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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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Trump Administration Removes Ban on Importing Elephant Trophies

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:30:00 +0000

The Trump administration has reversed an Obama-era ban on importing the heads and tusks of elephants killed in Zimbabwe and Zambia. The  U.S Fish and Wildlife Service says allowing these trophies as part of legal, well-regulated sport hunting will help fund efforts to conserve elephants. But critics say the move could undermine efforts to curb poaching.

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Napolitano’s Aides Interfered with UC Audit, Regent Faces Sexual Harassment Accusation

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:00:00 +0000

Top aides to UC President Janet Napolitano improperly interfered in a state audit, according to an independent investigation ordered by UC regents. The officials asked UC campuses not to "air dirty laundry" in an audit survey and warned each other to keep communications "off of email." The report notes that Napolitano approved the plan that led to the interference and "forthrightly acknowledged her role." Also UC Berkeley students are calling for the resignation of UC Regent Norm Pattiz, after a recording surfaced of him asking a female comedian if he could hold her breasts. When asked if he would resign, Pattiz replied, "Not on your life." We discuss the latest news out of the UC system.

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How to Overthrow the Patriarchy as a Working Mom

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 18:00:00 +0000

Journalist and mother Sarah Lacy says working moms face a number of challenges in the workplace, from lower pay to the so-called "Maternal Wall" that hinders career mobility. "When I had children, I was stunned because I had spent my entire adult life being told that having children would make me distracted and weak and a worse employee." But she says, her experience as a working mom was much different. In her new book, "The Uterus is a Feature, Not a Bug: The Working Woman's Guide to Overthrowing the Patriarchy," she explains how working mothers can regain power in their careers. Lacy also joins us to talk about being targeted by Uber, sexism in the tech industry and navigating the workplace as a woman.

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Republicans Confident in Votes for Tax Overhaul

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 17:00:00 +0000

Republican members of both chambers of Congress are hustling this week to reach an agreement on a tax plan. But major differences remain between the Senate and House bills, especially the repeal of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate. We'll get the latest on Republican efforts to pass a tax plan.

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Cooking Tips from The Smitten Kitchen

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 18:00:00 +0000

For the past decade Deb Perelman has been cooking meals in the tiny kitchen of her New York apartment and sharing them on her popular blog, The Smitten Kitchen. Pereleman has now published her second cookbook, "Smitten Kitchen Every Day." We'll talk to Perelman about squeezing good cooking into busy lives and we'll get her tips, and take your questions, about what to serve for the holidays.

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Zimbabwe’s President Mugabe Under House Arrest after Military Takeover

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 17:00:00 +0000

Zimbabwe's military placed its president Robert Mugabe under house arrest, took over state TV and filled the streets of the capital with military tanks. While it is being deemed a coup, the military has avoided calling it one. Successors have been vying for the elderly 93-year-old Mugabe's seat, with some experts saying the military may try to replace him with his fired deputy, Emmerson Mnangagwa. We get the latest on the takeover.

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San Francisco Gridlocked Over Where to Allow Recreational Pot Dispensaries

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 17:30:00 +0000

Time is running out for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to reach an agreement on marijuana dispensaries, as the sale and purchase of recreational cannabis becomes legal on January 1. While 74 percent of the city's voters last year backed legalizing recreational use of the drug, some city residents want to limit where pot stores can be placed, keeping them 1,000 feet from schools or daycare centers. Still other neighborhoods want the right to ban dispensaries altogether. We’ll get the latest on where and how recreational marijuana will be sold in San Francisco after the new year.

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MSNBC Host Chris Matthews on Robert Kennedy’s ‘Raging Spirit’

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 18:00:00 +0000

Chris Matthews, the longtime host of MSNBC's "Hardball" is known for his political analysis and combative style. He joins us in the studio to talk about the Republican tax bill, the latest developments in the Russia investigation and his new book on Bobby Kennedy. We'll also explore how politics and the media have changed since the Kennedy era.

