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'Voice Of Romance' Singer Johnny Mathis To Perform In San Diego On Sunday

Sept. 17, 2019
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Mathis, who will be 84 at the end of September, is marking his 63rd year as a recording artist.

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US Camel Corps Captured Téa Obreht's Imagination And Her Novel Take On The American West

Aug. 21, 2019
By Jade Hindmon, Megan Burke

Obreht's new novel, “Inland,” takes place in the American West of the 1800s, which is perhaps a surprising location given the author was born in Belgrade in the former Yugoslavia and lived in Egypt before settling in the U.S.

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Cities In San Diego County Want To Form Power Authority To Buy Clean Energy

Aug. 13, 2019
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Two cities in San Diego county will take preliminary votes Tuesday on the issue of community choice energy. The votes in La Mesa and Chula Vista may begin the process of establishing a joint powers agreement among eight jurisdictions in San Diego County.

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Former National Security Advisors and Chinese Consul General To Open UC San Diego Forum On US-China Relations

Aug. 12, 2019
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

On Monday, UC San Diego's School of Global Policy and Strategy will begin a week-long forum in response to increasing trade tensions between the U.S. and China. Business, technology and policy leaders will gather for high level talks with a focus on bridging the growing gap between the two countries.

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Musical About Legendary Recording Studios Premieres At San Diego Rep

Aug. 7, 2019
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Celebrated musicians from The Ronettes to The Ramones all recorded songs at Phil Spector's Gold Star Recording Studios in Los Angeles. Those stories are told in a world premiere musical now playing at the San Diego Repertory Theatre.

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The Story Of 'Sixty-Six Garage' Serialized In LA Times Podcast

Aug. 5, 2019
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

When reporter Joanne Faryon first became aware of a Coronado nursing home patient called Sixty-Six Garage, she was working at KPBS and deeply involved in investigating end of life care. But then, something happened.

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San Diego's Climate Action Campaign Launches Speakers Series On Green New Deal

July 25, 2019
By Jade Hindmon, Megan Burke

The Green New Deal is a political framework introduced by congressional Democrats in February that recognizes the responsibility of the federal government to address the threat climate change poses to the U.S.

George Takei Speaking About New Graphic Novel, 'They Called Us Enemy' At Comic-Con

July 19, 2019
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

"The Called Us Enemy" tells the story of George Takei's childhood years spent in internment camps for Japanese Americans during World War II. The scenes and illustrations bring that shameful episode in American history to life.

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Investigation Reveals Less Than 10% Of San Diego Rape Cases Solved Since 2013

July 19, 2019
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Law enforcement statistics reveal that rape is one of the most difficult violent crimes to solve. San Diego’s numbers, 2,954 reported since 2013 and first published in an investigative report by NBC 7, reflect that national trend.

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San Diego Rep. Susan Davis Proposing Military Food Assistance Legislation

July 18, 2019
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Military families on the low-end of the official pay scale often find themselves in a financial bind especially when they are stationed in high-cost-of-living areas like San Diego. While their housing allowance is increased to be able to afford a place to live that increase boosts their overall income and disqualifies them from most food assistance programs.

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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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Utility Commission Rejects SDG&E Proposal To Get Rid Of 'High Usage' Charge

June 7, 2019
By Jade Hindmon, Megan Burke

The San Diego Union-Tribune reported San Diego Gas & Electric made a proposal to the state utility commission to save ratepayers money in response to public outcry last summer after thousands of local ratepayers received higher-than-average utility bills following high summer temperatures.

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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.

The Palace of Fine Arts and the San Francisco c... Founder McKibben Discusses Significance Of Record Atmospheric Carbon Levels

May 16, 2019
By Mark Sauer, Megan Burke

Bill McKibben has been sounding the alarm about human-caused climate change for more than 30 years. He is the founder of the seminal environmental group, so named because 350 parts per million is considered the safe concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Carbon concentrations surpassed 415 parts per million this week.

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UC San Diego Composer Introduces 'Central Park Five' Opera

May 13, 2019
By Jade Hindmon, Megan Burke

Composer Anthony Davis and cast members will be performing excerpts from the "Central Park Five" opera and taking part in a talk on the subject Monday at 7 p.m. at UC San Diego's Mandeville Auditorium.

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Alleged Poway Shooter's Religious Beliefs Outlined In Letter Being Debated Among Evangelical Christian Pastors

May 2, 2019
By Mark Sauer, Megan Burke

A small evangelical Christian denomination is roiling over a letter allegedly written by the 19-year-old man charged with the Chabad of Poway shooting.

