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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.

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C.W. Nevius on 36 Years at the San Francisco Chronicle

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 17:00:00 +0000

San Francisco Chronicle columnist C.W. Nevius is leaving the paper after 36 years of entertaining, informing and sometimes infuriating Bay Area residents. Forty years ago, Nevius left a career as an English teacher to cover high school sports for a small Colorado paper. He later landed at the Chronicle, first as a sports writer and then as a columnist who was a frequent irritant to San Francisco's progressive politicians and activists for his stances on the homeless and other issues. We'll talk to Nevius about his career, leaving journalism and what it's like for a guy who would be considered liberal in most cities, to be thought of as San Francisco's staunch conservative.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders on the Future of the Progressive Movement

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 18:00:00 +0000

As the Democratic Party faces an uncertain future following November's election, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders may be the party's best hope for regaining prominence. The longest serving Independent in congressional history, many are looking to Sanders to play a crucial role in holding President-elect Trump accountable. Bernie's new book, "Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In" looks back on his presidential campaign and provides a blueprint for a new progressive agenda.

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New President, New Rules? President-Elect Trump and the Press

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 17:00:00 +0000

In the past week, president-elect Donald Trump has tweeted that anyone who burned a U.S. flag should, perhaps, be stripped of citizenship or thrown in jail. He also tweeted that millions of people voted illegally in the recent election, which is not true. Both tweets received lots of news coverage but Trump's comments have also stirred a debate: Should news outlets cover everything the President-elect tweets, even if it is untrue? Is this an unprecedented era where the old journalism rule book doesn't apply? Forum discusses the multiple approaches news outlets are taking to covering the President-elect and his relationship with the press.

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Bravo’s Andy Cohen Goes Beyond ‘Superficial’ and Spills His Secrets

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 18:00:00 +0000

Andy Cohen is used to drama. Before he hosted his own Bravo TV show, he produced the "Real Housewives" reality series where he managed mascara-streaked meltdowns on and off camera. In his latest book, "Superficial," he turns the lens on himself, sharing his diary entries about loneliness and his search for a relationship. The host of "Watch What Happens Live" gives us the scoop on the behind-the-scenes drama of reality TV and his own offscreen life.

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U.S. Supreme Court Considers Whether Immigrants Awaiting Hearings Can Be Detained Indefinitely

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 17:30:00 +0000

The Supreme Court is hearing arguments Wednesday over whether immigrants can be detained indefinitely while awaiting deportation hearings. Approximately 400,000 people a year are detained by federal immigration officials, some for more than a year, while fighting their deportations. The American Civil Liberties Union says that's unconstitutional and filed a class action lawsuit requiring bond hearings to be held within six months. The case is being watched especially close because the outcome could limit President-elect Trump's immigration policy.

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State Democrats Win Supermajority in Both Legislative Houses

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 17:00:00 +0000

California Democrats have regained a supermajority in both houses of the state legislature with Fullerton Democrat Josh Newman winning the 29th Senate District late Monday. Newman's win gives Democrats control of 27 of the state's 40 senate districts. Though some political analysts say that a supermajority is overrated, it could in theory make it easier for Democrats to raise taxes, override a governor’s veto or place measures on the ballot. Democrats last held a supermajority in the California legislature in 2012.

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Stanford Historian Makes Case for American ‘Enlightenments’

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 18:00:00 +0000

The American Enlightenment is often viewed as a singular era bursting with new ideas as the U.S. sought to assert itself as a new republic free of the British monarchy. In her book, "American Enlightenments: Pursuing Happiness in the Age of Reason,"Stanford historian Caroline Winterer says the myth and romanticization of an American Enlightenment was invented during the Cold War to calm fears about totalitarianism overseas. We talk to Winterer about her theory and hear her thoughts on what she views as America's multiple periods of enlightenments in fields ranging from farming to religion.

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Dispelling Common Myths About Native Americans

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 18:00:00 +0000

Last week 2,000 protesters of the Dakota Access Pipeline shared a Thanksgiving feast at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota. As those protesters draw world wide attention to Native American rights and issues, Forum talks with the authors of "All the Real Indians Died Off and 20 Other Myths About Native Americans." The authors address fictions such as "Thanksgiving Proves the Indians Welcomed Pilgrims" and "Indians Are Naturally Predisposed to Alcohol." We'll discuss misconceptions about Native Americans and the surge of activism around the Dakota Access Pipeline.

