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The Conversation with Abby & Luis." Description: Broadcast live The San Diego Union-Tribune, Abby and Luis bring you the stories that will get you talking each day. Good conversation. News you can use.

The Conversation with Abby & Luis." Description: Broadcast live The San Diego Union-Tribune, Abby and Luis bring you the stories that will get you talking each day. Good conversation. News you can use.
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California Attorney General Xavier Becerra on Trump lawsuits, SB 1421

2/26/2019
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As California’s top law-enforcement officer, attorney general Xavier Becerra is mounting enormous legal battles with big stakes on the line: border security, immigration, criminal justice reform, marijuana, the U.S. Constitution, to name a few. In a rare interview with The San Diego Union-Tribune’s “The Conversation” podcast, Becerra spoke at length about those legal battles against President Donald Trump, and other legal quandaries in California pertaining to police disciplinary records...

Duration:00:38:07

Meet the San Diego pet detective who will find your lost pet

2/22/2019
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Barbara Fry is a true San Diego hero. The real estate agent moonlights as a pet detective for distraught owners who have just lost their dog or cat. And for the most part she guarantees their return. How does she do it? We talk to Fry about the techniques she uses and teaches owners, and about what drew her into this peculiar line of hobby.

Duration:00:34:24

How a young former Republican Marine became chair of the San Diego County Democrats

2/20/2019
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What does it take to make a young Republican Marine switch to the Democrat Party? And then go on to lead it? Politics, of course. In 2008, as a gay service member Will Rodriguez-Kennedy was honorably discharged from the military under the ‘don’t ask don’t tell” policy. He experienced a period of homelessness and says he ultimately felt that Democrats were more focused on veterans’ issues than Republicans. Now, he’s been elected chairman of the San Diego Democratic Party. He’s 31. We invited...

Duration:00:33:33

This Presidents Day, we take you inside the most popular presidential library

2/15/2019
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In thinking about how to celebrate President’s Day 2019, we decided to turn to a place in California where presidential history is celebrated all the time and that brought us to the Reagan Library in Simi Valley. We talked to Melissa Giller, who has worked there 17 years, and learned some things we never knew about Reagan and the presidency.

Duration:00:28:40

In his own words, Birdman of East Village mourns loss of his 'best friend'

2/13/2019
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Victor Vasquez is known as the "Birdman of East Village" and every night for a whole week he mourned the death of his bird pet, Sydney. Vasquez says he was attacked, and in the scuffle the bird flew into a passing train and was instantly killed. Vasquez's eye was bloodied, his right cheek purple, but he said what hurt the most was losing his best friend.

Duration:00:22:44

Africana Studies professor on blackface: 'Don't get angry. Get educated.'

2/8/2019
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The emergence last week of a racist photo on a 1984 yearbook page for Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam — with one man in blackface and another in a KKK robe — may force him to resign. So we reached out to someone who’s been talking about this in his classroom at San Diego State University, African Studies professor Ajani Brown. Before we reached out to him, he had already discussed the Virginia stories with his students and before the Virgina stories even broke, he had already covered the use of...

Duration:00:27:07

What's it like being a young Republican in the Trump era? We asked 26-year-old Morgan Murtaugh.

2/6/2019
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You have to be 25 years old to serve in the United States Congress, so Morgan Murtaugh, a San Diego Republican who made a name for herself with a social media accounts dubbed @RepubGrlProbs during the Obama administration, was one of the youngest people to run for Congress in 2018. She's now 26. We talked to her about the GOP, what young voters want, the use of social media in politics and more on this episode of The Conversation.

Duration:00:27:56

Do homeless San Diegans feel they're being counted? We asked them.

2/1/2019
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Every year the San Diego Regional Task Force on the Homeless takes on a monumental mission. As required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, volunteers and county officials and outreach workers spread out and attempt to account for all the homeless individuals living in San Diego County. In this episode of this two-part podcast series, we meet homeless San Diegans about what they think the city and the county is doing right and whether the Point-In-Time-Count can achieve...

Duration:00:13:25

How do you count a homeless population? Here's how San Diego does it.

1/30/2019
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Every year the San Diego Regional Task Force on the Homeless takes on a monumental mission. As required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, volunteers and county officials and outreach workers spread out and attempt to account for all the homeless individuals living in San Diego County. Days after this year’s count, we got in touch with some of the people who as part of the canvassing, were divided into groups to survey people in the early hours when most of San Diego is...

