Podcast

KQED’s Forum

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.

Episodes

  • President Trump Confirms U.S. Military was Ready to Retaliate Against Iran

    Jun 21 2019

    President Trump confirmed on Friday that the U.S. military was “cocked and loaded to retaliate” against Iran for the downing of a U.S. drone earlier this week. Trump added that he called off the operation minutes before the planned strikes because of potential casualties. We’ll get the latest on the developing story and ongoing tensions between the U.S. and Iran.

  • Battling Myths and Stereotypes, More Parents Are Choosing to Have Only Children

    Jun 21 2019

    The proportion of only child families in the United States is increasing, according to a new Washington Post report. We’ll talk about the social and economic reasons more parents are choosing to have just one child and we want to hear from you: If you are an only child or are the parent of an only child, what has your experience been?

  • Fire Prevention: Cal Fire Struggles to Meet Defensible Space Inspection Goals

    Jun 21 2019

    According to a new KQED investigation, only 17 percent of properties in territory where Cal Fire is responsible for monitoring defensible space were actually checked by their inspectors in 2018. State law requires at least 100 feet of defensible space around a property, which limits the amount of vegetation close the home. With one in four residents living in places that are at a high risk for wildfire, many Californians are wondering how to save their homes. In this hour, Forum takes questions ...more

  • As House Takes Up Reparations Bill, How Should the U.S. Pay Its Debts to the Enslaved?

    Jun 20 2019

    A House panel heard testimony Wednesday on legislation to study proposals for reparations for descendants of enslaved Americans. Supporters of H.R. 40, which was first introduced more than 30 years ago by former Congressman John Conyers, called reparations a moral and economic imperative. The hearing came one day after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he opposed restitution for slavery, arguing that no one currently living was responsible for it. We’ll discuss the history and fu...more

  • Facing Federal Investigation, YouTube Considers Children’s Content Changes

    Jun 20 2019

    YouTube is no stranger to backlash, but in recent months the video-streaming giant seems to be increasingly under fire. The Federal Trade Commission has launched an investigation into the San Bruno-based company for allegedly violating children’s privacy laws. In response, The Wall Street Journal reports that YouTube is considering moving all kid’s content to the YouTube Kids app. The existing app would include a new feature that disables the auto-play feature, with the hopes of shie...more

  • Supreme Court Rules on Separation of Church and State Case

    Jun 20 2019

    The Supreme Court ruled today that a 40-foot cross can remain on public land. The decision was a victory for religious groups who argued that the World War One Memorial Cross, located at an intersection in Maryland, did not violate the First Amendment-based separation of church and state.

  • Sacramento Cop Killed Responding to Domestic Dispute

    Jun 20 2019

    Sacramento police officer Tara O’Sullivan was shot to death Wednesday evening after a call about a domestic disturbance between a man and a woman turned violent. KQED reporter Katie Orr joins us for the latest. The latest on this story: Sacramento Police Investigate Killing of Officer Responding to Domestic Violence Call

  • ‘The Dreamt Land’ Explores How California Bent its Rivers Toward Political Power

    Jun 19 2019

    In “The Dreamt Land” author Mark Arax describes “the most dramatic alteration of the earth’s surface in human history”: California’s Central Valley. Arax details how the promise of unprecedented harvests and profits led to policy and infrastructure that altered — and in some cases reversed — the flow of water in the state. We’ll talk to Arax about California’s water history and its current groundwater crises. What’s your question ...more

  • How Kim Jong Un Became ‘The Great Successor’

    Jun 19 2019

    After the death of Kim Jong Il, many experts thought the reign of his untried and inexperienced son would be short-lived. Washington Post Beijing bureau chief Anna Fifield says that almost eight years into Kim Jong Un’s tenure as North Korea’s “Supreme Leader,” it is clear that he knows how to maintain power. Fifield’s new book, “The Great Successor,” details Kim’s rise from a mediocre grade school student in Switzerland to a calculating dictator a...more

  • Harvard Revokes Admission of Parkland Student Over Racist Statements

    Jun 18 2019

    In a series of tweets Monday, Parkland High School graduate Kyle Kashuv announced that Harvard rescinded his offer of admission over newly discovered racist texts and comments Kashuv made when he was 16. Kashuv, a pro-gun conservative, says he made the comments before the deadly Parkland shootings and now disavows them. We’ll talk about Harvard’s decision.

  • To Capture Contemporary China, an American Journalist Became a Taxi Driver

    Jun 18 2019

    When NPR reporter Frank Langfitt returned to China in 2011, he says he struggled with how "to penetrate an authoritarian nation where people are leery of talking with foreign journalists." His solution: offer free taxi rides to locals in exchange for conversation. Langfitt joins Forum to talk about his new book, "The Shanghai Free Taxi: Journeys with the Hustlers and Rebels of the New China," and what he learned from his passengers about Chinese censorship, the impact of the election of Donald T...more

  • Recycling Piles Up in Bay Area After China Bans Most Plastic Waste

    Jun 18 2019

    For years, American consumers believed that when they were putting out their recyclables on the curb, they were doing their part to help the environment. Much of this waste ended up in China, but after the country said last year that it would no longer accept plastic and other incoming waste, cities have scrambled to find a new way to dispose of the materials. How are Bay Area cities dealing with the problem of plastic and what legislation is in the works to address the problems?

  • San Francisco Mayor London Breed Reflects on Homelessness and Affordability

    Jun 17 2019

    Since her election last June, San Francisco Mayor London Breed has pushed for investment in affordable housing, more workforce development and new policies to help the city's homeless into shelter and mental health care. Mayor Breed, who is the city's first African-American woman to hold the post, joins Forum to reflect on her first year in office and talk about her vision for San Francisco.

  • CNN’s Jim Acosta on Covering the Trump White House

    Jun 17 2019

    Journalist Jim Acosta is known for taking on the White House, prompting President Trump to call him a "rude, terrible person" and "fake news." The CNN Chief White House correspondent joins Forum to talk about the role of the press in the Trump era, and his new book, "The Enemy of the People: A Dangerous Time to Tell the Truth in America."

  • Iran Expands Uranium Stockpiles, Signalling End of Nuclear Deal

    Jun 17 2019

    Iran has quadrupled production of low enriched uranium and will exceed the limit it is allowed to stockpile in just 10 days, according to a spokesman for the Iranian atomic agency. The country says it is doing so because the U.S. has reneged on its commitment to lift sanctions, leaving it unable to export excess uranium. Sanctions against Iran were removed as part of the historic nuclear deal signed by then President Barack Obama in 2015, but reinstated by President Trump in May of last year. Th...more

  • Is It Time to Stop Building in Areas at High Risk for Fire?

    Jun 14 2019

    This week’s hot weather and red flag warnings reminded us all that fire season is once again upon us. When homes burn down, fire victims often want to rebuild as quickly as possible. But in light of climate change and more frequent and deadly wildfires, is it time to stop building in areas at high risk for fire? This hour we examine the idea of so-called “managed retreat," backing away from rebuilding in areas prone to destruction.

  • Queer Eye’s Tan France Reflects on Race, Identity and Style in ‘Naturally Tan’

    Jun 14 2019

    You might know him as the fashion maven on the Netflix phenomenon, Queer Eye, but Tan France wants you to know a lot more than that. In his new book, “Naturally Tan,” France opens up about his life before the hit show, including what it was like to grow up gay in a traditional Muslim Pakistani family, how he continues to deal with racial profiling and how he met and married his “Mormon cowboy” husband. Tan France joins Forum in studio to talk about his memoir.

  • More Protests Planned in Hong Kong as Government Weighs Extradition Law

    Jun 14 2019

    Hong Kong is considering new legislation that would extradite residents to mainland China for trial for any one of 37 crimes. The bill has sparked mass demonstrations by pro-democracy defenders who say it will be used by an increasingly repressive government to punish political dissidents. More protests are planned for this weekend. We'll hear the latest developments on this issue.

  • In ‘Conservative Sensibility,’ George F. Will Aims to Return GOP to Its Roots

    Jun 13 2019

    For more than four decades, Washington Post columnist and Pulitzer Prize winner George F. Will has written about politics and civic life through the eye of a constitutional conservative. In 2016, Will famously left the Republican Party to protest the nomination of Donald Trump as the GOP’s candidate for the presidency. Now, Will is out with a new book titled “The Conservative Sensibility,” which explores the Founding Fathers’ vision of effective government and argues for a return to the right-wi...more

  • Emotions Run High As Warriors Set to Play Last Game in Oakland

    Jun 13 2019

    The Golden State Warriors play for the last time at Oracle Arena on Thursday evening, when they face the Toronto Raptors for game six of the NBA finals. A loss would spell the end of the Warriors' bittersweet post-season, which has been marked by dramatic play and the potentially career-changing Achilles tendon injury sustained by Kevin Durant. We'll preview Thursday's game and reflect on the team's final season in Oakland.

  • Moms Demand Action Founder Shannon Watts Offers Practical Tips for Taking on the Gun Lobby

    Jun 13 2019

    Last year, there were more than 300 mass shootings in the United States, an epidemic of violence that continues unabated. Shannon Watts is the founder of Moms Demand Action, a national organization working to pass stricter gun laws. Watts was spurred to action by the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting in 2012, in which 20 children and six adults were killed. Outraged by the violence, Watts started a Facebook group called Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, where she began connecting other m...more

  • Larry Diamond On Fostering Democratic Institutions Amid a Global Authoritarian Trend

    Jun 12 2019

    Political scientist and global democracy expert Larry Diamond says the world is in a recession of democracy: "Liberal democracies are becoming more intolerant. Illiberal democracies are electing authoritarian personalities... authoritarian regimes that once coexisted with pockets of opposition no longer see the need to bother." His new book "Ill Winds" warns that the U.S.'s role as an international champion of liberal democracy is needed now more than ever to counteract Russia and China's increa...more

  • When Wildfire Strikes, How Should Residents Escape?

    Jun 12 2019

    Just 22 percent of California communities vulnerable to wildfires have comprehensive, publicly available evacuation plans. That's according to a recent analysis by the USA Today Network-California, a collaboration of newsrooms around the state. We'll talk about new research into effective evacuation systems and what emergency management officials have learned about safe escape in the aftermath of the state's devastating wildfires. And we want to hear from you: Have you ever evacuated from your h...more

  • Former Secretary of Defense Takes Readers ‘Inside’ Pentagon

    Jun 12 2019

    As secretary of defense, Ash Carter urged the Pentagon to “think outside” of its “five-sided box.” Now, his new memoir offers a rare glance inside that five-sided box, recalling Carter’s decades of work at the Department of Defense. It offers a “user’s guide” to the $700 billion defense budget, a consideration of global trouble spots and an analysis of how the U.S. military could maintain its technological edge. Technology was a focus of Carter’s career; in 2016, he helped create the “Hack the P...more

  • Forum on the Road: Why More Seniors Are Working

    Jun 11 2019

    More than 900,000 California seniors 65 and older are working or trying to get a job. That's up from 590,000 in 2009, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Some seniors are choosing to work for a company or cause they love, but many others are caught up in a rising senior poverty rate. In this hour, we'll hear about the increase in working seniors, the challenges they face and what the state is doing to address the financial needs of this growing demographic. If you're over 65 and working -- we'd...more

  • Forum on the Road: How to Make Aging in Place Work

    Jun 11 2019

    Many seniors want to stay in their own homes as they age, but mental and physical limitations often get in the way. In this hour, we look at when aging in place is a viable option, how to make homes more accessible and what resources are available to support seniors and their caregivers. Tell us: what factored into your decision to age in place or move into a senior community? What tips do you have for seniors who want to stay in their homes?

  • ‘The British Are Coming’ Recounts America’s Brutal War for Independence

    Jun 10 2019

    Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Rick Atkinson writes that reading George Washington’s frequent complaints about his troops “transforms the demigod into a sometimes petulant mortal.” As Atkinson’s history of the Revolutionary War digs into the details of war and contemporary writings, it provides a rich, harsh portrait of the country’s often simplified creation story. Atkinson joins Forum … Continue reading ‘The British Are Coming’ Recounts America’s Brutal War for Independence →

  • Why Are so Many Gray Whales Washing up Dead in California?

    Jun 10 2019

    Federal scientists say they will investigate why an unusual number of gray whales are washing up dead on West Coast beaches. About 70 whales have been found dead so far this year on the coasts of California, Oregon, Washington and Alaska, the most since 2000. In the Bay Area alone, at least 13 dead whales … Continue reading Why Are so Many Gray Whales Washing up Dead in California? →

  • Governor Newsom’s First State Budget

    Jun 10 2019

    California would be the first state in the nation to provide health care to some undocumented adults, under an agreement reached by Democratic lawmakers yesterday. We’ll discuss the latest on Governor Newsom’s first state budget. Tell us: what budget priorities are most important for you?

