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Thu, Jul 2, 2015 -- 9:00 AM
Thu, Jul 2, 2015 -- 9:00 AM Hispanics Now California's Largest Ethnic Group

Hispanics reached a historic milestone in California last week: they are now the Golden State's largest single ethnic group, according to new U.S. Census estimates. The new data confirms projections made last year by California's Department of Finance. But while Hispanics make up 39 percent of the state's population, they still lag when it comes to voter turnout and political clout. We'll talk about what the demographic shift means for state and national politics.



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Wed, Jul 1, 2015 -- 10:00 AM
Wed, Jul 1, 2015 -- 10:00 AM Tips for a Successful Summer Barbecue

Fourth of July weekend is just around the corner and for a lot of people that means firing up the barbecue. We've gathered local food writers and chefs to share their tips and recipes for grilling everything from home style meats to vegetarian fare. We'll also open up the phone lines to hear from you -- what stumps you when it comes to grilling? Or, if you happen to be a master of the barbecue, share your secrets.

Wed, Jul 1, 2015 -- 9:00 AM
Wed, Jul 1, 2015 -- 9:00 AM Challenge to California Teachers Association Lands in U.S. Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to take up a case on the constitutionality of requiring public employees to pay union dues Tuesday, as a condition of their employment. Ten California teachers say their free speech rights are being violated because their donations contribute to the union's political agenda. Organized labor groups are closely watching the case, which is viewed as a major challenge to the way public-sector unions finance their operations.

Tue, Jun 30, 2015 -- 10:00 AM
Tue, Jun 30, 2015 -- 10:00 AM Former Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren's 'Journey Across the American-Israeli Divide'

Michael Oren is ruffling feathers from Washington D.C. to Jerusalem with a new memoir chronicling his tenure as the Israeli ambassador to the United States. Released just days before the deadline for a U.S.-backed nuclear agreement with Iran, "Ally: My Journey Across the American-Israeli Divide," offers a biting critique of President Obama's priorities in the Middle East and a behind-the-scenes look at the world of international diplomacy.

Tue, Jun 30, 2015 -- 9:00 AM
Tue, Jun 30, 2015 -- 9:00 AM Americans With Disabilities Act Turns 25

Twenty-five years ago, Congress passed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the world's first comprehensive law guaranteeing equal rights to individuals with disabilities. But the ADA has had critics, particularly in California, where state laws make it easier for plaintiffs to sue businesses over violations and to collect damages. We'll discuss the history of the landmark law, its ongoing relevance and new efforts to protect and expand rights for people with disabilities.

Mon, Jun 29, 2015 -- 10:30 AM
Mon, Jun 29, 2015 -- 10:30 AM Kim Kardashian West 'Broke' the Internet. Will She Break Public Radio?

When NPR's quiz show "Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me" featured Kim Kardashian West as its weekly celebrity guest, listeners were not pleased. They flooded NPR with complaints, threatening to pull their donations and calling Kardashian West "a shameless strumpet." The reality TV star's upcoming appearance at a Commonwealth Club event has further spurred the online debate. In light of her controversial NPR appearance, we'll explore the question: Who belongs on public radio?

Mon, Jun 29, 2015 -- 10:00 AM
Mon, Jun 29, 2015 -- 10:00 AM Strict Vaccine Requirements Pass California Assembly

Amid the intense debate about parents' rights versus public safety, the California State Assembly passed a bill on Thursday requiring that almost all children be vaccinated. The new law would eliminate all non-medical exemptions including those for personal and religious beliefs. Unvaccinated kids would be refused admission to both public and private day cares and schools. The bill now goes back to the State Senate for approval before moving on to the governor's desk.

Mon, Jun 29, 2015 -- 9:00 AM
Mon, Jun 29, 2015 -- 9:00 AM Supreme Court Rules on Redistricting, Lethal Injection and EPA Air Pollution Limits

The Supreme Court ruled Monday on an Arizona redistricting case, upholding the redistricting commission's power to draw congressional maps. We'll discuss this and other Monday decisions.

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