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
Democratic Party Convention Opens, Big Brother on Pause in Oakland and Silicon Valley Thirsty for Recycled Water (Episode #119H)
KQED 9: Fri, Mar 7, 2014 -- 8:00 PM
Democratic Party Convention Opens
Democrats gather for their state convention in Los Angeles this weekend. The party holds both U.S. Senate seats and every statewide office from governor on down, in contrast with the Republican Party, which is attempting to rebrand itself in California. Still, there's plenty for Democrats to be concerned about, starting with a series of recent political scandals that cost them their two-thirds majority in the state Senate. Scott Shafer leads a discussion about what's at stake and the challenges ahead for the party.
Scott Detrow, KQED Sacramento bureau chief
Chris Lehane, Democratic Strategist, Fabiani and Lehane
Big Brother on Pause in Oakland
After a fierce debate over privacy, the Oakland City Council voted this week to scale back deployment of a controversial program for citywide surveillance. The Domain Awareness Center will now monitor only the city's airport and the port. At the heart of the debate is whether the use of new technologies — from street and police cameras to the new wearable computing device "Google Glass" — constitutes an invasion of privacy. Thuy Vu leads a discussion.
Aarti Shahani, KQED News reporter
Ali Winston, freelance journalist
Oakland Approves Scaled-Back Version of Disputed Surveillance Center
Forum: Oakland Shrinks Scope of Controversial Surveillance Center
Silicon Valley Thirsty for Recycled Water
As Northern California's drought continues, the recent rain brought more hope than relief. Last week, Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation that could provide millions for water conservation efforts and to expand the use of recycled water statewide. Silicon Valley has a head start on that front, with a new $70 million facility, set to open in June, that can purify up to eight million gallons of treated sewage water a day. KQED Science editor Craig Miller reports.
San Jose's New Plant Transforms Sewage Into 'Really Clean' Water
- KQED 9: Sun, Mar 9, 2014 -- 5:00 PM
- KQED World: Sun, Mar 9, 2014 -- 11:00 AM
- KQED World: Sat, Mar 8, 2014 -- 7:00 PM
- KQED World: Sat, Mar 8, 2014 -- 9:30 AM
- KQED Life: Sat, Mar 8, 2014 -- 2:00 AM
- KQED 9: Sat, Mar 8, 2014 -- 2:00 AM
- KQED Plus: Sat, Mar 8, 2014 -- 12:30 AM
- KQED Life: Fri, Mar 7, 2014 -- 8:00 PM
Bay Bridge Concerns, Beef With a Petaluma Slaughterhouse and Finding Hidden Genius (Episode #118H)
KQED Plus: Sat, Mar 1, 2014 -- 12:30 AM
Questions Persist Over Bay Bridge Safety
Caltrans officials admitted for the first time at a hearing this week that concerns brought up by two local scientists over testing of bolts and rods on the new Bay Bridge span may be valid. As the longest and most expensive public works project in California history, with a $6.4 billion price tag, questions persist over leaking and corrosion from the rain and misalignment of sections of the road deck. Caltrans remains confident in the integrity of the structure. Thuy Vu moderates a discussion.
New Bay Bridge Span Safe Despite Problems, Officials Say
Mark DeSaulnier, California State Senator, D-Concord
Jaxon Van Derbeken, San Francisco Chronicle reporter
Charles Piller, Sacramento Bee reporter
Brian Maroney, chief bridge design engineer
Local Ranchers Have a Beef with Petaluma Slaughterhouse
A federal investigation into whether the Petaluma slaughterhouse Rancho Feeding Corp. distributed tainted beef is raising questions about food safety. It has also put the squeeze on area ranchers who are now without a local slaughterhouse for their meat. KQED News reporter Mina Kim discusses the story with Scott Shafer.
USDA Inspector: Supervisors Ignored Reports of Trouble at Petaluma Slaughterhouse
Finding Hidden Genius
President Obama launched a new initiative Thursday aimed at empowering young men of color. Among the community leaders advising the White House is Kalimah Priforce, a head mentor at The Hidden Genius Project in Oakland — a program where high school students learn computer languages and build apps to solve their everyday problems. The goal is to recruit more African-Americans into the high tech sector — one of the few parts of the economy that's booming, but also lagging in diversity. Aarti Shahani reports.
- KQED World: Sun, Mar 2, 2014 -- 6:30 PM
- KQED Life: Sun, Mar 2, 2014 -- 5:00 PM
- KQED 9: Sun, Mar 2, 2014 -- 5:00 PM
- KQED World: Sun, Mar 2, 2014 -- 11:00 AM
- KQED World: Sat, Mar 1, 2014 -- 7:00 PM
- KQED World: Sat, Mar 1, 2014 -- 9:30 AM
- KQED 9: Sat, Mar 1, 2014 -- 2:00 AM