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'Nuclear Dread' Lingers In the Minds Of Americans

May 2, 2019
By Mark Sauer, Megan Burke

A five-part dramatization of the nuclear disaster in Chernobyl 30 years ago starts Monday on HBO. The series may enhance the American public's fear of what can go wrong with nuclear power reactors. Yet carbon-free nuclear power has been part of the U.S. energy grid since the 1970s.

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First Person: How Sharing A Story Can Help Build Community

April 30, 2019
By Megan Burke

As part of our First Person series, Nanda Mehta describes how speaking publicly about a taboo subject made her stronger and led her to encourage other South Asian women to share their own stories on stage.

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Community Comes Together In Response To Poway Synagogue Shooting

April 29, 2019
By Brooke Ruth, Jade Hindmon, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

On Monday's Midday Edition, how the local chapter of the Anti-Defamation League and the city of Poway are responding to the shooting that happened Saturday , how prosecutors investigate and charge possible hate crimes, the history of anti-Semitism and how white supremacists are radicalizing online.

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Dean Nelson Knows How To Ask Good Questions

April 24, 2019
By Mark Sauer, Megan Burke

Smart, experienced journalists might make it look easy. But a lot of work, thought, energy and personality go into a successful interview.

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Drug Cartels Not Behind $2.3B Human Smuggling Operation To US: Study

April 23, 2019
By Alexander Nguyen, Megan Burke

Central American migrants who were apprehended at the border often hire smugglers to help them cross into the U.S. or pay others at some point during their journey, a RAND Corp. study found.

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Earth Day 2019 Special: How San Diegans Are Decreasing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

April 22, 2019
By Brooke Ruth, Jade Hindmon, Marissa Cabrera, Mark Sauer, Megan Burke

On Monday's Midday Edition, we are bringing you an Earth Day special. We'll discuss ways San Diegans are decreasing greenhouse gas emissions and the politics of responding to climate change.

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Salk Scientists Plan To Combat Climate Change With Plants

April 17, 2019
By Mark Sauer, Megan Burke

A team of plant scientists at The Salk Institute believes their simple idea of harnessing the power of plants to capture carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and store it in their roots could have a dramatic impact on efforts to combat climate change.

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Connecting Climate Change To The Surge Of Migrants At The Border

April 16, 2019
By Mark Sauer, Megan Burke

In a recent series of reports for The New Yorker, staff writer Jonathan Blitzer examines how climate change is fueling an exodus of Guatemalan migrants coming to the U.S. border.

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Rep. Scott Peters Publishes Collection Of Climate Change Bills In 'Playbook'

April 11, 2019
By Mark Sauer, Megan Burke

Scott Peters, D-San Diego, has put forth a “Climate Playbook,” a compendium of 53 climate change bills in various stages of legislative development that address the issue of global warming.

Yosemite's Lyell Glacier in a 2018 photo.

What A Disappearing Yosemite Glacier Tells Us About Climate Change

April 4, 2019
By Mark Sauer, Megan Burke

Even longtime Californians might be surprised to learn of modern-day glaciers in the state. But the fact is remnants of the Lyell Glacier, in Yosemite National Park, are about to disappear.

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Artist's Memoir Describes How Traumatic Childhood Fueled Creativity

March 28, 2019
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Southern California artist Paul Ecke usually expresses his dreams and deepest feelings through painting. But to tell the full tale of his challenges, struggles and victories through a complicated life, he’s chosen to write it all down.

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KPBS Launches New Border-Arts Podcast, 'Only Here'

March 20, 2019
By Mark Sauer, Megan Burke

KPBS has launched a new podcast about creativity and culture at the border.

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Climate Change Expert Responds To Trump's Doubt Of National Security Threat From Global Warming

March 19, 2019
By Mark Sauer, Megan Burke

President Trump doesn't believe a federal report that warns of the national security threats climate change poses to the United States and the world.

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California Restaurant Association Suing To Stop Polystyrene Ban In San Diego

March 14, 2019
By Jade Hindmon, Megan Burke

The ban is set to go into effect on May 24.

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San Diego Scientist Finds 'Perfect Predator' To Save Husband's Life

March 12, 2019
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

A scientist racing against time to save her husband who is dying from an antibiotic-resistant superbug. The answer lies in a long-forgotten therapy, not used in modern American hospitals. It sounds like the plot to a fictional medical thriller.

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CSU San Marcos President Talks About Leadership, Legacy And Her Retirement

March 7, 2019
By Jade Hindmon, Megan Burke

Karen Haynes will retire as CSU San Marcos president in June. She talks about the new generation of female presidents and how women's leadership has changed CSU.

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'Uninhabitable Earth' Sounds Climate Change Alarm

March 7, 2019
By Mark Sauer, Megan Burke

The urgency of addressing human causes of climate change has long been apparent. That's why KPBS is launching a Climate Change Desk to step up our coverage of this existential threat. The first interview this week is with David Wallace-Wells, author of, "The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming."

