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
August 23, 2013 (Episode #2444H)
KQED 9: Fri, Aug 23, 2013 -- 7:30 PM
OAKLAND TRIES TO EVEN THE ODDS FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN BOYS
In a collaboration between KQED and the San Francisco Chronicle series Even Odds, we offer an in-depth look at the daunting challenges faced by African American males in Oakland, and the city's attempt to address them. 3 years ago, the Oakland Unified School District faced an alarming statistic - more than half of its African American boys would not graduate. The troubling dropout rate had many factors at play: poverty, crime, high suspension rates and rising absenteeism. The district responded by opening the Office of African American Male Achievement. Its mission is to improve academic outcomes for black boys by pairing them with black men. While race-based, community mentorship is not new, for a public school system it was controversial. The early results are encouraging, but it remains to be seen whether this novel approach will actually work. The program begins with a documentary segment, followed by a panel discussion. Host: Joshua Johnson.
Guests: Jill Tucker, San Francisco Chronicle; Tiago Robinson, Oakland High School; Pedro Noguera, New York University.
- KQED World: Sun, Aug 25, 2013 -- 6:00 PM
- KQED 9: Sun, Aug 25, 2013 -- 4:00 PM
- KQED World: Sun, Aug 25, 2013 -- 11:00 AM
- KQED World: Sat, Aug 24, 2013 -- 7:00 PM
- KQED Plus: Sat, Aug 24, 2013 -- 1:00 PM
- KQED World: Sat, Aug 24, 2013 -- 9:30 AM
- KQED 9: Sat, Aug 24, 2013 -- 1:30 AM
- KQED Plus: Sat, Aug 24, 2013 -- 12:30 AM
August 16, 2013 (Episode #2440H)
KQED 9: Fri, Aug 16, 2013 -- 7:30 PM
Guest Host: Thuy Vu.
HILLARY CLINTON'S NEXT MOVE - Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton drew national attention when she delivered her first major domestic policy speech in San Francisco at the American Bar Association's convention on Monday. Clinton's address calling for greater protection of voting rights was widely seen as the kickoff of a 2016 presidential run. < br />FEDERAL SENTENCING REFORM - US Attorney General Eric Holder announced a major shift in federal sentencing policies in a speech in San Francisco. Meanwhile, the state of California makes plans to reduce its prison population by nearly 10,000 even as Gov. Jerry Brown appeals again to the US Supreme Court to intervene. Also in California, a prisoner-led hunger strike protesting conditions in isolation units stretches into its 6th week.
SHASTA DAM EXPANSION - A controversial $1 billion plan to add as much as 18 feet to the height of Shasta Dam has environmentalists, Native Americans, and agricultural interests at odds. Supporters say it would be a major boost to California's water supply but it would inundate sites sacred to the Winnemem Wintu and require the relocation of roads and property owners near Shasta Lake.
Guests: Carla Marinucci, San Francisco Chronicle; Michael Montgomery, KQED News and Center for Investigative Reporting; Craig Miller, KQED Science Editor.
TOM STEYER INTERVIEW - KQED's Scott Shafer talks with San Francisco billionaire and green energy advocate Tom Steyer. A former hedge fund manager and founder of Farallon Capital Management, Steyer was the driving force behind last fall's Proposition 39. He's now using his resources to influence the Obama administration's climate change policy and to block the Keystone XL pipeline. A Democrat, Steyer recently supported BART workers at a rally and is considered a potential gubernatorial candidate for California.
- KQED World: Sun, Aug 18, 2013 -- 6:00 PM
- KQED 9: Sun, Aug 18, 2013 -- 4:00 PM
- KQED World: Sun, Aug 18, 2013 -- 11:00 AM
- KQED World: Sat, Aug 17, 2013 -- 7:00 PM
- KQED Plus: Sat, Aug 17, 2013 -- 1:00 PM
- KQED World: Sat, Aug 17, 2013 -- 9:30 AM
- KQED 9: Sat, Aug 17, 2013 -- 1:30 AM
- KQED Plus: Sat, Aug 17, 2013 -- 12:30 AM
August 9, 2013 (Episode #2439H)
KQED 9: Fri, Aug 9, 2013 -- 7:30 PM
Guest Host: Thuy Vu.
