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Ballot Box Battles, Interview with Ro Khanna and Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz


Ballot Box Battles
Continuing KQED's California Election Watch 2014 coverage, we take a look at several high-profile ballot box battles. This November, voters in some Bay Area cities will decide whether to tax soda and raise the minimum wage. On the state ballot, Prop. 45 targets health insurance rates, while Prop. 46 would raise the ceiling on damages in medical malpractice suits.

Guest:
• April Dembosky, KQED News Health Reporter
• Lisa Aliferis, KQED State of Health Blog Editor
• Andrew Stelzer, KQED News Reporter

Further Reporting:
More of KQED's California Election Watch 2014 coverage

Interview with Ro Khanna
Ro Khanna's bid for one of California's seats in the House of Representatives will require beating incumbent Mike Honda from winning an eighth term. Honda has the support of the Democratic Party, with endorsements from Governor Brown and U.S. Senator Nancy Pelosi. Khanna, an intellectual property lawyer and economics lecturer at Stanford University, has endorsements from San Jose Mercury News, San Francisco Chronicle and valley tech leaders including Eric Schmidt, Sean Parker and Sheryl Sandberg.

Further Reporting:
Jerry Brown Endorses Mike Honda Over Ro Khanna

Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz
Artist and activist Ai Weiwei's exhibition on Alcatraz Island debuts this weekend. The Chinese dissident has been a relentless critic of his own government - especially after shoddy construction of schools killed thousands of children in the Sichuan earthquake of 2008. Now, with the exhibit "@Large," Ai brings his take on freedom and imprisonment to one of the Bay Area's top tourist attractions and former federal penitentiary, Alcatraz. KQED's Mina Kim goes behind the scenes to see what went into the making of this exhibition.

Further Reporting:
The Making of "@Large, Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz"



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