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
San Jose Police Shortage, California Jail Suicides, Bay Area Arts Preview (Episode #340H)
KQED 9: Fri, Aug 26, 2016 -- 8:00 PM
San Jose Police Shortage
The city of San Jose could declare a public safety emergency as early as next week over a shortage of police officers. Some city officials say the move is necessary to ensure that street patrols are adequately staffed, but critics say it's a politically motivated tactic.
• Beth Willon, KQED
• Paul Kelly, San Jose Police Officers' Association president
• Rose Herrera, San Jose vice mayor
California Jail Suicides
California's county jails have become the de facto treatment provider for people struggling with mental illness and addiction. At least a third of inmates suffer from some kind of mental disorder, while one alarming indication of the problem is an increase in inmate suicides. With the support of the California Data Fellowship, Center for Health Journalism, at USC, KQED's Lisa Pickoff-White and Julie Small have been looking into where the problem is most acute.
Bay Area Arts Preview
Bay Area cultural life is set to go into overdrive this fall with a wide array of unique performances and exhibitions. From a conceptual artwork featuring a diamond ring to a collaboration between the Mark Morris Dance Group and Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Project, KQED Senior Arts Editor Chloe Veltman shares her picks.
- KQED 9: Sun, Aug 28, 2016 -- 5:00 PM
- KQED World: Sun, Aug 28, 2016 -- 11:00 AM
- KQED World: Sun, Aug 28, 2016 -- 8:00 AM
- KQED World: Sat, Aug 27, 2016 -- 12:00 PM
- KQED World: Sat, Aug 27, 2016 -- 9:30 AM
- KQED Life: Sat, Aug 27, 2016 -- 2:00 AM
- KQED 9: Sat, Aug 27, 2016 -- 2:00 AM
- KQED Life: Fri, Aug 26, 2016 -- 8:00 PM
Proposition 61 - State Prescription Drug Pricing, California Wildfires, Josh Levs Interview (Episode #339H)
KQED 9: Fri, Aug 19, 2016 -- 8:00 PM
Proposition 61 - State Prescription Drug Pricing
Every year, the state of California pays billions of dollars for prescription drugs for retired public employees, low-income residents on Medi-Cal and prisoners, among others. Proposition 61 on the November ballot aims to lower spending on those drugs by barring state agencies from paying more than the price negotiated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Roger Salazar, spokesman for Yes on Proposition 61, and Kathy Fairbanks, spokeswoman for No on Prop. 61 discuss the measure with Scott Shafer.
Earlier this week, Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency after a blaze in Southern California prompted evacuation orders for more than 80,000 people and burned at least 100 homes. That blaze ignited while firefighters were still working to contain a wildfire that raced into the town of Lower Lake, 80 miles north of San Francisco, and destroyed nearly 200 homes. Scott Stephens, a professor of fire science at UC Berkeley, explains why wildfires in California may be getting more frequent and destructive.
Josh Levs Interview
In this presidential election year, paid family leave has emerged as a top workplace issue, with proposals ranging from 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave to new tax credits for employers. But the discussion of such policies usually focuses on maternity leave. Josh Levs, author of All In, makes the case for why paternity leave is essential to helping families and businesses thrive.
- KQED World: Sun, Aug 21, 2016 -- 6:30 PM
- KQED 9: Sun, Aug 21, 2016 -- 5:00 PM
- KQED World: Sun, Aug 21, 2016 -- 11:00 AM
- KQED World: Sun, Aug 21, 2016 -- 8:00 AM
- KQED Plus: Sat, Aug 20, 2016 -- 1:00 PM
- KQED World: Sat, Aug 20, 2016 -- 12:00 PM
- KQED World: Sat, Aug 20, 2016 -- 9:30 AM
- KQED 9: Sat, Aug 20, 2016 -- 2:00 AM
PG&E Verdict, Teacher Shortages, California Politics, Teen World Tech Champs (Episode #338H)
KQED 9: Fri, Aug 12, 2016 -- 8:00 PM
This week, Northern California utility giant PG&E was found guilty of six criminal charges for its role in a deadly explosion six years ago in San Bruno. The jury found that PG&E obstructed the federal investigation into the explosion of one of its pipelines -- a blast that killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes. The utility now faces a fine of $3 million, an amount some consider too small to prevent such disasters from happening again. Mercury News business reporter George Avalos has been following the case.
