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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.

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.


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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.




57 Deaths In San Diego County This Week, As Cases And Hospitalizations Slow

Infectious disease specialist Dr. Mark Sawyer joins us for an update on COVID in San Diego County. Plus, the board of supervisors approved beginning the process to allow people to legally sell food from their home kitchens here in San Diego County. Then, Governor Gavin Newsom has until October 10 to decide whether to sign a bill that softens production quotas for warehouse workers. And, a new generation of fans are being introduced to the tradition of lucha libre, Mexican wrestling, at...


Newsom Survives Recall, Now What?

Gov. Gavin Newsom racked up a major win in the recall, with more than 60% of voters supporting the Governor. The question remains: what will Newsom do with this show of support and what happens to his recall challengers? Plus, as the nation grapples with a rise in hateful rhetoric and activity within its own borders, law enforcement and intelligence agencies are beginning to acknowledge domestic terrosism as one of our top national security threats. Also, a recent study of the planet’s...


Last Day For San Diegans To Vote In Newsom Recall Election

Today is Election Day in San Diego County and the last chance for voters to choose whether they want Gov. Gavin Newsom recalled from office. Plus, an employment expert weighs in on what protections are in place for workers experiencing mental illness and what workplaces can do to help those experiencing mental health challenges. Also, the redistricting process is happening right now and some UC San Diego students want to move into a district that more closely represents their interests, and...


Health Care Workers Seeking Vaccine Exemptions

Despite a federal and state mandate that health care workers get vaccinated against COVID-19, an estimated 3% of San Diego hospital staff still aren’t persuaded to get vaccinated and are requesting exemptions. Plus, whether Gov. Gavin Newsom wins or loses on Tuesday, the recall election's outcome is likely to have big impacts on public health policies and the balance of power in Sacramento and Washington, D.C. Also, how San Diego County is using technology to prepare for a potentially potent...


Legal Ramifications Of New Federal Vaccine Mandates

President Joe Biden announced a new COVID-19 vaccine and testing mandate yesterday, for private businesses with 100 or more employees. We talk to legal analyst Dan Eaton about the legal ramifications. Then, KPBS’s Amita Sharma explores the collective trauma of 9/11 and how it might inform this moment in our history. And, San Diego Design Week continues with a region-wide celebration of all things design, The Old Globe opens the world premiere production of "The Gardens of Anuncia," and...


Expert Cautions Delta Still Biggest Threat As New Variant Emerges

While cases of the mu variant continue to be documented across California, health officials say that the delta variant is still the primary cause for concern as the pandemic continues. Plus, the threat of wildfire is increasingly leading insurers to drop the policies of San Diego homeowners, a trend most prominent in the county’s rural areas but also affecting some city neighborhoods. Then, on Saturday it will be 20 years since 9/11. Some San Diego firefighters joined scores of other...


What Can Recent COVID Numbers Tell Us About Future Of Pandemic?

Scripps Health recorded its highest daily COVID-19 death count over the weekend, while new cases seem to be slowing. Are we nearing the end of the delta wave? Plus, San Diego’s eviction ban ended in mid-August and despite the statewide moratorium still in place, some San Diegans are still getting pushed out as investors look to capitalize on the area’s rising rents. Also, Chula Vista officials say they are working on a citywide privacy policy to guard against violations by police drone...


One Week Left To Vote In California Recall Election

With one week left for voters to weigh in on whether or not Gov. Gavin Newsom will complete his term, we talk to UCSD Political Science Professor Thad Kousser about the current outlook. Plus, in Imperial Valley, the mostly Latino electorate swung for Donald Trump in the last election, what does that mean for Newsom’s recall election? Plus, land-use planners from Southern California and Tijuana are holding a conference on how a changing climate will determine future development. Also, San...


How Critical Race Theory Became A Topic At School Board Meetings

Debate over what is called "critical race theory" continues to be a charged topic at school board meetings across the country. There are even bans that limit what can be taught in some classrooms across the country about the history of racism in America. The term has been hijacked, rebranded and weaponized as a political boogeyman. So today we will cut through myths with facts about what critical race theory is, why it’s suddenly become so controversial and what's actually being taught in...


Local Veterans Continue Work To Get Allies Out Of Afghanistan

#AfghanEvac, a private group of veterans who served in Afghanistan, continues to help get former interpreters and allies out of the country, despite the U.S. withdrawal. We speak to the founder of the group, San Diegan Shawn VanDiver. Plus, the Mingei International Museum in Balboa Park reopens to the public this weekend after a significant remodel. And, Nicolas Valdez's play "Conjunto Blues" will be performed at this year's Latinx new play festival, online and in person starting today and...


