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San Diego Author Anisha Bhatia On Writing About Culture, Empowering Women

July 14
By Jade Hindmon, Megan Burke

Bhatia's debut novel, “The Rules Of Arrangement,” uses the lens of arranged marriage to voice a social commentary on beauty standards, colorism, body image and expectations for South Asian women.

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Indigenous Woman Is First To Be Appointed To State Commission On Women And Girls

July 6
By Jade Hindmon, Megan Burke

Joely Proudfit, Ph.D., is Luiseño and Payómkawichum. She has been department chair of American Indian Studies and director of the California Indian Culture and Sovereignty Center at California State University, San Marcos since 2008.

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Bill To Address Pandemic-Related Learning Loss Awaiting Newsom's Signature

June 23
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

The rush is on for a California Assembly bill that addresses learning loss suffered by students during the pandemic. AB-104, introduced by San Diego area Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, has passed the legislature.

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'Say It Loud' Celebrates Juneteenth With Local Black Talent

June 16
By Jade Hindmon, Julia Dixon Evans, Megan Burke

The San Diego Black Artist Collective has put together a week-long festival of art, theater, music and dance celebrating the Black experience to commemorate Juneteenth.

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How To Help Your Pet Get Ready For When You Go Back To Work

June 16
By Claire Trageser, Megan Burke

With many of us working from home for the past year and a half, our pets have gotten used to having us around.

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Now That San Diego Is Reopening, Will You Go To Concerts, Plays And Other Arts Events?

June 11
By Megan Burke

Life in California will largely start returning to normal Tuesday, June 15. What will you do now that everyday activities can resume and most businesses and venues can fully reopen?

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'Glimmers Of Hope' In The Effort To Stop Climate Change

June 9
By Jade Hindmon, Megan Burke

While most climate news is bleak, UC San Diego scientists point to niches like electric vehicles, batteries and the solar and wind industries that are seeding a decarbonization revolution.

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SDG&E Announces It Intends To Eliminate Carbon Emissions By 2045

April 27
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

SDG&E said its roadmap to net zero includes green hydrogen projects and increased clean energy storage capacity. But critics doubt the utility’s climate-friendly goals, as long as the fossil fuel natural gas remains such a big part of its portfolio.

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KPBS Midday Edition Special: San Diego Reacts To The Chauvin Trial Verdict

April 21
By Brooke Ruth, Harrison Patiño , Jade Hindmon, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Following guilty verdicts on all three counts charged to former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in the murder of George Floyd, San Diego's community leaders are reacting to what many see as a turning point for equality.

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KPBS Midday Edition Special: Students Return To The Classroom

April 12
By Brooke Ruth, Harrison Patiño , Jade Hindmon, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

San Diego Unified, San Diego County's largest school district, welcomed students back to campus Monday. About half of the district's students opted to return to the classroom while the other half will continue learning remotely.

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Parents: How Do You Feel About Your Kids Going Back To In-Person School?

April 7
By Megan Burke

What are your questions, thoughts or concerns about sending your children back to school in person?

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Derek Chauvin Trial Retraumatizing For Many

April 2
By Jade Hindmon, Megan Burke

Professor Starla Lewis teaches classes on transcending racism and the psychological history of racism and sexism. Lewis joined Midday Edition on Friday to discuss the impact of this trial on people's mental and emotional well being.

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Social Justice Advocates Demand Removal Of Pete Wilson Statue

March 23
By Jade Hindmon, Megan Burke

A statue of former California Gov. Pete Wilson is once again drawing the ire of social justice activists, who demand that it be taken down over anti-immigrant policies he supported during his administration.

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Death Of Mexican Fisherman Could Lead To End Of Protections For Endangered Porpoise

March 22
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

An altercation between conservationists and fishermen in a marine refuge for the vaquita porpoise resulted in the death of a Mexican fisherman. Now, lawmakers are considering ending protections for the critically endangered porpoise.

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'Overwhelming Grief': San Diegans Respond To Mass Shooting Involving Women Of Asian Descent

March 17
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

The repercussions of a shooting rampage in Atlanta Tuesday are being felt in Asian American and Pacific Islander American communities across the U.S., including in San Diego County.

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Q&A: How 'Long COVID' Is Impacting San Diegans

March 16
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

On Midday Edition Tuesday, we speak to the founder of UC San Diego Health's post-COVID-19 clinic about what we are learning about the lingering effects of COVID-19 long after the infection is gone. 

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KPBS Midday Edition Special: One Year Pandemic Anniversary

March 15
By Brooke Ruth, Harrison Patiño , Jade Hindmon, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

It’s been just over a year since COVID-19 was officially declared a pandemic. A year of anxiety, hardship, confusion and loss. A year like no other. 

