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As California’s Wildfires Get Worse, Domestic Workers Fight For Protection

I n October 2019, a stretch of dry weather and strong winds sparked dozens of wildfires across California, killing three people and destroying hundreds of homes. For the low-wage immigrants who work in those homes, fire season brings its own dangers.

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On this edition of Your Call, we’re joined by Wil Baptiste and Kev Marcus, the incredible classically trained musicians who’ve infused hip hop and classical music to form Black Violin.

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Sights and Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene through the eyes and ears of local artists. This week, host Jenee Darden sits down with Melissa Jones, lead singer of the local band No Lovely Thing, to talk about three arts events happening around the Bay Area this weekend.

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Measure K aims to protect open space, parks, and water in Napa County. To do this, the measure would impose a quarter-cent sales tax, expected to bring in $9 million annually for the next 15 years. It would be spent on things like maintaining hiking trails in both county and city parks, restoring watersheds, and managing vegetation to prevent wildfire risk.

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In October 2019, a stretch of dry weather and strong winds sparked dozens of wildfires across California, killing three people and destroying hundreds of homes. For the low-wage immigrants who work in those homes, fire season brings its own dangers.

California’s wildfires are getting worse and workers’ rights advocates say immigrant workers are cleaning up after them. Then, a dancer tells the story of a woman’s rise to empress in 17th Century India.

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In 1611, Nur Jahan was 34, widowed, and a single mother when she married the Mughal emperor. She rose to power in India, but years later story faded from people’s memories. Farah Yasmeen Shaikh is telling her legacy in the show "The Forgotten Empress."

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Japan is asking all elementary, junior high and senior high schools to close after this week and not reopen until after their spring break ends in April, in a bid to protect children from COVID-19.

Announcing the move, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he is "putting health and safety of children first above all."

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