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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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Remembering Activist Tom Hayden

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 16:30:00 +0000

Activist Tom Hayden died Sunday night in Santa Monica of complications from a stroke he suffered a year and a half ago. Hayden was a civil rights advocate who rode with the freedom riders in the South during the 60s. He became most famous as an anti-war activist and founder of Students for a Democratic Society, and for his marriage to actress Jane Fonda. Hayden was very active in California politics serving in the California Assembly and Senate and mounting a failed bid for the Governor’s office. Joining us to remember Tom Hayden is Todd Gitlin, Professor of Journalism and Sociology at Columbia University. Gitlin succeeded Hayden as president of Students for a Democratic Society.

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How the Rest of the World Views America’s Election

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 17:00:00 +0000

Although they may not be voting in it, people outside America are keeping a close eye on who becomes our next president. In this hour, we talk with foreign journalists about how the election is being perceived outside the U.S. and what impact our next president might have on foreign policy, human rights, trade and other policies of particular interest to the international community.

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Iraqi Led Forces Battle to Liberate Mosul from ISIS Rule

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 16:00:00 +0000

Iraqi and Kurdish forces, backed by a U.S-led coalition, have launched an offensive to take back the city of Mosul from ISIS, who have held it since 2014. Forum checks in on the battle for Mosul and the fight against ISIS in the region.

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Elephants and Donkeys at the Dinner Table: How to Handle Political Differences Among Loved Ones

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:00:00 +0000

Discussing politics with friends and family always has the potential to be awkward, but this political season, it can feel absolutely treacherous. In this hour, we want to hear how the election is affecting your relationships -- have you sworn not to discuss politics with certain friends? Have you had to delete family members from your Facebook feed? We've gathered a panel to share their stories and offer advice on how to handle political differences in personal relationships.

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Museum of African American History and Culture Architect Talks Design and Hunters Point Shipyard

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 17:00:00 +0000

British-Ghanaian architect David Adjaye has designed buildings and structures all over the world. His recent work, the new National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C., is a long-awaited monument whose design itself brims with historic import. Adjaye has also been tapped to transform San Francisco's Hunters Point Naval Shipyard. We’ll speak to Adjaye about his designs, past and present, and on becoming the "starchitect" of his time.

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Artist Uses Tintypes to Update Images of Klamath Falls Tribes1 – Monica2 – Plummie3 – Spayne4 – Yawnah

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 17:30:00 +0000

While Ed Drew was deployed in Afghanistan as a helicopter pilot, he created tintype photographs of his comrades -- the first known use of the tintype process in a combat zone since the Civil War. Drew's recent series, "Native Portraits," depicts members of the Klamath, Modoc and Pit River Paiute tribes of Northern California and Southern Oregon. The series is currently on exhibit at the California Historical Society in San Francisco. We speak with Ed Drew and curator Erin Garcia about the exhibit, the Modoc War story and media representations of Native people.Ed Drew, "Monica," 2014-15. Tintype. Courtesy of the artist and Robert Koch Gallery

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San Francisco’s Thriving Drag Scene More Punk Rock than Glam

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 17:00:00 +0000

For decades San Francisco has embraced drag performance, while most of America shunned it as perverse. Now, drag is veering into the mainstream with the TV show "RuPaul's Drag Race" earning an Emmy and a recent Fox remake of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." But in San Francisco, drag has remained subversive with a new wave of queens, to whom drag is more like punk performance art than glam dress-up. We'll talk with San Francisco Chronicle style reporter Tony Bravo and local drag queens about the past and present of San Francisco's drag scene.

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Trump and Clinton Face Off in Final Presidential Debate

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 16:00:00 +0000

Republican nominee Donald Trump's supporters are hoping Wednesday's third and final presidential debate in Las Vegas will help him regain momentum against Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. We'll analyze the debate and discuss the ongoing fallout of the Clinton campaign's leaked emails and the continued allegations of sexual assault against Trump.

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Chef Marcus Samuelsson Mixes Harlem History with Comfort Food

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 17:30:00 +0000

Chef Marcus Samuelsson's background is a tableau of different tastes and experiences: Born in Ethiopia and raised in Sweden by adoptive parents, his culinary influences are a swirl of Ethiopian spices and smoked mackerel. When he moved to America and fell in love with Harlem, Samuelsson decided to mix those same flavors into the comfort food he cooked at his restaurant, Red Rooster. Sameulsson joins us to talk about the diverse influences on his cooking and about his new "Red Rooster Cookbook," which features recipes alongside stories of Harlem's past.

