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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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Transit Advocates Imagine Caltrain’s Future as Trump Administration Delays Funding

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 17:00:00 +0000

Arguing that the South Bay's transportation system is breaking down, the urban planning think tank SPUR released an ambitious proposal for the region Thursday. In its Caltrain Corridor Vision Plan, SPUR proposes improvements to Highway 101 and calls for Caltrain to quintuple its ridership, expand service into downtown San Francisco and upgrade infrastructure. The SPUR report follows the Trump Administration's decision last week to suspend $647 million in funds for Caltrain's electrification, a move the rail agency says will hinder its ability to make needed improvements. We discuss the future of Caltrain.

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Visits Mexico

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:00:00 +0000

On Thursday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly traveled to Mexico to meet with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto. The visit comes on the heels of rising tensions between the two countries over a border wall that President Trump insists Mexico pay for, a renegotiation of NAFTA and most recently, a tightening of U.S. deportation rules. We'll discuss the recent developments with Mexican political analyst Denise Dresser.

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Bay Area Trump Voters Weigh In On the President’s Progress

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 18:00:00 +0000

President Donald Trump has had a busy first three weeks in office, signing executive orders to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, to construct a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and to ban refugees from seven countries. We'll talk with Bay Area Trump supporters to get their take on the president’s first few weeks in the White House. We'll also hear what it's like to be conservative in a predominantly liberal region. And we want to hear from you: If you voted for Donald Trump, what grade would you give the president so far and why?

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Democratic National Committee Looks to Future, Picks New Leader

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 17:30:00 +0000

After a bruising defeat in November, the Democratic National Committee heads to Atlanta this week to elect a new chair. It’s a key position: The winner will help rebuild the fractured party in preparation for the all-important 2018 midterm elections. We’ll talk with California-based supporters of the two frontrunners for DNC chair, former labor secretary Tom Perez and Representative Keith Ellison.

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Flooding in San Jose Forces Evacuation of 14,000

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 17:00:00 +0000

After being hit by what's being called the worst flooding in 100 years, San Jose officials called for the mandatory evacuation of about 14,000 residents on Tuesday and Wednesday. The flooding came after another round of heavy rain on Monday caused Coyote Creek, which runs through the heart of the city, to overflow unexpectedly. Some residents had to be rescued from the floodwaters by boat. City officials say the creek is now stable and no longer rising, but they continue to urge evacuated residents not to return to their homes. We'll bring you the latest on the flooding and discuss why residents in San Jose weren't warned about the threat sooner.

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Freshman Congressman Ro Khanna on Trump’s New Immigration Rules

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 17:30:00 +0000

Freshman Rep. Ro Khanna is not wasting any time becoming vocal in D.C. The first-generation American has said that he would risk arrest to help prevent the deportation of undocumented immigrants in his district. And Khanna called Ajit Pai, the new Federal Communications Commission Chairman,"the poster child for everything that's wrong with Washington" for scaling back a program that helps low-income households access broadband. Khanna joins us to discuss his priorities for California's 17th District, why he thinks the Democratic Party's future lies in a Bernie Sanders-style populism and President Trump's new immigration rules.

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Trump Administration Issues New Rules Tightening Immigration Enforcement

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 17:00:00 +0000

The Department of Homeland Security issued new rules Tuesday broadly expanding the authority of customs and border agents to detain and deport undocumented immigrants. The rules, which implement executive orders signed by President Trump in January, prioritize removal of immigrants who have committed serious crimes as well as those who have been merely charged with crimes. The rules also prioritize deporting immigrants who have defrauded a government agency or anyone who an immigration officer thinks poses a threat to public safety. The rules also direct Immigration and Customs Enforcement to hire 10,000 more officers and expand detention facilities. We discuss the new rules and their potential impacts.

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Writer Roxane Gay on Speaking Up, Female Friendship and ‘Difficult Women’

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 18:00:00 +0000

Roxane Gay has never shied away from writing about racism, being overweight, sexual assault or her bisexuality. Her new book of short stories, "Difficult Women," dives deep into these same topics. She joins us to talk about her work, the language of protest and Simon & Schuster canceling Milo Yiannopoulos' book. Gay pulled out of her deal with the publisher in January after it extended a $250,000 contract to the provocateur associated with Breitbart News.

