The Valley Fire's Devastating Impact
It's been a week from hell for thousands of people living in Lake County, just north of Napa. Since the Valley Fire broke out last Saturday, nearly 600 homes have been destroyed, with thousands more threatened by flames. More than 70,000 acres have burned. Cal Fire is calls the blaze the ninth-worst wildfire in California history, and it's far from being out. Host Scott Shafer, who visited Lake County earlier this week, talks to two other KQED reporters covering the fire, Alex Emslie and Sukey Lewis.
Love in the Digital Age: Donna & Cindy
Few things are more painful than watching people we love harm themselves. Most parents go through some iteration of this experience when their children become teenagers, but some families suffer more than others. One mom in Berkeley, Donna, found herself caught in a high-stakes game of cat-and-mouse with her daughter, Cindy, starting in middle school. Their story is part of a special series we're airing this month called "Love in the Digital Age," a look at how technology is changing the way we experience love, friendship, intimacy and connection from producers Rachael Myrow and Polly Stryker.
Pope Courts Controversy With Junipero Serra Canonization
If you went to elementary school in California, you no doubt learned the history of the 21 Spanish Missions that dot our coastline. You may even have built a model of one of them. Next week, Pope Francis plans to canonize Junipero Serra, the 18th Century Spanish friar who founded the first nine missions. But many indigenous people are outraged that the person they see as responsible for the destruction of their culture is being made a saint.
California Foodways: The Origins of the Hangtown Fry
If you want to recreate the Gold Rush experience without all the terrible conditions, you can pan for gold or even descend into mines. In a few places, you can even eat the most prized meal of the Gold Rush. For the series California Foodways, Lisa Morehouse went in search of the Hangtown Fry.