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Wed, 29 Mar 2017 17:00:00 +0000On his seventh day in office, President Donald Trump issued an executive order banning travel from certain Muslim-majority countries. While the order resulted in protests and lawsuits across the country, for Abdi Soltani, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California, the order had another effect. According to Soltani, whose parents are Iranian immigrants, “It joined my life as an Iranian-American with my life as an ACLU director. They coalesced. And they became one.” As the new administration toughens immigration enforcement and cracks down on sanctuary cities, Soltani joins us to talk about the ACLU's work and his personal story.
Wed, 29 Mar 2017 16:00:00 +0000Surrounded by coal miners, President Donald Trump signed a broad executive order Tuesday directing federal agencies to revise or withdraw key regulations aimed at restricting greenhouse gas pollution. The order takes particular aim at the Clean Power Plan, the Obama Administration's far-reaching set of rules designed to reduce carbon emissions from power plants. Environmental advocates say the order effectively halts federal action on climate change, while coal industry supporters say it will bring back jobs. We discuss the order and its potential impacts.
Tue, 28 Mar 2017 17:00:00 +0000While death is inevitable, many of us choose not to think about our own mortality or that of our loved ones. This is not true of Frank Ostaseski, cofounder of San Francisco’s Zen Hospice Project, who has accompanied more than 1,000 people through the intimate process of dying. From a bedside vantage point he has listened to countless regrets and revelations, lessons that he passes on in his new book, “The Five Invitations." Ostaseski joins us in the studio to talk about what death can teach us about living full lives.
Tue, 28 Mar 2017 16:00:00 +0000NFL owners approved the Oakland Raiders' move to Las Vegas in a 31-1 vote Monday, ending a years-long effort by the city of Oakland to retain the team. The Raiders will play at the Oakland Coliseum for the 2017 season, and possibly longer, while a 65,000-seat, $1.9 billion stadium to be shared with the University of Las Vegas is built. The vote comes just two months after the Golden State Warriors broke ground on a new arena in San Francisco. We discuss what the relocation of both teams means for the Bay Area and how Raiders fans are responding to news of the NFL vote.
Mon, 27 Mar 2017 17:00:00 +0000When Joe Di Prisco was 10 years old, cops swarmed his relative's home looking for his father. His dad was a gambler, a bookkeeper and an FBI informant, rubbing shoulders with mob associates in a Brooklyn neighborhood reminiscent of 'Goodfellas.' But Di Prisco says his father was also a mystery - a man later afflicted with Alzheimer's whose life Di Prisco pieced together through FBI transcripts. In his latest memoir, 'The Pope of Brooklyn,' the Lafayette writer reflects on his father's narrative and his own parallel path into gambling, drugs and a run-in with the FBI.
Mon, 27 Mar 2017 16:00:00 +0000In this hour, Forum brings you analysis of all the latest political news. We'll hear reactions to the last minute decision to pull the vote on the GOP healthcare bill and discuss the state of the House Intelligence Committee's probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 17:30:00 +0000The late rapper and actor Tupac Shakur will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April. Tupac recorded his best-known songs for Death Row Records in Los Angeles, but he spent some of his formative years in the Bay Area and continued to claim Oakland after he left the city because, as he put it, "that's where I got the game at." Tupac lived in a Marin City public housing complex known as “The Jungle,” attended Tamalpais High School and debuted as a rapper with the Oakland hip-hop group Digital Underground. Before his murder in 1996, Tupac had become one of hip-hop's most charismatic and controversial figures. His music addressed issues of inequality, police brutality and racism, but also espoused the gangster lifestyle and a personal code of ethics he called "thug life." In this hour we talk about Tupac's life and legacy, and his ties to the Bay Area.
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 17:00:00 +0000A Hong Kong movie star forced to return home to Oakland after a sex scandal. A boy from Mexico reunited with his parents in San Francisco, only to find his family splitting apart. An obedient Korean-American daughter who failed to get into Stanford and fakes her way onto campus. These are the characters in Vanessa Hua's debut collection of short stories, "Deceit and Other Possibilities," which centers around the lies people tell themselves and others. The San Francisco Chronicle columnist joins us to talk about her fiction writing and breaking away from stereotypes of first- and second-generation immigrants.
