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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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After a Decade without Executions, California on a Path to Resume the Death Penalty

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 17:30:00 +0000

California voters last month rejected a measure to repeal the death penalty and narrowly passed one that will speed up the process for executing inmates. California hasn't carried out an execution in a decade because of issues with its legal injection method. A new protocol is pending approval by the end of the year. Forum discusses the state of the death penalty in California and how soon executions may resume.

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House Approves Water Bill with Controversial California Provisions

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 17:00:00 +0000

On Thursday the U.S. House of Representatives passed a water projects bill that has split California Democrats and is worrying some environmentalists. The 360-61 vote pitted Senator Dianne Feinstein, who negotiated the California-focused items, against Senator Barbara Boxer, who strongly opposed them. The House bill offers millions for California water storage projects and eases limits on moving water to San Joaquin Valley farms. The $558 million water package now goes to the Senate for a vote.

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San Francisco Gay Rights Leader Cleve Jones on ‘When We Rise’

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 18:00:00 +0000

Cleve Jones has been at the center of the Bay Area's LGBTQ movement since the 1970s. He worked closely with Harvey Milk, co-founded the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and conceived of the historic NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt. Jones now works as an organizer with the hospitality workers' union, UNITE HERE. His new book, "When We Rise," traces his life in activism and is the inspiration for an upcoming ABC mini-series.

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Berkeley Author Yaa Gyasi on Her Acclaimed Slavery Epic, ‘Homegoing’

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 18:00:00 +0000

While traveling to Ghana on a Stanford research fellowship, Yaa Gyasi visited the Cape Coast Castle, where she learned about the role Africans played in perpetuating the trans-Atlantic slave trade. This knowledge became the impetus for her debut novel "Homegoing," which chronicles the lives of two Ghanaian sisters and their experiences of slavery. We speak with Berkeley-based Gyasi about the novel, which has been named a New York Times notable book for 2016.

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UCLA Forecasts ‘Trumponomics’ Impact on California and the Nation

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 17:30:00 +0000

A UCLA Anderson Forecast report published Tuesday predicts an economic boost for California and the Bay Area as military spending increases under a Trump administration. But the shift in deportation policy for undocumented immigrants could heavily impact the state's agriculture sector where an estimated half of the workers are undocumented. We'll take apart the report's findings for California and the nation.

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Ghost Ship Fire Raises Concerns Over Oakland Fire Inspections

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 17:00:00 +0000

After a fire killed 36 people at an Oakland warehouse and artists' collective known as the 'Ghost Ship' on Friday, the union representing Oakland and Alameda County firefighters has criticized the city for not having enough fire inspectors. An Alameda County civil grand jury report from 2014 shows the fire department failed to inspect over one-third of the city's 11,000 commercial properties, and couldn't gain access to a quarter of those they were sent to inspect. A recent staffing report shows four fire inspector positions, while funded, remain unfilled. Forum discusses the issues surrounding fire inspection in light of the deadly Ghost Ship fire.

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Checking in with San Francisco’s Top Homeless Official

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 18:00:00 +0000

Veteran homeless advocate Jeff Kositsky has been at the helm of the new San Francisco Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing for close to six months now. While nationally the homeless population is down by 14%, the city is facing growing numbers of homeless, up to an estimated 6,996 this year. As part of the SF Homeless Project, Forum talks with Kositsky about what strides the city has made in solving homelessness. We'll also get an update on the nontraditional shelters called "navigation centers," and hear why he has come out in support of safe injection sites for addicts and wet housing for alcoholics.

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Thomas Friedman on How to Keep Up in the ‘Age of Accelerations’

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 17:00:00 +0000

In his new book, "Thank You for Being Late," Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman examines the social and economic challenges posed by a world where everything is getting faster. He writes about workers’ anxiety as machines perform increasingly sophisticated tasks, and shares his prescription for more sustainable economic growth. We speak with the longtime foreign affairs columnist about the book and what a Trump administration might mean for the global economy.

