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Stories for August 16, 2011

Saving The Bay: Harbor Of Harbors (1849-1906)

Aug. 16
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Shot in high definition, "Saving The Bay" consists of four one-hour episodes focusing on the geological, cultural, and developmental history of San Francisco Bay and the larger northern California watershed, from the Sierra Nevada mountains to the Farallon Islands in the Pacific Ocean. The second hour follows San Francisco's "rapid monstrous maturity" into a major metropolis following the California Gold Rush. Establishing the infrastructure to support the instant city meant radical change for San Francisco Bay.

Desalinated Groundwater Threatened By Future Landfill

Aug. 16
By Alison St John
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A North County city plans to expand its future water supply by reclaiming more local groundwater. But that groundwater may be threatened by a proposed landfill nearby.

Saving The Bay: Marvel Of Nature (Prehistory - 1848)

Aug. 16
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Narrated by Robert Redford, this award-winning documentary explores one of America's greatest natural resources – San Francisco Bay. In the first of four episodes, through photo-realistic animation we experience how the Bay was created following the last Ice Age. We then meet Native Peoples along the Bay’s shores 3,000 years ago and continue through European exploration and settlement, including Spanish, Russian and ultimately, American influences.

Sanders Hits The Road To Keep Chargers At Home

Aug. 16
By Katie Orr
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Mayor Jerry Sanders and his team are hitting the road in an effort to keep football in San Diego. Sanders will make stops in three cities.

Border Crossing Construction Projects To Face Delays

Aug. 16
By Ruxandra Guidi
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Construction projects at ports of entry along the U.S.-Mexico border are facing challenges due to federal budget cuts.

Insight: Reaching the Off-Ramp

Aug. 16
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp

On-Ramp comes to an end as the author moves on to Morning Edition.

'Evil' Weevils Threaten California Palm Trees

Aug. 16
By Ed Joyce
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There's another pest causing concern for California agriculture officials. This time, exotic weevils.

RFK In The Land Of Apartheid: A Ripple Of Hope

Aug. 16
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Using never before seen archival footage, and interviews in South Africa and the United States, filmmakers Larry Shore and Tami Gold tell the unknown story of Robert Kennedy's 1966 visit to South Africa during the worst years of Apartheid. The film evokes the connections between the American Civil Rights Movement and the Anti-Apartheid Movement in South Africa. The filmmakers find witness to this special moment in time through the sights and sounds of present day South Africa.

Antiques Roadshow: Louisville, Ky. - Hour Three

Aug. 16
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Centuries before texting, girls were expressing themselves via embroidered samplers, as appraiser Nancy Druckman shows host Mark L. Walberg at the Embroiderer’s Guild of America in Louisville, Kentucky. Highlights include a rare, circa 1910 Dirk Van Erp lamp; an exceptionally well-preserved 1876 portrait Jumeau doll with all original parts, except her hair; and a fortunate Kentucky corner cupboard — at one time destined to be burned and thrown away — made of locally grown wood and valued at $8,500.

Antiques Roadshow: Hartford, Conn. - Hour One

Aug. 16
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ANTIQUES ROADSHOW arrives in Hartford, Connecticut, then ventures to Mystic Seaport for a glimpse of America’s maritime heritage expressed in the Seaport’s collection of rare paintings. Highlights include a 1965 poster for a Joan Baez/Bob Dylan concert at New Haven Arena, brought by the artist’s daughter; a pair of 18th-century silk shoes purportedly worn by one of George Washington’s dance partners; and a collection of 200-year-old Wedgwood pottery buttons found in an attic and valued at $1,500 to $2,000 for the set.

Conflict-Of-Interest Questions Raised About SD Congressman Darrell Issa

Aug. 16
Midday Edition
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Questions are raised about San Diego Congressman Darrel Issa - is he doing the people's business or his own?

Making Ramona A Cultural Destination

Aug. 16
Midday Edition
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Many people in San Diego think of the town of Ramona as a stop on the way to Julian. Town leaders want to change that and turn Ramona into a cultural destination. We'll hear about plans to revitalize downtown Ramona.

Grand Canyon Serenade

Aug. 16
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"Grand Canyon Serenade" presents a stunning HD visual portrait of the Grand Canyon region set to the world-class music of some of the most beloved classical music composers such as Tchaikovsky, Brahms, and Dvorak.

America's Empire Run By Defense Dept., Says Author

Aug. 16
Midday Edition
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A new book points budget-cutting lawmakers right to the US Defense Department. Author Stephen Glain, who has traveled the world as a journalist, gives the Department of Defense failing grades for the way it's been spending a trillion of our dollars every year.

Pilot Writes of Bringing Home Men Killed in Chinook Crash

Aug. 16
By Beth Ford Roth
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"I looked up into the cargo compartment; two American Flags and one SEAL Team Six flag hung from the top of the cargo compartment."

Cell Service Shutdown Raises Free Speech Questions

Aug. 16
Carrie Johnson
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The shutdown of mobile phone service in San Fransisco Bay Area subway stations has constitutional experts hitting the law books.

San Diego Test Scores Continue To Rise

Aug. 16
By Kyla Calvert
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San Diego Unified District administrators are hoping to keep scores rising in the coming year despite budget cuts.