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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.



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At least 3 judges eyed as Biden mulls Supreme Court pick

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer has announced his retirement. Glenn Smith, a professor of law at California Western School, joins KPBS to talk about the process of replacing him. And Phoenix is experiencing an even steeper increase in real estate prices than San Diego, but a low inventory of houses for sale locally means that prospective buyers are needing to come up with higher offers to compete. Plus, the county Board of Supervisors has voted to keep an Escondido boarding school for...


NFL sued over Chargers' relocation from San Diego

A new lawsuit was filed Monday accusing the National Football League and its owners of violating the Chargers relocation terms with the city of San Diego. Then, after a loss in the U.S. Supreme Court, the Biden administration has officially withdrawn its vaccine mandate for large businesses. Later, KPBS military reporter Steve Walsh reports on how the Navy is trying to manage this latest phase of the pandemic. After, a recent report from Children Now shows the suicide rate for Black youth...


Slight decrease in local cases could bode well for COVID outlook

San Diego County saw a slight reduction in cases over the weekend, what can this tell us? Later, demonstrations are planned today across Mexico to protest the deaths and intimidation of journalists. The latest victim, Lordes Maldonado, was killed in Tijuana Sunday. After, the San Diego Regional Task Force has postponed the annual count of people who are homeless until late next month due to the surge in COVID-19 cases. Then, KPBS investigative reporter Claire Trageser looks at potential...


San Diego County unemployment rate drops to 4.2% in December

San Diego ended the year with a 4.2% unemployment rate, the lowest rate since the pandemic started – even in the face of the omicron surge. Later, KPBS investigative reporter Claire Trageser looks at what is causing a childcare staffing crisis in the San Diego region. Plus, a new investigation from CalMatters finds that the state has failed to take guns away from thousands of domestic abusers, and those failures can result in deadly consequences. Finally, KPBS Arts reporter Beth Accomando...


San Diego County Sheriff’s retirement comes at turbulent time for department

In a surprising move, San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore announced that he will not serve out the remainder of his term, and will instead retire effective February 3. Plus, veterans suffering from certain medical conditions became eligible for "presumptive" VA disability benefits last year, but a backlog of paperwork may complicate the issue. And, in our weekend arts preview, we'll take you to sculptures that are like otherworldly portals, a theatrical and puppetry take on the snowy streets...


San Diego’s emergency rooms continue to be strained

Though hospitalization rates have not reached the highs of last winter, the ongoing crush of patients is testing the resources of San Diego’s emergency departments. And California Gov. Gavin Newsom and San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria are promoting reforming conservatorship laws in an effort to address homelessness. In other news from Sacramento, state regulators are holding off on considering a proposal that would upend the state’s solar marketplace. Plus, KPBS Arts reporter Beth Accomando...


Expert: Pandemic could shift to 'endemic' phase soon

The country continues to battle the surge of omicron cases as the Biden Administration is taking steps to increase the availability of test kits and N95 masks. Plus, mental fatigue is on the rise and is less avoidable as the pandemic enters its third year with the omicron variant. Next, we remember Tijuana photojournalist Margarito Martinez Esquivel who was killed Monday. Later, Microenterprise Home Kitchen Operations or MEHKOs could soon become legal in San Diego County. After, KPBS Race...


Sanitation workers agree to new contract with Republic Services, ending strike

Trash collection services resume today, following a month-long strike that saw mountains of trash piling up in Chula Vista and other parts of San Diego. Plus, a new study by Scripps Institution of Oceanography is raising the alarm about water pollution along the border coastal region. Next, why the San Diego County Board of Supervisors and local city councils hold votes on national issues that don’t always have a direct impact on local governance. After, KPBS talks to SDSU lecturer Miro...


All People's Celebration brings disability rights to the forefront

Local community group Alliance San Diego hosted its annual All People's Celebration honoring Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and KPBS spoke to keynote speaker Rebecca Cokley about issues impacting the disabled community. Next, Voice of San Diego reporter Maya Srikrishnan discusses who was left out of the recent 2020 census data despite San Diego’s growing diversity. Later, UCSF physician Dr. Lindsay Ryan on assistance for those with damaged immune systems amidst the pandemic. Later, visitors...


Why are courts blocking vaccine mandates?

On Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a vaccine mandate issued by the Biden administration that would have applied to companies with 100 employees or more. Legal analyst Dan Eaton breaks down why vaccine mandates are being blocked. Plus, the Chula Vista Police Department is using Chinese-made surveillance drones the Pentagon says might pose a national security risk. And, this weekend in the arts, there's a pairing of photography and contemporary dance, a couple of outdoor or...


