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KPBS Apr 24, 2018  | San Diego, CA


MAY / JUNE 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!

• Linda Adams • Mary Alice & Ron Brady • Edward Amrick • Joe & Sharon Wong • Ray Cooke •

 • Antonia De Jerez • Kathy & Daniel Denno • Roger Enrico • Susan M. Erickson •

• James Euphrat & Kemi Williams • Judith Faitek • Harold & Edie Greenberg • Matthew Hager •

• Andrew W. Kennedy • William Hixson • Art Kliatchko • Judith Knowles • Kevin & Scott Knox •

• Rick Layon • Markwel Fund at the San Diego Foundation • Delano & Gayle Lewis • Mark Linsky •

• Barbara Lloyd • Robert & Elizabeth Mallon Foundation, Inc. • George & Barbara Mau •

• Mary Ann Neis • Mary & James Nierman • M. Roena Oesting • Marsha Owens •

• Carol Randolph & Robert Caplan • Paul & Lauren Scott • Charlene Seidle • Linda Shaw •

• Karen & Richard Stewart • Joan Woodland & Frank Sutton • Susan & Larry Twomney •

• N.B. Varlotta • Janet Wahl • Scott Winterbottom • Julian Wong • Sandra & Robert Younger •

Note: If you don’t see your name on this list and you joined the Producers Club between February 22 - April 18, please contact Nereida Martinez at (619) 594-2028 or to be featured in the next issue of the PC Post.

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KPBS to Host Live U.S. Senate DebateCA-Counts-web-banner

KPBS, as part of the multi-station California Counts election collaborative, will host a one-hour live debate on Tuesday, May 10, with the top five candidates running to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer. The 7:00 p.m. debate will air on KPBS TV and KPBS 89.5 FM and stream on

The candidates confirmed to appear are California Attorney General Kamala Harris and U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez, both Democrats; George “Duf” Sundheim and Tom Del Beccaro, both former heads of the California Republican Party; and Republican entrepreneur Ron Unz. The debate will be held the day after mail-in ballots for the June 7 primary are sent to voters. 

The debate, moderated by KPBS Investigative Reporter Amita Sharma, will be held before a studio audience made up largely of San Diego State University students. The debate panelists will be Scott Shafer, senior editor for KQED’s California Politics and Government Desk; Mary Plummer, senior politics reporter for KPCC; Linnea Edmeier, managing editor for Capital Public Radio; and Marco Serrano, reporter for Univision San Diego.

KPBS will make the debate available to all public and commercial media organizations in California. KQED, Capital Public Radio, KPCC and KCET in Los Angeles are expected to carry the debate live.

Debate organizers are encouraging the public to engage on social media before, during, and after the debate using #CAcounts.

As part of its election coverage, KPBS will provide special programming on June 7 live from Golden Hall. Two 30-minute election night specials are planned from Golden Hall and will be broadcast on KPBS TV and KPBS 89.5 FM. In addition, KPBS will deploy its new live truck to provide updates throughout the evening.

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Vien Nguyen, Serving Seniors PhotoKPBS’s very own, P. Vien Nguyen, gets recognized for giving back!

She has been a volunteer with Serving Seniors for just a small chunk of her adult life, but the inspiration for P. Vien Nguyen’s investment in the well-being of San Diego’s low-income seniors goes back a ways. For the daughter of Vietnamese immigrants, those roots stretch back to before she was born.

“My parents survived a war when a lot of other people didn’t, so the main value they taught me was gratitude,” said the 31-year-old Nguyen, who lives in Mira Mesa. “We didn’t have a lot growing up, but my parents always said that we had enough, and you should have compassion for people who don’t. That’s probably the reason I like volunteer work so much. That was something my parents instilled in me.”

The Serving Seniors call came through her television, courtesy of a public service ad she saw on New Year’s Eve of 2011. Serving Seniors’ programs include affordable meals and meal delivery, health and wellness services, educational and social activities, and affordable-housing options.

“It’s a population that doesn’t get a lot of attention, and the poverty issue really hit home with me,” Nguyen said during an interview at Serving Seniors’ Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center, a bright downtown facility that serves breakfast and lunch Monday through Saturday and brunch on Sunday, 365 days a year.

She started volunteering in 2012 with lunch duty at the Gary and Mary West center, where the senior guests are served at their tables, and volunteers always receive a round of applause for their efforts. She became a full-fledged member of the Serving Seniors board of directors last July.

“Vien brings a youthful passion for working with older adults. That is something that is special and something we need more of as an organization and as a society,” said Paul Downey, Serving Seniors’ president and CEO. “Getting younger people to understand the issues of aging and bringing some of that spirit to volunteerism is important, and Vien embodies all of that.”

Whatever Nguyen is saying, it’s working. Probably because her Serving Seniors pitch isn’t a pitch, it’s a passion.

