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KQED’s live call-in program presents balanced discussions of local, state, national, and world issues as well as in-depth interviews with leading figures in politics, science, entertainment, and the arts.

Last Build Date: Sat, 24 Jun 2017 00:36:40 +0000

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Heat Wave Leaves California Searching for How to Handle More Frequent Extreme Weather

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:00:00 +0000

Temperatures hit record highs all over the Bay Area this week. While the weather can be a convenient excuse to hit the beach, this week's temperatures spiked high enough to cause two heat-related deaths in Santa Clara County. And scientists say extreme heat will only become more common as the climate changes. Forum considers what a hotter climate could mean for the Bay Area and how we can adapt.

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Interracial Couples Reflect on Race, 50 Years After Loving v. Virginia

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:00:00 +0000

Last week marked the 50th anniversary of Loving v. Virginia, a Supreme Court case that legalized interracial marriage in the United States.Today, nearly 20 percent of newlyweds are married to someone of a different race or ethnicity - that’s a fivefold jump from when the Loving case was decided. As part of Forum’s “In My Experience” series, we talk to two couples about their interracial relationships. And we would like to hear from you: If you’re part of an interracial couple, what ways - big or small - does race affect your relationship?

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Investigators Say Oakland Mayor, Former Police Chief Mishandled OPD Sexual Misconduct Cases

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:00:00 +0000

Top Oakland city officials mishandled allegations of sexual misconduct within the city police department, according to a report released Wednesday by a federally-appointed investigator. The report found the former police chief and other department leaders oversaw a hasty and inadequate internal and criminal investigation into allegations that police officers exploited a teenage sex worker, and made an effort to keep the scandal quiet. The report also faulted the mayor for not adequately reviewing the police department's handling of the case. We'll get the details on the report and hear how Oakland city officials and the police department are responding.

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Report: Draft of Senate Health Care Bill Similar to House Plan

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:30:00 +0000

Republican leaders in the US Senate plan to release the text of their health care legislation on Thursday. A draft of the bill was obtained by the Washington Post on Wednesday. The plan, which has been kept under wraps by Republican lawmakers, REPORTEDLY includes provisions to dramatically roll back Medicaid and eliminate federal funding for Planned Parenthood. The draft bill is similar to the Obamacare replacement that narrowly passed the House last month, though the Senate version provides more subsidies for low-income people. Forum discusses what's in the new proposal and the politics surrounding it.

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Colm Tóibín Serves Up an Ancient Tale of Violence and Vengeance in ‘House of Names’

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:00:00 +0000

Adultery. War. Human sacrifice. Colm Tóibín’s new novel, “House of Names,” is a fresh take on an ancient Greek myth. King Agamemnon is about to set sail for Troy, but there’s no wind to fill his fleet’s sails. So, he chooses to offer a sacrifice to the Gods -- his own daughter. The Guardian recently called Tóibín “a giant amongst storytellers." His other books include “The Testament of Mary” and “Brooklyn,” which was made into an Oscar-nominated film. Tóibín joins us in studio to talk about his writing and the enduring relevance of Greek Tragedy.

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Uber CEO Travis Kalanick Resigns

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 17:30:00 +0000

After months of scandals and a major review of the company’s culture, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has resigned under pressure from investors. Kalanick’s critics hope the leadership shakeup will change the culture at the ride-hailing company, which has been facing allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination. We’ll discuss the resignation and what it could mean for the San Francisco-based company, its employees, investors and customers.

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San Francisco’s Chronicle Books Marks 50 Years of Publishing on Food, Design, and Culture

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:30:00 +0000

Chronicle Books is a child of the Summer of Love, born in a time of radical politics and art. The Bay Area publisher has stayed independent since 1967, while carving out a niche for printing colorful and whimsical books ranging from "The Beatles Anthology" to "How to Speak Wookie" to "Tartine Bread." Chronicle Books is celebrating its 50th anniversary with an exhibit at San Francisco Center for the Book, a reading day at San Francisco library branches, and, of course, a book. We’re joined by CEO Nion McEvoy.

