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While California is experiencing a record drought, driven in part by climate change, the initial spark for many wildfires often comes from utility equipment and power lines. And fire investigators are now looking into whether the utility company PG&E was behind the nation's largest fire so far this year. KQED's Lily Jamali reports. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders
In the second part of their conversation with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on stage at KQED Live, Scott and Marisa get the Speaker's reaction to five images from her life and career: from meeting Senator John Kennedy and running for Congress to high-profile clashes with former president Donald Trump.
With many younger children finally getting their first COVID-19 vaccine shot, and adults getting their booster, many see this holiday season as a bit of a return to normalcy. But health experts say families should still take precautions during gatherings. Reporter: Jackie Fortier, KPCC Diablo Canyon, California's last remaining commercial nuclear power plant located on the Central Coast in San Luis Obispo County is slated to fully close in 2025. While there's been questions raised about what this will mean for energy output and the environment, a former state lawmaker says it's the right time. Guest: Former State Senator Bill Monning Los Angeles County is being sued for making its poorest families endure long waits for food aid. The suit claims the county routinely fails to provide assistance to desperate families within three days, as required by state law. Reporter: David Wagner, KPCC Back in April, privacy advocates hailed Apple's decision to let customers opt out of apps tracking you. But, Apple is still tracking its own customers and serving them up to advertisers. Reporter: Rachael Myrow, KQED
Actor and comedian, Frank Garcia-Hejl shares his stories and wisdom from his career in comedy, acting, sketch and film. We cover some juicy bits like,Frank's SNL auditions and meeting Lorne MichaelsHis transition from comedy to film and T.V.How to win over directors and people on setand so much more goodness!About FrankFrank Garcia-Hejl is a writer, actor and director at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles. You might be familiar with his work as a writer and actor for Broadway Video's Latino internet channel Más Mejor or may have seen him on USA's First Impressions with Dana Carvey. He performed in the 2018 CBS Showcase, wrote for the 2020 showcase and returned in 2021 to Associate Direct and Produce it. He was named one of New Faces: Characters for the Montreal Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in 2016 and also one of Comedy Central's Comics to Watch 2015. He has written and appeared in material for NBC, Netflix, Hulu, Comedy Central, IFC, Shudder, MTV, TruTV, USA and A&E. He currently co-wrote and co-starred in a segment with Noah Segan (Knives Out, Looper) for the comedy/horror anthology movie Scare Package on Shudder. Follow Frank on TwitterAbout Holly ShawBefore becoming a comedian, Holly Shaw spent a lifetime on stage, T.V. and film as an actor, professional dancer and later as a speaker, coach and hypnotherapist. She's authored two books: the Amazon bestseller, The Creative Formula, as well as the newly released book, Making Art In the Middle of Madness and she was a regular teacher at SAG/AFTRA's conservatories in San Francisco as well as Los Angeles. Her podcast, Performers & Creators Lab, was named One of the Most Outstanding Podcasts of 2019 by Databird Research. Through all of her offerings she has helped thousands of performing artists, some of them Emmy Award winning and Grammy nominated, overcome stage fright, impostor syndrome, and creative blocks so that they can create the work they were born to make and become undeniably magnetic performers. Currently she lives with her son in Oakland, CA where she runs and performs in the live weekly comedy showcase on the waterfront, the Comedy Edge. To learn more, please visit www.performersandcreatorslab.comComposerDan Cantrell is an Emmy award winning composer and multi-instrumentalist known for his innovative film scoring approach, and his virtuosic abilities on the accordion, piano and musical saw. “Hauntingly beautiful…quirky and energetic” says the San Francisco Bay Guardian. His extensive scoring catalogue spans a wide range of emotion and style. Dan's compositions for film and television have earned him numerous awards including an Emmy Award for KQED's Home-Front,a Golden Gate award for the soundtrack to the documentary Divided Loyalties, and an Annie nomination for his work on three seasons of Cartoon Network's the Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack. Visit bellowhead.com
In the Central Valley on Tuesday, Governor Gavin Newsom was promoting COVID-19 booster shots in a community that's seeing a higher rate of hospitalizations compared to the rest of the state. He also warned about possibly rough pandemic weeks ahead for California. Reporter: Alex Hall, The California Report The first in a series of public input meetings is scheduled for Wednesday, on California's proposed redrawn electoral maps. The state's independent redistricting commission released its preliminary maps last week, based on the most recent census, and suffice it to say, not everyone is happy. Guest: Sameena Kamal, Reporter with CalMatters Bay Area Democratic Congresswoman Jackie Speier has announced that she will not run for reelection after serving in the House of Representatives since 2008. Speier has been an especially powerful force when it comes to gun control and violence prevention, with her views shaped by a near death incident in her own life. Reporter: Guy Marzorati, KQED Los Angeles County is looking to help small businesses that have fallen behind on their rent during the pandemic. The Small Business Rent Relief Program would provide grants of up to $40,000 for small businesses in unincorporated areas of the county. Reporter: Keith Mizuguchi, The California Report
The United Nations COP26 climate summit was billed by conference organizers as the “last, best hope” to save our warming planet. In the end, countries left with an agreement that makes some progress, but ultimately doesn't go far enough. And if you're worried about climate change, it probably didn't do much to ease your anxiety. But we don't have to rely on world leaders alone. Today, we discuss how to take feelings of climate anxiety and turn them into meaningful action. Guest: Laura Klivans, KQED climate reporter More Resources: ‘Climate Change is Here. It's Bad. Here's What You Can Do' Submit a Bay Area climate change question for KQED reporters This episode was produced by Raquel Maria Dillon and Alan Montecillo, and hosted by Ericka Cruz Guevarra. We're hiring a producer! Please apply by Dec. 1.
