Reporter’s Notebook: Life Inside Tijuana’s Migrant Center
We’ve been bringing you a lot of stories about immigration, and how deportations are affecting families in California. But we rarely hear about what happens to people once they’re newly deported to a country like Mexico. Farida Jhabvala Romero covers immigration for KQED and The California Report -- and she visited a migrant shelter in Tijuana to hear from recent deportees and get their stories.
Los Angeles is a city of constant change, but there are a few sacred, iconic things in this town that have remained the same for decades. And this one, you can eat. In this edition of our series, "Golden State Plate," reporter Peter Gilstrap takes us into the origins of the sandwich that’s been a fixture of L.A. cuisine and beyond since the end of World War I: the French Dip.
Record numbers of women have been energized to get involved in politics since the 2016 presidential election. We decided to help tell those women’s stories, and asked our audience to join us in this endeavor we're calling, “The Long Run.” This week we check in with Myel Jenkins, a first-time candidate running for a seat on the San Juan Unified School Board in Sacramento County. She launched her campaign in February and says she can finally see the finish-line.
Last fall, we first met Brooke Adams, a four-year-old with strawberry blond pigtails. Brooke was diagnosed with Dravet Syndrome when she was three months old. Like a lot of kids with this rare type of childhood epilepsy, she didn’t respond to a long list of heavy-duty pharmaceutical drugs. Until Brooke’s parents discovered she responded to medical cannabis. She takes a few doses a day of CBD to prevent seizures. And if she does have a seizure, another dose that contains the psychoactive THC works in about three minutes. When we first brought you Brooke’s story, her school district had paid for her to go that private preschool -- with her THC oil and a one-on-one nurse -- because federal and state laws ban cannabis on public school grounds. But Brooke’s mom wanted her daughter in public school for kindergarten. She’s been fighting for that right, even pushing for a new state law. Lee Romney went back before the start of the school to check up on Brooke’s family.
Christian Schwartz’s Moment On Earth
Christian Schwartz fell in love with nature when his brother got a field guide to mushrooms in high school. He's a naturalist now, and these days, he spends most of his time in front of a computer. But he says he transforms when he goes for a walk in the forest near Santa Cruz at the end of each week. We talked to him for our series about how climate change has impacted peoples lives in personal and specific ways. It's called “This Moment on Earth.”