Talk across the U.S. this week has highlighted American religious relationships – whether it’s banning certain forms of contraception or excommunicating an advocate for women priests, the conversation has centered on how humans interpret what they say are God’s commands.
How do we tell when God is talking to us? This week the Peninsula Report is returning to a story about when God Talks Back, first broadcast in 2012.

Tanya Luhrmann is a Professor in the Anthropology Department here at Stanford University. She’s also a writer who studies the way people experience God and the supernatural, in the United States and abroad. Sometimes, when you hear God’s words you h ave a psychiatric illness. Other times, you’re just a member of a local evangelical community, right here in Palo Alto.
She visited the Peninsula Report to talk about her recent book, When God Talks Back, and to describe her experience of joining the Vineyard Church in Palo Alto. She joined the congregation of a charismatic, evangelical faith group, one where people experience a profoundly real, and audible, higher power.

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when-god-talks-back

Talk across the U.S. this week has highlighted American religious relationships – whether it’s banning certain forms of contraception or excommunicating an advocate for women priests, the conversation has centered on how humans interpret what they say are God’s commands.

How do we tell when God is talking to us? This week the Peninsula Report is returning to a story about when God Talks Back, first broadcast in 2012.

Tanya Luhrmann is a Professor in the Anthropology Department here at Stanford University. She’s also a writer who studies the way people experience God and the supernatural, in the United States and abroad. Sometimes, when you hear God’s words you h ave a psychiatric illness. Other times, you’re just a member of a local evangelical community, right here in Palo Alto.

She visited the Peninsula Report to talk about her recent book, When God Talks Back, and to describe her experience of joining the Vineyard Church in Palo Alto. She joined the congregation of a charismatic, evangelical faith group, one where people experience a profoundly real, and audible, higher power.

Listen here, and tune in each week on 90.1 FM KZSU Stanford.
http://soundcloud.com/the-peninsula-report/
when-god-talks-back

In this week’s complete episode, our own reporter expat, Amanda Demetrio, connects Silicon Valley to World Cup fever in Brazil.
Peninsula Press Reporters Alexandra Peers and Grayson Badgley report: local governments in the Bay Area have begun to recognize extreme weather events, sea level rise, prolonged heat waves and drought, are they doing enough?

And Tobin Asher reports on how cities and water agencies negotiate the price consumers pay at the water tap, with East Palo Alto as our local example.

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Pro Publica reporter Julia Angwin covers how the government and corporate America use technology to hoover up incredibly intimate details, on a massive scale. She stopped by the Peninsula Report to discuss what the average citizen needs to know about our new “Dragnet Nation.”

And the Savoyards, Stanford’s own Gilbert and Sullivan Society, are taking on a question of aesthetics this week. In Patience, their comic opera premiering May 17, worlds collide. In a satire about the surface allure of fads, our local players beam the social mores of Victorian England into the world of fanfic and cosplay. Warning: here be Doctor Who references. Allons-y!

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As a parting look at the annual April tax ritual, Pro Publica researcher Liz Day calls in to describe an investigation into how TurboTax’s parent company has been lobbying – to keep our taxes complicated next year?

Peninsula Press reporter Matt Hansen returns with a deep dive into a local, coastal story: the peninsula’s history as a land of cattle ranching.

But first, Peninsula Press reporter Preston Chin brings us a story of table tennis super stars. A pair of local siblings have devoted their childhood to learning to master a game of speed and small spaces.

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On this week’s Peninsula Report: How does immigration reform look, seen through the lens of high school? 
Los Altos High School newspaper editors Zoe Morgan and Carly Cohen created a series profiling students who entered the U.S. illegally as children. Tonight, they discuss the vocabulary, editorial judgement and legal constraints that arose during their work.

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Explore the LAHS Talon series at immigration.lahstalon.org.

On this week’s Peninsula Report: How does immigration reform look, seen through the lens of high school?
Los Altos High School newspaper editors Zoe Morgan and Carly Cohen created a series profiling students who entered the U.S. illegally as children. Tonight, they discuss the vocabulary, editorial judgement and legal constraints that arose during their work.

Listen here, and tune in 6-7 p.m. Thursdays at 90.1FM KZSU Stanford, streaming online at kzsulive.stanford.edu.

Explore the LAHS Talon series at immigration.lahstalon.org.

This week, Peninsula Press reporter Matt Hansen tells us that the waters are rising in San Mateo County – and coastal communities aren’t the only ones facing drastic changes as sea levels mount. Ben Custer reports from Palo Alto on how the local school district is making money out of compost. And Peninsula Report correspondent Katie Straub tells us about a design-thinking project aimed at our backsides.

But first, news broke this week that ticks in local preserves pack a bacteria-loaded punch. Stanford researcher Dan Salkeld published research this week in the journal Emerging Infectious Disease showing that not only is Lyme disease present in California parks – it’s joined by a new, previously undetected tick-borne pathogen.

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We take a big breath post Super Bowl and start thinking about a new year and a new season – San Francisco 49ers fans have said goodbye to Candlestick Park and will be flocking south in a few months. Will Santa Clara be ready for them?

The state of Silicon Valley is being vetted this week, and Peninsula Press journalists are covering the talking heads, and the data. Emil Vasquez, Mariane Levine and Lauren Goode all visit with a take on the numbers.

But first, creators of a reimagined “My Fair Lady” on Stanford campus explain how the Asian-American experience of language shaped their performance this winter.

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The Savoyards’ “Mikado” opens Friday at Stanford, and the Peninsula Report goes behind the scenes to talk politics, racial stereotypes on stage – and of course make time for a little comic opera.

Peninsula Press Reporter Thomas Johnson updates us on the ban that would eject vehicle-dwelling homeless men and women from Palo Alto.

And Sara Hayden returns from Mountain View with a story of the cultural fusions fuelling a craze for “shave snow.” It’s the only snow this area gets to see, this winter!

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On this week’s Peninsula Report, Maya Horowitz joins us with a story of families, superheroes and snacks. We’re talking about the everyday worklife of the Silicon Valley company, of course.

And newscaster Katie Straub drops by for an introduction – she’s doing to become an even more familiar voice on the Peninsula Report, hosting special news segments in shows to come.

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