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Midday Edition Special: Racism Fuels Black Maternal And Infant Health Crisis

Feb. 24
By Brooke Ruth, Jade Hindmon, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke, Pat Finn

In San Diego County, Black women are three times more likely to die due to pregnancy or delivery complications — so are Black infants. Black babies are also 60% more likely to be born prematurely.

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How Racism Affects Health Outcomes For Pregnant Black Women And Their Babies

Feb. 23
By Jade Hindmon, Megan Burke

For Black women who are expecting a baby, pregnancy can be filled with the anxiety of knowing you will have to navigate a health care system plagued by racism. That racism affects the quality of medical care Black women and infants receive.

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Influential: Gilbert Castellanos' Playlist

Jan. 28
By Julia Dixon Evans, Megan Burke

After a harrowing few years of dental trauma and career-saving procedures, Gilbert Castellanos reflects on the music that shaped him — and got him through it.

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San Diego Company Merges Food Science, Aquaculture To Make Fillets From Fish Cells

Jan. 26
By Jade Hindmon, Megan Burke

A San Diego aquaculture technology start-up is betting that Americans' love of seafood will extend to fish fillets grown from fish cells.

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Remembering San Diego Blues Legend Tomcat Courtney

Jan. 18
By Kurt Kohnen, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Courtney went from Texas cotton fields to a three-ring circus, and along that road he found the music that sustained his life. The award-winning bluesman and staple on the San Diego music scene died this month at age 91.

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'Throughline' Coming To KPBS-FM

Jan. 15
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

In the weekly one-hour narrative series, hosts Rund Abdelfatah and Ramtin Arablouei tackle the history behind today's headlines and take the listener back in time to understand the present.

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San Diego County Opening Regional COVID-19 'Vaccination Pods'

Jan. 5
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke, Tarryn Mento

A San Diego physician who is a member of state and county vaccine advisory groups said local public health officials will be opening regional vaccination sites to quicken the pace of vaccinations.

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The Personal Economic Impact Of COVID-19 On San Diegans

Jan. 4
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

The COVID-19 economic hit has been personal for thousands of San Diegans for months.

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Why You Should Stay Home On New Year's Eve

Dec. 30, 2020
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Epidemiologist Dr. Rebecca Fielding-Miller joined Midday Edition Wednesday to discuss the risks of attending in-person New Year's celebrations.

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CVS Pharmacists Begin Vaccinating San Diego County Nursing Home Residents

Dec. 28, 2020
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

The drugstore chain did not provide specific numbers for San Diego, but company officials said 15,000 care facilities in California are part of a nationwide program that will administer vaccines to as many as 700,000 long term care residents.

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Palomar Field Hospital Could Provide Relief To COVID-19 Patients From Overburdened Imperial County

Dec. 24, 2020
By Jade Hindmon, Megan Burke

The El Centro Regional Medical Center is bearing the brunt of the coronavirus in the Imperial Valley. Of the hospital's 186 patients, 130 have COVID-19. CEO Adolphe Edward said the hospital building is beyond its capacity.

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Is It Ethical For A Healthy Person To Choose Not To Get A COVID-19 Vaccine?

Dec. 17, 2020
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

As we continue to see more coronavirus vaccines available and more people eligible to take them, will vaccinations continue to be viewed as an individual choice?

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Midday Edition Special: The Mental Health Consequences Of The Pandemic

Dec. 16, 2020
By Brooke Ruth, Jade Hindmon, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke, Pat Finn

When we’re not concerned about our own health or our family's health – we're concerned about finances, being isolated, missing friends and relatives and wondering if life as we know it will ever get back to normal.

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New Shutdown Orders Put Otay Mesa Business Owners 'Weeks' From Closing Permanently

Dec. 8, 2020
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Mario Gastelum first closed his Cristina Herrera Hair Salon, in March. It reopened this summer only to close again due to the new stay-home order. Gastelum estimates he can keep the business afloat for seven weeks without income.

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Your Thanksgiving Cooking Questions Answered, Maintaining Tradition During An Unusual Year

Nov. 25, 2020
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Because of the pandemic, we’re advised not to travel, not to have large gatherings and to avoid the usual family holiday reunions. But it’s Thanksgiving, and we still have things to be thankful for.

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As COVID-19 Vaccine Nears, Many In The Black Community Are Wary

Nov. 23, 2020
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

New reporting by The San Diego Union-Tribune looks at how unethical and cruel medical research like the Tuskegee Syphilis Study and present-day inequities in medical treatment for communities of color have led to mistrust of the institution of medicine and government.

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Takeout For Thanksgiving Is A Way To Support San Diego Restaurants During Pandemic

Nov. 17, 2020
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

San Diego restaurants who’ve never offered meals specifically geared to the holidays are trying to promote special take out meals or deliveries for Thanksgiving.

