Stories for February 12, 2010
This program is an investigation of American transportation infrastructure from the past to the future, using Detroit as the narrative base for exploring this national story. Detroit has grown, flourished and fallen in accordance with the infrastructure choices we have made as a nation and, in Detroit's future, we can see a mirror of our national resolve.
"Antiques Roadshow's" visit to Madison, Wisconsin, includes a detour with appraiser Wes Cowan to the Wisconsin Dells to discuss the late 19th-century stereoscopic photography of H.H. Bennett that made the Dells famous. Highlights include an heirloom Art Deco charm bracelet with a possible connection to John D. Rockefeller; an heirloom 1938 Martin D-18 guitar, highly coveted by folk and bluegrass musicians; and an angry 1976 letter from Frank Sinatra to Chicago Daily News columnist Mike Royko.
In the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, Blackberry Farm embodies the heritage of American cooking that is informing the fresh and simple way we want to cook right now. Join Ruth and Academy Award winner Frances McDormand at this culinary resort as they roll up their sleeves and harvest their own dinner, as well as slide into waders to fly-fish for rainbow trout.
As the first wolves reintroduced into Yellowstone, the Druids are the most celebrated wolf pack in North America. New pioneers in the wilderness, they were at the heart of a massive scientific experiment to restore an entire ecosystem that began to break down without its wolves. Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Bob Landis spent over three years with these remarkable wolves, creating a spectacularly dramatic and intimate record of their lives.
Back in 2004 the French action film “District B13” officially introduced audiences to the breathtaking art/sport of Parkour or free running. Now the film has spawned a sequel, “District B13 Ultimatum” (opening February 12 at Reading’s Gaslamp Stadium 15 Theaters and if you are a myKPBS Film Club member log in to get a discount coupon for the film).
An orthopedic surgeon from Rady Children's Hospital has just returned from a week in Haiti. Dr. Hank Chambers had his hands full helping earthquake survivors.
A Mexican national accused of fatally running down a U.S. Border Patrol agent trying to stop suspected drug smugglers in Imperial County two years ago is scheduled to make his first court appearance in San Diego federal court today.
The Grossmont Union High School board of trustees, which oversees Helix High School, has voted to issue a letter of intent to revoke the school's charter.
What's the point of having an Ethics Commission if it doesn't have the power to hold public officials accountable? We discuss the role of the ethics panel in San Diego.
Local rush-hour traffic is getting worse, and the Metropolitan Transit Service plans to drastically reduce bus service on Sundays. What kind of changes should we make in the future to improve our local transportation system?
What should be the role of county government during these tough economic times? We discuss the current state of San Diego County.
A $94 million settlement will help fight money laundering across the U.S-Mexico border. Local law enforcement agencies will be able to apply for the funds.