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Notes 2015 September
Year-Long Initiative Explores 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. Capital Public Radio is devoting one year and committing the resources of its entire newsroom in an expansive, multiplatform initiative that will examine undocumented immigration in California.

“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.”

California is home to more than 2 and half million immigrants who not authorized to be living in the state or who arrived here by illegal means. It’s estimated that 70% of these immigrants come from Mexico. Nearly half a million were brought to the state as children. These young people are now eligible for DACA, a federal program that offers reprieve from deportation along with a temporary work permit and access to some financial aid for education.

Capital Public Radio began our coverage this spring with a look at a typical “mixed status” family and explored a campus center for undocumented students at UC Davis. Our Capital Bureau has stayed on top of actions by the Governor and in the legislature. Insight with Beth Ruyak has begun a series of interviews with undocumented residents about their arrival stories.

At the end of October, our documentary series, The View From Here, will debut the first of three short documentaries featuring first-person stories of undocumented California residents. Laura Aguilar is one of three DACA-eligible grad students admitted to the School of Dentistry at UC San Francisco. She is a relentlessly positive honors student brought here by her middle class parents at the age of four. She explains, “I’m American. I am culturally raised very American. It’s a huge part of my identity. The [immigration] system that’s completely out of my hands has changed my life in such a negative way. It’s really hard to just keep swimming.” If immigration reforms are not enacted by the time she graduates, she may not be able to obtain a license to practice dentistry.

Listen and read more stories on the CapRadio website. Follow the year-long initiative on Twitter with the hashtag #UndocumentedCA. If you have a story to share or a news tip, let us know.

Funding for the initiative is provided in part by The California Endowment.
Call to Artists 2015
Print Radio
Calling all student and professional artists in the Sacramento area!

Submit your key word-inspired designs for our “Print Radio” contest by midnight October 11th, 2015. One winner will receive a $500 prize and be featured on biodegradable HOT ITALIAN pizza boxes for the month of November.

Original works inspired by key words passione, (passion) avanti, (innovation) fresco (fresh) and meeting our design guidelines will be eligible in either a student or professional category.

To enter, submit your design at
Jim Martinez: Celebrating Snoopy
Review by Gary Vercelli, Jazz Music Director
Sacramento native Jim Martinez has worked and recorded with some of the greatest names in jazz, including Roy Hargrove, Christian McBride, Cheryl Bentyne and Russell Malone. Jim’s many self-produced albums have drawn praise from the likes of Clint Eastwood and the late Dave Brubeck. Pianists Oscar Peterson and Vince Guaraldi both influenced Martinez in his developmental years, in different ways -- Oscar for his fiery technique, Vince for delightful lyricism.

Jim Martinez
To date, Jim has produced 14 albums as a leader on his own Invisible Touch Music label. On his latest recording, Good Grief! It’s Still Jim Martinez, he salutes Guaraldi, who in the 60’s recorded the wildly popular soundtrack tunes for the Peanuts television series created by Charles Shultz.

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Symphonic Sidebars: One Of The Best American Composers You've Never Heard Of
Review by Kent Teeters, Classical Music Coordinator and Host
David Diamond
“Composers, like pearls, are of three chief sorts, real, artificial, and cultured. David Diamond is unquestionably of the first sort; his talent and his sincerity have never been doubted by his hearers, his critics, or by his composer colleagues.”- Virgil Thomson, The New York Herald Tribune

David Diamond (1915-2005) was certainly one of the most prolific American composers of the 20th century. He wrote several concertos (three are for the violin), many chamber music pieces including ten string quartets, numerous orchestral works and a total of 11 symphonies.

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Have you connected with us on Facebook and Instagram? There, you’ll find behind-the-scene stories of our staff (like the time Sarita made us salsa with grilled veggies from our garden) and fun things to do – like VOTE on our upcoming mug design. Add the mug to your CapRadio collection when you make a contribution during the next fund drive. Which mug is best? “Like” your favorite choice on Facebook or Instagram and we’ll pick the one with the most fans!
StoryCorps Launch Party
StoryCorps mobilebooth
Join us for the official StoryCorps Launch Party, Thursday, September 10th at Sacramento Public Library’s Belle Cooledge branch. We’ll hear from some of our VIP Storytellers, offer tours of the mobilebooth and more!

Details at or follow our Facebook event here. Thank you to our sponsors who make StoryCorps Sacramento possible: Sacramento Public Library, Sacramento Public Library Foundation, Sacramento Kings, Golden 1 Credit Union and CapRadio’s Vehicle Donation Program.

Date: Thursday, September 10, 2015
Time: 11 AM to 1 PM
Location: Belle Cooledge Library
5600 South Land Park Drive, Sacramento, CA 95833 (Directions)
Capital Public Radio Member Discounts
$6 Tickets for Capital Public Radio Members at Crocker Art Museum Classical Concerts, September 13
$12 Tickets for Capital Public Radio Members as the Crocker Art Museum Jazz Night, September 17
Capital Public Radio Sponsored Events
TBD Fest, September 18-20
In This Issue
Year-Long Initiative Explores Undocumented Immigration in California

Call to Artists 2015

Jim Martinez: Celebrating Snoopy

Symphonic Sidebars: One Of The Best American Composers You've Never Heard Of


StoryCorps Launch Party


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