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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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Bay Area Adding Jobs Despite Housing, Transportation Challenges

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 16:00:00 +0000

The Bay Area added thousands of jobs in June, according to a report released last week by the California Employment Development Department. But some economists warn that the region’s job growth could soon stall as high housing prices and weak transportation infrastructure make it hard for companies to recruit the workers they need. We look at current economic trends in the Bay Area and who is -- and is not -- benefiting from the region’s robust economy.

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UCSF Doctor Chronicles Her Journey from Kidney Donor to Kidney Doctor

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 17:00:00 +0000

When Bay Area primary care doctor Vanessa Grubbs discovered that her boyfriend wasn’t getting the donated kidney that he desperately needed, she decided to give him one of her own. During the process, Grubbs discovered racial disparities in the way donated kidneys are allocated: Approximately 1 in 3 transplant candidates are African American, but they receive only 1 in 5 of all donated kidneys. Grubbs joins us in studio to tell the story of her journey from kidney donor to, ultimately, kidney doctor. We'll also hear about the dialysis industry and why critics think it is overly aggressive and in need of further regulation.

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President Trump Declares ‘Complete Power’ To Grant Pardons

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

The Washington Post reported last week that White House lawyers were researching President Trump’s pardoning authority in light of the investigation into his campaign’s connections with Russia. Administration officials have downplayed the story, but the issue was clearly on the president’s mind on Saturday. He tweeted that he had “complete power” to grant pardons. How far does the president’s pardoning authority go? Could he, for example, pardon himself? We’ll delve into those legal and political questions in this hour. We’ll also get the latest on the Russia sanctions deal working its way through Congress.

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Al Gore Spotlights New Climate Challenges with ‘An Inconvenient Sequel’

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

Over 10 years ago, Al Gore starred in the documentary "An Inconvenient Truth," a fervent call to curb climate change. Now, the former vice president is back with "An Inconvenient Sequel," which chronicles Gore's efforts to keep the fight against global warming front and center. Filmmakers Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk join us to talk about the film. And later in the hour, we'll hear from Al Gore.

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From Anchovies to Zucchini: What to Cook this Summer

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 17:00:00 +0000

Zucchini ribbon salads, gazpacho and ice cream tacos ... such is the bounty of summer! In this hour we talk with local chefs and food writers about their favorite summer recipes and find out what they serve when the vegetables are abundant and the heat makes cooking unappealing. And we want to hear from you: What cooking challenges do you face during the summer months? What is overtaking your garden that you need to use up? And of course, we welcome your go-to summer recipes.

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‘Red Lines’ and the Repeal That Wasn’t: A Look at the Week in Politics

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

It has been a busy week in politics. Bloomberg News reported that Special Investigator Robert Mueller is looking into President Trump's personal financial dealings -- something the President warned would be crossing a "red line" and outside the scope of Mueller's investigation into Russian election interference. That warning came during an interview with the New York Times in which President Trump also said that we would never have appointed Attorney General Jeff Sessions if he knew Sessions were going to recuse himself from the Russia investigation. Also, after a week where Senate Republicans failed to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the Congressional Budget Office reports that about 32 million people would lose health insurance over the next decade under the Senate's most recent plan to repeal the ACA. Our round table of reporters and experts discuss the latest news from Capitol Hill.

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The Soundtrack of the Summer of Love

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

Fifty years ago about 100,000 people came to San Francisco to take part in the musical and cultural revolution known as the Summer of Love. That year brought us familiar and enduring hits like the Beatles' “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” and the “A Whiter Shade of Pale” by Procul Harum. But what ever happened to songs like “I Was Kaiser Bill’s Batman” by Whistling Jack Smith, which reached number 20 on the Billboard charts? We'll look back at the musical legacy of the Summer of '67, including some of the then-popular tunes that have been lost to history.

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Detwiler Fire Near Yosemite Forces Evacuation of 5,000

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

The Detwiler Fire burning west of Yosemite National Park has forced the evacuation of about 5,000 people and burned over 70,000 acres since it started on Sunday; On Tuesday, Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in Mariposa County. We talk about the fire and efforts to contain it with KQED Central Valley reporter Vanessa Rancano. We're also joined by "Megafire" author Michael Kodas, who looks at what firefighters and scientists are doing in California and nationwide to prevent and manage wildfires.

