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Get the story behind the story every weekday. Host Daniel Wheaton interviews Union-Tribune reporters about what matters in San Diego.

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    Alpine Choice Academy would teach unvaccinated students in person

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 3, 2021 8:27

    Alpine superintendent said regardless of parents' views on the COVID vaccine, students shouldn't lose the chance to attend school in person.

    Is San Diego's housing market cooling down?

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2021 7:02

    San Diego typically has the No. 2 or 3 biggest gains in the nation. Its rank hasn't been this low since summer 2020.

    Researchers look for signs of Omicron variant in San Diego

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2021 13:35

    San Diego City Council moves forward with vaccine mandate

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2021 9:08

    Despite protests from the local police union, the San Diego City Council voted Monday to keep COVID-19 vaccination mandates in place for employees.

    An unexpected letter

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021 13:31

    Twenty-seven years years after stealing the San Diego Union-Tribune, Carolyn Alden decided to apologize. Her remarkable story is about the decisions we make to survive, and the concept of amends, and how the smallest actions can affect us years later.

    A San Diego fifth grader wrote a letter to Biden — and got a response

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 20, 2021 8:40

    Today's episode is about a fifth grader in San Diego who wrote a letter to President Joe Biden about climate change — and got a response.

    San Diego NAACP condemns 'Famous Baby Daddies' segment

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021 6:53

    Members of the San Diego branch of the NAACP stopped in their tracks Tuesday morning as a segment called “Famous Baby Daddies” aired on local TV station KUSI. In it, two famous men were shown on a screen, and the show's hosts were asked to guess which one of the men had more children. Of the 18 famous men shown, 9 of them were Black.

    UCSD ranks ninth in the world for top scientists

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021 11:18

    When it comes to scientists, San Diego has a lot of them. UC San Diego has the ninth-largest group of highly cited researchers in the world, and it's close to passing UC Berkeley and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

    Infrastructure funding could transform San Diego

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021 9:21

    President Joe Biden signed a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill that could bring big changes to San Diego. But local officials say additional local funding is needed to maximize the benefits.

    Going to La Jolla? Soon you can take a trolley

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2021 6:48

    A new MTS trolley line will begin service this Sunday. It's called the La Jolla line, and it's being hailed not just as a way to get around, but a way to encourage more housing development.

    San Diego-Tijuana is the 2024 World Design Capital

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 13, 2021 8:31

    The San Diego-Tijuana region won its bid to become a World Design Capital in 2024. The designation is awarded by a Canadian organization, and it spotlights the winner for a year, with a street festival, conference and more.

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    Navy Secretary pledges changes to avoid another Bonhomme Richard

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2021 12:16

    Today is Veteran's Day and Andrew Dyer is here with me. He's a Navy veteran and the U-T's military reporter. He's been covering the July 2020 fire on the Bonhomme Richard warship and its fallout.

    It's not a ghost ship, but this sailboat haunts La Jolla

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2021 4:08

    A sailboat anchored off the coast is causing a stir in La Jolla, where residents are calling it a "ghost ship" and questioning its legality.

    A disease expert shares the real reason to get your kids vaccinated

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2021 7:45

    The FDA has approved the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11. Dr. Amaran Moodley with Rady Children's Hospital explains why kids should get it.

    The U.S.-Mexico border is now open to travelers

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2021 9:12

    U.S. land borders opened to nonessential travelers Monday for the first time since March of 2020. Here's what you need to know.

    'He' and 'she' will no longer appear in San Diego city laws

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 6, 2021 6:42

    San Diego has become the fifth city in the U.S. to ban the use of the pronouns “he” and “she” in future laws. Oakland, Berkeley, Boston and Portland have adopted similar policies.

    Post oil spill, tarballs continue to wash up on beaches

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2021 4:42

    A month after an oil spill off the coast of Huntington Beach, tarballs continue to wash up on North County beaches, inspiring cleanups and new legislation.

    Anti-vax anger turns to racism, hate speech at county meeting

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2021 10:15

    Public comments made during the county's COVID-19 updates have featured hours of angry yelling for months now, but statements made Tuesday crossed a particularly nasty line.

    San Diego's best California burritos, ranked

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2021 7:33

    California burritos are the quintessential San Diego good. Union-Tribune reporter Lauren J. Mapp set out in search of the city's best.

    Border Patrol has a ‘shadow police unit' that protects agents when they kill

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2021 8:46

    A letter sent to Congress alleges that Border Patrol has a shadow police unit that covers up wrongdoing when agents kill or use excessive force. The letter was written by the Southern Border Communities Coalition and Alliance San Diego. They say the units have been operating since the 1980s without any actual authority — and they're calling for an investigation.

    Surprise! California condors can reproduce asexually

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021 12:16

    A scientific team led by the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance announced Thursday that California condors can reproduce without having sex.

    Sister of missing Chula Vista woman Maya Millete speaks out

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021 8:22

    Maya Millete went missing in January, and after months of investigation, her husband Larry Millete was arrested in October for her murder. Maricris Drouaillet is Maya's older sister.

    Long hours for low pay: UCSD doctors protest working conditions

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2021 9:12

    Resident physicians at UC San Diego Health are protesting working conditions. They say they work long hours at pay that sometimes amounts to less than minimum wage. They say the lack of sleep they get leads to car accidents and mental health issues, and that they struggle to live in neighborhoods near the hospital while juggling student loan debt.

    A TikTok star is accused of murder in downtown San Diego

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 6:03

    Ali Abulaban goes by JinnKid on TikTok. He plead not guilty Monday in San Diego Superior court to two counts of murder.

