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Stories by Megan Burke

My First Day Episode 6

My First Day Episode 6

July 26
By Megan Burke

The sixth episode brings us the story of Magda Marquet who moved to San Diego in 1986 from Europe. She came with her husband who was about to begin a post-doctorate program at UC San Diego.

My First Day Episode 5

My First Day Episode 5

July 19
By Megan Burke

The fifth episode brings us the story of Captain Jack Ensch who moved with his young family to San Diego in 1966 to begin his military career as a naval aviator. This coincided with the time that the Vietnam War was ramping up.

Surprising Culinary Combination To Visit San Diego Sunday: A Vegan,...

Surprising Culinary Combination To Visit San Diego Sunday: A Vegan, French Chef

July 13
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Celebrated French chef Jean-Christian Jury has cooked in restaurants and kitchens across the globe. A heart attack led him to embrace a vegan diet more than a decade ago. Now Jury has written "Vegan - The Cookbook" which he hopes will make plant-based foods accessible and appealing to more people.

'My First Day' Episode 4

'My First Day' Episode 4

July 12
By Megan Burke

The fourth episode of the podcast brings us the story of Mohammad Farazian who moved from Iran to San Diego 14 years ago to pursue a doctorate in electrical engineering at UC San Diego.

Group Advocating For Creation Of 'Trauma-Informed' Legislation In S...

Group Advocating For Creation Of 'Trauma-Informed' Legislation In Sacramento

July 11
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Could state policies be improved by a greater understanding of the lingering effects of childhood trauma?

'My First Day' Episode 3

'My First Day' Episode 3

July 5
By Megan Burke

"My First Day" is a podcast produced through the KPBS Explore project, an initiative to bring original content from and about the San Diego community.

GOP Reportedly Recruiting San Diego Mayor Faulconer For '18 Governo...

GOP Reportedly Recruiting San Diego Mayor Faulconer For '18 Governor's Race

June 29
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

The Los Angeles Times reports Republican Party leaders, including House majority leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) and state party chairman Jim Brulte, are part of an effort to recruit Faulconer because, "he is viewed as the strongest possible contender."

'My First Day' Episode 2

'My First Day' Episode 2

June 28
By Megan Burke

"My First Day" is a podcast produced through the KPBS Explore project, an initiative to bring original content from and about the San Diego community.

Why Dirt Is Good For Your Child's Health And Other Answers Form New...

Why Dirt Is Good For Your Child's Health And Other Answers Form New Book By UC San Diego Scientist

June 28
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Is it OK for my child to eat dirt? Should I get a dog? What causes colic? Are microbes to blame? Those are just a few of the questions Rob Knight, a co-founder of the American Gut project, has been asked over the years by new parents and parents-to-be concerned about how to keep their children safe and healthy.

DEA Seizes Massive Quantity Of Synthetic Opiate In San Diego

DEA Seizes Massive Quantity Of Synthetic Opiate In San Diego

June 23
By Alison St John, City News Service, Megan Burke

A long-term investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has led to one of the nation's largest seizures of fentanyl and a federal indictment against three alleged traffickers, federal prosecutors in San Diego announced Monday.

New Podcast Brings Stories Of San Diegans' First Day In The City

New Podcast Brings Stories Of San Diegans' First Day In The City

June 21
By Alison St John, Megan Burke

My First Day is a podcast produced through the KPBS Explore project, an initiative to bring original content from and about the San Diego community.

Master-Planned Community Proposed For Rural North County

Master-Planned Community Proposed For Rural North County

June 16
By Alison St John, Megan Burke

A plan to build more than 2,000 new homes in the hills north of San Marcos is now open for public review. An 8,000 page environmental review has been released and the public has 60 days to respond.

Sempra Energy Executive: 100 Percent Renewable Energy Can Be Done T...

Sempra Energy Executive: 100 Percent Renewable Energy Can Be Done Today

May 26
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Speaking Thursday at UC San Diego's Institute of the America's annual energy conference, Sempra Vice President Patrick Lee said the technology exists today for a total reliance on renewable energy.

First Person: San Diego Foster Youth Heads To College

First Person: San Diego Foster Youth Heads To College

May 22
By Megan Burke

Before all the pomp and circumstance of high school commencement ceremonies in June, a small group of San Diego high school seniors will celebrate another graduation, from foster care.

Mom Looks Beyond Modern Medicine To Help Her Young Son With Crippli...

Mom Looks Beyond Modern Medicine To Help Her Young Son With Crippling Arthritis

May 3
By Megan Burke

Journalist Susannah Meadows wrote about her son's miraculous recovery, and the stories of others who refused to give up hope in the face of daunting medical challenges, in a new book.

Why The Los Angeles Times Ran A Six-Part Editorial Condemnation Of ...

Why The Los Angeles Times Ran A Six-Part Editorial Condemnation Of Trump

April 7
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

The Los Angeles Times Friday published the final installment of a weeklong series of editorials laying out a blistering critique of the presidency and personality of Donald Trump.

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer: Local Police Will Not Act As Immig...