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Addiction is an Illness, Not ‘a Moral Failing,’ Says Surgeon General

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 17:00:00 +0000

The U.S. surgeon general released a landmark report this month calling for “a cultural shift in how we think about addiction.” Addiction is a chronic illness, not a moral failing, says the report. It comes at a time when one in seven Americans will experience substance abuse at some time in their lives, but only one in 10 will get the treatment needed. We'll discuss the report and how to improve access to effective treatment options.

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Life and Legacy of Fidel Castro

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 17:00:00 +0000

Born in 1926, Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz died on Friday evening at the age of 90. We'll discuss the life and legacy of the man who ruled Cuba for almost 50 years, through ten U.S. presidents, from Dwight D. Eisenhower to George W. Bush.

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Richard Blum on Poverty, Innovation and Compassion

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 18:00:00 +0000

Despite a significant reduction in the proportion of the world population living in extreme poverty in recent decades, billions still lack access to food, shelter, clean water and other basic necessities. And because of this, says investor and UC regent Richard Blum, people of means need to do more to relieve those struggling in developing countries. Blum joins us to discuss his new book, "An Accident of Geography: Compassion, Innovation and the Fight Against Poverty," which tells the stories of dozens of successful approaches used to advance global development and alleviate extreme poverty.

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Rebroadcast: Author of ‘Fear and Clothing’ on What Our Clothes Say About Us

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 17:30:00 +0000

Cintra Wilson, formerly the New York Times' "Critical Shopper" columnist, has traveled the U.S. to find out why people wear what they do. Wilson, who describes her own black-clothed style as "bar-fighting nun," joins Forum in studio to talk about her new book, "Fear and Clothing: Unbuckling American Style."

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Rebroadcast: How Hall of Fame Quarterback Steve Young Tackled His Anxiety

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 18:30:00 +0000

Bay Area football fans remember Steve Young as the Hall of Fame quarterback who led the San Francisco 49ers to a Super Bowl victory in 1995, throwing a record-setting six touchdown passes. Young was the most valuable player of that game, and of the season. But less well known are Young's struggles with anxiety, which he writes about in his new memoir "QB: My Life Behind the Spiral." Young joins us in the studio to talk about his life in football, his Mormon faith, and the concussion that ended his career at age 37.

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Rebroadcast: Chinaka Hodge on Love, Hip Hop and the Changing Face of Oakland

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 18:00:00 +0000

Chinaka Hodge has two big passions: hip hop and her native Oakland. As a teen, Hodge co-founded her own music group called “The Getback” and established herself as a spoken word performer with Oakland’s Youth Speaks and HBO’s Def Poetry Jam. Hodge doesn’t shy away from difficult subjects, tackling issues like gentrification, race and the killing of Oscar Grant. In her new book of poetry, “Dated Emcees,” Hodge finds inspiration in her sometimes messy love life. She joins us to talk about her writing and her upcoming project with “Fruitvale Station” director Ryan Coogler.

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Rebroadcast: Youth Law Center’s Jennifer Rodriguez Reflects on a Life in Foster Care

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 17:00:00 +0000

In her teens, Jennifer Rodriguez bounced between foster group homes, youth shelters and juvenile hall. Today, she has a law degree and runs a nonprofit that works to improve foster care. Rodriguez joins us to share her story and the lessons she's learned from a lifetime of involvement in the system. We talk to her as part of Forum's series on foster care in California.

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Rebroadcast: Joan Baez Reflects on Career as Activist, Singer

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 18:30:00 +0000

Joan Baez was 18 when she first performed at the Newport Folk Festival. She quickly rose to fame, popularizing songs like "Diamonds and Rust" and "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down." But the folk singer also quickly established herself as an activist, marching alongside Martin Luther King, Jr. and protesting the Vietnam War. "I sang about what I believed in," she says." Baez joins us in studio and reflects on her music, the influence of her Mexican heritage and the activism still to be done.

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Rebroadcast: Ann Patchett Reveals the Personal Side of Writing in ‘Commonwealth’

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 18:00:00 +0000

Ann Patchett's writing has covered a wide landscape of topics, from the romance between hostages and their captors in “Bel Canto” to the painful toll of her friend’s cancer and heroin addiction in the memoir "Truth and Beauty." Patchett’s newest novel, "Commonwealth,” is loosely based on her own family history, as six stepsiblings struggle to heal from the trauma of their childhoods. Patchett discusses what happens when an author turns the lens on herself, her thoughts on feminism and writing, and why she identifies more as an independent bookseller than a famous author.