  • Trump Administration Pulls Funding For Research Using Fetal Tissue

    Jun 07 2019

    The Department of Health and Human Services announced Thursday that it will no longer fund any research involving human fetal tissue conducted by in-house scientists at the National Institutes of Health. The Department also announced the immediate cancellation of NIH funding directed to UCSF for HIV research using fetal tissue. We’ll talk about the politics … Continue reading Trump Administration Pulls Funding For Research Using Fetal Tissue →

  • Study: Monterey Bay Infested by Microplastic Pollution

    Jun 07 2019

    Monterey Bay is a marine sanctuary hiding a dirty secret: microplastics. Beneath the beautiful blue waters is a sea of tiny, plastic bits of debris in concentrations comparable to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, according to new research. The study, published Thursday by the Monterey Bay Research Institute and the Monterey Bay Aquarium, finds that this type of plastic pollution appears to be everywhere in the world’s oceans. Forum explores the issue of plastics pollution and what can be done ab...more

  • ‘From the Frontlines of PTSD Science,’ Psychiatrist Shaili Jain Talks New Treatments for Trauma

    Jun 07 2019

    Over the past 20 years, Stanford School of Medicine psychiatrist Shaili Jain has seen many traumas that can prompt post-traumatic stress disorder, from family violence, to a close escape from a major accident or fire, to being robbed. Dr. Jain joins us to talk about new treatments for PTSD, which affects an estimated 6 million … Continue reading ‘From the Frontlines of PTSD Science,’ Psychiatrist Shaili Jain Talks New Treatments for Trauma →

  • Award-Winning Mezzo-Soprano J’Nai Bridges Stars as Carmen in SF Opera Production

    Jun 06 2019

    On Wednesday evening, mezzo-soprano J'Nai Bridges debuts in the title role of Georges Bizet's "Carmen" at the San Francisco Opera. Bridges, who was once on track to become an elite basketball player, calls the role the "Beyoncé of opera" for its formidable physical and vocal demands. Bridges has performed in numerous national and international productions, taking on a range of repertoire, from modern opera to spirituals and standards. She joins us to talk about her career and her star turn as Ca...more

  • Future Uncertain for Stanford University Press

    Jun 06 2019

    A controversy is brewing over the future of the Stanford University Press, which has published research in the humanities and social sciences since 1892. Earlier this year, Stanford University turned down a subsidy request from the press, with some in the administration arguing the press should be self-sustaining. But some faculty members say the press is central to Stanford’s academic mission to produce original scholarship, regardless of profitability. We’ll get an update on the controversy. W...more

  • San Francisco’s Juvenile Hall to Shut Down in 2021. Now What?

    Jun 06 2019

    The San Francisco Board of Supervisors will close the city's juvenile hall by the end of 2021. In a nearly unanimous vote for closure, supervisors criticized the jail-like conditions juveniles are confined in, and cited the high cost of maintaining a facility at less than one third capacity because of a statewide drop in youth crime. The measure requires for the city to form a task force to create home-like rehabilitative centers to house youth offenders, but critics of the closure, including Ma...more

  • Listeners Weigh In on What to Read This Summer

    Jun 05 2019

    It's time to finalize summer plans and for many of us that means deciding what books to read as much as it means deciding where to go. So tell us: What is the best book you've read so far this year? What should fellow listeners pack in their carry-on? We'll also hear from Bay Area booksellers about what's popular at their stores and what new releases they're excited about.

  • Senate Republicans Threaten to Block President Trump’s Mexico Tariffs

    Jun 05 2019

    President Trump announced Tuesday that the White House is sticking with its plan to impose a five percent tariff on all Mexican imports by next week, unless Mexico halts the flow of migrants to the U.S.-Mexico border. Senate republicans came out in force against the proposal, and some vowed they'd vote with democrats to block the duties. We'll discuss the politics and economics of the Mexico tariffs.

  • Why We’re Not Building Seismically Safer Buildings

    Jun 05 2019

    When a major earthquake hits the Bay Area, experts say big cities may be out of commission for months. That likely won’t be the case in Japan, where they’re constructing buildings that not only can survive quakes but also remain functional. It’s thanks to advances in technology that allow the ground to shake but keep the building still. The technique, called base isolation, is used in thousands of buildings in Japan and in several other countries vulnerable to earthquakes, but not here. New York...more

  • Youth Poet Laureate’s ‘Love Poem to Oakland’

    Jun 04 2019

    Oakland will pick it's new youth poet laureate on June 7th. But before the new honoree is named, Forum talks with 16-year-old Leila Mottley, the city's current youth poet laureate, who spent the past year promoting poetry across the city. We'll also talk to Mottley about her self-published poetry collection, which grapples with the complexities of a rapidly changing Oakland.

  • Forum on the Road: Novelist Amor Towles on the Art of Writing and Reading Fiction

    Jun 04 2019

    Amor Towles' 2016 novel, "A Gentleman in Moscow," is about a Russia aristocrat confined for decades to a luxury hotel while the world changes outside its doors. Towles' first novel, "The Rules of Civility," brought 1930s and 40s New York City to life. Towles joins us in a special broadcast from the Oakland Public Library's 81st Avenue branch to talk about his writing, the connective power of books and what fiction can achieve that nonfiction writing cannot.

  • Forum on the Road: From Scraper Bikes to Support Groups, Public Libraries in the Digital Age

    Jun 04 2019

    The 81st Avenue branch of the Oakland Public Library serves as a joint library for two elementary schools and their surrounding East Oakland neighborhood. Depending on when you drop in, the branch also serves as a bike repair shop, a support group for fathers and a drop in center for legal advice. That range of services speaks to a theory posited by historian Wayne Wiegand: that libraries have always been as much about the places they're in and the communities serve, as the books they hold. In t...more

  • Tony Taccone Leaves Berkeley Rep After 33-Year Tenure

    Jun 03 2019

    The last play that Tony Taccone will oversee as artistic director of Berkeley Repertory Theatre opened recently. Taccone is stepping down after 33 years with the company. During his tenure, Berkeley Rep has consistently earned a reputation for excellence, in the Bay Area and nationally. It sent several works to Broadway, including Green Day’s “American Idiot,” — which won two Tony Awards and a Grammy — Carrie Fisher’s “Wishful Drinking” and the musical “Ain’t Too Proud — The Life and Times of th...more

  • California Democrats and Presidential Hopefuls Gather for State Convention

    Jun 03 2019

    The California Democratic Party descends on San Francisco this weekend for its annual statewide convention. Topping the agenda is the election of a new leader to replace former chair Eric Bauman, who resigned in November amid sexual harassment allegations. Fourteen presidential candidates are expected to make appearances to woo delegates, as the state gears up for its March primary. We'll review the convention and talk about the future of the party.

  • ‘Speech Police’ Navigates Social Media Regulation, Free Speech Concerns

    Jun 03 2019

    Law professor David Kaye tweeted this recently: “Homework assignment: draft the rule that prohibits doctored Pelosi video but protects satire, political speech, humor etc. not so easy is it?” Kaye’s tweet came amid a flurry of calls for Facebook to take down an altered video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. As the UN’s special rapporteur on freedom of expression, Kaye has been working on this homework assignment for years, reporting on how governments and private companies should moderate social p...more

  • Plan Approved to Shut Down Power to Prevent Wildfire Disasters

    May 31 2019

    State regulators have approved plans by California's largest utilities aimed at limiting future wildfires sparked by their equipment. The vote comes after two years of catastrophic, utility-caused fires that have devastated parts of California. On Thursday, all five members of the California Public Utilities Commission gave their blessing to wildfire prevention plans crafted by PG&E and the state’s other two large utilities. We'll discuss the plans and their projected impact on communities.

  • Trump Administration Added Citizenship Question on Census to Benefit Whites, According to New Memo

    May 31 2019

    A now deceased GOP redistricting strategist was behind the Trump Administration's decision to add a citizenship question on the 2020 census, according to a motion filed by the ACLU Thursday. The filing, based on documents obtained from the hard drive of Thomas Hofeller, argues that federal officials illegally added the citizenship question to create a structural electoral advantage for "Republicans and Non-Hispanic Whites." The Supreme Court is set to rule on the legality of the citizenship ques...more

  • New Film ‘The Last Black Man in San Francisco’ Reflects on the Meaning of Home

    May 31 2019

    "The Last Black Man in San Francisco" explores the meaning of home and community against gentrification, displacement, and a city's changing identity. It is the debut feature film of San Francisco natives and childhood friends, director and writer Joe Talbot, and actor and writer Jimmie Fails. The film follows Fails' semi-autobiographical character as he tries to reclaim his ancestral home in San Francisco's Fillmore district. Also featuring veteran actor Danny Glover, "The Last Black Man in San...more

  • Your Guide to Summer: KQED Arts Picks the Best in Bay Area Art, Film and Music

    May 30 2019

    A free outdoor concert with the San Francisco Symphony. A Lake Merritt barbecue that aims to help fight racism. A film festival featuring only Godzilla flicks. They’re all part of the Bay Area’s lively summer arts season. Forum talks with KQED Arts staff about their top picks for museums, music, movies and more this summer. We’ll also consider the state of the Bay Area arts scene--how artists survive amid the high cost of living, and what the trend toward corporate ownership of live music venues...more

  • House Speaker Pelosi Calls Out Facebook for Doctored Videos

    May 30 2019

    KQED’s politics and government editor Scott Shafer sat down with House speaker Nancy Pelosi yesterday in an interview spanning a range of issues. The Speaker called out Facebook for “lying to the public” after the company refused to remove a doctored video, shared by President Trump, in which she appeared to stammer, and she laid … Continue reading House Speaker Pelosi Calls Out Facebook for Doctored Videos →

  • Study: How Phones Affect Our Sleep and Our Relationships

    May 30 2019

    Seventy-four percent of adults and 68 percent of teens go to bed with their phones, according to a new study by Common Sense Media. Many of us are so addicted to our screens that when we wake up in the middle of the night, we check our phones. It’s not just our sleep quality that’s being hurt, the study found that both parents and teens feel as if phones have hurt their relationships. Forum will be joined by Common Sense Media CEO, Jim Steyer, to talk about the latest research and how it fits in...more

  • Oakland Considers Decriminalizing Psychedelic Mushrooms

    May 29 2019

    The Oakland City Council is considering a resolution to decriminalize natural psychedelics, including mushrooms. The resolution's sponsors point to studies suggesting that psilocybin, the active agent in so-called magic mushrooms, can ease addiction, depression, anxiety and pain. If approved, Oakland would become the second U.S. city to decriminalize psychedelic mushrooms; Denver voters narrowly passed a similar initiative earlier this month. The Oakland resolution is expected to come to a full ...more

  • New Haven Teachers Strike Enters Second Week

    May 29 2019

    Negotiations are expected to resume Wednesday afternoon in the New Haven teachers strike. Nearly 600 teachers, counselors, and nurses walked off the job on May 20th demanding higher pay, smaller classes and more support services for students. The district serves about 11,000 students from Hayward and Union City, most of whom have stayed out of school since the strike began. Representatives of the teachers' union and the school district met over the long weekend but ultimately could not reach an ...more

  • Robert Mueller Speaks

    May 29 2019

    Special counsel Robert Mueller announced this morning that he’s resigning from the Justice Department. Mueller’s public comments were his first since he took over the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election two years ago. In his comments, Mueller emphasized that he that he was bound by Justice Department policy that prohibits an indictment … Continue reading Robert Mueller Speaks →

  • Warriors Head for Fifth Straight NBA Finals

    May 28 2019

    The Golden State Warriors kick off their fifth straight NBA Finals on Thursday. We'll talk about that remarkable achievement and preview the series -- the team's last in Oakland -- with author and longtime Bay Area sportswriter Marcus Thompson. We'll also talk to Thompson about his new biography of Warriors star Kevin Durant.

  • Political News in Review

    May 28 2019

    Forum reviews, analyzes and answers your questions about the latest news from Washington, D.C.

  • Rebroadcast: The Science of ‘How Art Works’

    May 27 2019

    Psychology professor Ellen Winner studies how humans interact with art, including what we consider art, how art affects us and why we like what we do. Her new book, "How Art Works" also challenges some commonly held beliefs such as literature's ability to develop empathy. Winner joins us to discuss her book and her scientific approach to studying art.

