The words “California coast” might conjure images of sun-drenched beaches and warm waters. But Point Reyes National Seashore, 50 miles north of San Francisco, is one of the foggiest, windiest places in North America, and for centuries this stretch of the Pacific Ocean has posed incredible danger. KQED’s Carly Severn stumbled across a hidden spot here with a story to tell -- about the human cost of such a rugged, treacherous coastline.
Without Googling it, what would you say are the top crops growing in California? Almonds? Strawberries? Pot? Those are all up there. But so is rice. After Arkansas, the Golden State grows the most rice in the country. Drive north of Sacramento and you'll see thousands of acres of flooded rice fields. But like a lot of agricultural development, rice growing took away habitat from native wildlife. For her series California Foodways, reporter Lisa Morehouse tells us about an unusual coalition working to change that.
They say one of the secrets to a long life, and growing older gracefully, can be a happy partnership with your spouse. But we all know there can be some bumps along the way sometimes. So if you’ve ever been in couples therapy, you may have wondered what a therapist's own marriage is like? Do they fight with their partners over silly stuff, like the rest of us? The California Report’s health reporter April Dembosky was curious, too. She went to a conference in Los Angeles to eavesdrop on a panel of married couples, all therapists. They talked about how their relationships affect their work… and how their work affects their relationships.
A Place Called... Whiskeytown
In the next installment of our series "A Place Called What?!” about California places with unusual or surprising names – we learn about a place many people might think they’d like to move to – Whiskeytown, in Shasta County.