Stories for April 11, 2006
I've hosted a lot of call-in programs on a lot of subjects during my six-plus years as the host of These Days. And I've gotten a pretty good idea of where our callers stand on a lot of topics. When Petco Park was in the news, the vast majority of calls we got were from people opposed to public funding for ballparks. As a rule, our callers do not like President Bush. They tend to be anti-growth when it comes to housing and urban planning issues.
Host Tom Fudge talks with Kevin Phillips, author of "American Theocracy," about his theory that the convergence of radical religion, the depletion of oil sources, and our growing national debt are leading to an imploding empire that rivals many of history's fallen empires.
Modern birth control has given people unprecedented abilities to control their fertility. The decision not to have children is one that a lot of modern Americans are making. What does this mean for the future of our politics and culture, and for the long-term composition of the gene pool? We'll speak with a social critic and an evolutionary biologist to find out.
Monthly premiums aren't the only thing for seniors to consider when choosing one of the new Medicare prescription drug plans. A study from the Kaiser Family Foundation reveals wide variations in terms of what drugs are covered, and how much seniors have to pay to get them. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.
Host Tom Fudge speaks to Olara Otunnu, an internationally recognized advocate for children's rights, about the genocide in northern Uganda. Otunnu recounts the horrific conditions that exist in government-run concentration camps. Otunnu also talks about how the U.S. can use its economic and cultural influence to end the genocide.
Immigrants rights activists and women who intend to cross the border illegally protested in Tijuana today against the rising incidence of violence against female migrants. The group marched from a women's migrant shelter to the border fence and called on the Mexican government for help. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has details.
Most of the families along the Gulf Coast were left with little more than memories after Hurricane Katrina. Whatever few photos left behind by the storm seemed beyond salvaging. But the story doesn't end there volunteers from Hewlett Packard in San Diego and elsewhere teamed up to restore hundreds of photos.