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When LA Erupted In Anger: A Look Back At The Rodney King Riots

Twenty-five years ago this week, four Los Angeles policemen — three of them white — were acquitted of the savage beating of Rodney King, an African-American man. Caught on camera by a bystander, graphic video of the attack was broadcast into homes across the nation and worldwide. Fury over the acquittal — stoked by years of racial and economic inequality in the city — spilled over into the streets, resulting in five days of rioting in Los Angeles. It ignited a national conversation about...

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A bill that would eliminate health insurance companies and provide government-funded health care coverage for all Californians passed its first key vote in the state Senate on Wednesday, the same day that hundreds of nurses rallied at the State Capitol in support of universal health care.   The California Report's host John Sepulvado introduces KQED's Laura Klivans has more on the effort to create what's known as a single payer system. 


A report in this week's San Bernardino Sun focused on how the heavy rains of this past winter that helped end the California drought could now increase the risk of wildfires in Southern California.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.


California State Treasurer and Democratic candidate for governor John Chiang recently claimed he has saved taxpayers more than five billion dollars over the past two years.  That caught the attention of Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols, who is checking claims by candidates in the 2018 California governor's race.

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Yesterday we brought you the story of one street near San Bernardino that's still on the mend 10 years after the start of the mortgage meltdown. On his way out of that neighborhood, The California Report's Los Angeles bureau chief Steven Cuevas spotted a sign with an offer that sounded way too good to be true.  "The California Report" host John Sepulvado introduces the story.


This year's count of homeless people in the two Inland Empire counties finds that the number of homeless in San Bernardino County dropped slightly, while Riverside County's homeless population has increased.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.


A panel of high-profile conservatives is slated to talk about the Trump presidency on Sunday at a downtown Riverside Venue where anti-Trump protests are also expected to gather.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.


The California State Legislature is considering a bold proposal to substantially remake the state's health care system by eliminating insurance companies and guaranteeing coverage for everyone.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.


As the University of California raises student tuition and limits in-state enrollment, a new audit says President Janet Napolitano's office has all the while held onto an "undisclosed" budget reserve.  As Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports, the UC is Blasting some of the audit's findings.


Tickets for this weekend's Stagecoach Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio will be available to Coachella Valley residents today only.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

John Husing, the Chief Economist for the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, continues his discussion with KVCR's Ken Vincent about how the various sectors of the IE economy are expected to perform this year compared to last year.


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Those TV Drug Ads Distract Us From The Medical Care We Need

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As I stood up to end our visit, Frank indicated he had one more question.

"You know those commercials for Cialis?" he asked. "Would that be all right for me to try?"

Here we go with the bathtubs again, I think to myself. Toned silver-hairs in side-by-side bathtubs on a deck somewhere looking out at the sunset.

Give me a break.

It's not always drugs for erectile dysfunction. I've been asked about TV spots hawking pharmaceuticals for nail fungus, depression, acid reflux, cholesterol and irritable bowels, just to name a few.

From the car seat, the toddler, almost three years old, asked his parents what we were doing. "We're here to learn our history, your family's history," his father said from the driver's seat.

Halfway into a 24-hour worker strike, Brazil's biggest cities have partially shut down — with many major thoroughfares clogged and businesses shuttered for the day. The nationwide strike mounted by unions aims to unravel a set of measures supported by President Michel Temer, legislation that would loosen labor laws and roll back pension regulations.

NPR's Philip Reeves reports, "As darkness fell, clashes broke out between protestors and riot police in Rio de Janeiro and also Sao Paulo, where a crowd tried to march on Temer's residence."

To legally justify its military actions against the Islamic State, the U.S. has relied on a piece of 2001 legislation, written years before the extremist group came into existence.

Now 46 representatives from both parties say in a letter to Speaker Paul Ryan that it's time for Congress to "immediately begin a serious debate" on authorization for the use military force against the Islamic State.

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Trump Warns Of Potential 'Major, Major Conflict' With North Korea

President Trump says that while he would like to resolve the issue of North Korea's nuclear program diplomatically, it will be hard — and there is a potential for a major clash with the Asian nation, Trump said in an interview with Reuters. "There's a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea, absolutely," the president told the news agency . "We'd love to solve things diplomatically but it's very difficult." Asked whether he sees Kim Jong Un's regime as his...

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Transcript: NPR Interviews Secretary Of State Rex Tillerson

In his first interview with NPR, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has a wide-ranging interview with Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep. Steve Inskeep: I want to begin with North Korea. We heard when you said, "the era of strategic patience is over," so we know what your policy is not . Is there a word or phrase you can give us to say what your approach to North Korea is? Secretary of State Rex Tillerson: Yes, our approach to North Korea is to have them change their posture towards any future...

