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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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Actor Stephen Tobolowsky Talks ‘Silicon Valley,’ Famous Directors and ‘Adventures with God’

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:00:00 +0000

If Stephen Tobolowsky looks familiar, it's for good reason. The character actor has appeared on screen countless times, with credits ranging from the HBO comedy series "Silicon Valley" to "Spaceballs." But his new project, “My Adventures With God” is more personal. The book is series of stories from Tobolowsky’s life that affected his relationship to Judaism. He chases water moccasins as a young boy in Texas, has disastrous experiences on reality dating shows and almost dies while riding horseback on an active volcano. Tobolowsky joins us to talk about his acting career and the events that have shaped his relationship with God.


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France To Hold First Round of Voting in Presidential Election

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 16:30:00 +0000

Voters in France head to the polls Sunday to choose among eleven presidential candidates in a first round of voting. Contenders include François Fillon, a conservative battling embezzlement charges, as well as populists from the far right and far left. If no one wins a majority, the two candidates with the most votes will move on to a run-off election on May 7. We discuss the results and their implications for the future of France and Europe.


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Annual Goldman Environmental Prize to Honor Six Grassroots Leaders

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 16:00:00 +0000

On Monday, the winners of the 2017 Goldman Environmental Prize, known as the "Green Nobel," will be announced in San Francisco. The six winners receive financial support and international attention for their work on behalf of endangered ecosystems, sustainability and environmental justice. We speak to two this of year's winners about how they're changing the world.


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Scientists Across the Nation Trade in Lab Coats for Protest Signs

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:00:00 +0000

This Saturday, scientists in San Francisco and cities across the country are expected to hold a "March for Science" in response to the Trump administration's policies on climate change and other issues. The unprecedented action has critics questioning whether scientists should play a role in politics, while supporters argue that scientists must take a strong stance in a time of intense polarization and "alternative facts." In this hour of Forum, we discuss the upcoming march and hear from local scientists. Tell us what you think: should science and politics mix?


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Checking in with University of California President Janet Napolitano

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 16:00:00 +0000

University of California President Janet Napolitano joins us this hour to discuss the UC system's ongoing efforts to mitigate sexual misconduct by faculty, the possibility of an enrollment cap for out-of-state students and the newly-hired Chancellor of UC Berkeley. We'll also talk to Napolitano about her recent trip to Mexico to promote academic partnerships. What is your question for the UC president?


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In ‘American War,’ a Second Civil War Over Climate Change and Natural Resources

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 17:00:00 +0000

"You fight the war with guns, you fight the peace with stories." That's from Omar El Akkad's novel, "American War," which takes readers 50 years into the future, where the effects of climate change and limited natural resources have caused a second Civil War and split America in two. El Akkad, a longtime journalist who covered Guantanamo Bay, the Arab Spring and the aftermath of Michael Brown's killing in Ferguson, Missouri, joins us to talk about the novel and how his work as a journalist influences his fiction.


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President Trump Signs Executive Order Targeting H-1B Visas

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 16:00:00 +0000

President Donald Trump signed his "Buy American, Hire American" executive order on Tuesday in an effort to prevent companies from choosing low-wage foreign workers over Americans. The order takes aim at the federal government's H-1B visa program, which is supposed to help businesses hire highly-skilled, temporary workers from other countries. But critics of the program say it undercuts American workers and that most H-1B visas simply go to IT workers. But supporters say the program is vital to the tech industry, and argue that President Trump's changes could hurt innovation. In this hour, we discuss President Trump's order and how it could affect Silicon Valley.


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Finding the Real Fibonacci with Mathematician Keith Devlin

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 17:00:00 +0000

Over a decade ago, mathematician Keith Devlin, also known as “The Math Guy” on NPR’s Weekend Edition, set out to research the life and legacy of Leonardo of Pisa, better known as Fibonacci. The Italian mathematician introduced the Hindu-Arabic numeral system and arithmetic to the Western world. “Finding Fibonacci" details Devlin's journey to revive the long-forgotten mathematician and the people who devoted their lives to understanding his legacy.


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Civil Rights Defender Judge Thelton Henderson Retires After More than 30 Years on the Bench

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 16:30:00 +0000

Judge Thelton Henderson is retiring this year from his post as a U.S. District Court Judge in Northern California, saying that at 83-years-old he doesn’t have the stamina to do the job like he used to. The federal judge spent decades on the bench and was a staunch defender of civil rights, presiding over high-profile cases focused on abuse in California prisons and conduct within the Oakland Police Department. We'll discuss Henderson's career and legacy with Bob Egelko, legal affairs reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle. And we'll also hear a recent interview guest host Scott Shafer conducted with Henderson in his chambers.


