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KQED's statewide radio news program, providing daily coverage of issues, trends, and public policy decisions affecting California and its diverse population.

KQED's The California Report KQED

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    • 4.5 • 305 Ratings

KQED's statewide radio news program, providing daily coverage of issues, trends, and public policy decisions affecting California and its diverse population.

    New Report Blasts California's Employment Development Department

    New Report Blasts California's Employment Development Department

    California’s Employment Development Department was too slow delivering unemployment insurance payments to roughly 5 million workers during the pandemic. That’s from a new report by the Legislative Analyst's Office. 
    Reporter: Farida Jhabvala Romero, KQED

    More than 22,000 Ukrainians have crossed the border from Mexico into California since the Russian invasion in February. Many have come to the Sacramento area, which already has a large and tight-knit Slavic community. 
    Reporter: Pauline Bartolone, CapRadio

    A State Senate committee focused on California’s response to monkeypox will hold its first hearing on Tuesday afternoon. The committee is chaired by State Senator Scott Wiener, who’s been a vocal critic of the government's failure to act quickly when the monkeypox outbreak first occurred.
    Reporter: Scott Shafer, KQED

    Hate crimes are up for the fourth straight year in a row across the U.S. That’s according to new data from Cal State San Bernardino, which found that in California, hate crimes jumped more than 32% last year.
    Reporter: Alex Hall, KQED 

    Gun rights groups are suing the state of California over a bill signed into law in June, that bans the marketing of guns to minors. Firearm advocates say the law is a direct assault on the Second Amendment.
    Reporter: Ezra David Romero, KQED

    California’s fast food and franchising industries could change drastically under a bill moving through the state Legislature. The bill would give fast food workers the power to collectively bargain through a state-run council.
    Reporter: Nicole Nixon, CapRadio 

    • 17 min
    Hotels Could Be Required To Provide Rooms For The Unhoused Population In LA

    Hotels Could Be Required To Provide Rooms For The Unhoused Population In LA

    Los Angeles voters will decide whether they want to require hotels across the city to provide vacant rooms to unhoused people. The City Council voted Friday to put the contentious hotel voucher program on the 2024 ballot.
    Reporter: Megan Jamerson, KCRW 

    Farmworkers from across the state have joined the “March for the Governor’s Signature,” a 335 mile trek from Kern County to Sacramento, to show support for a voting rights bill. Although farmworkers say the bill is critical for unionization, some argue that it will not accomplish what it’s intended to do.
    Reporter: Esther Quintanilla, KVPR 

    California women are more likely than men to be rent burdened, meaning they spend a third or more of their income on rent and other housing costs. That’s according to a new study from the Gender Equity Policy Institute.
    Reporter: Adhiti Bandlamudi, KQED

    The California Air Resources Board held a series of public listening sessions across the state last week. Its part of the board's latest plan to help the state achieve carbon neutrality by 2045.
    Reporter: Soreath Hok, KVPR

    A federal lawsuit has been filed against the sheriff in Siskiyou County and other county officials, alleging that Asian American residents have been unfairly discriminated against. The lawsuit claims that Asian Americans have been harrassed and discriminated against.
    Reporter: Keith Mizuguchi, The California Report

    • 17 min
    As Monkeypox Cases Surge In California, Feds Look To Increase Vaccine Supply

    As Monkeypox Cases Surge In California, Feds Look To Increase Vaccine Supply

    Federal health officials are considering breaking single doses of monkeypox vaccine into smaller doses to stretch the current supply. The Food and Drug Administration may allow healthcare providers to split a one-dose vial of the monkeypox vaccine into five doses.
    Reporter: Jackie Fortier, KPCC

    Throughout history, struggling Americans have looked for greener pastures, with many striking out for California. But some powerful people in the state have actively tried to keep the migrants out by setting up border checkpoints. 
    Guest: Bill Lascher, Author of the book "The Golden Fortress: California's Border War on Dust Bowl Refugees"

    California is offering $20,000 stipends to recruit and train more mental health clinicians to work in public schools. The program is a response to the student mental health crisis. 
    Reporter: Julia McEvoy, KQED

    A bill that provides some protection for immigrants in court is heading to Governor Gavin Newsom’s desk. The measure said if an attorney wants to ask a witness about their immigration status in court, the judge must first decide if it’s relevant to the case.
    Reporter: Tyche Hendricks, KQED

    Voters in San Bernardino County will have the chance to vote in November on whether the county could potentially secede from California.
    Reporter: Keith Mizuguchi, The California Report 

    A Fresno high school has issued an apology for painting over a student mural completed for the campus. Artists questioned the decision and the message it sends to the arts community.
    Reporter: Soreath Hok, KVPR