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Tensions in Middle East Rise as Lebanese Prime Minister Still Missing in Saudi Arabia

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 17:00:00 +0000

Tensions in the Middle East continue to mount as Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri remains in Saudi Arabia, sparking suspicion that he's being held against his will. Hariri disappeared into Saudi Arabia just as Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman orchestrated a purge of dozens of Saudi ministers and businessmen. At the same time, Saudi Arabia continues to blockade Yemen, after Yemeni rebels launched a missile attack on Riyadh. Meanwhile, the death toll continues to rise from an earthquake along the Iran-Iraq border Sunday night. In this hour, we discuss the latest developments in the Middle East.

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Sasha Abramsky: Fear is America’s Most Dangerous Epidemic

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 18:00:00 +0000

“Jumping at Shadows” is Sacramento-based journalist Sasha Abramsky's polemic against what he calls America's most dangerous epidemic: irrational fear. Abramsky portrays a political and cultural landscape that is, increasingly, defined by its worst fears and anxieties. And he examines how miscalculating risk impacts life, everything from the medicines we take to how we parent. Abramsky joins us to discuss his book and the political implications of fear.

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From Murders to Suicides: A Coroner Finds ‘Lessons in Investigating Death’

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 18:00:00 +0000

In his 36 years as a Marin County coroner, Ken Holmes saw everyone from murder victims to people who committed suicide by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge. Over the years, he learned how to interview witnesses, search crime scenes for clues and how to be the first person to notify families of their loved one’s death. He also learned to identify a wide array of guns and drugs, and other lesser known ways people die. Holmes left the coroner’s office in 2010, but his story is the subject of author John Bateson’s book “The Education of a Coroner: Lessons in Investigating Death.” Both men join Forum to talk about the dead, and what can be learned from the clues they leave behind.

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Political News Roundup: Trump on Russia, GOP Tax Plan and Roy Moore

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 17:00:00 +0000

President Trump talks trade in China; possible action on the Senate and House tax bills; and the scandal surrounding Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore. Forum discusses the latest political news with a panel of experts.

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Lisa Fischer Moves Center Stage with LINES Ballet after ’20 Feet From Stardom’

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 18:30:00 +0000

Lisa Fischer has been a backup singer for some of the biggest names in music: Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin and Beyoncé, to name a few. But after she appeared in the Oscar-winning documentary "20 Feet From Stardom," Fischer found the spotlight focused on her. She went on to collaborate with Alonzo King's LINES Ballet in a production called "The Propelled Heart," which returns for a repeat performance this November. Fischer joins us to talk about the show and her varied career.

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Filipino WWII Veterans Receive Long-Awaited Recognition with Congressional Gold Medal

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 18:00:00 +0000

Last month, Senate and White House leaders awarded the Congressional Gold Medal to roughly 250,000 Filipino veterans who served during World War II. The recognition was long awaited: it had been over 75 years since Filipino troops, alongside U.S. forces, helped resist the Japanese invasion of their islands. When U.S. commanders later surrendered, hundreds of Americans and about 10,000 Filipinos became prisoners of war and went on to endure the Bataan Death March. We discuss the Filipino veterans' struggle for benefits and recognition, and the significance of this award. Guests: Cecilia Gaerlan, executive director, Bataan Legacy Historical Society Antonio Taguba, retired major general, U.S. Army Lou Tancinco, board president, San Francisco Veterans Equity Center

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Ex-DNC Chair Donna Brazile Stokes Controversy and Fury with Retelling of 2016 Election

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

Former interim Democratic National Committee chair Donna Brazile says in her new memoir that "it broke [her] heart" when she found proof that Hillary Clinton's team had rigged the 2016 Democratic nomination process, a claim Brazile later withdrew. The assertion brought immediate rebukes from Clinton aides, who said she misrepresented the campaign. Brazile joins us to talk about the primary, the state of the DNC and her controversial new book, "Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-Ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House." Guests: Donna Brazile, former chair, Democratic National Committee; campaign manager, Gore-Lieberman 2000; author, "Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in Office"; fellow, Harvard's Kennedy School Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy

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Graphic Novel Explores the History of Drone Warfare

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

Investigative journalist Pratap Chatterjee and editorial cartoonist Khalil Bendib present a history of drone warfare and mass surveillance in "VERAX," a graphic novel. The first half of the book profiles famous whistleblowers like Julian Assange and Edward Snowden. In the second half, Chatterjee investigates the murky background of drone warfare and its ethical implications. We talk to both authors about their new book and unexpected approach.

