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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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2017 Fire Season One for the Record Books. But Why?

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 16:00:00 +0000

Relentless wildfires in the North Bay, Mendocino and Santa Cruz mountains are taxing California's firefighting resources. Forum checks in on why this fire season is more severe than in years past and discusses whether climate change is playing a role.

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Fire Hits Pot Economy in Sonoma, Mendocino

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 16:30:00 +0000

The fires in Sonoma, Lake and Mendocino counties have hit the marijuana industry hard. Farmers along the North Coast were preparing for recreational marijuana's California debut this January. Instead, an estimated one third of their crops have burned at the peak of harvest season. Federal restrictions on marijuana limit growers' access to credit and insurance so many farmers saw their cash savings go up in smoke. We’ll discuss the damage and plans to bounce back.

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Glide’s ‘Bridging the Divide’ Confronts Political Division Head On

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 17:00:00 +0000

The political divide in the U.S. on such issues as the environment, immigration, race and the role of government is wider today than ever before, according a new study by Pew Research Center. A San Francisco project is seeking to bridge that divide and spur dialogue between those on the left and the right. We’ll hear about the project and talk to participants about their experiences connecting with people they might normally avoid.

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North Bay Fires Taking a Financial Toll on Wine, Hospitality Industries

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:00:00 +0000

Though this week so far has brought some good news regarding the containment of the North Bay fires, business is far from usual. Early estimates put the region's loss of economic output at $200 million, which is expected to rise. In this segment we'll look at how the fires are affecting the region's wine and tourism industries, which account for about one in four jobs in Sonoma, Napa and Solano counties.

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#Metoo: What’s Next in the Conversation about Sexual Assault

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 17:00:00 +0000

Accusations of sexual assault and harassment against producer Harvey Weinstein by some of Hollywood's biggest names prompted thousands of women to post “#metoo” on social media, signaling that they too have been sexually assaulted, raped or harassed. The #metoo campaign has succeeded in highlighting how widespread the problem of sexual assault is, but what comes next? In this segment we'll explore what constitutes harassment and assault, how companies and individuals can mitigate it and what it will take to turn momentum and awareness into change. And we would like to hear from you -- if you posted #metoo, what kind of responses did you receive? What conversations did the post spur? Or if you didn't post, why did you decide not to?

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North Bay Residents Return After Evacuation Orders Lifted

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 16:00:00 +0000

As firefighters continue to contain the devastating wildfires in Northern California, residents are returning to cities and towns that were under mandatory evacuation. Forum checks in with county officials about opening schools when many students and teachers are now homeless. We'll also hear about the health concerns of returning to fire-stricken areas.

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‘Goon Squad’ Author Jennifer Egan Returns to Traditional Storytelling

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 17:00:00 +0000

Set in the Brooklyn Navy Yard during the Depression and second world war, Jennifer Egan's new book, "Manhattan Beach," is a 400-page historical novel, a major departure from her Pulitzer Prize-winning "A Visit from the Goon Squad." Some critics describe "Manhattan Beach" as a present-day Victorian novel, which thrills Egan who says, "the novel then was so powerful and agile in ways I'm not sure it is now." She joins us to discuss her new novel, her return to linear storytelling and her Bay Area roots.

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President Trump Ends Affordable Care Act Subsidies, Disavows Iran Deal

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

Forum brings you analysis of the latest national news, including President Trump's decision to end subsidies that help low-income Americans receive insurance under the Affordable Care Act. We'll also discuss the President's announcement on Friday that he will decertify the Iran nuclear deal and new reports that Twitter deleted information related to Russian election interference.

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Northern California Wildfire Update

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 16:00:00 +0000

We'll bring you the latest news on the wildfires that have been devastating communities in Sonoma and Napa counties and across Northern California.

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North Bay Legislators React to Wildfires, Response Efforts

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 16:00:00 +0000

In this hour, we’ll bring you the latest news on the wildfires burning across Northern California. We’ll also hear from elected officials about how their respective communities are faring, how they are providing for the North Bay's most vulnerable populations and what type of support their constituents need.

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Coping with the Stress and Trauma of Natural Disasters

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 17:00:00 +0000

Losing a home or fleeing from a wildfire can be a traumatic event. And for many people, monitoring news about the North Bay wildfires and keeping track of loved ones is stressful as well. Forum discusses how to recognize the signs of burnout and trauma, methods for taking care of yourself and the mental health services being offered at evacuation centers as wildfires continue to burn.

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SPECIAL COVERAGE: Fire Continues to Ravage North Bay

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 18:00:00 +0000

In this special presentation of Forum, we continue to take your calls and check-in with reporters and officials across Sonoma and Napa counties.

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Uncontained Wildfires Continue to Threaten Santa Rosa, Force Evacuations

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 17:00:00 +0000

Hundreds of people in Sonoma County remained unaccounted for Wednesday as devastating wildfires continued to burn throughout the region. In Santa Rosa, as forecasts predicted high winds late Wednesday, uncontrolled flames threatened homes and businesses and forced evacuations of thousands. The fires have already destroyed entire city neighborhoods, including Coffey Park and Fountaingrove. We'll discuss the fire's catastrophic impact on Santa Rosa and its residents.

