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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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Monday Morning Political Roundup

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 16:00:00 +0000

Forum reviews, analyzes and answers your questions about the latest news from Washington.

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How Chief Justice John Marshall Made the Supreme Court Relevant

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 17:00:00 +0000

"Without Precedent" depicts the life and times of Chief Justice John Marshall, a federalist and contemporary of George Washington and John Adams. He served for 34 years on the Supreme Court, transforming it from an institution with little authority to a fundamental part of the judiciary branch. Through his enforcement of judicial review, Marshall shaped the country's modern understanding of constitutionality. Professor Joel Paul joins us in the studio to discuss how Marshall's long legal tenure influenced American jurisprudence.

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U.S. Sanctions Russians for Election Interference and Cyberattacks

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 16:30:00 +0000

The White House imposed new sanctions Thursday on 24 Russian entities and individuals for election interference and cyberattacks. Those sanctioned include the Internet Research Agency, known for using fake social media accounts to post divisive rhetoric during the 2016 presidential election. According to the White House, the sanctions, which had already been approved by Congress, include Russian groups who planned to break into the U.S. energy grid. The sanctions come after British Prime Minister Theresa May's expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats after the poisoning of a former Russian spy. We discuss what sanctions mean for U.S.-Russia relations.

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Woman Sues Fertility Center After Equipment Failure Destroys Her Eggs

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 16:00:00 +0000

A woman whose frozen eggs were destroyed after a freezer malfunction at San Francisco's Pacific Fertility Center has filed a class action lawsuit against the company. The suit claims the company was negligent and didn’t properly maintain equipment. We'll discuss the lawsuit and would like to hear from you: Were you affected by the freezer malfunction? How, if at all, does it influence your decision to freeze your eggs?

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James Conaway: Bad Wine and Big Money in Napa Valley

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 17:00:00 +0000

The Napa Valley, a once rustic farming community, is becoming overrun with rich people and corporations who are failing as stewards of  the land  -- at least according to author James Conaway. The former wine columnist says today's vintners are not only taking over Napa Valley land, they’re also making mediocre wine. Conaway joins Forum to talk about the final book is his Napa trilogy, “Napa at Last Light: America’s Eden in an Age of Calamity".

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Bill Would Override Local Zoning Rules in Favor of Transit-Friendly Housing

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 17:00:00 +0000

A new bill proposed by state Senator Scott Weiner would override city zoning restrictions to encourage housing development near transit hubs. Proponents of SB 827 say it will mitigate California's housing crisis and offset sprawl, while those opposed to the bill argue it will fuel displacement and relinquish local authority to the state. As city councils across the Bay Area convene to discuss the bill this week, we speak with experts about its potential impact.

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FDA Approves Home Test for Breast Cancer Gene

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 16:30:00 +0000

The FDA has approved a screening test for the breast cancer gene that women will soon be able to order without consulting a doctor. But some geneticists fear the new test will give people a false sense of security. We'll discuss screening methodology and a University of California study that compares the accuracy of genetic tests to mammograms for predicting breast cancer risk.

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The Rise and Fall of Theranos

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 16:00:00 +0000

Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes settled fraud charges brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday, neither admitting nor denying that she and former company president Ramesh Balwani raised $700 million in investments by repeatedly lying about the company’s performance. Balwani is fighting the charges in court. We'll discuss the charges against Theranos and how they might affect Silicon Valley.

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Gubernatorial Candidate Travis Allen

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 17:30:00 +0000

California state Assembly member Travis Allen joins Forum to talk about his run to succeed Jerry Brown as governor. We'll talk to the Orange County Republican about his positions on taxes, infrastructure, crime and immigration and hear about his plan to "take back California."

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What the State Dept., CIA Leadership Shuffle Could Mean for U.S. Security

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 16:00:00 +0000

In a tweet early Tuesday morning, President Trump dismissed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and replaced him with CIA director Mike Pompeo. Tillerson’s ouster follows a tumultuous tenure marked by ongoing conflict between the State Department and White House. The President also named CIA deputy director Gina Haspel to succeed Pompeo, a move that drew swift criticism from civil liberties advocates who point to Haspel’s involvement in CIA torture programs. We’ll discuss what Tillerson’s firing may mean for U.S. diplomacy and national security. We’ll also bring you updates from President Trump’s California visit.

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Students Calling for Gun Control Plan Nationwide Walkout

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 17:00:00 +0000

On Wednesday, students across the country will walk out of their classrooms for 17 minutes with two goals in mind: to honor the 17 people killed in last month's shooting at a Florida high school and to push for stricter gun control legislation. We'll check in on protests around the Bay Area and would like to hear from you: What do you think of the walkout? Are you or your children walking out? Why or why not?

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Helen Whitney’s ‘Into the Night’ Explores Struggle with Mortality

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 17:00:00 +0000

As award-winning filmmaker Helen Whitney entered midlife she says she felt "mortality press in" and yearned to have conversations about death and dying before it was too late. Her latest documentary, 'Into the Night,' portrays nine people grappling with death's meaning -- from a young mortician who founded the "Death Salon" movement to a Baptist minister who loses faith after the death of his sons. Whitney joins us to discuss the film and what she learned from her subjects about human mortality.

