For this Veteran's Day piece I got to team up with the The Kitchen Sisters as part of the KQED Radio series "The Making Of..." -- stories about what people make and why. Ninety-two-year-old Remo del Tredici donates his hand-carved
violins to veterans in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Up in Siskiyou County, on the Oregon border, people say anyone who calls
San Francisco "Northern California" has it wrong. They live in the real
Northern California. This sprawling county, home to the Klamath River
and Mt. Shasta, has barely 45,000 residents. So the answer to the
question "What's Government For?" comes back to people's relationship
with the land.
Aired on KQED News October 31 and Nov 1, and on The California Report Magazine
We don’t need to tell you the American electorate is polarized these
days. You just have to tune in to any call-in show or even make an
injudicious casual remark at Thanksgiving dinner to realize how personal
our political identities are and how emotional discussing the issues
and values surrounding them can be. So we decided it would be
interesting to ask one Republican and one Democrat why they did what is
unthinkable to so many: switch parties. Two portraits of political
A Republican since childhood leaves the party on the last day of the RNC:
My GPS had no idea how to handle the little back roads, and I ended up driving through Fiddletown, and pulled over when I saw the 20-foot fiddle on its community center. I heard they had a yearly Fiddler's Jam, so I had to go back.
PS -- my recorder pooped out on me this day so the whole thing was captured on iPhone. Terrifying.