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Lonely Planet Co-Founder Tony Wheeler Wants You to Travel the World

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

Travel was much different when Maureen and Tony Wheeler published their first Lonely Planet travel book in 1973. Airports were public spaces and luggage was checked, not screened. The Wheelers’ guidebooks helped thousands of travelers navigate the world and visit exotic spots for the first time. Tony Wheeler joins us to discuss how travel has … Continue reading Lonely Planet Co-Founder Tony Wheeler Wants You to Travel the World

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Justice Department Tells Time Warner to Sell Off CNN Before Merging with AT&T

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

As a prerequisite for approving its pending $85.4 billion merger with AT&T, the Justice Department is calling for Time Warner to sell off Turner Broadcasting, a group of cable channels that includes CNN. The reported move marks a major departure from existing antitrust policy. We’ll get the latest on the long-in-the-works merger.

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Exploring the Link Between Domestic Violence and Mass Shootings

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 17:30:00 +0000

When Devin Kelly opened fire in a Texas church on Sunday there may have already been signs he was at risk for committing such a heinous act: Kelly spent a year locked up for domestic violence against his wife and her infant son. In this segment, Forum explores the link between domestic violence and mass shootings.

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Is ‘Trumpism Without Trump’ the Future GOP Playbook?

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

Virginia residents hit the polls Tuesday to vote in a governor's race that has been inflamed by racially-tinged rhetoric. The Republican nominee, Ed Gillespie, centered his campaign around President Trump's agenda but has held no public events with him. Political analysts say this strategy of "Trumpism without Trump" could be part of the Republican playbook in 2018. We look at the Virginia race and its implications for future elections.

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Richard White on America’s Gilded Age … and How it’s Echoed Today

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

The Gilded Age was an era of incredible wealth and innovation, but also crushing poverty, government corruption and broken promises to former slaves and Native Americans. Richard White's new book, "The Republic for Which It Stands: The United States During Reconstruction and the Gilded Age," dissects this era of contradictions and what it means for present-day inequality and populism.

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Historian Leslie Berlin Talks Silicon Valley Troublemakers of the 1970s

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

Video games, the personal computer, venture capital and even biotechnology were born in Silicon Valley during the 1970s and early 80s. Historian Leslie Berlin spent six years researching lesser-known figures of the era who were behind those landmark developments. Berlin joins us to discuss her new book, "Troublemakers: Silicon Valley's Coming of Age." Tell us: who do you think are the unsung heroes of Silicon Valley's early days?

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Fire Insurance Decoded

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

More than $3 billion in insurance claims have been filed for damages from the recent wildfires in Northern California, yet many people who lost homes are either uninsured or underinsured. Meanwhile, some wealthy homeowners benefited from the protection of private firefighters provided by their high-end insurance policies. Forum talks with a consumer advocate about the issues faced by North Bay residents and takes your fire insurance questions.

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President Trump Travels to South Korea

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

On Tuesday, President Trump travels to South Korea as part of his tour of Asia. The topic of North Korea and its accelerating pace of nuclear weapons development will loom large. We'll discuss what unfolded in Seoul and what it signals for U.S. policy in the region.

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SFPD Chief Bill Scott Discusses Tasers, Reducing Car Break-Ins

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

San Francisco Police Chief William Scott has been the city’s top cop since January. He took over a department with numerous controversies, including a racist text scandal and several officer-involved fatalities. Scott will update us on efforts to reform the department and discuss Friday's vote on whether San Francisco Police officers should be allowed to carry tasers. We’ll also hear what the department is doing to curb the approximately 85 car break-ins reported in San Francisco each day.

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