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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.

Last Build Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2018 23:35:24 +0000

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Record Store Day Celebrates Vinyl Tradition

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 17:30:00 +0000

Saturday is Record Store Day, the holiday when vinyl lovers -- and the vinyl curious -- search bins for exclusive releases while taking in live music. KQED’s Kevin Jones and Oakland’s Contact Records co-owner Hannah Lew join Forum to talk about the event and Bay Area record culture. Vinyl lovers, what's your favorite Bay Area record store? And what is it about records that you prefer? We want to hear from you.

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In Honor of Earth Day, Environmentalist Carl Pope Shares His Hope for the Planet

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:00:00 +0000

Former Sierra Club executive director Carl Pope joins us to celebrate Earth Day and share his ideas for how to achieve a cleaner, healthier world. Last year, Pope and former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg published “Climate of Hope,” which profiles communities and businesses that have taken action on behalf of the environment. Pope joins Forum to share his thoughts on why eco-friendly policies are good for business and why he remains hopeful about the environment. And, we want to hear from you: What are you feeling hopeful about this Earth Day?

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Tayari Jones Explores Incarceration, Race and Separation in ‘American Marriage’

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 17:00:00 +0000

In Tayari Jones' "An American Marriage," newlyweds Celestial and Roy are forced to confront their commitment to one another after Roy is caught in a case of mistaken identity and sent to prison. While the book centers on mass incarceration and the American justice system, the novel is also an intimate look at one couple's love story.

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Leon Panetta on Russia Sanctions, North Korea Talks and Syria Strikes

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:00:00 +0000

At a joint press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abo, President Trump on Wednesday said he would slap new sanctions on Russia when they were needed and that nobody has been tougher on Russia than he has. We talk with former Secretary of Defense and CIA director Leon Panetta about the latest foreign policy developments.

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Seeing the Forest for the Trees: Report Says Thinning Forests Key to Saving Redwoods

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:30:00 +0000

One of the keys to conserving California’s redwood forests might be to cut trees down, according to a new report by Save the Redwoods League. Scientists say restoring the big and complicated ecosystems is key for new growth but so is thinning out some of the young, densely packed trees. We’ll be joined on Forum by Emily Burns, director of science for Save the Redwoods.

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Microbiologist Peter Piot on Preventing the Next Pandemic

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:00:00 +0000

It's been a hundred years since the Spanish flu infected millions worldwide but despite medical and technological gains, the world remains vulnerable to infectious disease. With recent outbreaks of Zika and Ebola, and the growing density of modern urban centers, disease management is an evolving challenge. Dr. Peter Piot, who helped lead the global responses to AIDS and the Ebola virus, joins Forum to discuss his decades-long career as a microbiologist and how society can prepare for the next big epidemic.

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Starbucks to Conduct Company-Wide Racial-Bias Training

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 16:00:00 +0000

Starbucks is in hot water after a video was posted to Twitter showing police officers handcuffing two black men in a Philadelphia store.

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Are San Francisco’s Skyscrapers Ready for the Big One?

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 16:30:00 +0000

Experts weigh in on San Francisco’s skyscrapers and how safe they’ll be when the big one hits.

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How Artists ‘Hustle’ to Stay in the Bay Area

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 17:00:00 +0000

We're talking with artists about how they're able to live in the Bay Area.

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‘The Berkeley Bowl Cookbook’ Pays Tribute to Produce Mecca

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 17:30:00 +0000

Pioppini mushrooms. Epazote Leaves. Fiddleheads. These are just a few of the countless unconventional types of produce featured at the Berkeley Bowl. In "The Berkeley Bowl Cookbook," Laura McLively catalogues recipes inspired by the famed grocery store's diverse food options. She joins us in the studio to discuss how Berkeley Bowl inspired her to get out of her culinary comfort zone and what she has learned about cooking, food and nutrition in the process.

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Local Governments Resist California’s Sanctuary Law

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 16:00:00 +0000

On Tuesday, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors is set to discuss whether or not to join the Trump administration's lawsuit against California's sanctuary state law. If it signs on, San Diego would join Orange County and a growing number of local governments resisting the law. Sanctuary state critics cite public safety and the need to ease cooperation between state and federal law enforcement. Supporters of sanctuary policies argue that immigrants need protection from harsh federal policies.

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Lauren Gunderson’s New Play Takes A Stand Against Gun Violence

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 17:00:00 +0000

Lauren Gunderson, the most produced playwright in America, is launching a nationwide campaign of theater activism against gun violence with her new play, "Natural Shocks." She is waiving royalties to the piece, so that communities across the country can put on readings the weekend of April 20th -- the 19th anniversary of the Columbine school massacre. Gunderson joins Forum to discuss her commitment to ending gun violence and how theater can be used as a means of social change.

