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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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10 Bands I’ve Seen and a Lie … What Concert is at the Top of Your List?

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 17:45:00 +0000

If you're on Facebook, you've likely seen an infiltration of posts that start off with "10 Bands I've Seen (One of them is a lie) ... Guess which one?". All that talk about concerts has us reflecting on the shows we've seen and the sets that are burned into our psyches. So tell us: what's the best concert you've ever seen and why? For reals. No lies.


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First Person: Torange Yeghiazarian of Golden Thread Productions

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:30:00 +0000

When Torange Yeghiazarian moved to America as a teenager, the Iran hostage crisis dominated American airwaves, yet she says only one of her neighbors actually knew where Iran was. Closing that knowledge gap about her native country has loomed large in Yeghiazarian's career as a playwright. For the past 20 years, she has run Golden Thread Productions, a San Francisco theater company that explores the issues and culture of the Middle East with talent from Egypt, Iran, Syria and other countries. Yeghiazarian joins us as part of our First Person series, which features the local innovators, leaders, and notable characters who make the Bay Area unique.


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Lawsuit Claims Wells Fargo Targeted Undocumented Immigrants for False Accounts

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:00:00 +0000

Last year, San-Francisco based Wells Fargo admitted to creating up to 2 million fraudulent accounts to meet aggressive sales goals. As investigations into the company's wrongdoing continue, a lawsuit filed in San Francisco against the company’s top executives on Wednesday alleges that the bank’s wrongdoing may have run deeper. According to the lawsuit, Wells Fargo specifically targeted undocumented day laborers and factory workers for the false accounts, in possible violation of identity-verification requirements. We'll discuss the latest accusations against Wells Fargo.


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Pulitzer Prize Winner David Fahrenthold Investigates Donald Trump One Fact at a Time

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 17:00:00 +0000

When Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold decided in early 2016 to look into whether then-presidential candidate Donald Trump had in fact made a promised $6 million donation to veterans groups, he thought he'd be "through with the story in a day or two." But over the course of the next nine months, his modest inquiry morphed into a full-scale, crowd-sourced investigation of Trump's charitable giving and the questionable activities of the Trump Foundation. This month, Fahrenthold won a Pulitzer Prize for that reporting. We'll find out how he developed the story and what he learned about President Trump as he covered the election.


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Adam Piore Explores Bioengineering’s Brave New World

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 17:00:00 +0000

From computer programs that help the blind “see” using sound to the ability to regenerate amputated limbs, new technologies have opened a new world of possibilities for the human body. But as scientists ask how much we can augment, enhance and push the human form, this new world contains a host of ethical issues. Journalist Adam Piore, author of the new book “The Body Builders,” takes us inside pioneering projects of bioengineering and the moral concerns facing the field.


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Taking Stock of President Trump’s First 100 Days

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 16:00:00 +0000

"President Trump has accomplished more in his first 100 days than any other President since Franklin Roosevelt." That's according to the White House, which credits the President for rolling back environmental regulations, stepping up immigration enforcement, and taking military action in Syria. But critics counter that the Administration remains enmeshed in controversy and has failed to pass any major legislation. We discuss the President's actions and agenda so far.


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Judge Rules to Temporarily Halt Trump’s Funding Freeze for Sanctuary Cities

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:00:00 +0000

A federal judge ruled in favor of Santa Clara and San Francisco County on Tuesday, temporarily halting President Trump’s executive order to freeze federal funding for sanctuary cities. In a special broadcast from Contra Costa College, situated at the border of Richmond and San Pablo, both sanctuary cities, we'll discuss the ruling and what it means going forward for the Trump administration, U.S. immigration policy and Bay Area communities.


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‘Richmond Renaissance’ Highlights City’s Rich Cultural Heritage

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 17:30:00 +0000

The Ryse Center's upcoming production of “Richmond Renaissance” brings to life one of the legendary blues clubs or "juke joints" that thrived in north Richmond during the 1940s. The play explores the cultural scene that grew alongside the shipyards that famously built America's fleet of WWII liberty ships. In this segment, we'll talk to two of the show's young producers and a historian about the city’s early economic prosperity and rich cultural heritage.


