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Valley Public Radio's news magazine and talk program covering local issues important to Central Valley residents, from health care and government, to education and the environment.

Valley Public Radio's news magazine and talk program covering local issues important to Central Valley residents, from health care and government, to education and the environment.
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Valley Public Radio's news magazine and talk program covering local issues important to Central Valley residents, from health care and government, to education and the environment.






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Valley Edition - August 16, 2019 - Lost Hills Oil Fields, Leticia Perez, Miwuk Nation, Frank Bergon

This week on Valley Edition: we visit residents of a community surrounded by highways, agriculture fields, and oil and gas development. We learn about their grassroots efforts to find out whether those industries are polluting their air. In Kern County, we look into the case of Supervisor Leticia Perez who faces two conflict of interest charges relating to her ties to the marijuana industry. We also speak to an author who knew the Marlboro Man; he was a real cowboy from the San Joaquin...


Valley Edition - August 9, 2019 - Fresno Unified Board Censure, Homeless Health, Congressman TJ Cox

On this week’s Valley Edition: The Fresno Unified School Board voted to censure Trustee Terry Slatic for unethical conduct. We’ll hear from Slatic himself and from Trustee Veva Islas, who wants him recalled. And later, when you’re homeless, health care becomes much more complicated. We talk to a 68-year-old woman about the obstacles she’s experienced. We also hear from freshman Congressman TJ Cox in his new Selma District Office. Listen to those stories and more on the podcast above.


Valley Edition - August 2, 2019 - Revisiting Paradise, High-Speed Rail, China Alley

C oming up on Valley Edition: Big changes for high-speed rail. The state may divert some of the funds to Bay Area and Southern California transportation projects. Meanwhile, what about all the rail easements on farmland in the Valley? Are farmers getting reimbursed? Later, what role did corporate greed, mismanaged forests and sprawling development have on the most destructive wildfire in the history of the state? We talk to journalist Mark Arax. We also take you to China Alley in Hanford...


Valley Edition – July 26, 2019 – Census Counts, LGBTQ+ Health, Foster Care, Groundwater

When it comes to the 2020 census, why are some San Joaquin Valley communities among the country’s hardest to count? We explore what some advocates are doing to reach those who may have never been counted before. Volunteers also share how they’re working to improve the quality of life for the 2,600 foster kids in Fresno and Madera Counties. Plus, we speak with doctors trying to improve health care for the LGBTQ+ community, and we hear from a panel of water leaders about the latest in a...


Valley Edition - July 19, 2019 - Ken Burns, Fowler's Online Preschool, 'The Big One'

On this week’s Valley Edition: The emmy award winning filmmaker Ken Burns is coming to Fresno and Bakersfield next week. He tells us about his newest project Country Music, including his take on one of Oildale’s finest, Merle Haggard. Also on the heels of the Ridgecrest earthquakes, a producer from KPCC takes us inside their podcast about quakes called ‘The Big One.’ There’s been some major jolts in Valley politics this week. We bring you the latest in two big Congressional races. And one...


Valley Edition - July 12, 2019 - Economic Justice Bus Tour, Van Life, Citizen Parks

On the next Valley Edition: Fresno ranks low in terms of park access and acreage. But a grassroots movement is hoping to change that with citizens building their own parks. We also look at rural Tulare County as environmental justice groups showcase their efforts to improve water and air quality. And, we go on the road with some people whose California Dream is living in a van. Later, we talk about student absence. It’s worse in rural areas, so what are some districts doing? Listen to...


Valley Edition - July 5, 2019 - Revisiting Fresno Years After Internment, Upward Bound

On this week’s Valley Edition: He hadn’t been to Fresno in 78 years, but this week Walter Imahara visited the site of the Fresno Assembly Center. It’s where he and his family were sent first before going to an internment camp in Arkansas. Later, what if you’re a low income, first generation college student? Where do you turn to get the mentoring and support you need? We meet students who are finding assistance with a program at Fresno City College. Plus, we replay an interview with Mark...


Valley Edition - June 28, 2019 - Advance Peace, Opioid Treatment Deserts, Wheelchair Soccer

On this week’s Valley Edition: Today on our show, stories about identity: how do you be yourself when others assume you’re something else? We talk to a transgender person about what it’s like to work while transitioning. And we hear from athletes who play competitive soccer in wheelchairs. And what’s behind gang violence in Fresno? Can it be curbed with an innovative program? We also look at identity with our ongoing series on opioids, In Recovery. We tell you the story of a Kern County...


Valley Edition - June 21, 2019 - Childcare, Climate Change, Fresno State Nursing, Boyden Cavern

On this week’s Valley Edition: Why is it so difficult to find childcare in the Valley? One university looks to high school students as part of the solution. Sometimes it’s hard to find good healthcare too, especially if you’re living in a rural area. We look at one local hospital’s efforts to increase rural access to doctors. We also talk about what it means that Fresno State’s nursing master’s program just lost its accreditation. And we catch up with three Valley teenagers lobbying their...


