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Unaccompanied Child Migrants, Gov. Brown's Appointees, New Species at Cal Academy (Episode #136H)

KQED 9: Fri, Jul 25, 2014 -- 8:00 PM

Unaccompanied Children Crossing the U.S. Border

Sen. Darrell Steinberg
California Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and a delegation of state lawmakers returned this week from a 10-day trip to El Salvador, Panama and Guatemala. They met with government officials to understand the economic and social conditions contributing to the recent influx of unaccompanied minors attempting to cross into the United States. Sen. Steinberg shares his thoughts with Scott Shafer about immigration reform and public policy to help address this growing problem.

Panel Discussion
Last month President Obama acknowledged that the tens of thousands of unaccompanied, undocumented minors trying to cross the U.S.- Mexico border constituted an "urgent humanitarian situation." The minors, who are mainly from Mexico and other Central American countries, pose legal and political challenges to the administration, as public opposition to detention centers to house them grows. Thuy Vu moderates a panel discussion about the impact in the Bay Area, where some of these children end up..

• Judge Dana Marks, San Francisco Immigration Courts
• Debra Saunders, San Francisco Chronicle
• Ian Gordon, Mother Jones

Further Reporting:
Undocumented Kids Face Tough Legal Obstacles to Staying in U.S.
State Lawmakers Visit Central America Amid Exodus of Unaccompanied Minors

Gov. Brown's Judicial Appointees
Gov. Jerry Brown this week nominated Stanford law professor Mariano-Florentino Ceullar to the California Supreme Court. Known by his nickname, "Tino," Cuellar is a well-respected academic but he has no judicial experience. The governor made two previous nominations, and at least one more is coming. Scott Shafer looks at the governor's recent judicial appointees and how they're changing the face of the court system.

New Species at California Academy of Sciences
Researchers from the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco recently returned from an expedition to the Verde Island passage in the Philippines. It's a place they call the "center of the center of marine biodiversity." More unique marine species live in that spot than anywhere else in the ocean -- and now some of their discoveries are on display in the Steinhart Aquarium.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Sun, Jul 27, 2014 -- 6:30 PM
  • KQED 9: Sun, Jul 27, 2014 -- 5:00 PM
  • KQED World: Sun, Jul 27, 2014 -- 11:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sat, Jul 26, 2014 -- 7:00 PM
  • KQED Plus: Sat, Jul 26, 2014 -- 1:00 PM
  • KQED World: Sat, Jul 26, 2014 -- 9:30 AM
  • KQED 9: Sat, Jul 26, 2014 -- 2:00 AM
  • KQED Plus: Sat, Jul 26, 2014 -- 12:30 AM

Special Edition: The Fracking Debate Heats Up In California (Episode #135H)

KQED 9: Fri, Jul 18, 2014 -- 8:00 PM

The Fracking Debate Heats Up In California
KQED Newsroom takes an in-depth look at the fracking debate with a special edition exploring the science behind the extraction technique and the social, environmental and political landscape shaping its use and regulation in the future. Reporters Gabriela Quiros and Lauren Sommer travel to San Benito County, CA, to hear from grassroots activists who are campaigning hard to ban fracking, even though the practice is not currently in use in that county. Viewers will also hear from a local oil producer who says that increasing oil production in California could decrease the state's reliance on imported oil and create jobs and economic growth.

• David Baker, San Francisco Chronicle
• Scott Detrow, KQED Sacramento Bureau
• Lauren Sommer, KQED Science

Further Reporting:
Full Coverage of Fracking In California
Anti-Fracking Activists in California Take Fight to County Ballots

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Sun, Jul 20, 2014 -- 6:30 PM
  • KQED Life: Sun, Jul 20, 2014 -- 5:00 PM
  • KQED 9: Sun, Jul 20, 2014 -- 5:00 PM
  • KQED World: Sun, Jul 20, 2014 -- 11:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sat, Jul 19, 2014 -- 7:00 PM
  • KQED World: Sat, Jul 19, 2014 -- 9:30 AM
  • KQED 9: Sat, Jul 19, 2014 -- 2:00 AM
  • KQED Plus: Sat, Jul 19, 2014 -- 12:30 AM

Drought, Fire Season and the Water Bond Debate, and "Price Check" (Episode #134H)

KQED 9: Fri, Jul 11, 2014 -- 8:00 PM

Drought, Fire Season and the Water Bond Debate
As California struggles with its worst drought in decades, state lawmakers debate a $10.5 billion-dollar water bond. Californians have cut their water consumption by only 5%, not the 20% percent Gov. Jerry Brown called for in January. The State Water Resources Control Board is targeting outdoor water use and threatening fines of up to $500 for wasting water. Meanwhile, the recent high temperatures and dry conditions are cooking up a fierce fire season. In the past two weeks wildfires have flared from Napa to Southern California.

• Paul Rogers, KQED Science and San Jose Mercury News
• Scott Detrow, KQED Sacramento Bureau
• Tom Vacar, KTVU News

*Correction: The estimated number of acres fallowed in California due to drought this year is 430,000, according to the University of California, Davis (not the 5 million acres originally suggested during our program).

"Price Check" with Lisa Aliferis
We all want the best prices when we shop. If you're looking for a computer, a new car, or just about anything else, it's pretty easy to find the price range after a quick web search. But it's not so easy when it comes to health care. While it may be well known to health policy types, consumers may not realize that the health care marketplace lacks transparency. It's hard to know whether you're getting a fair price or paying through the nose for a common procedure like a mammogram or an MRI. KQED is stepping into this void with a new project called Price Check. The collaboration among KQED, KPCC and ClearHealthCosts.Com seeks to bring transparency to health costs. Scott Shafer talks with Lisa Aliferis, editor of the KQED State of Health Blog.

Related: Price Check

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Sun, Jul 13, 2014 -- 6:30 PM
  • KQED Life: Sun, Jul 13, 2014 -- 5:00 PM
  • KQED 9: Sun, Jul 13, 2014 -- 5:00 PM
  • KQED World: Sun, Jul 13, 2014 -- 11:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sat, Jul 12, 2014 -- 7:00 PM
  • KQED Plus: Sat, Jul 12, 2014 -- 1:00 PM
  • KQED World: Sat, Jul 12, 2014 -- 9:30 AM
  • KQED 9: Sat, Jul 12, 2014 -- 2:00 AM
  • KQED Plus: Sat, Jul 12, 2014 -- 12:30 AM
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