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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.

Last Build Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 22:31:22 +0000

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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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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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NPR’s David Welna on President Trump and National Security

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 17:00:00 +0000

As a correspondent for NPR, David Welna has covered everything from the U.S. Congress, to struggling Midwestern farmers, to the CIA's torture program. He currently serves as NPR’s national security correspondent. Welna joins us to discuss his three-decade career in public radio, including what he saw on his recent visit to the Guantanamo Bay prison. We'll also get his take on the national security implications of President Trump's immigration ban and his decision to put chief strategist Steve Bannon on the National Security Council.

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California Votes to Extend Water Conservation Rules

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 17:30:00 +0000

On Wednesday, the State Water Resources Control Board voted to extend, through May, California's existing emergency water conservation regulations and prohibitions against wasting water. We'll discuss the decision with KQED Science Editor Craig Miller.

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Records Show Police Entered Ghost Ship Warehouse in 2015

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 17:00:00 +0000

The Ghost Ship warehouse in Oakland, site of the December 2 fire that killed 36 people, had amassed dozens of code enforcement and police visits in the years before the fire, records released Wednesday by the City of Oakland show. Police visited the warehouse to investigate a rave in March of 2015, and code complaints stretch back to 2004. This comes as Oakland’s fire chief, Teresa Deloach Reed, is on family leave, with no specific return date. Reed was criticized for the department’s failure to prevent the Ghost Ship Fire. We’ll discuss the findings with KQED reporter Dan Brekke.

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Previewing the 2017 Grammys

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 18:00:00 +0000

Beyoncé is expected to hit the stage this Sunday at the Grammy Awards, along with The Weeknd, Daft Punk, Adele and Bruno Mars. Music's big awards night will also feature tributes to Prince and George Michael. But Kanye West and Justin Bieber have hinted that they may not attend, and despite having one of 2016's most popular albums, Frank Ocean will boycott the show because it's "not representative of the best new music." We talk about this year's Grammy nominations -- including some for local artists like Fantastic Negrito and Frances England.

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KQED Looks Inside the Changing Bay Area with ‘American Suburb’

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 18:00:00 +0000

KQED's new series "American Suburb" takes a close look at how gentrification and out-migration affect not only the individuals who move, but the towns who receive those transplants. Reporters Devin Katayama and Sandhya Dirks join us to share the stories of Antioch, a traditionally white working class town 40 miles east of San Francisco, that has seen an influx of African American and Muslim American residents over the past 20 years. In this hour, we'll hear about the changes afoot in Antioch and examine the conflict, tension and opportunity in the Bay Area's changing towns and suburbs. And we'd like to hear from you: tell us about the Bay Area suburb you live in. If you're a recent transplant, why did you move and how are you liking it? Conversely, if you're a longtime resident of a suburb, how has it changed?

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San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee Talks Immigration, Housing and Police Reform

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 17:00:00 +0000

In his State of the City address last month, Mayor Ed Lee said that San Francisco is a sanctuary city "now, tomorrow and forever." Mayor Lee joins Forum to talk about his commitment to San Francisco's sanctuary policy as President Trump threatens to withhold federal funds from the city. We'll also hear his views on a range of issues including the city's looming budget deficit, police reform, affordable housing and homelessness.

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City College Gets Accreditation, Goes Tuition-Free

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 17:30:00 +0000

San Francisco residents can attend the City College of San Francisco for free starting in the fall semester, under a deal announced Monday by Mayor Ed Lee. The city will spend $5.4 million to support free tuition and to provide books for low-income students. The school's enrollment took a dive after 2012 when its accreditation was in serious jeopardy and the school had to defend itself against threats of closure. City College's accreditation was renewed for seven years. We'll talk about the developments with interim chancellor Susan Lamb.

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Journalist Sebastian Mallaby on Brexit, Globalization, and his Alan Greenspan Biography

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 18:00:00 +0000

With Britain's decision to leave the European Union and President Trump’s vow to renegotiate trade deals, the world economy has entered a new period of transformation and uncertainty. Sebastian Mallaby, journalist and senior fellow for international economics at the Council on Foreign Relations, says “Europe is in deep trouble.” Mallaby joins us to talk about the future of Europe, globalization and his new book about Alan Greenspan.

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Trump’s Executive Actions Overreach, Says Bush Justice Department Official

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 17:00:00 +0000

UC Berkeley law professor John Yoo says he has "grave concerns" about President Trump's use of the executive power to impose a travel ban from Muslim-majority countries, withdraw from NAFTA and build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. In a New York Times op-ed published Monday, Yoo writes that President Trump has shown little understanding of the roles of the three branches of government and risks "haphazardly wasting the executive's powers." Yoo, who served in the Justice Department under President George W. Bush, wrote the "torture memos" defending the use of enhanced interrogation techniques during the Iraq war. We speak to him about the scope and limits of executive power.

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Stanford’s Deborah Rhode On Why Women Aren’t Advancing As Leaders

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 18:00:00 +0000

Despite gains in the last half century, women remain significantly underrepresented in positions of power across government, business, law and academia. That's according to Stanford Law School Professor Deborah Rhode, who reports that women constitute 19 percent of Congress, only 17 percent of law partners and a mere four percent of Fortune 500 CEOs. We speak with Rhode about her new book "Women and Leadership" and we'll get her take on the future of feminism under a Trump White House and a Republican-controlled Congress.

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Bloomberg’s Brad Stone on the Rise and Impact of Uber and Airbnb

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 17:00:00 +0000

Few companies have altered city life as deeply and swiftly as Airbnb and Uber, writes Bloomberg technology editor Brad Stone. The two companies, which together are now worth $99 billion, have generated controversy in every urban center they've entered, outpacing regulation and agitating entire industries. We speak with Stone about the people behind the rise of Airbnb and Uber, and about the "nonstarters" -- those who had similar ideas but whose businesses failed. Stone's new book is "The Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley Are Changing the World."

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Reddit’s Alexis Ohanian on Banning White Nationalist Forums and Defending Refugees

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 17:30:00 +0000

Reddit, the online discussion website and self-proclaimed “front page of the internet," closed two of its alt-right discussion boards Wednesday. The company banned the controversial groups for posting home phone numbers and addresses of people they disagreed with or wanted to harass, a practice known as “doxing.” Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian joins us to discuss the ban and how it fits in with the site’s open discussion ethos. We'll also hear about Ohanian’s response to President Trump’s immigration policies and how Ohanian’s own family came to the U.S. as refugees.

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U.S. Issues New Sanctions on Iran in Response to Test Missile Launch

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 17:00:00 +0000

Tensions between the United States and Iran escalated Thursday as President Trump said "nothing is off the table" in dealing with the country, including military action, and Reuters reported that the U.S. is expected to impose new sanctions. This comes on the heels of White House National Security Advisor Mike Flynn's announcement that the administration is "officially putting Iran on notice" after the test launch of a missile on Sunday. An Iranian official, meanwhile, called the White House's rhetoric "baseless, repetitive and provocative." We discuss the state of U.S.-Iran relations under President Trump and the fate of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

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What Does “Racism” Mean Today?

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 18:00:00 +0000

Some critics have called President Trump's "America First" rhetoric "racist." Same with his executive orders to build a wall along the U.S. Mexico border or ban refugees from Muslim-majority countries. At the same time, others have questioned how protectionist policies are actually racist ... prompting us at Forum to ask: what does "racism" really mean today? In this hour, we take a closer look at racism in a politically divided and diverse America.

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