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:00:00 +0000Over 60 percent of people in California jails haven't been convicted of a crime, but are in custody awaiting trial. That's led some state lawmakers and civil rights advocacy groups to push for reforms to the state's bail bonds system. Those pushing for change say that people shouldn't be detained simply because they can't afford bail and that the state's exorbitant bail rates push low-income defendants to accept plea bargains. But bail agents and district attorneys argue that such reforms could destroy a system that ensures people show up for trial and saves taxpayers money. Meanwhile in Santa Clara County, law enforcement has been cracking down on illegal bail bonds operations, where longtime inmates use the promise of cheap bail to funnel incoming inmates to certain bail bonds companies. In this hour of Forum, we discuss the current state of California's bail system and debate potential reforms.
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:00:00 +0000A new exhibit at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art explores the relationship between two artists who never met: the Bay Area figurative artist Richard Diebenkorn and the French postimpressionist Henri Matisse. Although Diebenkorn was born 50 years after Matisse, he had an enduring fascination with the older painter. Diebenkorn incorporated Matisse’s techniques, style and use of color into his paintings, and often traveled as far as St. Petersburg and Paris to view Matisse’s work. SFMOMA curator Janet Bishop joins us to talk about these two artists and how, side-by-side, their work tells a story of study and inspiration.
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 16:00:00 +0000House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes claimed Wednesday that intelligence agencies collected and "widely disseminated" information about members of President Trump's transition team. In response, Representative Adam Schiff, the Committee's top Democrat, denounced Nunes for not first sharing the information with other members. Meanwhile, House Republicans remain deadlocked over the GOP bill to replace the Affordable Care Act, and new revelations about the Trump campaign's ties to Russia surface. We discuss the latest political controversies.
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:30:00 +0000In the latest drama at Uber, company president Jeff Jones announced his resignation this week after only six months on the job. Jones' departure comes as the San Francisco ride-hailing company grapples with a raft of lawsuits and scandals, including recent sexual harassment allegations. Also this week, Uber announced plans to significantly scale back its planned expansion to Oakland after buying space in the new Warriors arena project at Mission Bay. We'll discuss what these newest developments mean for the company, the Bay Area and for the tech community.
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:00:00 +0000The Department of Homeland Security announced Tuesday that passengers traveling to the United States on foreign airlines from eight Muslim-majority countries may no longer bring laptops, tablets and other large electronic devices in their carry-on bags. The White House called the measures, which airlines must put in place by Friday, necessary to address threats from terrorist groups that might plant explosives in the devices. The U.K. announced a similar ban covering six Muslim majority countries hours later. We discuss the ban and its potential impacts.
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 17:00:00 +0000With Monday’s House Intelligence hearing on Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election, Moscow-Washington relations are in the spotlight. In this hour, San Francisco's Consul General for the Russian Federation, Sergey Petrov, joins us to discuss Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s upcoming Russia visit, tensions over Russia’s annexation of Ukraine, and the war in Syria, among other issues.
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 16:30:00 +0000Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Trump's nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, appeared for the first day of his Senate confirmation hearing Monday. Rejecting the notion that judges are "politicians in robes," Judge Gorsuch, a George W. Bush appointee who sits on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, emphasized the importance of a neutral and independent judiciary. The judge's comments followed four hours of speeches from senators and repeated references by Democrats to what they consider the unfair treatment of Obama-nominee Judge Merrick Garland. We discuss Judge Gorsuch's jurisprudence and the politics surrounding his confirmation.
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 17:00:00 +0000"It has been made overwhelmingly clear to me now that anything you think is yours by right can vanish, and what you can do about that is nothing at all." So writes New Yorker staff writer Ariel Levy, who built her own successful, but unconventional life, which eventually came crashing down with an affair, a miscarriage during a Mongolian reporting trip and the breakup of her marriage. Levy shares these stories -- and some less painful ones about writing for The New Yorker -- and ponders her future in her new memoir, “The Rules Do Not Apply." Ariel Levy joins us in-studio to discuss her life and work.
