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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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Uber Faces Tough Road Amid Lawsuits, Loss of President

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:30:00 +0000

In 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.

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U.S. Bans Large Carry-On Electronics on Flights from Eight Muslim-Majority Countries

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:00:00 +0000

The 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.

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Russian Consul General Talks U.S.-Russia Relations

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 17:00:00 +0000

With 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.

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Partisan Divide Evident as Judge Gorsuch Delivers Message of Unity at Confirmation Hearing

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 16:30:00 +0000

Judge 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.

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New Yorker’s Ariel Levy Chronicles an Abundant Life, Devastating Loss in New Memoir

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.

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FBI Director Comey Confirms Probe of Russian Election Meddling, Trump Campaign Ties

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 16:00:00 +0000

FBI 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.

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How President Trump’s Budget Could Affect California

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 16:00:00 +0000

The 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.

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Are You a ‘BBC Dad’? Viral Video Shows Pros and Cons of Working from Home

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

Little 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?

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California Launches New School Assessment Dashboard, Drops API Score

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 16:00:00 +0000

The 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.

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Stanford Democracy Expert Larry Diamond Warns of ‘Creeping Autocracy’

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

Support 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.

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GOP Health Care Plan Would Hit Older Californians Disproportionately

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 16:00:00 +0000

Covered 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.

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Writer Yiyun Li on Writing and Depression

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

Oakland-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?

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Brady Campaign’s Dan Gross on Keeping Guns Out of the Wrong Hands

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 16:30:00 +0000

Nine 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.

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Palo Alto School District to Vote on Renaming Two Schools, Joining National Debate

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 16:00:00 +0000

Palo 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?

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Jonathan White’s ‘Tides’ Explores ‘The Science and Spirit of the Ocean’

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

Jonathan White has been thinking about the tide, and the mysterious process behind it, for most of his life. As a young surfer in Southern California, White found the tide often dictated the quality of the surf. In Alaska, White almost lost a boat when it ran aground in a spring tide, and in the Puget Sound, White spent several years hosting “floating seminars” from a 65-foot schooner. In his new book, “Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean,” White travels across the Arctic, China, Europe, Latin America and Mavericks, the famed big-wave surf spot, to meet the people whose cultures are impacted by tides and sea level rise. White joins us to discuss the complexity of tides, including why great thinkers like Plato and Descartes were confounded by them.

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Political News Roundup

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 16:00:00 +0000

Forum speaks with a panel of journalists about the latest political news, including Friday's jobs report, the ongoing debate about the Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, and the fallout from Wikileaks' release of the CIA's surveillance techniques.

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Former CIA Chief Michael Hayden on American Intelligence in the Age of Terror and President Trump

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

"How does intelligence survive in a post-fact world?" That's the question General Michael Hayden raised when reports surfaced last week that President Donald Trump relied on Breitbart, not U.S intelligence agencies, as the basis to claim that the Obama administration had wiretapped Trump Tower. Hayden, who led the CIA and the NSA under President George W. Bush, joins Forum to talk about the relationship between U.S. intelligence agencies and the Trump Administration, as well as the role of American intelligence in the fight against terrorism.

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The Battle Over ‘Frisco’

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 17:30:00 +0000

"Frisco," the word San Franciscans love to hate -- or do they? KQED's Bay Curious podcast recently took up the question of why Bay Area locals are so divided over the nickname. We'll talk to KQED producer Vinnee Tong about what her reporting on the moniker and the city's relationship with it. And we want to hear from you: How do you feel about "Frisco"? Do love it, hate it or are you happy as long as no one says "San Fran"?

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Shh, Don’t Tell: ‘The Speakeasy’ Returns to San Francisco

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

Turn down a dark alley in North Beach, say the right password to a man in a trench coat, and a secret world of dice games, blackjack and cabaret singers will appear. The Speakeasy, an immersive theater show that recreates the look and feel of a 1920s Prohibition-era drinking club, is interactive and lets actors and audience commingle at gambling tables and a bar stocked with "bootlegged liquor." Many guests show up in period clothing, from fedoras to flapper dresses, and cell phones are strictly forbidden. (You can't get a signal in 1923!) We’ll discuss creating immersive theater with The Speakeasy’s producers and the hurdles to finding a permanent space in San Francisco.

