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Wed, Mar 4, 2015 -- 10:00 AM
Wed, Mar 4, 2015 -- 10:00 AM New Film Explores History, Ecology of the Russian River

The Pomo people were drawn to the Russian River for its wealth of fish, and referred to the waterway as "Ashokawna," or "water to the East." But pollution, water diversion, drought and other environmental challenges have taken their toll on the health of the 110 mile-long river, which begins in Mendocino County and flows out to the Pacific Ocean at Jenner in Sonoma County. A new documentary examines the state of the Russian River in the context of other troubled watersheds around the world.

Wed, Mar 4, 2015 -- 9:30 AM
Wed, Mar 4, 2015 -- 9:30 AM Key Provision of Affordable Care Act Challenged in Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Wednesday over whether the federal insurance subsidies allowed under Obamacare are legal. Challengers argue the wording of the health care law allows only for subsidies under exchanges set up by states, not for people in the 34 states that use the federal exchange, The Supreme Court's decision would not directly apply to California, since the state set up its own exchange, Covered California. But millions nationwide could lose their health insurance if the court sides with the challengers.

Wed, Mar 4, 2015 -- 9:00 AM
Wed, Mar 4, 2015 -- 9:00 AM Will the U.S. Supreme Court Reverse California Redistricting?

In 2010, California voters approved a new way of redrawing congressional districts as a way to combat partisan gerrymandering. The state took the power away from the Legislature and put it in the hands of a nonpartisan citizen commission. But California's system could be threatened by a case now pending at the U.S. Supreme Court. On Monday, the court heard arguments in a challenge to Arizona's Independent Redistricting Commission, where Arizona legislative leaders argued that the U.S. Constitution gives state legislatures exclusive control of congressional elections.

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Tue, Mar 3, 2015 -- 10:00 AM
Tue, Mar 3, 2015 -- 10:00 AM In My Experience: Living in the Bay Area on an H-1B Visa

Every year the U.S. government issues up to 85,000 H-1B visas to businesses that want to hire highly skilled, temporary workers from foreign countries. Many of these workers end up in Silicon Valley's tech industry. The positions are coveted, but visa holders often live in uncertainty; if their job is eliminated, deportation may quickly follow. As part of KQED's Boomtown series, examining the Bay Area's surging economy, we talk with a panel of foreign workers about living and working with an H-1B.

Tue, Mar 3, 2015 -- 9:30 AM
Tue, Mar 3, 2015 -- 9:30 AM California Supreme Court Rejects Blanket Enforcement of Sex Offender Law

In a 7-0 decision on Monday, California's Supreme Court ruled that the state cannot prohibit all registered sex offenders in San Diego County from living within 2,000 feet of a park or a school. The ruling says that this type of blanket enforcement of Jessica's Law infringes on parolees' liberty and does not actually protect children. The decision is expected to change enforcement of Jessica's Law throughout the state.

Tue, Mar 3, 2015 -- 9:00 AM
Tue, Mar 3, 2015 -- 9:00 AM Netanyahu Delivers Controversial Speech to U.S. Congress

"Never has so much been written about a speech that hasn't been given," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday in reference to his upcoming speech to a joint session of Congress. The Israeli leader has stirred up controversy in Washington by accepting an invitation from GOP leaders to speak. We discuss Tuesday's speech, which was expected to focus on Iran's threat to Israel, and examine the likely political fallout from Netanyahu's visit.

Mon, Mar 2, 2015 -- 10:00 AM
Mon, Mar 2, 2015 -- 10:00 AM Joyce Carol Oates' 'The Sacrifice' Revisits Themes of Tawana Brawley Rape Case

Joyce Carol Oates' new novel "The Sacrifice" is loosely based on the real-life case of Tawana Brawley, the African-American teenager from New York who gained notoriety in the late 1980s when she falsely claimed to have been gang raped. Going beyond the 25-year-old headlines, Oates engages readers in a contemporary dialogue about race, sexual abuse, and the nature of truth. She joins us to talk about her book and her prolific career.

Mon, Mar 2, 2015 -- 9:00 AM
Mon, Mar 2, 2015 -- 9:00 AM Google Proposes Expanding Mountain View Headquarters

On Friday, Google announced plans to expand its headquarters in Mountain View. The design, which would add about 2.5 million square feet to its existing campus, includes moveable biosphere-like canopies made of metal and glass, as well as parks and cafes that will be open to the public. We look at the impacts of the expansion on housing, jobs and traffic in Mountain View and the surrounding region.

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