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
December 28, 2012 (Episode #2412H)
KQED 9: Fri, Dec 28, 2012 -- 7:30 PM
- KQED World: Sun, Dec 30, 2012 -- 6:00 PM
- KQED World: Sun, Dec 30, 2012 -- 11:00 AM
- KQED World: Sun, Dec 30, 2012 -- 1:00 AM
- KQED World: Sat, Dec 29, 2012 -- 7:00 PM
- KQED World: Sat, Dec 29, 2012 -- 9:30 AM
- KQED 9: Sat, Dec 29, 2012 -- 1:30 AM
December 14, 2012 (Episode #2410H)
KQED 9: Fri, Dec 14, 2012 -- 7:30 PM
Guest Host: Yul Kwon.
IMMIGRATION POLICY - As Congress and the White House prepare to tackle comprehensive immigration reform next year, there is much at stake for California, the state with the largest population of undocumented immigrants.
FRACKING - After decades of minimal oversight, the controversial hydraulic fracturing industry will finally be regulated in California. "Fracking," the high-pressure injection of chemicals and water to split rocks and extract natural gas and oil, is in use by companies at more than 600 wells throughout the state.
AIR TRAVEL - The skies are less friendly than they used to be. Air travel has become increasingly frustrating with penalties and fees going up for everything from checking baggage to preferred seat selection. The struggling airline industry expects to pocket $36 billion in revenue from fees alone this year.
KING TIDES - As the sun and moon align this week, their combined gravitational pull on the ocean is producing the highest tides of 2012. Though "king tides" aren't caused by climate change, organizers of the King Tides Initiative say the phenomenon is a vivid demonstration of the future impact of rising sea levels on the Bay Area landscape.
Guests: Aarti Kohli, University of California, Berkeley; Stephen Stock, NBC Bay Area; Paul Rogers, San Jose Mercury News; and David Lazarus, LA Times.
- KQED World: Sun, Dec 16, 2012 -- 6:00 PM
- KQED 9: Sun, Dec 16, 2012 -- 4:00 PM
- KQED World: Sun, Dec 16, 2012 -- 11:00 AM
- KQED World: Sun, Dec 16, 2012 -- 1:00 AM
- KQED World: Sat, Dec 15, 2012 -- 7:00 PM
- KQED World: Sat, Dec 15, 2012 -- 9:30 AM
- KQED 9: Sat, Dec 15, 2012 -- 1:30 AM
December 7, 2012 (Episode #2409H)
KQED 9: Fri, Dec 7, 2012 -- 7:30 PM
Guest Host: Thuy Vu
OAKLAND POLICE DEPARTMENT AVOIDS FEDERAL TAKEOVER - The City of Oakland struck a deal with civil rights attorneys who sought an unprecedented federal takeover of the police department. At issue was a case involving the so-called Riders, four police officers who were accused in 2000 of imposing vigilante justice in West Oakland. The deal, which hands tremendous power from OPD to a court-appointed director, still needs to be approved by a federal judge.
NEW FUNDING TO MAKE SCHOOLS ENERGY EFFICIENT - New funding made available by the recent passage of Prop 39 may go toward making as many as half of the state's schools more energy efficient. The measure, put on the November ballot by billionaire investor Tom Steyer, closes a tax loophole on out-of-state corporations that will generate $1.1 billion a year. Half of that money will fund projects to install new windows, better insulation, modern lighting and more efficient heating and air conditioning at thousands of public schools.
BOYS OF COLOR EXPECT TO FAIL - By kindergarten, 1 in 4 African American boys believe they will fail in school. That's one of several disturbing findings in a report commissioned by a state Assembly committee. Education, health and employment were identified as the most significant areas of concern for boys of color.
Guests: Matthai Kuruvila, San Francisco Chronicle; Paul Rogers, San Jose Mercury News; and Jill Tucker, San Francisco Chronicle.
SAL KHAN INTERVIEW - Over six million students around the world are familiar with his voice and his on-line videos, featuring colorful chalkboard-style drawings. But many may not know his face: Sal Khan is the founder of Khan Academy and a pioneer in the online education movement. His videos are short and simple and available to anyone around the world, for free. In an interview at his Silicon Valley offices, Khan talks with guest host Thuy Vu about the importance of self-paced learning and what his approach can offer the California education system.
- KQED World: Sun, Dec 9, 2012 -- 6:00 PM
- KQED 9: Sun, Dec 9, 2012 -- 4:00 PM
- KQED World: Sun, Dec 9, 2012 -- 11:00 AM
- KQED World: Sun, Dec 9, 2012 -- 1:00 AM
- KQED World: Sat, Dec 8, 2012 -- 7:00 PM
- KQED Plus: Sat, Dec 8, 2012 -- 1:00 PM
- KQED World: Sat, Dec 8, 2012 -- 9:30 AM
- KQED 9: Sat, Dec 8, 2012 -- 1:30 AM
November 30, 2012 (Episode #2408H)
KQED 9: Sat, Dec 1, 2012 -- 1:30 AM
Guest Host: Scott Shafer
US SUPREME COURT ON PROP 8: The US Supreme Court considers whether to review California's Proposition 8, banning same-sex marriage. Meanwhile, officials in San Francisco anticipate a rush of gay and lesbian weddings if the case is denied by the high court and the lower courts' rulings stand, making the ban unconstitutional.
"THIRD STRIKE" RELEASES: Some prisoners sentenced to life for nonviolent, non-serious offenses are being re-sentenced and released following voter approval of Proposition 36. The measure reforms California's tough "three strikes" sentencing law and limits when prosecutors can seek a life sentence.
DRAKES BAY OYSTER CO: The Drakes Bay Oyster Co. has lost its lease after decades in Point Reyes National Seashore. After a long environmental battle, US Interior Secretary Ken Salazar decided to shut down the historic oyster farm and restore Drakes Estero to wilderness.
Guests: Vikram Amar, UC Davis School of Law; Michael Montgomery, Center for Investigative Reporting & KQED; and Lauren Sommer, KQED Science.
INTERVIEW: CONGRESSMAN-ELECT ERIC SWALWELL: One of the youngest new members to join the US House of Representatives, Swalwell (D-CA) leaves his post as a Dublin city councilmember. He successfully unseated incumbent Pete Stark, the outspoken 20-term Congressman, also a Democrat. In an interview from Capitol Hill, where he's attending new member orientation, Swalwell talks with Scott Shafer.
- KQED World: Sun, Dec 2, 2012 -- 6:00 PM
- KQED World: Sun, Dec 2, 2012 -- 11:00 AM
- KQED World: Sun, Dec 2, 2012 -- 1:00 AM
- KQED World: Sat, Dec 1, 2012 -- 7:00 PM
- KQED World: Sat, Dec 1, 2012 -- 9:30 AM
- KQED Life: Sat, Dec 1, 2012 -- 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.