Stories for January 11, 2012
An organization focused on helping disadvantaged high school students become the first in their families to go to college is planning to expand.
Two environmental groups say cigarette butts were the most prevalent kind of litter on San Diego's beach again last year, and the problem is getting worse.
San Diego County Supervisors have approved a major new residential development project north of Escondido over objections from Native American tribes.
Anna Deavere Smith interviews an eclectic range of people and then performs as the interviewees in their own words. This new gallery of indelible portraits ranges from boldface names such as cyclist Lance Armstrong, supermodel Lauren Hutton and Texas Governor Ann Richards, to lesser-known but equally memorable characters, including a rodeo bull rider, a New Orleans hospital doctor and the director of a South African orphanage — all sharing their searing experiences in confronting the price and politics of health, facing the end of life and encountering the ultimate resilience of the human spirit.
Joseph continues his Aussie adventure in Australia’s island state Tasmania. From the capital of Hobart and its harbor, markets and elegant neighborhoods he heads out across the state and traces Tasmania’s convict origins in the prisons of Port Arthur, hikes Cradle Mountain National Park, rides out the ups and downs of a fast paced eco-cruise along Tasman National Park’s spectacular coastline and meets the devil –– the Tasmanian Devil, that is.
Vegetables can make some kids turn and run for the hills before they even give them a chance. In this episode, Ming joins forces with a man who specializes in close encounters with icky foods to help make “weird” vegetables more appealing to kids. Andrew Zimmern, Mr. "Bizzare Foods" himself, joins Ming to cook two new dishes your kids will devour: Turkey Spring Rolls with Hoisin-Lime Dipping Sauce with Bacon Brussel Sprouts and Mixed Vegetables and Tofu with a Miso Sabayon.
A new report reveals underage drinking cost California more than $6.5 billion in 2010.
Margaret Flowers fought for single payer health insurance. She works for the organization Physicians for a National Health Program and is a contributor to PopularResistance.org. Jill Stein advocated for campaign finance reform in her home state of Massachusetts, working in 1998 with others in her community to pass the Clean Election Law. She co-founded the Massachusetts Coalition for Healthy Communities in 2003 and represented the Green-Rainbow Party for governor in 2002, for State Representative in 2004 and for Secretary of State in 2006. She was the Green Party candidate for president in 2012. Now Stein and Flowers are both members of the Green Shadow Cabinet. Bill Moyers speaks with Stein and Flowers about their personal journeys, what they have learned about our political system along the way and why they continue to fight the good fight.
Award-winning actor Martin Shaw stars as Inspector George Gently – an incorruptible, uncompromising cop transplanted from London’s Scotland Yard to England’s North Country in the mid-1960s. Gently’s reputation for honesty and relentlessness makes him almost as feared among his colleagues as he is among criminals. But he finds an odd ally in John Bacchus – an overeager, opinionated young sergeant who plays fast and loose with police procedures.
The former Marine fired his M-16 alongside his squad leader, shooting off round after round into the dark bedroom of the Iraqi home, fearing he was under attack. But he admits he only saw silhouettes, some small, and he only heard his own squad's gunfire.
Millions of dollars in property values hang in the balance this week, as San Diego County Supervisors consider requests to up-zone or down-zone more than 100 parcels. The board is making last minute tweaks to its General Plan for future growth in the unincorporated areas.