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Steve Breen Discusses Community Rebuke, Lessons Learned From His Jussie Smollett Cartoon

Feb. 28, 2019
By Jade Hindmon, Megan Burke

The San Diego Union-Tribune editorial cartoonist Steve Breen published a cartoon Friday with images of renowned African American writers James Baldwin and Toni Morrison next to Smollett with the caption, “Famous African-American Storytellers.” The cartoon drew swift rebuke from community members.

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In Wake Of Shooting Spree, Hillcrest Community Gathers Wednesday For Town Hall Meeting

Feb. 20, 2019
By Jade Hindmon, Megan Burke

The town hall meeting will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at St. Paul's Cathedral on Sixth Avenue.

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How Soon Will Big Rigs Go Electric In California?

Feb. 19, 2019
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Has technology caught up with California's climate action goals or are we still years away from reliable, electric long-haul trucks?

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Nobel Laureate Venki Ramakrishnan Returns To UC San Diego To Discuss Memoir

Feb. 14, 2019
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

"Gene Machine, The Race To Discover The Secrets Of The Ribosome" is a memoir about the complexities of scientific discovery and the choices that define our lives.

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San Diego Author Matthew Quirk Discusses New Political Thriller

Feb. 4, 2019
By Mark Sauer, Megan Burke

Quirk is a San Diego-based New York Times-bestselling author. Before becoming a novelist, he spent five years reporting for The Atlantic about crime, terrorism and international gangs.

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U.S. Securities And Exchange Commission Investigating Sweetwater School District Finances

Jan. 29, 2019
By Jade Hindmon, Megan Burke

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports it obtained a copy of a letter in which the federal agency requests the preservation of documents and data relevant to the ongoing inquiry.

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Air Pollution Clean-Up Effort Underway In Barrio Logan, Port Area

Jan. 28, 2019
By Jade Hindmon, Megan Burke

The state is stepping in with millions to help clean up the polluted air. It's part of a statewide effort called the Community Air Protection Program that specifically targets disadvantaged communities.

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Annual Homeless Count To Employ New High-Tech Strategies

Jan. 24, 2019
By Jade Hindmon, Megan Burke

More than 1,500 volunteers will fan out across San Diego County Friday to tally the region's homeless population.

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Sunrise Movement Youth Organizing To Stop U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Jan. 22, 2019
By Mark Sauer, Megan Burke

Thanks in part to the efforts of the Sunrise Movement, young voters surged to the polls for the midterm elections. They backed Democrats by more than a 2-to-1 margin and helped flip the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Logan Jenkins Retires His San Diego Union-Tribune Column After 22 Years

Jan. 16, 2019
By Jade Hindmon, Megan Burke

In his more than 3,000 columns, Jenkins wrote about everything from water wars to cock fights, more than one political scandal and even about being kissed as a 10-year-old by Marilyn Monroe, maybe.

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Pedestrian Deaths Increased In 2018 Despite Vision Zero Project

Jan. 15, 2019
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

The San Diego Police Department reports 34 pedestrians were killed by cars in 2018, up from 17 the year before.

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Quintin Morris Becomes 6th Member Of 'California 12' To Be Released From Prison

Jan. 15, 2019
By Jade Hindmon, Megan Burke

Morris, who was represented by the California Innocence Project, spent 27 years in prison for a murder another man confessed to committing. He walked free last Thursday.

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San Diego Is Still Behind In Building Housing, Keeping Rents And Home Prices Too High

Jan. 8, 2019
By Alison St John, Megan Burke

Borre Winckel, president and CEO of San Diego’s Building Industry Association joins Midday Edition Tuesday with the developers perspective on housing in San Diego County.

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San Diego Man Is Collateral Damage In Catholic Church Upheaval

Jan. 3, 2019
By Alison St John, Megan Burke

Aaron Bianco suffered a series of threats from people angry that the church is welcoming members of the LGBT community into the fold.

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Midday Edition Special: Best Of KPBS Podcasts

Dec. 24, 2018
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Meet your neighbors, explore the arts, expand your point of view with the most popular episodes from the KPBS podcasts: Cinema Junkie, Incoming, Rad Scientist and My First Day.

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Horton Plaza's Role In San Diego History

Dec. 19, 2018
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

After news this year about the sale and proposed renovation of Horton Plaza into a high-tech office park, some local historians and architects say San Diego will lose an important part of its history if it is demolished.

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La Jolla Symphony To Perform 'Found' Concerto By African American Composer, Florence Price

Dec. 6, 2018
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Price is known as one of the first African-American composers to win national attention back in the 1930s but some of her most sophisticated works were never performed and almost lost.

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