Salinas, CA – California's state budget is almost two months overdue. Nursing homes, day cares and other agencies that receive state funding are scrambling to make ends meet. These agencies can't get their state money until the budget is passed. Pressure is mounting on one central California Republican to change his mind and approve the Democrat-written budget. KAZU's Rachael McDonald reports.
Salinas, CA – Anna Baltzar is a Jewish American granddaughter of a Holocaust survivor and wrote Witness in Palestine: Journal of a Jewish American Woman in the Occupied Territories . She's traveled to the West Bank twice as a volunteer for the International Women's Peace Service. She's back in the states to talk about her experiences documenting human rights abuses and supporting nonviolent resistance.
Pacific Grove, CA – Robert Krulwich explains science the way we wish our teachers did in high school. He makes it interesting - and funny. His stories air on Morning Edition and All Things Considered; you've also heard him over the last month or so on the sound-rich program RadioLab. Now, he's coming out to the Monterey Bay Area Thursday for the next event in KAZU's Salon Series, and he spoke earlier this week with KAZU's Ben Adler.
Watsonville, CA – There's good news from Washington D.C. for Monterey Bay Area farmers. The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a farm bill that does something different. In the past the federal farm bill has given money mainly to crops like corn, wheat and soy grown in the Midwest. Congress ignored fruit and vegetable growers in California. But for the first time local farmers are getting some help and they say it's about time.