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KQED's The California Report



KQED's statewide half-hour radio news program, providing daily coverage of issues, trends and public policy decisions affecting California and its diverse population.



Last Build Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:30:47 PST

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The California Report

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:07:18 PST

Number of Women Interested in Running for Office Surges in California. Richmond Mayor Tom Butt on Rising Pension Costs. End Music.


Media Files:
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Number of Women Interested in Running for Office Surges in California

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 08:50:00 PST

When Donald Trump won the presidency last November, many women -- mostly Democrats -- responded by deciding to become more politically involved. Organizations across the country that help women run for office are reporting a surge of interest. From KQED?s Politics and Government Desk, Katie Orr reports that California is no exception.



Richmond Mayor Tom Butt on Rising Pension Costs

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 08:50:00 PST

The Bay Area City of Richmond is the latest city to face the grim reality that bankruptcy may be in the cards. Rising pension costs are the big culprit just as they?ve been in other cities forced to reorganize their finances through bankruptcy proceedings. Host John Sepulvado spoke with the Mayor of Richmond, Tom Butt, about the situation.



Oroville Report, Start the Conversation, Assyrians, Remembering Al Jarreau

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 23:00:00 PST

Host Sasha Khokha talks to KQEDs Dan Brekke, who has spent most of the week covering the situation at Oroville Dam. Reporter April Dembosky captures a surprisingly civil discussion between opposing viewpoints while covering a protest outside a Planned Parenthood in San Francisco. Assyrians are some of the earliest Christians, indigenous to Mesopotamia, now northern Iraq. Theyve been persecuted for centuries, and as Alice Daniel reports, for more than a hundred years, theyve found a safe haven in the Central Valley. Vocalist Al Jarreau died on Sunday in Los Angeles at the age of 76. And according to The California Report's jazz critic, Andrew Gilbert, Jarreau's passing marks the end of an era in American music.



Oroville Report, Start the Conversation, Assyrians, Remembering Al Jarreau

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 18:30:00 PST

Host Sasha Khokha talks to KQEDs Dan Brekke, who has spent most of the week covering the situation at Oroville Dam. Reporter April Dembosky captures a surprisingly civil discussion between opposing viewpoints while covering a protest outside a Planned Parenthood in San Francisco. Assyrians are some of the earliest Christians, indigenous to Mesopotamia, now northern Iraq. Theyve been persecuted for centuries, and as Alice Daniel reports, for more than a hundred years, theyve found a safe haven in the Central Valley. Vocalist Al Jarreau died on Sunday in Los Angeles at the age of 76. And according to The California Report's jazz critic, Andrew Gilbert, Jarreau's passing marks the end of an era in American music.



The California Report Magazine

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 01:26:28 PST

Host Sasha Khokha talks to KQEDs Dan Brekke, who has spent most of the week covering the situation at Oroville Dam. Reporter April Dembosky captures a surprisingly civil discussion between opposing viewpoints while covering a protest outside a Planned Parenthood in San Francisco. Assyrians are some of the earliest Christians, indigenous to Mesopotamia, now northern Iraq. Theyve been persecuted for centuries, and as Alice Daniel reports, for more than a hundred years, theyve found a safe haven in the Central Valley. Vocalist Al Jarreau died on Sunday in Los Angeles at the age of 76. And according to The California Report's jazz critic, Andrew Gilbert, Jarreau's passing marks the end of an era in American music.


Media Files:
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Dam Danger Has Eased, But Oroville Residents Still Face Uncertainty

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:30:00 PST

We're starting our show today with a trip to the town of Oroville. That's the town closest to Oroville Dam, and one of the communities where more than 180,000 people were evacuated this week because of fears than an emergency spillway structure would fail. Evacuees have returned home, but they still face uncertainty as crews continue to repair erosion below the emergency spillway, and more winter storms hit the region. Reporter Dan Brekke has been covering events in Oroville, and joins us to share some of the stories of the people he?s met.



In the Midst of Dueling Abortion Protests, a Civil Conversation

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:30:00 PST

For our news series "Start the Conversation," we pair up Californians to talk about their political differences, but also about the things they may have in common. In most cases, we're inviting Californians who stand on opposite sides of a political divide to come together to have a civil dialogue. But today's conversation is more spontaneous. It's something reporter April Dembosky captured on tape while covering a protest outside a Planned Parenthood in San Francisco this week.



