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From Venture Capital to Accelerators, the Different Ways to Fund Startups

They're dubbed "schools for startups": the tech accelerators that provide funding and mentorship to young companies. Y Combinator is one of the original accelerators - its success stories include Airbnb and Dropbox. But is the accelerator path right for every business? Other startups opt to join a seed fund, or to cold pitch venture capitalists. We'll explore the business of launching startups.

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Common Core and Kindergarten: Too Much Reading Too Soon?

Common core standards require that kindergartners acquire a range of basic reading skills, including letter and word recognition and phonics. Supporters of the standards say they are necessary to create a language-rich environment for all children, something often missing in low-income homes. But critics say most children are not developmentally ready to read in kindergarten, and point to research that shows kids benefit more from play-based programs. We'll look at the complex issue of teaching young readers.

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A Cultural History of the Grateful Dead

Fifty years ago, the original members of the Grateful Dead stepped onstage for their first show at a Menlo Park pizza shop. It marked the birth of a band that would define the hippie culture of the 1960s and earn what many consider the most loyal fans of any rock band in history. In his new book, "No Simple Highway: A Cultural History of the Grateful Dead," author Peter Richardson examines the band's utopian ideals and lasting appeal.

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Palo Alto's Gunn High School Reels From Teen Suicides

On Saturday, a senior at Gunn High School took his life near his home in Palo Alto. His suicide is the third at Gunn this school year, and the ninth since 2009. We talk about what may have contributed to the teens' deaths and what schools, medical professionals and the community at large can do to prevent further tragedy.

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Tom Stoppard on Crossing Continents in 'Indian Ink'

Playwright and screenwriter Tom Stoppard is best known for plays like "Arcadia," "Rosencrantz and Guidenstern are Dead" and the film "Shakespeare in Love." He brings his play "Indian Ink" back to San Francisco this month. The play explores an academic's search to piece together a romance from 1930s India.

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