  • Rebroadcast: Animals Experience Complex Emotions, According to Primatologist

    May 27 2019

    Ask a pet owner if animals have emotions, writes primatologist Frans De Waal and they'll say, "of course!" But ask a University professor, and they'll squirm. While the leading theories in science only recognize basic emotions in animals such as anger, happiness and fear, De Waal argues that animals share all emotions with humans, including complex ones like hope, disappointment, guilt and empathy. De Waal joins Forum to discuss his decades of research on the behavior and social intelligence o...more

  • New SAT ‘Adversity Score’ Sparks Controversy

    May 24 2019

    There’s another score students can get on the SAT now: an “adversity score” that takes into account environmental factors like poverty, neighborhood, and school funding. The College Board announced it will roll out this score to 150 colleges by the end of this year, and make it available to all colleges in 2020. The new … Continue reading New SAT ‘Adversity Score’ Sparks Controversy →

  • What Do You Love About San Francisco?

    May 24 2019

    National newspapers love to pile on about San Francisco's faults, and the city's sky-high rents, influx of tech wealth and homelessness crisis make it an easy target. The latest hate letter to San Francisco, published in the Washington Post this week, calls it "Patient Zero" of the country's urban woes and posits that "everyone agrees" the city has rotted. In this segment of Forum we want to hear from you: Despite its shortcomings, what do you love about San Francisco?

  • Six Migrant Children Die in US Custody in Eight Months

    May 24 2019

    This week, federal officials acknowledged that a 10-year-old girl from El Salvador died in September after being detained by border authorities. That is now six migrant children known to have died in U.S. custody in the past year. Authorities did not report the unnamed girl's death until CBS News broke the story earlier this week, prompting critics to accuse the administration of covering up the incident. Federal officials say they're committed to protecting children in their custody, while Demo...more

  • Musicologist Nolan Gasser on What Determines Musical Taste

    May 23 2019

    Why do we love some musical styles and dislike others? And what does the music we love reveal about our personality? Nolan Gasser sets out to answer those and other questions in his new book "Why You Like It: The Science and Culture of Musical Taste." Gasser oversaw Pandora Radio’s Music Genome Project, which created an algorithm to recommend music for listeners based on the specific characteristics of the songs they played. His new book draws on psychology, sociology and musicology to explain t...more

  • Pressure Grows on Pelosi Over Impeachment

    May 23 2019

    President Trump walked out of a meeting with Democrats Wednesday after just a few minutes, saying he won't work with Democratic leaders while they're investigating him. Meanwhile, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the president is engaged in a "cover up," but stopped short of calling for impeachment. Also Wednesday, a judge refused to block subpoenas of Trump’s financial records. We'll discuss the increasing tension between Democrats and the president.

  • ‘American Taliban’ Set for Release from Prison

    May 23 2019

    Marin native John Walker Lindh, who became known as the "American Taliban" after he was captured in Afghanistan in 2001, is set for release after nearly two decades in federal prison for providing support to the Taliban. Lindh, 21 at the time, was present at a prison uprising that claimed the first U.S. casualty of the war, 32-year-old CIA officer Johnny Micheal Spann. Forum discusses Lindh’s release, and the upcoming challenge of how to deal with hundreds of people convicted of jihadist-related...more

  • JR’s Larger Than Life Mural Lands at SFMOMA

    May 22 2019

    A 100-foot photo collage will be unveiled at the SFMOMA this Thursday. The collage is the work of French photographer JR and depicts the more than 1,200 people that he photographed at 22 locations across San Francisco in early 2018. JR's larger-than-life projects have taken place everywhere from Kenya to the Louvre to the U.S.-Mexico border. JR, who strictly adheres to using that pseudonym, joins Forum to discuss the new collage and how global immigration has affected his art.

  • Famed San Francisco Comedy Club Faces Closure, Fans Fight to Keep Laughs Going

    May 22 2019

    Comedian Dave Chappelle told a crowd gathered at City Hall Tuesday that moving the Punch Line comedy club would be like “burning down the Louvre.” The comedy institution faces displacement when its lease expires in August. The club has nurtured the careers of comics for over 40 years, including Robin Williams, Margaret Cho, W. Kamau Bell and others. District 3 Supervisor Aaron Peskin announced plans for a measure that would prevent any non-nightclub use of the building. Forum talks with comedian...more

  • California Sues Trump Administration For Cancelling Nearly $1 Billion in High Speed Rail Funding

    May 22 2019

    California Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed a lawsuit Tuesday to block the Federal Railroad Administration from withdrawing a $929 million federal grant for the state's high speed rail project. The lawsuit alleges that the decision to pull the funding violated agency procedure and was “precipitated by President Trump’s overt hostility to California." We’ll talk about the lawsuit and the future of California’s high speed rail.

  • Bay Area Experiences Wettest May in 20 Years

    May 22 2019

    We've come a long way since the mandatory water restrictions of 2015: atmospheric rivers have delivered almost two inches of rain to the Bay Area so far this month, Northern California reservoirs are near capacity and Sierra snowpack is close to double the average for this time of year. But should the state still be saving water in case of a drought? We'll check in on the health of the state's water supply and how the wet winter and spring may affect the upcoming fire season.

  • Overtreatment, Lax Scientific Standards Raise Concerns in Dentistry

    May 21 2019

    Chances are a dentist has told you to floss more. But studies from the Cochrane Institute and the American Dental Association have found that many common oral health recommendations such as biannual cleanings, yearly x-rays and flossing have not been verified through scientific research. Forum discusses efforts to steer dentistry toward more evidence-based practices and we'll talk about challenges facing the field, including charges that many dentists overtreat their patients.

  • As Abortion Bans Pass, All Eyes on Trump’s Supreme Court

    May 21 2019

    With multiple states recently passing strict restrictions on abortions, the Supreme Court's stance on the issue could soon be put to the test. In this hour of Forum, we take a look at the state of the high court and what its transformation under the Trump Administration means for contentious national issues. We'll also hear about a new PBS Frontline documentary that dives deep into how the current conservative majority on the court came to be.

  • Pico Iyer’s ‘Autumn Light’ Confronts Life’s Impermanence

    May 20 2019

    "Bright though they are in color, blossoms fall. Which of us escapes the world of change?" Travel writer Pico Iyer hears Japanese schoolchildren reciting these words as Americans might recite the Pledge of Allegiance, an anecdote shared in his latest book, "Autumn Light: Season of Fire and Farewells." The book explores the Japanese culture of impermanence in light of his father-in-law's sudden death. Pico Iyer joins Forum to talk about his experience confronting change and life's fragility.

  • Norman Mineta’s Groundbreaking Legacy

    May 20 2019

    The Japanese Americans interned during World War II included San Jose-born Norman Mineta, then 10 years old. Now 87, Mineta went on to become the mayor of San Jose, a member of Congress, the Secretary of Commerce and the Secretary of Transportation. Mineta joins us in studio to discuss his legacy, including his role in passing the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, which gave reparations to interned Japanese Americans. We'll also hear Mineta's thoughts about the potential for a bipartisan infrastructu...more

  • New Federal Data Show Homeless Populations Surging Throughout Bay Area

    May 20 2019

    A combined 25,000 people are homeless in San Francisco, Alameda and Santa Clara counties, according to preliminary federal data released Thursday. Since 2017, when officials last conducted a census, homeless populations have risen by 17 percent in San Francisco and 43 percent in Alameda counties. The city of San Jose has seen a 42 percent increase. We'll discuss what's behind the region's intensifying homelessness crisis.

  • World Affairs Council’s Jane Wales Steps Down

    May 20 2019

    After 20 years leading the World Affairs Council, which convenes nonpartisan conversations around issues such as environmental policy and international affairs, Jane Wales is stepping down. She joins Forum to discuss the council's accomplishments, including the Global Philanthropy Forum and the relaunch of the weekly radio program "WorldAffairs." And we'll talk with Wales about the U.S.-China trade conflict, Brexit and more in international news.

  • I Was Your Biggest Fan: What Happens When Your Favorite TV Show Disappoints

    May 17 2019

    The highly-anticipated series finale of HBO’s Game of Thrones airs Sunday and disgruntled fans are already calling for a do-over. A petition calling for the network to redo the final season has surpassed 500,000 signatures, with many fans asserting that writers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have compromised a number of the show’s beloved, previously … Continue reading I Was Your Biggest Fan: What Happens When Your Favorite TV Show Disappoints →

  • Dear Truth Be Told: Advice By, and For, People of Color

    May 17 2019

    "Is it OK to feel joy when the world is burning?" That's the question posed in the first episode of Truth Be Told, KQED's new advice podcast, which is "made by and for people of color." In each episode, host Tonya Mosley seeks counsel and answers to listener questions from "wise ones." We'll talk with Mosley about why she and other people of color feel mainstream sources of advice often don't speak to their experience. And we want to hear from you: Who do you turn to for advice?

  • Why Prescription Drugs are so Expensive in the U.S.

    May 17 2019

    One in four Americans who take prescription drugs have a difficult time affording their medicine. That's according to a recent report by the Kaiser Family Foundation, which also found that U.S. spending on prescription medication has increased more than a hundredfold since 1960. As lawmakers on both sides of the aisle work to address skyrocketing drug costs, we'll speak to UC Hastings Law Professor Robin Feldman about what she calls the systemic and perverse incentives that lead to high prices. ...more

  • Acclaimed Warhol Exhibit Pops into SFMOMA

    May 16 2019

    You may have seen Andy Warhol's paintings of Campbell's Soup cans or a handful of his silk-screened images, but beginning Sunday, SFMOMA offers the chance to explore Warhol's life "From A to B and Back Again." The exhibit contains more than 300 works from the duration of Warhol's four-decade career. We'll talk about the exhibit, which runs through Sept. 2, with Donna De Salvo, who curated the exhibit for New York's Whitney Museum of American Art, and Gary Garrels, the senior curator of paintings...more

  • State Investigators: PG&E Equipment Caused Deadly Camp Fire

    May 16 2019

    CalFire investigators concluded Wednesday that PG&E's transmission lines caused last November's Camp Fire, which claimed 85 lives, burned more than 150,000 acres and leveled the Butte County town of Paradise. The wildfire was the deadliest and most destructive in California history. We'll discuss the findings and their implications.

  • NPR’s Ron Elving Talks Politics and the Challenges of Covering President Trump

    May 16 2019

    Over his twenty-year career at NPR, senior editor and correspondent Ron Elving has covered four administrations, 11 Congresses and countless major political events. Elving joins us in studio to talk about the latest news from Washington, the state of political journalism and what it's been like covering the Trump Administration.

  • Biography Celebrates French Philosopher Denis Diderot, an ‘Intellectual Beast’ Before His Time

    May 15 2019

    Despite a strict Catholic upbringing in 16th century France, philosopher Denis Diderot grew to question the established views of his era, including God's existence, the French monarchy, slavery and sexual mores. Diderot's life and thought are explored in a new book, "Diderot and the Art of Thinking Freely," by Wesleyan University professor Andrew Curran. We'll talk to Curran about why Diderot was an "intellectual beast" ahead of his time, as well as the philosopher's fascination with American i...more

  • Alabama Passes Law Banning Nearly All Abortions

    May 15 2019

    The Alabama State senate voted Tuesday evening to pass a bill that criminalizes doctors who perform abortions at any pregnancy stage, unless the mother's life is in danger. Under the bill, which passed the Alabama house last month, doctors who perform abortions would face up to 99 years in prison. Four states this year have enacted so-called heartbeat bills, which effectively ban abortions after six weeks. Those laws are not in effect, owing to legal challenges. We'll discuss the Alabama bill an...more

  • ‘Black Death at the Golden Gate’: A Medical Drama from Old San Francisco

    May 15 2019

    The bubonic plague is typically associated with Europe and the Middle Ages. But historian David K. Randall's "Black Death at the Golden Gate" explores a little-known chapter in the disease's history: its near-spread from San Francisco to the rest of the U.S. in 1900. Randall joins us to talk about the incident, how racism influenced the response by authorities and what it reveals about life in the Bay Area at the turn of the last century.

  • San Francisco Bans City Departments from Using Facial Recognition Technology

    May 15 2019

    A vote to ban municipal use of facial recognition technology in San Francisco passed 8-1 by the Board of Supervisors Tuesday. The ban, the first for a major U.S. city, includes the county sheriff's department and city police but does not bar individuals or businesses from using the technology. City agencies will also be required to gain approval before acquiring automatic license plate readers or other types of surveillance technology. Critics of the technology say it violates privacy and is bia...more

  • Ani DiFranco Brings Her Radical, Indie Folk to the Page in New Memoir

    May 14 2019

    "I was on a mission," singer, songwriter, and activist Ani DiFranco says of her commitment to music at a young age. Known for her unique brand of indie folk and feminism, Ani DiFranco's memoir "No Walls and The Recurring Dream" recalls her journey from a 15-year-old living on her own to life as a 90s headliner grappling with fame. We'll talk to Ani DiFranco about how her music changed the industry, her fans and herself.

