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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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Financial Times’ Gideon Rachman on ‘Easternization’ and the Declining Power of the West

Mon, 22 May 2017 16:00:00 +0000

The surging economic power of China and other Asian nations, coupled with the West's diminishing influence, is redefining the world order, according to Financial Times commentator Gideon Rachman. He sees events like Brexit and the election of Donald Trump as signs that the West is adapting to -- as opposed to shaping -- the global economy. Rachman joins us to talk about America's loosening grip on world affairs and his book "Easternization: Asia's Rise and America's Decline From Obama to Trump and Beyond." We'll also talk to Rachman about current U.S. economic and foreign policy as President Trump embarks on his first overseas trip.

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Cathryn Jakobson Ramin on the ‘Crooked’ Back Pain Industry

Mon, 22 May 2017 17:00:00 +0000

The cost of treating back pain in the U.S. exceeds $100 billion each year -- and a good chunk of that money gets spent on worthless treatments. That's according to journalist and investigative reporter Cathryn Jakobson Ramin, who suffers from chronic back pain herself. Ramin's new book, "Crooked," pulls back the curtain on the back pain industry and provides strategies for navigating the plethora of treatment options. What questions do you have?

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Director Mira Nair Revives ‘Monsoon Wedding’ for Berkeley Rep

Fri, 19 May 2017 17:00:00 +0000

When filmmaker Mira Nair shot "Monsoon Wedding" in 2002, she didn't realize the movie about an Indian family preparing to celebrate an arranged marriage would become a cult classic. Nair has turned the film into a musical, currently playing at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre. The director, whose credits include "Mississippi Masala," "The Namesake" and Disney's "Queen of Katwe," joins us to talk about her career and her decision to re-imagine "Monsoon Wedding" for the stage.

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Techno-Sociologist Zeynep Tufekci on the ‘Power and Fragility of Networked Protest’

Fri, 19 May 2017 16:00:00 +0000

Zeynep Tufekci has been studying and participating in global social movements for more than a decade. Nowadays, she says, a tweet can unleash a global awareness campaign, and a Facebook post can mobilize millions. But, she argues, the political achievements of many modern social movements, such as Occupy, are not proportional to the energy and crowds they inspired. Tufekci, a ‘techno-sociologist’ and author of the new book “Twitter and Tear Gas,” joins us to talk about networked social movements and why some fail where others succeed.

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Justice Department Names Former FBI Director Mueller as Special Counsel for Russia Investigation

Thu, 18 May 2017 16:00:00 +0000

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Wednesday announced that the Department of Justice has named former FBI director Robert Mueller special counsel for its investigation into Russian election tampering. The announcement comes amid controversy over President Trump's firing of FBI director James Comey, who according to the New York Times, wrote a memo stating that Trump asked him to shut down the investigation into former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn's Russia ties. Mueller, who served as FBI chief from 2001 to 2013, is "authorized to prosecute federal crimes" arising from the Russia probe, according to the DOJ order. We bring you the latest updates and take your legal questions.

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Bill Moyers on Trump, Comey, and His New Film ‘Rikers’

Thu, 18 May 2017 17:00:00 +0000

Journalist and filmmaker Bill Moyers joins us to talk about the latest developments in Washington, including the appointment of a special counsel for the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. We'll also hear about his new PBS documentary about Rikers Island, New York's largest prison.

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As California Moves to Early Release, U.S. Attorney General Orders Stiffer Penalties

Thu, 18 May 2017 16:30:00 +0000

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memo last week instructing federal prosecutors to seek the maximum sentences possible. The order reverses Obama-era guidelines that limited penalties for low-level and nonviolent offenders. The federal policy change comes as California begins implementation of Proposition 57, a measure passed last fall that allows early release of those in prison for some nonviolent felonies. We'll look at how both policy changes could affect California and the ideological and practical contradictions they raise.

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President Trump Reportedly Told Ex-FBI Chief Comey to Shut Down Flynn Investigation

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

President Donald Trump pushed ex-FBI director James Comey to scrap the investigation into former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn's Russia ties, the New York Times reported Tuesday. The Times cited a memo consisting of Comey's notes from his conversation with Trump. James Chaffetz, Republican chairman of the House oversight committee, said on Tuesday he will seek copies of Comey's memos. We'll talk with UC Berkeley political scientist Thomas Mann and Washington Post reporter Matt Zapotosky about the latest news out of the White House and about whether the president may have obstructed justice.

