Kpbs Midday Edition



KPBS Midday Edition is a daily talk show hosted by Maureen Cavanaugh, 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.


  • State Law Puts Sport Arena Development On Hold

    State Law Puts Sport Arena Development On Hold

    09/04/2021 Duration: 18min

    A large area around the Pechanga Arena, commonly known as the Sports Arena, is slated to become a new entertainment district, with a new arena, parks, retail and housing. But guidelines implementing a new state law seem to put the city’s plans in limbo. Plus, the Pentagon ordered all service branches to conduct a stand down to discuss racial extremism. They were supposed to be done by the beginning of April and within the past couple weeks, there’s been a rush to complete them. Then, this weekend, the arts world is testing the waters of in-person live events. There's an art exhibition opening reception and live theatrical performances in a beautiful outdoor setting. But, there’s still plenty of virtual options too.

  • Almost 19,000 Migrant Children Stopped At US Border in March, Most Ever In A Month

    Almost 19,000 Migrant Children Stopped At US Border in March, Most Ever In A Month

    08/04/2021 Duration: 44min

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection reports 19,000 unaccompanied children and teenagers entered the U.S. last month, the largest monthly total ever. Plus, KPBS reporter Tania Thorne looks into some of the barriers preventing the Latino community from seeking mental health help. And across California, more than 200 people have died of COVID-19 in state prisons. R.J. Donovan prison in Otay Mesa has been among the most deadly. Then, for over a year, school has been online. To get a glimpse into what it’s been like for teachers, we asked a high school teacher to record an audio journal for a week. Finally, the San Diego Asian Film Festival is holding a virtual launch party for its upcoming Spring Showcase. KPBS Arts Reporter Beth Accomando got a preview of the line up.

  • 79th Assembly District Special Election Is A Close Race

    79th Assembly District Special Election Is A Close Race

    07/04/2021 Duration: 45min

    La Mesa City Councilwoman Dr. Akilah Weber was close to being elected to the 79th Assembly District seat on Wednesday, a position previously held by her mother, Secretary of State Dr. Shirley Weber. Plus, how California’s restaurants are preparing for a June 15 reopening.. And California will soon allow indoor live performances and events in counties outside the state's most-restrictive reopening tier. Also, the City Council on Tuesday voted to go ahead with Measure C, a March 2020 ballot measure that seeks to fund an expansion through increased hotel taxes even though it didn’t quite garner approval from two-thirds of city voters. Then, a new state law, which allows tenants and nonprofits a 45-day window to match any bid made at a foreclosure auction, provides no money to fund the purchases. Finally, new music from San Diego bands and musicians.

  • California Announces June 15 Reopening Date And End To COVID Tier System

    California Announces June 15 Reopening Date And End To COVID Tier System

    06/04/2021 Duration: 47min

    On June 15 California will do away with the color-coded COVID-19 safety system and plans to fully reopen the state, as long as the vaccine supply holds and infection rates remain low. Plus, the March 2 tragedy in Imperial Valley where 13 people were killed in an human smuggling attempt is a tragic consequence of the humanitarian crisis at the southern border. Also, San Diego County schools are expecting close to $1 billion in stimulus money from the third COVID-19 federal relief package with the biggest chunk going to San Diego Unified. In addition, the family of a man who died after sheriff’s deputies forcibly removed him from a jail cell received a $3.5 million settlement from the county. And, some California cities are doing away with single-family home zoning to encourage high-density housing, but will it make a dent in the state’s housing and affordability shortage? Finally, as the state moves toward reopening for live, in-person events, what does that mean for organizations that have a long lead time f

  • San Diego County Surpasses 1 Million Vaccine Doses

    San Diego County Surpasses 1 Million Vaccine Doses

    05/04/2021 Duration: 44min

    According to the San Diego County Health & Human Services Agency, 1,022,026 San Diegans — or 38% — have received at least one dose of the two doses Pfizer or Moderna vaccines. Plus, the president's $2 trillion infrastructure plan would invest heavily in public transit and intercity rail. And the San Diego Commission On Police Practices submitted 19 proposed changes involving SDPD's policy on how officers respond to and interact with protestors. Then, on Wednesday the Supreme Court heard arguments over whether or not NCAA compensation limits for student athletes violates antitrust laws. Plus, getting a COVID-19 vaccine shot can be very emotional. Some people cry with relief. For those who survived HIV the newfound freedom is something they’ve felt before. Finally, Harvey Shields used to work with professional athletes but now, during the pandemic, Shields has been helping people with lingering COVID-19 symptoms.

