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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.

    Los Angeles to Ban New Oil, Gas Wells

    Los Angeles to Ban New Oil, Gas Wells

    Oil drilling in Los Angeles is on the way out. The city council has voted unanimously to ban new oil and gas wells and to phase out existing ones over the next 20 years.

    Gas stoves have greater health and climate impacts than scientists previously thought. That's according to a new study out of Stanford University.
    Reporter: Laura Klivans, KQED

    California is the first state in the nation to examine how to compensate Black residents for centuries of racial injustice. The state's Reparations Task Force meets this week to further study how the impacts of slavery are felt today and to ask several daunting questions about how to remedy the harm.
    Guest: Christina Kim, Racial Justice and Social Equity Reporter, KPBS

    • 11 min
    Deal Reached to Restore Paid Sick Leave in California

    Deal Reached to Restore Paid Sick Leave in California

    A lot of people have had to call out sick from work this winter. Either they had COVID-19, or their kid had it. Now, under a new deal brokered with Governor Gavin Newsom, California workers may get retroactive sick leave for the time they had to take off. 
    Reporter: Guy Marzorati, KQED 

    20 states started this year off with a new increase in their minimum wage, including California. A new study finds those wage hikes can help low-income renters avoid eviction. 
    Reporter: David Wagner, KPCC

    In downtown Sacramento the restored Sutter Fort is a hot spot for elementary school field trips. People in pioneer costumes. Exhibits of colonial era tools. The fort helped shape California as we know it - but at great cost to Indigenous people. 
    Reporter: Pauline Bartolone, CapRadio 

    Along the rugged coast of Mendocino County, groves of towering old growth redwoods were once the hunting and fishing grounds of indigenous tribes. Until European settlers and loggers arrived. Now, one of those forests is being returned to its Native inhabitants.
    Reporter: Annelise Finney, KQED 

    Renters in Los Angeles County are getting extra protections to stay in their homes. The county is extending its moratorium on evictions for tenants who can’t pay their rent because of the pandemic. 
    Reporter: Keith Mizuguchi, The California Report

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she’s running for reelection. The announcement ends speculation Pelosi might retire.
    Reporter: Scott Shafer, KQED

    • 17 min
    Single-Payer Health Proposal Faces Key Deadline

    Single-Payer Health Proposal Faces Key Deadline

    In the next week, legislation that would help create a single-payer health plan in California will face a key test. The bill must pass out of the Assembly by January 31 or it’s dead. The effort is being led by the state’s nurses union, but opposed by the largest association of doctors.
    Guest: Dr. Micah Johnson, co-author of the book Medicare for All: A Citizen’s Guide

    Legislation introduced by State Senator Richard Pan would eliminate a personal belief exemption in school-based COVID-19 vaccination requirements. The proposal is expected to face strong pushback from those who have fought vaccine mandates.

    The Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco 49ers will renew their rivalry Sunday at SoFi Stadium, with a berth in the Super Bowl on the line. The Rams are hoping their fans show up more than they did in the regular season finale between the two teams.

    • 12 min
    State Regulators Table Rooftop Solar Plan

    State Regulators Table Rooftop Solar Plan

    California regulators are taking more time to consider changing the state’s solar marketplace. This comes after a proposal released in mid-December roiled the solar industry. 
    Reporter Erik Anderson, KPBS 

    Both the San Francisco 49ers and Los Angeles Rams have advanced to the NFC Championship this weekend at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood. The winner will head to the Super Bowl, which is also being held at SoFi.

    • 12 min
    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

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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