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Trump Signs Executive Order On Offshore Drilling And Marine Sanctuaries

President Trump signed an executive order Friday that aims to expand offshore drilling for oil and gas, in a move welcomed by the oil and gas industry and greeted with alarm by environmental groups. "Renewed offshore energy production will reduce the cost of energy, create countless new jobs, and make America more secure and far more energy independent," Trump said before signing the document. He said previous restrictions on exploration and production deprive the U.S. of "potentially...

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Arkansas Executes 4th Inmate In 8 Days

Arkansas has put to death convicted murderer Kenneth Williams. His was the last of a series of executions accelerated because the state's lethal-injection drugs were about to expire. Williams was pronounced dead at 11:05 p.m. Central time after the execution began at 10:52 p.m., Arkansas Public Media reports. State officials initially scheduled eight condemned inmates to die over 11 days — the fastest pace of executions in decades. Some executions were blocked by the courts. The state...

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This Week In Race: Fox Sued, Schools Resegregate, Shea Moisture Gets Thirsty

Fox News has been under fire in the past year for sexual harassment. First Fox chair Roger Ailes, then the network's favorite pundit, Bill O'Reilly, were forced to leave after multiple women complained of unwanted advances—and the blocked advancement they experienced when they didn't put out. (Both men claimed no wrongdoing, although Fox has paid millions to make would-be plaintiffs go away.) Now new charges of racial discrimination have been added to the harassment charges. Eleven Fox...

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Science, Technology, and Medicine

His Parents' Death Gave Him A Mission: Stop The Medical Brain Drain

When Chris Ategeka was a boy of 7 in Uganda, his parents died of HIV/AIDS. And his brother, not yet 5, died of malaria. Today he's 32. He's got a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley (where he was the commencement speaker for the college of engineering at his graduation in 2011). With his entrepreneurial spirit, he could have followed classmates to Silicon Valley. But he didn't. In his TED Fellows talk in Vancouver this week, he explained how his...

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Why Religion Is More Durable Than Commonly Thought In Modern Society

Here is a proposition that may seem self-evident to many people: As societies become more modern, religion loses its grip. People separate their religion from their institutions and from parts of their lives. Sociologists have a name for this idea. They call it the "secularization thesis." Now, research suggests the story is more complicated. In 1822, Thomas Jefferson suggested an early version of it, predicting that Unitarianism "will, ere long, be the religion of the majority from north to...

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Arts, Culture, And Media From NPR

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Our Great Big Summer Movie Preview

We're always excited for the beginning of summer movie season. Despite the fact that it's almost guaranteed to contain some major disappointments and jarring disasters, we often find goofy fun, sharp writing and new stars blowing up (sometimes literally) our cinematic seasons. We can think of no better company for this spin through the summer than our friend Audie Cornish, who you may also sometimes hear hosting a little program called All Things Considered . It's always a treat when Audie...

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DJ Sessions: The Sounds Of Mexico City

Here & Now s Jeremy Hobson is broadcasting from Mexico City, and he speaks with former longtime DJ  Rulo David Vasquez ( @ruleiro ) about the music thats popular in the city, from indie rock to electronic music. Vasquez is also host of the podcast La Edad Media . Hear previous installments of Here & Now s DJ Sessions Note: We have a Spotify playlist  and an Apple Music playlist for our weekly DJ Sessions. Music From The Segment Café Tacvba , Futuro [Youtube] Natalia Lafourcade , Tú sí sabes...

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Food, Nutrition, and Cuisine From NPR

California Is On Its Way To Having An Avocado Crop Year-Round

Not my avocados! President Trump's tough talk on renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada has raised many questions — including how such a move might negatively affect the flow of beloved produce to the U.S. Like the avocado. Americans ate 2 billion pounds of avocados last year, two-thirds of which were imported – mostly from Mexico. That's because avocados grow year-round in Mexico's climate – but not in California's. But researchers in the Golden State —...

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Robert Siegel Stepping Down As 'All Things Considered' Host In 2018

Robert Siegel, whose career with NPR has spanned more than four decades, will be stepping down as co-host of NPR's All Things Considered next year. One of the most distinctive voices on NPR's airwaves, Siegel will be leaving the host's chair in January 2018. He has hosted the show for 30 years. "This is a decision long in the making and not an easy one," Siegel said. "I've had the greatest job I can think of, working with the finest colleagues anyone could ask for, for as long a stretch as I...

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