Gloria focuses on homelessness, crime, infrastructure in State of the City address

San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria chose to avoid much of what he called “happy talk” in his second State of the City address Wednesday night. Plus, with a new future in discussion for the Midway District, KPBS spoke with Voice of San Diego’s Scott Lewis about the thriving neighborhood that existed in the area in the 1940s. And KPBS’s Amita Sharma reports that Chula Vista is giving a private corporation wide control over data on people collected by police surveillance systems. Also, a county judge...


State officials consider order to suspend elective surgeries

Many healthcare workers are out with COVID, and state officials are now considering an order for hospitals across California to suspend some elective surgeries. Plus, the Senate is preparing to vote on two long-awaited voting rights bills: the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act. Meanwhile, San Diego company TuSimple, announced late last month, that they made the world’s first semi-truck run on public roads without a driver or human intervention. Later, KPCC's Robert...


San Diego County continues to break COVID case records

This weekend, San Diego County hit a record of nearly 50,000 new COVID-19 cases. KPBS health reporter Matt Hoffman speaks about the surge and how hospitals are faring. Plus, the impact of the omicron variant on the local economy and how the local economy could be impacted by Gov. Newsom’s budget proposal. Finally, California Report Magazine explores the rich history of the Rainbow Sign — a groundbreaking center in Berkeley for Black culture, politics and art.


National Guard deployed to assist with COVID Testing

Long waits for COVID-19 testing has prompted the state to bring in help from the California National Guard and change San Diego County’s testing guidance. Plus, San Diego’s homeless shelters struggle with coronavirus outbreaks led by the highly transmissible omicron variant. Also, military medical teams have been dispatched to hospitals across the country overwhelmed by COVID-19. Meanwhile, some hospitals are buckling under the pressure of omicron as the highly contagious variant continues...


US resumes controversial 'Remain in Mexico' policy

This week marked the return of the controversial “Remain in Mexico” policy, as two asylum seekers were sent back to Tijuana to await the resolution of their cases. Plus, Congress ditched a controversial measure last month that would have required women to register for the Selective Service — supporters of gender-neutral registration say they'll keep working to include women. Also, our weekend arts preview has some intriguing ensemble music and lots of new visual art from border artists,...


New book looks at root causes of civil unrest

One year ago today, insurrectionists swarmed the U.S. Capitol, shocking the nation, and leaving many wondering how robust our democracy really is. A new book from a local author looks at the conditions that lead to civil conflict in countries, and searches for answers to avoid them. Plus, instances of restaurants, grocery stores and other businesses temporarily closing their doors are becoming more common as the highly infectious omicron variant continues to spread at an unprecedented rate...


County schools hope more tests can help keep classrooms open

First we’ll discuss how local schools are handling the return to the classroom after the holiday COVID-19 surge and the home testing kit shortage. After, we’ll talk to Dr. Eric Topol, director of the Scripps Research Translational Institute, about some of our most pressing COVID-19 questions amidst the omicron-fueled surge. Also, while the pandemic has ravaged much of the cross-border economy, Tijuana’s maquiladora industry has flourished. Later, as the California legislature reconvenes, the...


Local hospitals look for ways to bend, not break during latest surge

San Diego County emergency rooms are being stretched to their limits. Meanwhile, hateful slurs have been found graffitied at the campus of San Dieguito Academy in Encinitas for the second time in only a few months, which marks the third of it’s kind to occur at a San Dieguito Union campus this academic year. Then, we hear about a new kind of THC that has emerged in the past few years—it’s called Delta 8. Next, the state legislature goes back to work to confront problems like the pandemic,...


FDA OKs Pfizer booster for 12- to 15-year olds

This morning, the FDA recommended booster shots for 12- to 15-year olds. We talk to an infectious disease doctor about the recommendation. Plus, more than a hundred San Diego Fire Department firefighters are in isolation due to potential coronavirus exposure and its having an impact on fire services. And, scientists and volunteers from San Diego to Oregon flocked to shorelines this morning to document the King Tide, which offers a look into the growing threats our state faces from climate...


New laws coming to California in 2022

We look ahead at new state laws that could impact your day to day life. We revisit a KPBS piece about a local organization working to empower youth through the arts. And, for our arts preview this weekend, we're shaking things up just a little, with a guide to some works of art viewable from the outdoors.