This American (Suburban & Surreal) Life
Livermore is the story of a seemingly quiet suburban town on the verge of a crisis - the Centennial Time Capsule is missing, and no one can remember where to find it. This offbeat documentary unearths one suburban town's long-forgotten yet often hilarious history. Livermore's 25-year-old time capsule has inexplicably disappeared, and a handful of eccentric locals are the last hope for finding it. Part history, part mystery, but mostly comedy, Livermore introduces a memorable cast of characters, each with a distinct vision of the town - from romanticized tributes to scathing send-ups of suburban life. As they dig deep into their collective memories, these armchair historians uncover a peculiar set of stories. A supernatural light bulb, a mysterious totem pole, a scandalous book of photographs and the ominous nuclear lab are just the beginning of a surreal trip down memory lane. Directed by Bay Area filmmakers Rachel Raney and David Murray.
Also on KQED.org this week ...
Drought Watch 2015: Record-Low Sierra Snowpack
The Sierra Nevada snowpack, which typically supplies nearly a third of California's water, is showing the lowest water content on record: 6 percent of the long-term average for April 1. That shatters last year's low-water mark of 25 percent (tied with 1977).
"Boomtown" History of the San Francisco Bay Area
KQED's "Boomtown" series will seek to identify what is happening in real time in the current boom, and also draw out the causes and possible solutions to the conflicts and pressures between the old and the new.