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Posted inEnvironmentFood for 9 Billion

Higher temperatures bring new struggles in Calif. wine country

Bing cherries are harvested from Jeff Colombini’s orchard in Lodi, where a shorter chilling season has resulted in many stunted, half-grown blossoms.Serene Fang/Center for Investigative Reporting Listen to KQED’s audio report: Farmers have always been gamblers, long accustomed to betting on the probabilities of the weather. But for the Napa Valley, where the temperatures have […]

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Video: Salt in the Fields

California’s water wars have shaped the course of the state’s economy and demography for more than a century. For farmers on the west side of the Central Valley, long dependent on federal and state water projects, climate change is introducing another factor into the water equation: salt. TRANSCRIPT: Reporter Mark Schapiro: Near Westley, California, the almond […]

Posted inAccountability

Women & War: 6. Under attack in Ghaziabad

After an unexpected stop at a remote compound, the soldiers are caught in a firefight with insurgents. Mark Schapiro talks by Skype with journalist Mimi Wells on assignment for CIR in Kunar Province, Afghanistan. Chapter 1 | Chapter 2 | Chapter 3 | Chapter 4 | Chapter 5 TRANSCRIPT: Mark Schapiro: Nice to see you again, Mimi. You e-mailed us recently that you were in a firefight […]

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Women & War: 5. Delivering water filters

Afghan women learn to use a water filter and share some opinions about the upcoming departure of Americans troops from Afghanistan. Mark Schapiro talks by Skype with journalist Mimi Wells on assignment for CIR in Kunar Province, Afghanistan. Chapter 1 | Chapter 2 | Chapter 3 | Chapter 4 |  Chapter 6 Transcript: Mark Schapiro: So, it’s very nice to see you again, Mimi. We’ve been reading […]

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Women & War: 4. The girls school

Lt. Lauren Luckey overcomes obstacles to visit a girls school in the Afghan village of Nari, but the mission brings risks as well as rewards. Mark Schapiro talks by Skype with journalist Mimi Wells on assignment for CIR in Kunar Province, Afghanistan. Chapter 1 | Chapter 2 | Chapter 3 | Chapter 5 | Chapter 6 TRANSCRIPT: Mark Schapiro: So it’s nice to see you again, […]

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Journalist discusses embed with female soldiers in ‘Notes from the Field’

Multimedia journalist Mimi Wells talks with CIR reporter Mark Schapiro during a video interview from Afghanistan. Three years ago, the Marine Corps added a new component to its military strategy in Afghanistan – to engage Afghan women, thought to be a key influence on their husbands’ and sons’ willingness to cooperate with the Taliban. As […]

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Women & War: 3. Outside the wire

In Ghaziabad, outside the protection of an American base, Lt. Lauren Luckey’s commander, Lt. Col. Dan Wilson, tries to build relationships with Afghans amid violent clashes with insurgents. Mark Schapiro talks by Skype with journalist Mimi Wells on assignment for CIR in Kunar Province, Afghanistan. Chapter 1 | Chapter 2 | Chapter 4 | Chapter 5 | Chapter 6 TRANSCRIPT Mark Schapiro: Nice to see you […]

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Women & War: 2. Lt. Lauren Luckey

At 23 years old, Lt. Lauren Luckey is the leader and sole member of the 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment’s female engagement team. Mark Schapiro talks by Skype with journalist Mimi Wells on assignment for CIR in Kunar Province, Afghanistan. Chapter 1 | Chapter 3 | Chapter 4 | Chapter 5 | Chapter 6 TRANSCRIPT Mark Schapiro: Last time we talked with you, Mimi, you were […]