MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 23.
PROGRAM # 7073 12:00 PM PT
HIGHEST MINIMUM WAGE IN U.S. California is set to raise the minimum wage to $10 an hour, the highest of any state in the country. Governor Brown said he would sign the bill, recently passed by the legislature. The two-dollar wage hike may be welcome news for many in the state, home to the highest total number of poor working families in the U.S. Will the raise be enough to lift families out of poverty and give the economy a shot in the arm? We talk with the bill’s author about this and other legislations.
GUEST: Luis Alejo, Assemblymember, representing the 30th district, California Assembly, Watsonville, CA, http://www.asmdc.org/members/a30/
ALSO, AFTER THE PRISONER HUNGER STRIKE. Inmates at the maximum security prison of Pelican Bay orchestrated the largest hunger strike ever in California. An estimated 30,000 prisoners refused meals at the height of the two-month strike, which ended recently after legislators promised hearings on the state’s indefinite solitary detention practices. Some inmates, held in solitary confinement for decades, say their punishment amounts to torture. Are prison reforms on store?
GUESTS: Ron Ahnen, Political Science Professor at St. Mary’s College, Member of the mediation team for prisoners, Moraga, CA, http://www.stmarys-ca.edu/; Luis Rodríguez, author, activist and California gubernatorial candidate, Los Angeles, CA, www.luisjrodriguez.com
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24.
PROGRAM # 7074 12:00 PM PT
CLOCK TICKS FOR REFORM. Public pressure grows on House Republicans to schedule a vote on immigration reform. House leaders have expressed no interest in bringing a vote to the floor. In addition, the departure of two Republican congressmen from the so-called Gang of 7 weakens the effort to present a bi-partisan immigration reform bill in the House. This program features an interview with a Republican congress member who has voiced his support for a pathway to citizenship and called on Speaker John Boehner to allow a vote in the House. We also speak with a leader of the conservative movement, and a democratic congressman who is a top leader in the pro-reform movement, about the real prospects for immigration reform in October.
GUESTS: Rep. Jeff Denham, Congressman representing California’s 10th District, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC, http://denham.house.gov/; Al Cárdenas, Chairman, The American Conservative Union, Washington, DC, http://conservative.org; Luis V. Gutiérrez, Congressman representing the fourth district of Illinois, Chicago, Illinois, http://gutierrez.house.gov/
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25.
PROGRAM # 7075 12:00 PM PT
THE AMAZING STORY OF DR. QUIÑONES. As a 5-year old boy in the Mexican border town of Mexicali, Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa sold food to truckers at gas stations to help his family. As a teenager, he jumped the border fence to join family members in the U.S. Quiñones worked without documents as a cotton picker and other hardworking jobs. Quiñones worked his way through school, learned English, and attended some of the best colleges in the nation. Today, he is an internationally renowned neurosurgeon at a top medical institution. Dr. Quiñones-Hinojosa talks about his odyssey, his medical profession, and the quest by today’s young Dreamers.
GUEST: Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, Professor of Neurosurgery and Oncology, Director of Pituitary Tumor Center, The Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Baltimore, MD, http://doctorqmd.com/.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26.
PROGRAM # 7076 12:00 PM PT
FOOD AS MEDICINE. Because of poor diet, alcohol consumption and obesity, American Indians have the highest diabetes rate among all population groups in the U.S. and one of the highest rates in the world. They die at three times the rate of the general population from the disease. In response, health and cultural organizations in California -home to more American Indians than any other state- are revitalizing cultural traditions to bring urgent healing. They promote eating healthful foods from the old days, such as salmon, seaweed, berries, nuts, seeds, cactus pads, pepper; drink herbed beverages; connecting with the family and the land; and engaging in community activities. Are old traditions helping American Indians and Latinos in the battle against the worst epidemics?
Guests: Kaylena Bray, Garden Coordinator, The Cultural Conservancy, San Francisco, CA, http://www.nativeland.org; Nícola Wagenberg, The Cultural Conservancy, San Francisco, CA, http://www.nativeland.org.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27.
PROGRAM # 7077 12:00 PM PT
MEXICO EDITION. Martha Elena Ramírez hosts the program Voz Pública from Mexico City. The civic journalist brings news and analysis on Mexican developments.