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Notes 2015 June
Capital Public Radio News Launches Year-Long Look at Undocumented Immigration in California
Undocumented Immigration In California
It’s one of the most important issues facing California and the nation. It’s also one of the most polarizing. Undocumented Immigration. California is home to more than 2 and half million undocumented immigrants. Capital Public Radio is devoting one year and committing the resources of its entire newsroom in an expansive, multiplatform initiative that will examine the issue and advance the conversation.

“As we approach the 2016 election, undocumented immigration is clearly one of the key topics that will be part of the national dialogue. California is at the epicenter of this conversation which is often steeped in emotion and misconception,” says Chief Content Officer Joe Barr. “Our goal is to inform this conversation with factual, in-depth journalism, meaningful dialogue and inclusive community engagement.”

The project launched in late May with stories examining both the personal and political aspects of the issue. Pauline Bartolone reported on how elected officials are contemplating health care services for the undocumented and Steve Milne profiled a Capital Public Radio employee whose family is in different stages of immigration. Over the next year, the initiative will include reporting from CapRadio’s State Government, Health Care, Environment, Food & Sustainability and Regional beats, as well as Insight with Beth Ruyak. The multimedia documentary series The View From Here will produce three 20 minute documentaries focusing on first person stories illuminating the experiences of undocumented California residents. Funding is being provided in part by The California Endowment.

“Over the past two years, Capital Public Radio has developed an approach that helps us listen deeper to the diverse voices in our communities. With this year-long initiative, we’ll hear from immigrants and their families about the policies that affect their lives and affect our communities. We're offering our listeners the opportunity to learn, understand and respond to this challenging and complex issue,” say Senior Editor for Innovation Catherine Stifter, who oversees production of The View From Here.

The involve and engage residents in the project, CapRadio will lead a participatory storytelling project that includes a multimedia exhibition and series of community conversations for the “We Are All Californians” exhibit at the California Museum in Sacramento in early 2016. You can follow the initiative on Twitter with the hashtag #UndocumentedCA.
Symphonic Sidebars: Ralph Vaughan Williams
Review by Kent Teeters, Classical Music Coordinator and Host
Ralph Vaughan Williams
The mystic, melodic and melancholic music of 20th century English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams.

At age six Ralph Vaughan Williams began music studies with his aunt. He furthered his education at the Royal College of Music where he received lessons from two fine English composers of the previous generation, Charles Stanford and Hubert Parry. While at the RCM, Vaughan Williams befriended another music student, composer Gustav Holst. Vaughan Williams didn’t become a published composer himself until he was 30. Fortunately, he remained active in his career until just before his death at age 85. Vaughan Williams made significant contributions during his long life as the preeminent English symphonist of his day, as a preserver of folk song, editor of The English Hymnal, teacher, writer, and music lecturer.

Of his nine symphonies, it is the Symphony No. 5 by Ralph Vaughan Williams that is recognized as his masterpiece in that genre. He worked on the symphony during the late 1930’s and finished the piece in the early part of 1943. The modal harmonies and lyrical style are clearly influenced by his study of English folk song and hymnody. Like many of his other compositions, Vaughan Williams’ Fifth Symphony posses a mystical, sublime beauty, and a melancholy that is never maudlin.

Given the calm serenity of the symphony and its peaceful ending, you would never know it was completed the year before the Allied Forces landed on the Normandy coast during World War II.

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Falling in Love Supreme
We've compiled a collection of stories detailing the ways our Capradio hosts and listeners fell in love with jazz. We invite you to share your story in 200 words or less of how you came to love jazz. Email your jazz story to
Roy Childs
I was raised in San Leandro in the San Francisco Bay Area. My mother was the neighborhood piano teacher, which pretty much insured I would have as little to do with music as possible. When I reached the age of nine or ten I had mastered a tune by the name of “Crunchy Flakes” which doubled as “Jingle Bells” during the holidays. From then on I had nothing to do with music. But when I was sixteen my mother got some tickets to a concert in the amphitheatre in Joaquin Miller Park, up in the hills above Oakland, and with a newly minted drivers license I agreed to give her a ride.