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Wikileaks Latest Disclosure: CIA Surveillance Techniques

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 16:00:00 +0000

The CIA figured out how to spy on people through cell phones, websites and smart TVs, and then lost control over that information, according to the website Wikileaks. In what it called its largest release ever, Wikileaks made 8,761 files available Tuesday that detailed surveillance techniques. Wikileaks says it will release more details soon, after allowing tech companies to review the information so that they can patch any security vulnerabilities. We discuss the implications of the disclosure and Wikileaks' political influence.

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‘Containers’ Explores Role of Bay Area Container Shipping in World Economy

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 16:30:00 +0000

If you want to understand the complex reality of capitalism, there's no better microcosm than the system that moves containers around the world. That's according to Fusion's Alexis Madrigal, whose new radio documentary "Containers" examines the role Bay Area container shipping played in the development of our current economic order. The eight part series brings listeners through the world of ships and sailors, technology and tugboats, warehouses and cranes, and traces the roots of our global economic system to the Port of Oakland, right at the foot of the Bay Bridge. Madrigal joins Forum to discuss "Containers" and how the Bay Area shipping industry helped shape global capitalism.

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Tension Builds Between U.S. and North Korea, China Attempts to Mitigate

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 16:00:00 +0000

After North Korea launched four ballistic missiles off the coast of Japan earlier this week, the U.S. announced the deployment of a missile defense system in South Korea. Worried that this aggression could start an "arms race," Chinese officials attempted to mitigate the situation, proposing that North Korea halt its nuclear weapons program in exchange for the U.S. and South Korea suspending their joint military exercises in the region -- a proposal both the U.S. and South Korea reject. We get the latest on the situation in the Korean Penninsula and discuss escalating U.S.-North Korea relations.

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Steve Early on Richmond’s Political Transformation

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

When Steve Early moved to Richmond in 2012, he saw a city trying to break free from its big oil roots and reinvent itself. He also saw from his backyard an oil explosion that sent 15,000 to the hospital because of toxic smoke. Home to a massive Chevron oil refinery since 1902 -- Standard Oil back then -- the working-class Bay Area city has a long history of pollution and poverty. But, as Early chronicles in his new book "Refinery Town," for the past fifteen years, the Richmond community has tried to reinvent itself with a push for reform and progressive policies, electing a Green Party mayor, approving rent control measures and, most recently, passing a resolution calling for the impeachment of President Trump. Steve Early joins us in-studio to discuss Richmond's history, its recent efforts to redefine itself and its rocky relationship with its biggest employer, Chevron.

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Exploring the Wild World of Weird CreaturesA brainwashed caterpillar protects the cocoons of the wasp that controls it.Adult oceanic sunfish (Mola mola) underwater off the west side of Isabela Island in the deep waters surrounding the Galapagos Island Archipeligo, Ecuador. Pacific Ocean.Tierney Thys affixes a tracking tag to a sunfish.These three species of nudibranchs are found in the Phillipines and share some parts of a color pattern.

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

Imagine a fungus that controls the mind of an ant, turning it into a zombie. Or a violent frog that uses its mustache as a weapon. Or a fish that can choke a shark with its slimy snot. In this hour, we'll talk to WIRED science writer Matt Simon and California Academy of Sciences researchers about the wild and weird creatures they study.

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Meg Lowman on her ‘Life in the Treetops’ and Women in Science

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 16:30:00 +0000

Meg Lowman has spent her life climbing trees. Wearing a helmet and harness, Meg will often scale 200 feet above the ground, exploring the canopies of trees where she says half the planet’s biodiversity lives. She’s been doing this work for decades earning her the nickname, "Canopy Meg." But growing up in the 1960s, Lowman says she was often the only girl in science class and later one of the few working scientists bringing her children on research expeditions. Lowman joins us to talk about her life exploring the forest canopies, the hurdles she encountered as a single mother and how she encourages women around the globe to pursue careers in science.

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