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Monday, September 9, 2013 Permalink

Insight: Expanding Midwifery / "The Pink Room" / Sacramento Comedy Festival / Indian Raga & American Jazz Fushion

Expanding Midwifery Homebirths were the norm before modern medicine. Now, a bill in the California legislature could help make homebirths more of a norm again. Assembly Bill 1308 would expand licensed midwives' rights to perform homebirths in California. And as this year's legislative session grinds to a close, the bill is facing life or death as it's contended in the state senate by opponents who say the legislation will endanger expecting mothers who run into complications during childbirth. To find out more about the battle in the legislature -and the pros and cons of homebirths - we're speaking with a midwife and a member of American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists about the bill and the potential expansion of midwifery.
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"The Pink Room" An award-winning documentary on sex trafficking in Cambodia by two Placer County residents is airing on KVIE, the PBS affiliate in Sacramento. First-time filmmakers Joel Sandvos and Janey Shugart explore the effects of sex trafficking through the story of one girl in "The Pink Room." We spoke with Sandvos and Shugart about the film before it aired at a local film festival in April. This segment originally aired April 23, 2012.
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The Pink Room Official Trailer from The Pink Room Documentary on Vimeo.

Sacramento Comedy Festival The Sacramento Comedy scene is hot right now - the city was recently ranked ninth funniest city in the nation - and the heat will continue to rise this weekend when the Sacramento Comedy Festival kicks off. Featuring improv, podcast recordings and a stand-up comedy contest, this year's festival runs for eight days at the Sacramento Comedy Spot in Midtown Sacramento.
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Indian Raga & American Jazz Fushion You wouldn't really expect to find Stan Getz and Ravi Shankar playing together on the same song. But fusing American jazz and Indian raga styles is what saxophonist George Brooks is all about. The Bay Area musician is teaming up with Uzbeki doyra player Abbos Kosimov and Indian vocalist Pandit Binay Pathak for a concert this Saturday at the Harris Center for the Arts in Folsom. The show is sponsored by Sacramento area non-profit SAHANA, which seeks to preserve South Asian Heritage from the sub-continent of India. Kosimov and Pathak join us for a performance in our studio, and Brooks joins us by phone from Berkeley.
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