#MeToo Unmasks the Open Secret of Sexual Abuse in Yoga

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#MeToo Unmasks the Open Secret of Sexual Abuse in Yoga

Yoga. It’s a place many of us go to relax and find a safe space. But imagine you’re doing a backbend, and your yoga teacher comes over and strokes your breasts. That’s what happened to one of the women who responded to a California Report/KQED callout for #MeToo stories. KQED’s Miranda Leitsinger has spent the last nine months uncovering the issue of sexual misconduct and abuse in the unregulated yoga industry in California. She shares her findings with host Sasha Khokha.

String of Fires in Northern California May Worsen Poverty for Years to Come

California is on fire again. The Delta Fire north of Redding is just the latest blaze in what’s become a record fire year. Natural disasters like fire can be hard on everyone -- but it can take much longer for folks who are low income to rebuild their lives. KQED's Sam Harnett spent time with two families struggling to recover from wildfire -- one in Shasta County, the other in Mendocino -- both counties grappling with high poverty rates.

92-Year-Old Artist Says Planet Earth Is ‘Screwed’

If you step into Phyllis Thelen's art studio in San Rafael, some of the first things you notice are the 12 wooden globes up on a high shelf. They’re big -- the size of soccer balls. Each one represents our planet, and the different ways humans are destroying it. One is covered with tiny wooden boxes, representing a world smothered by cities. Another globe is painted blue and dotted with bits of junk and plastic, to symbolize ocean pollution. Thelen calls her collection “Planet Earth Screwed” -- and to bring home the point, each of her globes is screwed into a wooden block. We talked to Thelen as the Global Climate Action Summit kicks off in San Francisco later this month. She’s one of several Californians who tell us about their very personal relationships with climate change, for a series we’re calling “This Moment on Earth.”

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