A Stateless People, Assyrians Find Safe Haven in the Central Valley

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:30:00 PST

Ever since President Trump announced his travel ban on refugees, we've been bringing you stories about the refugees that call California home. Our state has also been a refuge for people without a country -- including the Assyrians. They're some of the earliest Christians, indigenous to Mesopotamia, now northern Iraq. They've been persecuted for centuries. For more than 100 years, they've found a safe haven in the Central Valley. And they don't all have the same take when it comes to Trump's stance on refugees.



Remembering the 'Sweet Soul' of Al Jarreau

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:30:00 PST

We're going to end our show today with a tribute to an iconic California singer. Amid the hype over this week's Grammy awards, the news of his death might have been overshadowed, even though he was a seven-time Grammy Award Winner in three different categories: Jazz, R&B and Pop. Success didn't come early or easily for Al Jarreau. But when the vocalist finally broke through in the mid-'70s, he changed the musical landscape. Jarreau died on Sunday in Los Angeles at the age of 76. And, as jazz critic Andrew Gilbert says, Jarreau's passing marks the end of an era in American music.



CEO of California-Based Health Insurer Says Obamacare Just Needs A Tune-Up

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 15:12:37 PST

'A Day Without Immigrants' Protest Closes Businesses. CEO of California-Based Health Insurer Says Obamacare Just Needs A Tune-Up. Former U.S. National Security Adviser: Climate Change Biggest Threat to California. Many California Congressmembers Avoid Town Halls During Recess. End Music.


Media Files:
http://www.kqed.org/.stream/mp3splice/radio/tcr/2017/02/2017-02-17-tcr.mp3




'A Day Without Immigrants' Protest Closes Businesses

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 08:50:00 PST

Restaurants in cities throughout the U.S. and California closed their doors Thursday as part of a protest called "A Day Without Immigrants," against President Trump's immigration policies. There was no central organization leading the closures, which were very loosely organized on social media and word of mouth.



CEO of California-Based Health Insurer Says Obamacare Just Needs A Tune-Up

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 08:50:00 PST

Health insurance companies are mixed on the Affordable Care Act. Some suffered losses in the Obamacare marketplaces, leading to a couple high-profile exits. But one smaller, California-based insurer has done pretty well: Molina Healthcare. That's because the company found an unusual niche in the market.



Former U.S. National Security Adviser: Climate Change Biggest Threat to California

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 08:50:00 PST

Richard Clarke is the former U.S. National Security adviser who gained notoriety after criticizing the George W. Bush administration for the war in Iraq. He's in California to talk about cyber security -- but Clarke says the biggest threat to California's security is climate change.



Many California Congressmembers Avoid Town Halls During Recess

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 08:50:00 PST

Today marks the last day of business in the House of Representatives before a week-long recess. These recesses traditionally serve as a chance for members to meet with constituents in their districts. But many California representatives still have no plans to hold town halls or community meetings.



State Senator Says Oversight Hearings to Come on Oroville Dam

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 16:16:26 PST

Officials: Lake Oroville Shouldn't Rise Due to Storms. State Senator Says Oversight Hearings to Come on Oroville Dam. Carl's Jr. CEO Puzder Withdraws Nomination for Labor Secretary. Rallies to Defend Affordable Care Act Kick Off in Modesto. Secretary of State Renews Warnings About 'Notario' Scams Targeting Immigrants. End Music.


Media Files:
http://www.kqed.org/.stream/mp3splice/radio/tcr/2017/02/2017-02-16-tcr.mp3




Officials: Lake Oroville Shouldn't Rise Due to Storms

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:50:00 PST

Officials remain confident that this latest spate of rain will not cause a repeat episode of rising waters and evacuations near the Oroville Dam. But the weather might slow down the repair work that's been going non-stop since last week.



State Senator Says Oversight Hearings to Come on Oroville Dam

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:50:00 PST

Top of mind for state lawmakers is figuring out where the money is going to come from to fix the damaged spillway at the Oroville Dam -- and to figure out why these problems weren't caught before. State Sen. Jim Nielsen, who represents Oroville, says the Legislature will be looking at those questions.



Carl's Jr. CEO Puzder Withdraws Nomination for Labor Secretary

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:50:00 PST

President Trump's nominee for labor secretary is officially out of the running. Andrew Puzder came into his own as chief of the Southern California-based fast food chain Carl's Jr. And he took the company way beyond its humble hotdog cart origins. But along the way he was dogged by controversy over how he treated workers and some personal scandals.



