Police Stand Together to Honor Fallen San Jose Officer
San Jose is mourning the death of Police Officer Michael Johnson this week. He was gunned down on duty by a man as he responded to a distress call. The funeral for Johnson is sure to draw police officers from around the state. Host Scott Shafer sits down with the president of the San Francisco Police Officers Association, and talks with him about pride in the profession, the risks and responsibilities of being an officer and why every law enforcement death is felt keenly by the men and women in blue.
California Foodways: The Chinese-Mexican Cuisine You'll Find Only Along the Border
If you ask people in the city of Mexicali, Mexico about their most notable regional cuisine, they won't say street tacos or mole. They'll say Chinese food. Above the border, the population is mostly Latino, but Chinese restaurants are super popular there, too. Reporter Lisa Morehouse heads to the Imperial Valley on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border to discover the history behind some dishes you won't find anywhere else. It's the latest episode in our series "California Foodways," stories at the intersection of food, culture, economy and history.
Outlook Grim for California Snow Survey
It's no secret we've got big problems with water in California. A new survey from the Public Policy Institute of California this week shows two-thirds of adults say our lack of water is a big problem. Folks in the Central Valley are the most likely to be worried, and for good reason. Agriculture uses 80 percent of the state's water. Next week will tell us just how serious the drought is. On Thursday, the Sierra snowpack will be measured for the last time this year. Host Scott Shafer talks with Craig Miller, science editor for KQED News.
Marking the Armenian Genocide Anniversary by Featuring Living Armenian Composers
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide. One of the ways it's being marked here in California is with a showcase of "new" music by contemporary Armenian composers, organized by a student at Fresno State University.
Two Bay Area Jazz Groups Make Monk Their Muse on New Releases
If modern jazz had its own Mount Rushmore, Thelonious Monk's face would be smack dab in the middle. But there's nothing set in stone about his music. More than three decades after Monk's death, musicians of all stripes continue to test their creativity with his ingenious compositions. Jazz critic Andrew Gilbert reviews two new CDs by Bay Area artists who are finding new inspiration in Monk's music: The Lost Trio and Alex Conde.