  • What Will the Trade War with China Mean for the Bay Area?

    May 14 2019

    The California economy – including the agriculture and wine industries–are likely to be hard hit by the U.S. trade war with China. The state exported approximately $16.3 billion in goods to mainland China in 2018–more goods than to any other country with the exception of Mexico. Joining us to discuss how the trade war is … Continue reading What Will the Trade War with China Mean for the Bay Area? →

  • Landmark California Housing Bill Clears Key Hurdles, Heads to Appropriations Committee

    May 14 2019

    California Senate Bill 50 is the latest attempt to mitigate the state's housing crisis. And, unsurprisingly, it is controversial. The bill, introduced by state Sen. Scott Wiener, is intended to spur housing development near transit and job-rich areas, and would override many local zoning laws. Supporters say the bill will provide a much-needed new tool to address the state's housing shortage. Critics say it's a one-size-fits-all approach that fails to address underlying inequality in the housing...more

  • Warriors, Sharks Give Bay Area Playoff Fever

    May 13 2019

    The Warriors and Sharks both made their Western Conference Finals. Forum will talk about the teams and what these playoffs mean to the Bay Area.

  • The Women Who Fought Sex Trafficking in San Francisco’s Chinatown

    May 13 2019

    In 1933, when Chinese teen Jeung Gwai Ying escaped forced prostitution in San Francisco, she fled to the Occidental Mission Home. Since 1874, the home had offered thousands of Chinese women refuge and the potential of a new life. In her book, "The White Devil's Daughters," Julia Flynn Siler chronicles the home and the people who passed through its halls. Siler joins Forum to discuss the often overlooked history of sex trafficking in San Francisco's Chinatown.

  • Journalist’s Home Raided in Relation to Leaked Police Report on Jeff Adachi’s Death

    May 13 2019

    On Friday morning, ten San Francisco police officers used a sledgehammer to raid the home of Brian Carmody, the freelance journalist who published previously undisclosed and salacious details about Adachi’s death. Carmody is vowing to protect his source, as free speech advocates call the raid outrageous and possibly politically motivated. We’ll discuss the story.

  • Van Jones Brings Victims and Offenders Together in ‘Redemption Project’

    May 13 2019

    "Face the past. Heal the future" is the tagline of Van Jones's new CNN series "The Redemption Project," which puts victims of life-altering crimes face to face with their perpetrator. The CNN political commentator and prison reform activist joins us to discuss the project, which explores punishment, forgiveness and restorative justice from the victim's perspective.

  • ‘Milk’ Screenwriter Pens “Mama’s Boy,” an Ode to Mothers’ Strength

    May 10 2019

    On this Friday before Mother's Day weekend, we'll talk with filmmaker and LGBTQ activist Dustin Lance Black about his memoir "Mama's Boy" a story that celebrates both his mom's love and her resilience. Black, who is best known for his Oscar-winning original screenplay for "Milk," was also instrumental in overturning Proposition 8, California’s ban on gay marriage. But before Black was front and center in the fight for marriage equality, he was a shy kid growing up in East Texas. "Mama's Boy" dig...more

  • Is It Time to Break Up Facebook?

    May 10 2019

    Mark Zuckerberg's power is unchecked, unprecedented, and un-American. That's according to Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes, who in a New York Times op-ed Thursday called on federal government to break up the company. We'll talk about whether Facebook should be split into separate entities and whether a breakup would address ongoing concerns about the company's failure to protect its users' privacy and security.

  • House Judiciary Committee Votes to Hold Attorney General William Barr in Contempt

    May 09 2019

    We’ll talk about the constitutional showdown unfolding in Washington, one day after the House Judiciary Committee voted to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress.

  • Nell Freudenberger’s ‘Lost and Wanted’ Connects Grief and Quantum Physics

    May 09 2019

    When Helen receives a phone call from her former college roommate Charlie in "Lost and Wanted," the event is unexpected not only because the two had lost touch, but because Charlie had died the night before. So begins Nell Freudenberger’s latest novel, which follows Helen, a theoretical physics professor at MIT, as she wraps her scientific mind around Charlie’s calls and texts from beyond the grave. Nell Freudenberger joins us in the studio to discuss science, human relationships and the laws of...more

  • The Benefits of Learning a New Language (According to Experts)

    May 09 2019

    Online language-learning programs like Duolingo, Babbel, and Rosetta Stone all claim to teach you a foreign language in record time. But do they deliver what they promise? We’ll get tips from linguists on how best to pick up a foreign tongue. And we want to hear from you: how has language fluency affected your world view?

  • Paradise Begins to Rebuild Six Months After Camp Fire

    May 08 2019

    Last November, the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history scorched over 150,000 acres in Butte County and killed 85 people. The Camp Fire burned almost the entire town of Paradise, displacing thousands of its residents, contaminating its drinking water and leaving millions of tons of toxic debris behind. But six months later, the community is beginning to rebuild. We'll reflect on the tragedy and talk about the progress made so far.

  • Emily Bazelon’s ‘Charged’ Pins Mass Incarceration on Prosecutors

    May 08 2019

    The prison population in the United States has quintupled since the 1980s, with nearly 2.2 million people imprisoned. Journalist Emily Bazelon argues that a major driver of mass incarceration is the "breathtaking power" of prosecutors whose discretion in setting bail, determining charges and offering plea deals often gives them more influence than judges in criminal cases. Bazelon joins Forum to discuss her new book, "Charged: The New Movement to Transform American Prosecution and End Mass Incar...more

  • Uber and Lyft Drivers to Strike on Wednesday Ahead of Uber IPO

    May 07 2019

    Uber and Lyft drivers across the country plan to strike on Wednesday ahead of Uber's long-anticipated IPO, which is expected to raise about $9 billion. But drivers complain that they are not getting their fair share of the money, with many citing pay cuts and what they say are unlivable wages. Participating drivers are turning off their apps for the day and encouraging riders to do the same. Will you participate in the strike?

  • Glenn Close’s Starring Role in Promoting Conversations about Mental Health

    May 07 2019

    Actor Glenn Close has been a trendsetting force in film since her breakthrough in the 80s with her roles in "The Big Chill" and "Fatal Attraction." Close recently earned an Academy Award nomination, her seventh, for Best Actress in 2018's "The Wife." Less well-known however, is Close's work for Bring Change to Mind, a nonprofit that promotes open dialogue about mental health and the destigmatization of mental illness. Close joins Forum to discuss her career and how to foster conversations about ...more

  • ‘Alpha Girls’: Succeeding in the Male-Dominated World of Venture Capital

    May 07 2019

    Silicon Valley's gender gap is well-documented and the world of venture capital is no exception. Ninety-four percent of investing partners at venture capital firms are men and less than 2% of their funding goes to start-ups founded by women. That's according to Julian Guthrie, author of the new book “Alpha Girls: The Women Upstarts Who Took On Silicon Valley's Male Culture.” We'll talk with Guthrie and two of the pioneering investors she profiles about how they navigated the challenges facing wo...more

  • Piedmont Man Opens Home to Homeless Couple

    May 06 2019

    Homeless for more than 10 years, Marie Mckinzie and Greg Dunston lived on the streets of Oakland, sleeping in doorways and pushing their belongings in carts. But, as the San Francisco Chronicle’s Otis R. Taylor Jr. reports, that changed a few months ago when they moved into a nearly $4 million property in a wealthy neighborhood in Piedmont. The owner of the house, Terrence McGrath did something almost unheard of: he opened his doors to them. Otis Taylor joins us in the studio now to talk about ...more

  • Tom Steyer Leads Charge for Impeachment of President Trump, Removal of Barr

    May 06 2019

    Since 2017, when he founded the "Need To Impeach" movement, billionaire environmentalist and democratic donor Tom Steyer has been urging lawmakers, funders and the public to push for impeachment of President Trump. Steyer says that the president, who he calls lawless and unfit, has committed at least 10 impeachable offenses, including obstruction of justice and collusion. But impeachment remains unpopular among voters, with only 39% supporting it, according to a recent NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist po...more

  • Political News Roundup

    May 06 2019

    Forum reviews, analyzes and answers your questions about the latest news from Washington, D.C.

  • It’s Official: Gov. Newsom Pulls Permits for Brown’s Twin Tunnels Project

    May 06 2019

    The Newsom administration has withdrawn permit applications for former Gov. Jerry's plan to build two tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. The project was designed as a more reliable system of transporting water to Southern California, but has been criticized as a water grab and a danger to the Delta's ecosystem. Earlier this year, Gov. Newsom signaled his support for a smaller, one-tunnel plan, which is now in the beginning stages of environmental review. We'll get the latest o...more

  • High School Locks Up Cell Phones Hoping For More Attentive, Less Isolated Students

    May 03 2019

    In an attempt to get students to pay more attention to schoolwork and the non-virtual world, San Mateo High School will be locking up cellphones for the full school day beginning next year. Officials in other schools that have adopted the policy say phone-free kids are more attentive in class and less socially isolated, but some students complain the policy is too strict and penalizes those who use their devices responsibly. This segment is part of KQED’s "Youth Takeover,” a week featuring stori...more

  • House Democrats Weigh Contempt Charge Against Attorney General

    May 03 2019

    House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler threatened Thursday to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress for defying a subpoena to produce the full Mueller report and its underlying evidence. The move came a day after Barr announced he'd skip the Judiciary Committee's Thursday hearing on the special counsel's report. Meanwhile, in a press conference House Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused Barr of committing a crime by lying to Congress. We'll discuss the latest development...more

  • Philanthropist Melinda Gates on How Empowering Women Uplifts Everyone

    May 03 2019

    In Melinda Gates' childhood, she frequently watched rockets achieve their "moment of lift" when visiting her father at NASA. Her new book, "The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World," applies that concept to the process of uplifting women, both in her own community and globally. Filled with anecdotes about splitting household tasks with husband Bill Gates and tactics for fighting gender inequality worldwide, Gates' book argues that addressing gender discrimination makes a societ...more

  • Amazon Among 60 Fortune 500 Companies Paying Zero Federal Income Tax in 2018

    May 02 2019

    Sixty Fortune 500 companies -- including behemoths like Amazon, Chevron and General Motors -- paid no federal income taxes in 2018. That's according to a report issued recently by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, which also found that those companies received $4.3 billion in tax rebates. We'll discuss the rules that enable corporations to avoid income taxes and the impact of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. And we want to hear from you: Do corporations pay their fair share?

  • Ghost Ship Warehouse Fire Criminal Trial Begins

    May 02 2019

    Lawyers began presenting opening arguments in the Ghost Ship fire criminal trial in downtown Oakland on Tuesday. Defendants Derick Almena and Max Harris are on trial for 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter stemming from a 2016 fire at the Ghost Ship warehouse, an illegally converted artist collective and residence in Oakland. We discuss the case.

  • ‘Uninhabitable Earth’ Explores a Looming Climate Catastrophe

    May 02 2019

    "It is worse, much worse, than you think," begins David Wallace-Wells's new book on the impact of climate change. From there, Wallace-Wells presents the scope of global warming's challenge to human civilization, from feeding 50% more people with half the amount of productive land to whole cities that will be unlivable in the summer. Wallace-Wells joins Forum to talk about the book and about why he thinks the science shows it's time for "climate panic."

  • Bay Area Teens Share Their Experiences Struggling with Anxiety, Depression

    May 01 2019

    A recent Pew survey found that 70% of teens view anxiety and depression as a major problem among their peers, ranking higher than other concerns like bullying, drugs and drinking. Forum talks with Bay Area high school students about mental health and whether they agree with research that links the increase in anxiety and depression to academic pressure and social media use. This segment is part of KQED’s "Youth Takeover,” a week featuring stories developed and produced with high school student...more

  • David Brooks Urges Communalism Over Individualism in ‘The Second Mountain’

    May 01 2019

    Four years ago, New York Times columnist David Brooks published “The Road to Character,” an examination of the virtues – like courage and grit -- he considered necessary to lead a moral life. Now, Brooks says that when he wrote that book he was “enclosed in the prison of individualism,” falsely assuming that “character is something you build on your own.” His latest book, “The Second Mountain,” posits instead that good character comes from surrendering to and serving the greater causes of family...more

  • California Health Officials, Law Makers Look to Increase Vaccinations Amid Latest Measles Outbreak

    Apr 30 2019

    Over 700 measles cases have been reported in the United States this year, the largest outbreak since the disease was declared eliminated in 2000. Of the 38 cases reported in California so far this year, 36 are connected to international travel. In Los Angeles, approximately 700 members of the UCLA and Cal State Los Angeles communities have been quarantined after possibly being exposed to an infected student. We'll hear how you can reduce your risk of measles exposure and check in on a California...more

  • Bay Area Median Home Price Drop for First Time in 7 Years

    Apr 30 2019

    Home prices in the Bay Area fell .6 percent and the number of home sales 14 percent in March of this year compared with last year. That’s according to a report by real estate data company CoreLogic. It's the first fall in Bay Area home prices and sales in seven years. Joining us to discuss the report is Kathleen Pender, Business Columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and Steve Levy, Director of the Center for Continuing Study of the California Economy.

