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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, 19 Jan 2018 21:04:00 +0000

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House Passes Spending Bill, Government Shutdown Still Looms Ahead of Senate Vote

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 17:00:00 +0000

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a temporary spending bill that will keep the government open through February 16. But the Senate vote remains uncertain, as Democratic lawmakers promise to block the block the bill because it does not include protections for so-called Dreamers, undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children. We'll analyze the latest developments.


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W. Kamau Bell Teams Up with the Oakland Symphony for ‘Playlist’

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 18:00:00 +0000

"Playlist," a new annual series by the Oakland Symphony, features concerts with songs curated by leading thinkers and luminaries. The series debuts Friday with music selected by comedian and Emmy-winning CNN host W. Kamau Bell. Bell joins us in the studio to discuss his song selections, the latest headlines and his show "United Shades of America," which explores race, culture and history. And we want to hear from you -- what song is getting you through these extraordinary times we are living in?


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More Than 100,000 Bay Area Women Expected at Women’s Marches Saturday

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 17:30:00 +0000

More than 100,000 Bay Area women are expected to take to the streets in Women's Marches on Saturday. The marches in San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose come a year after millions of women nationwide protested in the wake of Hillary Clinton's loss to Donald Trump. Organizers say this years marches will focus on increasing female political representation as the 2018 midterm elections loom.


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Carey Perloff Stages Last Play After 25 Years at Helm of ACT

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 18:00:00 +0000

Carey Perloff is stepping down as artistic director of ACTafter directing the company for a quarter century. Her final show, Harold Pinter's "The Birthday Party" is playing until Feb 4. Forum talks with Perloff about her career, the future of theater in San Francisco and her final production.


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False Warning in Hawaii, Late Wildfire Notification Spark Concern Over Emergency Warning Systems

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 17:30:00 +0000

Hawaii and Japan both experienced false alarms about nuclear missile strikes in recent days. Such errors are raising questions about the reliability of emergency warning systems and how notification of a nuclear attack would unfold in California. Recent wildfires and landslides have exposed weaknesses too, leaving many people wondering if they will be adequately notified when danger strikes. Forum discusses California's emergency alert system with the director of the state’s Office of Emergency Services, Mark Ghilarducci.


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FAA Investigates Another Near Miss at SFO, Air Canada Launches Review

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 17:00:00 +0000

An Aeromexico plane almost landed on a runway occupied by another commercial jet at San Francisco International Airport last week, marking the third close call at the airport in the past six months. And in response to two incidents at SFO last year, Air Canada has begun a comprehensive safety review of all operations. We'll discuss recent incidents and passenger safety at the airport.


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‘Inside Private Prisons’ Lays Out History of Private Correctional Facilities

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:30:00 +0000

The U.S. private prison system incarcerates 126,000 people and provides beds for 65% of immigrant detentions. In her new book "Inside Private Prisons," Lauren Brooke Eisen lays out the history of these prisons, including how they burgeoned during the 80's tough-on crime years. She joins Forum to discuss her book, why private prisons need more oversight, and what can be done to improve an opaque prison-industrial complex.


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Wes Anderson Soundtracks Brought Live to the Stage

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:00:00 +0000

Director Wes Anderson has earned a devoted following for his visually stunning movies with evocative, memorable music choices. On Thursday, as part of San Francisco's comedy festival, SF Sketchfest, more than 30 accomplished musicians from around the country are converging for one night of performances of the entire soundtracks of Anderson's movies Rushmore and The Royal Tenenbaums. Forum welcomes some of the musicians in the studio to play songs from the soundtracks, and we want to hear from you. What song in a Wes Anderson movie has stuck with you?


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Facebook Prioritizes Posts from Family and Friends, Buries News

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:00:00 +0000

The social media giant Facebook has begun implementing changes to users' news feeds that prioritize posts from friends and family over those from news organizations and businesses. The Menlo Park-based company says its new algorithm, which also elevates posts that generate the most engagement, will give users a more positive experience. But media companies, nonprofits and businesses that rely on Facebook to distribute information worry they'll lose their audiences. We discuss what the changes will mean for users and publishers.


