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KPBS Jun 19, 2018  | San Diego, CA

  MARCH / APRIL 2016

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It is with great pleasure that KPBS thanks the following new members of the Producers Club! With the support of members like you, KPBS is able to find innovative ways of better serving the San Diego community by developing new programs and employing cutting-edge telecommunications technologies. Welcome to the Producers Club!

• Anonymous (2) • James Anderson • Kathy Archibald • Susanne Bowles • Ellery Brown • Daniel Buker • The Cappetta Family Foundation, Inc. • Robert & Anne Conn • Lucy Conroy • Joann Cornwell • Katherine Crow • Brenda K. Cruz • Nancy N. Danninger • Steve Dillaway • Michael Dolan • Richard J. Dowsing • David & Mary Fitz • Jimmy Floyd • Charlotte R. Freifeld • Joe Gallagher • Barbara Gamer & Dennis Adams • Carol & Lawrence Gartner • Barbara Goldman • Yvonne C. Golf • Beth Gordon • Joydeep & Jennifer Goswami • Diane Gotkin • William & Barbara Graham • Ram & Shanti Gurumurthy • Linda Hagen • Deborah Halliday • Amy Halseth • Raymond & Esperanza Hardin • Lois & John Harris • Kelvin Hartwell-Beal • Nancy Helt & Glenn Phillips • Donna Hendrix • Frieder K. Hofmann • Shannon Huang • The Leroy and Claire Hughes Family Fund at the Jewish Community Foundation • Kihei Hutchinson • Ron Innes & Marysa Andryola • Thelma Jackson • Ann & David Johns • Maho Jordan • Elizabeth Kaback • Ursula A. Kantor • Judd & Terri Lather • Larry Latocki & Cynthia Millsaps • Deborah Lawson • Margaret Leinen • Barbara Lougee • Anthony & Gina Magit • Mahesh & Janaki Makhijani • Kathie McKirdy • Danielle Myers • Glen Nemerow • David & Katherine Overskei • Randolph Pabst • Queenette Pettiford • Michael Pham • Daniel & Eunice Porte • Ellen Preston • James Rice • Speedy Rice & Judy Clarke • Steve Ross • Mike A. Royal • Karen Saake • Sherilyn Sarb • Kevin Snoggin • Paul & Lauren Scott • Rick L. Seidenwurm • Charlene Seidle • Richard & Merrillee Antrim-Sirkin • Katherine T. Sparrow • Clark Steddom • Sue Tankersley • Andrea Tevlin • Hai Q. Tran • Robb & Amy Trexler • Henry & Irene Weber • Thomas Westerlin • John K. Whitely • Cynthia Williams • Lex Milliman • Steven & Dianne Wingfield • Peter & Carol Woodbury • Bobbi Zane •

Note: If you don’t see your name on this list and you joined the Producers Club between December 15 – February 22, please contact Nereida Martinez at (619) 594-2028 or to be featured in the next issue of the PC Post. 

Planned Giving Update

We Would Like to Honor You

Friends for Life Recognition WallIf you remembered KPBS in your estate plan, we invite you to join our “Friends for Life". As a "Friends for Life" member, you will ensure that KPBS can continue educating our community through high quality public media. Your name will be prominently displayed at the station on our “Friends for Life” plaque. You will also be invited to our “Friends for Life” appreciation event and monthly Producers Club events. Planned gifts that qualify for membership include gifts from wills, trusts, retirement plans, annuities, or insurance policies and there is no minimum requirement. We will honor requests for anonymity and such requests do not preclude you from membership. Please let us know of your planned gift by March 25 so we can thank you and understand your wishes. 



For more information, please contact P. Vien Nguyen, Esq., manager of planned giving and major gifts, at (619) 594-0851 or


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Kris Vera PhillipsKPBS Senior News Producer Kris Vera-Phillips brings more than nine years of experience producing news shows and content in San Francisco, Sacramento and Topeka, Kansas. She knows how to juggle breaking news coverage and long-format segments, including live studio interviews with former State Assembly Speaker Willie Brown and Congressman Eric Swalwell. Her work has been recognized by the Associated Press Television-Radio Association.