  • Bill McKibben Warns of Dire Consequences of Unchecked Climate Change

    Apr 30 2019

    It's been 30 years since activist Bill McKibben published his well-known environmental call to action "The End of Nature." Now, McKibben sees even more threats than he did in 1989. His new book "Falter" takes a hard look at the severe consequences of failing to act on climate change -- from devastating sea level rise to mass extinctions. The book also raises fresh concerns about the development of artificial intelligence and genetic engineering. McKibben joins us to discuss his latest work, huma...more

  • Bay Area Students Concerned about ‘Blackfishing’ and Cultural Appropriation

    Apr 29 2019

    "Blackfishing,” describes when a non-black person culturally appropriates black features to appear black or mixed race. The trend first made news when before-and-after photos of white social media influencers went viral in 2018. The issue continues to be on the minds of some Bay Area students who are concerned the trend negatively impacts communities of color. We'll discuss the "blackfishing" phenomenon and the lines between cultural appreciation and appropriation. This segment is part of KQED’...more

  • 2019 Goldman Environmental Prize Honors Grassroots Heroes

    Apr 29 2019

    For the past 30 years, the Goldman Environmental Prize has honored community-based, grassroots activists from 87 countries who've fought for environmental justice, sustainability and imperiled lands and species. We'll talk to two of this year's prize winners about their work and the communities they serve.

  • Synagogue Shooting, Sunnyvale Crash Investigated as Hate Crimes

    Apr 29 2019

    A 19-year-old suspect is in custody after a shooting at a synagogue in Poway, California on Saturday that left one person dead and several others injured. Officials are looking into reports that the suspect posted an anti-Semitic letter online prior to the shooting. We'll get the latest on the investigation and discuss last week's car crash in Sunnyvale, which is also being investigated as a possible hate crime. Officials say the driver intentionally ran over a group of pedestrians he believed t...more

  • Forum on the Road: Is Weed Threatening the Wine Business in Napa County?

    Apr 26 2019

    Some Napa vintners want to add cannabis to their offerings, hoping to benefit from California's legalization of recreational marijuana. The industries are not dissimilar: cannabis and wine are both naturally-derived, highly-regulated intoxicants. But some in the Napa Valley are concerned that cultivating weed will compromise the county's reputation as a wine producer. We'll talk about the cannabis and wine industries, and whether the Napa Valley is big enough for both.

  • Forum on the Road: Land Use Battles Continue as Napa County Passes Controversial Tree, Water Ordinance

    Apr 26 2019

    A Napa Valley ordinance that takes effect in May will increase protections that landowners must take to preserve trees and the watershed. The decision marks another chapter in the long-standing debate over the use of, and protections for, Napa's open space, trees and water. We'll hear about the new "Water Quality and Tree Protection Ordinance" and why many environmentalists and vintners are unhappy about it.

  • Forum on the Road: Napa Native Alexandria Brown Uncovers the Valley’s ‘Hidden History’

    Apr 26 2019

    Early Wappo American Indians in Napa Valley called the region "talahalusi,” meaning "beautiful land.” They shaped the region, as did the African American farmers, Chinese laborers and Mexican guest workers or "braceros" who followed them. Despite their influence, these communities are often left out of Napa Valley history. Alexandria Brown, a Napa native, sought to change that. She researched the daily lives of these influential groups for her new book “Hidden History of Napa Valley.” Brown join...more

  • Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt Recalls Silicon Valley’s ‘Trillion Dollar Coach’

    Apr 25 2019

    The new book "Trillion Dollar Coach" examines the lessons and legacy of Bill Campbell, a football coach who went on to advise executives at companies including Apple, Intuit and Facebook. Co-author and former Google CEO Eric Schmidt was one of many Silicon Valley giants mentored by Campbell, who died in 2016. We'll talk with Schmidt and his co-authors about Campbell's insights and influence.

  • Governor Seeks Answers as California Gas Prices Pass $4 per Gallon

    Apr 25 2019

    The average price for gas in California is just over $4 per gallon, about 43 cents higher than the next priciest state, Hawaii. That's according to the fuel price tracker GasBuddy, which also puts San Francisco's average gas price as the highest in the state. On Tuesday, Gov. Gavin Newsom asked the California Energy Commission to investigate what he called an "unaccounted-for price differential" in California. We'll talk about what's behind the high cost of gas.

  • Former Vice President Joe Biden Jumps Into Presidential Race

    Apr 25 2019

    Former Vice President Joe Biden is expected to declare his candidacy for president in a video announcement on Thursday. Biden would enter a crowded field of Democrats vying to take on President Trump in 2020. We’ll talk with KQED’s politics senior editor about Biden’s prospects, what issues are likely to drive his campaign and how the former senator and vice president could impact the 2020 race.

  • Study Reveals Student Debt Totals, Default Rates Rise Sharply in Bay Area

    Apr 24 2019

    A new study shows that Bay Area adults owed $26.6 billion in student debt in 2018, affecting around 12 percent of the region’s adults.

  • Rupa and the April Fishes Tackle Gentrification, Police Violence on ‘Growing Upward’

    Apr 24 2019

    Rupa Marya is the frontwoman of the band Rupa and the April Fishes, but that's only one item on her resume. Marya is an associate professor of medicine at UCSF, where she directs the Do No Harm coalition that fights against police violence in San Francisco. She also provided medical care at Standing Rock and fought for the "Happy Birthday" song to enter the public domain. Rupa and the April Fishes' latest release, "Growing Upward," takes on gentrification, indigenous rights, police violence, cli...more

  • Robocalls Surge As Consumers, Government Seek Ways to Fight Back

    Apr 24 2019

    Robocalls, those annoying prerecorded marketing calls that lay siege to our phones day and night, are on the rise. That's according to the phone spam tracking app RoboKiller, which found that Americans received almost 5.2 billion robocalls last month, up from about 3.6 billion calls for the same period last year. We'll talk about what's behind the surge in robocalls and what you can do to protect yourself from them. And we want to hear from you: What's your strategy for dealing with robocalls?

  • Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Major LGBTQ Rights Cases

    Apr 23 2019

    The Supreme Court has agreed to hear three high-profile cases that question whether a federal ban on sex discrimination in the workplace applies to sexual orientation and gender identity. Forum will discuss the cases, how the Supreme Court is likely to handle them and what they could mean for LGBTQ rights.

  • Researchers Unlock Genetic Code of California Redwoods

    Apr 23 2019

    Scientists with the Redwood Genome Project announced Tuesday that they have successfully sequenced the coast redwood and giant sequoia genomes. The project, dubbed by researchers a "23andMe for trees," is expected to aid in restoration and conservation of California's redwood forests, 95 percent of which have been lost to logging in the last 150 years. We'll talk about the study and what it tells us about the ancient trees and their environment.

  • Controversy Over School Mural Depicting Slavery, Colonization

    Apr 23 2019

    The San Francisco Unified School District superintendent and staff are considering a working group recommendation to remove and archive the "Life of Washington" mural at George Washington High School.

  • Bay Area Scientists Work to Grow Coral, Restore Imperiled Reefs

    Apr 22 2019

    Coral on Australia's Great Barrier Reef is failing to recover after a major bleaching event caused by warmer seas in 2016. A report this month found a nearly 90 percent decline in new baby coral settling on the reef. We'll talk about the state of coral reefs worldwide, and the research on coral reproduction being done in San Francisco to grow and restore them.

  • ‘Beach Blanket Babylon’ Bids Adieu

    Apr 22 2019

    After 45 years and more than 17,000 performances, San Francisco’s longest-running musical revue will close. Producer Jo Schuman Silver has decided to end “Beach Blanket Babylon.” The campy, irreverent show, filled with pop culture references, political gags and an iconic San Francisco skyline hat, plays Club Fugazi until the end of this year. We’ll talk with Schuman Silver and actor Curt Branom about the unexpectedly long tenure of “Beach Blanket Babylon,” and its place in San Francisco’s cultur...more

  • Close to 300 Dead in Sri Lanka Terror Attacks

    Apr 22 2019

    The Sri Lankan government has called a state of emergency in the wake of the Easter Sunday suicide bombings which killed nearly 300 people and injured more than 500. The government is blaming a small, local militant group, National Thowheeth Jama’ath, for the attacks. Officials say the group had the help of an  international network. But there has been no claim of responsibility. Sri Lankan authorities were warned at least 10 days before the bombings, but apparently did not act on the tip.

  • National Political News in Review

    Apr 22 2019

    Forum reviews, analyzes and answers your questions about the latest news from Washington, D.C.

  • Jennifer Eberhardt’s ‘Biased’ Explores Everyday Prejudice, Police Bias

    Apr 19 2019

    A day before completing her doctorate at Harvard, social psychologist Jennifer Eberhardt was pushed against her car, handcuffed and arrested during a traffic stop. Eberhardt, a Stanford professor and MacArthur "genius" grant recipient, now consults with city police departments to address racial bias in everyday interactions. Her new book "Biased” synthesizes psychology research and police body camera data to illuminate how prejudice manifests itself, and how it can be countered. Eberhardt joins ...more

  • Mueller Report: No Conspiracy with Russians, Inconclusive on Obstruction of Justice

    Apr 19 2019

    On Thursday, the Justice Department released a redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russia's election interference and its possible collusion with the Trump campaign. The report, which found insufficient evidence of collusion, detailed ten instances in which the president may have obstructed justice, but did not make a legal determination on the question. In the aftermath, President Trump's legal team declared "total victory," as democratic leaders accused Attorney Gene...more

  • ‘Unsettled’ Documentary Highlights LGBTQ Asylum Seekers

    Apr 17 2019

    The new documentary “Unsettled: Seeking Refuge in America” follows four LGBTQ refugees from Syria, Congo and Angola. Targeted with violence and harassment in their home countries, the refugees seek asylum in San Francisco, where they hope to restart their lives. “Unsettled” premieres at the SFFilm Festival on Wednesday. We’ll talk with the film’s director and producer Tom Shepard.

  • Demonstrations Continue in Sudan as Ousted Leader Omar Al-Bashir Moved to Prison

    Apr 17 2019

    Thousands continue to protest in Sudan's capital to demand a transition to civilian rule after the military overthrew Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir last week. Bashir, who took power in 1989 and is wanted by the International Criminal Court for overseeing ethnic cleansing in Darfur, is being held in prison, according to reports this morning. We'll talk about the latest developments in Sudan.

  • Lori Gottlieb Examines Humanity’s Shared Fears in ‘Maybe You Should Talk to Someone’

    Apr 17 2019

    Psychotherapist Lori Gottlieb says that people come to her practice for many reasons, but their stories tend to share common themes, including emptiness, dislocation and death. Gottlieb’s new book “Maybe You Should Talk to Someone” explores her patients’ overlapping struggles. It also documents her own experiences in therapy when she seeks help after a sudden breakup. We’ll talk to Gottlieb about how she guides her patients through difficult moments and what it’s like to become a patient herself...more

  • Governor’s Office Releases Wildfire Prevention Recommendations Including Overhaul of PG&E

    Apr 16 2019

    Climate change has put more than 25 million acres of California wildlands under very high or extreme threat of fire, according to a report released Friday by Governor Newsom's office. The report includes a sweeping set of wildfire prevention recommendations, including the radical restructuring of PG&E, which faces more than $30 billion in potential wildfire liabilities. We'll discuss the report and we'll get the latest on PG&E's Chapter 11 reorganization and recent leadership shake-up.

  • Massive Fire Damages Much of Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris

    Apr 16 2019

    A devastating fire on Monday has destroyed the Notre Dame cathedral's spire and roof. Hundreds of millions of euros have already been pledged by companies and philanthropists to rebuild iconic 850-year-old Paris structure.

