Friday, Dec. 21, 2018
7 p.m. on Channel 9
Gov. Jerry Brown
Jerry Brown is wrapping up his third and final term as governor of California. He successfully reversed the state’s fiscal woes and leaves office with a projected budget surplus of $30 billion in state coffers. Brown oversaw a broad overhaul of the state’s criminal justice system and fought for policies to combat climate change while facing challenges from the Trump administration. KQED California Politics and Government Senior Editor Scott Shafer sits down with the outgoing governor to reflect on his legacy.
2018 in Review
We look back at some of the top stories of 2018. In politics, California played a key role in the midterm election’s “blue wave,” where Democrats won congressional seats long held by Republicans in the Central Valley and Southern California. Meanwhile, refugees became the focus of a bitter political debate as the Trump administration separated families at the border and civil rights advocates went to court. We also reflect on the tragic Butte County Camp Fire as displaced residents decide whether to rebuild or move on. And in the tech industry, it’s been a year filled with troubling revelations about how companies like Facebook, Google and Twitter handle user data.
- Lily Jamali, KQED The California Report co-host
- Marisa Lagos, KQED California Politics and Government reporter
- Tonya Mosley, KQED Silicon Valley bureau chief
Comedian Paula Poundstone
Comedian Paula Poundstone is a star panelist on the NPR quiz show, “Wait Wait, Don’t Tell Me!”, where she’s known for her off-the-cuff humor. She has had an HBO special and her own variety show, and is on her second podcast, called “Nobody Listens to Paula Poundstone.” She’s also the author of two books, including “The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness.” Poundstone started her career and refined her stand-up act at tiny clubs and open mic nights in San Francisco in the 1980s. She returns to the Bay Area to talk with us ahead of her New Year’s Eve show at the Nourse Theater, now renamed the Sydney Goldstein Theater.