012, a Leap Year. We hear from the academics, the artists, the cognescenti on the Mayan apocalypse -- as well as many people in the universe of social media who have expressed an opinion on this unique component of the Gregorian calendar. 

Japan nuclear crisis calls future of atomic energy into question

News Partner, World Affairs Council — Aug 25 2011 - 6:17pm

World Affairs Council panelists say U.S. facing big demand for clean source of power

The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster in Japan, caused by the magnitude 8.9 earthquake and tsunami, has opened a dialogue about nuclear energy policy and safety of reactors in the U.S. 

S.F. Was Key Juncture for Chinese Immigrants

Justin Allen, The Creosote Journal — Aug 11 2011 - 4:32pm

Conversation with the author of ‘American Chinatown’

In her new book “American Chinatown,” Bonnie Tsui charts the changing landscapes of five American neighborhoods. They are ethnically Chinese, hosting other Asian communities, and often share a tough history of exclusion and poverty, tempered from the beginning with resilience and savvy self-presentation. The five Chinatowns Tsui describes — San Francisco (the oldest), New York, Los Angeles, Honolulu and Las Vegas (the newest) — have been places of constant reinvention: immigrants coming to build new lives and identities, urban neighborhoods in economic and cultural flux. Today more than ever, they’re a portrait of changing urban dynamics and intergenerational complexity. 

Book Review: Journalist spins riveting tale of murder and intrigue along the California coast

Leslie Guevarra, Special to SF Public Press — Aug 11 2010 - 1:37pm

Colm MacCay, the anti-hero of Paul McHugh's novel "Deadlines" (Lost Coast Press, $16.95), is a besotted, arrogant and wildly insecure newspaper columnist beyond his prime, who swaggers and staggers onto a story of abused personal and private trust and wants to make it his own. Unraveling a seaside murder before the competition scoops him could resuscitate MacCay’s faltering career -- and, of course, bring a measure of justice to the victims.

Getting schooled in post-racial America

Rachel Swan, SF Public Press — Aug 10 2010 - 3:47pm

Any artist who promises to end racism in about an hour will earn his fair share of cynics. Comedian W. Kamau Bell was well aware of that when he launched his solo comedy show, “The W. Kamau Bell Curve,” in fall 2007.

Bird shrink

Tay Wiles and Jackson Solway, SF Public Press — Jun 21 2010 - 4:46pm
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Dana Strome works in emergency rooms by day and is a bird shrink by night. That's right, a bird shrink who dedicates much of her life to the rescue of abused and abandoned parrots.

State should extend abortion access: Q&A with gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown

Saul Sugarman, SF Public Press — Apr 22 2010 - 6:17pm
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Jerry Brown came out strongly in support of women’s abortion rights last weekend, saying he planned on pushing budget reforms to aid access for low-income women if elected governor in November.

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Saving the ocean by sparing sharks’ fins — Q&A with Goldman Prize winner Randall Arauz

Erica Gies, Apr 19 2010 - 11:43pm

Costa Rican biologist Randall Arauz is working to protect sharks from the practice of shark finning, when a shark’s fin is cut off and it is tossed back into the ocean to die a slow death. Finning has reduced shark populations 90 percent worldwide and is taking its toll on the ocean ecosystem.

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Worldwide micro-lender looks homeward: Q&A with Kiva.org’s Premal Shah

Ambika Kandasamy, SF Public Press — Apr 5 2010 - 4:15pm
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Despite high loan requests and lower repayment rates by borrowers in the country, San Francisco nonprofit microcredit Web site, Kiva, has managed to raise $765,900 since launching its pilot program this past June in the United States. Typically, the organization distributes loans raised on its Web site to microcredit organizations in developing countries that lend it to impoverished entrepreneurs. The impact of the economic downturn on small business owners set the stage for Kiva to establish a program in the U.S. last June.

Intercept truants in early grades — Q&A with Abraham Simmons

Monica Jensen, SF Public Press — Feb 24 2010 - 6:49pm

Abraham Simmons, the volunteer chairman on the San Francisco civil grand jury report on truancy, says the situation in San Francisco hasn't changed much in the past seven years: around 5,000 students are habitually truant each year.

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