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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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‘Coasts in Crisis’ Warns of Threats to Coastal Zones

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 17:00:00 +0000

Millions of people are currently feeling the effects of Hurricanes Maria, Irma and Jose. And millions more are vulnerable, according to UC Santa Cruz professor Gary Griggs. He says that approximately 61 million people live in Gulf and South Atlantic coastal communities that are susceptible to hurricanes. Griggs joins us to discuss the recent spate of storms, sea level rise and other threats to coastal communities and environments that he explores in his new book, "Coasts in Crisis."

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Housing Costs Have Majority of Californians Considering a Move

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:00:00 +0000

56 percent of California voters surveyed in a UC Berkeley poll say they have considered moving to escape rising housing costs. A quarter of respondents said that they would most likely leave the state if they were to relocate. In this segment, Forum talks about California's affordability crisis and what it means for the future of the state. And we want to hear from you: have you considered leaving California because of housing costs? Why or why not? And if you have already left, how is life outside the Golden State?

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Transportation Plan Would Expand BART Fleet, Raise Bridge Tolls

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 16:00:00 +0000

A $4.4 billion Bay Area transportation plan, which awaits Governor Jerry Brown’s signature, would raise Bay Area bridge tolls by as much as $3. Revenue generated by Senate Bill 595 would go toward a variety of projects, including expanding the fleet of BART trains, a Caltrain extension into downtown San Francisco and a new inspector general position to oversee BART. If approved, the measure will go before Bay Area voters next year. We'll discuss the plan and we'll hear about a new Metropolitan Transportation Commission report on the Bay Area’s worst commutes. But first we'll get an update Tuesday's 7.1 magnitude earthquake in Mexico City.

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An Inside Look at China’s Education System

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 17:00:00 +0000

Lenora Chu was an American journalist working in Shanghai when she decided to enroll her three-year-old son in China’s state-run public schools. Chinese students have some of the top science and math scores in the world and her son did well academically. But Chu says she also noticed a strict rigor to "teacher knows best" classrooms and troubling signs of obedience. She started to investigate the Chinese education system at all levels and and discovered both admirable and disturbing practices. Chu joins us to talk about her new book, “Little Soldiers: An American Boy, a Chinese School, and a Global Race to Achieve.”

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Oakland A’s Eye Laney College Site for New Stadium

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 17:00:00 +0000

The Oakland A's would like to build their new stadium within walking distance of downtown Oakland, next to Lake Merritt. The A's say the location, on Peralta Community College District land, is "uniquely Oakland" and well-served by public transportation. The proposal is drawing cheers from many fans after decades of the team trying to move out of the city. But critics of the plan worry the new stadium will destroy existing neighborhoods and affordable housing as well as speed gentrification. Forum talks with A's president Dave Kaval about the proposed stadium plan and the A's future in Oakland.

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Trump Addresses UN General Assembly

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 16:00:00 +0000

For the first time since taking office, President Trump will address the 193-country General Assembly of the United Nations on Tuesday. In comments at the U.N. on Monday, Trump said the organization is too costly and needs to better define its global mission. We’ll discuss Trump's speech, including what was said about North Korea, the deterioration of democracy in Venezuela, and climate change.

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Stanford’s Robert Sutton on How to Deal with Workplace Bullies

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 17:00:00 +0000

Robert Sutton specializes in dealing with difficult people. Specifically, working with them--or around them. In "The Asshole Survival Guide: How to Deal with People Who Treat You Like Dirt," his sequel to the bestselling "The No Asshole Rule," Sutton provides tips on how to outsmart bullies and how to stifle one's "inner jackass." The Stanford professor of management science and engineering joins us in studio.

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Katy Tur on Covering Donald Trump During ‘The Craziest Campaign in American History’

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 16:00:00 +0000

When NBC News and MSNBC correspondent Katy Tur was assigned to cover the Trump presidential campaign, her editors assured her it would be short-term--no more than six weeks. Forty states and a year and a half later, Donald Trump was elected president. Now, Tur has published "Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History," replete with campaign trail gossip and stories of being singled out by Trump at campaign rallies. Tur joins us in studio to discuss her experiences trailing Trump, today’s media landscape and the latest political news.