    Navy report details what went wrong during Bonhomme Richard warship fire

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 15:30

    A new report from the Navy shows that the fire on the Bonhomme Richard warship last summer burned for nearly two hours before efforts to put it out began.

    San Diego Asian Film Festival is more than just movies

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 23, 2021 9:49

    The San Diego Asian Film Festival kicks off its 22nd annual event on Oct. 28. Artistic director Brian Hu explains what's in store.

    San Diego County is changing the way people vote in person

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021 5:30

    The San Diego County Board of Supervisors Tuesday voted to permanently change the way San Diegans go to vote.

    The U.S.-Mexico border is reopening after 19 months

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 11:59

    The United States will soon open its Mexico and Canada borders to vaccinated people. The borders have been closed for more than a year and a half, and only so-called essential travelers have been able to cross.

    What's going on with the sports arena site?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 8:42

    Developers are once again vying to build on the 48 acres surrounding the arena. Here's what might be built.

    In San Diego, trash pickup comes with a heap of inequity

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 10:16

    Since 1919, single-family homes in San Diego have had fee-free trash pickup, while businesses and most condos and apartments have had to pay. The law is called The People's Ordinance, and Councilmember Sean Elo-Rivera would like to see it change.

    'Citrus greening' disease threatens California's orange industry

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 16, 2021 6:42

    Citrus greening is a fatal plant disease that could wipe out an entire industry if left unchecked. Krishna Kannan from CodexDNA is working on a solution.

    San Diego prices rise 6.5 percent in a year

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 6:52

    San Diego had one of the highest inflation rates in the nation in September as everything from food to gas to energy pushed up the price to live here.

    A small airplane crashed in Santee, killing two

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 6:05

    Two people died after small plane crashed into at least one home near Santana High School in Santee early Monday afternoon.

    San Diego's $3.4B airport expansion could start next month

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 9, 2021 7:41

    Construction on the long-awaited expansion of Terminal 1 at the San Diego International Airport could start as early as next month.

    San Diego scientists race to develop an HIV vaccine

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 10:58

    A team at Scripps Research in La Jolla is working with Moderna to test an HIV vaccine.

    Supervisors take stance against placing sexually violent predators in San Diego County

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 7:13

    San Diego County leaders said they'd oppose the placement of sexually violent predators in the county until the state process of placing them is changed.

    More lightning storms are headed for San Diego

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 5:44

    An intense electrical storm lit up San Diego on Monday. U-T reporter Gary Robbins surveys the damage and shares a forecast.

    School board meetings across California have intensified during COVID

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021 1:49

    School boards across California have reported a surge in unruly behavior at meetings, particularly as they've implemented mask rules and vaccine mandates. Richard Barrera is the president of the San Diego Unified School Board.

    Cruise ships return to San Diego for the first time since the pandemic

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 2, 2021 9:49

    Cruise ships have returned to the San Diego bay for the first time in more than 17 months. They've changed the look of the Embarcadero, with their massive presence as well as the tourism they bring.

    Here's what we know about the mother and child who fell at Petco Park

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2021 13:03

    A woman and her 2-year-old son died Saturday after they fell from the third level of Petco Park just before a game started. It's still unclear what happened, but police are calling the fall suspicious.

    COVID-19 vaccines are now mandatory for San Diego Unified students over 16

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2021 8:49

    Students over the age of 16 in the San Diego Unified School District are now required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The deadline to be fully vaccinated is Dec. 20.

    San Diego's granny flat rules could soon change

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2021 6:04

    San Diego has some of the most lenient rules in the state when it comes to building accessory dwelling units. Councilmember Sean Elo Rivera has a new proposal to change that.

    Here's what California's new SB 9 housing law means for San Diego

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2021 8:56

    California's new housing law won't eliminate single-family homes in San Diego, but it could change the way the city looks.

    Here's where you can get coronavirus vaccine booster shots in San Diego

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 25, 2021 8:21

    Looking for a booster shot of the Pfizer vaccine? Learn more who is eligible and where you can get one.

    Newsom asked Californians to save water. Instead, San Diego used more.

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2021 5:28

    In July, Gov. Gavin Newsom asked Californians to voluntarily reduce their water usage by 15 percent. A few months later, the state as a whole has barely cut back and Los Angeles and San Diego Counties have increased their usage.

    Five San Diego restaurants win Michelin Guide Bib Gourmands award

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2021 9:36

    The Michelin Guide's 2021 Bib Gourmand awards include five restaurants from San Diego.

    Lonely Planet names San Diego destinations among the best in the U.S.

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2021 11:51

    Lonely Planet travel guides has released an “Ultimate United States Travel List.” The guide ranks 500 of the best travel destinations across the U.S., and California — including San Diego — makes quite a few appearances.

    San Diego wants to build 10,000 housing units on public land

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2021 6:45

    Officials from the city of San Diego want to build 10,000 homes on public land, and they say it can be done faster and cheaper than usual.

    Afghan refugees resettle in San Diego with help from students

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 18, 2021 11:45

    UC San Diego students are helping to relocate Afghan refugees locally.

    Michelin Guide honors five San Diego restaurants

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 17, 2021 12:27

    The prestigious Michelin Guide has honored five San Diego restaurants with 2021 Plate Awards. A Plate signifies that a restaurant serves “very good food.” It's also an entry into the Michelin system, which is best known for awarding restaurants with one to three stars.

    After the recall election, what's next for Newsom and Elder?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2021 12:27


    The results are in. Gov. Gavin Newsom will remain governor of California. U-T Columnist Michael Smolens discusses the results, as well as what could be next for Newsom and Republican candidate Larry Elder.


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