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer: Local Police Will Not Act As Immigration Agents

March 17
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

In response to an inquiry from the San Diego City Council, Mayor Kevin Faulconer gave his clearest indication yet that the city will not participate in any attempt to deputize local law enforcement as Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.

South Bay Mayors Call For Prioritizing Tijuana Sewage Infrastructur...

South Bay Mayors Call For Prioritizing Tijuana Sewage Infrastructure Funding After Massive Spill

March 14
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Baja California's governor is expected to declare a state of emergency in response to last month's massive sewage spill in the Tijuana River.

Many Buskers Want San Diego To Change Rules Of The Game

Many Buskers Want San Diego To Change Rules Of The Game

March 13
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

They're collecting signatures and some even plan to show up at the San Diego City Council meeting on Tuesday to ask for a change to the city code.

With All This Rain, Can We Go Back To Gardening The Way We Used To?

With All This Rain, Can We Go Back To Gardening The Way We Used To?

Feb. 27
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

The answer is no, but what does the abundance of rain mean for the health of plant life? How can gardeners make the most of the wet weather?

Town Halls Not On The Agenda Of Most Local Congressional Reps

Town Halls Not On The Agenda Of Most Local Congressional Reps

Feb. 20
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Members of the grassroots movement Indivisible have been calling on the members of Congress to host town hall-style meetings in order to hear constituents' concerns about the policies of the Trump administration.

US Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky To Perform At Point Loma Writer's Sy...

US Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky To Perform At Point Loma Writer's Symposium

Feb. 21
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Pinsky and members of the Point Loma Nazarene University Jazz Combo preview their performance Tuesday on Midday Edition.

From The Dakota Access Pipeline To The Border Wall, Series Explores...

From The Dakota Access Pipeline To The Border Wall, Series Explores Disputes Over Sacred Indian Lands

Feb. 16
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

KJZZ Fronteras News Desk reporter Laurel Morales discusses how producing the "Earth + Bone" series changed the way she looks at what is sacred.

Research At The Salk Institute Suggests Simple Nutrient Support May...

Research At The Salk Institute Suggests Simple Nutrient Support May Help Cure Infections

Jan. 30
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

When we get sick, oftentimes we don't feel like taking a shower, we might just sleep all day long and we aren't even hungry -- a newly published study by a team of researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies looks at how that loss of appetite may affect our ability to get well.

San Diego Chinese Historical Museum Premieres Chinese Typewriter Ex...

San Diego Chinese Historical Museum Premieres Chinese Typewriter Exhibit

Jan. 23
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

The machines, which were first made around the turn of the 20th century, are a technological marvel since the Chinese language has more than 70,000 characters and no alphabet.

First Person: Encinitas Woman Uses Tibetan Bowls As Healing Tool

First Person: Encinitas Woman Uses Tibetan Bowls As Healing Tool

Jan. 23
By Megan Burke

Encinitas resident Diáne Mandle uses sound to help others reduce their pain and stress. She is a sound healer and creates percussive sounds by playing Tibetan bowls.

District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis Will Not Seek Re-Election In 2018

District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis Will Not Seek Re-Election In 2018

Jan. 17
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports Dumanis, who's been in office since 2003, has not decided whether she'll serve out her current term or step down before it ends.

New KPBS Documentary Series Explores Inspirational Aging

New KPBS Documentary Series Explores Inspirational Aging

Jan. 16
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

From an 81-year-old competitive runner to a 71-year-old who uses public transportation for volunteering all over San Diego, KPBS television's new 6-part documentary series, "Re'flect, Successful Aging Defined," tells their stories.

In The Era Of The Foodie, Why Are Jack In The Box Tacos So Popular?

In The Era Of The Foodie, Why Are Jack In The Box Tacos So Popular?

Jan. 5
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

A story in the Wall Street Journal may sabotage one of your New Year's resolutions. In some magically, bizarre way - it might make you hungry for a Jack In The Box taco.

San Diego's Diversionary Theater Is Bringing Back Burlesque

San Diego's Diversionary Theater Is Bringing Back Burlesque

Jan. 4
By Beth Accomando, Kris Arciaga, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

For the second year in a row, choreographer Michael Mizerany will present the "In The Va Va Voom Room" burlesque show.

Senator Toni Atkins On Her Priorities For San Diego

Senator Toni Atkins On Her Priorities For San Diego

Jan. 3
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Atkins' first term in the Senate is expected to be a busy one as California legislators grapple with homegrown problems like affordable housing and infrastructure repair, along with national issues like health care and immigration.

First Person: The San Diegans We Met In 2016

First Person: The San Diegans We Met In 2016

Jan. 2
By Brooke Ruth, Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke, Michael Lipkin

We're ringing in 2017 on Midday Edition with a special episode filled with the stories of San Diegans as part of our First Person series.

First Person: For Gilbert Castellanos Music Is Sustenance

First Person: For Gilbert Castellanos Music Is Sustenance

Dec. 5
By Megan Burke

Throughout his career, Gilbert Castellanos said, he's been inspired to be a “jazz messenger” for the next generation of musicians. He is now molding young musical minds as the artistic director for the non-profit International Academy of Jazz, an after school program.