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Republican Handel Beats Ossoff in Georgia Special Election

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 17:00:00 +0000

Georgia’s 6th congressional district will cast ballots Tuesday in the most expensive election ever for a seat in the House of Representatives. About $55 million was spent in the special election between Democrat John Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel, which has drawn wide national interest -- Osoff raised more money from California then from his own state of Georgia. Republicans have held the seat for nearly 40 years, but Democrats hope anti-Trump sentiment will flip the district blue and serve as a harbinger for mid-term elections. We'll bring you the results and analysis of this highly-anticipated race.

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Naomi Klein Wants the Left to Move On and Set Agenda for Change

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 16:00:00 +0000

Author and activist Naomi Klein has spent decades studying and writing about corporate power, climate change and politics--including how politicians exploit national crises to push through controversial policies. Klein, the award-winning author of “No Logo” and “The Shock Doctrine” thinks that Donald Trump’s ascendence is a symptom of private wealth’s oversized influence in politics. In her new book, “No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need,” Klein urges the left to stop pointing fingers about the 2016 election and instead, move on to set an agenda for change.

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Exploring the ‘Tightrope’ of African-American Upward Mobility

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 17:00:00 +0000

UC Davis sociology professor Bruce Haynes’ comes from a prominent African American family: his grandfather founded the National Urban League and was a protege of W.E.B Dubois. His grandmother was a prominent social scientist and children's author. Yet, the succeeding generations struggled. Hayne’s book, “Down the Up Staircase,” tells the story of three generations of his Harlem-based family and explores the tenuous status of middle class African Americans. Despite looking like the model black family, Haynes writes that his family was “never secure in our futures, each generation walking a tightrope, one misstep from free fall."

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Syria Update: After U.S. Downs Syrian Army Jet, Russia Sends Warning

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 16:00:00 +0000

On Monday, Russia warned the United States that any planes belonging to the U.S.-led coalition that fly west of the Euphrates River would be potential targets. The move came after a U.S. warplane downed a Syrian military plane on Sunday, killing the pilot. Meanwhile, Iran said on Sunday that it launched missiles into eastern Syria, targeting Islamic State fighters in retaliation for attacks that hit Tehran on June 7th. Forum discusses the latest developments in the Syrian conflict, now in its sixth year. We’ll also discuss potential next steps in U.S. policy toward Syria, a country the size of Washington state.

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U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi on Russia Investigation and Civility in Politics

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 16:00:00 +0000

U.S. House minority leader and California congresswoman Nancy Pelosi joins us to discuss her thirty years of service in Congress. We’ll also talk with her about how Democrats and Republicans can get along, the Russia investigation, what might happen to Obamacare, and other key issues on Capitol Hill.

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High-Profile Shootings in San Francisco and Virginia Reignite Gun Control Debate

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 16:00:00 +0000

In light of two fatal shootings Wednesday, Forum discusses gun control. In San Francisco, a UPS driver fatally shot three other UPS employees before killing himself. In Arlington, Virginia a gunman opened fire on Republican members of a congressional baseball team during practice, wounding six people including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise. Forum discusses the incidents and renewed calls for stricter gun control.

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Buddhist Teacher Jack Kornfield on Learning to Let Go of Anxiety

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 17:00:00 +0000

Uncertain times are “the perfect place to deepen the practice of awakening," writes the longtime Buddhist teacher Jack Kornfield. Kornfield’s latest book, “No Time Like the Present: Finding Freedom, Love, and Joy Right Where You Are,” offers advice on finding freedom from worry, anxiety and want. The founder of Marin's Spirit Rock meditation center, Kornfield joins us to discuss his new book and share what he's learned as a longtime practitioner of Buddhism and mindfulness.

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Former CIA Director Leon Panetta Talks Russia Investigations, North Korea and D.C. Politics

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 16:30:00 +0000

Former CIA Director and U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta says that under the Trump administration, the United States has entered "'Chapter Two' of the Cold War." Panetta joins us to talk about Russian meddling in the 2016 election, North Korea and the Paris climate accord.

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Update on Virginia Shooting and Next Steps in Russia Investigation

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 16:00:00 +0000

Program Summary: Appearing before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Tuesday, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions denied holding secret meetings with Moscow, calling the suggestion that he colluded with or had knowledge of collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign, a "detestable lie." We'll dissect the hearing and get the latest news from Capitol Hill.