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Linguist Robin Lakoff on How Gender, Language Affect Public Discourse in Trump Era

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 18:00:00 +0000

Influential UC Berkeley Professor Emerita Robin Lakoff has studied and written about linguistics for more than 40 years. Her latest book, “Context Counts: Papers on Language, Gender and Power,” assembles Lakoff’s key work, with analysis from other linguists, early-career essays and personal reflections. Lakoff joins us to discuss “Context Counts,” and how politics and gender continue to color American political discourse under President Trump.


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Listings Drop on Home Sharing Sites as Registration Deadline Hits

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 17:00:00 +0000

Tuesday is the final day for San Francisco residents to rent some or all of their homes through sites like Airbnb or HomeAway without registering with the city, and the companies are already feeling the effects. Only a fraction of Airbnb hosts have met city requirements, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Other sites have seen their rolls slashed by far more. One city official said there are so few listings on FlipKey that it looks like a “massacre.” Forum discusses how fewer short term rentals and added regulations will affect the city’s housing crisis, and the people who depend on extra income from home sharing sites.


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‘Rape on the Night Shift’ Team Revisits Abuse Against Women Janitors

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 17:30:00 +0000

The #MeToo movement has captured the nation's attention with allegations of sexual harassment and abuse of women in high profile industries. Less attention has been paid to the sexual abuse women suffer in working class jobs. A team of reporters from KQED and other media outlets has checked back in on its 2015 investigation, “Rape on the Night Shift,” about the sexual abuse of immigrant women janitors. They found women organizing, and learning how to fight back.


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California Attorney General Xavier Becerra Talks DACA, Taking on Trump

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 18:30:00 +0000

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced last week that his office had reached a $102 million settlement with the British oil company BP. The lawsuit claimed that the company overcharged government facilities for almost a decade. This is not the only story putting Becerra in headlines. He's also one of several attorneys general suing the Trump Administration over the fate of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients, a suit that got a boost last week when a judge temporarily blocked the Trump administration's plan to end the program. We'll check in with California's top law enforcement officer.


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Monday Morning Political Roundup

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 17:00:00 +0000

Forum provides analysis on the latest political news, including an update on the immigration debate, the status of federal budget negotiations and a look at continued fallout from President Trump's disparaging comments about Haiti and African nations.


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Author Amy Tan on ‘Where the Past Begins’

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 18:00:00 +0000

For Amy Tan, author of the “Joy Luck Club,” the past is never far away nor fully laid to rest. In her new book, “Where the Past Begins: A Writer’s Memoir" she explores the depths of the Chinese-American experience and shares harrowing childhood memories, including her emotionally-complex relationships with her suicidal mother and Baptist-minister father growing up in Oakland, California. Tan joins us in the studio to discuss her latest work.


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President Trump Denies Using Vulgar Slur to Describe African Nations

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 17:30:00 +0000

The slur heard round the world: Lawmakers, nations and much of the American public are condemning the news that President Donald Trump disparaged African nations as “shithole countries” and questioned why the U.S. would want to admit immigrants from Haiti. The President is denying the reports of his language but Senator Dick Durbin stands by his account of yesterday's meeting. In this half hour of Forum, we get your reaction to this latest news.


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Mudslide Kills 17 in Santa Barbara County as Search for Survivors Continues

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 17:00:00 +0000

At least 17 people have died and 8 remain missing after heavy rain caused massive mudslides in Santa Barbara County on Tuesday. The slides also destroyed at least 50 homes and damaged 450 more in Santa Barbara County. We'll get the latest on the disaster and find out how burned out areas of the North Bay can avoid a similar catastrophe.


