Valley Edition is a weekly news magazine program from Valley Public Radio dedicated to issues facing the San Joaquin Valley. Join host Kathleen Schock for reports, interviews and discussions about everything from government to health to arts and culture.
Valley Edition - February 19, 2021 - Fresno State Art Song Festival, Miwuk Nation
On this week's Valley Edition: How the business community in Fresno’s Tower District has adjusted to the pandemic, and the incoming tenants that could change the face of the neighborhood. Plus, Black business owners are finding strength through community as they work to adapt their operating models to the pandemic. We also hear about the Fresno State Art Song Festival, where poetry, musical composition and singing converge. And the Southern Sierra Miwuk Nation continues its petition for federal
Valley Edition - February 12, 2021 - Cookseyville, Save Las Senioras, Porterville Library
On this week's Valley Edition: A small initiative in Fresno County to help a few elderly women stay safe during the pandemic keeps expanding. Now, Save Las Senioras delivers groceries to over 60 recipients in rural areas. Plus, we remember Cookseyville, one of the Valley’s most celebrated Black settlements. And one year after fire destroyed Porterville’s library, a handful of tiny libraries are springing up in its place.
Valley Edition - Feb. 5, 2021 - COVID In The Food And Ag Industry, Free Speech And Misinformation
On this week's Valley Edition: A new study out of UC San Francisco shows which essential workers are most at risk of death due to COVID-19. At the top of the list: food and agriculture. Plus, what are the limits of free speech, especially when that right collides with the spread of potentially dangerous misinformation on social media? And we hear about the Fresno Philharmonic’s Digital Masterworks Series. Listen to these stories and more in the podcast above.
Valley Edition - January 29, 2021 - Business Reopenings, Demise Of Local News
On this week's Valley Edition: Restaurants have had to ride the wave of pandemic shutdowns and reopenings for the past ten months. We look at how one business in Madera is surviving and what’s happening to its employees. Plus, when a local newspaper closes shop, how does that affect voting behaviors and political corruption? And we’ve got another segment of StoryCorps San Joaquin. A grandson remembers his pioneering grandmother who spent her summers living and working in a fire lookout station.
Valley Edition - January 22, 2021 - Mariposa County Vaccine Rollout, Post-Trump Era, Vaccines
On this week's Valley Edition: The Mariposa County Unified School District is ahead of the curve in vaccinating educators and keeping classrooms open during the pandemic. Plus we talk about the future of Central Valley politics in a post-Trump era. And, with hiccups in vaccine distribution and no national reserve to speak of, we look into how COVID-19 vaccinations are going in our part of the state.
Valley Edition - January 15, 2021 -Street Medicine Team, Confederacy In The Central Valley
On this week's Valley Edition: A street medicine team in Bakersfield educates people experiencing homelessness about COVID-19, and debunks myths about the vaccine. Plus, writer Mark Arax tells us about his research into the history of the Confederacy in the Central Valley. And, as part of our collaboration with the personal history project StoryCorps, 15-year-old Emily Gorospe interviews her mother Valerie Gorospe about her grandmother, Teresa De Anda. De Anda became a fierce environmental
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