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 16:00:00 +0000FBI Director James Comey testified during House Intelligence Committee hearings Monday that his agency has for months been investigating Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election and possible coordination between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign. Comey also told the committee that after looking “carefully inside the FBI” he had no evidence to support President Trump’s allegation that President Obama wiretapped Trump Tower. We review the proceedings and discuss the questions remaining.
Fri, 17 Mar 2017 16:00:00 +0000The White House released a $1.1 trillion budget plan Thursday that proposes deep cuts in spending on environmental protection, social services and education,and calls for a $54 billion military spending increase. According to state officials, the proposal, which also calls for the elimination of the Corporation of Public Broadcasting, could have far reaching effects on California. Federal dollars constitute about a third of the state's budget and a number of programs -- particularly those that serve the poor -- would need to be scaled down. We discuss what the President's plan could mean for California.
Fri, 17 Mar 2017 17:00:00 +0000Little did Professor Robert Kelly know that when he sat down for a BBC interview via Skype from his home office, it would turn into an internet sensation. In a matter of seconds, his two young children wandered into the live interview before their mother dashed in to take them away. For many of the roughly 25 percent of employed Americans who work from home, the video captured the daily battle of conducting business in the most personal of spaces. In this hour, we look at the pluses and minuses of working from home and hear tips on how to do it more effectively. And we'd like to hear from you: what are the challenges you face as a remote employee? What's made working from home successful for your company? Have you had a 'BBC Dad' moment?
Thu, 16 Mar 2017 16:00:00 +0000The State Board of Education on Wednesday launched a new website to help parents assess schools, which not only includes standardized test scores but suspension and graduation rates, how well English Language Learners fare, and a bevy of other information. The new dashboard is well timed for Oakland and San Francisco families who are receiving their school placement letters in the next few weeks. In this hour we'll hear about California's new dashboard for school evaluation and discuss how parents can pick the best school for their child.
Thu, 16 Mar 2017 17:00:00 +0000Support for democracy in the United States and Europe has declined over the past 20 years in almost every age group according to a recent study. In this hour, Stanford political scientist Larry Diamond joins Forum to talk about why democracy is increasingly under threat around the globe ... and right here at home.
Wed, 15 Mar 2017 16:00:00 +0000Covered California released an analysis Tuesday of how the GOP bill to replace the Affordable Care Act would affect the roughly 1.5 million Californians who buy insurance through its marketplace. Covered California found that the average subsidy under the Republican plan would amount to about 60% what is provided under current law, and that a "dramatic increase" in out-of-pocket costs for seniors will cause many to drop coverage. It also found that enrollees living in high cost areas like San Francisco would feel negative impacts. The report comes a day after the Congressional Budget Office concluded that the GOP bill would leave 24 million more people without health insurance by 2026. We look at the bill's potential effects on California and the politics behind it.
Wed, 15 Mar 2017 17:00:00 +0000Oakland-based writer Yiyun Li has a resume that many writers would covet: she's just published her sixth book and was awarded a 2010 MacArthur "Genius" Award. Less enviable, however, is her struggle with suicidal depression, a battle which she explores in her new memoir, “Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life.” Li joins us today to talk about confronting her two essential questions: Why write? And why live?
Wed, 15 Mar 2017 16:30:00 +0000Nine months have passed since the United State's deadliest mass shooting took place at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Dan Gross, President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, worries that despite such high profile incidents, not enough is being done at the Congressional level to prevent gun deaths. We'll talk with Gross about the recent overturning of gun restrictions on the mentally ill, the prospects for gun control under President Trump and the Brady Campaign's approach to reducing gun deaths.
Tue, 14 Mar 2017 16:00:00 +0000Palo Alto may join a growing number of towns and campuses that are renaming buildings over the troubling legacies left by their namesakes. The Palo Alto Unified School District Board of Education is set to vote Tuesday evening whether to rename Jordan Middle School and Terman Middle School because they were named after prominent advocates of eugenics. As the names of important buildings are debated in Palo Alto and across the nation, should their namesakes be weighed against modern values or does doing so risk erasing community history?