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An Icy Solution to the Mystery of the Slithering Stones

A century ago, miners working in California's Death Valley reported seeing boulders on the desert floor with long trails behind them -- as if the stones had been pushed across the sand. But, despite 60 years of trying, no one ever saw what moved them. Now scientists think they have the answer.

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The California ReportThe California Report

Nicholas George looks at a buckled highway just outside Napa.

What Scientists Are Learning From the South Napa Earthquake

Last weekend's 6.0-magnitude earthquake, centered at the southern edge of Napa, was the strongest to strike the Bay Area since the Loma Prieta quake of 1989. Scientists are in the area studying what happened, and learning a fair bit that upends what they thought was going on in the region. We get the details from KQED Science Editor Craig Miller.

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DEA Tightens Rules for Widely Prescribed Painkiller

DEA Tightens Rules for Widely Prescribed Painkiller

Deaths from prescription drug overdoses have tripled since the late 1990s, recently prompting the Drug Enforcement Administration to tighten the rules around prescribing drugs like Vicodin, which contain the opiate hydrocodone. We'll discuss recent developments in what many are calling an epidemic of prescription drug abuse.


California Prisons Invest in Rehabilitation for "Lifers"

Until recently, prisoners serving life sentences in California had slim chances of ever getting paroled. Now, driven by court rulings that make it harder to deny parole, a record number of lifers are getting out. For the first time, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) is offering classes aimed directly at lifers to prepare them for life on the outside. Scott Shafer goes inside Solano Prison to see what the CDCR's programs have to offer.


Daily commentary from KQED listeners

Sam Christensen

A Husband and Father

The news is really depressing. Really. But when Sam Christensen is a husband and a father, the world is all sunshine.


Katie Burke slept through last weekend's Napa earthquake, but she's awake now to the lesson it taught her.

Sidewalk Menace

Jeff Braff says speedy cyclists are endangering pedestrians on the Embarcadero.