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February 11, 2011

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News Panel: PG&E's role in the San Bruno blast, Concord school closures, and San Quentin's updated lethal injection chamber

Newly released documents reveal PG&E cut corners on its pipeline inspections, even after the San Bruno blast. Two schools will close in Concord and parents mobilize to save the sites that may be next. A federal judge tours the updated lethal injection chamber at San Quentin State Prison to determine if it meets constitutional standards.

Guests:

  • Paul Rogers, Environment Writer, San Jose Mercury News
  • Jill Tucker, Staff Writer, San Francisco Chronicle
  • Julie Small, State Capitol Reporter, KPCC, Southern California Public Radio
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Jimmy Collier: His music and travels with Dr. King

As a young man, singer/songwriter Jimmy Collier helped dismantle segregation in the South through the power of music. He shares his experiences traveling with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and transforming African-American spirituals into civil rights anthems.

 

Also on KQED.org this week ...

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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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