Stories From This Week's Episode
May 28, 2010
A round-up of election issues including the races for U.S. Senate, Governor, Attorney General and a discussion of state propositions and regional measures around the Bay Area.
- Carla Marinucci, Political Reporter, San Francisco Chronicle
- John Myers, Sacramento Bureau Chief, KQED Public Radio
- Josh Richman, Regional Legal & Political Affairs Reporter, Oakland Tribune
- Rachel Gordon, Staff Writer, San Francisco Chronicle
As a young widow seeking to begin life anew, Margaret Trost went on a volunteer mission to Haiti in the late 1990s. After hearing about the problem of childhood malnutrition, Trost returned to Berkeley and started the What If foundation to help feed that nation's hungry children. Today the successful program is striving to do even more in the aftermath of the earthquake.
Spark takes a journey with San Francisco playwright Octavio Solis to the heart of Steinbeck Country in Monterey County, as he seeks inspiration for an adaptation of John Steinbeck's The Pastures of Heaven into a play that will run from June 2 through 27, 2010 at the California Shakespeare Theater in Orinda. A Spark production for This Week in Northern California. NOTE: This video is only available as a RealPlayer file because permissions for online viewing of certain copyrighted material couldn't be obtained.
City and suburban residents who want fresh eggs, milk and produce are raising animals, poultry and bees in their yards. Leslie and her guests, Oakland-based urban farmer and author Novella Carpenter, and Rebecca Katz with San Francisco Animal Care and Control, look at a growing trend -- backyard farming in urban areas.
Also on KQED.org this week ...
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).
"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.