Rallies to Defend Affordable Care Act Kick Off in Modesto

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:50:00 PST

A coalition of labor and health activists is traveling around the state to rally support for the Affordable Care Act -- and the first gathering took place Wednesday night in Modesto.



Secretary of State Renews Warnings About 'Notario' Scams Targeting Immigrants

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:50:00 PST

Secretary of State Alex Padilla is stepping up efforts to prevent fraud in immigration services. Immigrant advocates say thousands of people in California become victims every year. Padilla believes that people worried by recent immigration raids will wind up exploited by scammers when they seek legal help.



The California Report

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 15:16:44 PST

Oroville Evacuees Return Home After Mandatory Evacuation Lifted. Facebook Announces New Bereavement Rules. How a Central Valley Prison Makes Progress Against Valley Fever.


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Oroville Evacuees Return Home After Mandatory Evacuation Lifted

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 08:50:00 PST

A mandatory evacuation order has been lifted, meaning tens of thousands people living along the Feather River could go home. They were evacuated after a weekend crisis at nearby Oroville Dam. Workers are continuing to shore up a badly eroded emergency spillway before another storm system comes through the area.



Facebook Announces New Bereavement Rules

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 08:50:00 PST

Facebook has just announced new workplace family sick leave and bereavement rules. COO Sheryl Sandberg announced the rules on her personal Facebook page and she says all employees will get 20 days of paid leave to grieve an immediate family member and three days to care for a kid with the flu.



How a Central Valley Prison Makes Progress Against Valley Fever

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 08:50:00 PST

On Tuesday we reported on cocci, or Valley Fever, the infectious disease caused by tiny spores of a fungus that travel on the wind and invade the lungs. It is painful, it is deadly, and it's being noticed by the public. In 2011, an alarming rise in cases across the Southwest prompted widespread concern about the infection. Since then, progress has been made in a surprising place: prisons.



Over a Thousand Evacuees Await Updates on Oroville Dam

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 14:36:36 PST

200,000 People Await Updates on Oroville Dam. Health Agencies Fall Behind on Tracking Valley Fever. End Music.


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200,000 People Await Updates on Oroville Dam

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 08:50:00 PST

We begin in and around Chico, where some 200,000 people remain under an evacuation order. This comes after structural problems with the Oroville Dam, which could potentially lead to a destructive wall of water wiping out tens of thousands of homes. With so many people displaced, we wanted to get a sense of what they're doing while they wait for word from authorities.



Health Agencies Fall Behind on Tracking Valley Fever

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 08:50:00 PST

Valley Fever is a fungal respiratory infection that is a constant health threat in vast stretches of the San Joaquin valley. While numbers are still being tallied, it looks like 2016 was a bad year for Valley Fever, with thousands of new infections recorded in Kern County alone. We spoke with a reporter working in the heart of the epidemic, Harold Pierce of the Bakersfield Californian.



Emergency Evacuation Ordered as Officials Warn of Oroville Dam Spill

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 15:10:08 PST

Emergency Evacuation Ordered as Officials Warn of Oroville Dam Spillway Failure. More Pollution Than Cars? Gas-Powered Gardening Equipment Poses the Next Air Quality Threat. Rallies Across State Urge Congress to Cut Funding to Planned Parenthood. End Music.


Media Files:
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Emergency Evacuation Ordered as Officials Warn of Oroville Dam Spillway Failure

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 08:50:00 PST

In Oroville, nearly 200,000 people were ordered to evacuate their homes Sunday. This evacuation order came after an auxiliary spillway at the Oroville Dam showed signs of failing.



More Pollution Than Cars? Gas-Powered Gardening Equipment Poses the Next Air Quality Threat

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 08:50:00 PST

The gas-powered leaf blowers, hedge trimmers and gas mowers used by gardening crews across California may be among its biggest polluters, according to state air-quality officials. And the state is planning some sweeping changes to fix that.



Rallies Across State Urge Congress to Cut Funding to Planned Parenthood

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 08:50:00 PST

Anti-abortion activists organized more than 200 rallies across the country Saturday, urging Congress to cut federal funding to Planned Parenthood. More than 30 of those rallies took place in California, from Los Angeles to Chico.