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FCC to Take Preliminary Vote to Undo Obama’s Open Internet Order

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

Federal Communications Commission will hold a first vote Thursday on chairperson Ajit Pai's proposal to eliminate current net neutrality rules. Pai's plan would repeal 2015 regulations that give the FCC the authority to regulate Internet Service Providers (ISPs). The current regulations prevent ISPs from selectively charging tolls or slowing down service for specific websites or apps. We’ll discuss the effects of the proposed repeal on consumers, ISPs and emerging start-ups.

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Nick Bilton Investigates ‘Dread Pirate Roberts’ and the Origins of the Deep Web

Wed, 17 May 2017 17:00:00 +0000

In 2013, FBI agents arrested 29-year-old Ross Ulbricht, otherwise known as "Dread Pirate Roberts," the mastermind behind an underground website where people could buy and sell drugs, firearms and other illegal items. But how exactly did Ulbricht, an Eagle Scout from Texas, become the head of Silk Road, a multimillion dollar Deep Web marketplace? Journalist Nick Bilton set out to answer that question in his new book, "American Kingpin: The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road." Bilton joins us to discuss his findings and the fascinating and illicit world of the Deep Web.

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Report: President Trump Leaked Highly Sensitive Intel to Russians

Tue, 16 May 2017 16:00:00 +0000

President Donald Trump revealed classified intelligence about ISIS to the Russian ambassador and foreign minister in a meeting last week, according to the Washington Post. President Trump is already facing widespread criticism for his firing of FBI Director James Comey in the midst of the bureau's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, who was present at the meeting between Trump and the Russian officials, called the Washington Post's story "false," saying that intelligence sources and threats were not discussed. We'll bring you the latest developments.

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Robert Sapolsky Tackles Best and Worst of Human Nature in ‘Behave’

Tue, 16 May 2017 17:00:00 +0000

Why do humans behave the way we do? To answer this age-old question, Stanford University biologist Robert Sapolsky spent ten years connecting the dots between a wide range of scientific disciplines. The result is his new book "Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst," which probes into the deepest mysteries of human behavior, from xenophobia and tribalism to morality and justice.

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Bush Ethics Lawyer Richard Painter on Comey Firing: ‘It’s a Lot Worse Than Watergate’

Mon, 15 May 2017 16:00:00 +0000

Richard Painter, former chief ethics lawyer under President George W. Bush, says that Watergate was a "third rate burglary" compared to President Trump's firing last week of FBI Director James Comey. Painter joins Forum to discuss the fallout from Comey's dismissal, including President Trump's intimation Friday that he has "secret tapes" of his conversations with the former Director. We'll also hear Painter's take on a letter released Friday by the President's lawyers, who say that his tax returns show only "immaterial" income from Russian sources.

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Neuroscientist Explores the Contradictions of the Teen Brain

Mon, 15 May 2017 17:00:00 +0000

Neuroscientist Frances Jensen says that when her two sons became teenagers, she marveled at their ability to stay focused for a test, yet still commit major lapses in judgment almost daily. The contradictions, she explains, have both emotional and physical roots: teens are more affected by stressful situations than adults, and their brains are years from being fully developed. Jensen joins Forum to talk about her book 'The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist's Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults.'

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Students Disciplined for ‘Liking’ Racist Instagram Posts Sue Albany School District

Fri, 12 May 2017 16:30:00 +0000

Four Albany High School students who were suspended in March for "liking" or commenting on racist Instagram posts sued the Albany Unified School District last week, accusing it of violating their free speech rights. The posts included a photo of the school's African-American basketball coach with a noose drawn around his neck, and photos of apes placed side by side with those of students of color. The lawsuit, which follows weeks of emotionally charged exchanges among school community members, also claims that the district failed to provide security for the suspended students, two of whom were assaulted during a restorative justice session. We discuss the lawsuit and student speech in the digital age.

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‘Swap Talk’ with Oregon Public Broadcasting: Trump, Migrant Labor and ‘Coastal Elitism’

Fri, 12 May 2017 17:00:00 +0000

As part of our "Swap Talk" series, we're partnering with Oregon Public Broadcasting, based in Portland, to hear viewpoints and perspectives from beyond the Bay Area. In the first half hour, we'll talk about how President Trump's policies are affecting agriculture and migrant labor in both Oregon and California. Then in the second half, we dig into why the West Coast is so different from the rest of the United States. KQED's Mina Kim and OPB's Dave Miller co-host this special episode and we invite listeners from both regions to join the conversation.