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Another Storm Brings Rain, Flooding, Up to Five Feet of Snow at Lake Tahoe

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:00:00 +0000

A storm that began over the weekend has brought more torrential rain to an already saturated Northern California, with flash flood warnings across the region. The Lake Tahoe area was expecting up to five feet of snow, with an avalanche warning in effect through 7 AM Tuesday. And at Don Pedro Reservoir near Turlock, the reservoir exceeded capacity, forcing the use of a spillway for the first time since 1997. We'll get the latest on the most recent storm to hit the region

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President Trump Names Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as National Security Adviser

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:30:00 +0000

Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster will be President Trump's new National Security Adviser, according to a White House announcement Monday. McMaster will assume the post vacated by General Michael Flynn, who was forced to resign for misleading Vice President Mike Pence about talks he held with Russia's ambassador. McMaster is known for his counter-terrorism expertise and criticism of President Bush's execution of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. We discuss how McMaster may shape foreign and national security policy under the Trump administration.

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Former Secretary of State George P. Shultz on his ‘Blueprint for America’

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 18:00:00 +0000

In November, former Secretary of State, Labor, and Treasury George P. Shultz offered this advice for President-elect Donald Trump, a man he declined to endorse: “Without allies, you won’t get anywhere.” Shultz has more advice for the new president and Congress in a new Hoover Institution publication, “Blueprint for America,” which covers everything from diplomacy to nuclear proliferation to healthcare reform. He joins us to talk about the book and his career in public life.

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East Bay Congressman Eric Swalwell on Russian Hacks, the Affordable Care Act and Bipartisanship

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 17:00:00 +0000

Democratic Congressman Eric Swalwell, who represents California’s 15th District in the East Bay, joins Forum to discuss his legislative priorities, including reducing student loan debt and fighting the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. We'll also talk to the Congressman about his bill to set up a bipartisan commission to investigate Russian interference in the U.S. election and about the fallout from the resignation of National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. The interview is the first in Forum's series featuring Bay Area members of Congress.

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Oscar-Nominated ‘4.1 Miles’ Documents Refugee Crisis in Greece

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 18:00:00 +0000

Between 2015 and 2016, 600,000 migrants crossed the water between Turkey and the Greek island of Lesbos, many on small, dangerous inflatable rafts. In her short film "4.1 Miles," UC Berkeley Journalism alumna Daphne Matziaraki documents the Greek Coast Guard's overwhelming struggle to save these refugees from drowning. She followed a ship captain for three weeks as he "pulled family after family, child after child, from the ocean and saved their lives," and looks at his own struggle to make sense of the trauma. Matziaraki joins us in-studio to discuss her film and the ongoing refugee crisis in Greece.

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New Bill Would Push Last Call for Alcohol Back Two Hours in California

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 17:00:00 +0000

State Senator Scott Wiener introduced a bill Wednesday that would allow bars, clubs and restaurants in California to serve alcohol until 4 a.m. The current cutoff time of 2 a.m. has been a longtime source of frustration for nightlife advocates, who say the rules disadvantage San Francisco against cities like New York, Chicago and Las Vegas. But critics of similar bills in the past have expressed concern about noise, and law enforcement officials have said that extended drinking hours could lead to more drunk driving. We discuss the proposed bill and hear from both sides.

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Reflecting on the Presidential Order that Sent Japanese Americans to Incarceration Camps

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 18:00:00 +0000

This Sunday marks the 75th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066 by Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The order forcibly removed approximately 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry from their homes and sent them to live in prison-like camps. Here in the Bay Area, flower growers in Richmond, sweet shop owners in San Francisco's Little Tokyo and others were packed into Greyhound buses and sent to assembly centers like Tanforan Racetrack in San Bruno, where they lived inside horse stalls before being moved to camps in the desert. We reflect on the legacy of that presidential order in the Bay Area and discuss its significance today.

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Worst Erosion in 150 Years Hits California Beaches, Report Finds

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 17:30:00 +0000

The West Coast is experiencing unprecedented erosion on many of its beaches, according to a U.S. Geological Survey report published this week in the journal “Nature Communications." Scientists examined coastal changes at 29 beaches across Washington, Oregon and California, finding that the 2015-2016 El Nino caused unprecedented erosion. We discuss the findings and what can be done to protect California's coastal areas.

