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March 26, 2010

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News Panel for March 26, 2010

What does the historic health care system overhaul mean for California's citizens, government and businesses? Governor Schwarzenegger appeals an Alameda County Judge's ruling to halt furloughs for state employees and Google follows through on its pledge to stop delivering a censored search service to China.

Guests:

  • Eric Savitz, West Coast Editor, Barron's
  • Marisa Lagos, Staff Writer, San Francisco Chronicle
  • Sarah Varney, Health Reporter, KQED Public Radio
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California's Lost Salmon

Salmon season in Oregon and California has been closed for an unprecedented two years due to a sharp decline in fish population. As the 2010 season approaches, KQED's Quest series looks at efforts to protect the coho salmon in Northern California and explores the important role salmon play in the native ecosystem.

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Introducing John Boland

John Boland departed KQED a little more than three years ago to become Chief Content Officer at PBS. He returned this week as Northern California Public Broadcasting's (NCPB) new President and CEO. Belva Davis talks with John about the future relevance of public media and his hopes for KQED/NCPB.

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Torah Scribe

Spark heads to San Francisco's Contemporary Jewish Museum, where Julie Seltzer, a female scribe known as a soferet, is breaking ground by writing out an entire Torah. Being a woman in a traditionally male-dominated field, Seltzer continues to make history, one letter at a time, at the museum until October 3, 2010. A Spark production for This Week in Northern California.

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Food and Wine This Week

Leslie Sbrocco is back with Stephanie Rosenbaum, blogger from Bay Area Bites, and Jeannie Choe, creator of the San Francisco Food Wars -- a local competition where seasoned chefs and home cooks alike compete for prizes and the title of SF Food Wars champion. In the latest round...Who can make the ultimate chocolate chip cookie?

 

Also on KQED.org this week ...

Lake Donner
Drought Watch 2015: Record-Low Sierra Snowpack

The Sierra Nevada snowpack, which typically supplies nearly a third of California's water, is showing the lowest water content on record: 6 percent of the long-term average for April 1. That shatters last year's low-water mark of 25 percent (tied with 1977).

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"Boomtown" History of the San Francisco Bay Area

KQED's "Boomtown" series will seek to identify what is happening in real time in the current boom, and also draw out the causes and possible solutions to the conflicts and pressures between the old and the new.

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