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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 @ – 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 Read more:
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On-Demand Episodes

Carmen Sabatino discusses local Modesto and other California news and politics with guests and callers.

Carmen Sabatino and guest Martha Carlton Magana discuss the Campus Verde patio fire, anti-slapsuits, the Craig Prescott case and the cutting of 6.9 million from the county's drug and mental health programs and other topics.

Carmen Sabatino discusses local Modesto and other California news and politics with guests and callers.

Carmen Sabatino discusses Mike Garcia's list of the Top Ten City Boondoggles including Village One, Diablo Grande Golf Resort, the Red Lion. Things spice up when Carmen responds to a listener's accusation that he hates the sheriff... more

Carmen Sabatino and call-in guest, community advocate Mike Garcia, discuss Monterosso Park, criticisms of the Stanislaus County D.A.'s office involving dishonest and corrupt investigators and many other topics.

Carmen discusses the possible purchase of Bee building by MJC, Sheriff Christianseon and Mayor Ridenour's relationship, the leadership commission that was sent to DC, the death of ex-deputy Craig Prescott and other topics.

Carmen Sabatino and guests Robert Stanford and Martha Carlton Magana discuss the death of jailed ex-deputy Craig Prescott, whether allocating funds to law enforcement is more effective to crime-prevention than putting it into... more

Carmen Sabatino and guest Martha Carlton Magana discuss testilying in light of a recent appellate court ruling, how authorities use fear to scare money out of people, Carmen's interview with Sheriff Christianson and other topics. Robert... more

Carmen Sabatino talks to guest, Sheriff Adam Christianson, about many topics we've discussed on the show over the past few months including; the horse trailers, aid for Tuolumne County, the mayor's employment with the sheriff's... more

Carmen Sabatino and call-in guest, Denny Jackman, discuss Jackman's Bee editorial, "Public mostly absent from valley planning discussion."