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Waterfowl rest in the placid waters of the Salt...

More Energy Expected To Come From Geothermal In California

Jan. 27
By Brooke Ruth, Mark Sauer

Two new geothermal plants are in the works in the state, one is in the Salton Sea area and the other is in northern California.

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Roundtable: San Diego Airport's Crowded Terminal 1 Due For $3B Makeover

Jan. 17
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

Terminal 1, the home to Southwest, Alaska and a few other carriers, is closer to a major makeover.

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Roundtable: Duncan Hunter Resigns

Jan. 10
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

On Monday, Congressman Duncan D. Hunter will resign. There will be no special election for the 50th Congressional District. Local vets reveal their thoughts on the situation with Iran. And homelessness is spreading to the suburbs.

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Roundtable: Rise In Minimum Wage Impacts Workers, Businesses

Jan. 3
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

This week, the minimum wage rose $1 an hour in California, on a path to reach $15 an hour in 2023. The pay increase will impact workers and businesses and eventually consumers.

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Roundtable: Top Stories Of 2019

Dec. 27, 2019
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

We look back at some of the biggest stories from the past year with our panel of San Diego journalists.

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The Good News In The Fight Against Climate Change

Dec. 24, 2019
By Brooke Ruth, Mark Sauer

On KPBS Christmas Eve Midday Edition, we revisit interviews with people who are taking action on climate change in 2019.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., speaks as...

Roundtable: President Trump Is Impeached

Dec. 20, 2019
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

The House of Representatives approves the impeachment of President Donald Trump, Democratic presidential candidates hold a debate in Southern California, and companies cut freelance workers as a result of California's new gig economy law.

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'Our Wild Calling' Examines The Benefits Of Connecting With Animals

Dec. 17, 2019
By Brooke Ruth, Mark Sauer

San Diego author, Richard Louv, will be speaking about his new book “Our Wild Calling: How Connecting With Animals Can Transform Our Lives — And Save Theirs” Tuesday at Balboa Park.

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Roundtable: The Truth About The Afghanistan War

Dec. 13, 2019
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

A Washington Post report details misleading public information over the course of the war in Afghanistan, San Diego has a stark racial gap when it comes to arrests and drug prosecutions, and the new religious themed Legacy International Center opens in Mission Valley.

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Roundtable: Hunter's Guilty Plea; Poway Water Woes; Al Gore

Dec. 6, 2019
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

No longer a witch hunt. Duncan Hunter now says he's guilty of corruption. What's next for the East County congressman and those running to replace him? An inconvenient truth. Al Gore brings his climate message to San Diego as scientists escalate their warnings for our planet. And, more than an inconvenience. How the water problem in Poway could end up costing the city millions.

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Nonprofit Scoops Up Plastic Pollution From Pacific Ocean

Dec. 5, 2019
By Brooke Ruth, Mark Sauer

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch has become a floating symbol of pollution on this planet. Ocean Voyages Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to preserving the ocean environment, is one of the groups trying to do something about it.

Roundtable: KPBS Podcasts

Nov. 29, 2019
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

A special episode of KPBS Roundtable features a discussion with several KPBS podcast hosts about their shows and the growth of the podcast platform.

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Roundtable: Calls For White House Adviser To Resign Following Email Leak

Nov. 22, 2019
By Aly Sadik, Mark Sauer

Calls for White House adviser Stephen Miller to resign following a leak of controversial emails. The alarming death rate among San Diego County jail inmates. San Diego State University moves forward with its Mission Valley stadium plans.

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Roundtable: Alarming Rate Of Law Enforcement Officers With Criminal Records

Nov. 15, 2019
By Aly Sadik, Mark Sauer

A collaborative inquiry finds hundreds of California law enforcement officers with criminal backgrounds. The nation's highest court could decide the future for nearly a million undocumented immigrants. Wildfires destroy more than structures, a look at the impact on survivors' mental health.

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Roundtable: Soaring Homicide Rates In Mexico

Nov. 8, 2019
By Aly Sadik, Mark Sauer

Soaring homicide rates in Mexico. How America contributes to the problem. Overlooked San Diego rape kits yield DNA matches in the federal database. Dockless scooters are an economic boom, but are they really beneficial to the environment?

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San Diego Climate Researcher Joins Thousands Of Scientists In Declaring A 'Climate Emergency'

Nov. 7, 2019
By Brooke Ruth, Mark Sauer

More than 11,000 climate scientists signed a declaration this week warning of a "climate emergency" and urging the need for new ways to measure the effects of a warming planet.

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Roundtable: Wildfires Burn Across California And Northern Baja

Nov. 1, 2019
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

A week of strong Santa Ana winds lead to destructive fires across the state and into Baja California and precautionary power outages in San Diego County. Plus, several car companies join President Trump's push to strip California of its right to set fuel mileage standards. And, the social media rebrand for the San Diego State University College Republicans.

