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Monday, November 12, 2007

  • Federal Criminal Investigation Opens into 58,000-Gallon Oil Spill in San Francisco Bay

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    The oil spill has shut down over a dozen beaches and killed at least 60 birds. Ecologists warn that it could take months to clean up and that it threatens the Bay’s diverse ecosystem, including several endangered species. We speak to Sejal Choksi, program director at San Francisco Baykeeper. [includes rush transcript]

  • Oil Giant BP to Give $500 Million to UC Berkeley for Biofuels Research

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    The deal would fund the development of "sustainable, commercially viable, and environmentally friendly" sources of energy. The newly created Energy Biosciences Institute claims to promote research into biofuels, as well as bacteria that would increase energy production from oil and coal. The partnership has split the campus community. We speak to two UC Berkeley professors. [includes rush transcript]

  • Norman Mailer, 1924-2007

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    Norman Mailer, legendary novelist and journalist, has died. He was 84 years old. Mailer was one of the country’s best-known literary figures and one of the most famous American writers of the 20th century. We replay a 2004 Democracy Now! interview with Mailer on the eve of the 2004 political conventions. [includes rush transcript]