A Migrant Student Struggles to Navigate High School
The number of unaccompanied minors crossing the Mexican border has fallen off dramatically since the summer. But tens of thousands of children are still here in the US, thousands here in California, waiting in legal limbo. Lawmakers across the state are pushing for money to fund legal support for Central American kids, placed by immigration authorities in 14 counties. We begin today's show with a second visit to a family living this story in San Mateo County, south of San Francisco. Teenager Jennifer Cruz fled gang violence in El Salvador for a new life with her older sister. While she waits for the resolution of her legal case, she's been struggling to fit in at the local high school. Her sister Yesenia — who asked us not to use her last name — has been struggling to pay the bills.
Ai Weiwei Exhibit Opens This Weekend on Alcatraz Island
Some in the art world are calling it the hottest ticket of the year. "@Large" on Alcatraz Island debuts this weekend. Ai Weiwei is a political artist the Chinese government won't allow to leave the country, not even to see his new exhibit — which explores freedom and confinement. Ai Weiwei makes headlines whatever he does, and "@Large" is no exception.
Pop Music Review: Lucinda Williams' 'Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone'
Lucinda Williams' new album, Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone, comes out next week. Williams has enjoyed a long, rich career, with 11 albums and a lot of well-loved songs, like Sweet Old World. She could easily till the old ground and call it a day. But this new album is a career-defining work
California Foodways: The Story Behind Stanislaus County's Top Crop
For today's installment in the series California Foodways, reporter Lisa Morehouse drops down into the heart of Central California, to talk about land, religion and nuts. Almonds are the top crop in Stanislaus County, bringing in a billion plus dollars in 2013. Walnuts came in third. Nuts aren't just an economic powerhouse in this region. They're also key to the county's past ... and future.