KQED Election Specials: Economic Anxiety, Transportation, Housing and Capital Punishment

A voter casts her vote at a polling station in Pasadena, California, on Nov. 4, 2014 (Frederic J. BrownAFP/Getty Images)

In the lead-up to the November election, KQED produced four election specials looking at the issues of economic anxiety, transportation, housing and capital punishment. Listen to them below.

The Politics of Economic Anxiety

Unemployment is down and Silicon Valley is booming, but many residents in the Bay Area and beyond are worried about their finances. What are voters saying about their economic future? KQED California Politics and Government Editor Scott Shafer talks with Chris Lehane, head of global policy and public affairs at Airbnb, Maria Noel Fernandez, campaign director with Silicon Valley Rising, Jim Wunderman, president and CEO of the Bay Area Council, Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen and Aimee Allison, senior vice president of PowerPAC+.

Your Commute and the Election: A KQED Special About Transit

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If your commute has been taking longer lately, you’re not alone. Trains and roadways in the Bay Area are getting more and more crowded -- as well as older and in need of repair. Local governments are asking voters on the upcoming Nov. 8 ballot to approve new funds to address the squeeze. KQED Host Mina Kim talks about transportation measures you’ll be voting on. Guests are KQED Transportation Editor Dan Brekke and Erin Baldassari of the Bay Area News Group.

Bay Area Housing Election Special

Rising rents and scarce housing supply have prompted rent control measures in five Bay Area cities, sales tax measures, and housing bonds in Alameda and Santa Clara counties. How will they affect you? Host Mina Kim is joined by KQED East Bay reporter Devin Katayama, KQED housing reporter Stephanie Martin-Taylor and San Francisco Chronicle reporter Kevin Fagan.

The Politics of Capital Punishment

A KQED News election special looking at the history of how the death penalty has influenced politics in the state, and the two capital punishment measures on the 2016 ballot: Proposition 62 to repeal the death penalty, and Proposition 66, which would speed up executions. Scott Shafer hosts a conversation featuring Mark DiCamillo, Cruz Reynoso, Gray Davis, Sean Walsh, Natasha Minsker, Mike Farrell, Anne Marie Schubert and live callers.

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