UC San Diego Hosts 10th Annual Turkey Calling Show

UC San Diego Hosts 10th Annual Turkey Calling Show

Nov. 21
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

What started out as an event to keep out-of-school kids occupied before the Thanksgiving holiday has transformed into a turkey tradition at UC San Diego's Geisel Library.

San Diego Somali Community Scared In Wake Of Alleged Hate Crimes

San Diego Somali Community Scared In Wake Of Alleged Hate Crimes

Nov. 16
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Law enforcement will meet with the local Somali community to discuss "recent crimes in the community including hate crimes, and a fear of post election uncertainties."

Election Roundup: The Results And What They Mean For San Diego County

Election Roundup: The Results And What They Mean For San Diego County

Nov. 9
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke, Michael Lipkin

The 2016 election is over. The nation has a new president, California gets a new senator and recreational marijuana is legal. KPBS Midday Edition breaks down how the results could affect San Diegans.

Brittany Maynard's Mother Shares Her Story To Help Families Confron...

Brittany Maynard's Mother Shares Her Story To Help Families Confronting Terminal Illness

Nov. 8
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

At age 29, Brittany Maynard moved from California to Oregon so she could use that state's aid-in-dying law to end her life. Maynard's mother, Deborah Ziegler, discusses her daughter's legacy Tuesday on Midday Edition.

Korean Adoptee Film A Centerpiece Of San Diego Asian Film Festival ...

Korean Adoptee Film A Centerpiece Of San Diego Asian Film Festival Opening Thursday

Nov. 2
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

More than 140 films from 15 countries will be shown during the festival at six different theaters throughout San Diego.

Oceanside Native's First Novel About Ordinary Black Lives Met With ...

Oceanside Native's First Novel About Ordinary Black Lives Met With Praise

Oct. 12
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Oceanside native and author Brit Bennett's first novel, "The Mothers," is getting a lot of buzz. Bennett made a splash in 2014 when an essay she wrote about racial injustice published by Jezebel went viral.

First Person: A Dreamer Goes To College

First Person: A Dreamer Goes To College

Sept. 19
By Megan Burke

Imagine getting a letter out of the blue that said your kind words and caring gestures helped a child to achieve her dreams. That's what happened to Monica Medina, the director of diversity, engagement and grants here at KPBS.

Crew Of USS Indianapolis Share Story Of Survival In New Film

Crew Of USS Indianapolis Share Story Of Survival In New Film

Sept. 14
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

A film screening at San Diego's GI Film Festival documents the tragic sinking of the USS Indianapolis weeks before the end of World War II.

Mt. Soledad Cross Dispute Ends Quietly In Settlement

Mt. Soledad Cross Dispute Ends Quietly In Settlement

Sept. 9
By Megan Burke, Tom Fudge

After more than 25 years of legal battles over the cross on top of Mt. Soledad, the dispute has quietly ended in a settlement.

Man Once Sentenced To Death Row Works To Abolish Capital Punishment...

Man Once Sentenced To Death Row Works To Abolish Capital Punishment In California

Sept. 7
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Gary Tyler, who now lives in California, spoke to KPBS Midday Edition about why he supports Proposition 62.

San Diego Artist Documents His Journey In Life And Stone

San Diego Artist Documents His Journey In Life And Stone

Sept. 1
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Faced with a cancer diagnosis and three months to live, San Diego artist Doron Rosenthal decided to write a book.

Trial Of Mexican Businessman Accused Of Illegal Political Donations...

Trial Of Mexican Businessman Accused Of Illegal Political Donations Begins

July 27
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

José Susumo Azano Matsura is accused of illegally donating hundreds of thousands of dollars to support San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis and former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner in 2012.

Why San Diego's Catholic Bishop Is Mixing Politics, Religion

Why San Diego's Catholic Bishop Is Mixing Politics, Religion

July 19
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Bishop Robert McElroy talks about his support for Proposition 62, which would eliminate California's death penalty.

San Diego Minimum Wage Increase Takes Effect Monday

San Diego Minimum Wage Increase Takes Effect Monday

July 11
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

The San Diego City Council will vote Monday afternoon on how the city's new minimum wage will be enforced.

Treating Meth Addiction In San Diego County

Treating Meth Addiction In San Diego County

June 29
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Meth-related deaths in the county spiked 67 percent from 2010 to 2014, according to the San Diego County Methamphetamine Strike Force. KPBS Midday Edition discusses treating addiction with a local alcohol and drug treatment center.

San Diego County Launches Human Trafficking Awareness Campaign

San Diego County Launches Human Trafficking Awareness Campaign

June 27
By City News Service, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

A new public outreach effort is aimed at debunking myths and shining a light on the realities of sexual exploitation and human trafficking in San Diego County.

Watch: San Diego Police Show Off '90s Dance Moves

Watch: San Diego Police Show Off '90s Dance Moves

June 15
By Kristina Bravo, Megan Burke

The San Diego Police Department takes part in an international law enforcement dance-off inspired by the "Running Man" challenge, the latest dance trend to sweep the internet. The goal: get some recruits.

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