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Shrem Art Museum Opens at UC Davis

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 18:30:00 +0000

Last month UC Davis celebrated the opening of the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art on its campus. The 50,000 square foot museum features pieces by Wayne Thiebaud, Manuel Neri and Ruth Horsting, among others. One of the museum's premier exhibits, "Out Our Way," showcases works by the first artists hired to teach at UC Davis in the 1960s. We'll hear how a school known for it's life sciences came to house one of the newest visual arts collections in Northern California and what the museum hopes to accomplish with its first exhibitions.

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Final Stretch of Dakota Access Pipeline Stopped by Obama Administration

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 18:00:00 +0000

In a win for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and environmental activists, the federal government on Sunday denied a permit that would have allowed completion of the last 1,100 feet of a 1,200 mile oil pipeline across the Midwest. The stretch in question, which the tribe says would contaminate their water supply and disturb sacred sites, would cross a Missouri River reservoir. The decision to deny the permit has come under fire from supporters who say the pipeline is a key energy project. President-elect Donald Trump's transition team reiterated on Monday that it supports the pipeline, raising serious questions about how long the decision will stand.

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Remembering the Victims of the Oakland Warehouse Fire

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 17:00:00 +0000

A candlelight vigil will be held at Lake Merritt in Oakland Monday night for the victims of the fire at Ghost Ship art collective in East Oakland. Thirty-six people are confirmed dead so far. In this hour, we'll remember the victims of the fire, talk about Oakland's underground arts community and take calls from those affected by the blaze. If you have loved ones who are missing or who died in the fire, or if you attended events at the Ghost Ship and have memories to share, we'd like to hear from you.

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Death Toll in Oakland Warehouse Fire Climbs as Search Continues

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 17:00:00 +0000

A blaze tore through a two-story converted warehouse in Oakland's Fruitvale neighborhood on Friday night, claiming the lives of at least 33 people attending a late night party there. The warehouse, known as the "Ghost Ship," was home to a community of artists and had been under investigation for a range of permit and safety violations. We'll bring you the latest updates on the tragedy and discuss its impact on the Bay Area art scene.

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Neuroscientist Daniel Levitin on Why We’re Hard Wired to Believe Lies

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 18:00:00 +0000

Facebook came under fire last month when critics claimed that fake news circulating on its site may have tipped the election in favor of Donald Trump. But neuroscientist Daniel Levitin says it’s easy to fall for falsehoods because our brains are hard wired to cling to past beliefs, even in the face of overwhelming proof … Continue reading Neuroscientist Daniel Levitin on Why We’re Hard Wired to Believe Lies

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C.W. Nevius on 36 Years at the San Francisco Chronicle

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 17:00:00 +0000

San Francisco Chronicle columnist C.W. Nevius is leaving the paper after 36 years of entertaining, informing and sometimes infuriating Bay Area residents. Forty years ago, Nevius left a career as an English teacher to cover high school sports for a small Colorado paper. He later landed at the Chronicle, first as a sports writer and then as a columnist who was a frequent irritant to San Francisco's progressive politicians and activists for his stances on the homeless and other issues. We'll talk to Nevius about his career, leaving journalism and what it's like for a guy who would be considered liberal in most cities, to be thought of as San Francisco's staunch conservative.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders on the Future of the Progressive Movement

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 18:00:00 +0000

As the Democratic Party faces an uncertain future following November's election, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders may be the party's best hope for regaining prominence. The longest serving Independent in congressional history, many are looking to Sanders to play a crucial role in holding President-elect Trump accountable. Bernie's new book, "Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In" looks back on his presidential campaign and provides a blueprint for a new progressive agenda.

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New President, New Rules? President-Elect Trump and the Press

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 17:00:00 +0000

In the past week, president-elect Donald Trump has tweeted that anyone who burned a U.S. flag should, perhaps, be stripped of citizenship or thrown in jail. He also tweeted that millions of people voted illegally in the recent election, which is not true. Both tweets received lots of news coverage but Trump's comments have also stirred a debate: Should news outlets cover everything the President-elect tweets, even if it is untrue? Is this an unprecedented era where the old journalism rule book doesn't apply? Forum discusses the multiple approaches news outlets are taking to covering the President-elect and his relationship with the press.

