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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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Rise in High-Risk Drinking a Public Health Crisis, New Study Finds

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:00:00 +0000

One in eight American adults suffers from alcoholism, according to a study published in the medical journal JAMA Psychiatry this month. The study found that rates of high-risk drinking and alcohol use disorder have increased substantially since 2001 and constitute a public health crisis. We discuss what may be driving Americans to drink more, what treatments are most effective and who's most at risk.


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Cary Cordova on the Mission District’s Artistic and Political Heritage

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 17:00:00 +0000

In her new book “The Heart of the Mission: Latino Art and Politics in San Francisco,” Cary Cordova explores a cultural renaissance that started in the Mission District in the late 1960s and continued through the ‘90s. The art, then as now, mixed with politics often. Early iterations of the now-popular Dia de los Muertos procession mourned victims of AIDS and wars in Central America. A popular 1974 mural critiqued its own corporate sponsor, while other muralists worked with the Black Panthers. Cordova joins us to discuss the book, and how the Mission of today is responding to the rise of the tech industry, a shortage of affordable housing and rapid gentrification.


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Protesters Gather in Oakland, San Francisco After Deadly Charlottesville Rally

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 16:00:00 +0000

One person died and at least 19 others were injured after violence at a rally of white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday. James Alex Fields Jr., 20, was arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder and other charges after driving his car into a crowd of counter-protesters. Authorities identified 32-year-old paralegal Heather Heyer as the woman killed in the attack. President Trump condemned the hatred and violence “on many sides" but faced heavy criticism for failing to strongly denounce white supremacy by name. Demonstrators marched in Oakland and San Francisco over the weekend to protest the violence and the president’s response. We'll talk about the incident, the white supremacist movement and how the Bay Area is reacting.


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New Orleans and ‘A Kind of Freedom’ With Margaret Wilkerson Sexton

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 17:00:00 +0000

In her new novel "A Kind of Freedom,” Bay Area author Margaret Wilkerson Sexton explores the three-generation long descent into poverty of an upper middle class black family in New Orleans. Sexton joins us in studio to discuss her novel, the importance of her New Orleans roots and how her career as a lawyer informs her writing.


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Two Native American Judges Aim for Restorative ‘Tribal Justice’

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 17:30:00 +0000

Imagine a courtroom where the judge is someone who grew up with your parents and who sits down at the table to talk with you like a longtime friend. That's the approach Judge Abby Abinanti takes when she rules on cases for the Yurok Tribe in Northern California. Abinanti and Claudette White, who is the chief judge for the Quechan Tribe in Southern California, are the focus of a new documentary, "Tribal Justice." The film examines the two judges' use of restorative justice in their courtrooms. We talk to Judge Abinanti and filmmaker Anne Makepeace.


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Democrats At Odds Over Whether to Back Pro-Life Candidates

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 16:00:00 +0000

Democrats agree that the midterm elections are a crucial time to regain lost power in Congress, but divisions are emerging about how far the party should go to broaden its appeal. The head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee last week refused to rule out supporting pro-life candidates. That sparked outrage from Planned Parenthood and other groups that say reproductive rights are core principles of the Democratic Party. Forum discusses the party's struggle to appeal to its base, while expanding support.


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Ellen Ullman Reflects on Her ‘Life in Code’ and the Early Days of Silicon Valley

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 17:00:00 +0000

Ellen Ullman began working as a computer programmer in the late 1970s, when Microsoft was just a fledgling company and Googling something wasn't even possible. Ullman fell in love with translating the chaos and complexity of life into clean and organized lines of code. But Ullman says she also dealt with male colleagues who doubted her skills and a boss who said, "I hate to hire all you girls but you're too damned smart." In her memoir, "Life in Code: A Personal History in Technology," Ullman reflects on the artfulness of coding, how the tech sector has changed San Francisco and how today's work culture differs from that of the 1970s.


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Outside Lands Music Festival Celebrates 10 Years

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 16:30:00 +0000

The Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival is set to celebrate its tenth anniversary Aug. 11-13 in Golden Gate Park. Headliners include Gorillaz, The Who, Lorde and A Tribe Called Quest. Outside Lands is currently the country's largest independently-operated music festival. We take a peek inside this year's line up and look back on the last 10 years. And we want to hear from you -- if you've been to the festival, what was your favorite Outside Lands moment?