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Reflecting on the Oakland Hills Firestorm 25 Years Later

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 17:00:00 +0000

Twenty five years ago Wednesday, a small, mostly-extinguished grassfire was stoked by a hot, dry wind, that ignited a firestorm in the Oakland and Berkeley hills killing 25 people and destroying more than 3,400 homes. In this hour Forum invites listeners to share their memories from the fire and its aftermath and any lessons learned since the tragedy.

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Raiders’ Move to Las Vegas More Likely as Nevada Governor Signs Bill to Fund Stadium

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 16:00:00 +0000

The tug of war over the Oakland Raiders continues. On Monday, the Nevada governor signed a bill approving a $750 million tax subsidy to help build a $1.9 billion stadium in Las Vegas, furthering the city's bid to convince the Raiders to relocate. Raiders owner Mark Davis has already pledged to move the team to Las Vegas, pending approval by the NFL and a vote by team owners. Meanwhile, Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf says she is working to keep the team "where they belong." We get an update on the Raiders' status.

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Report: Mt. Tam Overall Health Stable, Fish Populations ‘Dangerously Small’

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 16:30:00 +0000

A first of its kind study of the ecological health of Mt. Tamalpais finds that while birds are thriving, Coho salmon, steelhead trout and some frog species are struggling. We’ll discuss the study, which also looked at the the impact of sudden oak death, invasive species, fires and floods. And we'll hear what can and should be done to preserve and maintain this favorite destination for Bay Area bikers and hikers.

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Proposition 64 Lets California Voters Have Their Say on Recreational Use of Marijuana

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 16:00:00 +0000

Twenty years ago Californians legalized the medicinal use of marijuana with Proposition 215. Now, voters are deciding whether to legalize the recreational use of the drug. Proposition 64 would make it legal for adults 21 and older to possess up to an ounce of marijuana. Residents could also grow up to six pot plants at home. The measure would impose taxes on the sale of pot, potentially bringing in hundreds of millions of dollars to the state, much of which would go to drug education programs. Supporters say Proposition 64 is a way to regulate a drug that is already widely used. Opponents, including many in the marijuana industry, say this ballot measure doesn't go about legalization in the correct way.

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Proposition 58 Seeks to Rescind English-Only Education in California

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 17:00:00 +0000

Almost two decades ago, California voters approved a law that required public schools to teach only in English. Proposition 58 would repeal that law and give teachers and parents the power to develop their own multilingual programs. Proponents say bilingual education reflects the state’s diversity and that knowing only one language puts students at a disadvantage in the global economy. Opponents of the proposition argue that English only classrooms help students grow more proficient in English and have improved standardized test scores across the state.

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Reviewing the Weekend in Presidential Politics

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 17:30:00 +0000

On Wednesday presidential candidates Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump face off for the third and final presidential debate. In this half hour we’ll  preview that debate and discuss the newest turns in the saga that is the presidential race. This weekend Trump charged that the election is rigged, as members of his own party distanced themselves from that statement including Vice Presidential candidate Mike Pence.

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Proposition 57 Would Allow Early Release of Some Felons

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 16:00:00 +0000

In the past four years, with the state under court order to reduce prison overcrowding, California voters have passed ballot measures easing the state's Three Strikes law and reducing many felonies to misdemeanors. Proposition 57, backed by Governor Jerry Brown, continues that trend by allowing some nonviolent felons early release and by expanding a "good time credit" program that allows shorter sentences for those in rehabilitation and education programs. Proposition 57 would also require that judges, instead of prosecutors, decide whether juveniles should be tried as adults. Forum debates the measure.

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Saying Goodbye to Your Pet

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 17:30:00 +0000

Sutter Brown, Governor Jerry Brown and wife Anne Gust's pet corgi, has fallen critically ill. After an emergency surgery failed to fully remove the corgi's cancerous tumors, the Browns now face a dilemma familiar to many pet owners: the decision of when to euthanize their pet and coping with the grief that comes after the loss. In this half hour, we'll get advice about how to handle the death of a pet.

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New York Times’ Maureen Dowd on Trump, Clinton and ‘The Year of Voting Dangerously’

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 16:00:00 +0000

It's been quite the week in politics and who better to help us make sense of it than New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd. Her new book, "The Year of Voting Dangerously," explores the drama and dysfunction of the 2016 presidential election. We'll talk with the Pulitzer-Prize winner about the ongoing fallout from Trump's comments about grabbing and kissing women without their consent and discuss the Clinton emails released by Wikileaks.

