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Join us weekdays 11:30 - 12:00 P.m. The Back Story is an online journal of fact (original reporting) and opinion. It is specifically intended to be an alternative to the local newspaper, where certain news items are under-reported (or not reported at all), where not all points of view make it into print, and where current economic conditions have rendered investigative reporting all but extinct. The emphasis will be on the Stanislaus County area: political, economic, social, cultural that affect those of us who live here. We are not suggesting that we are going to supplant the daily newspaper, but we ARE stating that there is a considerable gap between what happens in and around our communities and what is reported, and we propose to fill that gap. There are individuals, groups and concepts that are considered untouchable, and we think that is very unhealthy and downright dangerous to the concept of representative democracy. There’s a lot going on in our city that affects you – events and issues you need to know about. The Bee has failed us as a reliable news source. You have to look further than the Modesto Bee. Fortunately, you have a choice with news and comment by Mayor Sabatino. You can get the REAL facts about important local issues on The Back Story. Streaming to your computer @ http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thebackstory – from 11:30 to noon daily. Again – that is The Back Story – daily from 11:30 to noon. You will notice the difference. Local call-in number (209) 846-1814.

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The Back Story to every story about local politics in Modesto, brought to you each week day at 11:30 with Mayor Carmen Sabatino. Follow on Twitter: @mayorsabatino Visit us on the web: The Back Story LIVE Call in number: 209-846-1814
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Carmen Sabatino discusses local Modesto and other California news and politics with guests and callers.

Carmen and guest,activist Mike Garcia, discuss the city's plans to make an anti-gang film, police involvement in minority communities and the team of 15 "leaders" sent to DC to lobby for our stimulus funds.

Carmen Sabatino sits down with guest, former City Council member, Bruce Frohman. Bruce gives us some great info on Social Security and also talks about the county employees' loss of their medical benefits.

Carmen Sabatino and guests Martha Carlton Magana and Robert Stanford discuss "manufactured crime" and entrapment by law enforcement. They also talk about how the city is seeking $600K to make an anti-gang film and discuss... more

Carmen Sabatino discusses the decline of newspapers and his hopes and plans for the voiceofmodesto.org. He also shares some news that the Bee won't report including the sheriff's generosity with Stanislaus County resources.

Carmen Sabatino discusses Carolyn Said's Chronicle article 'Desperate homeowners easy prey for scammers' and the dangers homeowners face. He also discusses the irony in the Bee editorial 'Open government more vital than ever.'

Carmen and guest Martha Carlton Magana discuss the 34 million dollar hole in the Stanislaus County budget and come up with creative ways to fill it. Things heat up when a commenter challenges Martha’s call to cut safety (rather than... more

Carmen and guest Jim DeMartini discuss the recent Board of Supervisors and Stanislaus County Retirement Board meetings.

03/11/09 Carmen takes the show to Patterson. Broadcasting from Barbosa Video, he is joined by councilwoman Annette Smith, Colton Dennis from the Patterson Repertory Theater, photographer Elias Funez and Gordon Barbosa. Topics... more

Carmen discusses layoffs and pay cuts for Modesto Bee and Modesto City employees, the fate of newspapers, he gives some history about Kristen Olsen and the danger of using endorsements to influence your vote.

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