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Friday, January 10, 2014 Permalink

Insight: Flu Update / 50th Anniversary of the "War On Poverty" / Cap Chat / Operation Sierra Storm




Flu Update There have been four deaths related to flu in Sacramento County this year. We talk with an infectious disease specialist with Kaiser about this year’s influenza strain and why it’s not too late to get a flu shot.

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War On Poverty In the 50 years since Pres. Lyndon B. Johnson declared “an unconditional war on poverty,” the United States has gained ground in some areas of the fight and lost in others. Income disparity between rich and poor Americans has increased, while programs like food stamps and unemployment insurance have made a huge difference in reducing poverty rates.

One of the initiatives signed by Johnson during his presidency is the School Breakfast Program. While it isn’t responsible for decreases in poverty, it has successfully fed hungry children and increased learning in poor areas of America. Joining us with an evaluation of the School Breakfast Program is Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Iowa David Frisvold, who is speaking at a UC Davis “War on Poverty” conference Thursday.

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Cap Chat Sacramento Bee columnist Dan Walters joins us to talk about California’s “wall of debt” and how Gov. Jerry Brown’s current budget proposal deals with it.

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Operation Sierra Storm Polar Vortex, Monsoonal Flow, and Pineapple Express. Chances are you’ve heard a television meteorologist use at least one of these strange names for weather patterns. But who comes up with these names and why are they so weird? To answer these questions, Capital Public Radio’s Sierra Reporter Ky Plaskon dropped in on a national weather conference currently underway in South Lake Tahoe. Operation Sierra Storm runs through Saturday and features leading scientists and broadcast meteorologists from around the country.

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