Stories for April 11, 2007
Susan Davis, San Diego's democratic congresswoman from the 53rd District, is home for Easter Break. She joins us in studio to talk about Washington's hot-button issues: immigration reform, the looming showdown between Congress and the President over Iraq, and No Child Left Behind Act. We'll also find out about her bill to help states hold mail-in elections.
"Crossing Arizona" puts a human face on the hotly debated issues of illegal immigration and security on the US/Mexico border. Heightened security in California and Texas has pushed illegal border-crossers into the treacherous Arizona desert in unprecedented numbers -- an estimated 4,500 a day. Documentary filmmaker Dan DeVivo examines the crisis through the eyes of those directly affected by it.
Congressman Darrell Issa has been making waves. He talks with Full Focus about his recent talks with Syria's President, and whether his criticism of Carol Lam led to her ousting as U.S. attorney. We'll also talk about the Iraq war and immigration reform.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger was in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday. He met with California lawmakers and gave a speech at Georgetown University. Benjamin Shaw reports from Capitol Hill.
A Mexican customs official says his agency is feeling more pressure from organized crime groups. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has details.
Under Governor Schwarzenegger's healthcare reform package, all Californians would be required to have health insurance. People who don't comply could be penalized. Critics say that's an outrage. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.
The Defense Secretary says all active-duty Army soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan will serve 15-month tours -- three months longer than the usual standard. San Diego Congressman Darrell Issa supports the change. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has more.
Book critics Debra Ginsberg and Tiffany Lee-Youngren discuss their favorite recently published books. Topping the list are a couple of psychological thrillers, a collection of short stories from China, and a memoir from a synesthetic savant with Asperger's syndrome.
Autism is on the rise, yet experts are still searching for what causes it and how to treat those affected by the disorder. Asperger's syndrome is a specific high-functioning form of autism that affects one out of 150 children by the age of eight. An autism expert and author joins us to discuss Asperger's syndrome.
From bills targeting the war in Iraq to considerations for stillborn babies, Marianne Russ, the capitol bureau chief of Capital Public Radio, tells us about the latest news from Sacramento.
San Diego is recognized as the leading local government in the United Stated using renewable energy. But is the city taking advantage of its sunny weather to move ahead with solar energy to meet its own goals? In the next installment of our series on what San Diegans are doing about global warming, KPBS reporter Alison St John looks at the citys use of renewable energy.
Monterey Ridge Elementary in the Poway Unified School District is the newest in a growing list of solar powered schools in San Diego County. KPBS education reporter Ana Tintocalis explains why theres a lot more to this school than just solar panels.