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|THE CALIFORNIA REPORT Premieres Seven-Part Examination of How We See Ourselves as U.S. Citizens After 9/11|
KQED Radio Series Begins Statewide July 19 as Part of National Collaborative
San Francisco, California, July 18, 2002 -- Something fundamental about being "American" has changed since 9/11. "Citizenship in a Post-9/11 America" is the story of this change, told by voices from the nation's most diverse state -- California -- and by those abroad. The seven-part series is associated with the upcoming Understanding America After 9/11 project, a collaborative radio documentary series from six public radio stations across the nation, including KQED.
Over the next seven weeks beginning Friday, July 19, at 4:30 p.m. (check local listings through California), The California Report will explore patriotism and the place of both loyalty and dissent in our changed world. The series exposes the byproducts of fear in our society, including a new sense of vulnerability among immigrants and strained relations between long-time citizens and recent arrivals.
"The idea behind the collaboration is that public radio at its best is local," noted Raúl Ramirez, director of news and public affairs for KQED Public Radio. "And, by spurring conversations throughout California, we can create a conversation built from the ground up as we try to understand America after 9/11."
Friday, July 19
Public schools in America were founded on the belief that learning about citizenship was essential to sustain and preserve the newly created democratic union. Since then, the experiment in democracy has been challenged by immigration, unpopular wars and diversity. Many schools responded by backing away from their civic responsibility. In the wake of September 11, schools are reconsidering that void, but they’re often not sure how to proceed. Kathryn Baron, KQED Radio News morning anchor and reporter, brings listeners the story.
Friday, July 26
The Marketing of Patriotism.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average took a nose-dive in the days and weeks following the September 11 attacks. New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and President Bush urged Americans to keep the economy afloat and fight back with the power of the buck. Go shopping! Retailers all over the nation wrapped their wares in red, white, and blue advertisements. Reporter Laura Sydell talks with some of the marketers who shaped the advertising campaigns in the wake of the terrorist attacks.
Friday, August 2
Citizenship in a Post-9/11 America, part of the Understanding America After 9/11 Project.
The California Report host Scott Shafer will talk with one of the producers about this unprecedented national public radio collaboration.
Friday, August 9
Latin American Laborers in the Wake of 9/11.
For many Mexicans and other Latin Americans, 9/11 represented a double shock: a battered economy and an increased sense of vulnerability living in the United States. Tamara Keith reports amidst migrant workers, day laborers and people seeking citizenship near Fresno.
Friday, August 16
Native American View of Citizenship.
Do the original Americans see themselves any differently than they did on September 10? Cheryl Colopy will explore how an American Indian’s take on citizenship might inform our wider society post-September 11.
Friday, August 23
Portrait of Arab Immigrants and Arab Americans.
A Palestinian-American psychologist tells us that, among the Arabs in San Francisco, the "level of distress is unimaginable." Many young men, citizens as well as legal immigrants, have been interrogated and detained; some parents keep their children out of school; teenagers are immensely conflicted as they cope with a society they believe views them as the enemy. Molly Peterson reports.
Friday, August 30
This story will consider starkly different perceptions of citizenship between generations, and what it means to be "American." Reporter Ingrid Becker also talks with those coming of age during the generation of 9/11.
The California Report, hosted by Scott Shafer, is a daily statewide news and public affairs program produced by KQED Public Radio and broadcast on 25 primary public radio stations and more than 25 translators and repeaters across the state. The program includes nine-minute segments broadcast weekday mornings and a half-hour newsmagazine broadcast on Friday afternoons. It attracts nearly half-a-million listeners across California each week. Funding for The California Report is provided by The James Irvine Foundation, The California Endowment, the Stuart Foundation, Inktomi, TIAA-CREF and the California Department of Conservation, as well as the members of KQED. Listeners can visit the program's Web site for further information at kqed.org/tcr.
KQED operates KQED Public Radio 88.5 FM, the most-listened-to public radio station in the nation; KQED Public Television 9, the nation's most-watched public television station, and Digital Television 9, Northern California's only public television digital signal; the KQED Education Network, which brings the impact of KQED to thousands of teachers, students, parents and media professionals through workshops, seminars and resources; and kqed.org, which harnesses the power of the Internet to bring KQED to communities across the Web.