This weekly news series features award-winning journalists Thuy Vu and Scott Shafer. It includes engaging roundtable discussions, in-depth reporting and analysis from all KQED News sources, and interviews with newsmakers and Bay Area innovators. It premieres Fridays at 8pm on KQED Public Television 9, repeats over the weekend on several KQED TV channels. It also airs Sundays at 6pm on KQED Public Radio 88.5 FM, and online at kqed.org/newsroom.
KQED NEWSROOM Previous Broadcasts
Terrorist Attacks, Syrian Refugee Crisis, Police Beating, The Forty Part Motet (Episode #308H)
KQED 9: Fri, Nov 20, 2015 -- 8:00 PM
Early this morning, gunmen stormed a hotel in the West African nation of Mali, opening fire and taking hostages. When the siege ended hours later, more than a dozen people were dead. An extremist group led by a former Al-Qaeda commander has claimed responsibility for the attack.
The siege in Mali took place a week after Islamic State militants launched a series of coordinated attacks across Paris that left 130 people dead. This video, obtained by DailyMail.com, shows people diving for cover after a gunman opened fire into a cafe.
Those attacks have set off a massive global manhunt, a strong military response from France supported by other countries, including Russia, and a fierce debate about whether to allow Syrian refugees into the United States. Rep. Eric Swalwell, a member of the House Select Intelligence Committee, and KQED's Scott Shafer, senior editor of KQED's California Politics and Government Desk, join Thuy Vu to discuss the Obama administration's response to the attacks and its political implications.
Syrian Refugee Crisis
According to the United Nations, more than 4 million people have fled Syria since 2011, when the civil war there began. The mass migration has been called the largest humanitarian crisis since World War II. Karen Ferguson from the International Rescue Committee joins Thuy Vu to discuss the vetting process for refugees and the challenges they face after they arrive in the United States.
Last week, two Alameda County sheriff's deputies were caught on tape, severely beating a man they caught after a high-speed chase that began in San Leandro. The surveillance video was recorded in San Francisco, where the chase ended. The incident is now the focus of at least three investigations. KQED News reporter Alex Emslie joins Thuy Vu to talk about what's happening with the case.
The Forty Part Motet
A piece of Renaissance-era music is captivating audiences in San Francisco. The choral work is currently on display at Fort Mason. You can experience the music, but you won't see the performers. Instead, their voices will appear with stunning clarity right over your shoulder. Producer Lori Halloran talks to Janet Cardiff about the inspiration for her sound installation.
- KQED World: Sun, Nov 22, 2015 -- 6:30 PM
- KQED 9: Sun, Nov 22, 2015 -- 5:00 PM
- KQED World: Sun, Nov 22, 2015 -- 11:00 AM
- KQED World: Sun, Nov 22, 2015 -- 8:00 AM
- KQED World: Sat, Nov 21, 2015 -- 7:00 PM
- KQED World: Sat, Nov 21, 2015 -- 12:00 PM
- KQED World: Sat, Nov 21, 2015 -- 9:30 AM
- KQED 9: Sat, Nov 21, 2015 -- 2:00 AM
Politics Look Ahead, Raymond Chow Trial, The Big Idea: Cooking with Crickets, Art in Motion (Episode #307H)
KQED 9: Fri, Nov 13, 2015 -- 8:00 PM
Politics Look Ahead
Scott Shafer, senior editor of KQED's California Politics and Government Desk, joins Thuy Vu to talk about Gloria Steinem and the governor's race, Sam Farr's retirement, and next November's crowded ballot.
Raymond Chow Trial
The trial of ex-con Raymond Chow, known to many as Shrimp Boy, began this week. Federal prosecutors say he was at the center of a powerful criminal enterprise in San Francisco's Chinatown. Chow's attorneys claim he's a changed man, devoted to community service, not crime. Los Angeles Times reporter Lee Romney discusses the case with Thuy.
The Big Idea: Cooking with Crickets
We're introducing a new segment about big ideas that could change the way we live, work, play and even eat. To kick things off, we're talking to two people who think the future of food involves insects. Sean McDonald of Bitwater Farms, which helps develop and finance new cricket farms, and Leslie Ziegler, co-founder of Bitty Foods, which sells flour and baked goods made from crickets, join Thuy Vu to talk about the benefits of eating bugs.
Art in Motion
Up close, the hundreds of LED lights in Jim Campbell's artworks blink in a seemingly uncoordinated way. It's only when the viewer takes several steps away from a piece that the work resolves into a synchronized wave of lights with human figures swimming in space. Producer Monica Lam and videographer Aaron Drury visit the Silicon Valley-based artist at his fabrication studio to learn more about how he makes his intriguing moving images.
