Speier: Change Military Law to Protect Sexual Assault Victims
Survivors of sexual assault in the armed forces gave emotional and disturbing testimony before a U.S Senate committee this week. One after another, female veterans and one man told stories of rape, assault and sexual harassment. One big problem: military law allows commanders to unilaterally overturn guilty verdicts or reduce sentences handed down by military juries. We talk with California congresswoman Jackie Speier, who has introduced legislation to change that.
Groundbreaking System Aims to Ease L.A.'s Traffic Woes
Los Angeles has achieved a major traffic milestone: all of its nearly 4,400 intersections with signals are now monitored and synchronized for better traffic flow. It's the first city in the world to do it. We visit the agency coordinating the effort, the Automated Traffic Surveillance and Control System (ATSAC), which occupies a former bomb shelter in downtown Los Angeles.
'Kinder' Mark Their Escape From Nazi-Occupied Homelands
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the start of the "Kindertransport," a program which shuttled Jewish children out of Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia and Poland before the Nazis wiped out the Jewish population. Many of those "kinder" -- now mostly in their 80s -- eventually ended up in California. We caught up with a few of them at a recent reunion in Irvine.
Jazz Review: Ian Carey Quintet+1 'Roads & Codes'
Back in the days of vinyl, before CDs were king, a record's fate could rise or fall on the strength of its cover art. On his new CD, "Roads & Codes," Bay Area trumpeter Ian Carey has put almost as much creative energy into the album's package as his music. Jazz critic Andrew Gilbert has a review.
World Baseball Classic Comes to San Francisco
Opening day for major league baseball is just over two weeks away. But for those who just can't wait, the championship round of the World Baseball Classic starts this weekend in San Francisco. Event organizers pitch it as the premiere international baseball tournament. We talk with some of the fans who'll be there.