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Every week, KQED airs some of the best programs from independent radio producers and public radio networks around the world.

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Sat, Oct 6, 2012 -- 1:00 PM
Sat, Oct 6, 2012 -- 1:00 PM Groundwork: Democracy Close to Home

Groundwork: Democracy Close to Home, hosted by Scott Simon, takes you to communities across the U.S., where local residents struggle with big issues. Groundwork explores the tone and flavor of democratic action in towns and cities, where one's antagonist is not an opposing talking head or a politician from a state of a different "color," but a neighbor. Stories in this hour-long documentary include: the people of Caroline, New York wrestle over the controversial gas drilling method known as fracking; the debate over North Carolina's Marriage Amendment in an African American church in Hickory; in San Juan, Texas, the debate over how aggressively to police the border; citizen control of government spending: The "participatory budgeting" experiment in Chicago's 49th Ward; and young people and democracy: A look at how young people are engaging in politics and social action four years after the Obama Wave.

Fri, Oct 5, 2012 -- 2:00 AM
Fri, Oct 5, 2012 -- 2:00 AM America Abroad

Mexico: Looking Forward -- Mexico isn't just another neighbor to the U.S. It's also our third-largest trading partner, outpacing Japan, Germany and the U.K. combined. So what will a change in Mexico's government mean for the United States? On this edition of America Abroad, we'll go to the border to talk about the future of border security after the Fast and Furious scandal. We'll learn about the Institutional Revolutionary Party, its history, and what some Mexicans are doing to prevent it from backsliding to an anti-democratic past. And we'll examine corruption in Mexico's school system, looking at a teachers' union considered by some to be the most powerful in the world.

Thu, Oct 4, 2012 -- 8:00 PM
Thu, Oct 4, 2012 -- 8:00 PM America Abroad

Mexico: Looking Forward -- Mexico isn't just another neighbor to the U.S. It's also our third-largest trading partner, outpacing Japan, Germany and the U.K. combined. So what will a change in Mexico's government mean for the United States? On this edition of America Abroad, we'll go to the border to talk about the future of border security after the Fast and Furious scandal. We'll learn about the Institutional Revolutionary Party, its history, and what some Mexicans are doing to prevent it from backsliding to an anti-democratic past. And we'll examine corruption in Mexico's school system, looking at a teachers' union considered by some to be the most powerful in the world.

Thu, Oct 4, 2012 -- 2:00 AM
Thu, Oct 4, 2012 -- 2:00 AM Groundwork: Democracy Close to Home

Groundwork: Democracy Close to Home, hosted by Scott Simon, takes you to communities across the U.S., where local residents struggle with big issues. Groundwork explores the tone and flavor of democratic action in towns and cities, where one's antagonist is not an opposing talking head or a politician from a state of a different "color," but a neighbor. Stories in this hour-long documentary include: the people of Caroline, New York wrestle over the controversial gas drilling method known as fracking; the debate over North Carolina's Marriage Amendment in an African American church in Hickory; in San Juan, Texas, the debate over how aggressively to police the border; citizen control of government spending: The "participatory budgeting" experiment in Chicago's 49th Ward; and young people and democracy: A look at how young people are engaging in politics and social action four years after the Obama Wave.

Wed, Oct 3, 2012 -- 8:00 PM
Wed, Oct 3, 2012 -- 8:00 PM Groundwork: Democracy Close to Home

Groundwork: Democracy Close to Home, hosted by Scott Simon, takes you to communities across the U.S., where local residents struggle with big issues. Groundwork explores the tone and flavor of democratic action in towns and cities, where one's antagonist is not an opposing talking head or a politician from a state of a different "color," but a neighbor. Stories in this hour-long documentary include: the people of Caroline, New York wrestle over the controversial gas drilling method known as fracking; the debate over North Carolina's Marriage Amendment in an African American church in Hickory; in San Juan, Texas, the debate over how aggressively to police the border; citizen control of government spending: The "participatory budgeting" experiment in Chicago's 49th Ward; and young people and democracy: A look at how young people are engaging in politics and social action four years after the Obama Wave.

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