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President Trump Visits California

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 16:00:00 +0000

President Trump arrives in California on Tuesday, marking his first visit to the state in his 14-month tenure. His stops include San Diego, where he'll inspect border wall prototypes. We'll preview the visit and the politics surrounding it and discuss the weekend's breaking national news.

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Three Killed by Army Veteran in Yountville, California

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 16:00:00 +0000

On Friday, a former army rifleman who had been treated for combat stress burst into The Pathway Home, a post-traumatic stress disorder program at the Veterans Home in Yountville. Armed with a rifle, he killed three women and then fatally shot himself. As the community mourns the loss of life, authorities continue to seek a motive for the shooting.

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Yascha Mounk on the Global Threat to Democracy

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 17:00:00 +0000

German-born political scientist Yascha Mounk gained attention in 2016 with an article arguing that youth in the West were fed up with democracy and open to alternatives. In his new book, “The People vs. Democracy," Mounk underscores that thesis and examines how an erosion of trust in government institutions and processes is putting democracy at risk. Mounk joins us to discuss the book and what can be done to keep democracy intact.

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Daily News Gets Storytelling Treatment with KQED’s ‘The Bay’

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 16:30:00 +0000

KQED’s new podcast, "The Bay," takes you behind the scenes with reporters and their subjects to try to make sense of the stories behind local headlines. Host Devin Katayama describes it as storytelling for daily news. We'll talk to Katayama about the podcast, the state of local journalism and what stories "The Bay" is diving into next.

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Study: San Francisco Bay’s Shoreline Sinking

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 16:00:00 +0000

San Francisco Bay's shoreline is sinking, according to a new study co-authored by a UC Berkeley scientist. The study, which utilized satellite images, showed that some areas built on landfill are sinking nearly half an inch a year. That sinking, compounded by rising sea levels, will likely exacerbate flooding and could cost the region billions of dollars in the coming decades.

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Robert Reich: Democracy’s Future Depends on ‘Common Good’

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 17:00:00 +0000

As economic inequality has surged over the past half century, trust in government, corporations and democracy in general has dwindled among Americans. In "The Common Good" Robert Reich argues that to save democratic institutions, America must restore its morality and rise above spreading individualism. He joins us to discuss how this transformation can happen amid such political divisiveness.

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North Bay Fires Expose Serious Faults with Sonoma County, State Alert Systems

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 17:00:00 +0000

As fires consumed the North Bay last fall, it became clear that California’s emergency response system was ill-equipped to handle calamities of such magnitude. KQED has conducted a five month long investigation into what caused the muddled communication and delayed evacuations. We’ll discuss KQED’s findings, shortcomings of current disaster response protocol and potential solutions.  And we’ll hear about a recent California Office of Emergency Services report stating that Sonoma County’s technical alert systems were poorly coordinated and lacked “situational awareness.”

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Election 2018: Gubernatorial Candidate John Cox

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 16:30:00 +0000

Southern California businessman John Cox wants to be California’s next governor. The Republican joins Forum to talk about his vision for the state, his efforts for more transparent campaign financing and why he says he's the only true conservative running for the state's top seat.

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Seoul: North Korea Willing to Denuclearize if its Security Guaranteed

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 16:00:00 +0000

North Korea is willing to engage in talks with the United States about relinquishing nuclear weapons, South Korean officials said Tuesday. Pyongyang will reportedly discuss disarmament in exchange for security assurances and suspend missile and nuclear tests while negotiations take place. We'll discuss the prospects for a negotiated peace on the Korean peninsula.

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U.S. Attorney General Sessions Sues California Over Sanctuary Laws

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 16:00:00 +0000

Hundreds of protesters are expected in Sacramento today… where Attorney General Jeff Sessions is addressing the California Peace Officers Association. This after the Trump Administration on Tuesday announced it’s suing California over its sanctuary policies for undocumented immigrants. The suit names Governor Jerry Brown and Attorney General Xavier Becerra, both of whom remain defiant and say they will fight the suit.

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Amy Chua on Political Tribes and a Divided America

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 17:00:00 +0000

In her new book “Political Tribes,” Yale law professor Amy Chua examines how ethnic, cultural and class divisions have caused a deep social polarization in the United States. She asserts that those on all sides of the political spectrum are to blame for this growing rift, with identity politics consuming public discourse and further pushing people into insular enclaves. Chua, who also wrote “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother,” joins us in the studio to discuss political tribalism and potential ways forward.

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Election 2018: Gubernatorial Candidate Delaine Eastin

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 16:30:00 +0000

Former California Assembly member and Superintendent for Public Instruction Delaine Eastin joins Forum to talk about her run for governor. We'll talk to Eastin about her policy priorities and vision for the state.

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Forum on the Road: The Past, Present and Future of Mare Island Naval Base

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 17:00:00 +0000

When the U.S. Navy shut down the Mare Island Naval Shipyard in 1996, it took away Vallejo's economic engine. That void, though severe, also created an opportunity for the centrally-located but mostly undeveloped stretch of land between San Francisco, Napa and Sacramento. Mare Island has been the repository of high hopes and canceled plans for the past two decades, but new projects have begun to take hold. As part of Forum's broadcast from the Empress Theater in downtown Vallejo, we talk with those doing business on the former naval base and we discuss the past, present and future of Mare Island.

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