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Tesla Cutting Corners on Workplace Safety

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 16:30:00 +0000

Tesla Motors says it makes the safest cars ever but a new investigation has found the company is cutting corners when it comes to employee safety. KQED's Alyssa Jeong Perry and Will Evans with Reveal at The Center for Investigative Reporting looked into the car maker's safety data and discovered Tesla may not be accurately reporting workplace injuries. Tesla takes issue with much of the report and says it records injuries accurately and cares deeply about its employees. We'll talk to the reporters about their findings.

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Exploring ‘The End of Life’ with Sophocles

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 17:00:00 +0000

Death and saying goodbye — they are among life’s most mysterious and challenging phenomena. The theatrical production “End of Life” opens a dialogue about these experiences via staged readings of two Greek tragedies written by Sophocles. Artistic director Bryan Doerries joins Forum, along with award-winning actor David Strathairn and a palliative care expert, to discuss the show and making peace with mortality.

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Monday Morning Political Roundup

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 16:00:00 +0000

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

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Journalist David Corn Explains Russia’s War On American Democracy

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 16:00:00 +0000

David Corn, Washington Bureau Chief for Mother Jones, says that President Trump's affinity for Russian leader Vladimir Putin stems from Trump's two-day trip to Moscow in 2013. That trip, devoted to scouting business opportunities and promoting the Miss Universe contest, "was the birth of a bromance—or something darker" writes Corn in his new book, "Russian Roulette." Corn joins Forum to discuss the book, why he thinks Trump is unable and unwilling to acknowledge Russian interference in the 2016 election as well as the latest news on Robert Mueller's investigation.

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Cecile Richards on Life after Planned Parenthood and Why Women Need to ‘Make Trouble’

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 17:00:00 +0000

Cecile Richards will step down next month as president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, a role she has held for 12 years. She leaves as lawmakers threaten to end the organization's taxpayer funding and as the Supreme Court deliberates on a major abortion case. Richards joins us to talk about her new book, "Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead," and how she and Planned Parenthood will continue to advocate for women's health after her departur

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President Trump Warns of Imminent Military Strike on Syria

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 16:00:00 +0000

The latest on Syria as the U.S. prepares for a possible military strike.

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Hunters Point Shipyard Cleanup Called into Question

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 16:30:00 +0000

The EPA is investigating soil samples from Hunters Point Naval Shipyard and whether or not they were falsified.

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Studying Twins, Lookalikes and ‘Other Curious Pairings’

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 17:00:00 +0000

Author and psychology professor Nancy Segal talks about her decades-long career researching twins, multiples, unrelated lookalikes and a mix-up in Colombia.

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Exploring the Psyche of the Manson Women

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 17:00:00 +0000

The legacy of Charles Manson, according to journalist and social worker Nikki Meredith, "is not the violent, senseless deaths of innocent people" but rather the way ordinary people came under his spell. Meredith spent twenty years corresponding with Leslie Van Houten and Patricia Krenwinkel, former Manson cult members serving life sentences for their roles in the 1969 attacks  that left seven dead. She joins us to discuss her new book "The Manson Women and Me," and how cult leaders like Manson attract and manipulate their followers.

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Dockless Scooters Bring Convenience, Complaints

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 16:30:00 +0000

Dockless, electric scooters available to rent for short rides made their debut in San Francisco last month. For users, they’re a convenient alternative to ride-hailing firms and heavy traffic. But critics say the scooters present a new problem to -- literally -- navigate around. The dockless system lets riders leave the scooters anywhere, including sidewalks. Supervisor Aaron Peskin told the San Francisco Chronicle his office receives daily complaints about the scooters. The MTA is working with Peskin’s office on a permitting process for them. Forum discusses the rise of scooter use in the Bay Area, and the problems that come with it.

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Facebook’s Zuckerberg to Congress: ‘It Was My Mistake, and I’m Sorry’

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 16:00:00 +0000

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg faced Congress Tuesday, submitting to lawmakers' demands that he explain how Cambridge Analytica, a data firm hired by President Trump’s campaign, accessed millions of Facebook users' personal information. Zuckerberg apologized for his company's failure to "take a broad enough view of our responsibility" to protect user privacy and control the proliferation of fake news. He also confirmed that Facebook is working with special counsel Robert Mueller in his investigation of Russian election meddling. We parse the testimony so far and its implications.

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Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals: Prior Salary Does Not Justify Gender Pay Gap

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 16:00:00 +0000

A unanimous 11-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Monday that basing pay differences on prior salaries is discriminatory under the federal Equal Pay Act. The decision will likely be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court. In this segment, we'll take up the issues surrounding the gender pay gap and we'd like to hear from you: what steps have you or your company taken to ensure equal pay between men and women?

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What Clouds Can Teach Us

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 17:00:00 +0000

Gavin Pretor-Pinney, founder of the Cloud Appreciation Society, believes that the world needs more cloud-enthusiasts. Cloud gazing, he says, provides a much needed respite from the fast-paced, digital age. In 2017, observations by members of the Cloud Appreciation Society led to the first designation of a new cloud type since 1951. Pretor-Pinney joins Forum to discuss why clouds are critical to understanding weather patterns and climate change ... and for enriching everyday life.

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