The crash ‘em, smash ‘em motorsport of demolition derby had its heyday in the 1950s, 60s and 70s. These days, derbies are featured at county fairs and racetracks. But once a year, Irwindale Speedway in Los Angeles County hosts an annual all-women derby. Plus, during the pandemic many people tried to figure out new ways to connect to break through the isolation. KQED's Silicon Valley reporter, Adhiti Bandlamudi, actually started dating someone new during lockdown... and found true love. Finally, head to a museum in San Francisco's Chinatown that's preserving the neighborhood's glamourous history from the 1930's to 60s.
The United Nations climate change conference wraps up Friday in Scotland. And while an agreement hasn't been reached, the summit could have varying impacts on California. Guests: Violet Saena, Executive Director of Climate Resilient Communities and Mark Hertsgaard, Executive Director of Covering Climate Now and Environment Correspondent for The Nation Magazine Kaiser Permanente could be hit by multiple statewide labor strikes beginning on Monday. Thousands of the company's healthcare workers in California are threatening to walk off the job over contract talks. Reporter: Tara Siler, KQED
California sent many representatives to the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland — including many Latinos, who are California's largest ethnic group and are also more likely to say that climate change affects their local community. They include some of the state's most powerful people, academics, leaders of non-profits, and activists. They also include protesters who are skeptical that this summit will lead to meaningful climate action. Guest: Raquel Maria Dillon, KQED reporter This episode was produced by Alan Montecillo and Mary Franklin Harvin, and hosted by Ericka Cruz Guevarra. KQED is hiring a producer for The Bay. This is a full-time job with benefits, based in the Bay Area. Please apply by Dec. 1.
State health officials are advising adults who want to get a COVID-19 booster shot to do so before the holiday season. This comes as the state is warning about a possible surge in COVID-19 cases this winter. Fossil fuels are the biggest driver of human-made climate change. So why has an analysis by environmental group Global Witness tallied more than 500 gas and oil lobbyists at the United Nations climate conference in Glasgow? Guest: Kassie Siegel, Director for the Center for Biological Diversity's Climate Law Institute California's state delegation to the United Nations climate conference is packed with Latino power players. Latinos in California are not of the same mind when it comes to climate policy. Reporter: Raquel Maria Dillon, KQED
The United Nations has released a draft of a climate accord that urges nations to “revisit and strengthen” their plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions. That's not just carbon dioxide, it's methane too. And earlier at COP26, countries committed to slash methane emissions. Guest: Rachel Becker, Environmental Reporter, CalMatters Governor Gavin Newsom broke his silence around his absence from the United Nations climate change conference in Scotland, saying he skipped the trip to spend Halloween with his kids. Reporter: Guy Marzorati, KQED When oceans and climate change are in the same sentence, it's usually negative. But at the international climate conference COP26, a Bay Area ecologist pointed to marine sanctuaries as a climate change solution. Reporter: Ezra David Romero, KQED Researchers at the Public Health Institute followed more than 18,000 women who were pregnant in Oakland in the early ‘60s, and received injections of a synthetic hormone intended to prevent miscarriages. Fast forward six decades and their offspring may face a greater cancer risk. Reporter: Lesley McClurg, KQED
What if parts of the Bay and parts of the Central Valley were represented by the same person in the U.S. House of Representatives? What about Filipino voters in Daly City and Chinese voters in the western part San Francisco? Or South Asians living in Santa Clara County? These are just a few of the thorny questions being debated right now during California's redistricting process. Soon, California will have a new political map that will decide how we're all represented — in the state legislature and in the U.S. House — for the next decade. And unlike most states where politicians are in charge of redistricting, California has a public process where residents can make their voices heard. Guest: Guy Marzorati, KQED politics and government reporter and producer of the Political Breakdown podcast This episode was produced by Alan Montecillo and Mary Franklin Harvin, and hosted by Ericka Cruz Guevarra.
3 members of the San Francisco Unified School District Board of Education will be facing a recall vote in February. The special election encompasses a whole host of polarizing issues in the district: in-person learning, the admissions policy at Lowell High School, the effort to rename schools, Commissioner Alison Collins' 2016 tweets that were seen as anti-Asian, and more. Throughout these crises, student voices have often remained on the periphery. So today, we're revisiting an episode from April where we hear SFUSD students sharing their views — and how they feel about the debate happening around them. Guest: Holly J. McDede, KQED reporter and producer This episode originally aired on April 19, 2021. More Reading: 'It's a Question of Competence': San Francisco to Hold Recall Election of 3 School Board Members 'All Political': SF Board of Education President Gabriela López on the Recall Effort Against Her, 2 Other Board Members SF School Board Recall Funded Mostly by Local Donors, With Venture Capitalists Topping the List
Less than six weeks after our KQED colleagues from On Our Watch published an episode that revealed new information about the police killing of Oscar Grant, California's Attorney General Rob Bonta announced he was opening an external investigation into the 12-year old case, which he says remains unsolved. KQED's Sukey Lewis spoke with Bonta to discuss systemic issues in California policing, and how he wants them to be addressed. She also covers some upcoming police reforms that could lead to more accountability and transparency. Listen and subscribe to On Our Watch.
In 2020, hundreds of workers at Foster Farms plants in California tested positive for COVID-19. 16 people have died and at least 20 others have been hospitalized. A KQED investigation found that as Foster Farms' Central Valley plants stayed open, and essential workers got sick, or even died, the company didn't always give a complete picture of the problem to health officials, state regulators and their own employees. KQED's Alex Hall has been following the story since the start, and in this episode of The California Report Magazine, she shares the findings of her reporting — from tense conversations with Foster Farms, to the families of the workers who died from the coronavirus.