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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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Al Franken and the #MeToo Revolution 

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 18:00:00 +0000

Minnesota Senator Al Franken's resignation announcement is just the latest fallout from the multitude of sexual misconduct allegations leveled against powerful men in recent months. Forum talks with a panel of feminists about what this moment means for women. Does the increasing recognition of widespread harassment signal a more enlightened age, or are we veering toward a destructive backlash?

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New S.F. Schools Chief Vincent Matthews on the Achievement Gap

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

The San Francisco NAACP is calling on city officials to declare a state of emergency over the the achievement gap between black and white students. Seventy-four percent of African American students failed to meet 2016-17 state assessment standards in at least one subject area, according to the district. In this hour, we'll talk with new San Francisco Superintendent Vincent Matthews about efforts to address the achievement gap. We’ll also hear about his plans for the district, and a proposed double-digit salary raise for the city’s teachers.

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President Trump Recognizes Jerusalem as Capital of Israel

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 18:30:00 +0000

President Trump honored a campaign promise on Wednesday by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The United States is the only country to do so. A Palestinian representative called the decision a “kiss of death” for the two-state solution, while the human rights group Amnesty International condemned the move as “undermining the international rule of law.” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the decision, which he called “courageous and just.”

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Ambassador Swanee Hunt on ‘Rwandan Women Rising’

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 18:00:00 +0000

A new book by former U.S. ambassador to Austria Swanee Hunt profiles 90 women who were key figures in rebuilding Rwanda after the 1994 genocide. From entrepreneurs to lawmakers, “Rwandan Women Rising” highlights females who upend the narrative that women in war zones are only victims. Hunt joins us to discuss her book, and how Rwanda became one of Africa’s most stable countries.

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Dan Rather on ‘What Unites Us’ in an Age of Deep Division

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

Former CBS news anchor Dan Rather has interviewed every president since Dwight Eisenhower, and he says the state of the current presidency is not normal. Now 86, Rather reflects on America’s founding principles in his new book of essays, "What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism.” Rather’s latest media venture, News and Guts, posts stories on Facebook that reach upwards of 25 million people. He joins us in studio to talk about politics, why he thinks the free press is facing a “state of crisis” and what he’s done since leaving CBS in 2005 due to flawed reporting about then-President George W. Bush’s military service during the Vietnam War.

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San Francisco Expands Demand-Based Pricing for Parking Meters

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 17:00:00 +0000

In an effort to increase the availability of parking spaces in San Francisco, city officials voted Tuesday to expand surge pricing to each of the city’s 30,200 parking meters. The program currently covers about 7,000 meters. Rates will range from 50 cents to $8 an hour, according to the Municipal Transportation Agency. We’ll discuss the program, which makes San Francisco the only U.S. city to utilize demand-based rates for all of its parking meters. But first, we'll get an update on the fires in Southern California.

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Speaker Anthony Rendon on Tax Plan, Sexual Harassment Claims Against Assemblymembers

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 17:30:00 +0000

On Monday two women accused California Assemblyman Matt Dababneh of sexually harassing them. This comes on the heels of Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra’s resignation after multiple accusations of sexual misconduct. State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon said the Assembly "will keep working to change the climate in the Capitol to stop sexual harassment and abuse.” Rendon joins us to talk about the Assembly's moves to address sexual harassment, and other issues, including how the repeal of DACA and the Republicans' new tax plan will affect California. He recently tweeted that the tax plan "puts the screws to California — plain and simple.”

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Thousands of Oakland City Employees Strike

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 17:00:00 +0000

Up to 3000 Oakland city workers went on strike Tuesday morning to demand pay raises and protest what they say are unfair labor practices. Librarians, sewer workers, building inspectors and other city employees crowded the front of City Hall with picket signs. Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf says the strike is unlawful, since the city and the union are still undergoing negotiations. But Service Employees International Union Local 1021 says the strike is legal, since the contract expired at the end of June. Schaaf issued a statement saying Oakland offered a six-percent raise, but “cannot spend more than we can afford.” We’ll find out more about the dispute between the city and its employees.

