California Leaves Large Footprint at Paris Climate Talks
Gov. Jerry Brown is back from the Paris Climate Talks, where he led a delegation of California lawmakers, business and environmental leaders. Even though California isn't a nation in its own right and can't sign onto a United Nations treaty, Brown was pretty high-profile in Paris. KQED Science reporter Lauren Sommer joins us to discuss California's footprint at the climate talks.
L.A. Exhibition Showcases Art From Inside Death Row
More than 740 inmates are awaiting execution in California right now. Last year, a judge declared the death penalty unconstitutional. But that decision has been overturned on technical grounds, which means executions could potentially move forward. We got a rare interview with a death row inmate who's also an artist featured in a new exhibition, "Windows on Death Row," in Los Angeles.
Silicon Valley Firms Eager to Get Into Cuba, But Face a Slow Road
Silicon Valley companies are testing the waters in Cuba, where most people aren't yet online. As the U.S. and Cuba restore diplomatic relations after more than 50 years, some California tech companies have grand business plans for the island. But the launch of sites like Airbnb and Google in Cuba won't happen at Silicon Valley's usual pace.
Zakir Hussain's 'Distant Kin' Brings Together Indian, Celtic Traditions
Tabla master Zakir Hussain belongs to one of North India's most distinguished musical dynasties. But since he moved to the Bay Area in the '70s, he's tried to collaborate with musicians far afield from his roots. Hussain's latest album with Celtic musicians might seem like an unusual pairing, but jazz critic Andrew Gilbert says it makes sense.
Big Think: Farmworkers Should Own Part of the Farm
"Good food is not just for yuppies," says Jim Cochran, founder of Swanton Berry Farm just north of Santa Cruz. We talked to him as part of our "Big Think" series, where we ask innovative Californians to share their big ideas in 10 words or less. Cochran's philosophy is that workers should own a stake in the business and labor under good working conditions to produce healthy, delicious food. He wants to extend that vision to food systems in entire communities, and he's starting in Fresno. Cochran is planning a storefront to sell local products like jam and veggies in a low-income neighborhood. The idea is to have workers and community members all be part owners, and the food would be priced somewhere between Whole Foods and the local mini-mart.