Gov. Brown's Budget Mantra: Caution
On Thursday, Gov. Jerry Brown unveiled his new state budget. While there was good news to report, including funding increases for schools and a sizeable bump in state revenues, the governor again urged caution when it comes to spending. We discuss the governor's spending plan with Scott Shafer, senior editor of KQED's California Politics and Government Desk.
California Muslim Women Reconsider Wearing Hijab Over Safety Concerns
Many Muslim women who wear hijab, the traditional headscarf, have been on edge since the mass shooting last month in San Bernardino. One of the two shooters, Tashfeen Malik, wore hijab herself. Lately, after reporting more dirty looks and harsh words than they can take, some Muslim women are making difficult choices.
A Sick Newborn, a Loving Family and a Litany of Wrenching Choices
Decisions about the end of life are always difficult. But they can be wrenching for parents of very sick infants. A chasm can open between parents' hopes and what medical providers see as realistic. We hear a story from Kaiser Health News of one family's struggle to decide what's right for their newborn.
My Spot: Fresno's Bustling Cherry Auction Flea Market
Everybody's got a place that is special to them. For our series "My Spot," we've gone from a skateboard park under a freeway to a favorite running trail. Today, we head to a flea market in Fresno called the Cherry Auction, where we meet a vendor who says this place isn't just about selling stuff.
Scientists Track Undersea Noise Pollution as Ship Traffic Swells
On New Year's Eve, one of the world's largest container ships passed under the Golden Gate Bridge. Its arrival raised the curtain on a new era for the Port of Oakland. But it also raised the anxiety level among marine scientists, who are watching -- and listening -- as noise from rising ship traffic increasingly interferes with ocean wildlife.