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Wednesday, September 10, 2014 Permalink

Insight: Domestic Violence National Discussion / Green Valley's Quake Water / Kushman By the Bottle / Lois Ann Abraham

Eric Risberg / AP

Eric Risberg / AP



Football star Ray Rice's domestic violence indictment and ensuing NFL punishment have sparked a national debate about spousal abuse. Joining us to explain what everyone can learn from this new discussion about domestic violence is Director of Development & Community Relations at Women Escaping a Violent Environment (WEAVE) Julie Bornhoeft.

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The Solano County community of Green Valley will begin using water that wasn’t available before the Napa earthquake last month. The city of Vallejo, which manages the Green Valley Water Treatment Plant, received confirmation Tuesday afternoon that the water released by the Napa earthquake is safe to drink.

U.S. Geological Survey geologist Tom Holzer joins us to explain why this is happening and the assistant public works director for water in the City of Vallejo, Franz J. Nestlerode, joins us to explain how the new water will help the community of Green Valley cope with the drought.



In the next installment of Kushman by the Bottle, Capital Public Radio’s resident wine expert Rick Kushmanjoins us to explain how the Napa earthquake this past August affected the wine industry there. 

Rick's Picks:

In the spirit of the Farm-to-Fork celebration, here are a handful of wines from small local wineries and local vineyards around Sacramento in every direction. I just used them at my monthly Kushman on Wine & Food event at 33rd St. Bistro and people loved them. They’re just a few of the many terrific wines grown and made this region.


  • Clarksburg Wine Co., 2010 Chenin Blanc, Clarksburg
  • Revolution Wines, 2013 St. Rey Chenin Blanc
  • Cabana Wines, 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, Lodi
  • Uphill Vineyards, 2010 Tempranillo, Amador County
  • Route 3 Wines, 2011 Syrah-Viognier, Dunnigan Hills
  • Putah Creek Winery, 2011 Ransom Red (Sangiovese/Syrah blend), Solano County
  • Sundstrom Hill Winery, 2012 Walker Ranch Zinfandel, El Dorado County


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Grapes fall into a bin with dry ice on the first day of harvest at Saintsbury winery Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, in Napa, Calif. The winery began its harvest four days late after sustaining earthquake damage on Sunday. The winery also lost half its library of wines. Eric Risberg / AP

Lois Ann Abraham's compilation of short stories, Circus Girl & Other Storiesdetails the stories of women as they find purpose in life and discover their own identities. These women are seeking to make sense of life and find themselves on the road marked by self-examination. Lois Ann's stories have been featured in SojournerChico News & ReviewWriting on the Edgeinside englishBurning the Little Candle, and Convergences. Abraham can be seen and heard reading an excerpt from her book at Stories on Stage in Davis on Sept. 13.


  • A Conversation About Domestic Violence

    The recent case involving Ray Rice has sparked a national conversation about domestic violence.

  • Eric Risberg / AP

    Officials Explain Efforts To Capture Quake Water In Solano County

    The recent Napa earthquake forced torrents of groundwater to the surface, filling dry creek beds and parched streams in the region.

  • Eric Risberg / AP

    Kushman By The Bottle: Napa Earthquake And Wineries

    Rick Kushman details the losses to Napa wineries in the wake of last month's earthquake.

  • Lois Ann Abraham's 'Circus Girl & Other Stories'

    English Professor Lois Ann Abraham speaks about her new book, "Circus Girl and Other Stories."

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