  • Derrick Chauvin Trial Retraumatizing For Many

    Derrick Chauvin Trial Retraumatizing For Many

    02/04/2021 Duration: 19min

    The first week of witness testimony in the Derek Chauvin trial and repeated showings of the video of the former police officer kneeling on the neck of George Floyd have been retraumatizing for many people. Plus, the public agency that manages the tidelands around San Diego Bay is considering adjusting the way it does business to include environmental justice. And, a look at the art events for this weekend in SanSan Diego County.

  • Supply Problems Persist As California Opens Vaccine Eligibility For Those 50-Plus

    Supply Problems Persist As California Opens Vaccine Eligibility For Those 50-Plus

    01/04/2021 Duration: 44min

    People 50 and older are eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine in San Diego. But, the state still faces supply shortages. Also, opening day kicked off in San Diego with the Padres facing the Arizona Diamonds. In Tijuana, Haitian asylum-seekers say they face racism and descrimination on both sides of the border. San Diego Pride will once again go virtual due to the pandemic and a preview of “The Great Khan” that will close out San Diego REP's Black Voices 2021 Play Reading Series.

  • Part Of César Chávez’s Legacy In Hands Of Supreme Court Justices

    Part Of César Chávez’s Legacy In Hands Of Supreme Court Justices

    31/03/2021 Duration: 43min

    Nearly 30 years after César Chávez's death, a key part of his legacy is in jeopardy.The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing arguments in a case surrounding a 1975 California law that affords union organizers limited access to farms to organize workers. Plus, nearly three-quarters of all inmates in California have not been convicted of any crimes and are sitting in jail waiting for their day in court. Also, it's well-known that "gang life" isn't easy. Often it leads to jail time, substance abuse or even death. How one organization is helping at-risk youth overcome their involvement. And, as more people get vaccinated against COVID-19, one company is asking for stool samples to study how the vaccine interacts with our bodies. Finally, in an excerpt of “Port of Entry” podcast, why one woman left her life in the U.S. behind to help take care of orphaned kids in Tijuana.

  • Biden, CDC Director Warn Of Virus Rebound If Nation Lets Up

    Biden, CDC Director Warn Of Virus Rebound If Nation Lets Up

    30/03/2021 Duration: 44min

    In the past week, coronavirus cases have risen by as much as 12% nationwide. Will a rise happen in California too? Plus, the California Supreme court ruled that keeping people behind bars simply because they cannot pay a set bail amount is unconstitutional. And, thousands of people across the county get CalFresh, commonly known as food stamps, to help them buy food. But a KPBS investigative report found the program regularly pushes out people who are still eligible for the extra money. Then, there’s a push at the highest levels of state government to change how California goes about procuring and updating its technology. Plus, the city of San Diego and the county set aside $40 million in rental assistance last year to help low-income families. But some renters weren’t helped because their landlords didn’t take the money. Finally, a project created by a San Diego woman is recruiting the family stories from people of color who got left out of history.

  • Nonprofit Helping To Care For Migrant Children At San Diego Convention Center

    Nonprofit Helping To Care For Migrant Children At San Diego Convention Center

    29/03/2021 Duration: 44min

    The first 500 teenage girls arrived at the convention center Saturday night. Services for the teens, such as family reunification, education and health care, will be provided by a mix of government agencies and local nonprofit organizations. Plus, data gathered by The San Diego Union-Tribune revealed that police officers and sheriff’s deputies disproportionately target minorities for stops, searches, arrests and use of force. And though the Marine Corps has now integrated its two boot camps, that's just one of several hurdles it faces to fully embrace women. Then, the Farm Workforce Modernization Act, the latest attempt to stabilize the agricultural workforce, passed in the House last week. Plus, the San Diego Public Library Foundation wants the community to think about the future of its libraries. Finally, the newest episode of “The Parker Edison Project” examines sex and dating on the West Coast.