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Veterans Speak Out on Challenges, Opportunities of School After Service

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 17:00:00 +0000

More than half of the veterans who use their education benefits at a California public school do so at a community college. Enter Contra Costa College's Veteran Resource Center, which aims to help students navigate the transition from military life to student life. In this hour, we'll hear from three veterans about the challenges they face at school -- everything from accessing their G.I.benefits to bonding with other students to the lingering effects of brain injuries.


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Indivisible: The Google Doc that Launched a Movement

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 16:00:00 +0000

A month after the 2016 election, Ezra Levin tweeted out a Google Doc titled "Indivisible: A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda.” Fast forward five months and the document has become a movement, with almost 6,000 Indivisible groups registered across the country. In this hour, we'll talk to two of the architects behind the guide, Levin and Leah Greenberg, about how their experience as Congressional staffers shaped the document, how it borrows from the Tea Party, and the future of the "Indivisible" movement.


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Jacques Pépin, American Master

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 17:00:00 +0000

Award-winning chef, author, and teacher Jacques Pépin has been delighting PBS audiences for decades. He's now the subject of a new documentary, "Jacques Pépin: The Art of the Craft," to be broadcast next month as part of PBS' American Masters series. Pépin joins us to talk about his career and how he has shaped the way America cooks.


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Actor Stephen Tobolowsky Talks ‘Silicon Valley,’ Famous Directors and ‘Adventures with God’

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:00:00 +0000

If Stephen Tobolowsky looks familiar, it's for good reason. The character actor has appeared on screen countless times, with credits ranging from the HBO comedy series "Silicon Valley" to "Spaceballs." But his new project, “My Adventures With God” is more personal. The book is series of stories from Tobolowsky’s life that affected his relationship to Judaism. He chases water moccasins as a young boy in Texas, has disastrous experiences on reality dating shows and almost dies while riding horseback on an active volcano. Tobolowsky joins us to talk about his acting career and the events that have shaped his relationship with God.


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France To Hold First Round of Voting in Presidential Election

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 16:30:00 +0000

Voters in France head to the polls Sunday to choose among eleven presidential candidates in a first round of voting. Contenders include François Fillon, a conservative battling embezzlement charges, as well as populists from the far right and far left. If no one wins a majority, the two candidates with the most votes will move on to a run-off election on May 7. We discuss the results and their implications for the future of France and Europe.


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Annual Goldman Environmental Prize to Honor Six Grassroots Leaders

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 16:00:00 +0000

On Monday, the winners of the 2017 Goldman Environmental Prize, known as the "Green Nobel," will be announced in San Francisco. The six winners receive financial support and international attention for their work on behalf of endangered ecosystems, sustainability and environmental justice. We speak to two this of year's winners about how they're changing the world.


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Scientists Across the Nation Trade in Lab Coats for Protest Signs

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:00:00 +0000

This Saturday, scientists in San Francisco and cities across the country are expected to hold a "March for Science" in response to the Trump administration's policies on climate change and other issues. The unprecedented action has critics questioning whether scientists should play a role in politics, while supporters argue that scientists must take a strong stance in a time of intense polarization and "alternative facts." In this hour of Forum, we discuss the upcoming march and hear from local scientists. Tell us what you think: should science and politics mix?


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Checking in with University of California President Janet Napolitano

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 16:00:00 +0000

University of California President Janet Napolitano joins us this hour to discuss the UC system's ongoing efforts to mitigate sexual misconduct by faculty, the possibility of an enrollment cap for out-of-state students and the newly-hired Chancellor of UC Berkeley. We'll also talk to Napolitano about her recent trip to Mexico to promote academic partnerships. What is your question for the UC president?


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In ‘American War,’ a Second Civil War Over Climate Change and Natural Resources

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 17:00:00 +0000

"You fight the war with guns, you fight the peace with stories." That's from Omar El Akkad's novel, "American War," which takes readers 50 years into the future, where the effects of climate change and limited natural resources have caused a second Civil War and split America in two. El Akkad, a longtime journalist who covered Guantanamo Bay, the Arab Spring and the aftermath of Michael Brown's killing in Ferguson, Missouri, joins us to talk about the novel and how his work as a journalist influences his fiction.


