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This week on "This American Life"... In the summer of 1951, two baby girls were switched at birth in a Wisconsin hospital. One of the mothers realized what had happened, but instead of correcting the mistake, she kept quiet. Until one day, more than 40 years later, when she decided to tell both daughters the truth. How her choice changed two families' lives…and how it didn't.

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When we want to know something, we ask questions, but what happens when a question doesn't have a clear answer? Host Guy Raz explores the spirit of inquiry and the paths it leads us down.

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California missed one of its two annual Oroville Dam inspections last year. It has one field engineer for every 57 dams it must inspect. And there’s a potential conflict of interest in how the state inspects dams. Yet its program draws praise.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler.

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The North Bay’s Highway 37 is one of the Bay Area’s many roadways that’s been plagued by flooding during this winter’s very wet season. But a recent U.C. Davis study suggests sea level rise is also playing a major factor in the highway’s flooding and transit agencies are taking note. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi has more.

    

School Start Times Could Push Back to 8:30 A.M.

Feb 20, 2017
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ALSO: Democratic state lawmakers have introduced a bill to create a single-payer health care system for all Californians, including immigrants living in the state illegally.

Today's reporting by Daniel Potter and Chris Nichols.

Across the country, thousands of public schools are within 500 feet of pollution-choked roads like highways and truck routes. Next time on Reveal, we investigate the high levels of exhaust surrounding U.S. schools and how the bad air is affecting the millions of children who are breathing it in.  

Reveal is the Peabody Award-winning investigative journalism program for public radio from The Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX.  

Mexican Senators Meet With California Dreamers

Feb 17, 2017
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ALSO: Winter rain and flooding in California has meant heavy erosion off hillsides and into the state’s waterways. Ecologically, that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

Today's reporting by Sally Schilling and Amy Quinton.

An informational meeting about the expanding business of agri-tourism drew an intensely interested cross section of farmers, promoters and others to the Petaluma Community Center yesterday. 

Tim Zahner, Chief Marketing Officer for the Sonoma County Tourism office, says that the agricultural and culinary diversity of Sonoma County is one of the area’s greatest attractions.

Nancy Fiddler sees expanding operations to bring more visitors to her Rollin’ F Ranch near Sebastopol as a critical step to maintain her business viability.

California's State-Run Retirement Program Imperiled By House Vote

Feb 16, 2017
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ALSO: Nearly a hundred workers are part of a 24/7 crew assigned to the emergency Lake Oroville spillway repair project. 

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Randol White.

The records made by the Beatles have sold millions of copies, and their songs have been heard exponentially more often. Yet there are details and surprises within that familiar music that can be revealed through careful deconstruction.

Producer George Martin not only supported the Beatles' studio experimentation, says Scott Freiman, he sometimes had a hand in the innovations himself.

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  ALSO: The Trump administration has approved emergency aid for California to help the state respond to the Oroville Dam situation and last month's heavy storms.

Today's reporting by Randol White and Ben Adler.

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