Stories for July 12, 2010
"More Than Skin Deep" examines not only the medical and scientific aspects of skin cancer, but its cultural, historical and social aspects as well. The film reveals how the tanning craze was accidentally popularized by Coco Chanel, how pioneering medical trials for melanoma may revolutionize cancer treatments and how human skin color evolved as a survival response.
Some 15,000 California in-home care providers are walking away from their jobs. They declined to re-enroll as caretakers after lawmakers put in regulations designed to weed out fraud.
Federal health officials say two of the most popular food items in Mexican restaurants can pack a hidden punch. The Centers for Disease Control says an increasing number of foodborne illnesses nationwide can be traced to salsa and guacamole.
The Veterans Room of New York City's Park Avenue Armory set the stage for a private concert by Tori Amos for 100 lucky fans. Described as "Greek, Moresque, and Celtic with a dash of the Egyptian, the Persian, and the Japanese," the room provided a fitting setting for one of the most eclectic and culturally curious artists in music today. Amos performed a career-spanning set featuring classics from her debut "Little Earthquakes" through to "Abnormally Attracted to Sin."
In the seventh "inning" rare newsreel film and interviews celebrate the glorious heyday of New York City baseball with some of its most memorable moments: the "shot heard round the world," Bobby Thomson's home run off Ralph Branca in 1951; Willie Mays' incredible catch in the 1954 World Series; and Don Larsen's perfect game. The highlight of the episode is 1955, when the Brooklyn Dodgers, sparked by Jackie Robinson and Roy Campanella, finally win their first World Series, only to be moved by their owner to a new city 3,000 miles away: Los Angeles.
Learn new ways to start the day! "Breakfast Special" is a celebration of going out for a morning meal in America. Rick Sebak visits interesting and unusual breakfast spots, from a Cuban cafe in downtown St. Augustine to a mid-western eatery in a shopping center outside Columbus, Ohio. He lets viewers sample pancakes in rural New York state, try "congee" in San Francisco and see what's cooking at the Tin Shed in Portland, Oregon. There's more to breakfast than a bowl of cold cereal.
The men and women of the "USS Nimitz" live beneath the runway of a major airport. They sleep on the roof of a nuclear power plant. It’s a perilous environment. Their only bulwark against danger and chaos is to bond with their units on board the ship. The “Shooters,” who launch the jets, have a “Circle of Trust”; the Ordies (ordnance personnel) pride themselves on being a “mafia”; the F-18 squadrons — the Black Aces, the Hoboes and the Marine Red Devils — are tight fraternities.
What's the summer gardener to do now that July has arrived? We'll talk with garden expert Nan Sterman about getting the most out of your summer garden.
Why should farmers in the Midwest care about what's happening in the middle of the Pacific Ocean? How might the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico impact the health of the world's oceans? We speak to the author of "Deep Blue Home: An Intimate Ecology of Our Wild Ocean."
The United Farm Workers is organizing a national campaign aimed at recruiting U.S. citizens and legal residents to fill jobs that frequently go to undocumented farm workers. The "Take Our Jobs" campaign is designed to urge the enactment of immigration reform. We speak to UFW President Arturo Rodriguez about the organization's efforts to build support for immigration reform.
Nine students from San Diego's Preuss School will get a taste of medical research this week. They are taking part in a week-long internship at the Sanford-Burnham Institute.
Here's a multibillion dollar question: How much cash will BP need to deal with the colossal oil spill in the Gulf? There's no consensus on this. BP says it has "significant flexibility" to deal with the financial fallout from the spill. But it has yet to seal the gushing well. And if BP is found guilty of a crime, the fines could reach many billions of dollars.
If you live in the city of San Diego the sound of the garbage truck may come sooner or later than you're used to beginning this week. The move is intended to save the city money.