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Pandemic Thanksgiving Advice For First-Time Cooks

Nov. 16, 2020
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Americans are devising all sorts of imaginative ways to spend the Thanksgiving holiday. Some are planning to use technology to bring family together virtually. But it’s left many people with the realization that if they want a home-cooked Thanksgiving dinner, they’re going to have to make it themselves, and some for the first time in their lives.

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Sisters Calling Attention To Racism In Poway Unified Prompts Changes

Oct. 26, 2020
By Mark Sauer, Megan Burke

Inspired by the Black Lives Matter protests last spring and summer, teenaged sisters Nene and Ekene Okolo are bringing the issue of systemic racism at Poway Unified School District to light.

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New Poll Finds San Diego Mayoral Candidates Neck And Neck

Oct. 7, 2020
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

New numbers from a The San Diego Union-Tribune/10News SurveyUSA poll also give an indication which way voters are leaning on city measures that would increase housing for the homeless, and establish a new police review board.

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SUVs Dire Impact On Carbon Emissions

Sept. 29, 2020
By Mark Sauer, Megan Burke

Over the last decade, SUVs have been the largest cause of the increase in worldwide carbon emissions, according to research from the International Energy Agency.

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What To Know If You Receive A Jury Summons

Sept. 22, 2020
By Alison St John, Megan Burke

Jury trials in San Diego are scheduled to begin again in October with safety measures in place. San Diego Superior Court Presiding Judge Lorna Alksne discusses how jury trials will work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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KPBS Event Delves Into Childcare Crisis

Sept. 10, 2020
By Alison St John, Megan Burke

A virtual panel discussion on the topic takes place Thursday night at 7 p.m. It's free and open to the public.

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Understanding The Scope And Impact Of Racial Bias In The Military

Aug. 31, 2020
By Megan Burke, Steve Walsh

On Monday on Midday Edition we’re bringing you an excerpt from "Institutional Racism In The U.S. Military," a KPBS news special event looking at how racial bias affects who leads the nation's military, how it affects individual service members and some perspectives on how military leadership can address the issue.

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'Hatemonger' Investigates Trump Immigration Czar Stephen Miller's Influences And Ambitions

Aug. 11, 2020
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

A new book by former KPBS investigative reporter Jean Guerrero makes the case that Trump advisor Stephen Miller has realized his life-long ambition to limit immigration and diversity in America by working in the Trump White House.

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Billions In PPP Loans Still Available But Applications Are Due By Saturday

Aug. 6, 2020
By Alison St John, Megan Burke

Businesses in San Diego County have received about $1 billion through Paycheck Protection Program loans according to the San Diego and Imperial County’s Small Business Development Center but more than $110 billion remain in the national fund.

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Becerra Asking US To Step In To Increase Coronavirus Drug Supply, Decrease Cost

Aug. 5, 2020
By Megan Burke, Tarryn Mento

California’s Attorney General Xavier Becerra is calling on the federal government to increase the availability and decrease the price of remdesivir, the only drug given FDA authorization to treat COVID-19.

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Your Voting Questions Answered

Aug. 4, 2020
By Alison St John, Megan Burke

Election day is three months away, but voting will start much earlier and already questions are swirling around how safe and secure voting will be. San Diego County Registrar of Voters, Michael Vu, answers your voting questions.

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Oceanside Native Brit Bennett Discusses Her New Novel, 'The Vanishing Half'

July 8, 2020
By Alison St John, Megan Burke

The novel reveals the personal experience of what it’s like to be defined by the color of your skin.

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San Diego Teachers Reflect On Returning To The Classroom During The Coronavirus

June 23, 2020
By Alison St John, Megan Burke

Dave Erving, who teaches ceramics at Hoover High School, said he wants district leaders to know that their reopening plan to help keep him and his students safe should be clear, well understood and guided by science.

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How To Evacuate From Wildfire During Coronavirus Pandemic

June 11, 2020
By Mark Sauer, Matt Hoffman, Megan Burke

The threats wildfires pose to life, property and health, and the challenges inherent in emergency evacuations, are compounded by the coronavirus pandemic.

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First Person: Being A Black Man In San Diego

June 5, 2020
By Alison St John, Megan Burke

As protests continue against police violence and racial injustices across the nation, San Diego native Jordan Carroll opens up about the "daily grind" of being a black man in "America's Finest City."

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Scripps Neuroscientist Shares $1 Million Prize For Identifying Molecules That Control Touch, Pain

May 27, 2020
By Megan Burke, Shalina Chatlani

On Wednesday, the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters honored Scripps Research scientist, Ardem Patapoutian, with its 2020 Kavli Prize in neuroscience for his work, discovering proteins in the body that are key to our sense of touch.

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