Krista Almanzan http://hppr.org en Out Of The Fields And Into Computer Science Classes http://hppr.org/post/out-fields-and-computer-science-classes To earn money for her family, Alicia Leon Rios worked in the fields in Salinas, Calif. Meanwhile, she sent her toddler, Leticia, to Mexico to be raised by her grandparents.<p>Even now, Alicia Leon Rios chokes up thinking about that difficult decision more than two decades ago. Sun, 01 Sep 2013 12:17:00 +0000 Krista Almanzan 21027 at http://hppr.org Out Of The Fields And Into Computer Science Classes California Missions Undergo Upgrades To Resist Quakes http://hppr.org/post/california-missions-undergo-quake-resistant-upgrades At California's nearly two dozen Spanish missions, conversion these days isn't just about religion; it's also about seismic retrofitting. That's because the missions — which date to the late 1700s, when Spain's king sent Franciscan missionaries to convert natives to Christianity — would not withstand a major earthquake.<p>At a mission in Carmel, a 220-year-old basilica is in the middle of an earthquake retrofit. Fri, 28 Dec 2012 21:18:00 +0000 Krista Almanzan 10521 at http://hppr.org California Missions Undergo Upgrades To Resist Quakes The Practical Side Of The Great American Jam Band http://hppr.org/post/practical-side-great-american-jam-band <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15440218/grateful-dead" target="_blank">The Grateful Dead</a>'s eponymous live album started it all for Nicholas Meriwether.<p>It was 1985. He was studying history at Princeton and got hooked by psychedelic jams like "Wharf Rat." After his first concert, he knew: "I will spend the rest of my life thinking and studying this."<p>Meriwether now heads the Grateful Dead Archive at the University of California, Santa Cruz, which recently opened to the public. Wed, 25 Jul 2012 20:38:00 +0000 Krista Almanzan 4035 at http://hppr.org The Practical Side Of The Great American Jam Band Fencing's Father-Son Duo Hones An Olympic Dream http://hppr.org/post/fencings-father-son-duo-hones-olympic-dream <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mr7HgOzLWYQ</p> Wed, 13 Jun 2012 09:21:00 +0000 Krista Almanzan 2137 at http://hppr.org Fencing's Father-Son Duo Hones An Olympic Dream Santa Cruz Surfers Make Coastline A Reserve http://hppr.org/post/santa-cruz-surfers-make-coastline-reserve You may think of surfers as slackers. But in Santa Cruz, Calif., they're city council members and business owners. And they're also conservationists — who just got their piece of the central California coast <a href="http://worldsurfingreserves.org/santa-cruz-formally-dedicated-a-world-surfing-reserve">named a World Surfing Reserve</a>.<p>Long before surf music topped the charts and long before surfers had crazy nicknames, surfers have been riding the waves in Santa Cruz.<p>On a recent day, the crowd included "Wingnut" — also known as Robert Weaver — and other surfers. Mon, 14 May 2012 07:17:00 +0000 Krista Almanzan 734 at http://hppr.org Santa Cruz Surfers Make Coastline A Reserve