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How to Choose the Right College

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 17:00:00 +0000

College acceptance letters have gone out and many families are now facing some tough choices. As we approach the deadline for graduating high school seniors to choose their next step, Forum looks at the best strategies for choosing the right school -- and common mistakes to avoid.


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San Jose City Council to Vote on New ‘Just Cause’ Eviction Law

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 16:00:00 +0000

The San Jose City Council is set to vote Tuesday on new rules that would prohibit landlords from evicting tenants from residential properties without just cause, such as failure to pay rent. Supporters say the rules are needed to prevent retaliatory and arbitrary evictions and to protect renters amid the region's housing crisis. Landlords say the rules would make it too difficult to evict problematic tenants. If passed, San Jose would join San Francisco, Los Angeles and other California cities that ban so-called no-cause evictions. We take up the debate.


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Arrests, Injuries at Pro-Trump Berkeley Rally and Counter-protests

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 16:00:00 +0000

A pro-Trump rally in Berkeley on Saturday was met with counter-demonstrations, resulting in violent clashes and at least 20 arrests. Eleven people were injured and seven of those were taken to hospitals, according to police. John Sepulvado, host of KQED's "The California Report" covered the so-called “Patriots Day” demonstration and “Antifa” counter-protest. He joins us in the studio to talk about the events.


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New Guidelines Let Patients Opt In to Controversial Prostate Cancer Screening

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 16:30:00 +0000

All men between the ages of 55 and 69 should have the option of being screened for prostate cancer. That's according to new guidelines from the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force. It's a departure from 2012, when the task force discouraged screening for cancer with the prostate specific antigen (PSA) test. The procedure has a significant problem with false positives, which can lead to more testing, which in turn can cause impaired sexual functioning and incontinence. We'll discuss the new recommendation, which is open for public comment until May 8.


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The Atlantic’s Graeme Wood On ‘Encounters with The Islamic State’

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 17:00:00 +0000

When he was 25 years old, in the early years of the Iraq War, Graeme Wood moved to Mosul for a job. Within a short time he had narrowly avoided a suicide-bombing and grown accustomed to mortar attacks around his office. Years later, as a journalist, Wood set out to find out more about the people and motivations behind such attacks. The result is his latest book, “The Way of The Strangers: Encounters With The Islamic State.” Wood interviewed converts and enthusiasts of the Islamic State from around the world, many of whom didn’t live up to the stereotype of terrorists who pervert theology. In this hour we'll talk to Wood about his book and the people and beliefs of the Islamic State.


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SF Public Defender Jeff Adachi Talks Immigration, Police Shootings and His New Documentary

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 17:00:00 +0000

San Francisco has drawn praise and criticism alike in vowing to stand by its pledge as a sanctuary city to protect undocumented immigrants. We talk with San Francisco's public defender Jeff Adachi about his work with immigrants under threat of deportation. Adachi is also the co-director and subject of a new documentary titled "DEFENDER," which focuses on his defense of a 22-year-old African-American man who pled not guilty in one of San Francisco's first police body camera cases.


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How Stephen Curry Became the Bay Area’s ‘Golden’ Boy

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 16:00:00 +0000

Stephen Curry was once labeled too small to make an impact in the NBA. Now, he's the reigning MVP and has led the Golden State Warriors to back-to-back league championships, taking home the trophy in 2015. And veteran sports columnist Marcus Thompson was along for the entire ride, working as the Warriors beat reporter for the Bay Area News Group. In his new book "Golden," Thomson traces the story of how Curry went from a too small underdog to the superstar leader of a record-breaking team, transforming the nature of the game along the way. As the Warriors prepare to take on the Portland Trailblazers in the playoffs this Sunday, we talk with Thompson about Steph Curry's life on and off of the court.


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Supervisor Tang Wants to Make San Francisco Most Lactation-Friendly City in Nation

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 16:30:00 +0000

Supervisor Katy Tang wants to make pumping at work easier for breastfeeding moms in San Francisco. Tang introduced legislation last month that would expand current law by requiring employers to provide a lactation space that is private, not a bathroom, has access to electricity and contains a flat surface and a chair. Current law requires employers make reasonable efforts to provide breaks and a location for pumping, but doesn’t contain such specific requirements. Studies have found links between early breastfeeding and health.