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Mandatory Evacuations Expand as Fires Continue to Spread in Northern California

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 16:00:00 +0000

Twenty-one fires are now burning in Northern California and authorities worry that high winds on Wednesday night and Thursday morning will further spread destruction. On Wednesday officials issued a mandatory evacuation for Calistoga. Forum brings you an update on the status of the fires in Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino and other Northern California counties affected by the fires and how those communities are coping.

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Sonoma, Napa County Fires Expected to Have Devastating Economic Impact

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 17:00:00 +0000

Ongoing fires in Northern California have destroyed at least 2,000 homes and businesses including one of Napa's oldest wineries, White Rock Vineyards. The wine industry and tourism provide approximately 100,000 jobs to Sonoma and Napa counties and generate about $13 billion annually for each county, according to 2014 figures. In this segment, we'll discuss the economic costs of the fires and hear from some of those affected.

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How to Prepare for a Disaster

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 16:00:00 +0000

At least 15 people are reported dead due to the 16 fires raging across Northern California. The fires have burned over 100,000 acres and over 2,000 homes and structures. In this segment, we talk to a panel of experts about disaster preparedness and tools for communication during an emergency. And we would like to hear from you: what questions do you have about preparing for a disaster?

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SPECIAL COVERAGE: Fire Sweeps Through the North Bay

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 18:00:00 +0000

In this special presentation of Forum, we continue to take your calls and check-in with reporters and officials across Sonoma and Napa counties.

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Council on Foreign Relations’ Steven Cook on a ‘False Dawn’ in The Middle East

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 17:00:00 +0000

The U.S. and Turkey have mutually suspended visa services, effectively blocking travel between the two countries. The suspensions come after a U.S. consulate employee was arrested in Istanbul last week. Council on Foreign Relations Senior Fellow Steven Cook joins Forum for an update on U.S.-Turkey relations and to discuss his new book “False Dawn,” about why he thinks the Middle East uprisings from 2010-2013 failed, and why violence and autocracy continue in the region.

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Wildfires Ravage Northern California

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 16:00:00 +0000

More than 1,500 homes and business have been destroyed and thousands of people have been evacuated from fires tearing across the North Bay. Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency in Napa, Sonoma and Yuba counties. Forum gets an update on the fires, the evacuation efforts and the toll the fire has taken across the region.

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Napa And Sonoma Fire Update

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 16:00:00 +0000

A series of fires in five Northern California counties — totaling at least 25,000 acres — that began Sunday night are causing evacuations in Napa and Sonoma Counties.  High winds are driving the fires which continue to blaze this morning, destroying homes and businesses, closing major roads and causing the evacuation of thousands of people.  Several hospitals have had to shut down. Coming up on Forum, we’ll get an update and we want to hear from you. Have you been evacuated or otherwise affected by the fires?

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Nobel Prize Winner Muhammad Yunus on Fixing Capitalism, Fostering Entrepreneurship

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 17:00:00 +0000

The man known for inventing microfinance, Muhammad Yunus, thinks that capitalism has grown too "greed-oriented.” Yunus won a Nobel Peace Prize in 2006 for his work lending money at low interest rates to budding entrepreneurs around the world. In his new book "A World of Three Zeros,” Yunus argues that environmental destruction, unemployment and devastating inequality demonstrate that capitalism is broken. He'll discuss the book and lay out his vision for how to fix capitalism and attain economic prosperity for all.

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Las Vegas Massacre Heightens Concerns About Security at Outdoor Venues

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 16:00:00 +0000

New evidence emerged Thursday that gunman Stephen Paddock scouted other locations -- including the Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago -- before massacring 58 concertgoers in Las Vegas last weekend. As San Francisco prepares for several large outdoor events this weekend, we'll discuss how law enforcement is addressing potential security risks. We'll also get an update on the police investigation of the shooting.

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Struggles of a Vietnamese Refugee Family Told in Illustrated Memoir

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 16:30:00 +0000

Thi Bui was only 3 years old when her family fled South Vietnam in the 1970s to start a new life in California. But Bui says she inherited some of the fear and trauma of her parents' experiences in the war. Bui's illustrated memoir, "The Best We Could Do," explores her parents' lives: the sacrifices they made and the struggles they went through that took their children years to understand.

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San Francisco Adopts New Homeless Strategy

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 17:00:00 +0000

The San Francisco Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing this week announced a new plan, modeled after success in cities like Houston and Salt Lake City. Its goal is to cut the numbers of chronic homeless in half. Head of San Francisco homeless services Jeff Kositsky joins us to explain how the new “Five-Year Strategic Framework” will work, including how it will tie together the 15 separate systems now used to track homeless individuals for services into one intake assessment.

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Ethics Expert Kirk Hanson On Data Breaches, Corporate Accountability

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 16:00:00 +0000

Sunnyvale-based Yahoo announced Tuesday that every one of its 3 billion account holders was compromised by a massive data breach in August 2013, three times the number the company initially reported in 2016. Yahoo's announcement comes less than a month after the credit reporting giant Equifax revealed that a 3-month-old breach exposed more than 145 million customers' social security numbers and other personal information. And San Francisco's Wells Fargo, which remains embroiled in a fake-accounts scandal, acknowledged Wednesday that it improperly charged some borrowers mortgage extension fees. We discuss the ethical and legal standards governing corporations amid such scandals, and what more may need to be done to protect consumers' rights, property and privacy.

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