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KPBS Midday Edition is a daily talk show hosted by Maureen Cavanaugh and Jade Hindmon, keeping San Diegans in the know on everything from politics to the arts. And Fridays "KPBS Roundtable" follows with host Mark Sauer — digging into the biggest stories of the week with top journalists.

KPBS Midday Edition is a daily talk show hosted by Maureen Cavanaugh and Jade Hindmon, keeping San Diegans in the know on everything from politics to the arts. And Fridays "KPBS Roundtable" follows with host Mark Sauer — digging into the biggest stories of the week with top journalists.
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KPBS Midday Edition is a daily talk show hosted by Maureen Cavanaugh and Jade Hindmon, keeping San Diegans in the know on everything from politics to the arts. And Fridays "KPBS Roundtable" follows with host Mark Sauer — digging into the biggest stories of the week with top journalists.




San Diego County Suicide Rate On The Rise, A Mysterious Vaping-Related Illness, A Michelangelo On Display In San Diego

San Diego County suicide rate continues to climb for the fourth year in a row, according to the county’s Suicide Prevention Council’s annual report. Plus, county health officials are working with state and federal officials to investigate 12 cases of a mysterious vaping-related illness. And, a new art exhibit at USD draws upon the works of the Italian Renaissance from The British Museum and includes a drawing from Michelangelo.


Trump Administration Asylum Victory, Church Leaders Indicted In Labor Trafficking Case And Healing Heart Attacks With Pig Hearts

The U.S. Supreme Court has handed the Trump administration a victory in its efforts to reduce the number of asylum seekers presenting themselves at the U.S.-Mexico border. In Imperial County, a dozen church leaders from the Imperial Valley Ministries have been indicted for allegedly holding homeless people against their will and forcing them to panhandle in several cities, including San Diego. A new therapy using pig hearts to treat heart attacks, developed here in San Diego, shows promising...


Plan To Transform Mission Valley, Firefighters Face Increase Risk Of Cancer, Female Genital Mutilation Study And More

The Mission Valley Community Plan is getting an update. It calls for increased mixed-use development that is pedestrian-friendly and helps residents make better use of public transit. Firefighters face a number of dangers on the job, but they’re also at an increased risk for developing cancer. And, for years, a distinguished UC San Diego economist has wanted to stop young girls in Kenya from undergoing genital mutilation by offering their families money to college. The study keeps getting...


Bills, Bills, Bills. California Lawmakers Rushing To Pass Bills Before Friday’s Deadline.

Gov. Gavin Newsom, on Monday, signed two bills aimed at cracking down on doctors who write fraudulent medical exemptions for kids vaccines. Asm. Todd Gloria, D-San Diego, rolled out a last minute bill that aims to end a labor dispute over San Diego’s long-delayed Pure Water project. Asm. Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, AB5 seeks to make it harder for companies to classify employees as independent contractors, will that help or hurt gig workers? Plus, some San Diego college students and...


State GOP Delegates Scrambling For 2020, Slavery Reparation In California, Gig Economy Inequality

California’s Republican Party is looking for ways to send delegates to the GOP National Convention even if President Trump does not appear on the state’s primary ballot because of a new state law. State lawmakers are taking the first steps to discuss ways to give descendants of enslaved people reparations. Amid high unemployment and hot weather, rideshare drivers in the Imperial Valley try to patch together a living in the “gig” economy. A new book explores racism and inequality in our...


Heat Wave Threatens Sea Life, Refugees Cope With Substandard Housing, Midday Movies Kicks Off

A heat wave off the west coast is posing a danger to sea life, including here in San Diego. Also, cockroaches, mold and broken windows are just a few of the problems one refugee family faced when relocated to housing in City Heights, and Midday Edition is launching a new monthly movie segment with KPBS arts and culture reporter Beth Accomando.


Rep. Davis Won’t Run In 2020, Where To Build New Homes, Local Reps Say No To Offshore Drilling

Congresswoman Susan Davis is stepping down after ten terms. Also, a government report says family separation at the border left children traumatized, SANDAG looks at how to distribute 171,000 new homes throughout the county, local representatives are urging Congress to say no to drilling off the California coast and and San Diego bluegrass band Prairie Sky performs in the KPBS studio in the final installment of the Midday Edition summer music series.


Border Wall Funding, Water Authority Turmoil, Plastic Sediment On The Rise

The Pentagon is shifting money from military projects to help fund Trump’s border wall. Also, two small agencies want a separation from the San Diego County Water Authority, the annual amount of plastic sediment found in the Santa Barbara Basin has doubled every 15 years since the 1940s, finding love after Alzheimer’s takes a spouse, and a Central Valley Mariachi releases her debut album as she sets off to study at Harvard.


Boat Fire Leaves 34 Dead, Hate Crimes On The Rise, Tech Takes Over CA DMV

Officials say 34 people died after a diving boat caught fire off the Southern California coast, officials say they have suspended search efforts for survivors. Also, The San Diego Union-Tribune reports there were 437 hate crimes in San Diego County over the past five years, a tech entrepreneur is now running the California DMV, the state is facing a shortage of physicians, Cal Fire is preparing for the two worst months for wildfires, a new book by a science journalist details the different...


