The wildfires burning across California have been some of the most devastating in the state's history, with a tornado of fire roaring through Shasta County at more than 140 miles per hour. As people there face evacuations and threats to their homes, there are reports that some shops are taking advantage of the fire victims by charging them exorbitant prices for essentials like food. KQED’s Sam Harnett brings us the story of a Mexican restaurant that’s doing just the opposite.
There are so many fires blazing across the state this week, and some of them are pretty close to places that have recently burned, like Santa Rosa. For people who survived last fall's massive firestorm there, it can be really upsetting to smell smoke again, hear helicopters, or even see flames light up their TV screens. KQED Science reporter Lesley McClurg paid a visit to a woman who's been watching the hazy skies and feeling panicked.
Dave Alvin has written many odes to California in his long career playing punk, folk, and rock 'n' roll. But now in his 60s, he's teaming up with 73-year-old Jimmie Dale Gilmore. Their new album, "Downey to Lubbock,” celebrates their California and Texas roots. The album's been at the top of the Billboard blues charts, but it's actually a mixture of rock 'n' roll, folk, western swing and delta blues, with Dave's rich baritone and Jimmie Dale's distinctive reedy twang. The pair talked to Sasha Khokha about their long friendship and what it was like for the two solo artists to collaborate.
This summer, as we’ve been hearing about families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border, we’ve been bringing you stories about different kinds of separations, and the lasting effects they can have on kids. We’ve heard from a Native American woman forced to attend boarding school, and a young poet grieving the years he spent apart from his Dad, who was incarcerated. Today, we meet Ben Stern, a Berkeley man who’s 97. But his mind is sharp and quick. He survived nine concentration camps during the Holocaust -- and he clearly remembers the day he last saw his mother, as Nazis separated them in August, 1942.