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Scrutiny Intensifies Over Trump Campaign’s Russia Connections

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

The U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee is requesting interviews with Donald Trump Jr. and others involved with President Trump's campaign about their June 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer who promised to provide damaging information about Hillary Clinton. Media outlets revealed Tuesday that an eighth guest was at the meeting: Ike Kaveladze, an American-based executive at a company run by a Russian real estate oligarch with ties to Vladimir Putin. The meeting also included Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort, and a Russian-American lobbyist, among others. We discuss the revelation of Kaveladze's presence and its implications for the ongoing investigations into Russian election interference. We'll also discuss the news that President Trump had a previously undisclosed, private meeting with Putin at the G20 summit in Germany.

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Pioneering Astronomer Jill Tarter on ‘Making Contact’ with Alien Life

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

Jill Tarter has devoted more than 40 years to searching for extraterrestrial life as cofounder of the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute. At a time when women were discouraged from pursuing the sciences, Tarter studied engineering at Cornell and astronomy at UC Berkeley. Tarter joins us in studio, along with journalist Sarah Scoles, who’s new book, “Making Contact: Jill Tarter and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence,” explores the history and science behind Tarter’s on-going search for alien life.

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Mosul Faces Major Challenges After Victory Declared Against ISIS

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

A week after Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared victory in a grueling, nine-month offensive to retake Mosul from ISIS, the city is still reeling. Nearly 900,000 people have been displaced and the UN estimates it will cost more than a billion dollars to repair basic infrastructure. The victory comes without a political agreement between Iraq’s two largest communities: Sunni and Shiite Arabs. Forum discusses Iraq's fight against ISIS and the future of Mosul.

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Report: Oakland Failed to Investigate Almost 80% of Buildings Flagged by Fire Department

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

Last month, a massive four-alarm fire in Oakland consumed a building under construction near Lake Merritt, displacing nearly 700 residents. That blaze comes less year than a year after the deadly Ghost Ship fire, which killed 36 people. According to an investigation by the East Bay Times, of the 879 buildings flagged as unsafe since 2011, Oakland’s Bureau of Fire Prevention only followed up on 183 -- only 21 percent. In this segment, Forum talks with Pulitzer-Prize-winning reporter Thomas Peele about why so many Oakland buildings remain unchecked.

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The Psychology of Procrastination and Productivity

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

Responding to email, preparing for that meeting, tidying up the kitchen. Why is it tasks like those are often put aside for things like watching tv and surfing the internet? Bay Area psychologist Mary Lamia joins us to discuss her new book, "What Motivates Getting Things Done: Procrastination, Emotions, Success." We'll talk to Lamia about why people procrastinate, what emotions are at play when they do, and how to improve productivity.

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‘Revelations’ of Southern African American Art at De Youngdeyounggallery1-sizeddeyounggallery3-sizeddeyounggallery5-sized

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

The Transatlantic slave trade and the Jim Crow era made deep and irreversible marks in American history. But despite the segregation and racial barriers of those times, African Americans with little or no formal training produced a wide range of musical traditions and visual art. A new exhibit at the de Young Museum titled “Revelations: Art from the African American South” presents work from contemporary African American artists inspired by this cultural heritage. Ralph Griffin (1952-1992), "Noah's Ark," ca. 1980. Found wood, nails, paint, 18.75 x 68.75 x 14.5 in.Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, museum purchase, American Art Trust Fund, and gift of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation from the William S. Arnett Collection. Artwork: © Estate of Ralph Griffin.Installation view of "Revelations: Art from the African American South" at the de Young museum.Installation view of "Revelations: Art from the African American South" at the de Young museum.

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Google Pays Researchers for Favorable Academic Research

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

Google doled out hundreds of thousands of dollars to researchers who wrote papers supporting the company’s market dominance, the Wall Street Journal reported earlier this week. The Silicon Valley company funded about 100 papers directly, and another 100 indirectly through Google-funded organizations. Not all of the researchers disclosed Google’s sponsorship, and some sent advance copies to Google before publishing. Jack Nicas of the Wall Street Journal joins us to discuss the story.

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BART Crime Reporting Method Under Scrutiny

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

BART Police Chief Carlos Rojas said at a press conference on Thursday that crime on BART trains, and in the stations, is on the rise. Rojas added that he will investigate ways to improve the system’s crime reporting. The statement comes after critics, including some BART board members, said the agency’s new system for reporting crime data is less transparent. Crime levels on BART have been under scrutiny after robberies where groups of youths swarmed trains and stole cell phones from passengers.

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‘Travel Addict’ Tom Lutz on the Draw of Remote Places

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 17:30:00 +0000

In his solitary travels, Tom Lutz seeks out places where he doesn’t know anyone, or speak the language. His latest book, “Drinking Mare’s Milk on the Roof of the World,” depicts encounters with people across the globe, from a casino in Tanzania to disputed parts of Ukraine. Along the way, Lutz tries to understand his compulsion to travel down the unfamiliar path. Lutz, also the founder and editor-in-chief of the Los Angeles Review of Books, joins us in studio.