  • California To Open Vaccinations To Everyone 16 And Older

    California To Open Vaccinations To Everyone 16 And Older

    26/03/2021 Duration: 18min

    California is expanding vaccine eligibility to anyone 50 and over starting April 1, and anyone 16 and up on April 15. Plus, San Diego Unified students will return to campus either two or four days a week in April, depending on the number of families who want to participate in in-person instruction. And in San Diego weekend arts: SDMA’s Young Art exhibition, a virtual piano concert, Coronado Playhouse’s latest production, The Black Iris Project, “Contralto” and “A Shimmer of Strings.”

  • Two Cases Of COVID-19 Brazilian Variant Found In San Diego County

    Two Cases Of COVID-19 Brazilian Variant Found In San Diego County

    25/03/2021 Duration: 44min

    The Brazilian variant of COVID-19, which caused a deadly spike in cases in that country, has been found in San Diego. Plus, California assemblyman Rob Bonta has been chosen to become the state’s next attorney general. Upon his appointment, Bonta would be the first Filipino American to occupy the position. And some doctors are seeing a disturbing spike in lethal alcoholic liver disease, especially among young women. Then, the pandemic has restricted the number of clinical placements available to nursing students in hospitals, forcing them to practice their skills instead on mannequins, virtual patients, or at home with relatives and even stuffed animals. Plus, "Contralto," is a groundbreaking work of experimental documentary filmmaking and music by composer and UC San Diego music alum Sarah Hennies. Finally, a new summertime anthem about Southeast San Diego was just released called “Southeast Summers.”

  • San Diego Unified Superintendent Questioned By Senators In Confirmation Hearing

    San Diego Unified Superintendent Questioned By Senators In Confirmation Hearing

    24/03/2021 Duration: 52min

    San Diego Unified School District Superintendent Cindy Marten was questioned by senators in a confirmation hearing for the position of deputy U.S. Secretary of Education Wednesday morning. Meanwhile, a group back in San Diego protested her nomination. Plus, UCSD Assistant Professor Christen Sasaki, Ph.D., joined Midday Edition to talk about the intersection of racism and sexism against Asian American women. And five candidates are now vying for the 79th Assembly District seat. Then, as public health authorities try to convince reluctant Californians to get a COVID-19 vaccination, powerful allies in that effort could be religious leaders. Plus, a recent audit of the Industrial Wastewater Control Program suggests that outdated methods and staffing concerns are the key reasons behind a failure to properly identify polluters. Finally, the podcast “Blood on Gold Mountain” tells the story of the 1871 L.A. Chinatown Massacre through the eyes of a young female Chinese refugee.

  • Another Mass Shooting And More Calls For Action

    Another Mass Shooting And More Calls For Action

    23/03/2021 Duration: 44min

    As the nation mourns another mass shooting less than a week, we ask a mass shooting survivor about the psychological consequences on a nation already in the midst of a mental health crisis. Plus, the San Diego Convention Center will be used to temporarily house unaccompanied migrant children seeking asylum in the U.S. Also, a South Bay health care leader is being recognized for her work during the pandemic during Women’s History Month. In addition, a new exhibit at the San Diego History Center shows how archaeology played a role in learning about the life of San Diego's first Black homesteader, Nathan Harrison, and is challenging ideas about local history. And, activists are again demanding the removal of former San Diego Mayor and California Gov. Pete Wilson’s statue in downtown San Diego, citing his support of anti-immigrant legislation and his stand against gay rights as the reasons. Finally, how a cross-border love story has endured despite extended separations because of the pandemic in an excerpt from t

  • San Diego State To Open COVID-19 Vaccine Site In Viejas Arena Tuesday

    San Diego State To Open COVID-19 Vaccine Site In Viejas Arena Tuesday

    22/03/2021 Duration: 43min

    San Diego State will open a COVID-19 vaccination site at Viejas Arena Tuesday. Plus, Jacumba Hot Springs residents are fighting back against a solar panel installation project that would take up 650 acres at the edge of town. And lawmakers are considering ending protections for the critically endangered vaquita porpoise after an altercation between conservationists and fishermen turned fatal. Then, a proposed legal settlement will force the Army to review the discharges of recent veterans with mental health issues. Plus, San Diego master gardener Maria Mata joined Midday Edition to answer questions about growing your own food. Finally, a new Institute of Contemporary Art has formed in San Diego, merging the San Diego Art Institute in Balboa Park with the Lux Art Institute in Encinitas.

