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.
CDC Says Vaccinated Can Still Spread COVID
An internal CDC report says Delta variant infections are likely more severe and vaccinated people may spread it just as easily as the unvaccinated. Scripps Research Director Eric Topol weighs in on the report. And, this weekend in the arts: “Twenty Women Artists: NOW” wraps up its exhibition, the 2021 Juried Biennial Exhibition hosts its closing reception, and SD Practice continues at two locations across the county.
Exploring The 'X' in Latinx: A Conversation On Identity
The term "Latinx" has been used increasingly in recent years to describe the Latin-American community as a whole within the United States. While these efforts have been applauded by some for the term's intended inclusivity, usage of the word has also been met with strong backlash - with many still unsure exactly what it means and who falls under the identity of "Latinx."
San Diego County Recommends Masks Indoors Regardless Of Vaccination Status
San Diego County officials are now following the lead of the CDC in recommending that all residents, vaccinated or not, wear masks in indoor public spaces. Also, the latest in the 101 Ash Street debacle may lead to the city being evicted from Civic Center Plaza. Plus, North County has a new rehabilitation hospital. Then, a new book showcases the 120 year history of Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Finally, we kick off the 2021 KPBS Summer Music Series with Jelani Aryeh whose unique brand of pop music is catching lots of attention.
Could Vaccination Mandates Create A Backlash?
As vaccine mandates increase, it remains to be seen how successful they will be, and what level of backlash they may provoke. Also, between spiking case rates and a potential return of a mask mandate, some San Diegans are saying they’re experiencing “COVID whiplash.” Plus, a San Diego lawyer said he was discriminated against for “banking while black” when he tried to cash a large settlement check at Bank of America in Pacific Beach. Then, Los Angeles Times columnist Jean Guerrero says San Diego-based One American News Network is a hotbed of “white paranoid extremism” and “Trump propaganda.” In addition, as San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer says he did not allow tent encampments and achieved a “double digit” reduction in homelessness, experts say his claims are overstated and incomplete. And, President Joe Biden's decision to end U.S. involvement in Afghanistan has raised questions about the wisdom of leaving and the wisdom of having stayed so long. Finally, The San Diego Writers Festival is wrapping up its virtual event this weekend with Kaitlyn Greenidge, whose second novel “Libertie” is noted as one of the most anticipated novels of the year.
California To Require Proof Of Vaccination For State Workers
In an effort to slow rising coronavirus infections, California will require state employees and all health care workers to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or get tested weekly. Plus, an Encinitas mother who lost her son to opioid addiction reacts to the potential multi-billion dollar settlement with opioid manufacturers. Also, Aaron Harvey was arrested in 2014 under a controversial gang law for crimes he had nothing to do with. The charges were dropped, and now he's a UC Berkeley graduate. And, a preview of San Diego author Chris Baron’s new novel, "The Magical Imperfect,” about the friendship of two young outcasts as they navigate ancestry, illness, magic and the earth cracked open.
Rep. Levin Chairs New Nuclear Waste Caucus
San Diego North County Congressman Mike Levin has announced the formation of a bipartisan congressional caucus to explore solutions to the spent nuclear waste problem. Plus, this weekend in the arts: La Jolla Playhouse has a new play series, The Color Forty Nine performs at the Casbah and "On the Move” brings City Ballet back to audiences. And KPBS Roundtable covers the biggest stories of the past week, including Comic-Con returning with another virtual convention due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.
DDT STORY FASCINATING
The story about DDT in Catalina was interesting. Do more like these superfund toxic waste dump.
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!