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Elisabeth Rosenthal on the Single-Payer System and the Future of Health care

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 16:00:00 +0000

On Wednesday, Senator Bernie Sanders presented his "Medicare for All" bill to promote single-payer health care. We'll discuss Sanders' bill, the arguments for and against the single-payer system and the plausibility of it ever coming to fruition in the United States.

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Celebrating 30 Years of Forum

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 17:00:00 +0000

Forum turns 30 this year and we marked the milestone with a celebration Tuesday night at SFJazz. In this segment, we’ll bring you some highlights from that show, which featured a conversation between Friday host Mina Kim and Michael Krasny, who reflected on his nearly 25 years behind Forum's microphone. Guests included author Salman Rushdie, performer and activist Rhodessa Jones, and a performance by tabla master Zakir Hussain and acclaimed saxophonist Joshua Redman.

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U.S. Constitution 101: Your Questions Answered

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 16:00:00 +0000

The new Annenberg Constitution Day Civics Survey finds that more than a third of respondents do not know what is in the First Amendment, and that only a quarter of Americans are able to name all three branches of government. We'll discuss the survey's findings, and the importance of civic education.

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Julie Lythcott-Haims on Being a ‘Real American’ and Growing Up Black

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 17:00:00 +0000

Julie Lythcott-Haims sold Girl Scout cookies and later ran track in high school. But as a black woman, Lythcott-Haims says her identity was often questioned, even though she felt as American as her peers. As the descendant of a South Carolina slave and her owner, Lythcott-Haims writes, “I’m so American it hurts,” She joins Forum to talk about her book “Real American: A Memoir", what it means to be a real American and the racism and microaggressions she faced throughout her life.

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Major Equifax Data Breach Prompts Demands for Investigation, Tighter Consumer Protection Rules

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 16:30:00 +0000

Equifax, one of the country's main credit reporting companies, revealed last week that a data breach exposed up to 143 million Americans' social security numbers and other personal information. Lawmakers are now calling for stricter rules protecting consumer data and for a probe of Equifax, three of whose managers reportedly sold company stock in July. We'll discuss the scope and impact of the breach and what consumers should do to protect themselves.

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‘Textbook Ethnic Cleansing’ Occurring in Myanmar, U.N. Says

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 16:00:00 +0000

In just over two weeks, more than 300,000 Rohingya refugees have fled from Myanmar into neighboring Bangladesh, due to state violence against the Muslim minority group. The Myanmar military says the violence is only a response to attacks by a militant group associated with the Rohingya, and that innocent civilians haven't been targeted. But the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights said this week that the situation looks like a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing." We'll bring you the latest on the situation in Myanmar and discuss the future of the Rohingya, a stateless group that has faced decades of abuse and discrimination.

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Psychologist Jean Twenge on How the Smartphone Has Shaped a Generation

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 17:00:00 +0000

San Diego State University psychology professor Jean Twenge has been studying generational differences for decades. Her latest research focuses on what she calls iGen: the age group that has not known life without the internet. Born between 1995 and 2012, members of iGen have grown up inseparable from their smartphones and according to Twenge are "on the brink of the worst mental-health crisis in decades." Twenge joins Forum to discuss her new book: "iGen: Why Today's Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy - and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood."

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Ongoing Personnel Audit Finds Nepotism Conflicts at State Tax Department

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 16:30:00 +0000

One in five employees at the tax-collecting Board of Equalization works with a relative, according to a report from the Sacramento Bee. The Board, whose tax administration functions were stripped away by lawmakers in June, has been subject of a series of audits exposing financial misconduct and mismanagement. We'll discuss the status of the audits and get an update on how the Board's successor agencies are serving California's taxpayers.

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Peter Nicks’ Documentary ‘The Force’ Looks Deep Inside the Oakland Police Department

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 17:00:00 +0000

Bay Area filmmaker Peter Nicks' new documentary "The Force" takes a close look at the Oakland Police Department during a tumultuous period marked by a sexual exploitation scandal, serial resignations, and ongoing federal scrutiny. The filmmakers embedded with the agency for two years, and sat in on trainings and witnessed internal debates on the use force by officers. We discuss what the film reveals about the culture and inner workings of the department, and how OPD is working to rebuild the public’s trust.