  • Former Deputy Secretary of State William Burns Makes the Case for Diplomacy

    Apr 16 2019

    In "The Back Channel: A Memoir of American Diplomacy and the Case for its Renewal," former Deputy Secretary of State William Burns argues that U.S. foreign relations are in chaos. And that the disorder is striking at a precarious time, when the world faces ongoing geopolitical challenges such as a nuclear North Korea, an emboldened Russia and a crumbling Venezuela. Burns joins us to discuss the critical role of diplomacy in an ever-changing world.

  • Oakland’s Nataki Garrett Takes the Helm at Oregon Shakespeare Festival

    Apr 15 2019

    All the world may be a stage, but some of the most important players labor behind the scenes. One such person is Oakland native and longtime director, producer and playwright Nataki Garrett, who joined the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) this month as incoming artistic director. We'll talk to her about her creative vision for OSF and "How to Catch Creation," the play she's directing for the festival this season. We'll also hear from CalShakes artistic director Eric Ting about "Between Two Knee...more

  • Hershey Felder Revisits the Music of Debussy and the Romance of Paris

    Apr 15 2019

    For decades, playwright, actor and pianist Hershey Felder has been merging his talents on stage in his "Great Composer" shows. In the final installment of the series, "Hershey Felder: A Paris Love Story," Felder recounts his personal connection with French composer Claude Debussy, embodying the composer and recounting Paris at the turn of the 20th century. Felder joins us to talk about the show and how he approached Debussy's impressionistic music. If you're a fan of Debussy, tell us, what do yo...more

  • Political Roundup

    Apr 15 2019

    Forum reviews, analyzes and answers your questions about the latest news from Washington, D.C. And we'll talk with Politico senior writer Jake Sherman about his new book, "The Hill to Die On," an inside look at the power struggles playing out in Congress.

  • Esmé Weijun Wang Explores the Psychotic Self in ‘The Collected Schizophrenias’

    Apr 12 2019

    Esmé Weijun Wang describes schizophrenia as "the archetypal disorder of lunacy," terrifying because it unmoors the afflicted from reality as the chaos of psychosis takes over. Wang was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder in 2013, after years of coping with bipolar disorder, depression, and hallucinations. We'll talk to Wang about her experiences with the disorder, which she documents in her book of essays "The Collected Schizophrenias." And we'd like to hear about your own experience: How ha...more

  • New Report Recommends Regional Approach in Fighting Homelessness

    Apr 12 2019

    Sixty-seven percent of the Bay Area homeless are unsheltered, according to a new report by the Bay Area Council. And with more than 28,000 individuals homeless across the Bay Area, the region has the third-largest homeless population in the nation. We'll discuss the report.

  • Bassem Youssef on Satirizing the Powerful and a ‘Second Arab Spring’

    Apr 12 2019

    Egyptian heart surgeon-turned-political satirist Bassem Youssef's show "Al-Bernameg" had almost a third of the country watching before he was forced off the air by the Egyptian government in 2013. Known as "the Jon Stewart of the Arab World," Youssef gained international fame for his willingness to test the boundaries of speech in an authoritarian country. Youssef's books include "Revolution for Dummies," which chronicles the Arab Spring in Egypt. We'll talk to Youseff about his career and get h...more

  • John Muir Trail Foundation Seeks to Protect Storied Route from Heavy Use

    Apr 11 2019

    In 2016, over 3,500 people hiked on the John Muir Trail (JMT) in California's high sierra. That's a lot more than anyone imagined when the 211 mile trail running from Yosemite Valley to Mt. Whitney was founded over a hundred years ago. With increased usage taking a toll on the route, we discuss new efforts to preserve the trail's history and environmental integrity. If you've hiked the John Muir Trail, what makes it unique? What would you like to see its stewards prioritize?

  • Armistead Maupin and Laura Linney Share New ‘Tales of the City’

    Apr 11 2019

    In 1974, Armistead Maupin's "Tales of the City" premiered in the Pacific Sun, depicting a naive, Midwestern young woman who becomes immersed in San Francisco's LGBTQ scene. The serialized story, featuring 1970s San Francisco, would go on to become nine novels and three TV miniseries. Mary Ann, Anna, et al., are back again, this time in a Netflix series starring many of the original cast. We'll talk with Maupin and Linney about the legacy and newest iteration of "Tales of the City." And we want t...more

  • WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Arrested in London

    Apr 11 2019

    Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been charged by the U.S. with conspiracy to hack a government computer. The indictment, issued last year in the state of Virginia, alleges that Assange conspired in 2010 with former U.S. Army Intelligence Analyst Chelsea Manning to access classified information on Department of Defense computers. He faces up to five years in jail. We'll discuss Assange's arrest and what it means for the future of Wikileaks and for freedom of the press.

  • Valerie Jarrett Reflects on Obama Administration, Public Service in ‘Finding My Voice’

    Apr 11 2019

    As President Obama's longest serving senior advisor, Valerie Jarrett led the Offices of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs and chaired the White House Council on Women and Girls. But before she entered public service, Jarrett was an unfulfilled corporate lawyer in an unhappy marriage. Her new memoir, "Finding My Voice," describes how she overcame self-doubt and transformed herself into an influential policy adviser. We'll talk to Jarrett about her book, her recollections of the Obam...more

  • First Photos of a Black Hole Captured by Event Horizon Telescope Project

    Apr 10 2019

    The research team behind the Event Horizon Telescope project released their first images of a black hole at the center of galaxy Messier 87 (M87). The giant black hole is 55 million light years from Earth and is about 6.5 billion times larger than our sun. We'll explain the news and take your questions.

  • ‘Biddy Mason Speaks Up’ Introduces Kids to One of California’s Forgotten Figures

    Apr 10 2019

    In a new children's book, "Biddy Mason Speaks Up," Arisa White and Laura Atkins weave poetry and prose with historical facts to tell the story of Bridget "Biddy" Mason--a woman born into slavery in the early 1800s who later won her freedom in court and became a prominent landowner, community builder and healer in Los Angeles. "Biddy Mason Speaks Up" is the second in HeyDay's Fight for Justice series, which introduces young people to historical figures who fought for social change. We'll talk to ...more

  • Netanyahu Poised to Win Fourth Consecutive Term as Israeli Prime Minister

    Apr 10 2019

    Israelis went to the polls Tuesday to decide whether Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will serve a fifth consecutive term or whether Benny Gantz, the leader of Israel's Blue and White Party, will unseat him. The race remained a dead heat as of Tuesday night. We'll talk about the results and latest developments.

  • Ruth Reichl on Gourmet Magazine’s Heyday and the Evolution of Food Journalism

    Apr 09 2019

    Ruth Reichl, who considers herself a writer with Berkeley-hippie sensibilities, initially turned down an offer to be Gourmet magazine's editor-in-chief, a corporate gig. But Reichl ultimately said yes to the job, in which she highlighted some of the world's most exclusive restaurants and wielded tremendous influence. In her memoir, "Save Me The Plums," Reichl describes lavish company trips and meals, her role in the magazine's most groundbreaking and controversial stories, and Gourmet's final co...more

  • Bureau of Land Management Proposes Crackdown on Burning Man, Including Drug Searches

    Apr 09 2019

    The Bureau of Land Management proposed new rules last month regarding Burning Man, the week-long arts event and temporary city built annually in Black Rock City, Nevada. The draft mandate, which is open for public comment until April 29, would impose new fees and environmental rules, as well as require organizers to hire a private security contractor to search for weapons and illegal drugs. Burning Man organizers say the proposals would "spell the end of the event as we know it." We'll take up t...more

  • Proposed Education Tax Targets Corporations and Pay Inequity

    Apr 09 2019

    Three East Bay lawmakers have announced a bill that would increase taxes on California's most profitable companies to help fund schools and childcare. The bill aims to increase education funding by at least $2.5 billion a year by targeting companies that have benefited from President Trump's tax overhaul, which reduced the corporate tax rate from 35% to 21%. In a novel attempt to address inequality in compensation practices, the bill would base the tax burden on the ratio of the CEO's salary to ...more

  • Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen Stepping Down

    Apr 08 2019

    We’ll be talking about the departure of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.

  • As Humanitarian Crisis in Venezuela Deepens, US Weighs Intervention Options

    Apr 08 2019

    The U.S. imposed a new round of sanctions on Venezuela Friday, targeting oil companies that the U.S. says are propping up President Nicolás Maduro’s regime. The sanctions come amid a worsening political and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela, as citizens cope with a collapsed health system and dire food, water and electricity shortages. Meanwhile, Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaidó remains vulnerable to arrest after the government stripped him of immunity on Tuesday. We’ll talk about the on...more

  • Your Income Tax Questions, Answered

    Apr 08 2019

    The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which went into effect on Jan. 1, imposes a host of new rules governing federal tax rates, deductions and credits. As the April 15 federal filing deadline approaches, Forum opens its phone lines and takes your income tax questions.

  • Laila Lalami’s ‘Other Americans’ Explores Complexity of Immigrant Experience

    Apr 05 2019

    America embraces me with one arm, but it pushes me away with the other," Laila Lalami wrote in a 2017 New Yorker piece after President Trump instituted his travel ban. Lalami's new novel, "The Other Americans," opens with the hit-and-run murder of a Moroccan immigrant in a present-day Southern California suburb. This event affects nine narrators of various backgrounds, ethnicities and immigration statuses, each of whom shares their own story of being both embraced and pushed away by America. La...more

  • Senate GOP Invokes ‘Nuclear Option’ to Cut Debate Time on Some Nominees to Two Hours

    Apr 05 2019

    In an effort to speed confirmation of President Trump’s nominees, Senate Republicans voted Wednesday to reduce the amount of time lawmakers may debate district court and non-cabinet level appointments from 30 hours to two hours. The move was only the third use of the so-called “nuclear option,” a procedure that allows the Senate to change rules with a simple majority vote. Some Senate watchers predict that the drastic shortening of deliberation time may trigger a push by Democrats to eliminate t...more

  • Immersive Play Takes Audience Inside ‘The Jungle’ Refugee Camp

    Apr 04 2019

    A play at San Francisco’s Curran has transformed the theater into an Afghan restaurant inside a refugee camp in Calais, France. In “The Jungle,” audience members sit crammed at restaurant tables amid the buzz and drama of a makeshift society of refugees from various countries who dream of leaving the camp. Forum talks to the playwrights about the theater they ran out of the real refugee camp in Calais, known as the Jungle, and about the play that emerged from the stories they heard, and the peop...more

  • Newly Revealed Records Expose Police Misconduct in Departments Across the State

    Apr 04 2019

    Police departments across California must make public records of serious officer misconduct and use of force, according to a recent ruling by a state appellate court in San Francisco. The ruling affirmed that California’s new police transparency law requires the release of pre-2019 records, despite more than a dozen lawsuits brought by law enforcement unions. … Continue reading Newly Revealed Records Expose Police Misconduct in Departments Across the State →

  • After Losing Home in Northern California Wildfires, Cartoonist Brian Fies Shares His ‘Fire Story’

    Apr 04 2019

    Cartoonist Brian Fies started drawing the story of his family’s evacuation from the Tubbs Fire just one day after his Santa Rosa home burned down. KQED turned that comic into an animated video that got more than two million views and won a regional Emmy Award. Now, Fies has released a graphic novel “A Fire Story”which follows his family, and others affected by the 2017 California wildfires. We’ll talk with Fies about the book, the response he’s received in the community and his process of rebuil...more

  • Robert Alter Shares the ‘Art of Bible Translation’ After Translating the Entire Hebrew Bible

    Apr 03 2019

    Armed with a Cross mechanical pencil and thin-lined paper, UC Berkeley professor and translator Robert Alter spent almost a quarter-century translating the entire Hebrew Bible into English. His completed work, which includes commentary, aims to preserve the style and rhythm of the original Hebrew prose and poetry. Now, Alter has written a book about the process called "The Art of Bible Translation." He joins us in studio to discuss his vision, and why the world needed a new translation of its mo...more

  • For Some San Francisco Students, the Classroom is a Bus

    Apr 03 2019

    Five Keys Schools and Programs began in 2003 in the San Francisco County Jail as the first charter school for incarcerated adults in the country. Its latest project, in San Francisco's Sunnydale neighborhood, is a traveling classroom — in the form of a refurbished city bus, painted lime green. The bus, called the “Mobile Self-Determination Project,” is equipped with teachers, desks and a library, and caters to high school dropouts seeking a diploma or GED. Two Five Key staff members join Forum t...more

  • Former Water Board Chair Felicia Marcus on Lessons Learned from CA Drought, Water Wars

    Apr 03 2019

    The Oroville Dam spillway reopened Tuesday after two years and $1.1 billion spent on repairs, debris cleanup and emergency response efforts. That's only one of many water emergencies that California faced in recent years. The state just navigated one of the worst droughts in its history. Felicia Marcus, who stepped down as Chair of the State Water Resources Control Board early this year, joins us to discuss California's water challenges, what the state learned from the recent drought and the fut...more

  • Proposed Homeless Navigation Center in Embarcadero Community Sparks Opposition, Dueling Fundraisers

    Apr 03 2019

    Residents of San Francisco’s waterfront neighborhoods are pushing back on a plan by Mayor London Breed to build a 225-bed navigation center for the homeless on the Embarcadero. In public meetings about the proposal last month, opponents cited public safety concerns with having a center in such a housing-dense, tourist-heavy area. A coalition of residents called “Safe Embarcadero for All” launched an online fundraising campaign for legal costs to block the center. A counter coalition also launche...more

  • Dave Eggers Explores the Morals of International Development in ‘The Parade’

    Apr 02 2019

    Dave Eggers' newest novel 'The Parade' follows the construction of a road through an unidentified developing country that is recovering from a recent civil war. Written in spare prose, and with few identifying details about location and characters, the book becomes a parable of the increasing moral complexities involved in international aid. Eggers joins us to speak about the book and the questions it poses about the ethics of well-intentioned development projects.

