Friday, September 26, 2014

California Foodways Story #1: The Mitla Cafe

Aired on The California Report Magazine on September 12, 2014.

This is the start of my new series, California Foodways.  Come check us out at californiafoodways.com (just going live...); on Facebook, and on Twitter @cafoodways.

http://www.californiareport.org/archive/R201409121630/c



The West Side of San Bernardino is one of those neighborhoods where people still live in the houses their Mexican American great-grandparents bought in the 1930s. Today, on the once-thriving commercial strip, there are plenty of vacant lots and storefronts, but one business is still a magnet for customers: the Mitla Cafe.  It’s proof that sometimes a restaurant is more than just a restaurant.  Since the ‘30s, the restaurant has born witness to and played a role in political change.  It also happens to be an unlikely inspiration for how mainstream America sees – and eats -- Mexican food.

The West Side of San Bernardino is one of those neighborhoods where people still live in the houses their Mexican-American great-grandparents bought in the 1930s. Today, on the once-thriving commercial strip, there are plenty of vacant lots and storefronts, but one business is still a magnet for customers: the Mitla Cafe.
It’s proof that sometimes a restaurant is more than just a restaurant.  Since the ‘30s, the restaurant has born witness to and played a role in political change. It also happens to be an unlikely inspiration for how mainstream America sees – and eats -- Mexican food.
- See more at: http://www.californiareport.org/archive/R201409121630/c#sthash.JH9yiV7z.dpuf

Working Poor and Uninsured

Aired on The California Report Friday September 12, 2014:

Here's the blog entry and link to the audio on The California Report's State of Health.

Of the millions of Californians who are still uninsured, many are undocumented.  Many others find coverage too expensive, or the process too cumbersome.  I profile Leaburn Alexander who has two jobs, a three hour commute, and no health insurance.
Leaburn Alexander works two jobs and does not have health insurance. Here, he is on the start of his 3-hour commute home from the job he works as an overnight hotel janitor. - See more at: http://www.californiareport.org/archive/R201409120850/b#sthash.zQKen6l3.dpuf
When the Affordable Care Act rolled out last fall, Californians enrolled in health coverage plans through Covered California and Medi-Cal in high numbers. But there are still millions of people in the state who lack health insurance. Undocumented people don't qualify for Obamacare benefits, while many others find coverage too expensive, or face other obstacles. - See more at: http://www.californiareport.org/archive/R201409120850/b#sthash.zQKen6l3.dpuf
When the Affordable Care Act rolled out last fall, Californians enrolled in health coverage plans through Covered California and Medi-Cal in high numbers. But there are still millions of people in the state who lack health insurance. Undocumented people don't qualify for Obamacare benefits, while many others find coverage too expensive, or face other obstacles. - See more at: http://www.californiareport.org/archive/R201409120850/b#sthash.zQKen6l3.dpuf

Monday, June 16, 2014

Hidden Kitchens: The Romance and Sex Life of the Date (with The Kitchen Sisters)

Aired on NPR's Morning Edition June 10, 2014

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/06/10/320346869/forbidding-fruit-how-america-got-turned-on-to-the-date

I collaborated with the Kitchen Sisters on this aspect of the weird and wild history of the date growing industry in California's Coachella Valley.

Undocumented and Uninsured

Aired on The California Report Monday, June 9, 2014

http://www.californiareport.org/archive/R201406090850/a


California leads the nation in Affordable Care Act enrollment, but there are still millions in the state without health insurance.  Some of the people most likely to remain uninsured are undocumented Californians.  They can buy private insurance, but they are specifically excluded from getting coverage through health care reform.  I visited a group trying to fill some health care gaps. 
Despite the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, there are still millions of Californians living without health insurance, many of them because they're undocumented. While they can buy health insurance with their own money, they're specifically excluded from receiving any benefits under the ACA. That's leaving community groups and non-profits in cities and towns across California to fill in the gaps. - See more at: http://www.californiareport.org/archive/R201406090850/a#sthash.rN08QA9n.dpuf
Despite the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, there are still millions of Californians living without health insurance, many of them because they're undocumented. While they can buy health insurance with their own money, they're specifically excluded from receiving any benefits under the ACA. That's leaving community groups and non-profits in cities and towns across California to fill in the gaps. - See more at: http://www.californiareport.org/archive/R201406090850/a#sthash.rN08QA9n.dpuf
Despite the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, there are still millions of Californians living without health insurance, many of them because they're undocumented. While they can buy health insurance with their own money, they're specifically excluded from receiving any benefits under the ACA. That's leaving community groups and non-profits in cities and towns across California to fill in the gaps. - See more at: http://www.californiareport.org/archive/R201406090850/a#sthash.rN08QA9n.dpuf

