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Thursday, May 22, 2014 Permalink

Insight: Capitol Chat / Accessing VA Benefits / Kushman in Italy / Sound Advice: BDJ

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Eric Risberg / AP



It’s budget season in California’s Capitol. Governor Brown staked out his position for negotiations earlier in the month and now the leading party in the senate and assembly is staking out its position. Capital Public Radio’s Capitol Bureau Chief Ben Adler explains what the governor and the Democrats are hoping to achieve and what each side might have to give up in the negotiations. Plus, he’ll preview some of the statewide office races that voters will be deciding in this June’s primary election.  

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The Department of Veteran Affairs has been in the news lately for some unflattering revelations about wait times in the Phoenix office. The VA provides healthcare and social services for tens of thousands of veterans across the US, and for the first time in history they are serving five generations of vets. Veterans from each generation vary in age, health issue, communication style, and cultural approach toward seeking care from the VA.

According to Admiral Mike Mullen’s January talk at the Sacramento Speaker Series, as many as 50 percent of vets do not seek services and benefits available to them. We will talk with the Medical Center Director of the VA Northern California Healthcare System about the issues surrounding access for veterans, the generational differences between WWII and Vietnam and Afghanistan veterans, and what innovative approaches the VA can take to provide care that private healthcare systems don’t offer.

Capital Public Radio’s resident wine expert Rick Kushman is in Italy this week touring the country’s best sparkling wine region: Franciacorta. He joins us from the North Italian region to explain how the looming Alps create ideal conditions for the type of bubbly wines that rival France’s Champagne.  

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Nick Brunner, the host of Capital Public Radio’s Blue Dog Jam, joins us with some of the latest releases from contemporary rock groups, local bands, and artists heard on NPR.

  • World Peace Is None Of Your Business, Morrissey, World Peace Is None Of Your Business
  • Route 30, Jolie Holland, Wine Dark Sea
  • Sheperd, Woods, Withi Light and with Love
  • Stephanie Says, Tele Novella, I Saved Latin! A Tribute To Wes Anderson
  • Fear & Loathing (feat. Stevie Nader), DLRN, Neon Noir (EP)

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