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Andrew Sullivan on the Decline of Conservatism, Rise of ‘Reactionism’

Thu, 11 May 2017 16:00:00 +0000

New York Magazine writer-at-large and political commentator Andrew Sullivan hasn't shied away from criticizing President Donald Trump over the past year. Sullivan joins us to discuss the president's performance so far, and why he sees "reactionism" as a more potent political force today than conservatism. We’ll also get his thoughts on the Comey imbroglio and the latest incarnation of the Republican healthcare bill.

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Faux Shrimp and Veggie Burgers That Bleed: The Future of Fake Meat

Thu, 11 May 2017 17:00:00 +0000

Going meatless may soon get easier, even for the most devoted carnivores. Silicon Valley has become a breeding ground for man-made steaks and seafood--even veggie burgers that “bleed”-- and a host of companies betting that convincing flavor and texture can win over America’s meat-loving consumers. Proponents say that these animal-free alternatives can protect the environment and feed our growing population, but many people still struggle with the “ick factor” of lab grown meats. And are they really more healthy?

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President Trump Fires FBI Director James Comey

Wed, 10 May 2017 16:00:00 +0000

On Tuesday President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, an Obama-era appointee who has been in charge of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and possible Russian ties with members of Trump's presidential campaign. Trump said he acted on the advice of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney Rod Rosenstein. We'll bring you the latest on the developing story.

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Dani Shapiro Explores Long-Term Love in Her New Memoir ‘Hourglass’

Wed, 10 May 2017 17:00:00 +0000

Time tests even the strongest marriages. In her new memoir, “Hourglass,” Dani Shapiro examines the cracks that slowly formed over her 18-year marriage to her husband as they navigated things like financial uncertainty and their young son's life-threatening illness. Shapiro joins us to talk about the challenges of long-term love and how she stayed honest while writing about her closest relationships.

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Seasteading: Homesteading for the 21st Century

Tue, 09 May 2017 17:00:00 +0000

The notion of pioneers creating nations on the sea, or seasteading, first gained attention in 2008 when Silicon Valley venture capitalist Peter Thiel backed the project. Since then, plans to build a colony off the Marin County coast have been scrapped, as have plans to engineer projects on the open seas. But an agreement in the works to build a floating island off the coast of French Polynesia and a new book about the movement have brought the bold vision back into the public eye. For supporters, seasteads are a solution to bad governance and finite resources, but to critics they're merely tax havens for the wealthy

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Dead Leopard Sharks Washing Up on Bay Area Shores by the 100s

Tue, 09 May 2017 16:30:00 +0000

For the second year in a row, hundreds of dead or dying leopard sharks have washed up on the shores of the San Francisco Bay. Biologists say that the culprit may be stagnant saltwater marshes and the man-made lagoons of Foster City and Redwood City, which breed toxins and trap the sharks when they give birth during the spring. We'll discuss the population's largest die-off in six years.

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Former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates: I Warned White House Flynn Was Blackmail Risk

Tue, 09 May 2017 16:00:00 +0000

Former acting U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates told a Senate panel Monday that she'd warned the White House that then- National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was "compromised" and vulnerable to blackmail by Russia. Despite Yates' warning, President Trump waited two weeks to fire General Flynn. Yates' testimony is part of an ongoing Senate Judiciary subcommittee's investigation of Russian election interference and collusion with the Trump campaign. We discuss what's emerged from the hearing so far.

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Venezuela’s National Crisis Deepens as Government Cracks Down on Protests

Mon, 08 May 2017 16:00:00 +0000

Civil unrest in Venezuela has left at least 30 dead and more than 400 injured over the last month, as government forces crack down on protesters demanding relief from severe food shortages and hyperinflation. Meanwhile, President Nicolas Maduro has sparked a constitutional crisis in his move to dissolve the National Assembly and consolidate power. We discuss the political and economic crisis in Venezuela.

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California Congressman Adam Schiff on the GOP Health Care Bill, Russian Election Hacking

Mon, 08 May 2017 16:30:00 +0000

Los Angeles Congressman Adam Schiff joins Forum to share his views on the latest developments in the House of Representatives, including its vote last week to repeal the Affordable Care Act. We'll also talk about the Intelligence Committee's ongoing investigation of Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election and hear Shiff's agenda for the rest of his term.

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