Refugee Kids, Revisiting Tule Lake

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 23:00:00 PST

In the city of El Cajon, in San Diego County, hundreds of young soccer fanatics from around the globe are in training. Theyre united in their quest for improved technique. But this groups also dedicated to something more: the kids are all refugees. Plus, President Trumps executive order banning people from seven mostly Muslim countries, and his idea of a Muslim registry, has sparked a lot of opposition, especially here in California. One particularly vocal group? Japanese Americans. Some of them have long memories of being incarcerated during World War II in what were called relocation or internment camps.



Refugee Kids, Revisiting Tule Lake

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 18:30:00 PST

In the city of El Cajon, in San Diego County, hundreds of young soccer fanatics from around the globe are in training. Theyre united in their quest for improved technique. But this groups also dedicated to something more: the kids are all refugees. Plus, President Trumps executive order banning people from seven mostly Muslim countries, and his idea of a Muslim registry, has sparked a lot of opposition, especially here in California. One particularly vocal group? Japanese Americans. Some of them have long memories of being incarcerated during World War II in what were called relocation or internment camps.



The California Report Magazine

Sat, 11 Feb 2017 01:11:49 PST

In the city of El Cajon, in San Diego County, hundreds of young soccer fanatics from around the globe are in training. Theyre united in their quest for improved technique. But this groups also dedicated to something more: the kids are all refugees. Plus, President Trumps executive order banning people from seven mostly Muslim countries, and his idea of a Muslim registry, has sparked a lot of opposition, especially here in California. One particularly vocal group? Japanese Americans. Some of them have long memories of being incarcerated during World War II in what were called relocation or internment camps.


Media Files:
http://www.kqed.org/.stream/mp3splice/radio/tcrmag/2017/02/2017-02-10-tcrmag.mp3




Refugee Kids Say the Best Way to Solve Problems Is Soccer

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 16:30:00 PST

In the city of El Cajon, hundreds of young soccer fanatics from around the globe are in training. They're united in their quest for improved technique: perfecting the art of the back pass, the effective header, the incisive scissor kick. But soccer is also helping refugee kids feel confident in a time of uncertainty.



Bay Area Kids Find Joy, Community in Junior Musicals

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 16:30:00 PST

Musicals are in the air. "Hamilton" is on Broadway and "La La Land" is on the big screen. It feels like the genre itself is being rewritten. So we visited a first of its kind West Coast conference in Sacramento, for the smallest musical theater performers, to learn what's drawing them in.



Two Bay Area Startups Push for Diversity in Kids' Lit

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 16:30:00 PST

Think of the best-known children's books -- "Matilda" or "Captain Underpants," or "Where The Wild Things Are." They're all by white authors and have white protagonists. We explore how a couple of Bay Area-based publishers are working to make kid-lit much more reflective of diverse families and experiences.



Farming Behind Barbed Wire: Japanese-Americans Reflect on Wartime Incarceration

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 16:30:00 PST

President Trump is still standing behind his executive order banning people from seven mostly Muslim countries. That order, and his talk about a Muslim registry, has sparked a lot of opposition, especially in California. One particularly vocal group: Japanese-Americans. Some of them have long memories of being incarcerated during World War II in what were called "relocation" or "internment" camps. The executive order authorizing that internment was signed by President Franklin Roosevelt, 75 years ago this month. We joined a busload of people traveling to one of those camps, the former Tule Lake Segregation Center, just south of the Oregon border in Modoc County. For the series California Foodways, we find out how farming was linked to the incarceration of Japanese-Americans.



The California Report

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 14:59:51 PST

9th Circuit Denies Reinstatement of Trump Travel Ban. Poll Finds Vast Internal Divides in California. Porter Ranch Doctor Calls for Independent Health Study of Aliso Canyon Gas Leak. End Music.


Media Files:
http://www.kqed.org/.stream/mp3splice/radio/tcr/2017/02/2017-02-10-tcr.mp3




9th Circuit Denies Reinstatement of Trump Travel Ban

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 08:50:00 PST

The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against President Trump's immigration ban on Thursday. The decision was unanimous against halting immigration from Muslim majority countries. President Trump maintains the ban is not a religious test, but instead crucial to national security.



Poll Finds Vast Internal Divides in California

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 08:50:00 PST

California might appear to be a liberal bastion on the national map. But a new survey from the Public Policy Institute of California shows the state has vast internal divides.



