Tracing the Roots of the Child Migrant Crisis
Six California legislators are in Central America this week, visiting El Salvador, Guatemala and Panama. The trip was planned months ago, but it's taken on new urgency in the wake of a surge of unaccompanied children migrating to the United States. We hear first from the California Report's Tyche Hendricks, then from the California Report's Scott Shafer, who sat down recently with David Shirk, director of the "Justice in Mexico Project" at the University of San Diego.
Anti-Fracking Activists in California Take Fight to County Ballots
Opponents of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, have pushed for a statewide moratorium on the controversial oil production technique. But those efforts haven't gotten far, so now, activists are taking the fight to the local level. KQED Science reporter Lauren Sommer tells us about several California counties where voters will decide the future of fracking in November
Arena Football with a Hard Rock Beat
It's not every day you go to a sporting event and a concert breaks out. But that's exactly what happens when the LA KISS plays at home in Anaheim. The Arena Football League team is owned by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of the band KISS. As the team gets ready to wrap up its inaugural season, Susan Valot explores the appeal of pairing football with rock and roll.
Oakland's Unauthorized Skateboard Site
Years of cuts to education, as well as parks and recreation, have left many parts of the state with a shortage of resources for sports and other activities. So it might seem like a no-brainer that a volunteer-built skatepark in a neglected part of Oakland is just what the neighborhood needs. The problem is, it was built without permission.
Remembering Musician Charlie Haden
Charlie Haden died last week at the age of 76. He was one of the greatest bassists in jazz history. But that's not all. Haden spent much of his life in Southern California, where he made his presence felt on and off stage as a bandleader, educator, and patriarch of a sprawling creative clan.