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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 • 291 Ratings

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

    Alex Padilla on a Year of Victories and Failures in the U.S Senate

    Alex Padilla on a Year of Victories and Failures in the U.S Senate

    Kamala Harris Visits San Bernardino To Announce Wildfire Prevention Funds
    Harris will announce 1.3 Billion Dollars in disaster relief funding for the U.S. Forest Service. Nearly half of that will go to California.
    Reporter: Jonathan Linden, KVCR
    U.S Senator Alex Padilla on Voting Rights Setback
    California’s junior U.S. Senator, Democrat Alex Padilla, has just marked his first year in office. A progressive who’s an ardent supporter of much of the Biden Administration’ policy goals, Padilla has participated in some victories, like the passage of the big infrastructure bill. But he’s also seen a lot of what he went to Washington to do, like immigration reform and more social spending, blocked by both Republicans and his fellow Democrats. 
    Reporter: Saul Gonzalez, The California Report
    New Study Shows How Generations of Race Based Prescribing Guidelines Were Wrong
    For generations, doctors have been taught to prescribe certain medications to Black patients with high blood pressure. A new study out this week from UCSF finds those guidelines showed no benefits.
    Reporter: April Dembosky, KQED 

    • 16 min
    Resentencing Program Finds Support From Prosecutors Across the State

    Resentencing Program Finds Support From Prosecutors Across the State

    There’s been a lot of debate lately in California over whether efforts to roll back tough on crime laws have gone too far. Often, those conversations pit law enforcement officials against those who support the reforms. But a a California program to lower prison sentences is being embraced by prosecutors in both red and blue counties.
    Reporter: Marisa Lagos, KQED 

    The mad scramble for at-home COVID tests has been frustrating for Californians since omicron hit. And for people who have friends and loved ones in skilled nursing facilities, the search is becoming even more of an urgent issue.
    Reporter: Keith Mizuguchi, The California Report

    A new bill introduced in Sacramento would increase fines health insurers have to pay when they break the law. The goal is to make sure patients get the care they’re entitled to.
    Reporter: April Dembosky, KQED

    The federal judge who has overseen Pacific Gas & Electric's probation for the last five years says the company continues to be a wildfire menace to Californians.
    Reporter: Dan Brekke, KQED 

    California's forests will need to look a lot different if they’re going to survive the challenges of a warming world. New research out of the University of California and the US Forest Service, provides a roadmap.
    Reporter: Danielle Venton, KQED 

    San Francisco Mayor London Breed’s new proposal to loosen surveillance camera rules, as part of her plan to crack down on crime, is facing competition from another measure on the June ballot.
    Reporter: Rachael Myrow, KQED

    • 17 min
    At-Home COVID Tests Now Available Through USPS

    At-Home COVID Tests Now Available Through USPS

    The new federal program that allows people to order free at-home COVID-19 tests through the mail launched Tuesday, one day early. The order form looks pretty simple, but wasn’t easy for everyone who tried to submit orders.
    Guest: Carly Severn, KQED Senior Engagement Editor

    The omicron surge has jammed hospital emergency rooms with patients. Many of them arrive by ambulance, creating long waits. But officials in Los Angeles County say ambulance response times are improving. 
    Reporter: Jackie Fortier, KPCC 

    With the omicron wave of COVID-19 spreading fast, immigration courts in San Francisco are postponing many hearings. But that pause could be a ray of hope for people in an expedited asylum process.
    Reporter: Tyche Hendricks, KQED

    • 14 min
    California Can Learn From Other Countries About Better Containing the Spread of Omicron

    California Can Learn From Other Countries About Better Containing the Spread of Omicron

    The surge in the omicron variant has left hospitals across California struggling with staffing and in many cases, a rapid increase in COVID-positive patients. But can the state, and U.S. in general learn from some of the successes other countries are having in managing COVID right now?
    Guest: Eric Topol, Professor of Molecular Medicine, Scripps Research 

    For the first time starting this year, agricultural employers in California –- like farmers and farm labor contractors with 26 or more employees -- have to pay their workers overtime after an eight-hour day or 40-hour week. While farmworker advocates are celebrating this change, it’s also created some unintended consequences. 
    Reporter: Madi Bolaños, Valley Public Radio

    The San Gabriel Valley, east of Los Angeles has one of the highest concentrations of Asian residents in the country. But a new survey indicates a pandemic’s worth of racist incidents has many there feeling shaken.
    Reporter: Josie Huang, KPCC

    • 15 min
    State Legislator Reflects on Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    State Legislator Reflects on Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    Many in-person celebrations of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. have been canceled Monday due to the rapid spread of the omicron variant in California. Despite that, his legacy lives on, particularly in the work being done by California's Legislative Black Caucus, led by State Senator Steven Bradford.
    Guest: Steven Bradford, State Senator, 35th District

    First it was new cases and hospitalizations. Now, COVID-19 deaths have jumped significantly in Los Angeles County.

    • 11 min
    Nurses Concerned About Working Conditions

    Nurses Concerned About Working Conditions

    On Thursday, nurses across the state held rallies to demand safe staffing levels and stronger workplace protections. It comes as more and more hospital staff across the state are testing positive for COVID-19.
    Reporter: Jackie Fortier, KPCC

    Starting this week, some people with weakened immune systems are eligible for a fourth dose of the coronavirus vaccine. There are an estimated seven million people in the U.S. who are immunocompromised, many of whom don’t produce the necessary antibodies to respond to an infection. That leaves them more susceptible to a virus like COVID-19.
    Guest: Dr. Lindsay Ryan, an internist at UC San Francisco who is herself immunocompromised

    Governor Gavin Newsom will not allow Robert Kennedy’s killer to be freed from prison, announcing Thursday that he has reversed a decision made by the state’s parole board last summer
    Reporter: Marisa Lagos, KQED  
     
    As the Omicron variant continues to surge throughout the country, here’s one bit of welcome news. New data based on Southern California patients shows they’re not getting as sick as those infected by the Delta strain.  
    Reporter: Tara Atrian, KCRW 

    Worker advocates are calling on Governor Gavin Newsom and the Legislature to again require that employers provide two weeks of COVID-19 paid sick leave. The last round expired in September.
    Reporter: Farida Jhabvala Romero  

    • 17 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
291 Ratings

291 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.

nickname92748293 ,

Go KQED!

I loved the interview with the president of the San Francisco Federal Reserve!

Duckhunter44 ,

Lazy

Reporting on-site doesn’t increase the effectiveness of your stories.
Reminds me a bit of Huell Howser

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