A Flying Fish That Transformed the Sierra -- for Better and for Worse
We start our show today on Highway 395. There's really no place like it in California. For more than 200 miles, the Sierra Nevada rise up as a towering granite wall, bordering stark desert valleys. If you're driving 395 you've probably come for the trout fishing in the Eastern Sierra. But trout aren't native here. For the series California Foodways, Lisa Morehouse tracked their journey to California streams and lakes. It's controversial ... and kind of complicated.
150 Years of Slinging Drinks: Visiting the Iron Door
Just outside Yosemite, the Iron Door Saloon has served prospectors, loggers and workers coming up to the Sierra for more than 150 years. It calls itself the oldest bar still in operation in the state. Reporter Matt Beagle came to the Iron Door to look into this claim, and to re-visit some personal history.
Zen Center Fighting Their Own Fire in Monterey County
In Monterey County, the Soberanes Fire is slowly moving closer to the Tassajara Zen Center. It's the first Zen Monastery built in the West. When the fire gets there, students and teachers who practice at the center plan to be the ones fighting it. That's because the center is so remote, they aren't sure they'll be getting any help from the outside. Krista Almanzan reports.
From Prison to Stage, Playing Othello
Host Sasha Khokha talks to actor Damien Brown, who's playing the lead in Marin Shakespeare Company's new production of Othello. Brown's only acting experience was in prison, where he spent 23 years.
Fans Remember Juan Gabriel
And finally today, we speak with Californians from across the state mourning legendary singer Juan Gabriel, who died this week in Santa Monica at age 66. His flamboyant costumes, passionate lyrics and romantic ballads transcended borders and captured the hearts of so many Mexican-Americans.