Stories by Megan Burke
Any good meal can comfort hunger. But when it comes to those meals we call "comfort food," it means something more than just feeling full.
Do state policies get a high mark or a low grade when it comes to kids? Midday Edition learns more about the data behind a new report card and what it means for the future of California's kids.
The new American Dietary Guidelines were published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture last week. Based on the guidelines, what should the be on the average San Diegan's plate at breakfast, lunch and dinner?
The Public Employment Relations Board has ruled the city of San Diego violated state law by not negotiating with employee unions over Proposition B, which eliminated guaranteed pension benefits for most employees.
In a news conference this week, San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis said an estimated 50 percent of people shot by the police in the United States are mentally ill.
A San Diego doctor provides travel tips to stay healthy while traveling to and from your holiday destination. Hint: wash your hands.
Is it possible that light could be contained in a lightsaber? Could a weapon destroy a planet? How long would it take to hop around a galaxy, even one far, far away?
A team from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego are in Paris attending the 21st United Nations Conference on Climate Change. They are there to educate conference delegates on the role the ocean plays in climate change.
Shoppers traded bricks for clicks on Monday, flocking online to snap up "Cyber Monday" deals on everything from cashmere sweaters to Star Wars toys.
It's the time of year when many charities ask people to open their hearts and their wallets to those less fortunate. Some of the most urgent appeals come from groups providing food.
"Jerusalem" opens Friday at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. The IMAX film includes aerial images of the Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Dome of the Rock in the Old City.
Members of a state Assembly committee will convene at San Diego State University to hear about how housing and food insecurity are affecting college students.
Journalists and public relations experts wrestle with how traditional journalism is contending with "click-bait" news. A forum will be held Thursday night at Point Loma Nazarene University on the topic.
San Diego-based nonprofit PsychArmor launched the "One, Five, Fifteen Campaign" on Veterans Day with a free hour-long online course to educate all Americans about what they can do to help veterans.
This week in her long-running San Diego Reader column, Diary of a Diva, Barbarella Fokos decided to write about something she never has before. She described what it's like for her to live with depression.
Women directors, masters of cinema, pop culture and a 105-year-old Disney artist. The 16th annual San Diego Asian Film Festival, which opens this week, celebrates films from Asia and by Asian-Americans.
William Joyce is the author of the KPBS One Book Kids selection for 2015, "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore." KPBS spoke to him about his book in November.
San Diego County law enforcement has long known that human sex trafficking was a significant problem here. Now, for the first time, instead of just anecdotes there are numbers to reveal the scope of the problem.
What happens to people when they get frightened? What's the line between exploring their fears and being paralyzed by them?
Tips for homeowners to protect their property both inside and out from the rainstorms that might accompany El Niño.
- Oct. 23, 2015
- By Megan Burke
One of the most beloved figures in San Diego sports history was honored this week when a stretch of Interstate 15 in North County was named the Tony Gwynn Memorial Freeway. The long-time Padre is also the subject of a new book.
A new report says San Diego County enrollment rates in CalFresh, CalWORKs and Medi-Cal remain among the lowest in the state.
"He told me, 'If you’re not back in 15 minutes I will call the police and say that you kidnapped my son, because you have no rights.'"
A PBS documentary shares the Latino experience during the Vietnam War, from their struggles on the battlefield to their struggles at home.
In his new book, "The Magic of Math: Solving for x and Figuring Out Why," Arthur Benjamin uses mental magic tricks to engage his readers in solving math problems.
The California Coastal Commission approved SeaWorld's request to expand the holding tanks for its killer whales on the condition that it halts its breeding program.
Project New Village promotes healthy eating in Southeast San Diego and will honor civil rights leader Fannie Lou Hamer during its annual fundraising gala on Wednesday.
The City of Encinitas has extended the public comment period on a proposal to restaurants and other businesses from using styrofoam containers for take-out food and drinks.
A report co-authored by two San Diego environmental groups finds a disconnect between the city of San Diego's Climate Action Plan and the San Diego Association of Government's regional transportation plan.
City of San Diego customers are about to get a letter telling them the City Council will vote on Nov. 17 on a plan that would raise water rates by more than 40 percent in less than four years.
Town hall-style meetings are being held in San Diego on Wednesday to educate the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community about their rights to benefits from Social Security.
A new lab moving to UC San Diego is using cheese as a way to understand the way microbes work. So in this edition of our SCI-Q series we are exploring the science of cheese.
More than 212,000 people lived in poverty in the city of San Diego in 2014, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau.
A new exhibit called "Rainmaker," now open at the San Diego Central Library, presents the work of 12 artists offering perspectives on drought and climate change.
A new ballot initiative is being proposed in California to end the state's death penalty. Initiative supporters have to collect more than 365,000 signatures in 180 days to get the measure on the November 2016 ballot.
A new study from UC San Diego researchers finds the majority of honey bees found in San Diego are Africanized, and the spread of bees continues northward in California.
It's the fifth anniversary of Chelsea's Law — AB1844 — which reformed California criminal sentencing law to include life without the possibility of parole for offenders who commit forcible sex crimes against children.
New construction in Carlsbad is inadvertently giving San Diego County scientists a window back onto the region’s ancient past.
The Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce is hosting a “Candidate Academy” next month to help people who want to run for public office in North County.
What are the health benefits of eating seafood? And what difference does it make what kind of seafood you eat?
Roughly 50 percent of San Diego community college students are 25 or older. What does it take for those so-called "non-traditional students" to succeed in college?
According to San Diego Coastkeeper, 80 percent of marine debris in the Pacific Ocean comes from inland sources through storm drains.
Azim Khamisa's story of forgiveness after his son's murder inspired journalist Megan Feldman Bettencourt to write a book on the topic. It's called "Triumph of the Heart Forgiveness in an Unforgiving World."
The U.S. stock market has been rising and falling at an alarming rate. Midday Edition looks into what this means for retirement plans.
The debate over a plan to build a new outdoor mall near a North County lagoon continues as Carlsbad city leaders prepare to vote on it next Tuesday.
San Diego is tens of thousands of units short of the goal for affordable homes for sale, and the rental market is also soaring out of reach for low-income San Diegans.
Earthquakes are nothing new to Californians. Nearly 2,100 temblors shook Southern California in the last year. What do we really know about earthquakes? What's the latest research about earthquakes and climate change?
An account of the Catholic Church crackdown on the American nuns is the subject of "Radical Grace," a new documentary screening in San Diego on Wednesday night.
It's been a year since President Obama sent U.S. advisers to Iraq to help that nation's soldiers fight back against the so-called Islamic State. Among those still deployed as trainers are Marines from I Marine Expeditionary Force based at Camp Pendleton.
For a while in 2014, it looked like San Diego would have no opera but now it has two. The San Diego City Opera will make its debut at the La Jolla Playhouse’s Without Walls Festival.