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Muralist and Activist Edythe Boone Brings ‘New Color’ to Bay Area Communities

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 17:00:00 +0000

Teacher, painter and community activist Edythe Boone has worked at the intersection of art and community her entire life. Her work is featured in the “MaestraPeace” mural in the Mission District, the San Francisco AIDS mural and in the mural at People's Park in Berkeley. Tackling issues such as poverty, racism, and violence, Boone uses paint to help distressed communities communicate their experiences. We’ll talk with Boone about her work and the death of her nephew, Eric Garner, at the hands of police. We’ll also meet local filmmaker Mo Morris and hear about her documentary "A New Color," which spotlights Boone.

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Mark Bittman Says You Can Learn to ‘Bake Everything’Bittman-HTBE-Olive Oil Cake-No Glaze © Robert BredvadBittman-HTBE-Flourless Chocolate Cookies_1

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 17:00:00 +0000

Author and former New York Times food columnist Mark Bittman believes you don't have to be afraid of baking. His new book, "How to Bake Everything," breaks down seemingly complicated recipes for everything from New Orleans beignets to Afghan snowshoe naan, making them accessible for even novice bakers. Bittman also adapts traditional recipes for the vegan diet. He joins us this hour to talk all things baking.Photo: Robert BredvadPhoto: Robert Bredvad

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State Department’s Anne Richard Discusses U.S. Response to Global Refugee Crisis

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 16:30:00 +0000

The United States has resettled about 85,000 refugees so far this year, including 12,500 Syrians. That's in comparison to Canada, which has taken in more than 300,000. Meanwhile, immigration has been one of the most contentious issues of this presidential election, with Republican candidate Donald Trump promising the construction of a wall along the Mexican border and his son comparing Syrian refugees to a bowl of candy with a few pieces that "would kill you." Anne Richard, Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration at the U.S. Department of State joins us to discuss immigration and the world's growing number of refugees, including unaccompanied children.

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Justice Department Issues Scathing Report of San Francisco Police Department

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 16:00:00 +0000

The U.S. Department of Justice has finished a nine-month review of the San Francisco Police Department and found "deficiencies in every operational area assessed" and recommends that the department implement its redrafted rules on use of force. The 400-page report published Wednesday also recommends banning the carotid restraint more commonly known as the "sleeper hold," and banning shooting at moving vehicles -- all items currently being negotiated with the police officer's union - and also recommends the city consider using Tasers. Mayor Ed Lee requested the report from the DOJ's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services in 2015 after the fatal shooting of Mario Woods. We'll discuss the report and get a response from Acting Police Chief Toney Chaplin.

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Is Donald Trump Providing a Watershed Moment for Feminism?

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 16:00:00 +0000

As the nation continues to discuss the leaked video of Donald Trump's offensive comments about women, Forum talks with a panel of feminist thinkers about sexism and misogyny in America. Is the national conversation about sexual assault and misogynistic language moving the country to a better understanding of women's issues? Or will impressionable young men look to Trump for clues of what is acceptable behavior toward women? Forum discusses how the presidential race is shaping our conversation about women.

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Proposition 63 Would Regulate Ammunition, Tighten California’s Gun Laws

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 17:00:00 +0000

In November, California voters will decide on Proposition 63, the gun control measure backed by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom. The measure would regulate the sale of ammunition, ban magazines of more than 10 rounds, make gun theft a felony and create a process for newly-convicted felons to turn in their guns. California already has some of the strictest gun control laws in the country, but proponents say Proposition 63 would make those regulations harder to overturn. Meanwhile gun rights advocates say that the new restrictions would infringe Second Amendment rights and do little to prevent criminals from buying guns and ammunition out of state. In this hour, we'll hear from both sides of the debate.

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Berkeley Rep’s ‘It Can’t Happen Here’ Imagines a Demagogue as President

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 17:30:00 +0000

More than 80 years ago, as fascism was spreading through Europe, writer Sinclair Lewis wrote a satirical novel imagining an American version of fascism. Berkeley Rep's adaptation of the novel, "It Can't Happen Here," follows as a populist demagogue is elected president and subsequently tramples civil liberties, creates paramilitaries and institutes work camps. Forum talks with Berkeley Rep artistic director Tony Taccone and director Lisa Peterson about the play, Lewis' novel and its parallels to today's election.

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