Valley Edition - June 14, 2019 - Domestic Violence, Youth & Mental Health, Kings Brewfest

This week on Valley Edition: Rates of domestic violence appear to be climbing in the Central Valley. How pervasive is it, and what’s behind the increase? We bring you the story of one survivor whose abuser was a Clovis cop. We also hear from mental health educators who work with high schoolers and other youth. Kids are learning the signs of mental illness, and if a career in mental health is for them. Later, we talk about a festival brewing in Lemoore, and it’s all about lagers, IPAs, and...


Valley Edition - June 7, 2019 - Mental Health, Death Festival, And 'Born Biracial'

This week on Valley Edition: We’ve moved from Tuesdays to Fridays! A Los Banos mother explains why she became an activist for the multiracial movement, and in Merced, we talk to high schoolers about a mental health class they initiated. In Bakersfield, an unusual event uses games and humor to encourage attendees to think about what they want - after they die. Plus, we preview a new podcast all about the outrageous costs of health care - it’s called “An Arm and a Leg” - and we take part in...


Valley Edition - May 28, 2019 - Property Taxes, Fracking, Middle School Podcasts

On this week’s Valley Edition: The Trump Administration has come one step closer to allowing fracking on some federal lands in the Valley. We’ll dive into the plan - and find out how locals feel about it. Also, a 2020 ballot measure could generate more revenue for schools and public services, but one county office worries, implementation will be costly. And later, we talk to middle school students from Chowchilla about a podcast they created. Listen to those stories and more on the podcast...


Valley Edition - May 21, 2019 - Atwater Murder Part 2, Mysterious Starlite, Summer Arts Preview

On this week's Valley Edition: we return to the story of Ethan Morse, the son of the former district attorney in Merced County who was gunned down in March. Some say the murder was tied to Morse’s arrest six years ago. And how do you use science to recreate a mysterious 30-year-old invention shrouded in secrecy? Students at UC Merced throw their hats in the ring, together with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Plus child abuse is a huge problem in the Valley - we learn about the scope and...


Valley Edition - May 14, 2019 - Atwater Murder Mystery, Teaching Water Leadership, Mark Arax

On this week’s Valley Edition: Police have a suspect in the murder of a former Valley District Attorney’s son -- video surveillance shows the suspect dressed in opposing gang colors. And California’s drinking water landscape can be tough for anyone to navigate - especially in small communities already facing other challenges. We learn about a program in Visalia that's fostering water leadership. Plus Fresno writer Mark Arax has a new book about valley water politics, and a Visalia teenager...


Valley Edition - May 7, 2019 - Vigil For Embattled Priest, Fresno's Poet Laureate, Historic Homes

On this week’s Valley Edition: Allegations of sexual abuse against a popular valley priest have led to a vocal outpouring of support for him that some argue prevents victims from speaking out. Later, we learn about a student art project that tells the stories of survivors of sex trafficking. And we talk to the creators of a new graphic comic book that gives readers a picture of Fresno’s redlining history and how that plays out today. We also meet Fresno’s new Poet Laureate Marisol Baca....


Valley Edition - April 30, 2019 - Meth In Kern County, Fresno Liquor Licenses, Jail Inmate Deaths

On this week’s Valley Edition: We take you on a ride-along with the Bakersfield Police Department’s gang unit as part of our ongoing series on opioids. We watch arrests take place for drug possession, and learn why narcotics officers sometimes wear hazmat suits. In Fresno, the city is debating liquor licenses. Why are there so many more in underprivileged neighborhoods? We also look inside a Propublica-Sacramento Bee investigation of the Fresno County jail. Listen to those stories and more...


Valley Edition - April 23, 2019 - Opioids, Insight Gardening, Soccer & The Migrant Experience

On this week’s Valley Edition: Oildale has a reputation as an epicenter for drugs like heroin and meth. And yet, fatal opioid overdoses appear to be dropping. We hear from health professionals and community leaders about why—and whether the change can last. We also talk to a Fresno Bee reporter about how social justice groups have been making their mark on city politics, and a historian on how Fresno’s soccer history is intricately tied to the experiences of migrants. Plus: How a community...


Valley Edition - April 16, 2019 - Fresno's Chinatown

On this week’s Valley Edition: We take you to Fresno’s Chinatown where we meet the new owners of a century old Buddhist temple. Plus, high-speed rail construction has closed off three roads leading into this historic neighborhood. Local business owners tell us what that means for them, today and into the coming decades. And what does $70 million in cap and trade funding mean for Chinatown? We also tell you about Japanese pastries, shrimp and grits, sukiyaki and a longing for chile rellenos....


Valley Edition - April 9, 2019 - Police Records, Gun Violence, Angelina Spicer, Politics

On today’s Valley Edition: Records released under California’s new police transparency law, are giving the public an unprecedented look into how officers decide when to use force. We peel back the layers on one officer-involved shooting in Hanford. We also look at a program that’s reduced gun violence in other California cities - and some hope it could do the same in Fresno. Plus: We talk to the Fresno Bee’s political reporter about following the business interests of a local congressman....


Valley Edition - April 2, 2019 - Fresno Police, Equal Pay Day, Human Trafficking

On this week’s Valley Edition: We learn what one man’s near-death experience with a rare disease can tell us about the healthcare system. And what is the city of Fresno doing about human trafficking? Plus, a look back at the history of corruption in the Fresno Police Department, and an equal pay case that recently made its way to the Supreme Court. Listen to those stories and more from the podcast above.