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San Diego Nonprofit Helps Grandparents Join The Fight Against Climate Change

Oct. 30, 2019
By Brooke Ruth, Mark Sauer

Stay Cool for Grandkids aims to inform and engage grandparents and seniors with the goal of them becoming advocates on climate change issues.

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Roundtable: Blackouts Return To California Fire Zones

Oct. 25, 2019
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

Preemptive power outages return to California for the second time this month; Governor Gavin Newsom asks for an investigation into high gas prices; and critics accuse the San Diego City Council of election shopping in its move to place the hotel tax vote on the March primary ballot.

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Roundtable: Dual Crises For The Trump Administration

Oct. 18, 2019
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

The Trump White House tries to keep pace with an impeachment inquiry at home and a foreign policy crisis in the Middle East. Congressman Duncan Hunter fails to secure the endorsement of the San Diego County Republican Party for his reelection campaign. And a look at how California is better prepared for earthquakes 30 years after Loma Prieta quake.

Farming is a major economic driver in the Imper...

San Diego Company Says It Can Extract Lithium From Geothermal Brine

Oct. 16, 2019
By Brooke Ruth, Mark Sauer

Lithium-ion batteries are central to modern life; from mobile phones to electric vehicles. But the United States lacks a major source of lithium.

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Roundtable: Wildfire Risk Leaves California In The Dark

Oct. 11, 2019
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

Utility companies across the state enact preventative power outages amid an escalating risk for wildfires. San Diego State University negotiates with the city council over the purchase price for the Mission Valley stadium site. And, an analysis of crime data from the San Diego Police Department reveals a small percentage of vehicle break-ins result in arrests.

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SDSU Celebrates 50 Years Of Chicana-Chicano Studies

Oct. 9, 2019
By Marissa Cabrera, Mark Sauer

San Diego State University's Chicana and Chicano Studies Department was one of the first of its kind in the nation when it was established in 1969 as Mexican American studies.

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Roundtable: Trump Versus The Media

Oct. 4, 2019
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

President Trump lashes out at the media amid new developments in the impeachment inquiry; a new California law will allow college student-athletes to use their image and likeness for paid work; and the San Diego Padres look for a new manager after another losing season.

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Why A Decrease In 3 Billion North American Birds Matters

Oct. 1, 2019
By Brooke Ruth, Mark Sauer

In the half-century since 1970, the number of birds in North America has declined by an estimated three billion — that's a 29 percent decrease.

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Roundtable: San Diego’s Climate Crisis

Sept. 20, 2019
By Aly Sadik, Mark Sauer

The impact of climate change on local businesses and homes, our oceans, and the California National Guard.

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San Diego Congressional Leaders Discuss Climate Crisis

Sept. 16, 2019
By Brooke Ruth, Mark Sauer

After years of virtually ignoring the issue, some leaders in Washington, at least among Democrats, are directly addressing the climate crisis. KPBS reached four of San Diego’s congressional representatives and asked the same questions about climate change.

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Roundtable: Assembly Bill 5

Sept. 13, 2019
By Aly Sadik, Mark Sauer

California's controversial new law affecting gig workers heads to Governor Newsom's desk. Big development plans are on the horizon for Mission Valley. Who will replace Susan Davis once she exits the 53rd District.

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Roundtable: San Diego Unified School District Misconduct Records

Sept. 6, 2019
By Aly Sadik, Mark Sauer

San Diego Unified High School District's misconduct records raise questions. A controversial vaccination bill heads to Gov. Newsom's desk. Will the weight of injuries to NFL players change the course of the game.

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Report: Amount Of Plastic In Sediment Has Doubled Every 15 Years

Sept. 4, 2019
By Brooke Ruth, Mark Sauer

A new study published in the journal Science Advances by researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego analyzed sediment from the Santa Barbara Basin.

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Book By Science Journalist Details Ways Planet Can Be Wiped Out

Sept. 3, 2019
By Brooke Ruth, Mark Sauer

There are many ways life on this planet can be wiped out: nuclear war, an asteroid strike, super-volcanoes, viral disease, rogue artificial intelligence. But the one most likely to ruin our planet over a relatively short time is climate change.

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Tech Entrepreneur Takes Over California DMV

Sept. 3, 2019
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

California's Department of Motor Vehicles has a reputation for long lines and balky software. In his efforts to modernize the DMV, Governor Newsom appointed tech entrepreneur Steve Gordon to head the agency.

A parked school bus in San Diego, Nov. 1, 2018.

Roundtable: Back To School 2019

Aug. 30, 2019
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

This week's episode focuses on education as San Diego Unified School District begins a new academic year, the Sweetwater Union High School District grapples with a major budget shortfall, and local students sound off on whether they feel safe on campus.

