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  • 29 minutes 53 seconds
    Caregiving Can Be Tough and Isolating. It Can Also Connect Us.

    Caregivers don’t get a lot of recognition despite doing hard and essential work. This week, stories about caregiving at all phases of life and how hard it can be for some families to provide that care themselves or even find professional help.

    Systemic Neglect: How Staffing Shortages In Nursing Homes Leave Patients Trapped in Hospitals

    When taking care of a loved one becomes too hard, families often look to nursing homes for help. But finding long term care in California s not easy right now. The industry took a big hit during the pandemic and many facilities are still recovering from staffing shortages. Some patients with complex diagnoses are waiting weeks, months and even years for a bed. KQED health correspondent Lesley McClurg has the story of one man in the Bay Area who has tried everything to find care for his wife.

    A Caregiving Son and a Mom with Alzheimer's Find a Musical Connection

    What happens when the parent-child role is reversed? In caregiving, this kind of role reversal is common. And it’s what happened to Rob Fordyce. After his 85-year-old mom, Susan, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease two years ago, Rob moved back into his childhood home to take care of her. And despite Susan’s advancing disease, Rob found a surprising way for the two of them to connect, through music. Cayla Mihalovich has their story.

    How An LA Child Care Influencer Became A Resource For Providers Across The Country

    Child care happens in a lot of different settings: a school, or a center, or a church. What you may not know is that more than a quarter of California’s child care facilities are actually in private homes. And for those providers, it can be a real challenge to juggle caregiving with running a small business. Tonya Mohammad knows this firsthand and understands the myriad of issues that child care providers face. So she's built a following via social media by sharing her three decades of experience taking care of infants and toddlers in Los Angeles. LAist's Mariana Dale brings us her story.

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    19 July 2024, 11:00 pm
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    ‘Arabology’ Podcast Champions Indie Arab Musicians; Indie Rocker Hana Vu takes 'Romanticism' On Tour

    On this week's show:

    For the past 13 years, DJ Ramzi has been sharing his deep knowledge and passion for Arabic music with listeners all over the world through his radio show and podcast, “Arabology.” But Ramzi Salti is not just a deejay, he's also an advanced lecturer in the Arabic program at Stanford University. His goal is to expose people to the wide variety of Arabic music, and along the way, push back against the stereotypes and demonization of Arabs and Arab-Americans. KQED’s culture reporter Ariana Proehl visited him at Stanford and brings us this story.

    And we meet musician Hana Vu. She just released her second album and started a North American tour that will end in her hometown of Los Angeles in August. Critics have called her an “an indie-pop prodigy” who’s “old beyond her years.” That’s because the prolific musician, who started recording and playing shows in her teens, is just 24. Guest host Bianca Taylor talked with Hana Vu about her new album “Romanticism,” and why she chose touring over music school.

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    12 July 2024, 11:00 pm
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    From Mannequins to Musical Roads: More of California's Hidden Gems

    This holiday weekend, we're replaying stories from our Hidden Gems series about out-of-the-way secret spots in California - places you might want to visit on a road trip!

    How This Oakland Business Gives Mannequins New Life (Almost)

    You might not notice them, but mannequins can be found everywhere from the tiniest boutiques to Target. But what happens to these non-biodegradable figures when stores go out of business or styles change? In California, many of them end up at Mannequin Madness, an Oakland warehouse run by a woman whose mission is to keep mannequins out of the landfill.

    This Stretch of the Mojave Desert Plays the ‘Lone Ranger’ Theme

    There’s a road in the western Mojave Desert that’s supposed to sound like the "William Tell Overture" by Rossini. Honda built the road back in 2008 as part of a TV commercial for the Civic. But it's seen better days. Reporter Clare Wiley headed out to Lancaster to make some music with her tires.

    Fort Bragg’s Larry Spring Museum Preserves Creativity in California

    The tiny Larry Spring Museum is dedicated to a Mendocino County TV repairman who lived in Fort Bragg most of his life. He was an amateur physicist, a keen observer of nature and the items he left behind reveal his deep curiosity about the world. KQED’s Katrina Schwartz takes us to this whimsical museum to learn more about the man behind it.

    This episode originally aired in February 2024.

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    5 July 2024, 11:00 pm
  • 29 minutes 48 seconds
    Inheriting: Leialani & The Occupation of Guam

    This week, we're sharing an episode from Inheriting, a new podcast from our friends at LAist Studios and the NPR Network. The show, hosted by Emily Kwong, is centered on the stories of Asian American and Pacific Islander families. It explores how one event in history can ripple through the generations of those families.

    In this episode, we hear from Leialani Wihongi-Santos. Leialani is CHamoru and lives in Southern California, but she was born and raised on the island of Guam. Growing up, Leialani was taught that the United States "saved” her island from occupation by Imperial Japan. But she later learned that framing is not entirely true. Emily sits down with Leialani and her grandfather, Joseph Aflleje-Santos, for answers.

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    28 June 2024, 11:00 pm
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    The Enduring Reign of El Daña, Drag King of the Central Valley

    Elsie Saldaña is a living piece of queer history. The 79-year-old has been doing drag since the 1960’s, making her the oldest drag king still performing in the U.S. She’s known as El Daña, and she didn’t get her start in LA or San Francisco. She’s from Fresno, where she worked the fields as a child. This pride month, reporter Celeste Hamilton Dennis brings us this profile of El Daña and tells us why the king isn't ready to hang up her crown.

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    21 June 2024, 11:00 pm
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    Memories, History and a Soundtrack for Fathers Day

    Songs In the Key of Fatherhood

    Rightnowish host Pendarvis Harshaw's love of music was passed to him from his mom. He says her love of funk, R&B, new jack swing and hip-hop laid his musical foundation. Now that he's a dad, Pendarvis is now passing all of that musical knowledge down to his daughter, song by song.

    Santa Cruz Museum Celebrates Filipino Manongs In New Exhibit

    Fathers are at the heart of a new exhibit at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History. Sowing Seeds: Filipino Americans in the Pajaro Valley highlights an archive of oral histories, photos, and stories from the first generation of Filipino men (or manongs) who came to California. KAZU’s Janelle Salanga visited with some of the families who contributed their dads’ stories to the archive.

    What Sounds Remind You of Your Father? 

    Five years ago, we opened up the phone lines for California Report Magazine listeners to call in and share stories about the sounds that remind them of their fathers and grandfathers. Here we explore their messages and listen to some of those sounds: foghorns, Giants baseball on TV, an impact wrench, and even Kai Ryssdal's voice. These touching memories are certain to get you thinking about the sounds that remind you of your father.

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    14 June 2024, 11:00 pm
  • 29 minutes 40 seconds
    Heavy Metal and Video Games Influence This California Composer; A 30-Year Journey of Authentic Mexican Cuisine and Recycled Art; Santa Cruz Company 3D Prints Surfboards

    Jens Ibsen is a dynamic young composer putting his spin on classical music, infusing it with prog rock, heavy metal and Japanese video game music. Isben's bold and non-traditional style is getting a lot of attention from major institutions like the San Francisco Symphony. But it hasn't been easy. He has had to confront racism as he found his unique place in classical music. He’s a lot of different things at once, and you can see that reflected not just in his music but also in who he is as a person. Reporter Jessica Kariisa's profile of Jens Ibsen is the first in our series celebrating California composers.

    Plus we visit Tio’s Tacos in Riverside. Just drive off the 91 freeway onto Mission Inn Avenue and stop when you see a huge orange butterfly hanging off the side of a building. You’ll see the airplane parked on the roof and two giants made from recycled aluminum cans taller than the building behind them. This Mexican restaurant/sculpture garden is an immigrant entrepreneur’s labor of love. For our series Hidden Gems, KQED’s Daniel Eduardo Hernandez takes a trip back to his hometown to meet the owner and creator of the Tio's Tacos wonderland.

    And we head South to Santa Cruz. The city has played a big role in surfing history – it’s where Hawaiian princes first introduced the sport to California back in 1885, and where surfers began using wetsuits in the 1950s. Since then, the city has been on the cutting edge of a lot of modern surf technology. A new company there is hoping to build on that history and help the sport become more environmentally friendly – by using a 3D printer to create surfboards made from recycled hospital trays. KAZU’s Erin Malsbury went to check out how these surfboards get made.

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    7 June 2024, 11:00 pm
  • 29 minutes 49 seconds
    An Ethnic Conflict in India Echoes in California; Creating a Space for Brown and Black Creatives in Oakland

    About a year ago, a conflict began in Manipur, a mountainous state in northeastern India. What set off the fighting was a dispute between a predominantly Hindu Meitei majority and a Christian minority called the Kuki.

    Aptos resident Niang Hangzo is originally from Manipur, but moved to California in the 1990s. Her family back home became refugees more than a year ago. And ever since, she’s transformed into an activist here in California fighting to draw attention to this crisis. KQED’s Lakshmi Sarah traveled to India to follow Niang’s family story. 

    And we visit a vinyl listening party at Oakland's couchdate. The event combines all the cozy comforts of home with the fun of going out: stimulating conversation, maybe eye contact with a cute stranger, all while the music vibrates around you. This unique social space, especially for creative people of color, is the brainchild of a mixed-race entrepreneur who wants to create an inclusive community for all. KQED’s Ariana Proehl has his story.


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    31 May 2024, 11:00 pm
  • 29 minutes 49 seconds
    Tasty Tales of Conference Room Crab, a Cold Turkey Fruitarian, and Tiger Food

    Think about all the things you love about radio and podcasts: the suspense, the characters, the drama and humor — Back Pocket Media takes all of those elements and puts them live on stage. 

    On today’s episode, Back Pocket Media co-founders McArdle Hankin and Ellison Libiran guest host the California Report Magazine and play three of their favorite stories from their last San Francisco event. The theme of that event was Taste of Then: stories about food and memory. 

    What I’d Cook for Love

    Most people who’ve had a job at a workplace, which is to say almost all of us, have at some point developed an office crush. You see the person day in and day out. You know you can’t make a move but you secretly want to. Secretly you wait for some sort of signal or opening. Well, for storyteller JP Frary, that opening…. Is Dungeness crab.

    The Fruitarian 

    People have always come together around shared taste in food, but in contemporary culture it’s just as likely to see communities – and even identities – formed around the foods we don't eat. Storyteller Don Reed takes a specialized diet to a new extreme.  

    When the Forest Goes Quiet

    This story was told to the audience over the phone… That’s because the storyteller is currently incarcerated in San Quentin. Kelton O’Connor starts his story in the yard of a different prison. It's the middle of the day and he’s walking up to a tall barbed wire fence — a fence that is the only thing separating him from the outside world. 

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    24 May 2024, 11:00 pm
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    The Nüümü People Claim LA Stole Their Water, Now They're Fighting for Its Return

    Back in the early 1900s, the burgeoning city of Los Angeles needed water, and the Owens Valley—more than 200 miles northeast—had plenty of it. Today, about a third of LA’s water supply comes from the Owens Valley and other parts of the Eastern Sierra. But the city got that water at the expense of the Nüümü people, who have been working to get it back ever since. This week, reporter Teresa Cotsirilos from the Food and Environment Reporting Network brings us the story of one tribal elder's fight to reclaim these water rights for his community.

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    17 May 2024, 11:00 pm
  • 29 minutes 50 seconds
    The First Indigenous-Named Marine Sanctuary; A Climber's Story; A New Home for a Beloved Diner

    California's Central Coast is the ancestral homeland of indigenous California tribes including the Chumash and Salinan peoples. For years, the Northern Chumash have been working to create a new marine sanctuary. If the federal government approves that designation this summer, California would be home to the first national marine sanctuary nominated by, and named after, an indigenous tribe. It’s the culmination of decades of tribal conservation work. And, as reporter Benjamin Purper tells us, it’s also the legacy of a father and daughter.

    Later, we talk to professional rock climber Beth Rodden who has conquered some of the most treacherous climbs in the world. She was the first woman to complete two routes up Yosemite's famous El Capitan, with no gear helping to pull her up. But despite her success, she’s battled raging self-doubt and multiple injuries. Rodden spoke to KQED's Bianca Taylor about her new memoir, A Light Through the Cracks: A Climber's Story

    Finally, we're revisiting a story from our Hidden Gems series about an old-school Los Angeles diner called Dinah’s, which closed its doors at the end of April. A developer bought the restaurant site and announced ambitious plans for new construction. Dinah’s is reopening as a new kind of restaurant in Culver City, but it’s the end of an era for the diner that’s been serving customers for more than six decades in the same location near the LA airport. Sasha Khokha takes us there.

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    10 May 2024, 11:00 pm
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