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Berkeley Neuroscientist Matthew Walker Explains ‘Why We Sleep’

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 18:00:00 +0000

UC Berkeley Professor Matthew Walker has consulted for the NBA, the NFL and Pixar — all on sleep. Sleep can impact everything from food cravings to the likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Yet human beings are the only species that “deprive themselves of sleep for no sound reason,” Walker says. Walker joins us to talk about the impact of sleep deprivation, how to improve your sleep cycle and his new book “Why We Sleep.”

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Khizr Khan on Being Part of ‘An American Family’

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 17:30:00 +0000

At the 2016 Democratic National Convention, Khizr Khan held a copy of the constitution and spoke out against then-candidate Donald Trump’s proposal to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. Trump criticized Khan soon after. Khan is a U.S. citizen and Gold Star father: His son, Capt. Humayun Khan, was killed in Iraq by a suicide bomb attack. Khan joins us in-studio to discuss how his altercation with Trump catapulted him to fame, and his new memoir “An American Family.”

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Political News Round Up

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 17:00:00 +0000

Senator Mitch McConnell announced Friday that Republicans had enough votes to pass the party's tax overhaul even though GOP leaders are still hammering out parts of the bill. McConnell's announcement comes as former national security adviser Michael Flynn pled guilty to lying to the FBI. Forum brings you the latest in political news.

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Haroon Moghul on Becoming a ‘Professional Muslim’ After 9/11

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 18:00:00 +0000

In 2001, Haroon Moghul was a student at NYU and a founder of the university's Islamic Center. But after a crisis of faith he had plans to leave his leadership role. Instead, the 9/11 attacks thrust him into the spotlight as a spokesperson for American Muslims. Now, Moghul is out with a memoir titled "How to Be a Muslim: An American Story." Moghul joins us to talk about his struggles with bipolar disorder and the "burden" of being a "professional Muslim."

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Former National Security Advisor Flynn Pleads Guilty to Lying to FBI

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 18:00:00 +0000

Michael T. Flynn, the former national security advisor who left after a month in the job with the Trump administration after allegations he lied about his meetings with the Russian ambassador to the United States, has been charged with lying to the FBI and will plead guilty in federal court on Friday morning. The plea deal suggests that Flynn is cooperating with prosecutors in their investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 US elections. We bring you the latest.

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Jose Ines Garcia Zarate Found Not Guilty in Murder of Kate Steinle

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 17:00:00 +0000

A San Francisco jury has found Jose Ines Garcia Zarate not guilty of murdering Kate Steinle in a case that attracted national attention to San Francisco's sanctuary city policy. Zarate's attorneys argued that he accidentally killed Steinle on San Francisco's Embarcadero when he picked up an object wrapped in a towel that he didn't know was a gun and it fired. Zarate had been deported five times and was wanted for a sixth deportation when Steinle was killed.

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Hari Kondabolu Points Out ‘The Problem with Apu’

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 18:30:00 +0000

Comedian Hari Kondabolu loves "The Simpsons." But he couldn't ignore that Apu, the Kwik-E-Mart clerk with the thick accent, perpetuates glaring stereotypes about Indians like himself. Kondabolu said Apu sounds a lot like "a white guy doing an impression of a white guy making fun of my father." In his documentary, "The Problem with Apu," Kondabolu explores the character's influence and tries to get an interview with Hank Azaria, the actor who voices him.

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Reza Aslan on Anthropomorphizing God

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 17:30:00 +0000

According to the Book of Genesis, God created man in his image, but according to author Reza Aslan, the opposite is true. Aslan says people feel an impulsive need to humanize God as "a divine version of ourselves," infused with all of humans' good and bad qualities. But attributing qualities like compassion, volatility and vengefulness to God also impacts how people approach government, culture and religion. Aslan joins us in the studio to discuss his latest book, "God: A Human History."

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One Year On: Remembering Oakland’s Ghost Ship Fire

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

Saturday marks one year since a fire that killed 36 people broke out during a party at the Ghost Ship warehouse in Oakland. We mark the anniversary by talking to members of the artistic community affected by the fire about life after the tragic losses. And we’ll check in with city officials about the changing landscape for artists, musicians and people living in nontraditional housing in Oakland.