  • Zuckerberg Asks Government to Help Regulate Hate Speech, Political Ads

    Apr 02 2019

    In an opinion piece in the Washington Post this weekend, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg detailed four areas where he says Facebook and other social media companies should be regulated, including election security, privacy and data protection. Forum talks with industry watchers about Zuckerberg's recommendations and the feasibility of government curtailing fake news, data breaches and extremism on social networks. Tell us: What did you think of Zuckerberg's op-ed? How, if at all, should government ...more

  • Former Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano Asks: ‘How Safe Are We?’

    Apr 01 2019

    In her new book, "How Safe Are We?," former Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano reflects on how secure the U.S. has been since 9/11. According to Napolitano, the most urgent threats America faces are climate change and cybersecurity -- not a crisis at the southern border. We'll talk to Napolitano, who implemented Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in 2012 under President Obama, about immigration policy under President Trump, the current state of the Department of Homeland...more

  • U.S. Companies to Sell Nuclear Technology to Saudi Arabia

    Apr 01 2019

    The Department of Energy revealed last week that it secretly authorized at least six U.S. companies to sell nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia, which wants to build two nuclear power plants. Separately, appearing on Capitol Hill last Wednesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed that North Korea has not taken steps to rid itself of its arsenal. We'll discuss what these developments mean for U.S. national security and foreign relations.

  • National Political News in Review

    Apr 01 2019

    Forum reviews, analyzes and answers your questions about the latest news from Washington, D.C.

  • ‘Skip the Slip’ Legislation Seeks to Phase Out Paper Receipts in California by 2022

    Mar 29 2019

    A bill that would require California retailers to issue digital receipts instead of paper ones by 2022 passed the Assembly Natural Resources committee this week. Known as 'Skip the Slip,' the bill would ban paper receipts unless a customer specifically asks for one and impose penalties of up to $25 for each day a business violates the rule. Bill proponents argue that it will reduce waste and exposure to chemicals that coat paper receipts. But opponents say the shift to e-receipts would be expens...more

  • Comedian Adam Conover Explains How to ‘Ruin Everything’

    Mar 29 2019

    Hollywood. Death. Avocados. These are only a few of the things Adam Conover has "ruined" on his hit TV series, "Adam Ruins Everything." Shining a light on popular culture, standard practices and household items alike, Conover's series finds humor in the ugly truths behind, well, everything. We'll talk with Conover about his comedy tour, the upcoming season of "Adam Ruins Everything," and what he's learned as an "investigative comedian."

  • What is Going on with Brexit?

    Mar 29 2019

    Friday, March 29 was supposed to be Brexit Day, when the United Kingdom would officially leave the European Union. Instead, members of the British Parliament continue to reject Prime Minister Theresa May's negotiated deal for the split, delaying any final action. As a key vote is set to take place Friday, we'll check in on Parliament's options and what they'd mean for the U.K., Europe and the global economy.

  • California Succulents Attract Native Plant Enthusiasts … and Smugglers

    Mar 28 2019

    Dudleyas are squat succulent plants with red-tipped silvery leaves that grow abundantly along California's rocky coastline, sprouting stalks of brightly colored flowers during the spring bloom season. They're also an ongoing target of organized plant poachers, who've been illegally uprooting dudleyas for distribution as far away as China and South Korea. We'll talk about what's driving global demand for the plants and what's being done to protect them.

  • MacArthur Maze Construction May Worsen an Already Horrible Commute

    Mar 28 2019

    Caltrans is planning a major rebuild of the MacArthur Maze, the convergence of three major highways: 580, 880 and 80, near the toll plaza on the east side of the Bay Bridge. The new construction would increase the amount of clearance for trucks on overpasses, but could cause shutdowns on an already jam-packed thoroughfare. Forum talks about Caltrans' proposals for the rebuild and what it could mean for commuters in the short and long term.

  • California Lawmakers Propose Requiring State Approval for Vaccine Exemptions

    Mar 28 2019

    A bill introduced this week in the California legislature would require the state health department to approve and track all vaccine exemptions given by physicians. Since 2015, when California eliminated the "personal belief" dispensation for vaccination requirements, the rate of medical exemptions for kindergartners has more than tripled, to 0.7 percent for the 2017-2018 school year. According to the bill's sponsors, some of those exemptions were granted fraudulently. We'll discuss the proposal...more

  • San Francisco Supervisors Vow to Shut Down Juvenile Hall

    Mar 28 2019

    Three San Francisco Supervisors are pledging to end the jailing of youth in the city. The move comes after a San Francisco Chronicle investigation found that serious crime by youth is down more than 80 percent from its peak in the mid-'90s. That's left San Francisco's 150 bed juvenile hall, like most youth lock up facilities in the state, less than half full. Forum talks about why youth crime has been declining and what it would mean to replace the city's expensive juvenile hall with alternative...more

  • Futurist Amy Webb Warns Against Leaving AI in the Hands of Big Tech

    Mar 27 2019

    The future of humanity rests in the hands of just nine companies, according to futurist Amy Webb. In her new book, "The Big Nine: How the Tech Titans and Their Thinking Machines Could Warp Humanity," Webb explores the evolution of artificial intelligence as it seeps into our everyday lives through smart appliances, transforming our homes into "data generation machines" for large corporations. Webb argues that AI should be regulated instead of allowing a few companies, market forces and geopolit...more

  • Preet Bharara Talks Justice System, White Collar Crimes and Mueller Investigation

    Mar 27 2019

    Preet Bharara, an Obama appointee, made national headlines in 2017 when he was fired by the Trump Administration despite earlier signals that the president would keep Bharara on as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. But Bharara was already known in the legal world as an effective prosecutor, especially in cases of white collar crimes and public corruption. In his new book, "Doing Justice," Bharara shares his experiences of the U.S. justice system, what it's like being banned f...more

  • ‘Queen Bey’ Explores Why Beyoncé Transcends Classification

    Mar 26 2019

    "Queen Bey" a new anthology about Beyoncé, lays bare just how hard it is to define her influence and her work: she is a visual artist, a singer, a rapper, an activist, a social media influencer, a woman, a mother. In this segment we'll explore Beyoncé's creative force: how she has managed to transcend genre and make so many people feel seen while coming into her artistic self. Tell us: what effect has Beyoncé had on you? What is the secret to her genius?

  • ‘I’m Just a Bill’: How Laws are Made in California

    Mar 26 2019

    More than 2,500 bills have been introduced in the California Legislature to be considered this year. And unfortunately, the famous School House Rock song doesn't capture the nuance and complexities of how a bill gets signed into law. In fact, a bill can become a law without being signed at all! Forum discuses how the details in California's legislative processes, the many ways a bill can die and how well the whole system is working. What questions do you have about how a bill becomes a law in Ca...more

  • Governor Newsom Addresses Child Poverty with Tax-Credit, Expanding Public Assistance

    Mar 25 2019

    Governor Gavin Newsom says child poverty in California is a "moral outrage." The state has the highest rate of child poverty in the nation, with one in five kids affected. We'll hear why a state as wealthy as California has so many children living in poverty and how Newsom plans to mitigate the issue.

  • U.S. Attorney General Issues Summary of Mueller Report, Nation Reacts

    Mar 25 2019

    Special Counsel Robert Mueller submitted his report to Attorney General William Barr on Friday, bringing to a close a 22-month investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election and its possible collusion with the Trump campaign. The report, which calls for no new charges, may be disclosed in part to Congress this weekend. We'll discuss the latest developments.

  • What’s the Recipe for a Democratic Win in 2020?

    Mar 22 2019

    As the number of Democratic presidential hopefuls grows, so does an ongoing debate within the party: What is the key to defeating the Republicans in 2020? Should the party seize the energy of its progressive wing and embrace policies like the Green New Deal and Medicare for All? Or should Democrats move to the center in hopes of picking up disaffected Republicans? We'll take up the debate.

  • Crashed Boeing Jets Lacked Optional Safety Features

    Mar 22 2019

    The Boeing jets that crashed in Ethiopia and Indonesia both lacked safety features that Boeing charged an extra fee to install. That's according to a New York Times report that says the optional features could have helped pilots detect the problem that led to the crashes. Forum discusses the latest updates on the Boeing 737 Max crashes and whether the Federal Aviation Administration met its responsibility to ensure the safety of the planes.

  • Thousands Still Awaiting Rescue in Mozambique a Week After Cyclone Idai

    Mar 22 2019

    At least 1,000 people are feared dead and thousands await rescue amid flooding caused by Cyclone Idai, which struck Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi last week. Over 1,800 acres of land are underwater, and food, medical supplies and fresh drinking water are increasingly scarce. We'll talk about relief efforts underway and discuss the impact of the natural disaster on a region already facing steep economic, infrastructure and political challenges.

  • Animals Experience Complex Emotions, According to Primatologist

    Mar 21 2019

    Ask a pet owner if animals have emotions, writes primatologist Frans De Waal and they'll say, "of course!" But ask a University professor, and they'll squirm. While the leading theories in science only recognize basic emotions in animals such as anger, happiness and fear, De Waal argues that animals share all emotions with humans, including complex ones like hope, disappointment, guilt and empathy. De Waal joins Forum to discuss his decades of research on the behavior and social intelligence o...more

  • New York Times’ Ross Douthat on Trump, Meritocracy and the ‘Future of Catholicism’

    Mar 21 2019

    New York Times opinion writer Ross Douthat's recent columns have covered topics ranging from the college admissions bribery scandal to antisemitism to what he calls the Democrats' "culture problem". A Catholic and a self-described conservative, Douthat joins us to share his thoughts on the latest political news and the ongoing crisis in the Catholic Church.

  • A Portrait of Los Angeles in Letters and Diaries

    Mar 20 2019

    Opinions on Los Angeles tend to be strong. To Albert Einstein it was like a paradise, "Always sunshine and clean air, gardens with palms and pepper trees and friendly people who smile at one and ask for autographs." Not so for Truman Capote who said, "It's redundant to die in Los Angeles." David Kippen, Los Angeles Times critic-at-large, has assembled centuries of thoughts on the city, by those who lived there, in his book, "Dear Los Angeles: The City in Diaries and Letters, 1542 to 2018." Kippe...more

  • San Francisco Proposes Ban on All E-Cigarettes

    Mar 20 2019

    San Francisco officials introduced legislation on Tuesday that would outlaw the sale of e-cigarettes in the city and prevent e-cigarette companies from occupying city-owned property going forward. The bills would also prevent e-cigarettes from being mailed to addresses within San Francisco. Juul, which is headquartered at Pier 70, and is directly targeted by the legislation, says they don’t want to see tobacco products in the hands of youth, but believes the adult market should still have access...more

  • Marin Communities Split Over Putting the Brakes on E-Bikes

    Mar 20 2019

    Since 2011, electric bikes have not been permitted on Mount Tamalpais fire trails, with exceptions made for cyclists with disabilities. But this week, the Marin Municipal Water District will discuss loosening those regulations. Environmentalists warn that e-bikes will damage trails already crowded with hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians. Others argue that not all e-bikes are equal, and that the slowest group, Class 1, travel at a maximum speed of 20 mph and can assist bike riders who need o...more

  • San Francisco Poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti Turns 100

    Mar 19 2019

    Publisher, activist, and mentor to many iconic figures of the Beat Generation, San Francisco's first poet laureate Lawrence Ferlinghetti celebrates his 100th birthday on March 24. Ferlinghetti's 65-year-old City Lights Books is hosting a series of birthday events, including a book release for his new novel, "Little Boy." And Mayor London Breed has declared March 24th "Lawrence Ferlinghetti Day." Join us as we discuss the ways in which Ferlinghetti has -- and continues -- to influence and reflect...more

  • Nation Eyes California’s Halt on the Death Penalty

    Mar 19 2019

    Some analysts are predicting that Governor Gavin Newsom's moratorium on executions in California could usher in the end of the death penalty nationally. Forum will discuss the impact Newsom's move could have on the rest of the country and we'll talk about the politics of his order, which comes just two years after voters rejected a ballot measure ending the death penalty. And we'll discuss what the moratorium means for the active court cases for the 737 inmates on California's death row. What q...more

  • California Lawmakers Consider Eliminating ‘Poverty-Related’ Car Tows

    Mar 19 2019

    On Monday State Assemblyman David Chiu announced legislation banning towing cars for “poverty-related” infractions such as parking in the same spot for more than 72 hours or having more than five unpaid parking tickets. Supporters of the measure say the cost of retrieving a towed vehicle can be devastating for those struggling financially and can result in job loss for people who have no other reliable transportation to work. We’ll talk to Chiu about his proposal and we want to hear from you: wh...more

  • The Science of ‘How Art Works’

    Mar 18 2019

    Psychology professor Ellen Winner studies how humans interact with art, including what we consider art, how art affects us and why we like what we do. Her new book, "How Art Works" also challenges some commonly held beliefs such as literature's ability to develop empathy. Winner joins us to discuss her book and her scientific approach to studying art.

