KQED NEWSROOM is a news series, featuring award-winning journalists Thuy Vu and Scott Shafer. The program features engaging roundtable discussions, in-depth reporting and analysis from all KQED News sources and interviews with newsmakers and Bay Area innovators. It airs on Fridays at 8pm on KQED Public Television 9, on Sundays at 6pm on KQED Public Radio 88.5 FM and online at kqed. org/newsroom.
KQED NEWSROOM Previous Broadcasts
Special Edition: California Prisons Invest in Rehabilitation for "Lifer" Inmates (Episode #140H)
KQED 9: Fri, Aug 22, 2014 -- 8:00 PM
Special Edition: California Prisons Invest in Rehabilitation for "Lifer" Inmates
Until recently, prisoners serving life sentences in California had slim chances of ever getting paroled. With sentences of 15, 25 or 30 years to life, most of these so-called "lifers" are doing time for murder. Now, driven by court rulings that make it harder to deny parole, a record number of lifers are getting out -- nearly 2,300 since 2009, or more than three times the number paroled in the previous 17 years combined.
For the first time, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) is offering classes aimed directly at lifers to prepare them for life on the outside. The prisoners who participate don't know if they'll ever get out, but they say the classes help them develop life skills, understand the impact of their crimes, and show the parole board that they're no longer a risk to public safety.
Scott Shafer goes inside Solano Prison in Vacaville to see what the CDCR's programs have to offer and also hears from a paroled lifer about his struggles and successes.
Thuy Vu talks with parole board chief Jennifer Shaffer about what the board looks for and how hearings are conducted. A panel discussion moderated by Scott Shafer provides additional perspective.
• Jennifer Shaffer, Board of Parole Hearings Executive Officer
• Carla Javits, REDF CEO & President
• Gary Lieberstein, Napa County District Attorney
• Marvin Speed, California State Parole Administrator
New Classes Aim to Help Paroled "Lifer" Inmates After Release
More Lifers Coverage
- KQED World: Sun, Aug 24, 2014 -- 6:30 PM
- KQED 9: Sun, Aug 24, 2014 -- 5:00 PM
- KQED World: Sun, Aug 24, 2014 -- 11:00 AM
- KQED World: Sat, Aug 23, 2014 -- 7:00 PM
- KQED World: Sat, Aug 23, 2014 -- 9:30 AM
- KQED 9: Sat, Aug 23, 2014 -- 2:00 AM
- KQED Plus: Sat, Aug 23, 2014 -- 12:30 AM
Back to School: Education Policy, Rim Fire Restoration, Remembering Robin Williams (Episode #139H)
KQED 9: Fri, Aug 15, 2014 -- 8:00 PM
Back to School: Education Policy
It's not just kids who are getting ready to hit the books. California schools will be put to the test this year as well, with two major policy changes. First, California's new funding formula, devised by Gov. Jerry Brown puts local districts in control of how they spend education funding and provides more money for low income students and English learners. Also, the national Common Core curriculum takes full effect this school year, changing how students are taught and tested.
• Michael Kirst, California State School Board President
• Jill Tucker, San Francisco Chronicle Education Reporter
Rim Fire Restoration
It's been a year since the rim fire scorched 400 square miles in Yosemite and surrounding areas. It was the largest fire to ever burn in the Sierra Nevada. This week, a hunter pleaded not guilty to charges that he started it with an illegal campfire. KQED Science Reporter Lauren Sommer recently visited the area to see first-hand. KQED Newsroom's Thuy Vu sat down with her to discuss the lingering impact and current restoration efforts.
• Lauren Sommer, KQED Science Reporter
Yosemite Opens Areas Closed After Last Summer's Huge Rim Fire
Drought Could Hamper Forest Recovery After Rim Fire
Remembering Robin Williams: Interview with Frank Zamacona
As the world struggles to come to grips with the death of Robin Williams, here in the Bay Area we mourn the loss of one of our own. Williams helped to establish and support San Francisco as a comedy capitol in the 1980's with a thriving club scene that included the Holy City Zoo, The Other Café and The Punch Line. During the 1980s and 90s, KQED produced 10 seasons of a popular comedy series called "Comedy Tonight." It featured performances by up and comers Dana Carvey, Whoopi Goldberg, Ellen Degeneres and others. KQED Newsroom's Scott Shafer sat down with former "Comedy Tonight" Producer Frank Zamacona to reminisce about Robin Williams and that golden era of comedy in the city.
Robin Williams Suffered From Parkinson's Disease, Wife Says
- KQED World: Sun, Aug 17, 2014 -- 6:30 PM
- KQED Life: Sun, Aug 17, 2014 -- 5:00 PM
- KQED 9: Sun, Aug 17, 2014 -- 5:00 PM
- KQED World: Sun, Aug 17, 2014 -- 11:00 AM
- KQED World: Sat, Aug 16, 2014 -- 7:00 PM
- KQED World: Sat, Aug 16, 2014 -- 9:30 AM
- KQED Life: Sat, Aug 16, 2014 -- 2:00 AM
- KQED 9: Sat, Aug 16, 2014 -- 2:00 AM
- KQED Plus: Sat, Aug 16, 2014 -- 12:30 AM
- KQED Life: Fri, Aug 15, 2014 -- 8:00 PM
Gavin Newsom Interview, State of Bay Area Arts, Legislative Updates (Episode #138H)
KQED 9: Fri, Aug 8, 2014 -- 8:00 PM
Interview with Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom
As Colorado and Washington forge ahead with a newly legal marijuana industry, recent polls show a growing number of Americans support legalizing pot. Four years ago, California voters rejected a statewide ballot measure to legalize recreational marijuana use here. But plans are underway to put the question before voters again in 2016. Gov. Jerry Brown opposes the idea. But Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is chairing a statewide task force to study the issue, and he spoke to Thuy Vu about it.