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Composer John Adams’ ‘Girls of the Golden West’ Portrays Dark Underbelly of Gold Rush Era

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 18:30:00 +0000

The sound of fortune-hunters’ pickaxes digging for gold in 1850s California marks the opening scene of “Girls of the Golden West” by composer John Adams. In creating the opera, Adams and librettist Peter Sellars drew heavily on the letters of a doctor’s wife, Louise Clappe, who exposed the brutality toward women and ethnic tensions that broiled under the optimism of the Gold Rush. Adams joins us in-studio to discuss “Girls of the Golden West,” which plays the San Francisco Opera through mid-December.  

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Veterans Film Festival Explores Mental Health Issues

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 18:00:00 +0000

The 2016 documentary “Thank You for Your Service” takes an up close and personal look at veterans dealing with mental health issues. We’ll talk with the film’s director, Tom Donahue, and Dr. John McQuaid of the San Francisco VA Health Care System about mental health and the military, and with Eddie Ramirez, a veteran and founder of the San Francisco Veterans Film Festival. “Thank You for Your Service” plays this weekend at the San Francisco Public Library as part of the festival.  

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Matthew Desmond Explores the Personal Side of Evictions

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 18:00:00 +0000

The majority of poor families who don't own homes pay more than half of their income in rent. As a result, many end up getting evicted. In his Pulitzer Prize-winning book, "Evicted," Princeton Sociologist Matthew Desmond tells the stories of eight families and their landlords, and explores how evictions cause poverty. Desmond joins Forum in-studio to discuss the economic, racial and social issues surrounding evictions.

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Ian Bremmer Talks North Korea Test, Top Geopolitical Risks

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 17:00:00 +0000

Foreign affairs columnist for TIME magazine and president of political risk consultancy Eurasia Group, Ian Bremmer joins us to share his insights on the tension between politics and markets across the globe.  He'll also weigh in on the latest geopolitical news, including the Trump administration's approach to dealing with North Korea, which launched another ballistic missile on Tuesday.

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California Legislator Resigns as Assembly to Open Hearings on Sexual Harassment

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 17:00:00 +0000

Under investigation for sexual misconduct, Southern California Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra, D-Pacoima, announced Monday that he was resigning, effective immediately. Meanwhile, the Senate Rules Committee also voted Monday to remove Sen. Tony Mendoza, D-Artesia, from his leadership posts following allegations he'd sexually harassed staff members. Bocanegra and Mendoza have both denied the allegations. The moves come as a separate panel begins a series of public hearings Tuesday on how to improve a Capitol culture that some women say allows for pervasive sexual harassment and abuse. We'll preview the hearings.  

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San Francisco’s Pacific News Service And New America Media Close After Nearly Half a Century

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 17:30:00 +0000

In San Francisco in 1970, a China scholar and a group of freelance journalists founded the Pacific News Service to challenge the official U.S. narrative about the Vietnam War. The news service later launched New America Media, a collaboration of ethnic news organizations, and many other journalism projects. Pacific News Service and New America Media are closing this week. Executive Director Sandy Close joins Forum to discuss nearly half a century of ambitious journalism, and the changing media landscape.

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Bay Area Physician Victoria Sweet’s Crusade for ‘Slow Medicine’

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 18:00:00 +0000

Innovations like surgical robots, telemedicine and targeted cancer therapies offer the promise of breakthrough medical treatments. But what if medicine's obsession with new technology is really making healthcare worse? That's among the questions UCSF's Victoria Sweet examines in her new book “Slow Medicine: The Way to Healing.” For Sweet, a former doctor at San Francisco's Laguna Honda Hospital, “slow medicine” means taking the time to truly connect with patients. She joins us in the studio.

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UC Law Professor John Yoo on Changing The Rules of War

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 18:00:00 +0000

New military technologies such as drones, cyber weapons and autonomous robots are transforming the way the U.S. goes to war. UC Berkeley Professor of Law John Yoo says these weapons are more precise, cause less destruction and can make the world a safer place. But Yoo, co-author of "Striking Power: How Cyber, Robots, and Space Weapons Change The Rules for War," argues that legal changes should come with these technologies, such as reconsidering whether civilian infrastructure can be targeted. Forum talks with Yoo about the book, the changing rules of war and his "torture memos," which argued that waterboarding and other enhanced interrogation techniques might be legal.

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