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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: Mon, 21 Aug 2017 19:46:27 +0000

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Congressman Jared Huffman on Health Care, Public Lands and the Latest News from the Hill

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 16:00:00 +0000

As part Forum's series featuring Bay Area members of Congress, Jared Huffman, who represents California's 2nd district along the northern coast, joins us in-studio to discuss his legislative priorities, the latest news from Washington and what's next for the Affordable Care Act. We'll also hear about the former environmental lawyer's legislative proposals involving climate regulation and public land protections.

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Congressman Adam Schiff Talks Charlottesville, Russia Investigation

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 17:30:00 +0000

Southern California Congressman Adam Schiff joins Forum to discuss the fallout over President Trump's response to last weekend's violence in Charlottesville and talk about the latest news out of Capitol Hill. We'll also ask the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee about the ongoing investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.

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On Heels of Charlottesville, San Francisco Braces for Far-Right Rally

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:00:00 +0000

The far right-wing group Patriot Prayer hopes to stage a rally at San Francisco's Crissy Field on August 26, an event that is expected to draw armed sympathizers and white supremacists. Fearing violence, state and city lawmakers have called on on the National Park Service to rescind the group's permit. We discuss how San Francisco and other cities are preparing for rallies by far right wing and white nationalist groups, and how citizens, civil rights groups and counterprosters are planning to respond.

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Oakland’s Pendarvis Harshaw Taps OGs for Advice

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 17:00:00 +0000

When Pendarvis Harshaw was growing up in Oakland, he and his friends looked up to the "OGs" - the older black men known as "original gangstas." He started asking them, "What advice do you have for young black men like me?". Harshaw would walk up to anyone who caught his eye - domino players, businessmen, shoe shiners - and get their advice on everything from women to education. Harshaw gathered all that wisdom in a website and book, "OG Told Me." Harshaw joins us in the studio to talk about the project and share what he learned.

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Bay Area Chef and Perfumer Share The Four Rules for Creating Flavor

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 17:30:00 +0000

Chef Daniel Patterson and perfumer Mandy Aftel join us to talk about "The Art of Flavor," their new book that explains how ingredients can be manipulated to create tastes that are greater than the sum of their parts. The book outlines four basic rules that drive flavor and "seven dials" that can be tweaked for fine-tuning. From roasted carrots with curry and lime to chocolate pots de creme with ginger and rose-cardamom, Patterson and Aftel share their secrets to enhancing flavor and creating new dishes.

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As Chairperson Election Remains Contested, California Democrats Lack Unity

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:00:00 +0000

With democratic supermajorities in both wings of the state legislature, California has strengthened its role as a leader in progressive policy, pushing back against the Trump administration on issues like immigration and climate change. But a hotly-contested election for the chair of California's Democratic Party has led to infighting between longtime California democrats and a more progressive, Bernie Sanders-influenced wing. In this hour of Forum, we look at divisions within the state's Democratic Party and explore how it might reflect a schism at the national level.

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New York Times: Secrecy Surrounds EPA as Pruitt Quietly Rolls Back Regulations

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 17:00:00 +0000

Several environmental groups are suing the Environmental Protection Agency, alleging that the EPA's new chemical safety regulations weakens the chemical review process and opens the door to further exposure to toxic chemicals. This comes at the same time the New York Times reports that the EPA is quietly undoing other environmental regulations from the Obama administration, and that EPA head Scott Pruitt's team is asking employees to not keep written records of the changes they make. We look at the state of the EPA and how its role and mandate may change under the Trump administration.

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President Trump Under Fire for Latest Charlottesville Comments

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:00:00 +0000

President Trump on Tuesday defended his delayed response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, this weekend and said that there was violence on both sides. We discuss the President's latest controversial remarks.

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First Person: Lincoln Network’s Garrett Johnson on Being Conservative in Silicon Valley

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:30:00 +0000

Technology entrepreneur Garrett Johnson has called Silicon Valley a “liberal echo chamber.” His organization, Lincoln Network, was set up to promote conservative and libertarian values in the tech sector. As part of our "First Person" series, we’ll talk to him about his efforts to bridge the political divides in the industry. And we’ll get his take on Google’s controversial firing of an employee for his comments on women in tech.

