Stories for June 10, 2008
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After decades of resisting adding fluoride to the water supply, San Diego city council members found themselves in a position where they could no longer say no. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.
As tomatoes blush a deep red in farms and gardens throughout the country this week, growers are panicking that a 17-state salmonella outbreak linked to raw tomatoes could shrivel up their summer market.
Ichigo Kurosaki is a typical teenage boy. He fights with his dad, feels protective of his sisters, likes cool clothes... and oh did I mention, he also sees dead people. It's no big deal. Not like that kid in
The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System will get money to replace old buses. The money comes from a measure California voters approved in 2006. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has more.
A new Public Policy Institute report finds fourth-grade students who are struggling academically are more likely to fail California's High School Exit Exam. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.
How did bananas change the world? We speak to author Dan Koeppel about his new book Banana: The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World. Koeppel discusses the different kinds of bananas, where they came from, and why there is concern about the frail plants survival.
Jill Kintner is one of the top female BMX riders in the world, and she will be representing the United States in the upcoming Olympics in Beijing. Host Tom Fudge speaks to Jill about her training, which is taking place at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista. We also speak to Jill about some of the specifics of the BMX event, which has been added to the Olympic program this year.
What kind of a city councilman will Carl DeMaio be? Host Tom Fudge speaks to DeMaio, who won the District 5 race outright in the June 3 primary, about his goals for the council. We also get DeMaio's thoughts on the role of the mayor and city attorney, and how he would like to reform San Diego City Hall.
Author John Perkins stirred up controversy with his first book, "Confessions of an Economic Hit Man", which went on to become a New York Times bestseller. Now Perkins is at it again with "The Secret History of the American Empire", which further explores America's influence on the global economy. We speak with Perkins about the concept of "corporatocracy", and why he says the wars in Vietnam and Iraq have benefited big business.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Ilan-Lael, the home and art studio of San Diego artist James Hubbell. The property was damaged in the 2003 Cedar fire but has been rebuilt and is now undergoing historical designation review by San Diego County. We'll talk with James Hubbell and his architect son, Drew, about connecting nature and art with architecture.
Republican leaders in the US House want to revamp the party image in order to stave off a Democratic landslide this year. San Diego Republicans say the agenda is just fine. Matt Laslo reports from Washington.
Four years ago, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsome ignited a political fire storm by when he approved same sex marriages in the city. The action galvanized conservatives around the country and led a number of states to pass laws banning same sex marriage. And some political analysts say same sex marriage was the issue that cost John Kerry the White House in 2004.