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Roundtable: 2020 Strategy For Local Parties

Aug. 23, 2019
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

A big endorsement in the race for San Diego mayor, the local Republican Party launches its own news platform, the United Nations studies homelessness in San Diego, and schools work to update policies on teacher-student interaction.

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San Diego Group Out To Prove Green New Deal Is Attainable By Reaching Zero Emissions Here

Aug. 22, 2019
By Brooke Ruth, Mark Sauer

As legislators work on climate change in Washington, San Diego is working on its own version of the Green New Deal. A speaker series on it continues Thursday night.

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Roundtable: SDG&E Wants A Minimum Rate Hike

Aug. 16, 2019
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

SDG&E requests a rate increase due to growing use of solar energy, documents show how a building renovation at SDSU was mishandled, and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park says the birth of a new rhino will help save an endangered species.

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Want To Stop Using Plastics But Don't Know How? Here Are Some Tips

Aug. 13, 2019
By Brooke Ruth, Mark Sauer

More than 360 million tons of plastic are produced annually and nearly 13 million tons end up in our oceans each year. Will McCullum of Greenpeace UK offers a practical guide to reducing reliance on plastics in his book, “How To Give Up Plastic: A Guide To Changing The World One Plastic Bottle At A Time.”

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Roundtable: Funding The Affordable Housing Crisis

Aug. 2, 2019
By Aly Sadik, Mark Sauer

San Diego moves to ease the city's affordable housing crisis. As climate change continues, ice is melting in the north and homeowners are having a tough time protecting their properties from damage.

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Roundtable: Turmoil Continues For SANDAG

July 26, 2019
By Aly Sadik, Mark Sauer

More shakeups at San Diego's regional planning agency, the disappearing Southern California coastline and the proposed tower near Seaport Village.

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How The San Diego Catholic Diocese Is Raising Awareness About Climate Change

July 16, 2019
By Brooke Ruth, Mark Sauer

July marks the fourth anniversary of the launch of a campaign by Pope Francis to rally the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics in the fight against climate change.

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Roundtable: African Migrants Protest Treatment By Mexican Authorities In Tijuana

July 12, 2019
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

Migrants from Cameroon have been waiting in Tijuana for more than two months to cross into the U.S. to seek asylum. Most are members of the English-speaking minority, which has faced intense persecution since 2016.

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What Could A Canada, California Agreement On Auto Pollution Standards Mean For Automakers?

July 8, 2019
By Brooke Ruth, Mark Sauer

Canada joined California in the fight against President Trump’s plan to weaken auto pollution standards. The agreement between the country and the state is non-binding.

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Roundtable: Gallagher Trial Concludes

July 5, 2019
By Aly Sadik, Mark Sauer

Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher is a free man after being acquitted of murder. SeaWorld is bouncing back, but PETA remains a strong opponent. USC admits blame for poaching a UC San Diego's research program.

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Roundtable: Turmoil At The Border

June 28, 2019
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

A national outcry over conditions at an immigration detention center for children, San Diego mayoral candidates spar over plans for more housing, and election reforms are leading to more diversity in some local governments.

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How One Man Stopped Flying To Decrease His Carbon Footprint

June 27, 2019
By Brooke Ruth, Mark Sauer

Peter Kalmus is a climate scientist based near Los Angeles. In 2010, he began a personal quest to decrease his carbon footprint.

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Roundtable: Mayor Faulconer's White House Meeting

June 21, 2019
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer meets with President Donald Trump at the White House, the origins of migrant caravans in Honduras, and the first week of testimony in the murder trial for a San Diego based Navy SEAL.

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Roundtable: Plea Change In Hunter Corruption Case

June 14, 2019
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

The wife of Congressman Duncan Hunter pleads guilty in the couple’s corruption case, the military grants media access to its border mission in Texas, and San Diego State University plans to reform its scholarship system after millions of dollars were unawarded.

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Trump Plans To Rollback Vehicle Emissions Standards, San Diego Congressman Has Another Idea

June 13, 2019
By Jade Hindmon, Mark Sauer, Megan Burke

Democratic Rep. Mike Levin, whose district includes northern San Diego County, has introduced legislation to phase out gas-burning vehicles entirely in California by 2040.

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Bay Area Tech Nonprofit To Track Power Plant Pollution With Artificial Intelligence

June 6, 2019
By Mark Sauer, Megan Burke

Watt Time said it plans to use satellite imagery and artificial intelligence to track plant pollution and make its data public.

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Roundtable: Prosecuting Hate Crimes

May 31, 2019
By Aly Sadik, Mark Sauer

Prosecuting hate crimes is not a simple task. Rep. Duncan Hunter defends the Navy SEAL accused of multiple war crimes. Development of properties in wildfire-prone areas stirs controversy. The new leader of SANDAG attempts to revitalize San Diego's transportation industry.

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