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54 minutes | Jul 28, 2021
San Diego County Recommends Masks Indoors Regardless Of Vaccination Status
San Diego County officials are now following the lead of the CDC in recommending that all residents, vaccinated or not, wear masks in indoor public spaces. Also, the latest in the 101 Ash Street debacle may lead to the city being evicted from Civic Center Plaza. Plus, North County has a new rehabilitation hospital. Then, a new book showcases the 120 year history of Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Finally, we kick off the 2021 KPBS Summer Music Series with Jelani Aryeh whose unique brand of pop music is catching lots of attention.
48 minutes | Jul 27, 2021
Could Vaccination Mandates Create A Backlash?
As vaccine mandates increase, it remains to be seen how successful they will be, and what level of backlash they may provoke. Also, between spiking case rates and a potential return of a mask mandate, some San Diegans are saying they’re experiencing “COVID whiplash.” Plus, a San Diego lawyer said he was discriminated against for “banking while black” when he tried to cash a large settlement check at Bank of America in Pacific Beach. Then, Los Angeles Times columnist Jean Guerrero says San Diego-based One American News Network is a hotbed of “white paranoid extremism” and “Trump propaganda.” In addition, as San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer says he did not allow tent encampments and achieved a “double digit” reduction in homelessness, experts say his claims are overstated and incomplete. And, President Joe Biden's decision to end U.S. involvement in Afghanistan has raised questions about the wisdom of leaving and the wisdom of having stayed so long. Finally, The San Diego Writers Festival is wrapping up its virtual event this weekend with Kaitlyn Greenidge, whose second novel “Libertie” is noted as one of the most anticipated novels of the year.
46 minutes | Jul 26, 2021
California To Require Proof Of Vaccination For State Workers
In an effort to slow rising coronavirus infections, California will require state employees and all health care workers to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or get tested weekly. Plus, an Encinitas mother who lost her son to opioid addiction reacts to the potential multi-billion dollar settlement with opioid manufacturers. Also, Aaron Harvey was arrested in 2014 under a controversial gang law for crimes he had nothing to do with. The charges were dropped, and now he's a UC Berkeley graduate. And, a preview of San Diego author Chris Baron’s new novel, "The Magical Imperfect,” about the friendship of two young outcasts as they navigate ancestry, illness, magic and the earth cracked open.
23 minutes | Jul 23, 2021
Rep. Levin Chairs New Nuclear Waste Caucus
San Diego North County Congressman Mike Levin has announced the formation of a bipartisan congressional caucus to explore solutions to the spent nuclear waste problem. Plus, this weekend in the arts: La Jolla Playhouse has a new play series, The Color Forty Nine performs at the Casbah and "On the Move” brings City Ballet back to audiences. And KPBS Roundtable covers the biggest stories of the past week, including Comic-Con returning with another virtual convention due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
46 minutes | Jul 22, 2021
COVID-19 Cases, Hospitalizations Surge Among Unvaccinated San Diegans
A significant increase in COVID-19 cases has prompted San Diego County public health officials Thursday to renew efforts to get county residents vaccinated from the virus. Plus, a judge in California ruled the state insurance commissioner can order the “insurer of last resort” to offer more options for homeowners in high-risk wildfire areas. Then, Oceanside will soon have its first year-round homeless shelter. Later, Pride celebrations are coming to Escondido for the first time. And KPBS’ Port of Entry Podcast explores how a local artist found his voice in Tijuana.
46 minutes | Jul 21, 2021
Travel Restrictions Extended At US-Mexico Border
Restrictions on non-essential travel at the United States-Mexico border will continue for at least another month. Then, the median price for a home in San Diego County reached $750,000 in June, that’s another record. Plus, state law requires Coronado to plan for nearly 1,000 new homes to accommodate its workforce, but the city voted on a downsized plan. And, surfing’s debut at the Summer Olympics resurfaces issues over native Hawaiian cultural appropriation. And Cinema Junkie, KPBS' longest running podcast, returned from quarantine break last week with an episode on Marvel and a party on YouTube.
45 minutes | Jul 20, 2021
Uptick In COVID-19 Cases, Hospitalizations Likely Due To Delta Variant
San Diego is seeing a steady increase in COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations due to the Delta variant. Plus, California is poised to become the first state in the nation to experiment with providing residents a guaranteed basic income. Then, an inside look at how one San Diego hospital system is expanding operations to deal with growing numbers of high-risk pregnancies. And, a former employee at the San Diego Museum of Art alleges that museum management fostered a culture that allowed sexual harassment to occur and is discriminatory against women of color employees. And, a new bilingual show produced by The San Diego Union Tribune and Los Angeles Times will cover news, entertainment and sports targeted to the region’s Latino community.
