Over the weekend, an extremist group called “Boko Haram” claimed responsibility for the kidnapping of more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls. Citizens had taken to social media to reach out to the world for help in the rescue of these girls. Meanwhile, suicide bombings in the Nigerian capital killed dozens of people – all of this great concern for some northern Californians including our two guests: Dr. Ernest Uwazie, Director of the African Center for Peace and Conflict Resolution at CSUS and Diamond Longjel, whose family members were in the capital city at the time of the bombings.
In this Monday April 21, 2014 file photo, four female students of government secondary school Chibok, who were abducted by gunmen and reunited with their families walk in Chibok, Nigeria. The number of kidnapped schoolgirls missing in Nigeria has risen to 276, up by more than 30 from a previous estimate, police said, adding that the actual number abducted by Islamic extremists on April 14 was more than 300. Police Commissioner Tanko Lawan said the number of girls and young women who have escaped also has risen, to 53. (Haruna Umar, File / AP)
The Amgen Tour of California is returning to Sacramento after a two-year absence and bringing international attention to the region once again. Sunday’s 120 mile race through the valley and foothills takes cyclists past Woodland and through Auburn before dropping them back into downtown Sacramento. Joining us for this week’s News Network to talk about how the race is being received in their communities are Gus Thomson of the Auburn Journal and Jim Smith of the Daily Democrat.
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Taking care of a parent or a spouse with dementia is a labor of love, but it’s a full-time labor of love, and sometimes you need help. That’s why daytime care programs for people with dementia exist, to not only give breaks to caregivers, but to help person who has dementia. In the lead up to the airing of Capital Public Radio’s latest documentary “Who Cares,” Insight is focusing on different aspects of caregiving. In Tuesday’s show we’re speaking with Linda Masuda, who cares for her mother, and Rick Rayburn, who cars for his wife. Both caregivers take advantage of adult day programs to lighten the burden of helping their loved ones. The documentary “Who Cares” airs Friday morning at 9:00 in place of Insight.
Davis-based mystery novelist Catriona McPherson is back with a new stand-alone mystery novel, “The Day She Died.” It comes out May 8 and she’ll be speaking about it Friday, May 9th at the Avid Reader in Davis. McPherson is best-known for her mystery series starring Dandy Gilver. The latest book in that series – “As She Left It” - was recently nominated for an award from Left Coast Crime, Monterey, and she recently found out that it's a finalist in the ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year category for mysteries, too. We’ll talk with McPherson about her work.