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Remaining Uninusred

As part of the 2014 California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowship, a program of USC’s Annenberg School for Journalism and Communication.   I'm producing a series of pieces about Californians who remain uninsured after the roll-out of the Affordable Care Act. 

The first is this piece which ran Wednesday, April 16th on The California Report:

http://www.californiareport.org/archive/R201404160850/b

California leads the nation in the number of people getting insurance through the Affordable Care Act. But now that the final deadline has come and gone on Tuesday, millions are still left uninsured. These people will still turn to community clinics and public hospitals for care — they are the safety net institutions that serve Californians with nowhere else to go. But as the ACA is implemented, those institutions are facing changes.
California leads the nation in the number of people getting insurance through the Affordable Care Act. Even so, there are still millions here without insurance. Community clinics and public hospitals are part of the safety net for uninsured Californians. But as the Affordable Care Act is implemented, they're facing changes - See more at: http://www.californiareport.org/archive/R201404160850/b#sthash.Ce5tVaSs.dpuf
California leads the nation in the number of people getting insurance through the Affordable Care Act. Even so, there are still millions here without insurance. Community clinics and public hospitals are part of the safety net for uninsured Californians. But as the Affordable Care Act is implemented, they're facing changes. - See more at: http://www.californiareport.org/archive/R201404160850/b#sthash.Ce5tVaSs.dpuf
California leads the nation in the number of people getting insurance through the Affordable Care Act. Even so, there are still millions here without insurance. Community clinics and public hospitals are part of the safety net for uninsured Californians. But as the Affordable Care Act is implemented, they're facing changes. - See more at: http://www.californiareport.org/archive/R201404160850/b#sthash.Ce5tVaSs.dpuf

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

People of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

Aired on The California Report Magazine April 4th, 2014:

Deep Connections to Rich Agricultural History

http://www.californiareport.org/archive/R201404041630/c

Delta Livelihoods Take Hit As Recreation Declines

http://www.californiareport.org/archive/R201404111630/f

Levee Upkeep a Crucial Job on the Delta

http://www.californiareport.org/archive/R201404181630/e

Anza Borrego: Drought Takes Toll on Park Renowned for Wildflowers

Aired on The California Report Magazine March 28th, 2014

http://www.californiareport.org/archive/R201403281630/c

San Diego County's Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is famous for its amazing wildflowers. But this is the third year in a row of drier-than-usual weather at Anza-Borrego and wildflowers are scarce. As Lisa Morehouse reports, that's creating some anxiety and a few opportunities for those who live near -- and love -- California's biggest state park. - See more at: http://www.californiareport.org/archive/R201403281630/c#sthash.57gpaHdJ.dpuf
 Yes, it's in the desert, but Anza Borrego is best known for its amazing wildflowers.  I visited California's largest state park to learn how three years of dry weather are impacting the bloom, visitation, and the economy (and to find out if there's a silver lining).
San Diego County's Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is famous for its amazing wildflowers. But this is the third year in a row of drier-than-usual weather at Anza-Borrego and wildflowers are scarce. As Lisa Morehouse reports, that's creating some anxiety and a few opportunities for those who live near -- and love -- California's biggest state park. - See more at: http://www.californiareport.org/archive/R201403281630/c#sthash.57gpaHdJ.dpuf
San Diego County's Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is famous for its amazing wildflowers. But this is the third year in a row of drier-than-usual weather at Anza-Borrego and wildflowers are scarce. As Lisa Morehouse reports, that's creating some anxiety and a few opportunities for those who live near -- and love -- California's biggest state park. - See more at: http://www.californiareport.org/archive/R201403281630/c#sthash.57gpaHdJ.dpuf