Says You Live Performance

On Saturday, January 25, KVCR will present an afternoon with Says You!…public radio’s quintessential quiz show, aired weekly from coast to coast.

Looming Impeachment Trial Adds Urgency To Senators' Campaign Push

How confident are Iowa Democrats in their choices, now two weeks out from the caucuses? The response Renee Kleinpeter gave NPR when asked which candidates she's narrowed her choice down to could sum it up: four seconds of laughter. "I'll go with anybody who could beat [President] Trump," she said after laughing. "I wish somebody could tell me." Lacking any reliable electoral crystal balls, Iowans are instead keeping their options open. The most recent Iowa Poll, out earlier this month, showed...

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Monday through Thursday at lunchtime, Empire KVCR News has your daily news rundown. Stories highlighted today include:

1) The deadline to register for Riverside County's homeless Point-in-Time Count is today. 

2)   It's been 73 years since the Los Angeles Dodgers and Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball. Now their longtime rivals, the San Francisco Giants have made history of their own, breaking the gender barrier. 

3) The University of California is considering annual tuition increases over five years. 

Riverside Art Museum

The Riverside Art Museum is hosting a pop-up preview of Cheech Marin’s collection of Chicano art.

The pop-up preview of The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art, Culture & Industry – nicknamed The Cheech – showcases more than half a dozen large pieces from Marin’s personal collection of Chicano art.

The featured artists include Carlos Almaraz, Gronk and Frank Romero.

Drew Oberjuerge is the Executive Director of the Riverside Art Museum.

The deadline to register to volunteer for Riverside County’s annual homeless Point-in-Time Count on January 29th is today.

The Point-in-Time Count is a surveying of all the homeless people in Riverside County.

Volunteers use an app to survey homeless people, asking them questions like “how long have you been homeless” and “are you a veteran?”

The Department of Housing and Urban Development requires communities that receive funding for homeless programs to perform this Point-in-Time count in order to determine how much money is distributed to fight homelessness.

Longtime Inland Empire journalist and KVCR contributor Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Benjamin Purper review some of the big Inland Empire news stories from the past week, including:

1) We continue our preview of the March primary. This week, we will wrap up our election coverage talking about city council and supervisor races.


Monday through Thursday at lunchtime, Empire KVCR News has your daily news rundown. Stories highlighted today include:

Monday through Thursday at lunchtime, Empire KVCR News has your daily news rundown. Stories highlighted today include:

Benjamin Purper / KVCR

Governor Gavin Newsom visited Riverside today as part of his weeklong tour addressing homelessness across California.

The visit was to Riverside’s Access Center, where homeless people in Riverside can access a wide range of services including housing placement and employment opportunities.

Newsom was joined by Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey, Assemblymember Jose Medina, and state Senator Richard Roth.

Here’s Governor Newsom on homelessness in California.

Monday through Thursday at lunchtime, Empire KVCR News has your daily news rundown. Today’s highlighted story:

The common perception of pit bulls is that they’re aggressive, but UCR professor Katja Guenther says that reputation may tell us more about ourselves than the dogs.  

How Pit Bull Rescue Reflects Social Inequality

Jan 13, 2020

Pit bulls are generally thought to be aggressive animals, better suited to fighting than being good pets. But UCR professor Katja Guenther says that reputation may tell us more about ourselves than the dogs.

Katja Guenther is a professor of gender and sexuality studies at the University of California, Riverside. Much of her research explores human-animal relationships – most notably, the one between pit bulls and their owners in Southern California.

Monday through Thursday at lunchtime, Empire KVCR News has your daily news rundown. Stories highlighted today include:

  1. Habitat for Humanity has broken ground on a three-home building site in San Bernardino designed for low-income residents.
  2. Governor Gavin Newsom vowed to take bold action on the state’s homelessness crisis.
  3. Five million independent voters in California could play a decisive role in the state’s March 3 Democratic presidential primary.  


The Midday News Report

Empire KVCR News has your daily news rundown Monday through Thursday at lunchtime.

Just In From NPR:

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Hundreds of migrants from Central America on Monday moved off a closed border bridge and waded across the Suchiate River at the Guatemala-Mexico border after Mexican officials informed the group they would not be permitted to move farther into the country.

With the river low from the dry season, migrants were able to cross but were met with the Mexico's National Guard lining the river's banks on the other side.

Hackers linked to Iran are probing American companies for vulnerabilities, cybersecurity researchers and U.S. government officials say.

The warnings suggest that the next phase of hostilities between the U.S. and Iran, following the Jan. 3 killing of a top Iranian general in an American drone strike, is likely to play out in cyberspace.

"I'm not anti-hospice at at all," says Joy Johnston, a writer from Atlanta. "But I think people aren't prepared for all the effort that it takes to give someone a good death at home."

'Just Mercy' Attorney Asks U.S. To Reckon With Its Racist Past And Present

The third Monday of January is a U.S. federal holiday honoring the late civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., but two Southern states — Alabama and Mississippi — also use the day to celebrate Gen. Robert E. Lee, commander of the Confederate forces during the Civil War. Public interest lawyer Bryan Stevenson lives in Alabama and is the founder of the Equal Justice Initiative , which works to combat injustice in the U.S. legal system. The new movie, Just Mercy , is an adaptation of his...