45 minutes | Jul 19, 2021
Pressure On Biden Administration After Judge’s DACA Ruling
The Biden administration is planning on appealing a Texas judge’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that has allowed young people who were brought illegally to the U.S., or overstayed their visas, to live and work here. Plus, a 50-year tradition of counting bighorn sheep in Anza-Borrego was canceled after a volunteer died from the extreme heat. Also, people in eastern Colorado depend on a system of pumps to deliver water from the Colorado river, but this year there’s less of it to go around. And, as California pursues a zero-carbon emission energy future, there’s a momentum to develop renewable energy projects in San Diego’s backcountry, sometimes pitting residents' interests against developers. And, Comic-Con is forced for a second time to go online. We have a preview of the show happening Friday through Sunday.
20 minutes | Jul 16, 2021
LA County Residents Ordered To Wear Masks Indoors Again
In the face of steadily increasing COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations, Los Angeles County residents will again be required to wear masks in indoor public settings beginning Saturday night. San Diego has seen its daily case rate double in recent weeks, but officials say they are sticking with state and CDC guidelines which don’t require masks for the fully vaccinated. Plus, gay bars have re-opened and are again providing safe havens for many in the LGBTQ community as Pride Week is set to kick off in San Diego County. And, a look ahead to some weekend arts events, including the North Park Book Fair, Sidro Saturdays and an exhibition at the Front, Pride, Guillermo Galindo's found object sonic devices and the iPalpiti Festival.
53 minutes | Jul 15, 2021
California Wildfires: Your Questions Answered
Californians are facing what could be another historic wildfire season. From the North State to Southern California, the Central Valley and the Sierra Nevada, this special broadcast show will answer your most pressing questions about wildfires, explore solutions and look at ways to keep safe.
48 minutes | Jul 14, 2021
COVID-19 Infections On The Rise And Understanding Vaccine Hesitancy In San Diego
San Diego county health officials announced 355 new infections on Monday and the likely culprit is the more contagious Delta variant of the virus. Plus, a new survey finds that 54% of unvaccinated San Diego County residents are unlikely to get vaccinated. The group most unlikely are white, educated and have higher incomes. And, as America's war in Afghanistan winds down, one San Diego couple is still coping with the loss of their son in a helicopter crash there 15 years ago. Also, California is in the grip of a drought and some experts think regional water restrictions might be a good idea to allow for a targeted approach to water waste. And, an infectious disease expert weighs in on masking in schools. Finally, San Diego author Anisha Bhatia talks about writing about culture. She will be part of the San Diego Writers Festival this weekend.
45 minutes | Jul 13, 2021
2021’s Already Breaking 2020’s Fire Record
Last year was a record-breaking year in terms of wildfire. So far, 2021 is on track to break that record and officials say climate change is a huge factor. In addition, San Diego has an ambitious climate change plan but an audit shows the city isn’t doing a good job at tracking its progress. Plus, as climate change heats up cities, a new study finds that low-income and neighborhoods with higher Black, Hispanic and Asian populations experience significantly more summer heat. Also, veteran homelessness has many causes and few solutions, but Kansas City is hoping tiny homes might be one solution. And, childhood obesity is an epidemic in this country and Latinx children are affected the most. A new study suggests childhood trauma might be to blame. Finally, the All-Star Game is happening Tuesday and two-way player Shohei Ohtani is being compared to Babe Ruth — some even going as far as saying he’s better than the Great Bambino himself.
47 minutes | Jul 12, 2021
Beloved Homeless Advocate Dies
Father Joe Carroll, a San Diego icon for his work helping the unsheltered, died this weekend at 80. Plus, the pandemic impacted the Latinas workforce harder than any other groups and a new report highlights the inequities that San Diego Latinas face in the workplace. Also, the Colorado River is tapped out. A prolonged warming and drying trend has pushed the nation’s two largest reservoirs to record lows. In addition, a newly completed rock barrier through the Delta in Contra Costa County is expected to help preserve water for millions as drought conditions worsen in the state. And, California Attorney General Rob Bonta has issued new guidelines that he hopes will strengthen accountability and transparency in investigations of shootings involving law enforcement. Finally, a preview of the relaunched “Cinema Junkie” podcast, which took a quarantine break.
20 minutes | Jul 9, 2021
Governor Asks Californians To Voluntarily Cut Water Use
Gov. Gavin Newsom called on residents to voluntarily cut back on their water consumption by 15% as California continues to face unseasonably high summer temperatures. Plus, more than a year into the COVID-19 crisis, seven million tenants across the country are behind on rent and many small landlords are struggling to pay their bills as well. And this weekend in the arts: the culmination of a pandemic-era program from the city's Commission for Arts and Culture, live performances of a haunting dance production, an outdoor music, art and food festival in Oceanside and it’s the closing weekend of a very timely virtual play.