RICHMOND FIGHTS FORECLOSURES - Taking the foreclosure crisis into its own hands, the city of Richmond is threatening an unprecedented use of eminent domain to bail out residents with underwater mortgages. The move is being contested vigorously by banks, but proponents say it would allow residents to refinance their homes at current market values and prevent future foreclosures. Eminent domain is the acquisition of private property for public use.
UNION NEGOTIATIONS - The threat of a second strike by BART workers this summer and other labor disputes have sparked debate about the role of unions and employers in guaranteeing middle class compensation and benefits. AC Transit, Alameda County's public transportation authority, also narrowly averted a strike this week.
CHEVRON FIRE ANNIVERSARY - Protesters marked the one year anniversary of a fire at the Chevron refinery in Richmond that sent more than 15,000 area residents to hospitals complaining of respiratory problems. The oil giant pleaded no contest to 6 criminal charges of violating labor and health codes and agreed to pay $2 million in fines and restitution. Meanwhile, the city of Richmond is suing Chevron over the August 6, 2012 explosion for "neglect...and corporate indifference."
"NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND" WAIVERS - San Francisco, Oakland, and six other California cities were granted waivers from the strict requirements and tough sanctions of the federal No Child Left Behind law. The school districts, which together encompass nearly one million students, have a year to re-allocate funding originally earmarked for tutoring and to implement an evaluation system that they proposed.
Guests: Carolyn Said, San Francisco Chronicle; Josh Richman, Bay Area News Group; David Baker, San Francisco Chronicle; and Jill Tucker, San Francisco Chronicle.
REMEMBERING ARTIST RUTH ASAWA - A look back at the life and work of pioneering Bay Area sculptor Ruth Asawa, who died this week at the age of 87. From KQED's archive, an excerpt from a 2005 Spark* profile showcases her creative process.
- KQED World: Sun, Aug 11, 2013 -- 6:00 PM
- KQED World: Sun, Aug 11, 2013 -- 11:00 AM
- KQED World: Sat, Aug 10, 2013 -- 7:00 PM
- KQED World: Sat, Aug 10, 2013 -- 9:30 AM
- KQED Life: Sat, Aug 10, 2013 -- 1:30 AM
- KQED 9: Sat, Aug 10, 2013 -- 1:30 AM
- KQED Plus: Sat, Aug 10, 2013 -- 12:30 AM
- KQED Life: Fri, Aug 9, 2013 -- 7:30 PM
August 2, 2013 (Episode #2438H)
KQED 9: Fri, Aug 2, 2013 -- 7:30 PM
Guest Host: Scott Shafer.
IMMIGRATION REFORM - Silicon Valley leaders and California Republicans are calling on Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform. Citing family values, entrepreneurship and faith, major GOP donors and high tech CEOs are weighing in on the debate and pressing for decisive action.
BART NEGOTIATIONS - BART and its unions continue negotiations as the threat of a strike looms. After a 4 1/2 day walk-out in July, Gov. Brown ordered both sides back to the bargaining table, but they appear to remain split over salaries and benefits. Commuters and transit agencies are preparing for a potential shut down Monday morning.
OAKLAND SURVEILLANCE - Against protests by civil rights activists and privacy advocates, the Oakland City Council has unanimously approved a controversial surveillance center. They say the ability to continuously monitor video surveillance will help police respond to emergencies and make Oakland safer. Critics say the Domain Awareness Center could threaten civil liberties and turn Oakland into a police state.
FBI BUST - In one of the biggest nationwide busts of child sex trafficking, the FBI has rescued 105 youth and arrested more than 100 alleged pimps. The FBI designated the Bay Area as a top hot spot for child sex trafficking; of the 76 cities included in the bust, the highest number of children were rescued in San Francisco, and the second-highest number of pimps were arrested.
Guests: Carla Marinucci, San Francisco Chronicle; Tom Vacar, KTVU; Josh Richman, Bay Area News Group; and Aimee Allison, San Francisco Department on the Status of Women.
- KQED World: Sun, Aug 4, 2013 -- 6:00 PM
- KQED World: Sun, Aug 4, 2013 -- 11:00 AM
- KQED World: Sat, Aug 3, 2013 -- 7:00 PM
- KQED World: Sat, Aug 3, 2013 -- 9:30 AM
- KQED 9: Sat, Aug 3, 2013 -- 1:30 AM
- KQED Plus: Sat, Aug 3, 2013 -- 12:30 AM