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 premieres Fridays at 8pm on KQED Public Television 9, repeats over the weekend on several KQED TV channels, airs Sundays at 6pm on KQED Public Radio 88.5 FM, and online at kqed.org/newsroom.
KQED NEWSROOM Previous Broadcasts
State Sen. Yee Arrested, UCSF Chancellor Stepping Down and Push Dance Co. Explores Bayview Transformation (Episode #122H)
KQED 9: Fri, Mar 28, 2014 -- 8:00 PM
State Sen. Leland Yee Arrested in FBI Sting
An FBI probe erupted Wednesday with raids and the arrests of state Sen. Leland Yee of San Francisco, and Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow, on public corruption charges. The incident has sent shock waves throughout California. Friday the state Senate suspended Yee, along with two other Democratic senators embroiled in scandal, and Yee has dropped his bid to run for secretary of state.
•Scott Detrow, KQED Sacramento bureau chief
•Marisa Lagos, San Francisco Chronicle
•Nathan Halverson, UC Berkeley Investigative Reporting Program
• State Senate Votes to Suspend Yee, Calderon and Wright
• Money Talks: The FBI's Bribe Strategy in Yee, Calderon Cases
• A Reporter's Guide to the FBI Affidavit on State Sen. Leland Yee
UCSF Chancellor Susan Desmond-Hellmann To Head Gates Foundation
When Susan Desmond-Hellmann was chosen five years ago as the first female chancellor in the history of UC San Francisco, she was in charge of drug development at Genentech. She took over the $4 billion UCSF enterprise — including its schools of medicine, dentistry and nursing, along with cutting-edge research — at time of severe university budget cuts. Desmond-Hellman leaves UCSF at the end of this month to head up the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle. The outgoing chancellor sat down with Scott Shafer to talk about her UCSF tenure and future.
• Desmond-Hellmann Steps Down as UCSF Chancellor Today
Push Dance Company Explores Bayview Tranformation
A new piece about the transformation of the Bayview-Hunters Point area in San Francisco by the Push Dance Company, known for its focus on social issues, premieres this weekend. While longtime residents have been waiting for years for the toxic cleanup of the former naval shipyard, the improvements could come with a cost. Some fear they may be pushed out of what has been a predominately African-American, working class neighborhood for nearly a century.
• Point Shipyard Project Tells Bayview's Gentrification Story
- KQED World: Sun, Mar 30, 2014 -- 6:30 PM
- KQED 9: Sun, Mar 30, 2014 -- 5:00 PM
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- KQED World: Sat, Mar 29, 2014 -- 7:00 PM
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- KQED 9: Sat, Mar 29, 2014 -- 2:00 AM
- KQED Plus: Sat, Mar 29, 2014 -- 12:30 AM
The Debate Over E-cigarettes, The Highway to Hydrogen and Artist Wendy MacNaughton (Episode #121H)
KQED 9: Fri, Mar 21, 2014 -- 8:00 PM
The Debate Over E-cigarettes
The use of e-cigarettes is growing rapidly, but smoking them in public may soon be illegal in San Francisco and Santa Clara counties. The electronic devices provide nicotine, but produce vapor instead of smoke. Supporters say they are a less harmful alternative to cigarettes and can be a way to help people quit. Opponents are concerned about the rising use by teens and say they may contain harmful toxins. The FDA does not currently regulate e-cigarettes. Los Angeles and Sunnyvale are among the cities in California to restrict them.
•Marisa Lagos, San Francisco Chronicle
•Rachel Grana, UCSF Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education
•Michael Mullins, Digital Ciggz/Smoke Free Alternative Trade Association
• San Francisco Approves E-Cigarette Regulations
• Youth Radio: Do Vape Pens Trick Teens?
The Highway to Hydrogen
Although automakers have spent decades and billions of dollars to develop hydrogen fuel cell cars, only a few hundred of them are on the nation's roads. With new refueling stations in development and new models recently unveiled, are these zero-emission vehicles finally ready to roll in greater numbers?
• QUEST TV: Highway to Hydrogen
Artist Wendy MacNaughton
Artist and illustrator Wendy MacNaughton has been sketching, observing and informally interviewing Bay Area residents for years. A fifth generation San Franciscan, she asks if San Francisco could talk, what would it say? That's the question at the heart of her new illustrated guide, "Meanwhile in San Francisco: The City in Its Own Words."
• Meanwhile in San Francisco, Wendy Macnaughton Illustrates the City's Truth
• KQED Art School: In the Studio with Wendy Macnaughton
- KQED World: Sun, Mar 23, 2014 -- 6:30 PM
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- KQED Plus: Sat, Mar 22, 2014 -- 12:30 AM
State Republican Convention Kicks Off and Will Affirmative Action Return to California Universities? (Episode #120H)
KQED 9: Fri, Mar 14, 2014 -- 8:00 PM
California Republican Convention Kicks Off
California Republicans have their work cut out for them as they gather this weekend in Burlingame for the state convention: they hold no statewide offices, their share of registered voters has shrunk to less than 30 percent and they have minimal power in Sacramento. The party's new chair, former State Senator Jim Brulte, wants to rebuild the GOP from the ground up, a job he says could take up to a decade.
•Hector Barajas, GOP strategist
•Scott Detrow, KQED Sacramento bureau chief
• California Republicans Plot a Return to Relevance
• Forum: The Future of the GOP
Will Affirmative Action Return to California Universities?
Since the passage of Proposition 209 in 1996, it has been illegal for California's public universities to consider race, ethnicity and gender during the admission process. Following the passage of the law, UC Berkeley saw a 49 percent drop in admission offers to African-American students, and other University of California schools saw the numbers of African-American, Latino and Native-American students decline. Now State Senator Ed Hernandez (D- West Covina) wants to amend parts of Prop 209. His measure passed the State Senate last January, and if passed by the Assembly, would be put before voters this November. It's been met with vocal opposition, particularly among Asian-Americans.
•Ed Hernandez, State Senator (D- West Covina)
•Emil Guillermo, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
•Evan Low, Campbell city councilmember and former mayor
•Aimee Allison, senior vice president of PowerPAC
• Sen. Hernandez Wants to Bring Affirmative Action Back to State's Voters
- KQED World: Sun, Mar 16, 2014 -- 6:30 PM
- KQED Life: Sun, Mar 16, 2014 -- 5:00 PM
- KQED 9: Sun, Mar 16, 2014 -- 5:00 PM
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- KQED World: Sat, Mar 15, 2014 -- 7:00 PM
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- KQED Life: Fri, Mar 14, 2014 -- 8:00 PM
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 World: Sun, Mar 9, 2014 -- 6:30 PM
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- 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
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