The theatre was filled with an enthusiastic crowd listening to what I thought of at the time as “kind of happy jumpy music” played by a quartet composed of a tall, lanky piano player, and a saxophonist, drummer, and a bass player. The bass player was black, the other three white, and the saxophonist was leaning back against the grand piano, feet crossed, very relaxed, laid back and cool playing his sax. As I remember I didn’t pay much attention to the music but I was very impressed by the dapper dress of the musicians, all wearing the same dark well tailored suits, especially the laid back saxophonist, and the overall cool style of the musicians and the ambiance of the setting, overlooking the lights of the city as it did.

I was in fact listening to the music of the Dave Brubeck Quartet, with Paul Desmond on sax, Eugene Wright on bass, and Joe Morello on drums - one of Dave Brubeck’s most famous quartets. I was also unaware of the significance of a mixed race group in the history of jazz and Dave Brubeck’s contributions to racial integration in jazz music. In fact, I had never even heard of Dave Brubeck!

Roy Childs is a respected Stockton educator. He currently contributes to the Jacoby Center for Public service at University of the Pacific. Here is a link to his full essay on CapRadio Music:
Capital Public Radio Reporters Named for Prestigious Fellowships
Amy Quinton
Environment Reporter Amy Quinton has been awarded a Logan Science Journalism Fellowship from the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), an international center for biological, biomedical, and environmental research and training and an affiliate of the University of Chicago.


Katie Orr
State Government Reporter Katie Orr has been awarded a fellowship with the RIAS German/American Exchange Program from Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA), the world’s largest professional organization exclusively serving the electronic news profession.
Hunger in the Farm-to-Fork Capital
Hunger in the Farm-to-Fork Capital community conversation
On Wednesday May 13 over 120 people gathered at the Clunie Community Center in Sacramento for the Hunger in the Farm-to-Fork Capital community conversation, hosted by Capital Public Radio and Village Square Commons. Participants - including people directly impacted by hunger, advocates, policymakers, business people and community leaders - gathered to deepen their understanding of the causes and impacts of hunger, hear new perspectives, and be inspired to take action.

Complex problems require the whole community to create solutions that have broad public support. That’s exactly what Capital Public Radio’s community engagement initiative is all about and the Hunger in the Farm-to-Fork Capital event underscored the intrinsic value of citizens coming together with an open mind to hear powerful public radio stories and discuss big challenges.

Hunger in the Farm-To-Fork Capital was organized by Capital Public Radio and the Village Square Commons in collaboration with Grow Sacramento, Sacramento Food Systems Collaborative, Sacramento Hunger Coalition, and American Academy of Pediatrics. The event was supported by Sierra Health Foundation.
CapRadio Reads Next Pick: The Goldfinch
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
June's CapRadio Reads author event will discuss The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt on Tuesday, June 9th.

This Pulitzer Prize winning novel spent 71 weeks on NPR's Hardcover Fiction Bestseller List. In his New York Times book review, Stephen King says, "The Goldfinch is a rarity that comes along perhaps half a dozen times per decade, a smartly written literary novel that connects with the heart as well as the mind. Donna Tartt has delivered an extraordinary work of fiction."

The author event is already sold out, but be sure to join the conversation at where you can also find out more about our book club, monthly selections, discussions, and events.

CapRadio Reads is sponsored by Time Tested Books.
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The CapRadio Go Anywhere Raffle is Coming
Raffle tickets will go on sale Saturday, June 27th, for a new 2015 Subaru Outback from Lasher’s Elk Grove Subaru. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit Capital Public Radio and all the news and music you depend on. Want to stay in the loop on early bird and other prizes like the trip for two with CapRadio Travels? Send us an email and let us know that you’d like to receive all the Raffle email updates.
Capital Public Radio Member Discounts
$6 Tickets for Capital Public Radio Members at Crocker Art Museum Classical Concerts, June 14
$12 Tickets for Capital Public Radio Members as the Crocker Art Museum Jazz Night, June 18
Capital Public Radio Sponsored Events
Steve Milne emcees Pops in the Park, June 13
Folsom Rhythm and Brews event, June 20
In This Issue
Capital Public Radio News Launches Year-Long Look at Undocumented Immigration in California

Symphonic Sidebars: Ralph Vaughan Williams

Falling in Love Supreme

Capital Public Radio Reporters Named for Prestigious Fellowships

Hunger in the Farm-to-Fork Capital

CapRadio Reads

The CapRadio Go Anywhere Raffle is Coming


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