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
Remembering 2013 (Episode #110H)
KQED 9: Fri, Dec 27, 2013 -- 8:00 PM
Will 2013 go down in history as the year of Gov. Jerry Brown rising and the California comeback? It was also the year of the government shutdown and the bumpy rollout of the Affordable Care Act. The Bay Area celebrated the opening of the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge and the America's Cup victory by Team Oracle. There were two BART strikes that crippled the commute, and the devastating Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park. A look back at some of the memorable moments of the past year, as well as a look ahead to what might be coming up in 2014.
Carla Marinucci, San Francisco Chronicle
Paul Rogers, San Jose Mercury News and KQED Science
Joshua Johnson, KQED News
News Pix: The Best Images of 2013
Our Top Science Stories from 2013
Silicon Valley De-Bug Founder Raj Jayadev
KQED's Scott Shafer gets an alternative view of 2013 by Silicon Valley De-Bug founder Raj Jayadev. De-Bug is a hybrid that combines media and community organizing, and is also an entrepreneurial collective and has become a nationally recognized organization while establishing itself as a trusted local platform for communities in the South Bay region since 2001. Some of its initiatives include criminal justice and prison reform, youth, immigration reform, workers and housing reform.
- KQED World: Sun, Dec 29, 2013 -- 6:30 PM
- KQED 9: Sun, Dec 29, 2013 -- 5:00 PM
- KQED World: Sun, Dec 29, 2013 -- 11:00 AM
- KQED World: Sat, Dec 28, 2013 -- 7:00 PM
- KQED World: Sat, Dec 28, 2013 -- 9:30 AM
- KQED 9: Sat, Dec 28, 2013 -- 2:00 AM
- KQED Plus: Sat, Dec 28, 2013 -- 12:30 AM
NSA Surveillance, Mayor Chuck Reed and Farewell to Candlestick Park (Episode #109H)
KQED 9: Fri, Dec 20, 2013 -- 8:00 PM
NSA Surveillance Programs Under Fire
Pressure on the Obama administration to overhaul the National Security Agency's controversial surveillance program reached an all-time high. In a week when Silicon Valley executives, including the CEOs of Apple, Yahoo and Google, met with President Obama urging him to reign in the NSA's practices, a panel of advisers appointed by the president recommended major oversight of the program. That followed on the heels of a federal court ruling Monday which questioned the constitutionality of the agency's wholesale collection of personal cell phone data.
Michelle Quinn, San Jose Mercury News
Cindy Cohn, Electronic Frontier Foundation
Forum: Judge Rules NSA Surveillance Program Likely Unconstitutional
San Jose Mayor Tackles Pension Reform
Mayor Chuck Reed is spearheading a ballot initiative to reform the state's retirement benefits system. His proposal would allow public agencies to negotiate reduced pensions for future work while preserving pensions already earned. Opponents of the measure, including other California mayors and labor unions, see the move as an attack on the retirement security of police, firefighters and other public workers.
Farewell to Candlestick Park
Monday night's football game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Atlanta Falcons at Candlestick Park will mark the end of an era. It's the 49ers' last home game of the regular season, and a last hurrah for the park, which is slated to close after 53 years. While best known as a sports venue, Candlestick has hosted many other events, including the Beatles' last official concert in 1966 and a visit by Pope John Paul II in 1987. Scott Shafer takes a look at a Bay Area landmark affectionately known as "The 'Stick" with sports columnist Glenn Dickey.
News Fix: A Farewell to Candlestick Park
News Pix: Farewell Candlestick, Hello Levi's
Forum: Farewell to Candlestick
Obamacare's First Deadline
For people buying on the individual market who want health insurance starting Jan. 1, the deadline to sign up is Monday, Dec. 23. KQED Health editor Lisa Aliferis, and author of KQED's Obamacare Guide, provides an update on Covered California and the Affordable Care Act.
- KQED World: Sun, Dec 22, 2013 -- 6:30 PM
- KQED 9: Sun, Dec 22, 2013 -- 5:00 PM
- KQED World: Sun, Dec 22, 2013 -- 11:00 AM
- KQED World: Sat, Dec 21, 2013 -- 7:00 PM
- KQED World: Sat, Dec 21, 2013 -- 9:30 AM
- KQED 9: Sat, Dec 21, 2013 -- 2:00 AM
- KQED Plus: Sat, Dec 21, 2013 -- 12:30 AM
Water Wars, Archbishop Cordileone and Hacking for Social Change (Episode #108H)
KQED 9: Fri, Dec 13, 2013 -- 8:00 PM
Water Tunnel Wars
This week, state officials unveiled the latest version of an ambitious plan to address California's decades-old water crisis. A whopping 34,000 pages detail the environmental impact of a $25 billion project to divert water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and pipe it to Southern California. Proponents say the project will help move water from the state's north to the south while saving the Delta's endangered species. Critics call the plan a costly water grab and have vowed to block it in court or at the ballot box.