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Bravo’s Andy Cohen Goes Beyond ‘Superficial’ and Spills His Secrets

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 18:00:00 +0000

Andy Cohen is used to drama. Before he hosted his own Bravo TV show, he produced the "Real Housewives" reality series where he managed mascara-streaked meltdowns on and off camera. In his latest book, "Superficial," he turns the lens on himself, sharing his diary entries about loneliness and his search for a relationship. The host of "Watch What Happens Live" gives us the scoop on the behind-the-scenes drama of reality TV and his own offscreen life.

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U.S. Supreme Court Considers Whether Immigrants Awaiting Hearings Can Be Detained Indefinitely

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 17:30:00 +0000

The Supreme Court is hearing arguments Wednesday over whether immigrants can be detained indefinitely while awaiting deportation hearings. Approximately 400,000 people a year are detained by federal immigration officials, some for more than a year, while fighting their deportations. The American Civil Liberties Union says that's unconstitutional and filed a class action lawsuit requiring bond hearings to be held within six months. The case is being watched especially close because the outcome could limit President-elect Trump's immigration policy.

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State Democrats Win Supermajority in Both Legislative Houses

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 17:00:00 +0000

California Democrats have regained a supermajority in both houses of the state legislature with Fullerton Democrat Josh Newman winning the 29th Senate District late Monday. Newman's win gives Democrats control of 27 of the state's 40 senate districts. Though some political analysts say that a supermajority is overrated, it could in theory make it easier for Democrats to raise taxes, override a governor’s veto or place measures on the ballot. Democrats last held a supermajority in the California legislature in 2012.

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Stanford Historian Makes Case for American ‘Enlightenments’

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 18:00:00 +0000

The American Enlightenment is often viewed as a singular era bursting with new ideas as the U.S. sought to assert itself as a new republic free of the British monarchy. In her book, "American Enlightenments: Pursuing Happiness in the Age of Reason,"Stanford historian Caroline Winterer says the myth and romanticization of an American Enlightenment was invented during the Cold War to calm fears about totalitarianism overseas. We talk to Winterer about her theory and hear her thoughts on what she views as America's multiple periods of enlightenments in fields ranging from farming to religion.

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Dispelling Common Myths About Native Americans

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 18:00:00 +0000

Last week 2,000 protesters of the Dakota Access Pipeline shared a Thanksgiving feast at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota. As those protesters draw world wide attention to Native American rights and issues, Forum talks with the authors of "All the Real Indians Died Off and 20 Other Myths About Native Americans." The authors address fictions such as "Thanksgiving Proves the Indians Welcomed Pilgrims" and "Indians Are Naturally Predisposed to Alcohol." We'll discuss misconceptions about Native Americans and the surge of activism around the Dakota Access Pipeline.

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Addiction is an Illness, Not ‘a Moral Failing,’ Says Surgeon General

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 17:00:00 +0000

The U.S. surgeon general released a landmark report this month calling for “a cultural shift in how we think about addiction.” Addiction is a chronic illness, not a moral failing, says the report. It comes at a time when one in seven Americans will experience substance abuse at some time in their lives, but only one in 10 will get the treatment needed. We'll discuss the report and how to improve access to effective treatment options.

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Life and Legacy of Fidel Castro

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 17:00:00 +0000

Born in 1926, Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz died on Friday evening at the age of 90. We'll discuss the life and legacy of the man who ruled Cuba for almost 50 years, through ten U.S. presidents, from Dwight D. Eisenhower to George W. Bush.

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Richard Blum on Poverty, Innovation and Compassion

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 18:00:00 +0000

Despite a significant reduction in the proportion of the world population living in extreme poverty in recent decades, billions still lack access to food, shelter, clean water and other basic necessities. And because of this, says investor and UC regent Richard Blum, people of means need to do more to relieve those struggling in developing countries. Blum joins us to discuss his new book, "An Accident of Geography: Compassion, Innovation and the Fight Against Poverty," which tells the stories of dozens of successful approaches used to advance global development and alleviate extreme poverty.

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Rebroadcast: Author of ‘Fear and Clothing’ on What Our Clothes Say About Us

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 17:30:00 +0000

Cintra Wilson, formerly the New York Times' "Critical Shopper" columnist, has traveled the U.S. to find out why people wear what they do. Wilson, who describes her own black-clothed style as "bar-fighting nun," joins Forum in studio to talk about her new book, "Fear and Clothing: Unbuckling American Style."

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