THIS WEEK in Northern California
This KQED-produced series offers insightful, thought-provoking discussion and news analysis. Local reporters from diverse media throughout the region open their notebooks for an inside look at the stories behind the headlines.
THIS WEEK in Northern California Previous Broadcasts
June 14, 2013 (Episode #2433)
KQED 9: Fri, Jun 14, 2013 -- 7:30 PM
Guest Host: Dana King.
STATE BUDGET DEAL - Gov. Jerry Brown and top Democrats in the legislature reached a $96.4 billion budget deal this week, putting them on track to meet the June 15 deadline. The compromise plan embraces the governor's cautious revenue outlook, and gives more money to schools with higher numbers of low income students and English learners. It also includes some additional spending on mental health and dental services for the poor, with a commitment to increased funding in the future for social services.
SCOTUS ON GENE PATENTING - The US Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that companies cannot patent naturally occurring human genes, sending ripples through the medical and biotechnology industries. With billions of dollars on the line, some companies might abandon work on genetic research if they are unable protect it through patents. But it could also encourage more research and competition, opening the door to new discoveries.
SAN ONOFRE CLOSURE - While California pledges to cut greenhouse gas emissions, the San Onofre nuclear plant in Southern California is closing. Some environmentalists and policy makers who are concerned about global warming have come to embrace nuclear power, which, unlike natural gas or coal powered energy plants, does not emit carbon into the atmosphere. What will the end of nuclear power mean for growing energy demand and how will the state offset the increased pollution caused by fossil fuel generated power?
Guests: Dan Walters, Sacramento Bee; Lauren Sommer, KQED Science; and David R. Baker, San Francisco Chronicle.
DANIEL ELLSBERG ON THE NSA LEAKS - Members of Congress, including California Democratic Senator Diane Feinstein, say Edward Snowden is a traitor who should be prosecuted for revealing classified information about the National Security Agency's domestic surveillance programs. Calling him a modern-day Daniel Ellsberg, supporters around the world are taking to the streets in defense of Snowden. Ellsberg himself, whose infamous leak of the Pentagon Papers led to public outrage over the Vietnam War, says Snowden's disclosures are the most important in US history. Daniel Ellsberg joins guest host Dana King in studio for a conversation about domestic surveillance and the debate over espionage vs. whistle-blowing.
- KQED World: Sun, Jun 16, 2013 -- 6:00 PM
- KQED 9: Sun, Jun 16, 2013 -- 4:00 PM
- KQED World: Sun, Jun 16, 2013 -- 11:00 AM
- KQED World: Sat, Jun 15, 2013 -- 7:00 PM
- KQED Plus: Sat, Jun 15, 2013 -- 1:00 PM
- KQED World: Sat, Jun 15, 2013 -- 9:30 AM
- KQED 9: Sat, Jun 15, 2013 -- 1:30 AM
- KQED Plus: Sat, Jun 15, 2013 -- 12:30 AM
June 7, 2013 (Episode #2432)
KQED 9: Fri, Jun 7, 2013 -- 7:30 PM
Guest Host: Thuy Vu.
OBAMACARE - President Obama visits Silicon Valley this week during a fundraising swing through the state. Mr. Obama gives a speech in San Jose on Friday to shore up concerns about the Affordable Care Act as the health-care overhaul rolls out in California, ahead of the rest of the nation. KQED's Obamacare Explained: A Guide for Californians provides some answers for consumers.
CYBERSPYING AND CHINA - Cyber-security will be high on the agenda this week when Chinese President Xi Jinping meets with US President Barack Obama in California. At stake is whether American businesses, and especially Silicon Valley companies like Apple and Google, can protect themselves from hackers snooping for corporate secrets or intellectual property.
PHONE SURVEILLANCE - A leaked top secret court order reveals that the phone records of millions of US citizens are being collected in bulk by the National Security Administration. The order, first reported by the Guardian, requires the telecommunications giant Verizon to turn over information about all telephone calls in its system during a 3 month period. Top leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee are defending the practice, saying the widespread monitoring effort has been ongoing for several years.
Guests: Lisa Aliferis, KQED State of Health; Joseph Menn, Reuters; and Troy Wolverton, San Jose Mercury News.
REBELS WITH A CAUSE - Bay Area husband and wife team Nancy Kelly and Kenji Yamamoto talk about their latest film "Rebels With A Cause." The documentary spotlights ordinary citizens who fought to preserve open space in what are now the Point Reyes National Seashore and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. "Rebels With A Cause" is currently playing in Bay Area theaters.
- KQED World: Sun, Jun 9, 2013 -- 6:00 PM
- KQED World: Sun, Jun 9, 2013 -- 11:00 AM
- KQED World: Sat, Jun 8, 2013 -- 7:00 PM
- KQED World: Sat, Jun 8, 2013 -- 9:30 AM
- KQED Life: Sat, Jun 8, 2013 -- 1:30 AM
- KQED 9: Sat, Jun 8, 2013 -- 1:30 AM
- KQED Plus: Sat, Jun 8, 2013 -- 12:30 AM
- KQED Life: Fri, Jun 7, 2013 -- 7:30 PM
May 31, 2013 (Episode #2431H)
KQED Plus: Sat, Jun 1, 2013 -- 12:30 AM
Guest Host: Thuy Vu
BUDGET TALKS - As the June 15 state budget deadline approaches, Governor Jerry Brown and lawmakers are split over what to do with unexpected revenue. Brown wants a general fund cushion, while his fellow Democrats are vying to restore cuts to social programs. California's new fiscal year begins July 1.
BAY BRIDGE IN LIMBO - Officials now have until July 10 to determine whether the Bay Bridge will make its scheduled Labor Day weekend opening. Questions remain over how to repair broken rods on the new eastern span, while Governor Brown has called for a system-wide review of Caltrans.
AMERICA'S CUP SAFETY - Is the America's Cup too dangerous? After sailor Andrew "Bart" Simpson died during a practice run with his team, Sweden's Artemis Racing, new safety regulations aim to prevent and address capsizes. For now, it is unclear which teams will race in the upcoming high-stakes competition.
Guests: Scott Detrow, KQED; Tom Vacar, KTVU; Julian Guthrie, San Francisco Chronicle.
SFMOMA EXPANSION PLANS - The SFMOMA will close its doors on June 3 to begin construction on a 225,000 square feet expansion. During that time, the museum will experiment with new ways to bring art to its audience with traveling exhibitions, collaborations and site-specific projects. A special Countdown Celebration will mark the current building's final four days, with free admission to special activities and performances. SFMOMA director Neal Benezra talks to Scott Shafer about the 78-year-old institution's ambitious plans.
- KQED World: Sun, Jun 2, 2013 -- 6:00 PM
- KQED World: Sun, Jun 2, 2013 -- 11:00 AM
- KQED World: Sat, Jun 1, 2013 -- 7:00 PM
- KQED World: Sat, Jun 1, 2013 -- 9:30 AM
- KQED 9: Sat, Jun 1, 2013 -- 1:30 AM
Also on KQED.org this week ...
"The Bay Bridged" Music for June
Listen the The Bay Bridged mix of bands performing live in the Bay Area this month, including The Mantles, Cold Cave, The Spyrals, Blitzen Trapper, Monster Rally, and more. Enjoy the podcast and then go see some concerts!
Obamacare Explained: A Guide for Californians
Starting Jan 1, 2014, most Americans will be required to have health insurance or pay a fine. KQED has created a simple guide to explain how the health law affects you, your family or your small business, here in California.