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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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‘The Stoop’ Explores African Identity in America

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 18:30:00 +0000

Hana Baba and Leila Day are journalists in the Bay Area who often found themselves in the newsroom chatting about their black identities: Baba is Sudanese American and Day is African American. They've turned those conversations into a podcast called "The Stoop," which explores the discussions black people have about what "it means to be black, and how we talk about blackness." Baba and Day join us to discuss their project and the conversations that spurred it: everything from being told they "sound white" to whether wearing traditional African prints constitutes style or cultural appropriation.

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FCC Repeals Landmark Obama-Era Net Neutrality Rules

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 17:00:00 +0000

The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to repeal net neutrality rules which regulate internet service providers. The Obama Administration rules barred broadband providers from blocking websites or charging for certain content or services. The Republican-led commission voted along party lines in the face of widespread protest and criticism. We'll talk about what the repeal could mean for consumers and technology companies.

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From Bean to Bar: Making Chocolate at Home

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 18:00:00 +0000

Nestled in San Francisco's Mission District is Dandelion Chocolate, a small batch chocolate factory started by a couple of friends with a passion for the craft. Now, they're bringing their bean-to-bar ethos to the home cook. Their new cookbook describes the process of sourcing, roasting, and grinding your own beans and features a few recipes for what to do with the chocolate once you're done.  We'll dive into the world of home chocolate making and taste the fruits of Dandelion's labor.

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What’s Up With The Stock Market?

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 18:30:00 +0000

Donald Trump’s election was met with projections of gloom and doom from many market analysts. The conventional wisdom was that Trump's anti-immigration and protectionist policies could trigger a global recession. But the stock market has defied predictions, soaring almost 25 percent since the presidential election. In this hour's we'll talk about what is behind this rapid rise...and whether we are due for a major correction.

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Compromise Tax Deal Reached: Tax Cuts for Wealthy Expand

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 18:00:00 +0000

Republican leaders Wednesday reached a compromise deal for a sweeping tax overhaul. Under the plan, the corporate tax rate would get lowered to 21 percent and the top tax rate for individuals reduced to 37 percent. David Wessel, director of the Hutchins Center at the Brookings Institution, joins us to discuss the latest version and take your questions.

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Mayor Ed Lee’s Unexpected Death Shakes Up San Francisco Politics

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 17:00:00 +0000

San Franciscans woke up Tuesday morning to stunning news: the passing of Mayor Ed Lee. But, as the city mourns, it also faces two mayoral races in under two years and the possibility of a profound change in city politics. We’ll take a look at the contenders for the seat, with the filing deadline for the June special election just weeks away. And, from housing to tech, for good or ill, Ed Lee made his mark on this city -- how will his signature policies fare under a new administration?

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Alabama Gets a New Senator

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:00:00 +0000

After an intense campaign Alabama voters elected democrat Doug Jones in yesterday’s special election.  This is the first time a democrat has been elected to statewide office in more than two  decades and the win is being hailed by democrats as bell weather for 2018.  We’ll get the latest from the ground in Alabama and dive into the political implications of this vote...

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Oakland Schools Face $9 Million in Budget Cuts

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 18:00:00 +0000

Oakland's school board is set to vote Wednesday on a proposal to cut $9 million from the district budget. Oakland's new school superintendent says the mid-year cuts are a result of years of financial mismanagement and overspending. Forum talks about how the cuts would affect Oakland's already financially strapped schools, what caused the budget crisis, and what it would take for Oakland schools to recover.

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Joyce Maynard Documents Love and Loss in ‘The Best of Us’

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:00:00 +0000

When author Joyce Maynard met Jim, a successful Bay Area lawyer, they fell in love, got married, planted olive trees, and went on long bike rides. Then Jim was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and less than three years after their wedding, he died. Maynard joins us to talk about "The Best of Us: A Memoir," a reflection on how she got through the pain of final heartbreak

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San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee Dies

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:00:00 +0000

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee died early Tuesday morning after he collapsed at a Safeway Monday night. The 65 year old former civil rights attorney was the city's first Asian American Mayor. Board of supervisors President London Breed is now acting mayor. We discuss the life and legacy of Mayor Lee.

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Monday News Roundup

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:00:00 +0000

Forum provides insight and analysis on the latest sexual misconduct scandals, the GOP tax bill and the still looming possibility of a government shutdown with our panel of political journalists.

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Andy Weir Follows Best-Seller ‘The Martian’ With Launch of ‘Artemis’

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 18:00:00 +0000

Andy Weir self-published “The Martian” on his personal website in 2011. A publisher snapped up the rights, and his pet project made it to the New York Times best-seller list and went on to become an Oscar-nominated film. His new book “Artemis” looks at a fictional colony on the moon, where a female, black-market smuggler embarks on hijinks and adventure. Weir joins us to talk about “Artemis,” researching space exploration and his life since “The Martian” launched him to fame.

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Al Franken and the #MeToo Revolution 

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 18:00:00 +0000

Minnesota Senator Al Franken's resignation announcement is just the latest fallout from the multitude of sexual misconduct allegations leveled against powerful men in recent months. Forum talks with a panel of feminists about what this moment means for women. Does the increasing recognition of widespread harassment signal a more enlightened age, or are we veering toward a destructive backlash?

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New S.F. Schools Chief Vincent Matthews on the Achievement Gap

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 17:00:00 +0000

The San Francisco NAACP is calling on city officials to declare a state of emergency over the the achievement gap between black and white students. Seventy-four percent of African American students failed to meet 2016-17 state assessment standards in at least one subject area, according to the district. In this hour, we'll talk with new San Francisco Superintendent Vincent Matthews about efforts to address the achievement gap. We’ll also hear about his plans for the district, and a proposed double-digit salary raise for the city’s teachers.