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Deal Reached Between Governor Brown and Lawmakers on ‘Sanctuary State Bill’

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 16:00:00 +0000

A deal was reached Monday on Senate Bill 54, the so-called sanctuary state bill, which was crafted to prevent California law enforcement officials from cooperating with federal immigration agents. We'll discuss what the amended bill looks like, including a compromise between Governor Brown and bill author Senator Kevin de Leon to allow local police at their discretion to hold an arrestee for federal agents.

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New York Times: New Evidence Russia Used Social Media to Manipulate 2016 Election

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 16:30:00 +0000

Russian hackers created thousands of fake Facebook and Twitter profiles to broadcast negative messages about Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election, a New York Times investigation has found. Many of the Twitter accounts were bots that sent out tweets instantaneously. Meanwhile, Facebook acknowledged that a Kremlin-linked company bought more than $100,000 worth of ads on "divisive social and political messages." We speak to New York Times reporter Scott Shane about the scope and impact of the social media manipulation.

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Buddhist Scholar Robert Thurman Illustrates Life of Dalai Lama in ‘Man of Peace’

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 17:00:00 +0000

Celebrated Tibetan Buddhist scholar Robert Thurman was 23 when he first met the Dalai Lama, after having dropped out of Harvard to explore the mysteries and complexities of Buddhism. The Dalai Lama made Thurman a monk, a vocation Thurman calls a "life-long MacArthur fellowship." Heeding his impulse to help others develop spiritually, Thurman left the monastery to become a scholar-activist. Now a professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist studies at Columbia, he joins us to talk about his latest book, 'Man of Peace: The Illustrated Life Story of the Dalai Lama of Tibet.'

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Update on Hurricane Irma Destruction

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 16:00:00 +0000

Hurricane Irma, the deadly Category 4 storm which ripped through the Caribbean Islands and left at least 20 people dead, is expected to directly impact South Florida early Sunday. The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said, “It’s not a question of if Florida’s going to be impacted, it’s a question of how bad Florida’s going to be impacted." We get an update on the storm.

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California ‘Weed Czar’ Talks Legalized Cannabis

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 17:00:00 +0000

Last November, California voters passed Proposition 64, which legalized recreational cannabis and allowed retail sales to begin on January 1, 2018. To meet that deadline, state agencies are working to issue final regulations governing the use, licensing, testing and distribution of recreational cannabis by November. In this hour we speak to Lori Ajax, head of the state's Bureau of Cannabis Control, about what cannabis consumers, retailers, and cultivators should know about the upcoming rollout.

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Education Secretary DeVos Signals Changes to Obama-Era Campus Assault Policy

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 16:00:00 +0000

On Thursday Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced the department would begin the process of changing regulations dealing with campus sexual assaults. DeVos said the Obama-era policies have "failed too many students" and stressed focusing on the rights of victims and the accused. Critics argue DeVos's plan is an attack on sexual assault survivors, while others applaud possible changes to a system they say denies due process and free speech. We discuss the announcement and its possible effects

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Mark Lilla Warns Democrats: Identity Politics is Ruining the Party

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 17:00:00 +0000

In a provocative New York Times piece last November, Columbia University professor Mark Lilla criticized the Democratic party for losing the election because of its hyper focus on identity politics. Lilla wrote that the left was so focused on diversity and "moral panic about racial, gender and sexual identity," that it "distorted liberalism's message and prevented it from becoming a unifying force." The op-ed has now become a book: "The Once and Future Liberal: After Identity Politics." Lilla joins us to discuss his theories and lay out the case for a "post-identity liberalism."

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What to Know Before You Donate to Hurricane Victims

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 16:00:00 +0000

Hurricane Irma, one of the strongest storms ever recorded in the Atlantic, battered the Virgin Islands Wednesday and is making its way toward the Bahamas and Florida. Meanwhile, relief efforts continue in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, which caused at least 70 deaths and up to $180 billion in damages. As the need for donations increases, we discuss how to choose a charity to support victims of natural disasters and how to identify organizations to avoid.

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