Kris recently began work as a Fellow in the Next Generation Leadership program. This program, funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, is designed to support new and diverse editorial leaders for public media.  The training began on January 24 at WGBH Boston with an “Immersion Week” that brought the Fellows together with leadership and public media experts; it will continue throughout 2016.

You can find thoughts from Kris and other NGL Fellows at

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Jackie Robinson Film Screening and DiscussionJackie Robinson

Fowler Athletic Center at SDSU

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Save the date for our special evening previewing clips of Ken Burns’ Jackie Robinson. This two-part documentary directed by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon tells the story of an American icon whose life-long battle for first class citizenship for all African Americans transcends even his remarkable athletic achievements.

Please check back at for additional information.  



Adventure on the Mexican Table with Pati’s Mexican Table Host Pati JinichPati Jinich of Pati's Mexican Table

Café Coyote in Old Town

Friday, April 15, 2016

6:00 p.m. VIP Reception ($95 per person)

6:45 p.m. Dinner ($45 per person)

Join Adventures by the Book™ and the American Institute of Wine & Food for an Adventure on the Mexican Table with author, chef, & host of an award-winning PBS program, Pati Jinich. Over an authentic Mexican meal and margaritas, Pati will discuss her second cookbook, Mexican Today, where she not only continues to prove that Mexican home cooking can be simpler and quicker than most imagine, but also, that it can evolve as it transverses borders.

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For more information about Producers Club events, visit or contact Michelle Mucha at (619) 594-0915 or Producers Club events fill up quickly, so RSVP today!

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KPBS Celebrates! Elections GalaKPBS Celebrates! Join KPBS as we salute America’s presidential elections – past and present. 

Held at the historic US Grant Hotel and in honor of the 2016 election, the gala celebrates the programs and people behind public media’s election coverage with presidential look-a-likes, themed entertainment, gourmet dinner, and more. Featuring special guest appearance by Judy Woodruff of the PBS NewsHour and a tribute to the 2016 KPBS Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement inductee, Dr. Jeffrey Kirsch, the political party of the year is not to be missed.

Left? Right? Somewhere in the middle?  Throw your support behind KPBS. Tickets and information at:



Leichtag Foundation GardenPanel Discussion: Sustainability and the Food System

Leichtag Foundation Coastal Roots Farm

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Event details to come!


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KPBS Arts Launch Party: San Diego Ballet Performance


KPBS Arts Launch Party for Producers Club members on January 15, 2016. The San Diego Ballet performs a piece from their show “An Evening of Jazz & Dance”. 








KPBS LunchHour Panel on Investigative Reporting


KPBS LunchHour: The Price of Investigative Journalism on February 26, 2016. Our panel from left to right: KPBS Investigative Reporter Amita Sharma, inewsource Executive Director and Editor Lorie Hearn, KPBS General Manager Tom Karlo, KPBS Director of News and Editorial Strategy Suzanne Marmion, and inewsource Investigative Reporter Brad Racino. 






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KPBS will be participating in Explore SDSU this Saturday, March 19!

Explore SDSU Open House is a free all-campus event featuring an information fair, academic program workshop, tours, and open houses. This is a great opportunity for future students to explore what life is like as an SDSU Aztec.

SDSU also invites all alumni back to campus to reconnect with favorite programs and departments, enjoy live entertainment, visit the Alumni Center, and explore campus to see what has changed.

On this day, KPBS will open its doors for everyone to come by, learn more about what we do, and see where we create the content you enjoy on radio and watch on television!

We'll be offering in-depth tours of our News Center and Studios every twenty minutes from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. You can pick-up timed tickets for tours throughout the day beginning at 8:50 a.m. Stop by early so you don’t miss out.

KPBS is located at the corner of Campanile Drive and Lindo Paseo. Campus parking for Explore SDSU Open House is free. You may park in any space marked for SDSU students or faculty/staff.

Please come and join us!

If you are unable to attend this special tour day, check back frequently at to view our upcoming scheduled tour dates. 


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Mr. SelfridgeMr. Selfridge, Final Season

Beginning Sunday, 3/24 at 10:00 p.m.

