Stories From This Week's Episode
July 30, 2010
Updates on the races for U.S. Senate and Governor, Proposition 23 on the November ballot faces challenges while electric cars are back on the radar, and California's try for the second round of Race to the Top funds.
- Josh Richman, Legal and Political Affairs Reporter, Oakland Tribune
- Paul Rogers, Environment Writer, San Jose Mercury News
- Jill Tucker, Staff Writer, San Francisco Chronicle
A conversation with local filmmaker Zachary Stauffer and journalist Thomas Peele about slain Oakland journalist Chauncey Bailey and developments on the upcoming murder trial. Stauffer's film, "A Day Late in Oakland" will air on Friday, August 6th at 8:30pm on KQED as part of the Truly California series.
Imagine every person on earth had 100 pounds of plastic. That's how much new plastic will be manufactured in 2010. Sadly, much of that will end up in the ocean within a massive area dubbed the Pacific Garbage Patch. Can anything be done to clean it up? Project Kaisei, a non-profit group based in the Bay Area is studying the scale of the damage and its impacts on the environment. Originally produced for KQED's QUEST series.
Spark catches up with Pixar animator Sanjay Patel on the occasion of the Oakland Museum of California exhibit Pixar: 25 Years of Animation, which runs from July 31, 2010 to January 9, 2011. A Spark production for This Week in Northern California.
San Francisco and San Jose are two of the top 20 caffeinated cities in America, according to The Daily Beast's online survey. This week, Leslie Sbrocco and her guests discuss the regions' growing number of small specialty coffee roasters.
KQED's Food & Wine This Week segment includes this web extra featuring an explanation of coffee roasting and cupping. Peet's and Blue Bottle Coffee Roasting facilities are featured.
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.