Stories From This Week's Episode
June 25, 2010
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev visits California with the hope of creating a high tech center in his country, a runoff election for Lt. Governor Maldonado's senate seat on the Central Coast seems likely, a look at some of the initiatives that have qualified for the November ballot and Oakland braces for cuts to their police department as they try to balance the city's budget.
- Carla Marinucci, Political Reporter, San Francisco Chronicle
- Josh Richman, Regional Legal & Political Affairs Reporter, Oakland Tribune
- John Wildermuth, Writer, San Francisco Chronicle
- Matthai Kuruvila, Staff Writer, San Francisco Chronicle
A San Francisco Task Force on Hepatitis C is helping to find a cure for the disease, which is four times more prevalent in the Bay Area as AIDS. In this story from KQED's Quest series, we follow one San Francisco resident in her struggle to overcome Hepatitis C and hear from health activists, researchers and doctors who are trying to educate the public and stop the spread of this dangerous disease.
World-renowned biologist and two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author E.O. Wilson talks about his lifelong fascination with ants, his first fiction novel, "Anthill," and what we can do to save the natural world.
Spark gets a sneak peek at the masterworks as the exhibition From Calder to Warhol: Introducing the Fisher Collection at SFMOMA. The show presents 160 of the more than 1000 pieces from Don and Doris Fisher collection, long considered one of the finest in private hands. Part of SFMOMA's celebration of its 75th anniversary, the exhibition runs until September 19, 2010. A co-production of Spark and PBS NewsHour for This Week in Northern California.
Leslie and her guests look at "green" trends in wine. Wineries are using updated packaging techniques and re-vamping traditional methods for serving and storing wine that bypass bottles completely and go straight to the barrel. By using modern versions of old techniques, the wine industry is joining the food movement to become more eco-friendly and sustainable.
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.