Stories by Megan Burke
A PBS documentary shares the Latino experience during the Vietnam War, from their struggles on the battlefield to their struggles at home.
A new book traces the path science research has taken since middle-20th century and the work of one man who was pivotal in that 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 Eagle Rock Gospel Singers performed at the Casbah on Kettner Boulevard in June.
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.
A University of Southern California report, "Linking Innovation With Inclusion: Demography, Equity, and the Future of San Diego," found income inequality is more than a social justice issue.
The Boy Scouts of America made a big change in policy last week. After years of defending its policy against gay troop leaders, the Boy Scouts' national executive board voted to end the ban on gay adult leaders.
The manuscript for "What Pet Should I Get?" by Theodor Geisel was discovered in 2013 in a box of notes and sketches, which he referred to as the "bone pile."
The city of San Diego will document the people, places and events that gave strength to the "lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning or queer" community during times of discrimination.
In March 2006, a Vista businesswoman went missing. Ten days later her body was found near San Felipe, Mexico. Authorities said it was murder, but when her daughter tried to find the killer, she found unexpected answers.
Dolphins may hold the key to understanding how to prevent diabetes in humans, according to a study published this week in the journal PLOS One.
What makes a best-seller? What are the key things authors need to learn about their business? Midday Edition explores an effort in San Diego to teach authors to become business people.
"Maletas Migrantes," which translates to "migrant suitcases," is an art exhibition opening Thursday at the New Americans Museum in Liberty Station. The show features the work of 50 contemporary artists and their interpretations on the concept of migration.
Last week, President Barack Obama became the first sitting president to visit a federal prison. He was there to make his case that the United States is putting too many non-violent offenders in prison for far too long.
The City Council has approved a goal of reaching zero waste by the year 2040. To meet the goal it will take a new way of thinking about how to dispose the things we want to throw away.
Veterans Village of San Diego is hosting Stand Down for the 28th year beginning on Friday at the San Diego High School campus.
What does it take — beyond the facts, figures and warnings — to get people to change the way they use water? Scientists chime in on KPBS Midday Edition.
The debate over whether to remove the Confederate flag from civic spaces is reverberating across the country.
"The Cartel" is a sequel to Don Winslow's bestseller, "The Power of the Dog." Both books are crime thrillers, but in terms of research and scope, they qualify as a quasi-history of the drug war.
A UC San Diego sociology professor examines how mental illness has been viewed through the centuries in his book, "Madness In Civilization: A Cultural History of Insanity, from the Bible to Freud, from the Madhouse to Modern Medicine."
Coronado residents Howard and Jean Somers lost their veteran son to suicide. They've since started an organization to help veterans with PTSD.
Since 2003, the San Diego's District Attorney's office has prosecuted 35 cold cases. Right now, five cold cases are in the judicial system and more than 20 are being reviewed for prosecution.
For a decade now, we've been hearing about the phenomenon of bee colony collapse and significant bee die-offs. Now a new study may shed light on one piece of that puzzle.
From a challenging workout to deep relaxation for sleep, there seems to be a yoga practice for just about everything and everyone. Now there's a yoga degree for students.
Niyaz is bringing their blend of acoustic, electronic, traditional and original compositions to the Price Center Theatre at UC San Diego on Saturday.
Hopes that new immigration actions announced by President Obama would take effect this month were ended by a federal appeals court on Tuesday.
A new book, "How To Speak Cat: A Guide To Decoding Cat Language," co-authored San Diego Humane Society President Gary Weitzman, aims to help cat lovers better understand their feline friends.
The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center is partnering with Pint of Science and UC San Diego to bring science to the people in San Diego.
Researchers are learning these simple things such as listening, giving praise or sharing a secret, may be effective tools in rescuing kids from the effects of an abusive childhood.
San Diego police Chief Shelley Zimmerman said reforms on policing have been made since a Department of Justice review. But students want racial profiling to end.
California's water board adopted environmental guidelines for building and operating desalination plants. But critics of the process say the rules are not strict or clear enough to make sure desalination plants are environmentally sound.
A symposium held at the Salk Institute will examine melting glaciers, rising sea levels and the rapid warming of Earth from climate change.
The month of May is dedicated to stroke awareness and experts like vascular surgeon Dr. William Neil are working to get the word out about stroke risks and symptoms, especially for women.
American Civil Liberties Union releases new app to help people document arrests and other police actions.
Bosnian and Iraq War veteran Brian Turner shares his memories of war, both his own and through the eyes of others, in his memoir, “My Life as a Foreign Country,” during the Grossmont Literary Arts Festival.
Chris Van Gorder, CEO of Scripps Health and Dr. Mark Olcott, an emergency room physician at Scripps Green Hospital, talk about their upcoming mission.