- KQED World: Sun, Nov 15, 2015 -- 6:30 PM
- KQED Life: Sun, Nov 15, 2015 -- 5:00 PM
- KQED 9: Sun, Nov 15, 2015 -- 5:00 PM
- KQED World: Sun, Nov 15, 2015 -- 11:00 AM
- KQED World: Sun, Nov 15, 2015 -- 8:00 AM
- KQED World: Sat, Nov 14, 2015 -- 7:00 PM
- KQED World: Sat, Nov 14, 2015 -- 12:00 PM
- KQED World: Sat, Nov 14, 2015 -- 9:30 AM
- KQED 9: Sat, Nov 14, 2015 -- 2:00 AM
S.F. Election Analysis, Schools and Police, Sequoias (Episode #306H)
KQED 9: Fri, Nov 6, 2015 -- 8:00 PM
S.F. Election Analysis
This week, San Francisco voters rejected Proposition F, which would have placed limits on short-term home rentals. Airbnb, which facilitates such rentals, spent more than $8 million to defeat the measure. Was a vote against Proposition F a vote in favor of Airbnb? KQED's political reporter, Marisa Lagos, helps answer that question and analyzes other key election results.
Schools and Police
Every year, thousands of students across the country are arrested or referred to courts for a wide range of disciplinary issues. The Center for Public Integrity found that black, Latino and disabled students are disproportionately represented in those referrals in most states, including California. Chief Jeff Godown, of the Oakland Unified School District Police Department, Maaika Marshall, from Richmond's RYSE Youth Center, and Linnea Nelson, education equity staff attorney at the ACLU of Northern California, join Thuy Vu to talk about the disparities in schools and the relationship between police and kids on campus.
California's historic drought has killed more than 6 million trees in the Sierra Nevada, from cedars to oaks. Now the state's iconic giant sequoias are starting to show signs of stress. KQED Science producer Gabriela Quirós follows a team of UC Berkeley biologists as they climb several giant trees in Sequoia National Park to measure their health.
- KQED World: Sun, Nov 8, 2015 -- 6:30 PM
- KQED 9: Sun, Nov 8, 2015 -- 5:00 PM
- KQED World: Sun, Nov 8, 2015 -- 11:00 AM
- KQED World: Sun, Nov 8, 2015 -- 8:00 AM
- KQED World: Sat, Nov 7, 2015 -- 7:00 PM
- KQED Plus: Sat, Nov 7, 2015 -- 1:00 PM
- KQED World: Sat, Nov 7, 2015 -- 12:00 PM
- KQED World: Sat, Nov 7, 2015 -- 9:30 AM
- KQED 9: Sat, Nov 7, 2015 -- 2:00 AM
Proposition 47, Wind Turbines, Million-Dollar Shack (Episode #305H)
KQED World: Sun, Nov 1, 2015 -- 8:00 AM
Over the past year, protests over police shootings have brought renewed attention to racial disparities in arrest, conviction and incarceration rates. In California, efforts to reform the criminal justice system are already underway. One year ago, voters passed Proposition 47. The landmark law reduces certain nonviolent crimes from felonies to misdemeanors. It also gives felons convicted of those crimes an opportunity to have their sentence reduced. Thuy Vu talks with San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón, San Diego County Chief Deputy District Attorney David Greenberg and Brandon Martin, research associate at the Public Policy Institute of California.
If you've ever driven through the Altamont Pass near Livermore, you've noticed the thousands of windmills - turbines, technically - in the area. Those turbines generate energy from the wind. But they also pose a threat to the thousands of birds that fly through the Altamont. Hundreds of birds of prey die in collisions with turbines every year. This week, one of the largest wind farm operators at the Altamont says it is shutting down all of its turbines there. The company, Altamont Winds Inc., wants to replace them with fewer, more efficient turbines. As KQED Science producer Gabriela Quirós reports, biologists say such steps are needed to protect threatened species.
Unless you have a lot of money, buying a house in the Bay Area is not easy. Home prices in the region have jumped more than 8 percent during the past 12 months, according to data from Core Logic. In Santa Clara and San Francisco counties, prices have increased by more than 16 percent in that time. Thuy Vu talks to local filmmakers Michelle Joyce and Steve Fyffe about a documentary they made about their struggle to buy a home in this very hot market.
- KQED World: Sun, Nov 1, 2015 -- 6:30 PM
- KQED 9: Sun, Nov 1, 2015 -- 5:00 PM
- KQED World: Sun, Nov 1, 2015 -- 11:00 AM