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Insight: Gray Davis on Jerry Brown / Lavender Angels / Taro Arai / Raymond Carver Biographer

Gray Davis on Jerry Brown What can Californians expect from the next Governor? Today we begin an ongoing series called "Transition of Power" with former Gov. Gray Davis. Davis was Jerry Brown's Chief of Staff the first time he was Governor of California. Over the next couple of months on Insight, Morning Edition and All Things Considered we'll examine the various aspects of the leadership change in the California Governor's office.

Lavender Angels A volunteer organization has begun patrols in Midtown Sacramento's "Lavender Heights" neighborhood. Sponsored by the Sacramento Gay and Lesbian Center and the Sacramento Midtown Business Association, the Lavender Angels provide security and safety in close cooperation with the Sacramento Police Department. We'll talk with them about why they're doing this.

Sushi Chef Master sushi chef Taro Arai is the owner of Mikuni Japanese restaurants, with various locations in Sacramento and Roseville. He recently co-authored a book about his life "Abundance: Finding the American Dream in a Japanese Kitchen." It is a combination life story/cookbook, and shares Taro's rise from poverty in Japan to success in America. We'll meet him.

Raymond Carver Biographer Carol Sklenicka, the author of the 1999 biography "Raymond Carver: A Writer's Life," is speaking at Sac State today. Raymond Carver came to Sacramento in 1964 with his wife and two kids because he had no money and that's where his parents lived. He had a hard time getting work, but eventually became a janitor at Mercy Hospital. He also audited a poetry class at Sacramento State. Sklenicka's book was called one of the 10 best of 2009 by the New York Times. We'll talk with her about it.

Carol Sklenicka speaks about Raymond Carver at 3 p.m. today at Sacramento State's University Library Gallery.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010
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