    • 17 min
    Childcare Crisis Hits Home For Many California Families

    Childcare Crisis Hits Home For Many California Families

    Long waitlists. Parents lining up overnight in hopes of landing an open spot in daycare or preschool. These are some of the stories that have emerged since the pandemic, highlighting the nation’s childcare crisis.
    Reporter: Daisy Nguyen, KQED

    • 11 min
    Dodgers Legendary Announcer Vin Scully Dies At 94

    Dodgers Legendary Announcer Vin Scully Dies At 94

    He was the voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers for decades. On Tuesday, Vin Scully died at the age of 94.
    Guest: Bill Shaikin, Reporter, L.A. Times

    California faces increased wildfire danger across much of the state into the fall months. This comes as crews continue to battle the biggest fire of the year in Siskiyou County.
    Reporter: Kevin Stark, KQED  

    Farmworkers from across California are beginning a march up the Central Valley on Wednesday morning. It’s all to support a voting rights bill. 
    Reporter: Esther Quintanilla, KVPR

    Some state courts appear to be dragging their feet following a new law, that’s intended to give relief to people piling up late fees for infractions like traffic tickets. 
    Reporter: Farida Jhabvala Romero, KQED  

    It’s an election year, with control of Congress in play. In one of Orange County’s most competitive congressional districts, the sitting Republican Congresswoman and her Democratic challenger don’t agree on much. But they do see eye-to-eye on one thing -- U.S. policy toward Taiwan.
    Reporter: Marisa Lagos, KQED

    • 15 min
    California Declares State Of Emergency Over Monkeypox Outbreak

    California Declares State Of Emergency Over Monkeypox Outbreak

    Governor Gavin Newsom has declared a state of emergency as part of California's ongoing response to the monkeypox outbreak. Meanwhile in San Francisco, the city’s main public hospital plans to distribute more monkeypox vaccine on Tuesday.
    Reporter: Sara Hossaini, KQED

    State lawmakers have reconvened in Sacramento after a month-long summer recess for the final, frenzied month of the legislative session. There are a number of bills that will be voted on, from abortion to gun rights.
    Guest: Emily Hoeven, Author of the WhatMatters newsletter for CalMatters

    Crews saw much calmer weather on Monday as they continue to battle the McKinney Fire in Siskiyou County. But there's still no containment on the fire, which has burned more than 55,000 acres.
    Guest Erik Neumann, Interim News Director, Jefferson Public Radio

    A bill to allow so-called “safe injection sites” where addicts can use drugs with supervision is on its way to Governor Gavin Newsom’s desk.
    Reporter: Scott Shafer, KQED 

    Visitors to Redwood National Forest on the North Coast could be fined and even face jail time if they’re caught trying to get too close to the world’s tallest tree.
    Reporter: Anaïs-Ophelia Lino, KQED

    • 16 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
305 Ratings

305 Ratings

Loo_Z ,

Love KQED!

Short and quick with the daily highlights, although would like more in-depth content at times. It sounds sharp, crisp, and like NPR lol. Lot of commenters seem to think young people make this podcast, and therefore make it political — do you live here? It’s California. I say these guys probably think we’re still in the ‘90s. Things change, generations come and go, and people still want to hang on to the small-minded thinking that took over the state in that era, when things started to really change, demographically!— ridiculous.

Southiemama ,

Refusing to be honest

It’s an injustice against the citizens of California to lie about the state of life and politics here. Californians know we are leading the nation off a cliff, and this outlet is refusing to address it because it’s been at the hands of Democrats. As long as California news outlets ignore the truth, we ignore them. One star, libtards

jbug127L ,

Episodes are too long :(

I originally started listening to this podcast for two reasons 1) to get a daily California news compliment to my national news intake and 2) ingest this in a quick format (most episodes were shorter than 7 minutes).

Unfortunately, over the last few months #2 is no longer happening. Most episodes, when I get time to listen in the afternoons, are now closer to 15 minutes. Monday’s episode was a whopping 22 minutes! This is three times as long as I need or expect them to be, especially when they are covering things that aren’t what I’d consider “hard news” like book reviews and rehashing topics that don’t have significant updates. This has unfortunately made this podcast no longer something I can prioritize daily as a working mom and I will no longer be listening. Instead of making the episodes longer, I wish that KQED would release bonus episodes or specials to cover the topics that aren’t as timely or heavily rooted in news.

As for #1, it’s still mostly true - although I have been confused as of late about the things *not* being covered by the California Report, like the recent school board recall election in SF which received national news media attention but has yet to be mentioned on this podcast. Unfortunately, exacerbated by the fact that I’ve been a bit perplexed at the topics being covered, the remaining benefits of #1 are not enough to outweigh my issues with #2.

I don’t normally provide feedback to podcasts via reviews as I’d like to give them an opportunity to address privately, but unfortunately could not find a feedback form for the podcast on KQEDs website and felt compelled to share why they were losing a listener as I imagine I’m not alone in this sentiment and I want new listeners to have their expectations set accordingly.

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