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Foreign Policy Expert Joseph Nye on Trump’s Threat to American ‘Soft Power’

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 17:00:00 +0000

Harvard political scientist Joseph Nye famously wrote that "smart power is neither hard nor soft. It is both." We talk to Nye about how the U.S. can most effectively wield its power in the world's changing political landscape. We'll also hear his views on the Trump administration's decision to intervene militarily in Syria, the North Korean nuclear threat and what could be ahead for U.S.-Russia relations.


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No Charges for SFPD Officers in 2015 Fatal Shooting

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 16:00:00 +0000

The two San Francisco police officers involved in the fatal shooting of 20-year-old Amilcar Perez Lopez in the Mission District in 2015 will not face criminal charges. District Attorney George Gascon announced his decision Wednesday, citing insufficient evidence and statements from officers that Lopez may have attacked another man and lunged toward the police officers with a knife before he was shot. Critics have called the shooting an example of excessive force, pointing to evidence that Lopez was shot in the back. The controversy contributed to the resignation of former Police Chief Greg Suhr, who remains listed as a defendant in a civil case tied to the shooting.


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Emotions Are a Construct of the Brain, Says Psychologist Lisa Feldman Barrett

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 17:00:00 +0000

Imagine that you’re driving South on 101 when you see blue and red highway patrol lights flashing behind you. Do you feel worried? How about anxious, horrified or scared? According to psychologist Lisa Feldman Barrett, emotions are not something that happen to people, but rather, emotions are constructed in our brains, often with much more nuance than we readily acknowledge. Feldman Barrett joins us to talk about how emotions are made, the link between language and feelings and why assigning emotion to facial expressions has negative effects on everything from childcare to the justice system.


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As Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Heads to Russia, He Warns Putin to Abandon Assad

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 16:00:00 +0000

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Tuesday that if Russia maintains its alliance with Syrian President Bashar Assad, Russia risks becoming irrelevant in the Middle East. The comments came just before Tillerson boarded a plane to Moscow for talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov and after failed efforts by the G7 countries to develop a unified approach to Syria.


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Passenger’s Forced Removal from Flight Sparks Criticism of United Airlines, Overbooking

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 16:30:00 +0000

On Sunday a United Airlines passenger was forcibly removed from his seat by police after refusing to give up his spot on an overbooked flight. The video of him being dragged by his arms down the aisle went viral and sparked a public relations nightmare for United. The airline's CEO Oscar Munoz apologized on Tuesday, promising a review of the company's practices. But that was after an initial statement that called the customer "disruptive and belligerent" and saying United employees"followed established procedures." We'll take a look at the practice of overbooking flights and how removing the Asian-American passenger might affect the airline's business in China, where state media described the passenger as being of Chinese descent.


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Wall Street Embraces Tesla — But Will American Drivers Follow?

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 17:00:00 +0000

Electric vehicles (EVs) have been around for over 100 years now, and they've become increasingly popular in the Bay Area in recent years. Yet they've never quite cracked into the mainstream market nationally. But with recent technological advances, and with Silicon Valley-based Tesla Motors -- set to release its more affordable, electric Model 3 next year -- overtaking Ford Motor Company in stock market value this week, EVs may finally be zooming down the road to the mainstream. In this hour of Forum, we talk with some experts about the current state of electric cars in the U.S. And we'll also explore the future of the industry and how it might be impacted by the Trump administration's policies towards energy and automakers.


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Labor Department Accuses Google of Gender Pay Discrimination

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 16:00:00 +0000

The U.S. Department of Labor has accused Google of violating federal employment laws and discriminating against its female employees. In an ongoing investigation, a regional solicitor said last week that the government found "systemic compensation disparities against women pretty much across the entire workforce." Google has denied the allegations, which come as one San Francisco supervisor has proposed legislation barring employers from asking prospective employees for their salary history. In this hour of Forum, we'll discuss the issue of gender pay discrimination and possible solutions.


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Congresswoman Anna Eshoo on Syria and Discord on the Hill

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 16:00:00 +0000

Silicon Valley Congresswoman Anna Eshoo joined other lawmakers Friday in calling on President Trump to seek congressional approval if he intends to escalate U.S. military involvement in Syria. We'll speak to Representative Eshoo about what she sees as the United States'role in Syria and in the region as a whole. We'll also hear Rep. Eshoo's views on a range of topics including the House Intelligence Committee's Russia probe, her ongoing fight to compel President Trump to release his taxes, and how Democrats and Republicans may find common ground in a hyper-partisan Congress.


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