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Stories for January 22, 2009

What Books Does Ira Glass Recommend?

Jan. 22
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

This is a great video of Ira Glass walking through Borders recommending books. & It's obviously a Borders marketing tool (a smart one). & I would also suggest exploring San Diego's local, independent bookstores to find the same items. &

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Jan. 22
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Jan. 22
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Nonunion Construction Workers To Fight Proposed Prop. S Deal

Jan. 22
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Nonunion construction workers say they'll fight to get their share of San Diego Unified's t$2.1 billion bond measure. The San Diego school board voted last week to negotiate the terms of an agreement that would give union's preference with Proposition S bond projects. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

California's Drought Condition is Bad News for Economy

Jan. 22
By Capital Public Radio and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California's heading into a third year of drought conditions, and that means more potential bad news for the state's economy.

Wendy and Lucy

Jan. 22
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
Tease photo

In this scene, Wendy faces the rigid values of a young store clerk who insists that her crime must not go unpunsihed and she needs to be made "an example" of. The older store manager reveals a wisp of compassion but allows himself to be overruled by his young employee's sense of absolutes. But for Wendy, this means being separated from her beloved dog that she left tied up outside the store.

Community Fights to Keep Redevelopment Money

Jan. 22
By Katie Orr and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Grantville residents want to make sure San Diego can’t take any more development money from the community. KPBS reporter Katie Orr has details.

Sundance Blog #7

Jan. 22
By Destin Cretton and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

I'm quickly discovering that life at Sundance gets pretty crazy if you win an award. So I may not be able to write as much as I hoped, but I will do my best. Today, I went to a press luncheon and ate a bunch of free food. Then I hung out with this incredible visual artist named Maria Marshall, who is my new go-to friend in London. After that I watched the doc shorts with Annie, who directed an incredible doc on homeless teens in New Orleans. At 8:30 we had another screening of

Hunter: San Diego at Higher Risk of Terror Attack Than Other Cities

Jan. 22
By Peter Granitz and KPBS Public Broadcasting

One San Diego lawmaker says the city is at a much higher terror risk than others in the U S. Peter Granitz reports from Capitol Hill.

The 81st Academy Award Nominations

Jan. 22
By Beth Accomando

The nominees for the 81st Oscars were just released and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button came out on top with 13 while Slumdog Millionaire came in with 10. No big surprises.

Coffee 101: Grinding, Roasting, Brewing

Jan. 22
KPBS Public Broadcasting

How do you like your coffee? Do you prefer espresso to a French Roast? What about the beans: do you buy whole bean or already ground coffee? We speak to a couple local coffee experts about the world's second most popular beverage. We discuss different kinds of coffee, the various preparation techniques, and some tips for making a great cup at home.

New Restaurants Continue to Open Despite Downward Economy

Jan. 22
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Despite the region's economic woes, some new restaurants have opened up in San Diego. We'll talk with Troy Johnson of Riviera Magazine about the fancy new digs known as the Crescent Heights Kitchen, and about two new watering holes serving different but refined tastes: the Blind Lady Ale House and the wine bar Splash.

Can Mexico Survive the Drug War?

Jan. 22
KPBS Public Broadcasting

More than 350 people have been died in Tijuana since September in drug-related deaths. Law enforcement on both sides of the US-Mexico border are trying to figure out who to fight drug trafficking and violence. We'll continue our look at the devastating drug war as part of a special KPBS-TijuanaPress.Com series " Border Battle: Bringing Home the Drug War."

Government Report Lists Wasteful Programs

Jan. 22
By Todd Zwillich and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A report due out today in Washington details thousands of government programs at risk of waste and fraud. San Diego Republican Congressman Darrell Issa was among the lawmakers requesting the report. Todd Zwillich has more from Washington.

The People's Role in the Obama Years

Jan. 22
By Gloria Penner and Political Fix by Gloria Penner

I phoned one of my best friends in the late afternoon of Inauguration Day, during that brief calm between the end of the Inauguration Parade and the beginning of the inauguration balls. That's when the Obamas were out of public view as they changed into ball gown and tuxedo. I knew my buddy would have to take a breather from her marathon TV watching and that would probably be the right time. I guessed correctly. But what I didn't count on was the huge emotional hangover she was suffering or enjoying. She told me she had cried all day and couldn't talk until she recovered from the onslaught of tears. So I'm giving her space. But during the next call, I'll want to know exactly why she cried and what does she want the American public to do next.

Political Fix by Gloria Penner

Jan. 22
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Volunteers Vital To San Diego County Waterways

Jan. 22
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego county, city and state agencies don't have money to monitor water quality at many areas of the county on a regular basis. But that's where dozens of volunteers step in, donating their time on weekends to check more than 14 different sites. KPBS Environmental Reporter Ed Joyce tells us about these watershed teams.