Insight: Electric Vehicles / "Songs of Willow Frost" / Prison Crowding / Sound Advice: Blue Dog Jam
Electric Vehicles As gas prices continue to rise, more people are considering electric cars as an option. These plug-in vehicles aren't cheap - the low-end average is around $28,000 - but proponents say the difference in gas and maintenance costs more than makes up for it. Today on Insight, we'll talk about the pros and cons of electric cars with Lloyd Levine, fomer California State Assemblyman and President of Filament Strategies. The third annual Plug-In Vehicle Day ride and drive event is this Sunday at the Folsom Premium Outlets.
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"Songs of Willow Frost" A new novel about a young man who set out to find a movie star he's convinced is his dead mother has just been released and the author will speak about it tonight in Sacramento. Jamie Ford, a New York Times bestselling author for "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter Sweet," has just released his second novel "Songs of Willow Frost." We'll talk with him about the book and where he draws his inspiration from. Jamie Ford will speak tonight before the Sacramento Bee Book Club at the Tskalopoulos Library Galleria in downtown Sacramento.
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Prison Crowding A new PPIC report says most Californians are concerned about the state releasing prisoners early because of a federal court order to decrease the state's prison population. Senate President Pro-tem Darrell Steinberg and Governor Jerry Brown, once at odds, have recently reached a compromise for tackling the prison issue. They are asking the federal government for an additional three-years to reduce populations through "more effective local criminal justice practices and programs." But after a panel of three federal judges granted California an extra month to ease congestion on Tuesday, critics wonder whether the federal government will give the state more time.
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Sound Advice: Blue Dog Jam Nick Brunner, the host of Capital Public Radio's Blue Dog Jam, joins us with some music from 50 Watt Heavy, King Khan & The Shrines and The Dodos. You'll also hear a track from DOOMBird recorded live at our studios.
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