October 12: Cyrus on PRI’s The World

Dear Friends,

I’ve been informed that my radio profile of Kenji Nimura, the Dodgers’ trillingual interpreter (Japanese, Spanish, English) is airing today.

It will be available on any of these stations (and their Internet streams):

NYC – 3 pm Eastern – WNYC – 820 AM – www.wnyc.org
Washington, DC – 8 pm Eastern – WAMU – 88.5 FM – www.wamu.org
Los Angeles – 12 pm Pacific – KPCC – 89.3 FM – www.kpcc.opg
Boston – 4 pm Eastern – WGBH – 89.7 FM – www.wgbh.org
San Francisco – 2 pm Pacific – KQED – 88.5 FM – www.kqed.org

You can also find it on The World’s site later in the day and on my site if you miss the broadcast.

This piece will probably be on this week’s episode of The World in Words, the Big Show’s language-related podcast.

Also, don’t forget about The World’s Tech Podcast, hosted by my boss, Clark Boyd. It comes out every Friday.

Lemme know if you hear it!

Update: Audio is here.

LA Times: Dodgers capitalize on ninth-inning error to rally for Game 2 victory over Cardinals

Holliday’s ninth-inning error today at Dodger Stadium paved the way for a stunning two-run rally that gave the Dodgers a 3-2 victory over St. Louis and a commanding two-games-to-none lead in the best-of-five National League division series.

With two out, the bases empty and the Cardinals clinging to a one-run lead, closer Ryan Franklin got James Loney to hit a sinking liner into left field, almost directly toward Holliday, who couldn’t make the catch when the ball struck him in the groin as he rushed forward and made a last-second adjustment with his glove.

Loney reached second base and Dodgers Manager Joe Torre inserted Juan Pierre as a pinch-runner. Casey Blake walked on a full count, bringing up Ronnie Belliard.

Belliard hit Franklin’s first pitch up the middle for a run-scoring single to tie the score. Franklin walked Russell Martin on four pitches to load the bases before pinch-hitter Mark Loretta hit Franklin’s second offering to shallow left-center field to drive in Blake with the winning run and prompt the Dodgers to pour out of their dugout in celebration.

The Dodgers can sweep the series by winning Game 3 on Saturday at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

CBC Spark – Cyrus reports on twittering taco trucks

Amigos, this weekend marks the premiere of the third season of CBC’s (that’s the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, folks) tech culture show, “Spark.”

They’ve got a new time slot (Starting September 13: Sunday afternoons on CBC Radio One at 1:05/1:35 NT (4:05 PT) and/or Tuesday afternoons on CBC Radio One at 3:05/3:35 NT) and have been expanded from a half-hour to a full hour.

Regardless of where you are, you can listen to the show — right now! — here, or via podcast.

In Episode #84, I close out the show with this little report on California’s new twittering taco trucks — my report starts at minute 44.

Much love goes out to Kogi BBQ and to Don Chow Tacos for making these interviews possible. (And if anyone knows how to find Joseph Santos in Palo Alto, tell him he’s on Canadian radio!)

Incidentally, my good friend Lisa Morehouse did a similar report on San Francisco’s twittering food trucks and carts too, on this week’s episode of The California Report.

Tacos + Radio = ¡Delicioso loco!

Also, join my CaliforniaTacoTrucks.com Facebook fan page!

What I’m Reading: Local and Global Economics

LA Times: A video game company lets go a writer, who then lays off his nanny, who stops visiting his barber, who can no longer afford the waitress’ meals.

Wall Street on the Tundra:

Global financial ambition turned out to have a downside. When their three brand-new global-size banks collapsed, last October, Iceland’s 300,000 citizens found that they bore some kind of responsibility for $100 billion of banking losses—which works out to roughly $330,000 for every Icelandic man, woman, and child. On top of that they had tens of billions of dollars in personal losses from their own bizarre private foreign-currency speculations, and even more from the 85 percent collapse in the Icelandic stock market. The exact dollar amount of Iceland’s financial hole was essentially unknowable, as it depended on the value of the generally stable Icelandic krona, which had also crashed and was removed from the market by the Icelandic government. But it was a lot.

LA Times: Westside subway plans move forward

LA Times:

In a surprising and ambitious move, local transportation officials said Tuesday that they would pursue planning for two subway lines to the Westside, with one train along Wilshire Boulevard and a shorter leg partially following Santa Monica Boulevard before diving south to meet the Wilshire line.

Of course, the effort is still hypothetical, and Los Angeles still needs the money to build the multibillion-dollar rail line. But officials are showing unusual bravura for a project that looked to be dead a decade ago.

It was in 1998, amid several spending and construction boondoggles on the existing subway, that voters in L.A. County banned the Metropolitan Transportation Authority from using sales tax money for new subway tunneling.

That ban remains in effect, but complaints over Westside traffic have continued to pile up, fueling efforts to extend the subway.

Various routes have been discussed over the years, with recent momentum falling on the Wilshire corridor. But MTA officials never formally settled on a route until launching a study a year ago that sought public reaction, and then they began crunching numbers.

“We thought people would say they want a Wilshire line or we want a Santa Monica [Boulevard] line,” said Jody Litvak, a spokeswoman for the Metro Westside Extension study. “We were surprised they wanted both.”

[Hat tip: Ryan Stern]