Duration:00:15:26

Fed up, two San Diegans launched a scooter removal service

1/25/2019
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Scooter Removal LLC is the brainchild of John Heinkel and Dan Borelli. They say their mission is to help property owners and businesses deal with the of e-scooters and dockless bicycles parked around San Diego. Listen to the story as to how they launched the business and the legal threats that nearly made them kill the business idea.

Duration:00:36:35

Coronado Bridge suicide prevention is personal for a retired firefighter and a survivor

1/23/2019
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Since the San Diego-Coronado Bridge opened in 1969, it has been the location for hundreds of suicides. One group that has been pushing for a long term solution is the Bridge Collaborative for Suicide Prevention. We talked to the group’s president Wayne Strickland, and to a survivor of a bridge jump, Steve Bouchard about why they’re such strong advocates for barriers on the San Diego-Coronado Bridge. The San Diego Access and Crisis Line can be reached at 888-724-7240. For more mental health...

Duration:00:22:29

I am a Jewish woman. Here's why I won't join the Women's March this year.

1/17/2019
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Ahead of the 2019 Women’s March, some regional Women's March groups and participants are distancing themselves from the national leadership for the Women’s March in Washington D.C. over accusations of anti-Semitism and ties with Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. One San Diego woman, Myriam Miedzian has decided not to march because of this. She's a Jewish woman who feels upset about making the decision not to march because she’s been a past participant, but she stands by her decision....

Duration:00:16:36

It's year three for the Women's March in 2019. Here's why it continues.

1/17/2019
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On the eve of the third annual Women's March, the organization faced turmoil at the national level over accusations of antisemitism. As a result, the San Diego's chapter of the Women's March has distanced itself from the national organization. Two organizers in San Diego tell us why the Women's March is still worth attending.

Duration:00:21:07

San Diego bar owner who fires back at negative Yelp reviews

1/16/2019
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What happens when a business owner decides to personally respond to the negative reviews written on the Yelp page of the business? We met one such business owner who has been having a blast responding to negative Yelp reviews.

Duration:00:36:11

Ku Klux Klan was open secret at Marine Corps base Camp Pendleton, podcast says

1/11/2019
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Klu Klux Klan membership and activity was an open secret at the U.S. Marine Corps base Camp Pendleton in Oceanside in the 1970s. It all came to light after an assault on the night of Nov. 13, 1976. The details of that assault and its aftermath, and the story about the KKK’s presence inside the biggest branch of the U.S. military, are all part of a podcast series titled “Free the Pendleton 14.” In this podcast episode, we talk to the journalist behind the podcast, Steve Walsh, and the lengths...

Duration:00:34:11

Why is Tijuana's homicide rate so high and what can be done about it?

1/9/2019
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Homicides in Mexico reached unprecedented levels in 2018, especially in our neighbor city of Tijuana where the numbers are higher than ever. Why is this? Why is Tijuana one of Mexico’s most violent cities? Why have the last few years been so bad? We wanted to have a conversation about it. So we interviewed Jaime Arredondo, a researcher who studies the drug market and policing in Tijuana.

Duration:00:31:26

A cartoonist meets the migrant caravan at the U.S.-Mexico border

1/4/2019
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In this podcast interview, Union-Tribune editorial cartoonist Steve Breen explains what he saw at the border and what it was like to put human faces to a news story that has captivated so many and thrust immigration back into the political spotlight. In his own words, this editorial cartoonist tells us what it was like to meet the migrant caravan.

Duration:00:18:12

Why Gov. Jerry Brown gets a B+ as California governor

1/2/2019
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As California Gov. Jerry Brown leaves office, Deputy Editorial Director Chris Reed reflects back on what Brown did (and did not) accomplish, and why he gives him a B+ on his tenure. Reed also tells us his favorite Brown story and what one question he'd ask if he was here right now.

Duration:00:20:37

What San Diego foodies will be eating in 2019, according to this food writer

12/28/2018
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Is San Diego a food destination? Not yet, says Michele Parente who is the food writer for The San Diego Union-Tribune. In this last podcast episode of 2018, we look forward to what San Diego foodies will be eating in 2019.

Duration:00:22:34

After dockless scooter death, will San Diegans rethink street safety?

12/27/2018
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San Diego County saw what's possibly the first fatal collision involving an e-scooter. A number of other injuries from people riding e-scooters has also raised alarms for cities on how to make streets safer. Urban bicycle advocates Colin Parent and Andy Hanshaw spoke to The Conversation on what they think will make streets safer for e-scooter riders and whether another fatal encounter can be avoided.

Duration:00:42:56