Stories for November 11, 2008
What can I say about the election? & The candidate I (reluctantly) voted for in the Presidential race won. & The majority of the people of California then turned away from his message of change and hope and voted to make me an official second-class citizen of my native state. Overall, I think the United States did well, and California will eventually recover from this stain on its reputation as a social and cultural leader.
Crowds lined up along Main Street in Fallbrook today to watch a Veterans Day Parade. Two Navy jets roared overhead as a salute to those who have served. KPBS reporter Alison St John was there.
"Hellboy II: The Golden Army," inspired by Mike Mignola's comics and graphic novels, arrives today on DVD and Blu-ray. The film is one of my favorites from this year. The fabulous Ron Perlman returns as the big-hearted and big-fisted red demon working for a secret paranormal government agency. This time out he's trying to announce himself to the world while he fights Prince Nuada (a beautifully tragic Luke Goss) from the underground elf world. Once again, filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro creates a vivid fantasy world where we feel the greatest connection to the monsters and creatures.
Dr. Heidi Kraft has an amazing story. She was deployed to Iraq in 2004 to serve as a psychologist with a Marine Corps surgical company, leaving behind her 15-month-old twins. While in Iraq, Dr. Kraft met with numerous service men and women who were dealing with the mental and emotional trauma of living and working in a war zone. We speak to Dr. Kraft about her experiences.
The Veterans Administration's Hospital in San Diego has beefed up its suicide prevention measures during the last few months. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has details.
Sixty-three years ago, the Nuremberg Trials of accused Nazi war criminals began. One of the reporters who covered the trials is a retired San Diego judge who's still alive today. For Norbert Ehrenfreund, the Nuremberg Trials taught the world how to seek post-war justice rather than simply revenge. He joins us to talk about his experience and the book he's written called The Nuremberg Legacy: How the Nazi War Crimes Trials Changed the Course of History.
Is Star Trek really the next generation or simply a reflection of us today? We'll explore the history and culture of the popular science fiction television series as it relates to war, race relations and technology.
Last week, Californians overwhelmingly passed Proposition 12, the Veterans' Bond Act of 2008. The measure provides $900 million in home loans to vets. We'll talk about the plight of vets in California as the U.S. enters an economic recession and continues fighting wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Thousands of San Diegans will be recognized on this Veterans Day for their service to our country. San Diego is home to the largest veteran population in the nation. Phil Landis with Veterans Village of San Diego explains some of the most common issues veterans face today.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's efforts to balance California's budget deficit isn't making many friends in the state Capitol. Democrats oppose program and service cuts while Republicans are dead-set against tax increases. We're joined on Morning Edition by independent Sacramento political consultant Leo McElroy.