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Notes 2015 November
Story of Undocumented Student Aired Oct 29, Content Now Available Online
Laura Aguilar
As part of Capital Public Radio’s year-long initiative exploring undocumented immigration in California, The View From Here released the first of a three-part series on Oct. 29. Laura Aguilar was born in Mexico and raised in California. She is one of tens of thousands of undocumented Millennials who expect more from higher education than previous generations. New laws make it possible, if not always easy. Laura Aguilar has been admitted to grad school, and hopes to be a dentist in four years, but she worries her immigrant status may still limit her. Reporter Katie Orr got to know Laura and her boyfriend in the summer before school began. Orr will follow Laura's story throughout her first year of dental school.

You can hear the story online, read an in-depth version of the story with data that provide context and see photos by Multimedia Producer Andrew Nixon at

As part of this initiative, we're piloting new ways to foster on-going dialogue among our journalists and the public with the #UndocumentedCA eBulletin, a monthly email to share project updates, solicit audience input, and to build a community of people who want to engage with this topic. Subscribe here and join the conversation.
Partnership Aims to Strengthen Voter Voices
“California Counts Collaborative” reminds candidates and voters that Californians still count in elections.
For the first time, California public media outlets Capital Public Radio; KQED, San Francisco; KPCC, Los Angeles; and KPBS, San Diego will come together in a groundbreaking collaboration to cover the 2016 elections in the nation’s most populous state. The “California Counts Collaborative” will include in-depth, highly coordinated, multi-platform coverage as well as unbiased information that voters can use to inform their decisions.

Why “California Counts”?

The California Counts Collaborative (C3) will deploy reporters up and down the state to find out why people aren’t planning to vote. In cities and rural areas, we’ll engage people who represent California’s demographic diversity as well as its economic divide. As public media outlets, we can help residents see how they are connected, to the issues, to each other and to their elected officials. We want more voters to have a voice and to see their stake in the outcome of elections.

“This collaboration harnesses the substantial editorial power of our four stations for the benefit of the entire state,” said Capital Public Radio Chief Content Officer Joe Barr. “It’s a prime example of how public media serves our communities in a way that no one else can.”

Look and listen for the following initiatives through the 2016 election cycle:

Digital Voter Guide: Partnering with the California League of Women Voters and Maplight, we will create an in-depth online voter guide that will encompass statewide races and initiatives.

Ballot Propositions: From a prohibition of plastic bags, to bi-lingual education in public schools and maybe even marijuana legalization, we’ll produce radio and online stories that give you the essential, un-biased information you need to make an informed vote on the measures appearing on the November ballot.

US Senate Race: The C3 group will coordinate statewide coverage of this high profile race, tracking the candidates’ activities as they campaign around California and producing online and digital coverage. In addition, Capital Public Radio is partnering with the Pulitzer Prize winning PolitiFact to create PolitiFact California. As part of this collaboration, their team will regularly fact-check the Senate candidates’ statements and political ads.

Series: In a fresh, expansive series, stations will examine through collective reporting why an increasing number of Californians don’t vote. And if they once did, why did they stop? What would make them change their minds about voting?

Find out even more about this first-of-its-kind state-wide collaboration at
New Staff at CapRadio
Managing Editor for News & Information: Linnea Edmeier
Linnea Edmeier
Veteran journalist Linnea Edmeier has been hired as Managing Editor for News and Information at Capital Public Radio. The position includes oversight of Capital Public Radio News, Insight with Beth Ruyak, Capital Public Radio Network (CPRN), The View From Here Documentary unit, PolitiFact California and more. Edmeier brings a wide range of journalism and editorial experiences. Previously, she produced the afternoon live newscast for KGO Radio in San Francisco. As an integral part of the fast-paced award winning newsroom, she oversaw story coverage, coordinated reporters and managed breaking news.

"Linnea brings to our operation such terrific knowledge of news and information radio," said Chief Content Officer Joe Barr. "She has already proven to be a capable leader in our newsroom and she'll be integral to our plans to expand our news and information collaborations." Read more here. Follow @ProducerLinnea on twitter.
PolitiFact California Reporter: Chris Nichols
Chris Nichols
Veteran capitol reporter Chris Nichols has joined Capital Public Radio’s newsroom as our PolitiFact California Reporter. This is a first-of-its kind partnership between a public radio station and the Pulitzer Prize winning PolitiFact. “Decisions made in California can ripple across the United States. I am eager to check the facts, or lack thereof, behind statements made by our state’s political leaders. I am also excited to share my reports on Capital Public Radio for listeners across the state,” says Nichols.

For the past dozen years, Chris has worked as a government and politics reporter at newspapers across CA. Most recently, he covered the Capitol for the San Diego Union-Tribune. Follow @CAPolitifact on twitter.
State Government Reporter: Ben Bradford
Ben Bradford
Reporter Ben Bradford has joined Capital Public Radio’s newsroom as our State Government Reporter. As the State Government Reporter, Ben covers California politics, policy and the interaction between the two. Ben graduated from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and most recently worked in Charlotte for NPR member station WFAE. Ben won the 2013 national Edward R. Murrow award for hard news reporting.  See some of Ben’s stories at and follow @JBenBradford on Twitter.
Capital Public Radio Launches PolitiFact California
Partnership aims to discover the truth in politics
Let the fact-checking begin! PolitiFact California has launched and fact checks are now airing on CapRadio’s News and Information stations and appearing online at This is a first-of-its kind partnership between a public radio station and the Pulitzer Prize winning PolitiFact.

PolitiFact California reporter Chris Nichols and our editors fact-check statements from the Governor, the legislature, candidates, advocacy groups and more, rating claims for accuracy on our Truth-O-Meter. Every fact-check includes analysis of the claim, an explanation of our reasoning and a list of links to all our sources.