Porter Ranch Doctor Calls for Independent Health Study of Aliso Canyon Gas Leak

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 08:50:00 PST

As we reported Thursday, residents in the northern L.A. County community of Porter Ranch remain angry about the massive methane gas leak at Aliso Canyon, which was capped nearly a year ago. They say they don't want the gas storage facility to be reopened, and they continue to worry about the health effects of the methane additives they say they were exposed to. We talk to Porter Ranch family practice physician, Dr. Jeffrey Nordella, about what his patients are experiencing.



The California Report

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 13:59:27 PST

Jeff Sessions Confirmed as Attorney General. Regulators May Reopen Aliso Canyon Gas Field, Over Objections of Residents. As Rains Continue, State Extends Drought Regulations through Summer. End Music.


Media Files:
http://www.kqed.org/.stream/mp3splice/radio/tcr/2017/02/2017-02-09-tcr.mp3




Jeff Sessions Confirmed as Attorney General

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 08:50:00 PST

Longtime Alabama senator and lawyer Jeff Sessions has been confirmed by the Senate as U.S. attorney general. The vote was 52 to 49. California Sen. Kamala Harris explained she was voting against his nomination because of Sessions' civil rights record, including what she called the gutting of the Voting Rights Act.



Regulators May Reopen Aliso Canyon Gas Field, Over Objections of Residents

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 08:50:00 PST

About one year after plugging a massive methane leak in Los Angeles County, Southern California Gas may soon start pumping natural gas into its largest storage field again. State regulators are weighing whether to reopen the Aliso Canyon gas field, over the objections of residents and politicians.



As Rains Continue, State Extends Drought Regulations through Summer

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 08:50:00 PST

Think the drought is over? State water regulators beg to differ. On Wednesday they extended the current emergency rules for water conservation.



The California Report

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 14:11:32 PST

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to Decide Fate of Trump Travel Ban. State Education Leaders to Fight New Secretary of Education's Initiatives. Planned Parenthood Chief Meets With California State Senators. End Music.


Media Files:
http://www.kqed.org/.stream/mp3splice/radio/tcr/2017/02/2017-02-08-tcr.mp3




Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to Decide Fate of Trump Travel Ban

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 08:50:00 PST

A ruling is expected this week on President Trump's travel ban -- the one that bars entry from seven Muslim majority nations and bars entry for all refugees. Justices for the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco sounded skeptical of the government's argument to keep the ban in place.



State Education Leaders to Fight New Secretary of Education's Initiatives

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 08:50:00 PST

Betsy DeVos was confirmed as Secretary of Education by one vote on Tuesday. Both of California's senators voted against DeVos -- and now many California education leaders say they will push back against her initiatives.



Planned Parenthood Chief Meets With California State Senators

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 08:50:00 PST

Planned Parenthood is counting on California's support as the non-profit battles with Republican leaders in Washington. The head of Planned Parenthood met with Democratic state senators on Tuesday in Sacramento.



California Unions Playing Defense as Trump Presidency Begins

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 14:31:15 PST

California Democrats Counter Trump's Threat to Defund the State. San Diego, Tijuana Mayors Reaffirm Regional Partnership. California Unions Playing Defense as Trump Presidency Begins. End Music.


Media Files:
http://www.kqed.org/.stream/mp3splice/radio/tcr/2017/02/2017-02-07-tcr.mp3




California Democrats Counter Trump's Threat to Defund the State

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 08:50:00 PST

We begin in San Francisco where this afternoon the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments about President Trump's travel ban. The dramatic hearing comes after the 9th Circuit denied an emergency request by the Department of Justice to lift the hold on the president's temporary immigration and travel restrictions. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra is joining 15 other attorney generals from across the nation opposed to President Trump's executive order banning travel to the U.S. from seven Muslim-majority countries.



San Diego, Tijuana Mayors Reaffirm Regional Partnership

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 08:50:00 PST

As the Trump administration talks about drastically reshaping America's relationship with Mexico, the mayors of San Diego and Tijuana met in San Diego on Monday to promote economic cooperation.



California Unions Playing Defense as Trump Presidency Begins

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 08:50:00 PST

Labor unions in California helped push successful state efforts to increase the minimum wage, institute mandatory paid sick leave and expand overtime rules for farmworkers. But the new Trump administration has unions playing defense, even in labor-friendly California.