More marijuana coverage
State of the Arts in the Bay Area and Beyond
This week the recently merged Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera announced they're scrapping their upcoming seasons due to financial distress, leaving the capital city without an active symphony orchestra for the first time in 17 years. Earlier this year, San Jose Repertory Theatre filed for bankruptcy and San Francisco's Intersection for the Arts, the city's oldest alternative arts organization, scaled back operations significantly and furloughed staff. Our panel explores the reasons some companies struggle while others thrive in a turbulent economic climate.
• Tom DeCaigny, Cultural Affairs Director, San Francisco Arts Commission
• Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Director of Performing Arts, YBCA
• Rebecca Ratzkin, Senior Consultant, WolfBrown
San Jose Rep Announces Closure
Legislative Update On Assisted Living Reforms, Water Bond, Cap-and-Trade
The number of assisted living facilities has boomed in the last decade, but with little regulation or oversight. KQED News Health Reporter April Dembosky reports on a package of bills the legislature is considering that would reform the industry.
Also, lawmakers tackle a controversial water bond and California's cap-and-trade program. A report from KQED Sacramento Bureau Chief Scott Detrow.
Cap and Trade Faces First Major Political Test
A Walk Through Assisted Living Facilities in California
- KQED World: Sun, Aug 10, 2014 -- 6:30 PM
- KQED Life: Sun, Aug 10, 2014 -- 5:00 PM
- KQED 9: Sun, Aug 10, 2014 -- 5:00 PM
- KQED World: Sun, Aug 10, 2014 -- 11:00 AM
- KQED World: Sat, Aug 9, 2014 -- 7:00 PM
- KQED World: Sat, Aug 9, 2014 -- 9:30 AM
- KQED 9: Sat, Aug 9, 2014 -- 2:00 AM
- KQED Plus: Sat, Aug 9, 2014 -- 12:30 AM
Loretta Lynch on the CPUC, Tech's Diversity Deficit and Free Art! (Episode #137H)
KQED 9: Fri, Aug 1, 2014 -- 8:00 PM
Former CPUC President Loretta Lynch on the California Public Utilities Commisison
Emails that reveal an unusually close relationship between PG&E and the California Public Utilities Commission are leading to calls for the removal of Michael Peevey, the head of the regulatory agency. The emails were obtained from a lawsuit settlement related to the 2010 San Bruno pipeline blast that killed eight people, destroyed 38 homes and leveled a neighborhood. The city's mayor says state officials are "subject to undue influence" by PG&E and that state oversight of the utility is corrupted. Loretta Lynch is a former CPUC president and a longtime critic of corporate influence at the state agency. Lynch sits down with Scott Shafer.
Outrage Over "Cozy" Correspondence Between CPUC, PG&E
PG&E Charged With Obstructing San Bruno Investigation
Diversity Deficit in the Tech Industry
While tech thrives in the Bay Area, not everyone is enjoying the boom equally. The industry is being criticized for lack of diversity when it comes to age, gender and ethnicity. Recently an over 50-year old worker filed a lawsuit against social media giant Twitter for age discrimination. And in the last few weeks, a number of high tech companies including Twitter, Google and Facebook have released their employee demographics. They show Silicon Valley and tech companies are largely filled with young, Caucasian and Asian male employees.
• Laura Sydell, NPR Digital Culture Correspondent
• Michelle Quinn, San Jose Mercury News Business Columnist
• Eric Abrams, Director of Diversity Initiatives, U.C. Berkeley Haas School of Business
Free Art! Contemporary Artist Ronald Chase
For the past six decades San Francisco artist Ronald Chase has worked in a variety of mediums - from abstract paintings and drawings to mixed media and photography. Some of his finest work is in the collections of major museums in Paris, Canada, New York and our own SFMOMA. Now, as he approaches 80, Chase has decided to share his legacy in an unusual fashion. On Saturday, August 2, anyone who stops by his Mission District studio will have the opportunity to take home a piece of art -- absolutely free. Thuy Vu sits down with Chase to learn what inspired him to make such a bold move.
Ronald Chase's Artwork
- KQED World: Sun, Aug 3, 2014 -- 6:30 PM
- KQED 9: Sun, Aug 3, 2014 -- 5:00 PM
- KQED World: Sun, Aug 3, 2014 -- 11:00 AM
- KQED World: Sat, Aug 2, 2014 -- 7:00 PM
- KQED World: Sat, Aug 2, 2014 -- 9:30 AM
- KQED 9: Sat, Aug 2, 2014 -- 2:00 AM
- KQED Plus: Sat, Aug 2, 2014 -- 12:30 AM