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Stories for November 23, 2009

Guido's Orchestra: Live From The Heart Of Europe

Nov. 23
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Guido’s Orchestra, an exciting act from Holland, performs for an American audience for the first time — only on PBS. Guido is a virtuoso violinist, conductor and composer whose unique mix of classical/rock crossover features his own compositions and some of the best-loved music in the world. This program, recorded at the point where Holland, Belgium and Germany meet, stars Guido, his young orchestra and his wife, Wendy, who performs her European hit, “The 7 Cs,” during which she sings seven high Cs in one song.

Golden State Highways Are A California Nightmare

Nov. 23
Ina Jaffe, NPR
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California is known for its car culture. But it turns out those wheels are rolling over some of the worst roads in the nation. A recent study ranked California 49th out of the 50 states for the quality of its pavement. New Jersey came in last. But California has the distinction of having the nation's worst roads in urban areas.

City To Wrap Current Shortfall Into Future Deficit Reduction Plan

Nov. 23
By Alison St John
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The city of San Diego’s independent budget analyst says there is already a multi-million-dollar short fall in the first quarter of this fiscal year. However she is not recommending any cuts -- at least not yet!

Mother Saves Son's Life By Donating Part Of Her Liver

Nov. 23
By Kenny Goldberg
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This Thanksgiving will be extra special for one San Diego family. A 14-month-old boy is alive and well, thanks to a liver donated by his mother.

Sinatra At Carnegie Hall

Nov. 23
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In 1980, Frank Sinatra performed a two-week engagement at Carnegie Hall, which at the time, set a record for the venue by selling out each show in just one day. The performances followed the release of 1980's Trilogy, Sinatra's ambitious triple-album comeback that featured "The Theme from New York, New York." Sinatra mixes "Summer Me, Winter Me" from that album with his hits "I've Got the World on a String" and "I've Got You Under My Skin." Foreshadowing the follow-up to Trilogy is "The Gal That Got Away"/"It Never Entered My Mind," a medley that would appear on She Shot Me Down in 1981.

Death Row Diet

Nov. 23
By Beth Accomando
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Animator Mike Salva, who showed "Max the Hero" this past July at the Comic-Con International Film Festival, talks about his new short film "Death Row Diet" (you can watch the video on my blog).

Ed Sullivan's Rock And Roll Classics: The Sixties

Nov. 23
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From the late 1940s 'til the early 1970s, millions of viewers of all ages saw great musical acts each Sunday night on "The Ed Sullivan Show." This installment in the MY MUSIC series presents classic song performances from 1963-1968. From the Beatles' American television debut to the Doors' infamous one-time-only appearance to the Rolling Stones, Sly and the Family Stone, the Mamas and the Papas and more, the special focuses exclusively on full-length music performances that evoke the spirit of that decade's youth movement.

Celtic Woman: Songs From The Heart

Nov. 23
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Celtic Woman vocalists Lisa Kelly, Chloe Agnew, Lynn Hilary and Alex Sharpe, with violinist Mairead Nesbitt, perform at Ireland’s historic Powerscourt House and Gardens in Enniskerry, County Wicklow. The musical repertoire ranges from spirited Celtic fiddle and bodhran pieces to lush arrangements of Irish classics, contemporary covers and original compositions. In addition to the six-piece band, the Aontas Choir, a film orchestra, the Discovery Gospel Choir, the Extreme Rhythm Drummers and a bagpipe ensemble join Celtic Woman for this event.

The Ten Tenors: Here's To The Heroes

Nov. 23
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Internationally renowned Australian group, The Ten Tenors, perform a variety of classical, pop and rock songs in this concert taped in Hamburg, Germany.

Interview with Jonathan Katz

Nov. 23
By Beth Accomando
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Writer, actor, and comedian Jonathan Katz had a hit animated series -- "Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist" -- on Comedy Central for six years. He now has a new animated short on YouTube where he plays an overweight man on death row and weight watchers. You can also listen to my interview.

City Council President Talks About Past Year, Future

Nov. 23
These Days
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In the first of interviews scheduled with all eight San Diego City Council members at the close of the calendar year, we take stock of the city's accomplishments of 2009, issues as yet unresolved, and upcoming problems in 2010, including severe budget cuts.

Radio City Christmas Spectacular Starring The Rockettes

Nov. 23
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"The Radio City Christmas Spectacular," starring the world-famous Rockettes, has become America's number-one holiday show over its storied 77-year history. This multifaceted show includes dynamic Rockette performances that showcase the dancers' signature precision dance style. Traditional fan favorites such as the "Living Nativity" scene and "Parade of the Wooden Soldiers," which have been in the show since its inception in 1933, remain a vital part of the show's core. Originally performed as a holiday "gift" between movie screenings, the "Christmas Spectacular" has long since become the main event, drawing millions of people annually to stage productions across the country.

Sports Update: Chargers Rolling, SDSU Searching For New AD

Nov. 23
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Are the Chargers in the AFC West driver's seat after their victory over the Broncos this weekend? Is the frequent turnover of athletic directors at SDSU the norm for universities of that size? And, what are the chances that hometown hero Adrian Gonzalez will be traded by the Padres this offseason? We speak to longtime San Diego sports talk show host, Lee "Hacksaw" Hamilton, about the top local sports stories.

Imperial Valley Update: H1N1 Vaccines, Unemployment, All-American Canal

Nov. 23
These Days
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How are residents and public officials in the Imperial Valley handling the demand for swine flu vaccines? What kind of impact is the decline in property and sales taxes having on governments in the Imperial County? We speak to Brad Jennings, editor of the Imperial Valley Press, about the top stories in his area.

What Lies Do You Tell Your Children?

Nov. 23
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New research shows that parents lie to their children more than they realize. We speak to an author of the study about her findings as well as a local therapist about the kinds of lies parents are telling and when to be concerned about your child's lying.

Health Bill Clears Key Senate Hurdle

Nov. 23
Audie Cornish
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Senate Democrats pushed through a procedural wall Saturday night and formally opened the floor debate on their effort to overhaul the nation's $2.5 trillion health care system. The Senate mustered 60 votes, the exact number required to prevent a Republican filibuster against consideration of the bill, in a straight party-line vote.

Medical Marijuana Growers Face Risky Legal Environment

Nov. 23
By Tom Fudge
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Patients with a doctor's recommendation can legally possess and smoke marijuana in California for medical purposes. But where do they get their pot? The recent crackdown on marijuana dispensaries in San Diego has raised questions about legality of growing it and selling it.

Chargers Take First Place In AFC West

Nov. 23
By Dwane Brown
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The San Diego Chargers are now if first place in the AFC West. Joining us on Morning Edition LIVE FROM DENVER is North County Times sports columnist Jay Paris.

New Stadium May Be Beyond CCDC's Budget

Nov. 23
By Katie Orr
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The possibility of the Chargers moving to downtown San Diego got new life when the Center City Development Corporation hired a consultant to study the idea last week. But CCDC may not have the money to help build a stadium.

More Health Care Cuts Could Be On The Table

Nov. 23
By Kenny Goldberg
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California lawmakers may to have to make more health care cuts to help the state cope with a projected $21 billion budget deficit. The Medi-Cal program is one source of potential savings, but it's off limits until 2011.

Supporters Of Managed Competition Try Another Tack

Nov. 23
By Alison St John
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A coalition of San Diego contractors is joining forces with a San Diego city councilman to launch a campaign to make managed competition more viable for the private sector.