November 29, 2002 NPR's Richard Gonzales reports that colleges and universities are facing rough financial times. Public universities are feeling the repercussions from state budget deficits, and some private schools have seen their investments dwindle. University of California regents are among many state officials considering tuition hikes. Others are looking at layoffs and larger classes. (5:00)
November 27, 2002 As the busiest travel period of the year begins, AAA predicts 40 million Americans will travel more than 50 miles from home. Hear reports from around the country by Tom Banse and NPR's Adam Hochberg and Richard Gonzales.
November 14, 2002 In the final installment in our series on California's Central Valley, NPR's Richard Gonzales reports that working conditions for farm workers have not improved much in the last 50 years. Half of the valley's farm laborers are illegal immigrants, and they work for farm labor contractors and growers who take advantage of their illegal status. The system creates vague lines of responsibility for how and whether workers are paid and who is responsible if someone gets hurt. Ultimately it creates an underclass of low-skilled workers who -- unlike immigrants in the past -- have little chance to improve their lives.
November 11, 2002 Beyond the glamour of Hollywood and the romance of the Golden Gate Bridge, there is another California -- and it's home to the greatest garden in the world. The 400-mile-long Central Valley supplies fully one-quarter of the food America eats. Now the region faces huge changes. NPR's John McChesney and Richard Gonzales begin a four-part series focusing on the future of California's Central Valley.
November 3, 2002 Democrat Tom Lantos of California is a holocaust survivor. He faces an unusual challenge from a Palestinian-born Muslim-American. NPR's Richard Gonzales reports.
October 27, 2002 Hundreds of thousands protested this weekend in the United States and around the world against a possible war in Iraq. NPR's Nancy Marshall reports on the demonstrations in Washington, D.C.; NPR's Richard Gonzales describes the scene from San Francisco; and from member station KSKA in Anchorage, Rene Gutel reports on protests in Alaska. (6:50) Read the Transcript
November 18, 1997 California's new mandate requires that playgrounds be constructed to ensure child safety. Experts say, though, that the problems with playgrounds is not so much that they're unsafe, but that children find them boring.
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