Story written by Karla Peterson at the SD Union Tribune. Read the full story here

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Woody Guthrie's American SongWoody Guthrie’s American Song by Intrepid Theatre  

Horton Grand Theatre

Thursday, May 26, 2016

7:30 p.m. Performance

Cost and additional details to be determined

Bound for Glory, Nine Hundred Miles, This Land Is Your Land. We all know them and we’ve sung them – songs about the open road, fighting for one’s rights, and the beauty of nature. Now meet the man that brought them all to life. As he looked for work and his next meal, Woody sang the stories of a whole nation determined to survive the Great Depression. Pull up a chair and join us in discovering and celebrating the great American who gave our country its voice. – from the

Please check back at for more information and to purchase tickets. Space is limited and RSVP required. 



For a complete listing of Producers Club events, visit Club events fill up quickly, so RSVP today!

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Man with DogEstate Planning 101® - Free, Four Day Seminar Series

You know that planning for retirement is important, but did you know that having an estate plan is just as important to your quality of life?

Estate Planning 101®, co-sponsored by KPBS, is a free, four day seminar series that will give you a deeper understanding of a wide range of estate planning and estate administration issues.  Its mission is to empower you to take charge of your future, and to help you make the best decisions for you and your loved ones.  You will learn how various estate planning documents (such as wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and advance health care directives) work together to effectuate your wishes before and after death.  

Held at KPBS Shiley Studio, Estate Planning 101® is taught by Marguerite Lorenz, an experienced, licensed fiduciary and will cover the following subjects:

Session 1 – Tuesday, July 12, 2016 from 9 AM to 12:30 PM

  • Your Quality of Life
  • Advanced Health Care Directives, Durable Powers of Attorney, and Conservatorships

Session 2 – Thursday, July 14, 2016 from 9 AM to 12:30 PM

  • Estate Planning Basics
  • Advanced Estate Planning

Session 3 – Tuesday, July 19, 2016 from 9 AM to 12:30 PM

  • Charitable Giving and the Benefits
  • Transferring the Wealth

Session 4 – Thursday, July 21, 2016 from 9 AM to 12:30 PM

  • Serving as Trustee
  • It's Your Life and Your Plan

This seminar will also feature additional estate planning professionals. Written materials and parking will be provided. Registration is required and we ask that you attend each session.

Estate Planning 101® will also take place in June at the Salvation Army (Clairemont Mesa), and in August at California State University San Marcos.  To register for any location or learn more, please go to or call (888) 701-1954.  Spaces are limited and fill up quickly.  Your information will not be used for any sales purposes.

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KPBS Joan and Irwin Jacobs NewscenterBehind-the-Scenes Group Tours of KPBS!

Interested in touring KPBS? Join us for a behind-the-scenes tour where you will meet our on-air hosts, reporters, and journalists, get a sneak peek of the radio studios where KPBS Morning Edition and The Roundtable are produced, and visit the KPBS Evening Edition set.

Guests are welcome! Bring your book club, garden club, or co-workers for a special hour and a half outing to see our renovated Joan & Irwin Jacobs News Center and studios.


Upcoming Behind-the-Scenes Tour Dates: 

  • Friday, May 20, 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.
  • Friday, June 10, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
  • Friday, July 15, 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.

Can’t make it at these times? Let us know your preferred date and time and we will accommodate to the best of our abilities.

Please contact us at to reserve your spot.

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WallanderWallander on Masterpiece – Season Four 

Beginning Sunday, 5/8 at 9:00 p.m.

Kenneth Branagh returns as Inspector Kurt Wallander in the Swedish sleuth's farewell episodes, bringing the beloved, Emmy nominated series to a poignant end. Branagh gives a heartbreaking performance of a gritty cop starting to lose his grip. Photo Credit: (C) Casy Crafford/Left Bank Pictures (Television) Limited/Yellow Bird 2015


Mr. Selfridge on Masterpiece – Series Finale

Sunday, 5/22 at 10:30 p.m.

Peace OfficerIndependent Lens: Peace Officer

Monday, 5/9 at 9:00 p.m.

Explore the increasingly militarized state of American police as told through the story of William “Dub” Lawrence, a former sheriff who established and trained Utah’s first SWAT team only to see that same unit kill his son-in-law in a controversial standoff 30 years later.  Photo Credit: Brad Barber


Armor of LightIndependent Lens: The Armor of Light 

Tuesday, 5/10 at 8:00 p.m.

Two Christians — an Evangelical anti-abortion activist and an African-American mother whose son was murdered — find common ground in the fight against a rising tide of gun violence.  Photo Credit: Jeff Hutchens





Genealogy Roadshow – New SeasonGenealogy Roadshow

Beginning Tuesday, 5/17 at 8:00 p.m.

Follow a diverse cast of participants, from six American cities, on an emotional journey that uses history and science to uncover their fascinating family stories. Photo Credit: Roberto Valladares








Stephen Hawking

Genius by Stephen Hawking – New Series

Beginning Wednesday, 5/18 at 9:00 p.m.

In each of six episodes, renowned scientist Stephen Hawking presents three ordinary people with a series of physical and mental challenges to show them how to think like a genius. Photo Credit: Bigger Bang





National Memorial Day ConcertNational Memorial Day Concert

Sunday, 5/29 at 8:00 p.m.

