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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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Social Justice Pioneer Carl Anthony on the Intersections of Race and Urbanism

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 18:00:00 +0000

Environmental and social justice activist Carl Anthony draws on decades of experience as an architect in his new book, “The Earth, the City, and the Hidden Narrative of Race.” The book, part memoir and part tutorial, grapples with questions of urban democratization and sustainability in the context of shifting social norms and changing environmental realities. Anthony joins us to discuss his life's work and strategies for enhancing equity in a changing world.

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Monday News Roundup

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 17:00:00 +0000

Forum brings you analysis of the latest news out of Washington, including an update on Friday’s indictment of thirteen Russian nationals and 3 Russian organizations for alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. election.

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Oakland’s Carvell Wallace on the Significance of ‘Black Panther’

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 18:40:00 +0000

In a recent article for The New York Times Magazine, Oakland-based writer Carvell Wallace describes the significance of Ryan Coogler’s “Black Panther.” The film depicts the mythical African country of Wakanda and was inspired by ideas of the continent as a place of self-realization for Black Americans. Wallace joins us in the studio to discuss how the film challenges conventional representations of race in the media and why, as he writes, the movie "must also function as a place for multiple generations of black Americans to store some of our most deeply held aspirations."

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National Park Service’s Betty Reid Soskin Publishes Memoir at 96

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 18:00:00 +0000

Betty Reid Soskin's lectures at Richmond's Rosie the Riveter Museum have garnered her national attention, including a visit with President Obama in 2015. Soskin's talks reflect on the oft-overlooked African-American wartime experience and how opportunities for black women have changed throughout her lifetime. Now the 96-year-old has written a memoir, "Sign My Name to Freedom ", documenting her history as a political activist, musician and entrepreneur. A longtime resident of the East Bay, Soskin illustrates how the Bay Area laid the groundwork for the national civil rights movement.

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‘Brotopia’ Goes Inside Silicon Valley’s Boys’ Club

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 17:00:00 +0000

In “Brotopia,” Bloomberg journalist Emily Chang digs deep into Silicon Valley's boys' club atmosphere, rife with company sex parties, workplace harassment and elitism. Chang argues that while women have historically made critical contributions to the field of computer science, the technology industry regards them as second-class citizens, at best. She describes an industry that simultaneously prides itself on its progressive politics yet treats women with hostility. We'll talk to Chang about the implications of this paradox for a world increasingly shaped by the Valley's inventions.

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Shooting at High School in Broward County, Florida Leaves at Least Seventeen Dead

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 17:00:00 +0000

A nineteen-year-old former student is in custody in Parkland, Florida, suspected of killing at least seventeen people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. We'll bring you the latest developments.

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Max Boot Captures Vietnam War Era in Biography of CIA Operative

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 18:00:00 +0000

Military historian Max Boot left the Republican party the day after Donald Trump was elected and is a sharp critic of the current administration. Boot joins us to discuss the latest political news and his new book, "The Road Not Taken." The book profiles a relatively unknown CIA operative named Edward Lansdale, who pioneered "hearts and mind" diplomacy during the Vietnam War era. Boot joins us to discuss Lansdale and the lessons he holds for today’s politicians.

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How the Bay Area Fits into President Trump’s Infrastructure Plan

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 17:30:00 +0000

President Trump’s infrastructure proposal is getting a cool response from Bay Area transportation and business leaders. The plan calls for $200 billion in federal spending over ten years. We'll talk to Randy Rentschler with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the Bay Area Council’s Sean Randolph about the proposal, how much of the $200 billion might make its way to the Bay Area and to which projects it could be allocated.

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David Cay Johnston: Donald Trump is Dismantling Democracy

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 17:00:00 +0000

In "It's Even Worse Than You Think" David Cay Johnston chronicles the unprecedented actions -- many covert -- that President Trump has taken to upend the structures of American government. Johnston argues that the administration's attempts to alter federal policies, from immigration to education, threaten modern democracy. Johnston joins us to discuss the potential long-term effects of Trump's presidency.

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Open Phones: Relationship Deal Breakers

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 18:00:00 +0000

Most of us have thought about the traits we desire most in a romantic partner, but what about the character flaws, beliefs or annoying habits that make for relationship non-starters? In this segment, we're talking about petty deal breakers, those little non-negotiables that move people from a potential mate to someone you wouldn't even date. What are your relationship deal breakers? Are you paired with someone despite their once fatal flaws? Tell us about it!

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A Heart Says ‘Love’ — But Why?

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 18:30:00 +0000

Around Valentine's Day hearts are everywhere, but do you know where the symbol originally came from? This Valentine's Day, we talk with scholar Marilyn Yalom about her new book, "The Amorous Heart." Yalom follows heart imagery throughout history, from the origins of its two-lobed shape to how it became a worldwide emblem of romantic longing, lust, and loss.

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Daniel Pink Reveals the ‘Secrets of Perfect Timing’

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 18:00:00 +0000

They say timing is everything. Author Daniel Pink dug into the science of scheduling and timing for his new book, "When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing." Pink joins us to talk about building ideal schedules, when to get married or switch careers and what we can do to lead more engaged lives.

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In ‘Heart Berries’ Terese Marie Mailhot Confronts Indigenous Identity, Abuse

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 17:30:00 +0000

Terese Marie Mailhot's debut book, “Heart Berries,” recalls a childhood darkened by abuse, addiction and abject poverty. "Indigenous identity is fixed in grief," writes Mailhot, who grew up on the Seabird Island Indian Reservation in British Columbia. Mailhot joins us to discuss her memoir and how her identity as a native woman influences her work.

