KPBS Midday Edition is a daily talk show hosted by Maureen Cavanaugh and Jade Hindmon, keeping San Diegans in the know on everything from politics to the arts.
Native American Heritage Day
Native American Heritage Day has been officially celebrated for the last 14 years on the day after Thanksgiving. The long-overdue civic holiday is aimed at celebrating and teaching Native American history and culture. Then, Governor Gavin Newsom says California has recovered all of the jobs lost during the pandemic. But with the holiday season upon us, border communities continue to suffer. Finally, we may be aware of December Nights and “The Grinch,” but there are countless events and performances in the region to help us ring in the winter holidays.
KPBS Midday Edition Thanksgiving special
How to enjoy this inflation Thanksgiving, without busting your budget. Chef Brad Wise talks turkey, side dishes and gives some Thanksgiving meal budgeting tips. Then, what are some of the biggest fallacies about Thanksgiving? We explore the true history of Thanksgiving with a scholar of American Indian studies. Next, from a simple thank you to writing a list of the things you are grateful for, gratitude is powerful and uplifting to our wellbeing. And, we’ll hear what you, our listeners, are thankful for this year. Finally, the holiday traditions from some of the people here at KPBS.
Q&A: Rep. Mike Levin talks about the next Congress
Congressman Mike Levin, D-San Juan Capistrano, secured a third term representing San Diego’s 49th District. He joins us to talk about bipartisianship and the next Congress. Then, if you’ve been to the San Diego International Airport lately, you may have noticed it’s very much under construction. We have tips and advice for holiday travelers. Next, a stay in the hospital for someone experiencing homelessness may mean getting off the street long enough to be treated. But what happens when discharge time comes? And, the operator of California's last nuclear plant is getting more than a billion dollars in conditional funding to keep it up and running for five extra years. It’s expected to help meet the state's energy demands. Then, bring on the shade. San Diego’s climate action goal to expand the city’s tree canopy is making slow progress. Finally, the “Pope of Trash” and the “Sultan of Sleaze,“ filmmaker John Waters joins us ahead of an upcoming tour stop in San Diego.
San Diego LGBTQ leader reflects on Club Q shooting
Members of San Diego’s LGBTQ community are shaken after a shooting late Saturday night at a Colorado Springs nightclub left five people dead. Then, allegations regarding a San Diego County Public Defender supervisor’s use of racist terminology are scheduled to be aired in Superior Court soon. And, the controversies surrounding the World Cup have made it hard for many fans to focus on the games being played. We’ll hear from a San Diego-based reporter who’s in Qatar. The University of California strike continues for its second week with 7,700 union members on strike at UC San Diego. Next, Another bad report for San Diego’s ambulance provider. Falck is set to see fines after failing to meet response times and staffing goals again. Finally, our Midday Edition film critics highlight a movie they feel thankful for: “Tár.”
Election update, surprise turnaround has Measure B narrowly leading
The latest election results include a turnaround for Measure B. The proposal to charge single-family homeowners in San Diego a fee for trash pickup is narrowly in the lead after trailing for most of the vote count. Then, it’s been five years since the #MeToo movement. But many female police officers still experience sexism on the job. KPBS investigative reporter Claire Trageser looks at what departments are doing to fix this. And, in our weekend preview, art that explores street markets, contemporary dance, bilingual theater and more.
Report: California likely to have $25 billion budget deficit
State officials are projecting a $25 billion budget deficit for next year. The news is a stark contrast to back-to-back years of record budget surpluses in California. Then, rents are down in San Diego county by almost 5% but the same economic forces that are pushing rents down are also slowing what was on track to be a record year for housing construction in the county. And, women trying to climb the ranks in law enforcement sometimes have to battle sexism, toxic masculinity, even sexual harassment. KPBS investigative reporter Claire Trageser brings us one such story from the San Diego Sheriff’s Department. Next, a controversy at a high-profile San Diego nonprofit prompted a board member’s resignation and concerns about retaliation. Then, a recent incident in a UC San Diego chemistry class highlights the distance between where the university says it wants to be and where it is when it comes to respect, inclusion and race relations. Finally, Rick Steves talks about traveling in the age of COVID-19.
A vital source of local news, but why do the sound levels vary so much?
This is a really valuable source of local San Diego news, and I would miss it a lot if it went away. There is one thing about it that I find frustrating, though: why are the sound levels so different between different parts? Often the interviewer in studio is more much quieter than the phone/skype interviewee. Field pieces are much quieter than host segments. Ads are much louder than everything else. I can't just set the volume and walk away without three minutes later either being unable to hear something, or else being blasted with sound. One episode is much quieter or much louder than the previous one, so when I fall behind a bit and my computer runs through the backlog, I get these jarring changes in sound levels in going from one episode to the next.
I haven’t heard from Tom Fudge in many years. He was good.
It is sad that every story has someone sucking up to the Pro-Trump extremists.
Sweet local news
Thanks for bringing KPBS to the podcast world so I don’t ever have to miss another episode of Midday Edition. I appreciate the guest selection, the short and succinct interviews, the thoughtful questions, and of course, the local coverage. I love hearing about the upcoming weekend highlights with Beth Acomando, and the direct smooth coverage presented by Maureen Cavanaugh.
My only caveat is that I sometimes have technical problems. This week, for example, I stopped receiving updates. It seems the subscription canceled and stopped downloading episodes on its own, without me doing anything. This is not the first time that happens. Sometimes there will be no audio when I play. The volume is typically very low compared to other podcasts I listen to, like Marketplace. They are little technical issues that keep happening. I hope this gets resolved.
Updated May 2019:
I like all podcasts in one. Less commercials, better flow. I just have to select one podcast, instead of five or more, when curating my feed. Love Jade Hindman. I can hear her loud and clear in my car. More diversity-driven coverage. Thank you!