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Still Unsigned, Former 49er Colin Kaepernick Draws Support from Players, Coaches and Civil Rights Advocates

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:00:00 +0000

Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick made headlines last August when he refused to stand for the national anthem during a preseason game. His gesture, he later explained, was an act of protest against police violence and the oppression of people of color. A year later, preseason games have begun, and Kaepernick is out of work. NFL officials say he's unsigned because he's not good enough or wants too much money. But supporters within and outside of the sports world say that Kaepernick would have a job but for his acts of protest. We'll discuss why the NFL has sidelined Kaepernick and the role of protest in sport.

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Rise in High-Risk Drinking a Public Health Crisis, New Study Finds

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:00:00 +0000

One in eight American adults suffers from alcoholism, according to a study published in the medical journal JAMA Psychiatry this month. The study found that rates of high-risk drinking and alcohol use disorder have increased substantially since 2001 and constitute a public health crisis. We discuss what may be driving Americans to drink more, what treatments are most effective and who's most at risk.

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Cary Cordova on the Mission District’s Artistic and Political Heritage

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 17:00:00 +0000

In her new book “The Heart of the Mission: Latino Art and Politics in San Francisco,” Cary Cordova explores a cultural renaissance that started in the Mission District in the late 1960s and continued through the ‘90s. The art, then as now, mixed with politics often. Early iterations of the now-popular Dia de los Muertos procession mourned victims of AIDS and wars in Central America. A popular 1974 mural critiqued its own corporate sponsor, while other muralists worked with the Black Panthers. Cordova joins us to discuss the book, and how the Mission of today is responding to the rise of the tech industry, a shortage of affordable housing and rapid gentrification.

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Protesters Gather in Oakland, San Francisco After Deadly Charlottesville Rally

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 16:00:00 +0000

One person died and at least 19 others were injured after violence at a rally of white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday. James Alex Fields Jr., 20, was arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder and other charges after driving his car into a crowd of counter-protesters. Authorities identified 32-year-old paralegal Heather Heyer as the woman killed in the attack. President Trump condemned the hatred and violence “on many sides" but faced heavy criticism for failing to strongly denounce white supremacy by name. Demonstrators marched in Oakland and San Francisco over the weekend to protest the violence and the president’s response. We'll talk about the incident, the white supremacist movement and how the Bay Area is reacting.

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New Orleans and ‘A Kind of Freedom’ With Margaret Wilkerson Sexton

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 17:00:00 +0000

In her new novel "A Kind of Freedom,” Bay Area author Margaret Wilkerson Sexton explores the three-generation long descent into poverty of an upper middle class black family in New Orleans. Sexton joins us in studio to discuss her novel, the importance of her New Orleans roots and how her career as a lawyer informs her writing.

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Two Native American Judges Aim for Restorative ‘Tribal Justice’

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 17:30:00 +0000

Imagine a courtroom where the judge is someone who grew up with your parents and who sits down at the table to talk with you like a longtime friend. That's the approach Judge Abby Abinanti takes when she rules on cases for the Yurok Tribe in Northern California. Abinanti and Claudette White, who is the chief judge for the Quechan Tribe in Southern California, are the focus of a new documentary, "Tribal Justice." The film examines the two judges' use of restorative justice in their courtrooms. We talk to Judge Abinanti and filmmaker Anne Makepeace.

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Democrats At Odds Over Whether to Back Pro-Life Candidates

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 16:00:00 +0000

Democrats agree that the midterm elections are a crucial time to regain lost power in Congress, but divisions are emerging about how far the party should go to broaden its appeal. The head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee last week refused to rule out supporting pro-life candidates. That sparked outrage from Planned Parenthood and other groups that say reproductive rights are core principles of the Democratic Party. Forum discusses the party's struggle to appeal to its base, while expanding support.

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Ellen Ullman Reflects on Her ‘Life in Code’ and the Early Days of Silicon Valley

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 17:00:00 +0000

Ellen Ullman began working as a computer programmer in the late 1970s, when Microsoft was just a fledgling company and Googling something wasn't even possible. Ullman fell in love with translating the chaos and complexity of life into clean and organized lines of code. But Ullman says she also dealt with male colleagues who doubted her skills and a boss who said, "I hate to hire all you girls but you're too damned smart." In her memoir, "Life in Code: A Personal History in Technology," Ullman reflects on the artfulness of coding, how the tech sector has changed San Francisco and how today's work culture differs from that of the 1970s.

