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On Valley Edition: Kettleman City; Porterville Beatings; Trees In Paradise


This week we take a look at the issues of waste in Kettleman City, abuse in a Tulare County developmental center, how trees illustrate California immigration patterns and more.

Starting the program Valley Public Radio Reporter Rebecca Plevin reports on one Kettleman City woman’s “hate-hate” relationship with the city’s water, which contains unsafe amounts of naturally occurring arsenic.

Also in the program, Valley Edition Host Joe Moore interviews Center for Investigative Reporting reporter Ryan Gabrielson about his work on a beating at the Porterville Development Center that has gone unpunished after years of delay.

Later in the program, Moore speaks with Jared Farmer about his book Trees in Paradise: A California History. The book explores California’s culture through four trees:  redwood, eucalyptus, orange, and palm.

Ezra David Romero is an award-winning radio reporter and producer. His stories have run on Morning Edition, Morning Edition Saturday, Morning Edition Sunday, All Things Considered, Here & Now, The Salt, Latino USA, KQED, KALW, Harvest Public Radio, etc.
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