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How much do our smartphones know about us?

Smartphones bring us streaming audio, directions to where we’re going, instant connections with our friends and family. But an increasing number of experts are sounding an alarm that smartphones may as well be called spyphones. One concerned group is the San Francisco-based Center for Technology and Democracy, which sent a representative to testify in Congress at […]

Comic relief: performing through tragedy

Comedian Marilyn PIttman Marilyn Pittman is one of San Francisco’s first openly gay comics, rising to fame during the AIDS crisis, and known for bringing hilarity through her blunt, “tell it like it is” comedy. But in 1997, tragedy struck, when her father murdered her mother, and then committed suicide. After that, Pittman went through her […]

Urban Tribes: The family of the future?

Ethan Watters is the author of “Urban Tribes: A Generation Redefines Friendship, Family, and Commitment” Recently, KALW’s Jon Atkinson headed out to Dolores Park to ask the resident young adults there about marriage. He mostly heard the words “outdated,” and “unnecessary” (save for the words of one hopeful park-goer). And those who follow marriage trends […]

Comic relief: coping with tragedy in a one-woman show

Marilyn Pittman is one of San Francisco’s first openly gay comics. She rose to fame during the AIDS crisis, and became known for bringing hilarity through her blunt tell-it-like-it-is comedy. But in 1997, tragedy struck, when her father murdered her mother, and then committed suicide. After that, Pittman went through her mother’s journals, and her […]

Violence in Syria and Afghanistan has Bay Area residents in the street

PHOTO BY DAVID WALDORF I. Spring rain has been sweeping the Bay Area. At this time last year, the world watched as revolutions swept across the Arab world. The uprisings ended decades-long dictatorships in the Middle East in what was called “the Arab Spring.” This spring, as millions of people in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, and Yemen […]