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Combating California’s Opioid Crisis

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 16:00:00 +0000

President Trump this week said that solving the opioid crsis is an "absolute priority" but rejected the advice of his commission on drug addiction, which asked that the crisis be declared a national emergency. Forum talks about what Trump's decision means for efforts to combat the epidemic in California where hospitals treat an opioid overdose - from heroin or prescription painkillers - once every 45 minutes.


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San Francisco Chronicle Science Writer David Perlman Retires at 98

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 17:30:00 +0000

Last week, 98-year-old David Perlman will retire from the San Francisco Chronicle, nearly 60 years after he started filing science stories for the paper on a portable typewriter. Perlman covered the start of World War II, the height of the AIDS epidemic and traveled as far as Antarctica and Ethiopia for work. He joins us to talk about his career, his thoughts on climate change and what he'll do now that he's left the newsroom that affectionately calls him "Dr. Dave."


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Cal Shakes Presents ‘Black Odyssey’

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 17:00:00 +0000

Award-winning playwright Marcus Gardley’s “black odyssey” opens at California Shakespeare Theater this week. The mashup of African-American cultural lore with Homer’s “The Odyssey” was set in Harlem when it premiered in 2014, but Gardley changed the setting to his hometown of Oakland for its East Bay run. The play follows an American soldier, Ulysses Lincoln, who is lost at sea and presumed dead, as he tries to return home. Two gods -- Deus and Paw Sidin -- play a deity’s game of chess that manipulates Lincoln’s journey. The Denver Post called the show's premier “an epic night of ritual and wonder.” Gardley’s previous plays include “The House That Will Not Stand” and “X: Or, Betty Shabazz v. The Nation.” Gardley joins us in studio to discuss his new play, his spin on Homer and his own journey home to Oakland.


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North Korea Capable of Compact Nuclear Warhead

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 16:00:00 +0000

Reports surfaced Tuesday that U.S. intelligence officials believe North Korea has produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead. Experts had thought the compact warhead capability was years away. President Trump met the news and further aggressive language from Kim Jung Un with his own strong language, saying that North Korea will be met with "fire and fury" if it makes more threats to the United States. North Korea responded threatening a missile strike on Guam.


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Rod Dreher’s ‘Benedict Option’ a Radical Call to Preserve Christian Values

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 17:00:00 +0000

Dubbed by the New York Times' David Brooks "the most important religious book of the decade", Rod Dreher's "The Benedict Option" argues that American Christianity is in peril. Dreher joins us to discuss why he calls for Christians to find inspiration in St. Benedict’s retreat from ancient Rome, and similarly withdraw from mainstream America to ride out its current secular storm. And we'll talk politics with Dreher--who also writes for The American Conservative--including why he thinks Republican politicians have failed Christians despite their loyalty to the party.


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Bill for Late School Start Passes Senate, Heads to Assembly

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 16:30:00 +0000

California’s public middle and high schools would be prohibited from commencing classes earlier than 8:30 a.m. under Senate Bill 328. Proponents say starting school later allows teens to get more sleep, which enables them to perform better in school. But critics say that individual school districts should be able to decide for themselves when the school day starts and that the rule would be impossible for some large districts to implement. The bill, sponsored by state Senator Anthony Portantino, has passed the Senate and now heads to the Assembly.


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North Korea Vows U.S. Will Pay ‘Thousands of Times’ for New Sanctions

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 16:00:00 +0000

On Monday, North Korea issued a stark warning that the U.S. will pay a high price for drafting new sanctions against it. The United Nations on Saturday approved cutting by a third North Korea's $3 billion annual expert revenue. We'll discuss rising tensions between the two countries, as the Trump administration continues to exert pressure on North Korea to abandon its nuclear ambitions.


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Comedian Mike Birbiglia Brings One-Man Show to Berkeley Rep

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 17:00:00 +0000

Comedian Mike Birbiglia, known to This American Life fans for his stories about sleepwalking and his cat's showdown with a mouse, brings his one-man-show to the Bay Area. "The New One" is consistent with Birbiglia's particular brand of comedy, which relies more on smart storytelling than one liners. Birbiglia joins us in studio to talk about his show, returning to the Bay Area and his career in comedy.


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Google Employee’s Anti-Diversity Memo Sparks Backlash

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 16:30:00 +0000

On Friday, the tech website Motherboard reported that a controversial memo by an unnamed Google employee was circulating within the company. Entitled “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber”, the document criticizes the company’s diversity efforts and culture stating “We need to stop assuming that gender gaps imply sexism”. The author also links the lack of women in technology to ‘biological causes’. On Saturday, company’s brand new diversity chief, Danielle Brown, fired back in an internal company statement. She wrote that the company is committed to open dialogue and political discussion, but added that such discourse “needs to work alongside the principles of equal employment found in our Code of Conduct, policies, and anti-discrimination laws." We discuss the memo, and the reaction to it inside and outside the company.