Independent Contractors’ Bill, Horrible Imaginings Film Fest, Radio Station Is Window To Community

The fight over rights and benefits for workers in the gig economy is heating up at the state Capitol. Also, the Horrible Imaginings Film Festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary this weekend and a radio station in the Central Valley stands as a cultural “town hall” for the local Hmong and Punjabi-speaking communities.


Rep. Levin Visits Border Facilities, Climate Goals, Rising Sea Levels

Reps. Mike Levin and Juan Vargas visited border facilities in San Diego to get a first hand look at the conditions inside them. Also, Grossmont Union High School District expels black students seven times more often than other local school districts. San Diego’s climate goals are clouded by national politics, the San Diego International Airport is working to bolster its facilities ahead of rising ocean levels, a photography exhibit looks at black life in Southern California in the second...


Asylum-Seekers, San Diego’s Seniors, Yampa River

A new report on the conditions experienced by thousands of asylum seekers in US immigration detention centers finds that large percentages of the immigrants report substandard, unsanitary conditions including spoiled food, no room to sleep, and no access to showers. Also, a study shows that San Diego senior centers are unprepared for a growing over 65 population, the U.S. Air Force says social media helped prompt action to clean up mold at one of its bases, can the Yampa River survive in a...


Implications Of Opioid Award In San Diego, Del Mar Horse Deaths, Racism And Hate Workshop

The decision to hold a drugmaker accountable for the cost of opioid addiction is being closely watched by other plaintiffs including the city of San Diego which has a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma and others. Also, fires burning through the Amazon rainforest continue to alarm the international community, one organization working to preserve the area is based in San Diego. Horse deaths are down at Del Mar but so is attendance, nearly 50% of young adult Californians live with their parents, a...


Protests Over Sweetwater School Bus Cuts, Asylum-Seeker Reunited With Family, City Heights Kids Visit Beach

Parents and students are planning to protest cuts to bus routes and laptops in the Sweetwater Union High School District. Also, a Congolese asylum-seeker has been reunited with his family in San Diego after almost two years apart, a look at how the city of Santa Monica is ramping up rental subsidies for seniors, a two-hour trek for some kids from City Heights to the beach highlights San Diego inequities, and San Diego marks the 99th anniversary of women getting the right to vote with a march...


White Nationalist Material Found At SDSU, Reservists Lawsuit, Festival Of Books

White Nationalist material was found posted on the San Diego State University campus during move-in day. Also, a lawsuit alleges the federal government is failing to protect military reservists returning to their civilian jobs and the third annual Festival of Books brings over 100 authors to San Diego.


San Diego Green New Deal, Democrats Endorse Gloria For Mayor, Preparing For Recession

San Diego Congressman Scott Peters says he doesn’t like the “Green New Deal” but believes Congress needs to take action to protect the environment. Also, a local group is out to prove that the “Green New Deal” is attainable by reaching zero emissions locally, San Diego County’s Democractic Party has endorsed Assemblymember Todd Gloria for San Diego mayor, advice on how to prepare your finances for a recession, and the Euphoria Brass Band brings its West Coast second line jazz to KPBS.


Trump Admin To Lift Child Detention Limits, Red Flag Law, Electric Charging Stations

The Trump administration is moving to end limits on how long the government can detain migrant families and children. Also, a new study suggests that California's red flag law may help prevent mass shootings, 3,000 electric charging stations for trucks and buses are coming to San Diego, veterans who participated in nuclear weapons testing will be awarded certificates for their sacrifice. The U.S. Camel Corps captured author Téa Obreht’s imagination and inspired her new novel, and the San...


Ruling On Dispensaries Could Impact Housing, Improper Prosecutions, West Coast Statue Of Liberty

The California Supreme Court found the city of San Diego didn’t properly analyze the potential economic impacts of its 2014 marijuana dispensary rules. Also, The New York Times Magazine explores how slavery created America’s wealth, the U.S. Attorney’s Office made thousands of improper prosecutions to achieve “zero tolerance”, why a group of San Diegans wants to build a West Coast Statue of Liberty, San Diego residents file a lawsuit challenging the state’s assault weapons ban, and T....


California’s New Law Seeks To Limit Police Shootings, SD County Officer-Involved Shooting Data Released, Plus Herbie Hancock Previews San Diego Concert

California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed San Diego Assemblymember Shirley Weber’s bill to deter police shootings into law. What does new data on officer-involved shootings over 25 years in San Diego County show? Also, a San Diego police officer was accused of sexual assault but records show he resigned and was never charged with a crime. Plus, for the adventurous souls, California has a wealth of caves open to the public for subterranean tourism. And we hear from to jazz musician, bandleader and...


Court Rules On Hygiene For Migrant Children, San Diego Cybersecurity Concerns, Dance Nation

An appeals court has ruled that detained migrant children should get soap, sleep and clean water. Also, cybersecurity concerns emerge as San Diego moves towards becoming a smart city, and Moxie Theatre celebrates it’s 15th season with “Dance Nation.”