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State Senate Bill Would Ease Rules for Cities Seeking Conservatorship Over Homeless

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 17:00:00 +0000

State Senator Scott Wiener has proposed a bill to broaden state conservatorship laws as a way to help get mentally ill and drug-addicted people off the streets and into treatment. SB-1045 contains few details, but aims to expand the definition of “gravely disabled” and the current 72-hour hold limit for chronically homeless people. Homeless advocates say that the bill does nothing to address the root causes of homelessness and that cities should expand psychiatric outreach programs instead. We'll take up the debate.

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Steve Coll on American Military Involvement in Afghanistan and Pakistan

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 18:00:00 +0000

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Steve Coll's new book “Directorate S” illustrates the political actors and motivations of America's post-9/11 military efforts in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Coll describes muddled combat strategies, diplomatic failures and military miscalculations in what has become the United States' longest running war. He joins us in the studio to discuss the global implications of the war and whether a military solution is possible.

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Monday Political Roundup with RNC’s Kayleigh McEnany, former Sen. Barbara Boxer

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 17:00:00 +0000

Republican National Committee spokesperson Kayleigh McEnany wrote a piece for CNN back in 2016 explaining why she had decided to back Donald Trump. In it, she praised him for "setting the politically correct prison walls aflame" and for his "honest advocacy for his deeply held beliefs." McEnany, a Christian conservative and Harvard Law School graduate, joins us to talk about the state of the GOP and why she thinks the President is doing a great job in office.

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Jonathan Kauffman on How ’60s Revolutionaries Changed America’s Food

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 18:00:00 +0000

Healthy foods like yogurt, brown rice and tofu were not always the familiar staples in the American diet that they are today. In his new book “Hippie Food” Jonathan Kauffman provides a narrative history of how the fringe and counterculture movements of the ‘60s and ‘70s made whole foods part of the mainstream. Kauffman chronicles the transition from the preserved and processed products born post-WWII to the modern diet rich in vegetables and grains. And we want to hear from you: Did you grow up eating "hippie foods"? How did they shape your childhood?

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California’s Snowpack Well Below Average, State Scales Back Delta Tunnels Project

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 17:30:00 +0000

More than two months into what's supposed to be California's wettest season, the state's snowpack stands at 27 percent of its historical average, according to the Department of Water Resources. We'll explore whether the dry conditions may portend another drought. We'll also discuss the state's decision to scale back Waterfix, the controversial, multibillion dollar water distribution project in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

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Let the Games Begin: 2018 Winter Olympics Open Friday

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 17:00:00 +0000

The 2018 Winter Olympics officially kick off Friday in Pyeongchang, South Korea. These will be the largest winter games in history, attracting nearly 3,000 athletes from 92 countries. We'll preview the events and highlight some of the competitors, at least 16 of whom have ties to the Bay Area and Lake Tahoe.

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Trump’s Plan to Expand Offshore Drilling Gets a California Hearing

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 17:30:00 +0000

On Thursday, the Trump administration will hold its only California public comment hearing on the proposal to vastly expand offshore oil drilling. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says the expansion is needed to cement America's energy independence. Environmentalists plan to protest at Thursday's hearing and state officials said Wednesday that they will block transportation of petroleum from any new rigs. We'll discuss the proposal and California's reaction.

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San Francisco to Open Safe Drug Injection Sites

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 17:00:00 +0000

San Francisco plans to open supervised drug injection sites this July, becoming the first city in the country to do so. Public health officials estimate 22,000 city residents use intravenous drugs and hope these sanctioned facilities will prevent overdoses and save the city upwards of $3 million in medical costs. Epidemiologist Alex Kral, a member of the Safe Injection Services Task Force, joins us in the studio to discuss the science behind this initiative.

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NPR’s Anya Kamenetz on How To Balance Kids’ Digital Diet

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 18:00:00 +0000

As technology increasingly dominates the lives of children, there remains a dearth of conclusive evidence about best practices for parents. Last month, Facebook released Messenger Kids, sparking outrage among child health advocates. Currently, two Apple shareholders are pushing for the company to reprogram the iPhone and iPad to allow for greater parental controls. In "The Art of Screen Time" Anya Kamenetz pieces together scientific research and personal experience to help families navigate their relationships to screens in a digital world. She joins us to discuss the book's major takeaways.

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Exploring Charles Darwin’s Backyard with Biologist James Costa

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 18:00:00 +0000

In his book "Darwin’s Backyard," James Costa gives readers a new view of Charles Darwin’s experimentation in evolutionary biology. Costa’s book presents a different scientist than the one who famously sailed aboard the Beagle to study wildlife in the Galapagos. Costa instead reveals a Darwin who enlisted his family to help run experiments on everything from potatoes to earthworms. We'll talk to Costa about his book, about what life looked like in the Darwin country home and how to recreate his backyard experiments.

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Almost One-Third of Puerto Rico’s Residents Still Without Power

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 17:00:00 +0000

More than four months after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, nearly one-third of the island's residents lack power and thousands more remain displaced. The hardships persist as its poverty rate exceeds 40 percent and the the debt-ridden island struggles to navigate its way out of bankruptcy. We'll discuss what needs to be done to improve conditions in Puerto Rico and address recent reports of FEMA's alleged mishandling of contracts during relief efforts.

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Stanford’s Jeremy Bailenson Makes the Case for Virtual Reality

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 18:00:00 +0000

Virtual reality (VR) is supposed to fully immerse a user in an alternate reality -- a football field, a precarious cliff or an exotic locale. The technology could significantly change everything from teleconferencing to treating phobias. Stanford professor Jeremy Bailenson predicts that within 5 years, VR will be almost indistinguishable from real life. Bailenson joins us to talk about his new book, "Experience on Demand," and the promises and dangers of of an increasingly realistic virtual reality.

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