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Rebroadcast: Jeffrey Toobin Revisits Patty Hearst Case in ‘American Heiress’

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 17:30:00 +0000

In 1974, Patty Hearst, the granddaughter of newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst, was kidnapped from her Berkeley apartment by a radical political group known as the Symbionese Liberation Army. In the year and a half that followed, Patty Hearst the hostage became “Tania” the revolutionary, committing crimes on behalf of her supposed captors until her eventual arrest in 1975. New Yorker writer and CNN analyst Jeffrey Toobin covers Hearst’s bizarre saga in his new book, “American Heiress.” We’ll talk to Toobin about Hearst’s kidnapping, her trial and the still debated implications of the case.

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Rebroadcast: In My Experience: Homeless in the Bay Area

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 17:00:00 +0000

Over 6,600 people are homeless in San Francisco, according to a 2015 count by the city. That includes not just people living on the streets, but those residing in shelters, cars, and other temporary locations. As part of Forum’s “In My Experience” series, and as part of the SF Homeless Project media collaboration, homeless Bay Area residents take us inside their day-to-day lives and share some of the personal stories behind the statistics.

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Michael Ableman on the Power of the ‘Street Farm’

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 18:00:00 +0000

The Downtown Eastside neighborhood of Vancouver, British Columbia is often labeled "Canada's poorest neighborhood." But it is there that author and longtime activist Michael Ableman developed a sustainable food movement. Co-founded by Ableman, Sole Food Street Farms has transformed vacant urban land into fertile gardens employing community members struggling with addiction and mental illness. Ableman's new book, "Street Farm," tells the story of Sole Food and its larger mission to encourage small farming in underserved urban cities. We'll talk to Ableman about the book and the urban farming movement.

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Vallejo Divided Over Proposed Cement Mill

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 17:30:00 +0000

Orcem California's proposal to turn the former General Mills plant in Vallejo into a cement mill has split the local community. Out-of-work Vallejo residents and some city officials see the development as an opportunity to revive an aching local economy. But other residents and environmental groups fear that the proposed development would significantly increase smog and might be a disguised effort to transport coal through the city. Forum discusses the proposed project and hears from both sides of the debate.

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United Nations Says Aleppo Residents Face ‘Annihilation’

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 17:00:00 +0000

The United Nations sas the estimated 275,000 people living under siege in Aleppo face "annihilation." Nearly one million Syrians are being "isolated, starved, bombed and denied medical attention and humanitarian assistance," a UN spokesperson said; he also called the attacks by President Bashar al-Assad's forces a "deliberate tactic of cruelty." Since the government's airstrikes on rebel-held Aleppo resumed a week ago, hundreds of civilians have died. We get an update on the deadly attacks in the region.

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Dakota Access Pipeline Conflict Intensifies as Police Use Water Cannons on Protesters

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 17:00:00 +0000

The conflict between law enforcement and protesters at the Dakota Access Pipeline construction site intensified on Sunday as police used water cannons on protesters attempting to move through a barricaded bridge. The clash, which occurred in subfreezing temperatures, involved an estimated 400 demonstrators and led to one arrest. Forum brings you the latest on the standoff over the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

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Trends Point Towards the Resegregation of the Bay Area, Report Finds

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 17:30:00 +0000

A report published last week by Oakland nonprofit Urban Habitat shows that the nine-county Bay Area is resegregating by race and class. In contrast to past patterns of "white flight" from city centers to suburbs, affluent residents are increasingly settling in the regional core, pushing-low income residents and communities of color to the suburban edges of the Bay Area. We talk with the author of the report about the population shift and its consequences, including unequal access to quality education, work opportunities and public transportation.

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Physicist Richard Muller on the Nature of ‘Now’

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 18:00:00 +0000

The concept of now has challenged philosophers and physicists for thousands of years. Even Albert Einstein is said to have thought that "now" was outside the realm of scientific understanding. But in his new book, "Now: The Physics of Time," UC Berkeley physicist Richard Muller says that much has changed since Einstein's era and that the world is now capable of conquering the concepts of time and now. Muller argues that time, like the universe, is expanding, and what people experience as "now" is really the edge of newly-forming time. Muller joins Forum to discuss the nature of "now" and to explain why we perceive time the way we do.

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