Weekly COVID-19 Deaths Nearly Double As Delta Variant Continues Surge

As the more transmissible delta variant continues to spread, San Diego County’s death toll from COVID nearly doubled in one week. We bring you an update on the impact the virus is having in San Diego County. Plus, one of the most contentious housing measures to come out of the California legislature is now on it’s way to the Governor’s desk — Senate Bill 9, which allows up to four units to be built on lots zoned for single family houses. And, San Diego County students with special needs...


California Countdown: The 2021 Recall Election Special

The recall election of Gov. Gavin Newsom is set for Sept. 14, and mail-in ballots are already out. Though California is an overwhelmingly blue state, it's not a certainty Newsom will survive the recall. Reasons abound, including apathy and a lack of awareness that many predict could lead to a low voter turn out. So, how did we get here? And what could a Newsom recall mean for the state? Midday Edition brings you a special from our partner station KPCC in Los Angeles to answer those questions...


Bodies Of Service Members Killed In Kabul Airport Bombing Arrive In U.S.

Ten of the 13 service members killed in a suicide bombing at the Kabul airport were based at Camp Pendleton. It was the largest mass casualty event for personnel based at Pendleton during the entire Afghan war. Plus, it’s the first day of class for San Diego Unified students and the district says it has implemented a host of COVID-19 policies and guidelines. Also, as kids zip up their backpacks and get their pencils sharpened, how can parents best support them during this time? A child...


Catholic Charities Helping To Resettle Refugees From Afghanistan

Humanitarian groups in San Diego are preparing resettlement efforts as refugees continue to pour out of war-torn Afghanistan. We speak with one of those local groups. Plus, veterans coalitions are helping to evacuate Afghans who worked for the Americans. On a lighter note, this weekend in the arts features a three-day outdoor festival of music in Carlsbad, a contemporary dance company's first performance since March 2020 and a new exhibition of art made from plastics found in the ocean.


Johnson & Johnson Says Booster For Its Vaccine Shows Benefits

Many Americans are left with questions about the vaccines, the status of their approval, and their long-term efficacy. We pose these questions to the director of Scripps Research Translational Institute, Dr. Eric Topol. Also, housing prices in San Diego are getting higher and analysts say it’s not out of the question for the median price to reach $1 million by this time next year. Plus, the last time California had a Republican governor was when Arnold Schwarzenegger was in office. Was his...


Will FDA Approval Means More Employers Will Mandate Vaccine?

One law expert weighs in on how the FDA approval will impact vaccine mandates in the workplace. Plus, images of chaos in Afghanistan have deeply resonated with veterans from another long war: Vietnam. Also, the recall campaign now aimed at Governor Gavin Newsom was fueled in part by parents who were angry with how he handled public school closures during the worst months of the pandemic. Then, Kim Desmond, San Diego’s first chief race and equity officer on what we can expect from the city’s...


How FDA Approval Changes San Diego’s Vaccination Effort

The FDA on Monday gave full approval to the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for those 16 and older. A physician breaks down what this means for San Diego’s vaccination effort. Plus, a look at the top four candidates looking to replace Gov. Newsom if he’s recalled. Larry Elder is the leading Republican candidate, but critics say his ideology is a threat to California. Also, as in-person learning resumes at SDSU, local residents worry about the off-campus party scene. In addition, more...


US Keeps Ban On Nonessential Border Crossings To Slow COVID

The U.S. government is extending a ban on nonessential travel along the borders with Canada and Mexico to slow the spread of COVID-19. And, a preview of arts events this weekend in San Diego, including Yo-Yo Ma coming to the Shell and TwainFest in Old Town.


County Supervisors Meeting Devolves Into Name-Calling, Profanity Over Public Health Mandates

A recent San Diego County Board of Supervisors meeting turned ugly as some protestors became upset at members of the board over proposed masking and testing requirements for workplaces, schools and hospitals. Plus, the San Diego Unified School District will be one of the first districts in the state to roll out a transitional kindergarten program this fall. Then, how remote working has changed San Diego’s rush hour. Later, a news study finds poor air quality from wildfire smoke worsens...


U.S. Health Officials Call For COVID Booster Shots

We talk to La Jolla Institute of Immunology’s Dr. Shane Crotty about health officials recommending that vaccinated people get a COVID-19 booster shot. Plus, with the school year starting, we talk about the latest guidance on what to do when a student tests positive for COVID-19. And, the binational Friendship Park has its 50th anniversary today, but is stil not fully reopened. A group of activists on both sides of the border is working to change that.