Janeth Medina is the daughter of farmworkers in Bakersfield. Now, she's climbing the corporate ranks in the high-powered world of finance in San Francisco. She was able to do that in part because of a program that's now at the center of the immigration debate - Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. She's grappling with her uncertain future much the way you would prepare for an earthquake or a natural disaster: by focusing on the things she can control. KQED's Farida Jhabvala Romero brings us her story.
Inara George was born into the music business. Her dad, Lowell George, was the founder of the Los Angeles 70s rock band Little Feat. And she’s followed her own path as an artist, with her own band, The Bird and the Bee. Her new solo album is called Dearest Everybody. The songs revisit the loss of her father and the changing perspective that comes with growing older. Inara joined us from LA for an interview.
If you're tuning into the Super Bowl this weekend, you may be watching the game with a beer in hand. But I bet you don't know just how much water went into making that pint. Try 11 gallons to just grow the hops. Sarah Craig introduces us to one biologist who wants to replace those hops with genetically engineered yeast. Raising the question -- would you drink GMO beer to conserve water?
For a lot of us, after our kids are born, it’s really hard. You don’t know what you’re doing. You don't sleep at night. You’re not getting along with your partner. April Dembosky talks to a woman who went to a clinic in Sacramento for post-partum help, but that’s not what she got.
For the next installment in our series, "A Place Called What?!" about California places with bizarre or surprising names, we visit Coalinga. With a population of more than 16,000, Coalinga is the biggest town to make our list so far. Bianca Taylor called up Bill Morris, a volunteer docent at the R.C. Baker Museum there, to learn about the town's unusual name.