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How to Communicate Better: Lessons from Actor Alan Alda

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 17:00:00 +0000

Alan Alda, famous for his role as M*A*S*H's Hawkeye Pierce, has a new mission: to teach people how to communicate. That's the subject of his new book, "If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look On My Face?," which combines the latest research on communication with lessons from classical acting methods. Alda joins us to talk about his acting career and share advice from his latest project.

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Warriors Beat Cavs, Win NBA Championship

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 16:00:00 +0000

The Golden State Warriors clinched the NBA Championship on Monday, beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 129-120 to win the series in five games. With its victory, the Warriors became the first Bay Area team since 1974 to win a title at home. We'll talk about the series and look back at the team's thrilling and controversial season...and near-perfect playoff run.

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Hershey Felder’s Solo Show Brings Beethoven to Life

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 17:00:00 +0000

Musician and playwright Hershey Felder has crafted a unique career, performing one-man stage biographies in which he acts, sings and plays piano as virtuosic composers like Chopin or Gershwin. In his newly revised show, Felder chronicles the life of the musical giant Ludwig van Beethoven from the perspective of a doctor who, as a boy, accompanied the maestro in his final years. Felder joins us to talk about the show and about how he approaches playing some of music’s greatest composers.

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San Francisco’s Con Brio Performs LIVE

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 17:30:00 +0000

Con Brio is a San Francisco band with a soul-funk-psychedelic rock sound that some have compared to Sly and the Family Stone and Curtis Mayfield. Con Brio means "with spirit," and the band is known for its spirited stage performances and frontman Ziek McCarter's energetic dance moves. The band's debut album, "Paradise," delves into the darker issues of police brutality and loss, including the death of McCarter's father at the hands of police. The band performs for us live in-studio.

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Senator Ben Sasse on American Virtues, Family Values and the Latest from Capitol Hill

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 16:00:00 +0000

Republican Senator Ben Sasse worries that Americans are fast losing the values of discipline and personal integrity. The Nebraskan -- who likes to be known as “the last honest man in the GOP” -- wants the American people to abandon consumerism and recover a sense of meaning and personal integrity. Sasse outlines ways to achieve this in his new book “The Vanishing American Adult." Senator Sasse joins us to explain his prescription for reviving civic culture. We'll also get his take on the latest news from Capitol Hill.

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Joan Williams on Misconceptions About the White Working Class

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 17:00:00 +0000

The election of Donald Trump highlighted the divisions in the U.S. between the so-called liberal elite and working-class white voters. Shortly after the election, UC Hastings law professor Joan Williams published a widely-shared essay in the Harvard Business Review, now expanded into a book, that explores what she says are misconceptions of the white working class -- including that they are poor. Williams joins us to discuss her new book “White Working Class: Overcoming Class Cluelessness in America," and to offer some ideas for getting past the divide.

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Who’s Your ‘Wonder Woman’?

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 17:00:00 +0000

'Wonder Woman' opened last weekend, raking in more than $100 million in sales, a record for a movie directed by a woman. Women and girls are flocking to see Princess Diana, with superpowers bestowed by the Greek gods, emerge from her female island utopia to fight evil. Wonder Woman has been hailed as a feminist icon by many, and also derided by some as overly focused on her sex appeal. We want to hear from you: What do you think of Wonder Woman? And which female character in movies or literature has been a role model to you?

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The Week in Politics: Comey Testimony Fallout and U.K. Election

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 16:00:00 +0000

Former FBI director James Comey gave his much-anticipated testimony in a public hearing before the Senate intelligence committee Thursday morning. In his three-hour testimony, Comey said that he believes he was fired because of the investigation into possible links between the Trump campaign and Russia. We’ll discuss what Comey’s revelations mean for the administration, and offer an update on the snap election in the United Kingdom, where it appears that Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservative party will lose its parliamentary majority.

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What Sounds Would You Want to Remember if You Knew You Would Lose Your Hearing?

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 17:30:00 +0000

When Matt Hay found out he was going to lose his hearing permanently, he decided he would memorize all the songs and sounds he didn’t want to forget. So he made the ultimate playlist -- from his girlfriend’s voice to songs from his favorite road trip. KQED's April Dembosky documented his story, and the soundtrack of songs he chose. She joins us to discuss. And we want to hear from you: If you knew you would lose your hearing forever, what songs or sounds would you want to remember?

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