Join co-hosts Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna for the 27th broadcast of this night of remembrance honoring the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform, their families at home, and all those who have given their lives for our country. The National Memorial Day Concert airs live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol before an audience of hundreds of thousands, millions at home, and to our troops around the world via American Forces Network. Photo Credit: Capital Concerts





Great Performances: Andrea Bocelli – Cinema | Saturday, 5/7 at 9:00 p.m.

Jazz | Sundays at 12:00 p.m. beginning 5/8

Soundstage | Sundays at 12:00 a.m. beginning 5/8

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Friends | Saturday, 5/14 at 9:00 p.m.

Time For Three in Concert | Sunday, 5/15 at 11:30 p.m.

Fake or Fortune | Mondays at 10:00 p.m. beginning 5/16

Great Performances at the Met | Sunday, 5/29 at 12:00 p.m.

Austin City Limits | Sundays at 1:00 a.m.

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


Lucky Chow | Saturdays at 3:00 p.m. beginning 5/14

Hidden Legacy: Japanese Traditional Performing Arts in the WWII Internment Camps | Tuesday, 5/17 at 11:00 p.m.

Pacific Heartbeat: Splinters | Monday, 5/30 at 11:00 p.m.


Wallander on MASTERPIECE | Sundays at 9:00 p.m. beginning 5/8

Miss Marple | Sundays at 6:00 p.m. beginning 5/8

Inside Mercy Street | Saturday, 5/14 at 11:30 a.m. & 10:30 p.m.

Mr. Selfridge on MASTERPIECE | Sundays at 10:00 p.m. through 5/22

Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries | Sunday, 5/29 at 11:00 p.m.

Shetland | Thursdays at 10:00 p.m.

Death in Paradise | Fridays at 9:00 p.m.

Luther | Fridays at 10:00 p.m.

Scott & Bailey | Fridays at 11:00 p.m.

Keeping Up Appearances | Saturdays at 7:00 p.m.

Vicious | Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.

Father Brown | Saturdays at 8:00 p.m.

Call the Midwife | Sundays at 8:00 p.m.


Nazi Mega Weapons |Wednesday, 5/11 at 10:00 p.m.

Treblinka’s Last Witness | Wednesday, 5/11 at 11:00 p.m.

Genealogy Roadshow – New Season | Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m. beginning 5/17

Heroes on Deck: World War II on Lake Michigan | Tuesday, 5/24 at 11:00 p.m.

Highwaymen: American Masters | Tuesday, 5/31 at 9:00 p.m.

Antiques Roadshow | Mondays at 8:00 & 9:00 p.m.


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

This Old House | Saturdays at 12:00 p.m.

Ask This Old House | Saturdays at 12:30 p.m.

Simply Ming | Saturdays at 1:00 p.m.

Joanne Wier Gets Fresh II | Saturdays at 1:30 p.m.

America’s Test Kitchen | Saturdays at 2:00 p.m.

Martha Bakes | Saturdays at 2:30 p.m.

A Growing Passion | Saturdays at 3:30 p.m., Sundays at 5:30 a.m.

Rick Steves Europe | Saturdays at 4:00 p.m.

Crossing South | Saturdays at 4:30 p.m.

Globe Trekker – New Season | Saturdays at 11:00 p.m.

P. Allen Smith – Garden Home | Sundays at 5:00 a.m.


California Senate Debate – Live from the KPBS Studio | Tuesday, 5/10 at 7:00 p.m.

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

San Diego’s Historic Places | Thursdays at 8:00 p.m.

A Growing Passion | Thursdays at 8:30 p.m.

Savor San Diego | Thursdays at 9:30 p.m.

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

Crossing South | Saturdays at 4:30 p.m.

FILM INDIEGO | Saturdays at 5:30 p.m.

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


San Diego’s Historic Places: WWII in SD | Thursday, 5/12 at 8:00 p.m.

San Diego’s Historic Places: The Military in San Diego | Thursday, 5/19 at 8:00 p.m.

Sands of War | Sunday, 5/29 at 3:30 p.m.

National Memorial Day Concert 2016 | Sunday, 5/29 at 8:00 p.m.

Ted Talks: War and Peace | Monday, 5/30 at 9:00 p.m.

POV: Of Men and War | Monday, 5/30 at 11:00 p.m.


Independent Lens: Peace Officer + Town Hall Discussion | Monday, 5/9 at 9:00 p.m.

Independent Lens: The Armor of Light + Town Hall Discussion | Tuesday, 5/10 at 8:00 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.

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

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

FRONTLINE | Tuesdays at 10:00 p.m.

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

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

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

Point Taken | Sundays at 11:30 a.m.


Genius by Stephen Hawking | Wednesdays at 9:00 & 10:00 p.m. beginning 5/18

Secrets of the Dead | Tuesday 5/17 and 5/24 at 9:00 p.m.

Shelter Me: Hearts and Paws | Wednesday, 5/25 at 8:00 p.m.

Nature | Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m.

NOVA | Wednesdays at 9:00 p.m.

Super Skyscrapers | Wednesdays at 11:00 p.m.

SciTech Now | Sundays at 5:30 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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KPBS is a public service of San Diego State University.