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Stories for February 20, 2006

How do Abraham Lincoln's politics stand up today?

Feb. 20
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Imagine if President Bush appointed Al Gore, John Kerry and John McCain to his cabinet. Abraham Lincoln did something very similar in the 19th century, when he appointed three of his bitter political rivals to high appointive office.

Health expert wants to build a healthier New Orleans

Feb. 20
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Hurricane Katrina has forced New Orleans to think about how it should rebuild. Host Tom Fudge talks to a professor from Tulane who wants the city to recreate its flooded neighborhoods in a way that will contribute to public health.

UN wants Guantanamo prison closed

Feb. 20
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A recently released United Nations report says the US should close its prison in Guantanamo Bay. Host Tom Fudge speaks with professor Marjorie Cohn about the details of the report, and if the US can be forced to shut down the detention center.

States must track HIV patients by name

Feb. 20
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The federal government will soon start penalizing states that don't track HIV patients by name. California could be among the states that will lose federal funds. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

CA leading the way on clean energy

Feb. 20
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

An environmental group says California is leading the way on clean energy. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has more.

Acidic oceans spell trouble for marine life, humans

Feb. 20
By Beth Ford Roth and KPBS Public Broadcasting

New research finds the earth's oceans are the most acidic they've been since dinosaurs became extinct 65-million years ago. Scientists say this could spell trouble for marine life and possibly humans. KPBS reporter Beth Ford Roth has more.

East County community reaches out to foster kids

Feb. 20
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

An innovative program in San Diego's East County brings the whole community together to help foster kids when they are removed from their home. Tom Fudge speaks with a former foster child about his experiences.

Study shows teachers need encouragement programs

Feb. 20
By Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Mentoring or money? A new study says more emphasis should be placed on programs that foster young teachers and encourage them to stay in the profession. Sacramento reporter Jenny O'Mara has more.

Richard Reeves on Reagan's presidency

Feb. 20
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Host Tom Fudge speaks with the award-winning author and syndicated columnist, Richard Reeves about Ronald Reagan's rise and fall, and the legacy he leaves behind.

Will we see a female U.S. president in our lifetime?

Feb. 20
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Not all woman politicians are alike; each woman leader has a distinctive voice and style of leadership. But how likely is a woman president?