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The Best Podcasts for Your Summer Road Trip

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

Ah, summertime. The perfect time of year for vacations and long, winding road trips through forests, deserts and… traffic from everybody else trying to get out of town. But extra time in the car means extra time to catch up on your favorite podcasts. We’ll hear from two podcast experts about shows with everything from crime mysteries to podcast musicals. And we want to hear from you: What podcasts keep you entertained during summer trips?

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New Senate GOP Health Care Plan Faces Uncertain Future

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

Senate Republicans released their updated plan to repeal and replace Obamacare on Thursday. The bill, so far, has failed to unite the GOP. At least two Republican senators are expected to vote against it, and two other Republican senators released an alternative plan. Forum discusses the health policy, and the politics, of the GOP plan.

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President Trump Meets with French President Emmanuel Macron

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

President Trump traveled to Paris on Wednesday, two days before Bastille Day, the French national day. Trump will participate in a joint news conference in Paris with French President Emmanuel Macron where Trump will likely be asked about the revelations that his son met with a Russian lawyer who offered dirt on Hillary Clinton. NPR will cover the conference live. Forum discusses the president’s visit to France and the developing news about the Trump campaign’s alleged collusion with Russia.

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Hate Crimes on the Rise in California

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

Hate crimes in California increased more than 11 percent last year, according to a California Department of Justice report released this month. Race-related hate crimes - mostly against African Americans and Latinos -- accounted for the majority of the incidents, but hate crimes against people based on their sexual orientation and against Muslims and Jews also rose. Forum discusses the disturbing trend and what may be driving it.

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Tech Companies Plan ‘Day of Action’ to Defend Net Neutrality

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

Consumer advocacy groups and some tech companies -- including Google, Twitter, and Facebook -- are planning a day of protest on Wednesday to push back against a rollback of regulations on internet service providers. In 2015, the Federal Communications Commission established rules to enforce so-called net neutrality, the idea that internet providers should treat all websites and apps equitably. Advocates argue that the regulations are needed to prevent internet providers from favoring content that benefits them and slowing or blocking other content. But the new head of the FCC, Ajit Pai, wants to loosen the rules, saying they’re heavy handed and that they hamper innovation. In this hour, we'll hear how Bay Area tech companies are positioning themselves in the ongoing fight over net neutrality. And we'd like to hear from you -- if you're active in the debate over net neutrality, what's motivating you and what action are you taking today?

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Stanford’s Victor Davis Hanson Talks California’s Decline and Political Divide

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

As a fellow at Stanford's Hoover Institution, Victor Davis Hanson understands what it means to live as part of what he calls the California “coastal elite." But Hanson spends the majority of his time at a family farm in the Central Valley. It's this perspective that informs Hanson opinion that California’s politicians fail to understand and serve the needs of the state’s low-income and middle-class residents. Hanson will explain why he thinks politicians who focus on trendy progressive causes are leading the state into decline, from the crumbling infrastructure of Oroville Dam to hampering the state’s agricultural sector.

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The Ethical Dilemmas of Modern Genetics and Making Babies

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

Once the frontier of science fiction, today’s genetic technology could allow parents to choose their children’s gender and hair color, or design an embryo with a lower risk of certain diseases. But how much should parents tinker with their children's genetic makeup? And how much information should physicians share about the likelihood of disease for an unborn child? Bonnie Rochman explores these questions in her new book, “The Gene Machine: How Genetic Technologies Are Changing the Way We Have Kids -- and the Kids We Have.” A former health and parenting columnist for, Rochman discusses the ethical dilemmas pediatricians and genetic counselors face in guiding parents through these unprecedented decisions.

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‘Swap Talk’ with WCPN in Cleveland: Does Federal Oversight Curtail Police Abuse?

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

In 2015, the Cleveland Police Department was placed under federal oversight known as a consent decree after the fatal shooting of a 12-year-old African-American boy named Tamir Rice. The consent decree means the Department of Justice will oversee related reforms in Cleveland’s police department; Oakland police went through something similar in 2003 when it came under a federal court’s supervision after abuses by a group of officers known as the “Rough Riders.” In this hour, we'll look at federal involvement in both cities' police departments and if such arrangements help or hinder relationships between police and the communities they serve. KQED’s Michael Krasny and WCPN’s Amy Eddings co-host this special episode and invite listeners from both regions to join the conversation.

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