45 minutes | Jul 8, 2021
54 Delta Variant COVID Cases Reported In San Diego County
As the delta variant of the coronavirus becomes the dominant strain in the U.S., 54 cases have been reported in San Diego County. Plus, the results come despite California losing a congressional seat for the first time in history due to slow population growth and some high-profile technology companies and billionaires leaving the state. And increasing numbers of asylum seekers are being allowed to enter the United States. But with the asylum system still severely curtailed, thousands remain stuck in dangerous conditions in Tijuana. Finally, “Say Their Names” is a new memorial exhibit coming to San Diego honoring Black Lives lost to police brutality and systemic racism.
45 minutes | Jul 7, 2021
Scripps Study: COVID Impacts Lasting Average Of 2 To 3 Months
Scientists are using data from Apple Watches and Fitbits to measure the impacts of COVID-19 on the body. Plus, San Diego saw a sharp increase in fentanyl-related deaths during the region's COVID lockdowns. And with the passing of the state budget on June 28, UC San Diego, UCLA and UC Berkeley are going to have to cut back on out-of-state student admissions. Then, San Diego County Supervisors voted to create an office of environmental and climate justice by fall. District 1 supervisor Nora Vargas pushed to make that happen. Also, a recent report by the American Planning Association and Scripps Institution of Oceanography emphasizes the need for better coordination from the region's institutions in preparing for worsening climate change. Plus, Sandbox VR opened shortly before the pandemic hit and has now fully reopened. The VR gaming facility allows groups of players fight zombies, alien bugs or each other. Finally, five songs to discover in July from Jelani Aryeh, Julianna Zachariou, Irenie, SD State of Mind anthology and Rain on Fridays.
46 minutes | Jul 7, 2021
Post-Pandemic Public Health Funding: ‘Now Is Absolutely The Opportunity’
Substantial, long-term funding has eluded local public health departments and with a spotlight on the pandemic, some argue now is the time to change that. Then, San Diego County supervisors last week approved a $7.2 billion budget with funding for mental health services and the pandemic recovery. And for the first time, an Indigenous woman has been appointed to serve on California’s Commission on the Status of Women and Girls. Plus, a national homelessness expert says San Diego needs to coordinate efforts among agencies and find more permanent housing solutions if it wants to see fewer unsheltered people on the streets. Finally, a new arts campaign intended to boost vaccination rates among Latinos in California’s Central Valley.
20 minutes | Jul 2, 2021
California Hate Crime Up 31% In 2020, Led By Anti-Black Bias
Hate crime in California reached its highest reported level in more than a decade last year. Plus, a group of peer counselors in City Heights are trying to heal the community, by both connecting people to much needed resources and mental health services. And as we celebrate Independence Day this weekend, we’re going to take a closer look at some art exhibitions in San Diego that tell the wider story of who we consider to be American and what it means to have an identity linked with the land.
43 minutes | Jun 30, 2021
San Diego Suing To Void Deals On 101 Ash Building, Civic Center Plaza
The city of San Diego announced Tuesday that it is suing to void its lease-to-own agreements in the 101 Ash Street and Civic Center Plaza building deals due to an advisor allegedly receiving millions in undisclosed compensation for negotiating the transactions in violation of state law. And, the new state budget removes the asset rule that restricted Medi-Cal eligibility for older and disabled Californians. Plus, a Carlsbad community member is stepping up to run and fund a shelter in a motel for people experiencing homelessness. Then, a new city parks proposal to revitalize the city's overlooked parks also will incentivize developers to build more affordable housing in the process. Finally, in the season finale of KPBS podcast the Parker Edison Project, host Parker Edison explores how family legacy contributes to culture.
46 minutes | Jun 29, 2021
Masks Recommended In LA County, Regardless of Vaccine Status
Health officials in Los Angeles county are urging people to wear masks indoors, regardless of their vaccination status. Plus, one way for urban areas to beat the heat is to consider the power of shade. However, there’s an unequal distribution of shady, tree-lined streets in our cities, including here in San Diego. And fireworks could be returning to La Jolla on July Fourth, if organizers can overcome a legal challenge from people concerned about sea lions. Then, in 2019, San Diego County approved a $1.5 million program to help homeowners pay for vent retrofits to cut down on wildfire risk. But now that program has been abandoned and the money diverted elsewhere. Also, a recent study says San Diego has some of the most cost burdened homeowners in the U.S. Plus, one of California’s most well-known LGBTQ voices is Harvey Milk. KQED spoke to some young San Franciscans about what he means to them today. Finally, Rosebud’s Cafe in Jackson, California has become a refuge for people that don’t always feel accepted, including those in the LGBTQ+ communities.
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