Gut Check Time
6:05 am
Fri May 16, 2014

California GOP's Future At Stake In June Primary

Assemblyman Tim Donnelly (L) , former US Treasury official Neel Kashkari (R)
Credit Capital Public Radio

 For an election expected to have very low turnout, the June 3rd primary could play an outsize role in shaping California’s political landscape.  That’s because of the stark ideological battle shaping up in the Republican Party between gubernatorial candidates Tim Donnelly and Neel Kashkari.

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Jefferson Exchange | May 15, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Poaching The Redwoods

Credit Public Domain

Candace Tinkler and Marshall Neeck detail the developments in the redwood burl poaching case.

Not all poachers are hunters, and not all targets of poaching are animals. 

Case in point: redwood trees in Northern California. 

The high value of burl and bunion growths on the giant redwoods is proving irresistible for some people. 

So they are entering the state and national redwood parks at night to poach the wood, from trees both living and dead. 

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Jefferson Exchange | May 15, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu May 15, 2014

A Regional Look At The National Climate Report

Credit NASA/Public Domain

Julian Boggs talks about details and reactions on the National Climate Assessment.

Denial does not equal defense. 

Global warming may still be denied by some segments of the population, but the evidence of its existence is overwhelming. 

And that evidence includes the recent release of the National Climate Assessment.

The report shows the effects of climate change reaching to every one of the 50 states. 

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Fueling The Racing Machine
5:21 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Nutrition A ‘Secret Weapon’ For Amgen Cyclists

Bikes at the Amgen Tour of California race this week
Credit Pauline Bartolone/CPR

Dozens of professional cyclists from around the world are converging on Sacramento this week. They’re racing in the Amgen Tour of California that started last weekend and continues through Sunday. We looked into what the riders eat to perform their best during the race.

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Jefferson Exchange | May 14, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Nixing Road Work Along The Sensitive Smith

River and road are constant companions along U.S. 199.
Credit Graham Hughes/Wild California

Jeff Miller explains the opposition to the road widening in the Smith River canyon.

The Redwood Highway through California's Smith River canyon provides jaw-dropping scenic views.

And it's a bit of a bear to drive. 

So the state of California made plans to widen some of the tightest sections of the highway. 

Cue the controversy: those sections are tight because of the steepness of the canyon walls. 

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Music on the Halfshell
10:05 am
Wed May 14, 2014

2014 Music on the Half Shell Season Announced

Singer/songwriter Josh Ritter plays Music on the Half Shell in Roseburg on July 29th.

Singer/songwriter Josh Ritter, blues phenom Shemekia Copeland, and the always popular Pink Martini headline the 2014 season of Music on the Half Shell in Roseburg.

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California GOP
5:53 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Kashkari vs. Donnelly - Who Will Face Brown In The Race For California Governor?

Businessman Neel Kashkari (L) and Assemblyman Tim Donnelly are vying for the Republican nomination for governor of California.
Credit Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

It’s widely expected Governor Jerry Brown will win reelection in November. But there’s still a fierce battle to be the Republican who challenges him.

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Jefferson Exchange | May 13, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Flying To (okay, Near) The Stars With SOFIA

SOFIA in flight.
Credit NASA/Public Domain

Robert Black and Dave Bloomsness rave about their trip aboard SOFIA.

Ever take a red-eye flight? 

It's just no fun flying for hours in the darkness, sitting in an airline seat not designed for restful sleep. 

Now try to imagine flying all night and staying awake ON PURPOSE. 

That's what happens aboard SOFIA, the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy.   Think of it as the INFRA red-eye.

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Jefferson Exchange | May 13, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Changing The Anti-Mosquito Formula

Credit Centers for Disease Control

Scott Hoffman Black of Xerces Society describes the mosquito approach at Bandon Marsh.

A problem spot for mosquitoes on the Oregon coast will get limited spraying this year, AND some re-engineering to remove places where stagnant water can collect.

The mosquito issue on the Oregon coast flared again recently, even before the mosquitoes are out in force. 

Last summer's mosquitoes at the Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge harassed residents and tourists alike. 

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Finishing The Ride, One Year Later
5:48 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Cyclist Who Lost Leg In Crash Inspires Hit-And-Run Bill

Damian Kevitt rolls through the finish line a year after a horrific hit-and-run crash that resulted in him losing a leg.
Credit Marnette Federis / Capital Public Radio

As the number of bike riders continues to grow in California, so do concerns about bicyclists’ safety. One lawmaker is embarking on an effort to get drivers to share the road.

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