Paul Rogers, KQED and San Jose Mercury News
Lauren Sommer, KQED
KQED Science: California's Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta
Catholics around the world cheered this week's selection of Pope Francis as Time magazine's Person of the Year. In words and deeds, the new pope has provided a distinct change in tone for the church, stressing modesty and concern for the poor, while rejecting an emphasis on social issues like abortion and gay rights. Scott Shafer sits down with San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone for a look into how the local church hierarchy is reacting. Cordileone, a San Diego native, was named archbishop by Pope Benedict XVI in 2012. He is a conservative figure in one of the state's liberal bastions, leading a flock that stretches from Marin to San Mateo.
Hacking for Social Change
Computer code and apps could be the next tools used in the fight to curb gun violence. One year after the Newtown massacre, the Bay Area hosts a conference exploring how technology can prevent future tragedies. Thuy Vu talks with James Colgan of Highground Hackers, the group behind this weekend's "Symposium for Sandy Hook."
- KQED World: Sun, Dec 15, 2013 -- 6:30 PM
- KQED 9: Sun, Dec 15, 2013 -- 5:00 PM
- KQED Life: Sun, Dec 15, 2013 -- 5:00 PM
- KQED World: Sun, Dec 15, 2013 -- 11:00 AM
- KQED World: Sat, Dec 14, 2013 -- 7:00 PM
- KQED World: Sat, Dec 14, 2013 -- 9:30 AM
- KQED 9: Sat, Dec 14, 2013 -- 2:00 AM
- KQED Plus: Sat, Dec 14, 2013 -- 12:30 AM
Employees Push for Living Wage, 'Extreme by Design' and Remembering Nelson Mandela (Episode #107H)
KQED 9: Fri, Dec 6, 2013 -- 8:00 PM
Employees Push for Living Wage
Fast-food workers walked off the job in cities across the country and here in the Bay Area on Thursday, pushing for higher wages. As a nationwide movement to raise the minimum wage gains support from lawmakers and President Obama, critics of a wage hike say it would stifle business, kill jobs, inflate prices and hurt the very people it's intended to help.
Ken Jacobs: Chair, UC Berkeley Labor Center
Ron Unz: Chair, Higher Wages Alliance
Fast Food Strikes Return
Ballot Measure Seeks to Raise California Minimum Wage
'Extreme by Design'
The San Francisco Bay Area has long been known as an incubator of innovation. In some ways, the epicenter of that creativity is the Institute of Design at Stanford University. The "d.school" nurtures "outside the box thinking" in hopes of tackling some of the world's toughest problems. A new documentary film, "Extreme by Design," follows several Stanford graduate students as they attempt to create life-changing products for developing countries. Their approach, known as design thinking, challenges them to tackle problems like infant pneumonia deaths in Bangladesh and to build products with "extreme affordability." The film airs on KQED 9 on Wednesday, December 11 at 10 p.m.
Ralph King: Co-Director, "Extreme by Design"
Pamela Pavkov: Vice President, Jasper Ridge Partners
Remembering Nelson Mandela
Scott Shafer and Thuy Vu reflect on the death of Nelson Mandela and the role the Bay Area played in the anti-apartheid movement.
- KQED World: Sun, Dec 8, 2013 -- 6:30 PM
- KQED 9: Sun, Dec 8, 2013 -- 5:00 PM
- KQED World: Sun, Dec 8, 2013 -- 11:00 AM
- KQED World: Sat, Dec 7, 2013 -- 7:00 PM
- KQED World: Sat, Dec 7, 2013 -- 9:30 AM
- KQED Life: Sat, Dec 7, 2013 -- 2:00 AM
- KQED 9: Sat, Dec 7, 2013 -- 2:00 AM
- KQED Plus: Sat, Dec 7, 2013 -- 12:30 AM
- KQED Life: Fri, Dec 6, 2013 -- 8:00 PM