It's back-to-school time, and across California districts are scrambling to fill teaching jobs. Experts say California is facing an "emerging teacher shortage." They say the increased demand for K-12 teachers comes at a time when enrollment in teacher education programs has dropped more than 70 percent over the last decade. The executive director of the Learning Policy Institute, Patrick Shields, and professor Lisa Simpson, from the Department of Special Education at San Jose State University, discuss what's behind the shortages.
It's August, which means lawmakers in Sacramento are rushing to finish their work before the end of the legislative session. The fate of hundreds of bills will be decided -- including controversial measures to tackle the state's housing shortage and climate change. KQED political reporter Marisa Lagos joins Thuy Vu to discuss those measures, as well as fallout in California from the presidential election.
Teen World Tech Champs
Recently two teenagers from Redwood City beat out hundreds of teams in a global girls-only technology competition based in the Bay Area. The annual Technovation competition challenged contestants to develop a mobile app that addresses a problem in their community. Sisters Jennifer and Allison John created an app called Loc8Don8, aimed at the issues of waste and wealth disparity. They join Thuy Vu, along with Technovation Senior Director Madhavi Bhasin.
- KQED World: Sun, Aug 14, 2016 -- 6:30 PM
- KQED 9: Sun, Aug 14, 2016 -- 5:00 PM
- KQED World: Sun, Aug 14, 2016 -- 11:00 AM
- KQED World: Sun, Aug 14, 2016 -- 8:00 AM
- KQED Plus: Sat, Aug 13, 2016 -- 1:00 PM
- KQED World: Sat, Aug 13, 2016 -- 12:00 PM
- KQED World: Sat, Aug 13, 2016 -- 9:30 AM
- KQED 9: Sat, Aug 13, 2016 -- 2:00 AM
Special Education Discipline, Tracy Chou Interview, August Bay Area Arts Preview (Episode #337H)
KQED 9: Fri, Aug 5, 2016 -- 8:00 PM
Special Education Discipline
The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights has called into question the use of prone restraint on special education students. This week the office found that Oakland Unified School District student Stuart Candell had been denied an education after being restrained more than 90 times in an 11-month period. The practice involves immobilizing a student face-down - in Candell's case, for an average of 29 minutes each time. Suge Lee, supervising attorney at Disability Rights California, and EdSource reporter Jane Meredith Adams join Thuy Vu.
Tracy Chou Interview
Tracy Chou is widely credited for publishing a 2013 Medium post that helped spur tech companies to release workplace diversity numbers. Numbers released this week show only a slight uptick in employment diversity since then at tech giants like Apple. Thuy Vu talks with Chou about her efforts to track and improve diversity, including her participation in the nonprofit Project Include.
August Bay Area Arts Preview
West Edge Opera is back with three exciting operas - all performed in a previously abandoned Oakland train station. In her 25th season, music director and conductor Marin Alsop prepares to take her final bow at this year's Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music. KQED Senior Arts Editor Chloe Veltman shares these top picks and others as well. More information here: ww2.kqed.org/arts/.
- KQED World: Sun, Aug 7, 2016 -- 6:30 PM
- KQED 9: Sun, Aug 7, 2016 -- 5:00 PM
- KQED World: Sun, Aug 7, 2016 -- 11:00 AM
- KQED World: Sun, Aug 7, 2016 -- 8:00 AM
- KQED Plus: Sat, Aug 6, 2016 -- 1:00 PM
- KQED World: Sat, Aug 6, 2016 -- 12:00 PM
- KQED World: Sat, Aug 6, 2016 -- 9:30 AM
- KQED 9: Sat, Aug 6, 2016 -- 2:00 AM