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Youth Teaching Tech To Seniors Fosters Generational Connections

The United States now has 46 million people age 65 or older. That's a record number, according to a study by the Pew Research Center. More of these senior citizens are adopting technology, but most also say they need help using new electronic devices such as smart phones. Falling behind on technology puts seniors at risk for social isolation, which makes them vulnerable to poor health and earlier death. It's also expensive. A study by AARP found isolation is associated with nearly $7 billion...

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U.S. Navy To Name Aircraft Carrier After WWII Hero Doris Miller

The U.S. Navy says it will name an aircraft carrier after Doris "Dorie" Miller, the African American mess attendant who heroically leapt into combat during the bombing of Pearl Harbor. It marks the first time that an aircraft carrier has been named for an African American, and the first time a sailor has been so honored for actions taken as an enlisted man. In 1941, Miller was a 22-year-old mess attendant on the USS West Virginia. At the time, black sailors were consigned to roles in the...

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SpaceX Celebrates Test Of Crew Dragon Capsule That Will Carry NASA Astronauts

From a launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center on Sunday, Elon Musk's SpaceX launched its latest rocket test into the Florida sky. Less than two minutes later, it exploded — just like the company hoped it would . The explosion itself wasn't so much the success as was what came just before it. That's when the Crew Dragon, a capsule meant to carry astronauts into space, separated from the rocket. That separation was the goal of Sunday's test. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine called the test a...

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Canada Sends Armed Forces To Help Newfoundlanders Dig Out After Blizzard

The Canadian Armed Forces are helping residents dig out of the snow after a powerful blizzard hit the easternmost province of Newfoundland and Labrador over the weekend. In the capital city of St. John's, the snowstorm completely buried cars and caused thousands to lose power. The massive storm dumped as much as 30 inches of snow on the city, according to The Guardian.

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3 Alleged Members Of Hate Group 'The Base' Arrested In Georgia, Another In Wisconsin

Police have arrested three men in northern Georgia who are suspected of belonging to a violent white supremacist group called The Base, saying that they were plotting to commit murder and that they belonged to a criminal street gang. They're the second trio of suspected Base members to be arrested this week; the FBI announced Thursday that it arrested three other men in Maryland . A fourth man, from Wisconsin, also accused of being a member of the group, was charged on Friday with conspiracy...

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A Mayor In Norway's Arctic Looks To China To Reinvent His Frontier Town

Looking out across a foggy harbor toward a peninsula jutting off the Norwegian coast, Rune Rafaelsen has a bold plan that could raise the profile of his remote Arctic town — with a little help, he hopes, from China. He is the mayor of Sor-Varanger, a municipality in the far northeast corner of Norway, close to the Russian border. His office is in the small town Kirkenes — population a little over 3,500 — which overlooks the icy gray Barents Sea. Rafaelsen loves the view: "It's a very nice...

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Elk Raise Tensions Between Tribes And Farmers In Washington's Skagit Valley

Just after sunrise, elk are grazing in a misty field in Washington's Skagit Valley, an hour and a half north of Seattle. "It looks like there are roughly 40 animals there," says Scott Schuyler, a member of northwest Washington's Upper Skagit Tribe. These elk are at the center of a conflict that's unfolding between Native Americans and farmers in northwest Washington. After being nearly wiped out in the late 1800s, the animals are making a comeback in Skagit Valley. Local tribes are thrilled,...

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Meals On Wheels Serves Up Breakfast, Lunch And Community At Local Diner

Usually Meals on Wheels means home delivery or lunch at a senior center. For more than 50 years, the federal government has been funding the program to make sure older Americans get the nutrition they need. Now, a project in Vancouver, Wash., is trying to use those funds for something new: a retro-hip diner, where seniors can get eggs, coffee, and community. On the surface, The Diner looks like any other diner. Servers making sure the coffee is topped off, local business people having...

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Science, Technology, And Medicine From NPR

Patients Still Struggle To Balance High Costs Of MS Treatment, Despite Generic

Sometimes, the approval of a new generic drug offers more hype than hope for patients' wallets, as people with multiple sclerosis know all too well. New research shows just how little the introduction of a generic version of Copaxone — one of the most popular MS drugs — did to lower their medicine costs. MS is an autoimmune disease that gradually damages the central nervous system, disrupting communication between the brain and the rest of the body. Its symptoms are different from patient to...

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Scott Simon Draws The Mystery Of 'Sunnyside Plaza' From His Own Past

When NPR host Scott Simon was in his late teens, he took a job in an assisted living facility in Chicago, working with people who had developmental disabilities. "It was more formative in my life, I think, than most any war I've covered, any political campaign I've covered, any reportorial experience I've had," Simon says. "It really opened my eyes into seeing the world differently." Simon has wanted to tell this story for years, and so he drew on the experiences he had back then to write a...

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