The fourth and final season of the series sees Jeremy Piven return as the flamboyant American entrepreneur who founded the famous Selfridge’s department store and the new season picks up the story in 1946. The cast includes Katherine Kelly, Amanda Abbington and Tom Goodman-Hill. Photo credit: Courtesy of (C) John Rogers/ITV Studios for MASTERPIECE


Companion Viewing:  Mr. Selfridge, S2 Marathon - Saturday, 3/27 beginning at 11:00 a.m.

GranchesterGrantchester, Season 2

Beginning Sunday, 3/27 at 9:00 p.m.

Reverend Sidney Chambers and Inspector Geordie Keating return for another round of mysteries. Together, the sensitive vicar and the hard-bitten cop make perfect crime-solving partners. James Norton and Robson Green star in a new season that focuses on matchmaking as well as murder. Photo: Courtesy of (C) Des Willie/Lovely Day Productions & ITV for MASTERPIECE


Companion Viewing:  Grantchester, S1 Marathon - Saturday, 3/26 at 8:00 p.m.



Austin City Limits | Saturdays at 12:00 a.m.

Lawrence Welk | Saturdays at 6:00 p.m.

Celtic Woman – Destiny | Thursday, 3/17 at 8:00 p.m.

Favorite Love Songs | Thursday, 3/17 at 10:00 p.m.

Great Performances: Dave Clark Five – Glad All Over | Friday, 3/18 at 9:00 p.m.

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – 50 Years and Circling | Saturday, 3/19 at 3:30 p.m.


Rick Steves Special: European Easter | Sunday, 3/27 at 10:00 a.m.


Walt Disney: American Experience | Sunday, 3/20 at 6:00 p.m.

Antiques Roadshow | Monday, 3/28 at 8:00 p.m.

Stan Lee: With Great Power | Monday, 3/28 at 10:00 p.m.

Independent Lens: An Honest Liar | Monday, 3/28 at 11:00 p.m.


Classical Stretch | Weekdays at 5:00 a.m.


San Diego’s Historic Places | Thursdays at 8:00 p.m.; New season begins 4/7

A Growing Passion | Thursdays at 8:30 p.m; New season begins 4/7

Crossing South | Saturdays at 4:30 p.m.; New season begins 4/7

KPBS Spectrum | Saturdays at 5:30 p.m.

Ken Kramer’s About San Diego | Sundays at 11:30 a.m.

California’s Gold | Sundays at 4:00 p.m.

Explore San Diego Pledge Special | Thursday, 3/24 at 8:00 p.m.

West of the West: Tales from California’s Channel Islands | Thursday, 3/31 at 8:00 p.m.


Charlie Rose | Weeknights at 12:00 a.m.

Tavis Smiley | Weeknights at 1:00 a.m.

KPBS Evening Edition | Weeknights at 5:00 p.m.; Encore, Weeknights at 6:30 p.m.

Nightly Business Report | Weeknights at 5:30 p.m.

BBC World News | Weeknights at 6:00 p.m.

PBS NewsHour | Weeknights at 7:00 p.m.

Washington Week | Fridays at 8:00 p.m.; Encore, Sundays at 10:00 a.m.

KPBS Roundtable | Fridays at 8:30pm; Encore, Sundays at 10:30 a.m.

PBS NewsHour Weekend | Saturdays & Sundays at 5:00 p.m.

Charlie Rose: The Week | Sundays at 11:00 a.m.

FRONTLINE | Tuesday, 3/29 at 10:00 p.m.


Nature | Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m.

NOVA | Wednesdays at 9:00 p.m.

SciTech Now | Sundays at 5:30 p.m.

Ted Talks: Science and Wonder | Wednesday, 3/30 at 10:00 p.m.


Loretta Lynn: American Masters | Tuesday, 3/29 at 8:00 p.m.

The Story of Women and Art | Tuesday, 3/29 at 11:00 p.m.




Questions or comments? Please contact:   

Michelle Mucha at or (619) 594-0915

Nereida Martinez at or (619) 594-2028 

Caitlin Bergin at or (619) 594-6731

Vien Nguyen at or (619) 594-0851 

Alex Kim at or (619) 594-7822

Trina Hester at or (619) 594-2104


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