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President Trump Recognizes Jerusalem as Capital of Israel

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 18:30:00 +0000

President Trump honored a campaign promise on Wednesday by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The United States is the only country to do so. A Palestinian representative called the decision a “kiss of death” for the two-state solution, while the human rights group Amnesty International condemned the move as “undermining the international rule of law.” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the decision, which he called “courageous and just.”

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Ambassador Swanee Hunt on ‘Rwandan Women Rising’

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 18:00:00 +0000

A new book by former U.S. ambassador to Austria Swanee Hunt profiles 90 women who were key figures in rebuilding Rwanda after the 1994 genocide. From entrepreneurs to lawmakers, “Rwandan Women Rising” highlights females who upend the narrative that women in war zones are only victims. Hunt joins us to discuss her book, and how Rwanda became one of Africa’s most stable countries.

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Dan Rather on ‘What Unites Us’ in an Age of Deep Division

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 17:00:00 +0000

Former CBS news anchor Dan Rather has interviewed every president since Dwight Eisenhower, and he says the state of the current presidency is not normal. Now 86, Rather reflects on America’s founding principles in his new book of essays, "What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism.” Rather’s latest media venture, News and Guts, posts stories on Facebook that reach upwards of 25 million people. He joins us in studio to talk about politics, why he thinks the free press is facing a “state of crisis” and what he’s done since leaving CBS in 2005 due to flawed reporting about then-President George W. Bush’s military service during the Vietnam War.

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San Francisco Expands Demand-Based Pricing for Parking Meters

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 17:00:00 +0000

In an effort to increase the availability of parking spaces in San Francisco, city officials voted Tuesday to expand surge pricing to each of the city’s 30,200 parking meters. The program currently covers about 7,000 meters. Rates will range from 50 cents to $8 an hour, according to the Municipal Transportation Agency. We’ll discuss the program, which makes San Francisco the only U.S. city to utilize demand-based rates for all of its parking meters. But first, we'll get an update on the fires in Southern California.

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Speaker Anthony Rendon on Tax Plan, Sexual Harassment Claims Against Assemblymembers

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 17:30:00 +0000

On Monday two women accused California Assemblyman Matt Dababneh of sexually harassing them. This comes on the heels of Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra’s resignation after multiple accusations of sexual misconduct. State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon said the Assembly "will keep working to change the climate in the Capitol to stop sexual harassment and abuse.” Rendon joins us to talk about the Assembly's moves to address sexual harassment, and other issues, including how the repeal of DACA and the Republicans' new tax plan will affect California. He recently tweeted that the tax plan "puts the screws to California — plain and simple.”

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Thousands of Oakland City Employees Strike

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 17:00:00 +0000

Up to 3000 Oakland city workers went on strike Tuesday morning to demand pay raises and protest what they say are unfair labor practices. Librarians, sewer workers, building inspectors and other city employees crowded the front of City Hall with picket signs. Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf says the strike is unlawful, since the city and the union are still undergoing negotiations. But Service Employees International Union Local 1021 says the strike is legal, since the contract expired at the end of June. Schaaf issued a statement saying Oakland offered a six-percent raise, but “cannot spend more than we can afford.” We’ll find out more about the dispute between the city and its employees.

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Berkeley Neuroscientist Matthew Walker Explains ‘Why We Sleep’

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 18:00:00 +0000

UC Berkeley Professor Matthew Walker has consulted for the NBA, the NFL and Pixar — all on sleep. Sleep can impact everything from food cravings to the likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Yet human beings are the only species that “deprive themselves of sleep for no sound reason,” Walker says. Walker joins us to talk about the impact of sleep deprivation, how to improve your sleep cycle and his new book “Why We Sleep.”

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Khizr Khan on Being Part of ‘An American Family’

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 17:30:00 +0000

At the 2016 Democratic National Convention, Khizr Khan held a copy of the constitution and spoke out against then-candidate Donald Trump’s proposal to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. Trump criticized Khan soon after. Khan is a U.S. citizen and Gold Star father: His son, Capt. Humayun Khan, was killed in Iraq by a suicide bomb attack. Khan joins us in-studio to discuss how his altercation with Trump catapulted him to fame, and his new memoir “An American Family.”

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Political News Round Up

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 17:00:00 +0000

Senator Mitch McConnell announced Friday that Republicans had enough votes to pass the party's tax overhaul even though GOP leaders are still hammering out parts of the bill. McConnell's announcement comes as former national security adviser Michael Flynn pled guilty to lying to the FBI. Forum brings you the latest in political news.

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Haroon Moghul on Becoming a ‘Professional Muslim’ After 9/11

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 18:00:00 +0000

In 2001, Haroon Moghul was a student at NYU and a founder of the university's Islamic Center. But after a crisis of faith he had plans to leave his leadership role. Instead, the 9/11 attacks thrust him into the spotlight as a spokesperson for American Muslims. Now, Moghul is out with a memoir titled "How to Be a Muslim: An American Story." Moghul joins us to talk about his struggles with bipolar disorder and the "burden" of being a "professional Muslim."

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Former National Security Advisor Flynn Pleads Guilty to Lying to FBI

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 18:00:00 +0000

Michael T. Flynn, the former national security advisor who left after a month in the job with the Trump administration after allegations he lied about his meetings with the Russian ambassador to the United States, has been charged with lying to the FBI and will plead guilty in federal court on Friday morning. The plea deal suggests that Flynn is cooperating with prosecutors in their investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 US elections. We bring you the latest.

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