“We’re taking our already substantial commitment to cover state government to an exciting new level with PolitiFact California” says Capital Public Radio’s Chief Content Officer Joe Barr. “PolitiFact will be an essential part of our coverage during the 2016 elections and beyond.”

"We're excited to launch PolitiFact California with the top-notch journalists of Capital Public Radio. Their fact-checking of California politics will inform voters and bring our unique brand of accountability journalism to the state's airwaves," says national PolitiFact Editor Angie Holan.

PolitiFact California radio reports will be distributed to more than 30 radio stations in California, Nevada and Oregon reaching 3.2 million listeners each week on the Capital Public Radio Network (CPRN). Reports will air during Morning Edition, Insight and All Things Considered on CapRadio’s News and Information stations in Sacramento, and across Northern California and western Nevada and they can always be found at
A Conversation With Photographer Veryl Oakland - Jazz In Available Light
Review by Gary G. Vercelli, Jazz Music Director
Rahsaan Roland Kirk
It all began in 1967 with a black and white photograph of Rahsaan Roland Kirk playing three wind instruments simultaneously at The Jazz Workshop in San Francisco. That’s when Veryl Oakland made the transition from jazz fan to professional photographer, selling that great shot of Kirk to Down Beat Magazine for its cover!

Soon Veryl was shooting all the jazz greats at the Monterey and Berkeley Jazz Festivals. Word spread of his quality photography that captured the soul and honesty of musicians such as Sarah Vaughan, Stan Getz, Chet Baker and Oscar Peterson. Then, in 1982, came an assignment to photograph a young lion named Wynton Marsalis in his native New Orleans for Swing Journal, Japan’s leading jazz magazine.

“The Japanese market is hot for jazz and the aesthetics of their photographic layout is quite keen,” says the now semi-retired Oakland.

Through his many years in the business and his many assignments, Veryl Oakland has remained humble and respected by the greatest players of the art form. Entirely self-taught, Oakland takes all his photos in black and white, using only available light.

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Veryl Oakland Second Saturday Artist Reception
Veryl Oakland
Capital Public Radio will feature photographer Veryl Oakland's work as part of our Second Saturday Artist Reception.

For this presentation, Oakland has assembled a broad cross-section of the jazz world’s most famous personalities, showcasing more than 40 classic black-and-white images of iconic jazz artists whose various styles covered the spectrum of modern music during those decades; artists such as Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Stan Getz, Chet Baker, Cecil Taylor and Jean-Luc Ponty. Many of the photographs for this show have never been published.

Join us on November 14 for our Second Saturday Artist Reception to enjoy wines by Lange Twins Family Winery and Vineyards, hors d’oeuvres and musical performances by jazz pianist Joe Gilman. The exhibit of Veryl Oakland's photography will be displayed October 7, 2015 through January 8, 2016.

Date: Saturday, November 14, 2015
Time: 4:00 to 6:00 PM
Location: Capital Public Radio
7055 Folsom Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95826 (Directions)
Adventures with Capital Public Radio
CapRadio is committed to exploring new people, new places and new ideas – not just on the radio, but in person! When you travel with Capital Public Radio, you’ll enjoy a professionally curated, personalized experience. CapRadio travelers share a love of public radio, are full of curiosity, and are committed to life-long learning without boundaries. Our small group adventures are sure to please and delight those not wishing to take merely a “tour”, but enjoy an adventure, an experience of a lifetime.

Best Of South Africa With Capital Public Radio 2
The Best of South Africa is a journey, hosted by CapRadio and Earthbound Expeditions, that begins April 8 and ends April 19, 2016 – we have just a few spots left! It is an experience of a lifetime at a destination unlike any other. Enjoy the stunning beauty of Cape Town, a breathtaking cable car ride to the top of Table Mount and the bio diversity of the Cape of Good Hope. There will be a special visit to Mandela’s prison on Robben Island and you’ll sip fine wines in South Africa’s premiere vineyards. The journey culminates at a safari lodge where you’ll ride in an open 4X4 Jeep into the African bush to view lions, giraffes, rhinos, elephants and more. You can also sign up for a post tour adventure to Botswana and Victoria Falls. Sign up here to travel with Capital Public Radio to South Africa.

Americas Canyonlands 2
America’s Canyonlands journey is a new domestic travel opportunity to celebrate our National Parks. This adventure is hosted by Capital Public Radio and TAUCK World Discovery May 30 – June 7, 2016. The Grand Canyon is somewhere on a lot of people's “places I simply must visit” list, so make 2016 the year to cross off the Grand Canyon – and in the process, explore two other of our Nation’s amazing parks – Bryce Canyon and Zion. You’ll also visit Sedona, take a private dinner cruise on Lake Powell, a float trip on the Colorado River, and enjoy a final night at the Four Seasons in Las Vegas! See details and sign up here to explore some of our most popular national parks.

Check it all out and sign up for your trip of a lifetime at!
Capital Public Radio Member Discounts
$6 Tickets for Capital Public Radio Members at Crocker Art Museum Classical Concerts, November 8
Capital Public Radio Sponsored Events
Print Radio Celebration Party, November 4
Second Saturday Exhibit Artist Reception Featuring Veryl Oakland, November 14
In This Issue

Story of Undocumented Student Aired Oct 29, Content Now Available Online

Partnership Aims to Strengthen Voter Voices

New Staff at CapRadio

Capital Public Radio Launches PolitiFact California

A Conversation With Photographer Veryl Oakland - Jazz In Available Light

Veryl Oakland Second Saturday Artist Reception

Adventures with Capital Public Radio



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