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Mountain Bikers Demand More Trail Access in the Sport’s Birthplace, Marin County

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 18:30:00 +0000

Mountain biking advocates in Marin County are frustrated at what they see as the slow pace of new trail openings, promised in a 2014 Marin County road and trail management plan. They say that the sport is growing at an annual rate of more than 11 percent and they need more technically challenging trails. But hiking and equestrian groups argue that they are the biggest users of the open space and that the bikers travel too fast for safety and disrupt nature. Forum discusses the issue and hears from both sides of the debate.

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Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon on ‘Fighting for California’ Under President Trump

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 17:00:00 +0000

Several weeks after the election of President Donald Trump, California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon said in a speech to lawmakers that the state faced a "major existential threat." Rendon has since taken vocal stands against the Trump Administration's immigration raids and travel ban, which is now on hold. We'll talk to Speaker Rendon about the challenges California may face under President Trump and the Assembly's priorities for this term.

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Sound Editor Walter Murch Looks Away from the Big Screen and Looks Towards the Stars

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 18:00:00 +0000

Prolific film editor and sound designer Walter Murch has been in Hollywood for over half a century, working on such films as "Apocalypse Now," "The Godfather" and "The English Patient." But the three time Oscar-winner has another hobby: astrophysics. In his spare time, Murch steps away from the big screen and tries to prove Bode's Law, a 240-year-old theory on the spacing of the planets in the solar system. Murch joins us to discuss his work in astrophysics and the connections he sees between astronomy and sound editing.

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National Security Advisor Michael Flynn Resigns

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 18:00:00 +0000

Michael Flynn resigned as President Trump's national security advisor on Monday night amid allegations that he misled Vice President Mike Pence on conversations he had with the Russian ambassador about American sanctions in December -- before Trump's inauguration. Trump has named Lt. Gen. Joseph Kellogg acting national security advisor. Forum discusses Flynn's resignation and its national security implications as Democrats demand a broader investigation into Russian ties.

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Over 100,000 Evacuated From Oroville Dam Emergency

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 17:00:00 +0000

Evacuations of 180,000 people near Oroville Dam remained in effect Monday, as engineers worked to repair damage to an emergency spillway that threatened to send torrents of water into nearby towns. State officials say that the 770-foot dam itself is not in danger and the threat of flooding lessened Monday as Lake Oroville's water level dropped. But more storms are expected this week, prompting officials to continue to drain water from the lake. We discuss the state of the dam, the ongoing impacts on surrounding communities and the condition of the California's water infrastructure.

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Open Phones: How Did You Meet Your Valentine?

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 18:30:00 +0000

How did you meet your partner? Did you swipe right? Was it a case of mistaken identity? Or maybe you were set up as part of an arranged marriage? From the uplifting to the downright hilarious, we want to hear your relationship origin stories. Join us in a Valentine’s Day celebration by sharing your love story.

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George Saunders Explores Love, Death and Purgatory in ‘Lincoln in the Bardo’

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 18:00:00 +0000

Award-winning author George Saunders joins Forum to talk about his debut novel, “Lincoln in the Bardo.” Set in a graveyard at the outset of the Civil War, the story centers on Abraham Lincoln as he grieves for his son Willie, who died of typhoid was he was eleven years old. “Bardo” refers to the Tibetan concept of purgatory, a state Lincoln finds himself in as he mingles with spirits and tries to make sense of his son’s death. We’ll talk to Saunders about the novel, its Buddhist themes and what inspired it.

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The Atlantic’s David Frum on ‘How to Build an Autocracy’

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 17:00:00 +0000

In the March issue of The Atlantic, senior editor David Frum imagines an America under President Donald Trump four years from now, when protests have foundered, the media have allied with the President and a weary public has grown indifferent to the loss of individual liberties. Frum says that all of this and worse could come to pass unless people exercise their “duty to resist” President Trump’s authoritarian tendencies. We speak to Frum, who was a speechwriter for President George W. Bush, about the vulnerabilities of democracy under the current administration and what we can do to protect it.

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Johnny Funcheap on the Best Bargains for Valentine’s Day

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 18:00:00 +0000

What free or affordable activities are worth checking out this weekend?

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