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
Cellphone Searches, S.F. Mayor Ed Lee and Brian Copeland's "Not a Genuine Black Man" (Episode #125H)
KQED 9: Fri, Apr 25, 2014 -- 8:00 PM
U.S. Supreme Court On Cellphone Searches By Law Enforcement
In a collision of the law and technology, the U.S. Supreme Court will on Tuesday hear arguments stemming from two cases, one in California, about whether police should be able to conduct warrantless searches of cellphone contents after an arrest. Law enforcement officials say it helps to solve crimes. Civil libertarians and privacy advocates say it violates the 4th amendment's ban on unreasonable searches and seizures. Fifty percent of Americans now carry smartphones loaded with personal data such as text messages, addresses and photos.
•Professor Rory Little, U.C. Hastings College of the Law
•Michelle Quinn, San Jose Mercury News
• Are Warrantless Cellphone Searches Constitutional? Court to Decide
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee Interview
Mayor Ed Lee joins Thuy Vu for a discussion about some of the accomplishments and challenges for San Francisco, which include a tech boom, skyrocketing housing prices, the struggle for City College of San Francisco to maintain its accreditation, pedestrian and bike rider safety on the streets, a new plan for a Warriors arena at Mission Bay, and political corruption.
• Ed Lee on Forum: Tech Workers Have the Same Issues as Everyone Else
Brian Copeland, "Not A Genuine Black Man"
Comedian and talk show host Brian Copeland knows how it feels to be an outsider. He grew up in San Leandro during the 1970's the only African American student in his high school class of three hundred fifty. As a kid, he weathered physical abuse from his father, discrimination by local police, and efforts by a racist landlord to evict his family from their apartment. He shaped those experiences into a long-running one man show "Not A Genuine Black Man." The tenth anniversary production opens at Berkeley Rep this week and runs through May. Copeland sat down with Scott Shafer to talk about the show, his comedy, and life on the outside looking in.
• Brian Copeland and Marga Gomez Get Impersonal at The Marsh
• Brian Copeland's New Play Inspired By San Leandro Murders
- KQED World: Sun, Apr 27, 2014 -- 6:30 PM
- KQED Life: Sun, Apr 27, 2014 -- 5:00 PM
- KQED 9: Sun, Apr 27, 2014 -- 5:00 PM
- KQED World: Sun, Apr 27, 2014 -- 11:00 AM
- KQED World: Sat, Apr 26, 2014 -- 7:00 PM
- KQED Plus: Sat, Apr 26, 2014 -- 1:00 PM
- KQED World: Sat, Apr 26, 2014 -- 9:30 AM
- KQED 9: Sat, Apr 26, 2014 -- 2:00 AM
- KQED Plus: Sat, Apr 26, 2014 -- 12:30 AM
Bay Bridge Corrosion, Silicon Valley Earnings and Bringing Back Extinct Species (Episode #124H)
KQED 9: Fri, Apr 18, 2014 -- 8:00 PM
Bay Bridge Corrosion
Elected officials are calling for an independent examination of corrosion on a critical part of the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge. An investigation by The Sacramento Bee found that some of the most vulnerable and vital sections of the bridge's suspension system are rusting. Scott Shafer hears from Charles Piller, who broke the story.
• Charles Piller, Sacramento Bee investigative reporter
• Outgoing Official: Caltrans Should Have Reported Bay Bridge Leaks Earlier
• Report Blasts Caltrans for Handling of Bay Bridge Construction Problems
• More Bay Bridge stories on KQED's NewsFix
Silicon Valley Earnings
It's corporate earnings season and the spotlight is on Silicon Valley, where many tech companies reported record profits last year. Yahoo! and Intel are among the companies that beat Wall Street expectations, while others, including Google, fell short. Is another bubble in the making, and is economic prosperity trickling down?
• Jeremy Owens, San Jose Mercury News online business editor
• Steve Wright, Silicon Valley Leadership Group senior vice president
De-Extinction: Bringing Back the Passenger Pigeon
Scientists are investigating new genetic technologies that could bring back extinct species, from the wooly mammoth to what was once the most abundant bird in the world, the passenger pigeon. Bringing species back might be a way to correct past mistakes or even to help endangered species, but just because we can, should we?
Don't miss the half-hour documentary Reawakening Extinct Species, premiering April 23, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
- KQED World: Sun, Apr 20, 2014 -- 6:30 PM
- KQED 9: Sun, Apr 20, 2014 -- 5:00 PM
- KQED World: Sun, Apr 20, 2014 -- 11:00 AM
- KQED World: Sat, Apr 19, 2014 -- 7:00 PM
- KQED World: Sat, Apr 19, 2014 -- 9:30 AM
- KQED 9: Sat, Apr 19, 2014 -- 2:00 AM
- KQED Plus: Sat, Apr 19, 2014 -- 12:30 AM
State Sen. Leland Yee Indicted, 'Weed Land' and Poking Fun at Silicon Valley (Episode #123H)
KQED 9: Fri, Apr 4, 2014 -- 8:00 PM
State Sen. Leland Yee Indicted by Federal Grand Jury
A federal grand jury has indicted State Sen. Leland Yee, former San Francisco School Board President Keith Jackson and 27 other defendants charging them with crimes including firearms trafficking, money laundering and public corruption. The indictment formalizes federal charges first announced last week. Yee has hired a new attorney and is expected to make his first court appearance next week. Jackson was released on bail Thursday evening. Meanwhile, the capture of Chinatown gang figure Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow has not eased fears among business owners in the neighborhood.
•Josh Richman, Bay Area News Group
•Linda Yee, KPIX
• Leland Yee, Keith Jackson Indicted by Federal Grand Jury
• Money Talks: The FBI's Bribe Strategy in Yee, Calderon Cases
• A Reporter's Guide to the FBI Affidavit on State Sen. Leland Yee
It's been nearly 20 years since California became the first state to legalize medical marijuana. In recent years, the number of dispensaries has exploded with more than 200 operating in the Bay Area alone and crop production is booming. The billion-dollar industry is largely unregulated in the state and illegal under federal law. A recent poll shows Californians are divided on legalization. Scott Shafer speaks with Sacramento Bee senior writer Peter Hecht, whose new book "Weed Land" explores the highs and lows of the cannabis industry.
• Forum: How Pot Went Legit
• KQED Special: Republic of Cannabis
Poking Fun at Silicon Valley
The quirks of the high-tech lifestyle are easy fodder for humor. The new HBO series "Silicon Valley," premiering Sunday, serves up a parody of the region. Series co-creator Mike Judge's new show features a collection of awkward, geeky characters who think they've come up with the next big app. But underlying the humor are some serious issues for local residents. We take a look at the funny and not-so-funny aspects of Silicon Valley culture including tech's emphasis on youth, and the ongoing backlash against the Google bus invasion.
•Steve Goldbloom, "Everything But The News," PBS Digital Studios & ITVS
•Aarti Shahani, KQED News Contributor
• Best Silicon Valley Satires
- KQED World: Sun, Apr 6, 2014 -- 6:30 PM
- KQED 9: Sun, Apr 6, 2014 -- 5:00 PM
- KQED World: Sun, Apr 6, 2014 -- 11:00 AM
- KQED World: Sat, Apr 5, 2014 -- 7:00 PM
- KQED Plus: Sat, Apr 5, 2014 -- 1:00 PM
- KQED World: Sat, Apr 5, 2014 -- 9:30 AM
- KQED 9: Sat, Apr 5, 2014 -- 2:00 AM
- KQED Plus: Sat, Apr 5, 2014 -- 12:30 AM