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American Indian Heritage Month Local Hero Vickie Gambala

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She’s a Cherokee Indian from Oklahoma, a devoted leader of Native education in San Diego County, community uniter, mother of three, and powwow veteran. Meet Vickie Gambala, 2015 American Indian ... Read more

American Indian Heritage Month Local Hero Stan Rodriguez

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He’s a U.S. Navy veteran, a Native linguist, an inspired musical can rattler, devout educator and student of local Native culture. Meet Stan Rodriguez, 2015 American Indian Heritage Month Local ... Read more

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Isabel Allende Discusses Aging, Memory And Refugees

Nov. 30
By Jean Guerrero
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Isabel Allende was the guest at the annual Author's Luncheon hosted by Words Alive, a San Diego-based nonprofit that promotes literacy for low-income youths. She discussed her new book and more.

A John Waters Christmas Promises To Be Naughty

Nov. 27
By Beth Accomando
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John Waters – the self-proclaimed "Pope of Trash" and "People’s Pervert" – returns to San Diego (Nov. 30 at The Observatory North Park) for the John Waters Christmas Tour 2015.

University Of San Diego Forum Examines Global Refugee Crisis

Nov. 4
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The situation in Syria and Europe is considered the biggest refugee crisis since World War II. A public forum asks whether the world should be more prepared for the population upheavals that come with war.

Podcast Episode 42: Feminist Western And Horror Film List

Oct. 29
By Beth Accomando
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Feminist western barely qualifies as a subgenre since there are so few entries but "The Keeping Room" (opening Oct. 30 at Landmark's Ken Cinema) offers a strong entry.

Transgender In Prison: How California's New Guidelines Will Be Implemented

Oct. 26
Midday Edition
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California will now pay for transgender inmates who meet certain criteria to have sex-reassignment surgery.

California Working To Bring Interpreters To Civil Courtrooms

Oct. 1
By Megan Burks
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California has long provided interpreters to defendants in criminal court, but not always for those in civil court.

Podcast Episode 33: SDFF Auteur Award Recipient Brit Marling

Sept. 30
By Beth Accomando, Nicholas McVicker, Katie Schoolov
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The 14th Annual San Diego Film Festival will hand out its tribute awards on Saturday, with Brit Marling receiving its Auteur Award.

Vietnamese Refugees Reach Out To Syrians Fleeing By Boat

Sept. 24
By Associated Press
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More than three decades ago, Vietnamese began fleeing in tiny boats after their country fell to communist rule. Seeing their community's story in the plight of those boarding boats for Europe, some Vietnamese Americans in California are reaching out.

San Diegans React To Sainthood Of Father Junípero Serra

Sept. 23
By Jean Guerrero
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Pope Francis canonizes Junípero Serra amid mixed feelings. Some San Diegans think the missionary deserves to be named a saint, while others think the canonization ignores abuses against Native Americans.

East African Girl Scouts In San Diego Learn Heritage, Female Leadership

Sept. 22
By Megan Burks
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Girl Scouts have gotten a lot more diverse since the first troop formed in 1912 Georgia — especially in San Diego.

Controversial German Director Leni Riefenstahl Inspires 'Amazons And Their Men'

Sept. 18
By Beth Accomando, Katie Schoolov
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Diversionary Theatre has a new artistic director who wants to showcase new works. But "Amazons and Their Men," the first play of the 30th anniversary season, looks to the past to find insights into the future.

Guest Review: 'Learning To Drive'

Sept. 15
By Rebecca Romani
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Guest blogger Rebecca Romani says that while "Learning to Drive" (opened this weekend in cinemas around San Diego) is largely predictable, it's the little moments that make a gorgeous late summer film.

Hispanic Heritage Month Local Hero Enrique Morones — Titan At The Border

Hispanic Heritage Month 2015 Honoree

Sept. 15
KPBS Local Heroes Project
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Free legal consultations for deported immigrants on the border. This is just one of the dozens of ideas engineered by human rights activist, Enrique Morones.

Hot Guys And Homophobia Fuel 'Drown'

Aug. 27
By Beth Accomando
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"Drown" premiered in San Diego earlier this year at FilmOut where it won six awards including Best Narrative Feature, Best Actor, Best Cinematography, Best Soundtrack and Outstanding Artistic Achievement. "Drown" (opening Friday at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas) is a difficult film to watch but for all the right reasons.

Syrians Could Soon Be Next Refugee Group To Call San Diego Home

Aug. 26
By Megan Burks
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More than 4 million Syrians are fleeing a violent civil war. The U.S. State Department has agreed to bring some of them into the country.

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