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A Conversation with Anna Deavere Smith

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With "Let Me Down Easy," solo performer Anna Deavere Smith portrays more than twenty different characters, patients and doctors alike, who struggle to find grace, compassion and strength of spirit as they navigate the healthcare system. Deavere Smith talks with KQED's Dave Iverson about the inspiration for her critically-acclaimed show, which runs through July 10 at Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

 

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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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