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Stories for February 12, 2009

Dime Stories Brings Performance and Prose Together

Feb. 12
By Emily Robichaud and Culture Lust by Angela Carone
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Saul Williams Performing in Phoenix

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Feb. 12
By Emily Robichaud and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Singing the Praises of Melissa Leo and Frozen River

Feb. 12
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone
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Melissa Leo in Frozen River (Sony Pictures Classics)

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Feb. 12
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

New Task Force Rethinks Border Policy

Feb. 12
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A new bi-national border task force that aims to reshape US and Mexican border policy meets for the first time in San Diego tomorrow. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

Pultizer Prize Nominated Play Bulrusher at New Village Arts

Feb. 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting

New Village Arts is staging the Pulitzer Prize nominated drama Bulrusher. The play is set in Boonville, California and incorporates the region's own folk language, Boontling. We'll talk with playwright Eisa Davis and director Kristianne Kurner.

February ArtPower

Feb. 12
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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Here's the latest info from ArtPower's Film Curator Rebecca Webb:

Health Net Pays Out Millions to Settle Class Action Suits

Feb. 12
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Health Net has agreed to settle two class action lawsuits filed by Californians whose insurance was cancelled after they became sick. Legal experts say the settlement will set a precedent. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

Museums Face Rough Times

Feb. 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Museums are big business. More than 850 million people visited America's 17,500-plus museums last year. Yet many museums are struggling financially to stay afloat. We'll talk about the role museums play in society, and how they plan to survive and thrive in the 21st Century.

Celebrating Darwin's Legacy

Feb. 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting

February 12 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin. His theory of evolution set in motion the scientific understanding of the origins of life. We'll talk about Darwin's work and the scientific research that continues today that gives us insight into how species evolve.

SoCal Edison in 1,300 Megawatt Solar Power Dea

Feb. 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting

An Oakland energy firm announced 20-year contracts that would supply Southern California Edison with enough solar power to light up 845,000 homes if the plan receives regulatory approval.

Destination Lindbergh Plan Moves to Airport Authority

Feb. 12
By Katie Orr and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The regional committee formed to help develop a plan for the future of Lindbergh Field offered its final recommendation today/ Thursday. But whether the plan will result in any action is uncertain. KPBS reporter Katie Orr has details.

A-Rod Admits to Using Steroids. Is Anyone Surprised Nowadays?

Feb. 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Earlier this week, Major League Baseball superstar Alex Rodriguez admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs during his playing career. Reportedly, there is also a list floating around somewhere with the names of 103 other baseball players who tested positive for steroids. At this point in the baseball steroid story, is anyone surprised when a big name like A-Rod admits they also used performance-enhancing drugs during the last decade? What does this say about the purity of Major League Baseball, and the current state of professional sports in America? Host Maureen Cavanaugh speaks to U-T Sports Writer Mark Zeigler about the A-Rod story, and the prevalence of steroids in all sports nowadays.

Democrats Say They're Real Close on Finishing a Budget Proposal

Feb. 12
By Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California legislative leaders have agreed on the framework of a plan to balance the state budget, but the leaders say it's not a done deal yet. From Sacramento, Marianne Russ reports.

San Diego Gas Prices Rise Despite High Storage of Oil

Feb. 12
By Dwane Brown, Alan Ray and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Talk of an economic stimulus package deal in Washington, D.C. is creating volatility in the oil market. We're joined on Morning Edition by Phil Flynn... a Senior Market Analyst at Alaron Trading in Chicago, and a Fox Business News contributor.

SD County Facing Triple Financial Threat

Feb. 12
By Katie Orr and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Chair of the San Diego Board of Supervisors took a defiant stance against the state government last night. Dianne Jacob delivered the annual State of the County speech at Cuyamaca College in El Cajon. KPBS reporter Katie Orr has details.

The Revolution of the Fourth Estate

Feb. 12
By Gloria Penner and Political Fix by Gloria Penner

As a journalist, I've used the phrase, "fourth estate" to describe the press for as long as I can recall. But when thinking about this blog, I realized that I couldn't clearly track its origin. A few minutes on Google, and

Political Fix by Gloria Penner

Feb. 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting