Tuesday is Election Day, and next week also marks the 20th anniversary of a ballot measure that left a profound mark on California. In 1994 voters overwhelmingly passed Proposition 187. It was a kind of citizens' revolt over illegal immigration. To understand why Prop. 187 struck such a cord 20 years ago, you have to know what was happening in California back then. Scott Shafer has more.
Music Bridge 1: "Theme From Sun Moon" by the Oranges Peels from "Sum Moon" (Mystery Lawn)
California's drought is forcing some farmers to figure out how to grow food with less water. So scientists in the Central Valley are analyzing the nutritional content of some of those drought-stressed crops. The California Report's Central Valley Bureau Chief Sasha Khokha reports, they're seeing some surprising results.
In 1967, a group of thirty black men and women entered the state capitol in Sacramento, armed with rifles. That is one indelible image of the Black Panther party, born in Oakland. A new play at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre examines the Panthers' radical politics, their criminal actions, and their legacy. KQED's Cy Musiker has the story.
It's not easy to keep an indie band going for 20 years. It's even harder after that time to keep the band's sound fresh. But according to The California Report's pop music critic Steve Hochman, Deerhoof has done just that on its new album.
At their best, playgrounds are filled with squeals of joy from kids running, swinging, teeter-tottering and hanging from the monkey bars. Unfortunately, kids living in one of the toughest neighborhoods in the East Bay community of Richmond don't always feel safe on their playgrounds. Nancy DeVille brings this story about a group that's trying to change that, one playground at a time.
End Music: "Brooklyn Slide" by Los Straightjackets from "Jet Set" (Yep Roc)