Unpredictable Brown Signs Flurry of Bills
It's that time of year in Sacramento, as Gov. Jerry Brown wields his pen and either signs bills into law or sweeps them into the dustbin with a big fat veto. We talk with Marisa Lagos, reporter for KQED's politics and government desk, about some of the legislation that received the governor's signature and also what he's squashed.
Rehab Centers Scramble to Keep Up as Drought Exacts Toll on Wildlife
We recently reported on large cockroaches moving indoors in search of water. But California's ongoing drought is also leading to other wildlife spending more time out in the open, searching for sustenance. Weak, emaciated animals are being found near hiking trails and roads, or even stuck in irrigation canals -- and it's putting a strain on wildlife rehab centers.
Story of an Execution Becomes Art in 'Last Day of Freedom'
In the documentary "Last Day of Freedom," Bill Babbitt tells the story of his brother Manny, who struggled with mental illness after an accident and two tours in Vietnam. Back from the war, he ended up on the streets and diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. His brother Bill tried to protect him and took him in until he learned Manny had murdered an elderly woman in Sacramento. Bill wrestled with what to do. He decided to put his trust in the criminal justice system and turned him in. San Francisco Filmmakers Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman created an animated documentary that uses only one voice along with spare drawing to tell the deeply affecting story.
In a 100-Year-Old Car, It's All About the Journey
We call them cars now, but they were once called "horseless carriages." You know, the kind of car Henry Ford built 100 years ago. And you won't just see them in museums or parades. Laura Klivans caught up with a group of vivacious Bay Area seniors who bring these relics back to life.
The Blues, Alive and Well in a South Central LA Garage
On a sun-baked residential street in South Central Los Angeles, you hear the constant ebb and flow of jets cruising toward L.A. International Airport. Unless you're in Franklin Bell's garage, where you hear the sound of the blues. As Peter Gilstrap explains, a vital strain of American music is alive and well here. It's a small scene with a big heart, where age is venerated and experience translates to a soundtrack of African-American life.