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The State of California Politics, Commute Friction and Ken Burns on Reciting the Gettysburg Address

Fri, January 24, 2014

The State of California Politics
In his annual state of the state address Gov. Jerry Brown touted California's comeback, but he also acknowledged long-term challenges, from drought to pension deficits. As election season heats up, gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari criticized the governor's message, while Asian-American candidates Ro Khanna and Mike Honda vie for the seat of Silicon Valley's 17th Congressional district.

Scott Detrow, KQED Sacramento bureau chief
Carla Marinucci, San Francisco Chronicle senior political writer
Josh Richman, Bay Area News Group politics reporter

Mustache Wars and Commute Friction
Pink mustachioed alternatives to traditional taxis, door-to-door service you can get with a cellphone app and company shuttles run by Silicon Valley employers — all efforts to expand the way we get around. But services like Lyft and Uber and the increasing presence of private buses are also generating friction and drawing increased scrutiny of their practices and insurance policies.

Jon Brooks, KQED News Fix reporter
C. W. Nevius, San Francisco Chronicle columnist

Further Reporting:
How Many Ride-Share Drivers Are Hiding Status From Insurers?
Confusion Over Insurance for 'Ride-Sharing' Drivers

Reciting the Gettysburg Address — an Interview with Ken Burns
It's only about two minutes long and contains fewer than 300 words, but it marks a turning point in American history: the Gettysburg Address. In his latest documentary, "The Address," filmmaker Ken Burns follows a group of young boys as they work to memorize the speech that President Lincoln gave during the Civil War. Scott Shafer hears from Burns about the making of the film and why he also asked lawmakers and public figures around the country to recite the Gettysburg Address.

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