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The demand for computer programmers is on the rise. The job site Glassdoor shows 7,300 nationwide job openings for coders so far this year -- and coding bootcamps are answering the call. These intensive multi-week courses promise to provide enough skills to land a coveted programing job. The courses are expected to produce 16,000 coders this year, twice as many as last year. In March, the White House even announced an initiative to help communities hire graduates of these intensive courses. Are coding bootcamps worth the investment, and do they live up to their promises?
Back in 2011, a hunger strike by inmates at Pelican Bay State Prison exposed harsh conditions at special security units. The action fueled a major federal lawsuit alleging some inmates had been held in solitary confinement for decades. We look at a major development in the case.
San Quentin State Prison is in its second week of battling an outbreak of Legionnaire's disease. Since Friday, six inmates have tested positive for the bacterial pneumonia, with more than 70 other inmates displaying symptoms. Prison officials have turned off water taps and showers and even briefly shut off access to toilets, in an effort to prevent the bacteria, which is spread through water vapor, from spreading. We'll talk about possible causes of the outbreak and efforts to contain it.
The Monterey Bay endured decades of overfishing and pollution; it was one of the most polluted places along the California coast. Today, the Bay hosts a thriving wealth of humpback and blue whales, elephant seals, sea otters and more. We'll talk to experts about the history of conservation in the Bay, as well as ongoing opportunities and threats to that ecosystem. PBS and the BBC present "Big Blue Live," a three-night live broadcast airing tonight on KQED 9 at 8 p.m. through this Wednesday Sept. 2.
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee recently announced that homeless people camping along the city's Embarcadero were "going to have to leave" when the city hosts the Super Bowl in February. The statement has angered homeless advocates, who say the mayor's plan contains no commitment to house and treat those removed. But supporters of the mayor, citing health concerns and mounting public frustration over filthy sidewalks and public spaces, say it's time to for the city to crack down.
When big wave surfers tackle waves, Sachi Cunningham is often right behind them, bobbing in the ocean with nothing but a camera and a wetsuit. The water photographer and San Francisco State University professor has traveled the world, capturing images of pro surfers. She talks to us about her work, why there are so few female surf photographers and her documentary projects -- including one covering ISIS in Iraq.
Nowadays, it's hard to find a text message conversation that doesn't include emojis, the popular Japanese icons. Feeling happy? Smiley face, sunshine, flowers! Sad over a breakup? Crying face, broken heart, woman. We look at the unspoken rules of emojis and emoji use across genders and generations. Our guests include a San Francisco linguist and the man who translated "Moby Dick" into emojis.
San Jose City Council passed a new pension deal with police and firefighter unions this week, essentially gutting the pension reform measure that San Jose voters passed overwhelmingly in 2012. We?ll discuss the deal and why the action could have repercussions for local governments across the state. We'll also hear about a state-wide pension modification ballot proposal co-authored by former San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed.
Newsweek once called the San Francisco comedy troupe Duck's Breath Mystery Theater "an American Monty Python" for its unique brand of sketch comedy, satire and theatrics. The group regularly contributed to NPR's "All Things Considered" during the 1980s. Two of the group's members went on to to create the "misinfotainment" series "Dr. Science," which had a 25-year run on hundreds of NPR stations. We'll talk about Duck's Breath comedic legacy and its upcoming reunion shows.
A team of University of California, Berkeley researchers has more bad news about rising prices in the Bay Area: We're not halfway through the gentrification and displacement we're likely to experience. That's according to the Urban Displacement Project, which released an interactive map showing the areas most vulnerable to forces that drive low-income residents out. We talk about the neighborhoods at the highest -- and lowest -- risk of continued gentrification.