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How to Foster Quality Early Childhood Education

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 18:00:00 +0000

Recent research suggests that a child’s first years are critical to neurological development. And some education experts view preschool as a prime opportunity to close the educational gap faced by children from lower-income households. With so much riding on the first few years, early childhood education warrants attention … and some say – more funding. A recent article in the New York Times Magazine explored the many issues surrounding how to craft effective early childhood education…In this hour, we’ll talk to the author of that article and explore topics such as increasing teacher pay and training, and talk to experts about how to foster quality early education.


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Ellsberg Takes on US Nuclear Protocol in ‘Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner’

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 18:00:00 +0000

Former military strategist Daniel Ellsberg, famous for releasing the Pentagon Papers, a top-secret study of U.S. involvement in Vietnam, calls the United States' nuclear weapons policy "dizzyingly insane and immoral." In his new memoir, "Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner,” Ellsberg chronicles his years spent as a nuclear policy analyst, which included the near miss of the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. Ellsberg joins us to discuss his new book and why he calls for more risk-reduction measures around nuclear weapons. We’ll also get his thoughts on the new movie, "The Post," which dramatizes the Washington Post's decision to publish the Pentagon Papers in 1971.


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Education, Rainy Day Fund Winners in Gov. Brown’s Proposed Budget

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 17:00:00 +0000

Governor Jerry Brown emphasized investing in transportation, education and growing the state's rainy day fund as part of his new $190 billion budget proposal, released Wednesday. In this hour, we'll talk about the state budget, Congressman Darrell Issa's decision to not seek reelection and San Francisco's mayoral race with KQED's Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos. We'll also talk to them about the launch of their new radio show and podcast, Political Breakdown, which explores politics from a California perspective.


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Federal Judge Blocks DACA Wind Down

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 18:30:00 +0000

A federal judge in San Francisco has temporarily blocked the Trump Administration’s plan to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and ordered the government to start accepting renewal applications. Judge William Alsup said ending the program was based on a flawed legal premise and creates undue hardship for so-called Dreamers. The Justice Department says they’ll continue to press their case, which could mean going to the U.S. Supreme Court to have the order lifted. We'll discuss Tuesday's ruling.


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Talk Show Legend Dick Cavett to Be Honored at SF Sketchfest

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 18:00:00 +0000

Talk-show host Dick Cavett is being honored this week at a SF Sketchfest tribute marking 50 years since "The Dick Cavett Show" debuted on ABC. While best known for his TV show, Cavett also authored four books and appeared in dozens of films including "Beetlejuice" and "Forrest Gump." Cavett got his start as a writer for talk-show host Jack Paar, and then soon began sitting in for fellow-Nebraskan Johnny Carson on “The Tonight Show.” Cavett joins us to discuss his life and career --what do you want to ask him?


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A Bill to Repeal California Rent Control Limits Gets A Public Hearing

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 17:00:00 +0000

A bill that would repeal California’s law limiting rent control is getting a public hearing on Thursday after languishing in committee for nearly a year. The Costa-Hawkins Act allows landlords to increase rent to market value between tenants and forbids rent control on buildings built after 1995, the year the act was passed. AB 1506, would repeal Costa-Hawkins and could have wide-ranging affects on rental markets statewide. What do you think -- should Costa-Hawkins be repealed? Is rent control the key to overcoming the Bay Area's housing crisis?


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Marketplace’s Scott Tong Finds China’s Story in His Family Roots

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 18:00:00 +0000

When journalist Scott Tong moved to Shanghai to open a China bureau for the radio show "Marketplace," he also seized the opportunity to reconnect with his extended family. Tong discovered that their stories reflect the radical changes and political shifts modern China has undergone. He joins us in the studio to talk about his book, "A Village with My Name: A Family History of China's Opening to the World."


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50,000 Salvadorans Living in California Lose Protected Status

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 17:30:00 +0000

The Trump Administration is ending temporary protected status (TPS) for about 200,000 Salvadorans who have been allowed to work and live in the United States since 2001. Many of those immigrants fled to escape violence during the 1980s and 90s, and were granted TPS in 2001 after a pair of devastating earthquakes struck El Salvador. The protected status will end in September of next year. Forum discusses the impact on the Salvadoran community in the Bay Area.


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