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President Trump Signs Executive Order Targeting H-1B Visas

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 16:00:00 +0000

President Donald Trump signed his "Buy American, Hire American" executive order on Tuesday in an effort to prevent companies from choosing low-wage foreign workers over Americans. The order takes aim at the federal government's H-1B visa program, which is supposed to help businesses hire highly-skilled, temporary workers from other countries. But critics of the program say it undercuts American workers and that most H-1B visas simply go to IT workers. But supporters say the program is vital to the tech industry, and argue that President Trump's changes could hurt innovation. In this hour, we discuss President Trump's order and how it could affect Silicon Valley.


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Finding the Real Fibonacci with Mathematician Keith Devlin

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 17:00:00 +0000

Over a decade ago, mathematician Keith Devlin, also known as “The Math Guy” on NPR’s Weekend Edition, set out to research the life and legacy of Leonardo of Pisa, better known as Fibonacci. The Italian mathematician introduced the Hindu-Arabic numeral system and arithmetic to the Western world. “Finding Fibonacci" details Devlin's journey to revive the long-forgotten mathematician and the people who devoted their lives to understanding his legacy.


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Civil Rights Defender Judge Thelton Henderson Retires After More than 30 Years on the Bench

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 16:30:00 +0000

Judge Thelton Henderson is retiring this year from his post as a U.S. District Court Judge in Northern California, saying that at 83-years-old he doesn’t have the stamina to do the job like he used to. The federal judge spent decades on the bench and was a staunch defender of civil rights, presiding over high-profile cases focused on abuse in California prisons and conduct within the Oakland Police Department. We'll discuss Henderson's career and legacy with Bob Egelko, legal affairs reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle. And we'll also hear a recent interview guest host Scott Shafer conducted with Henderson in his chambers.


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How to Choose the Right College

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 17:00:00 +0000

College acceptance letters have gone out and many families are now facing some tough choices. As we approach the deadline for graduating high school seniors to choose their next step, Forum looks at the best strategies for choosing the right school -- and common mistakes to avoid.


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San Jose City Council to Vote on New ‘Just Cause’ Eviction Law

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 16:00:00 +0000

The San Jose City Council is set to vote Tuesday on new rules that would prohibit landlords from evicting tenants from residential properties without just cause, such as failure to pay rent. Supporters say the rules are needed to prevent retaliatory and arbitrary evictions and to protect renters amid the region's housing crisis. Landlords say the rules would make it too difficult to evict problematic tenants. If passed, San Jose would join San Francisco, Los Angeles and other California cities that ban so-called no-cause evictions. We take up the debate.


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Arrests, Injuries at Pro-Trump Berkeley Rally and Counter-protests

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 16:00:00 +0000

A pro-Trump rally in Berkeley on Saturday was met with counter-demonstrations, resulting in violent clashes and at least 20 arrests. Eleven people were injured and seven of those were taken to hospitals, according to police. John Sepulvado, host of KQED's "The California Report" covered the so-called “Patriots Day” demonstration and “Antifa” counter-protest. He joins us in the studio to talk about the events.


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New Guidelines Let Patients Opt In to Controversial Prostate Cancer Screening

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 16:30:00 +0000

All men between the ages of 55 and 69 should have the option of being screened for prostate cancer. That's according to new guidelines from the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force. It's a departure from 2012, when the task force discouraged screening for cancer with the prostate specific antigen (PSA) test. The procedure has a significant problem with false positives, which can lead to more testing, which in turn can cause impaired sexual functioning and incontinence. We'll discuss the new recommendation, which is open for public comment until May 8.


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The Atlantic’s Graeme Wood On ‘Encounters with The Islamic State’

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 17:00:00 +0000

When he was 25 years old, in the early years of the Iraq War, Graeme Wood moved to Mosul for a job. Within a short time he had narrowly avoided a suicide-bombing and grown accustomed to mortar attacks around his office. Years later, as a journalist, Wood set out to find out more about the people and motivations behind such attacks. The result is his latest book, “The Way of The Strangers: Encounters With The Islamic State.” Wood interviewed converts and enthusiasts of the Islamic State from around the world, many of whom didn’t live up to the stereotype of terrorists who pervert theology. In this hour we'll talk to Wood about his book and the people and beliefs of the Islamic State.


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