  • UCSD Researchers Estimate COVID-19 Was Around 2 Months Before First Reports

    UCSD Researchers Estimate COVID-19 Was Around 2 Months Before First Reports

    19/03/2021 Duration: 19min

    Researchers at UC San Diego estimate that the SARS-CoV-2 virus was likely circulating undetected for at most two months before the first human cases of COVID-19. Plus, distance learning during the pandemic has only worsened students' achievement gap from marginalized communities and those growing up in privilege. But could there be some long-term benefits to this experience? And this weekend in the arts: Cauleen Smith at the San Diego Museum of Art, outdoor Afro-Cuban jazz at Queen Bee’s, a year of virtual civic organ concerts and "There's Something About the Weather of This Place," at Best Practice gallery in Barrio Logan.

  • Tax Filing Deadline Pushed Back

    Tax Filing Deadline Pushed Back

    18/03/2021 Duration: 45min

    The IRS is delaying the 2020 tax filing deadline until May 17. How will provisions in the latest stimulus bill will affect your taxes? Plus, Moderna has begun testing its COVID-19 vaccine in children under 12, another step to getting everyone protected. Then, San Diego’s freeways and public transportation were empty in the early days of the pandemic. Traffic and transit ridership are now recovering, but will they ever come back all the way? And, Carlsbad’s GenMark Diagnostics, developer of rapid COVID-19 testing kits, was sold for $1.8 billion — a testament to the San Diego region’s biotech industry innovation during the pandemic. Also, the controversy over how to safely move millions of pounds of nuclear waste from the shuttered San Onofre power plant is back in the headlines. And, efforts to improve the environment around the Salton Sea were widely expected to begin at Red Hill Bay in 2015 but the project remains undone. Finally, KPBS arts reporter Beth Accomando speaks with Turner Classic Movies host Eddie

  • San Diegans Respond To Mass Shooting Involving Women Of Asian Descent

    San Diegans Respond To Mass Shooting Involving Women Of Asian Descent

    18/03/2021 Duration: 57min

    The repercussions of a shooting rampage in Atlanta Tuesday are being felt in Asian-American and Pacific Islander-American communities across the U.S. including in San Diego County. Plus, COVID-19 has not only crushed many small San Diego businesses, but in some cases, destroyed family wealth meant to sustain future generations. And an infectious disease specialist at UC San Diego Health describes how our understanding of how the COVID-19 virus affects the body has changed. Then, local arts organizations weigh in on the last 12 months of art and music during the pandemic and face continued uncertainty and adaptation as we move towards reopening. Finally, San Diego Latino Film Festival kicked off last week and continues through the weekend. We hear from two filmmakers whose work will be showcased.

  • San Diego County Advancing To Red Tier Indoor Dining, Movie Theaters Opening

    San Diego County Advancing To Red Tier; Indoor Dining, Movie Theaters Opening

    16/03/2021 Duration: 45min

    San Diego County will move back into the less restrictive red tier of the state's COVID-19 reopening blueprint Wednesday. Plus, our series on the one-year anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic continues with a look at how major health care organizations responded. And we speak to the founder of UC San Diego Health's post-COVID-19 clinic about what we are learning about the lingering effects of COVID-19 long after the infection is gone. Then, almost a month after the Biden administration launched a program to process some asylum-seekers, hundreds of people are now camped outside of the San Ysidro Port of Entry. Plus, how will the pandemic change the future of work? Finally, author and oceanographer Kim McCoy combines science and adventure in his new book, "Waves and Beaches: The Powerful Dynamics of Sea and Coast."

  • One Year Pandemic Anniversary

    One Year Pandemic Anniversary

    15/03/2021 Duration: 45min

    It’s been just over a year since COVID-19 was officially declared a pandemic. A year of anxiety, hardship, confusion and loss. A year like no other.

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