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Twittering after a Plane Crash, Forest Suicides and Cooking Goats

Megan Sukys/Dave Beck
02/04/2009

The first reports of the U.S. Airways crash last month came from people with cell phones. We look at how technology is changing the delivery of news. Then, a Japanese forest becomes a magnet for suicide, culinary students prepare a goat, and refugees face the tough economy.

At 2:05 p.m. – The Works: Breaking News 2.0

When a U.S. Airways flight crash landed in the Hudson River last month, the first reports didn't come from CNN or NPR. They came from Twitter — a social networking and micro–blogging website. Glenn Fleishman is a freelance technology reporter who joins us every week with a look at how hi–tech works in our lives. Today, we explore how the web 2.0 is changing news. We also ask whether Steve Jobs' health matters to consumers, and we discover the digital update to the Polaroid camera.

At 2:20 p.m. – Aokigahara

Aokigahara is the name of the forest at the foot of Mount Fuji. It's been mythologized in Japanese literature as a sacred place for people to end their lives — and every year close to a hundred suicides are committed there. From WNYC's "Studio 360," Pejk Malinovski takes us to the forest to uncover its haunting allure and how the place lingers in the Japanese psyche.

At 2:35 p.m. – Group Singing with Brian Eno

English musician Brian Eno believes group singing is good for the mind, body, spirit and community. Eno is known as the father of ambient music, and he's collaborated with musicians like David Byrne, Bono, David Bowie, and Paul Simon. We listen to the essay he wrote for NPR's "This I Believe."

At 2:40 p.m. – Cooking Klatch

Goats dominate the landscape at Quillisascut Farm School of Domestic Arts. The cheese farm is located in Rice, Washington, about 80 miles north of Spokane. There, chefs from around the country reconnect with the connection between the land and food in a hands–on way. Karyn Jurgensen is a chef at Quillisascut and an instructor at the Seattle Culinary School. In an archive conversation from October 22, 2008, she joins Megan Sukys to pay respect the magical goat.

At 2:50 p.m. – My Plate Full, Your Empty

Even when Abdel Mutan's family was going hungry, he didn't know it. In a short radio essay, he talks to his mother, remembering an evening when she put her family first and herself second. It was produced as part of Curie Youth Radio, a writing and radio production class at Curie High School on Chicago's Southwest side.

At 2:55 p.m. – Starting Over: Part 3

The recession has made it unusually tough for new arrivals here in the Northwest to find work. Without that first job, refugees have a hard time beginning their new lives. Today, in our final installment of our series "Starting Over," reporter Sadie Babits has this profile of a woman from the former Soviet Union who escaped religious persecution and found success in Portland, Oregon.

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