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Outside Lands Music Festival Celebrates 10 Years

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 16:30:00 +0000

The Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival is set to celebrate its tenth anniversary Aug. 11-13 in Golden Gate Park. Headliners include Gorillaz, The Who, Lorde and A Tribe Called Quest. Outside Lands is currently the country's largest independently-operated music festival. We take a peek inside this year's line up and look back on the last 10 years. And we want to hear from you -- if you've been to the festival, what was your favorite Outside Lands moment?

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Combating California’s Opioid Crisis

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 16:00:00 +0000

President Trump this week said that solving the opioid crsis is an "absolute priority" but rejected the advice of his commission on drug addiction, which asked that the crisis be declared a national emergency. Forum talks about what Trump's decision means for efforts to combat the epidemic in California where hospitals treat an opioid overdose - from heroin or prescription painkillers - once every 45 minutes.

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San Francisco Chronicle Science Writer David Perlman Retires at 98

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 17:30:00 +0000

Last week, 98-year-old David Perlman will retire from the San Francisco Chronicle, nearly 60 years after he started filing science stories for the paper on a portable typewriter. Perlman covered the start of World War II, the height of the AIDS epidemic and traveled as far as Antarctica and Ethiopia for work. He joins us to talk about his career, his thoughts on climate change and what he'll do now that he's left the newsroom that affectionately calls him "Dr. Dave."

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Cal Shakes Presents ‘Black Odyssey’

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 17:00:00 +0000

Award-winning playwright Marcus Gardley’s “black odyssey” opens at California Shakespeare Theater this week. The mashup of African-American cultural lore with Homer’s “The Odyssey” was set in Harlem when it premiered in 2014, but Gardley changed the setting to his hometown of Oakland for its East Bay run. The play follows an American soldier, Ulysses Lincoln, who is lost at sea and presumed dead, as he tries to return home. Two gods -- Deus and Paw Sidin -- play a deity’s game of chess that manipulates Lincoln’s journey. The Denver Post called the show's premier “an epic night of ritual and wonder.” Gardley’s previous plays include “The House That Will Not Stand” and “X: Or, Betty Shabazz v. The Nation.” Gardley joins us in studio to discuss his new play, his spin on Homer and his own journey home to Oakland.

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North Korea Capable of Compact Nuclear Warhead

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 16:00:00 +0000

Reports surfaced Tuesday that U.S. intelligence officials believe North Korea has produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead. Experts had thought the compact warhead capability was years away. President Trump met the news and further aggressive language from Kim Jung Un with his own strong language, saying that North Korea will be met with "fire and fury" if it makes more threats to the United States. North Korea responded threatening a missile strike on Guam.

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Rod Dreher’s ‘Benedict Option’ a Radical Call to Preserve Christian Values

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 17:00:00 +0000

Dubbed by the New York Times' David Brooks "the most important religious book of the decade", Rod Dreher's "The Benedict Option" argues that American Christianity is in peril. Dreher joins us to discuss why he calls for Christians to find inspiration in St. Benedict’s retreat from ancient Rome, and similarly withdraw from mainstream America to ride out its current secular storm. And we'll talk politics with Dreher--who also writes for The American Conservative--including why he thinks Republican politicians have failed Christians despite their loyalty to the party.

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Bill for Late School Start Passes Senate, Heads to Assembly

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 16:30:00 +0000

California’s public middle and high schools would be prohibited from commencing classes earlier than 8:30 a.m. under Senate Bill 328. Proponents say starting school later allows teens to get more sleep, which enables them to perform better in school. But critics say that individual school districts should be able to decide for themselves when the school day starts and that the rule would be impossible for some large districts to implement. The bill, sponsored by state Senator Anthony Portantino, has passed the Senate and now heads to the Assembly.

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North Korea Vows U.S. Will Pay ‘Thousands of Times’ for New Sanctions

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 16:00:00 +0000

On Monday, North Korea issued a stark warning that the U.S. will pay a high price for drafting new sanctions against it. The United Nations on Saturday approved cutting by a third North Korea's $3 billion annual expert revenue. We'll discuss rising tensions between the two countries, as the Trump administration continues to exert pressure on North Korea to abandon its nuclear ambitions.

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