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Market Street to Go Car-Free

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 16:00:00 +0000

A $604 million plan would ban private cars on Market Street in hopes of creating a “Champs-Élysées” of San Francisco to benefit pedestrians, cyclists and riders of public transit. The plan was released last week by the Department of Public Works and would cover 2.2 miles between Octavia Boulevard and the Embarcadero. We’ll get the details about the project and hear how the public can provide input before construction begins.


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Terry Tempest Williams Pens a Love Letter to National Parks

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 17:00:00 +0000

Some 300 million people explore America's national parks each year. But for naturalist Terry Tempest Williams, visiting national parks is a deeply personal experience. In her book, "The Hour of Land," she pens a lyrical love letter to twelve of her favorite parks, including Grand Teton National Park, where she recalled drinking from waterfalls with her mother and grandmother, their "faces wet with mist." Williams also explores the parks' dark history with Native Americans, as well as the policies crucial to the lands' preservation and existence. She writes: "The time has come for acts of reverence and restraint on behalf of the Earth."


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Oil Companies Mistakenly Allowed to Put Wastewater in California’s Aquifers; Effects Unknown

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 17:00:00 +0000

Oil companies in California have mistakenly been allowed to inject wastewater into some of the state's drinking water aquifers. A KQED investigation has found that state officials know little about the impact of the wastewater on California's groundwater reserves. Forum talks with KQED reporter Lauren Sommer about the mistakes regulators made and what we know -- and don't know -- about groundwater contamination from oil production.


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Greetings … from San Quentin Prison

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 17:30:00 +0000

"Ear hustle" is prison slang for eavesdropping. It's also the title of a new podcast from San Quentin prison, created by two inmates, Earlonne Woods and Antwan Williams, in collaboration with art professor Nigel Poor. The podcast talks about life in prison, from keeping pets to choosing cellmates to spending years inside the solitary housing unit. KQED's Mina Kim visited San Quentin to talk with Woods and Williams. In this segment, we'll hear excerpts from that recorded interview and talk with Poor live, here in the KQED studios.


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Republican Sen. Jeff Flake: GOP ‘In Denial’ About Donald Trump

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 16:00:00 +0000

Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake gained notoriety in July 2016 when he challenged then-nominee Donald Trump head-on during a tense meeting with other Republican senators. Now, he has emerged as one of President Trump's most vocal Republican critics with his new book, “Conscience of a Conservative: A Rejection of Destructive Politics and a Return to Principle." We'll talk with Sen. Flake about what he sees as President Trump's threat to conservative principles and democratic institutions.


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The Inside Scoop on America’s Ice Cream Obsession

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 17:00:00 +0000

Black sesame. Foie gras. Oyster. These are just some of the flavors Amy Ettinger sampled during her year dedicated to researching, and tasting, ice cream. Ettinger joins us in-studio to talk about her book, "Sweet Spot: An Ice Cream Binge Across America,” and to dish on her favorite ice cream spots in the Bay Area. Tell us -- what's your go to ice cream spot and what makes it rise above the rest? And what do you think of the funky flavors du jour -- are they an improvement on a traditional treat or food innovation run amok?


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Lawsuit Claims White House Involvement in Discredited Fox News Story

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 16:30:00 +0000

A lawsuit filed this week claims that President Trump played a role in the discredited Fox News story that slain Democratic National Committee (DNC) staffer Seth Rich may have leaked DNC emails to WikiLeaks. The lawsuit, filed by Fox commentator Rod Wheeler, claims Fox News and a wealthy Trump supporter concocted the story with the involvement and approval of President Trump and then-press secretary Sean Spicer. Forum discusses the allegations with NPR Media Correspondent David Folkenflik, who broke the story of the lawsuit.


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Contract with ICE Puts Yuba County at Center of Immigration Debate

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 16:00:00 +0000

Half of the population at the Yuba County Jail is made up of immigrants held for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), an arrangement that county officials say provides vital financial support to the community. But the county has been under court order to improve the jail's conditions for 38 years, and ICE auditors have found problems at the jail in the past. Throw in a contentious national debate over immigration policy and Yuba County finds its ICE contract questioned by immigration and prisoner rights advocates, and challenged by state legislators. In this segment we'll look at one county's complicated relationship with immigration and why problems in its jail have persisted.


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