  • Sea Level Rise, if Unmitigated, Will Devastate the Bay Area by 2100, Says USGS

    Mar 18 2019

    By 2100, rising seas will flood the homes of 600,000 coastal Californians and cause over $150 billion in property damage. That's according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey, which estimates that Bay Area residents will constitute two-thirds of those affected statewide. We'll talk about the Bay Area communities that are particularly vulnerable to sea level rise and what can be done to mitigate its effects.

  • Trump Administration Downplays Rise of White Nationalism Following New Zealand Attacks

    Mar 18 2019

    After the New Zealand attacks on Friday that left 50 dead, President Trump downplayed the rise of white nationalism around the world calling it a “small group of people.” He also came to the defense of a Fox News host who made anti-Muslim remarks. We’ll talk with a national security expert who believes Trump's views are undercutting the administration’s counter-terrorism policies.

  • ‘Deepfake’ Videos: How to Spot Them and Why They’re Dangerous

    Mar 15 2019

    Image-doctoring is nothing new: Joseph Stalin ordered his enemies airbrushed out of official photos and Cuba altered images of Fidel Castro to remove his hearing aid. But national security experts are worried about a new frontier in manipulated content: deep fakes. Deceptively realistic, deep fakes are AI-generated videos that use techniques like faceswaps, lip synchs, and even "digital puppeteers" to show people saying things they never said or doing things they never did. We'll talk about how ...more

  • At Least 49 Dead in New Zealand Mosque Shootings

    Mar 15 2019

    Forty-nine people are dead and at least 20 are seriously injured after two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand were attacked Friday around the time of afternoon prayers. We'll bring you the latest news.

  • Upcoming Tech IPOs Already Influencing Bay Area Real Estate

    Mar 14 2019

    With tech companies like Uber, AirBnB and Pinterest slated to go public this year the Bay Area will likely be gaining thousands of new millionaires. New York Times tech reporter Nellie Bowles recently wrote about what all that new money could mean for local real estate. We'll talk to Bowles about what she's hearing from community advocates who are nervous that the influx of IPO windfalls will lead to further displacement and gentrification in San Francisco. Tell us: how, if at all, are the upco...more

  • BD Wong Returns Home for ACT’s ‘The Great Leap’

    Mar 14 2019

    Actor BD Wong has made his mark on both Broadway and Hollywood. He won a Tony for his role in the original "M. Butterfly." But Wong may be best known for his work in films like Jurassic Park and TV's Law and Order SVU. Wong is also an outspoken advocate for a greater diversity of roles for Asian-American actors and for LGBTQ artists. He joins us to talk about his San Francisco upbringing, his acting career and his current role in “The Great Leap” at the American Conservatory Theater.

  • College Admissions Bribery Scandal Rocks Nation’s Top Schools

    Mar 14 2019

    Thirteen Bay Area parents, including Stanford's sailing coach, were among the 50 people charged Tuesday in in a major college admissions bribery scheme. The indictment alleges that suspects paid standardized test proctors to doctor their children's results and bribed college coaches to recruit kids who had never played a sport to gain entrance to schools such as Stanford, USC, and Yale. We'll talk about the latest developments and what the scandal says about merit and access in the U.S. higher e...more

  • Forum on the Road: Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe on the Mueller Investigation and ‘The Threat’

    Mar 13 2019

    President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort is set for his second and final sentencing on Wednesday. He could get more than a decade of cumulative prison time. In this hour, we'll check in with former FBI Acting Director Andrew McCabe about the Manafort sentencing and latest developments in Mueller probe. We'll also talk with him about his new book "The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump."

  • Forum on the Road: Checking In on ‘Next Generation Science Standards’

    Mar 13 2019

    California's public school students get tested according to new science standards for the first time this month. The “Next Generation Science Standards” mark a shift away from rote memorization toward hands-on projects, interpreting data and recognizing scientific concepts across disciplines. We'll hear how the new science standards are changing what goes on in the classroom and what the challenges are to implementation.

  • Naturalist Michael Ellis Talks Bay Area Wilderness

    Mar 12 2019

    Michael Ellis brings a sense of joy and adventure to his work as a naturalist and tour guide. He's hula hooped on top of a termite mound in Botswana and survived a near-death experience with a buffalo in Tanzania. He's also written about earthworms and rain for Bay Nature magazine and has joined Forum before to discuss the environmental impact of California wildfires. Ellis joins us to talk about the Bay Area’s natural landscape and his upcoming trip through the Mojave Desert.

  • Environmentalists Accuse Trump of Trying to Shortcut Science in Decisions Regarding California’s Water Supply

    Mar 12 2019

    President Trump is trying to speed up the approval process for a proposal to send more water to Central Valley farmers, something he promised to do during his 2016 campaign. A KQED investigation found that the president is pushing for a recommendation by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to be approved in 135 days, the minimum time required by federal law, and for the approval process to forego a public comment component. Environmentalists say that timeframe and insufficient staffing would make acc...more

  • Wells Fargo CEO to Appear Before Congress on Tuesday

    Mar 12 2019

    Wells Fargo CEO Tim Sloan will appear before the House Financial Services Committee Tuesday to detail what he calls the bank's "significant progress" in dealing with past scandals. Since 2016, the company has paid over $2 billion in fines and settlements stemming from a range of practices, including its creation of millions of fake bank and credit card accounts. Sloan's testimony comes just after a New York Times investigation found that Wells Fargo employees are still pressured to meet aggress...more

  • ‘Right to Repair’ Movement Fights Back Against Unfixable Devices

    Mar 11 2019

    The “right to repair” movement is growing. A range of D.I.Y. groups offer classes and online instructions for how to fix everything from discarded clothing steamers to iPhones and Wi-Fi enabled refrigerators. But technology companies have resisted consumer efforts to repair increasingly software-dependent electronic goods, citing safety concerns. Advocates contend that even modern electronics can be repaired safely, with less waste and expense, if people have access to the proper tools. Californ...more

  • Questions Arise for Boeing Following Ethiopian Airlines Crash

    Mar 11 2019

    On Sunday, an Ethiopian Airlines flight carrying 157 passengers, including eight Americans, crashed, killing everyone on board. The plan, being flown by a veteran pilot, was Boeing's new 737 Max 8, the same plane that crashed in Indonesia last October. China and Indonesia have already grounded all their 737 Max planes with other countries monitoring the situation.

  • National Political News Roundup

    Mar 11 2019

    Forum reviews, analyzes and answers your questions about the latest news from Washington, D.C.

  • Talking Transportation with the Head of San Francisco MTA

    Mar 08 2019

    As Director of Transportation for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, Ed Reiskin is responsible for Muni trains and buses, parking policy, taxi regulation and bicycle and pedestrian safety. Reiskin joins Forum to take your questions and hear your concerns about transportation and parking in the city. What do you want to ask him?

  • Paul Manafort Sentenced to 47 Months in Prison

    Mar 08 2019

    Paul Manafort, President Trump's presidential campaign chairman was sentenced Thursday to less than 4 years in prison for financial fraud in a federal court in Virginia. The sentence is drawing wide ire for falling far short of the 19-25 year prison term recommended under sentencing guidelines.

  • Family Separation Continues as Policy Winds Through Courts

    Mar 08 2019

    A lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union last year continues to bear revelations on the practice of separating kids from their asylum-seeking parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. Despite District Judge Dana Sabraw's preliminary injunction last June to halt family separations, the practice continues. Meanwhile, Democrats took Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to task when she testified before the House on Wednesday, questioning her on what they view as inhumane treatment of ...more

  • NPR’s Scott Horsley on Nuclear Summits, Trade Rifts and Covering Trump

    Mar 07 2019

    We'll talk with Scott Horsley, who has been a White House correspondent for the past decade, about the latest political news and his experiences covering the Trump administration.

  • House to Vote on Resolution to Condemn Anti-Semitism

    Mar 07 2019

    Controversy has erupted over what some view as anti-semitic comments by Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar. We'll discuss the controversy and the split among Democrats over a House resolution that would condemn anti-Semitism.

  • Cal Fire Report Prioritizes Fuel Reduction for Wildfire Prevention

    Mar 07 2019

    Cal Fire released a list of recommendations to help prevent wildfires Wednesday. The report, issued after a January executive order from Gov. Gavin Newsom, prioritizes fuel reduction projects like removing dead trees. This approach upset some ecologists and researchers who say the kind of forest clearing Cal Fire proposes could make future fires burn more intensely. We’ll discuss the Cal Fire report, and what the agency’s critics propose.

  • Uighur-American Activist Criticizes China; Her Aunt, Sister Go Missing

    Mar 06 2019

    Just six days after Rushan Abbas spoke on a panel that criticized China’s treatment of the ethnic minority Uighurs, her aunt and sister disappeared. Abbas’ family assumed they were sent to the “re-education camps," or internment centers where the Chinese government holds around one million Uighurs in the country’s far western Xinjiang region. Abbas is an American citizen and activist who has campaigned extensively for the rights of Uighurs in China, who are reportedly subject to religious discr...more

  • First Person: Peter Planteen, Serving Marin’s Homeless and Mentally Ill Populations

    Mar 06 2019

    Social services counselor Peter Planteen is most often driving around Bolinas, Pt. Reyes Station and other Marin communities, checking up on the area's homeless and mentally ill populations. Planteen relates to his clients, having had his own decades-long struggle with alcoholism and bipolar disorder. As part of Forum's First Person series profiling unique people in the Bay Area, we talk with Planteen about his work.

  • Irshad Manji Says ‘Don’t Label Me’

    Mar 06 2019

    Professor Irshad Manji thinks the American left needs to examine its own intolerance. A vocal and controversial advocate of reform within Islam, Manji warns in her book "Don't Label Me" that progressives' emphasis on categories like race, gender and sexuality undermine their own credibility. Manji joins us in the studio to speak about her new book and how to avoid the pitfalls of tribalism when pursuing diversity.

  • New Developments in HIV Research

    Mar 06 2019

    Following a stem cell transplant, an HIV positive British patient’s HIV has now become undetectable.  The case — reported in the journal Nature — was the second time a patient has become HIV-free after therapy involving stem cells.  We discuss the case with Jeff Sheehy, a board member for the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine.  He was also the first openly HIV positive San Francisco Supervisor.

  • New Study Confirms Measles Vaccine Does Not Cause Autism

    Mar 05 2019

    A large new Danish study confirms that the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine does not cause autism. The study, published Monday in Annals of Internal Medicine, looked at more than 650,000 children, some who were vaccinated with the MMR vaccine, and some who were not. It concluded that the vaccine did not increase a child's risk of developing autism or trigger autism in susceptible kids. Meanwhile, the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions is holding a hearing Tuesday on...more

  • Dan Rusanowsky Shares Tales From the ‘Shark Tank’

    Mar 05 2019

    As the voice of the San Jose Sharks, Dan Rusanowsky has seen the team's ups, downs and everything in between. His book, "If These Walls Could Talk," gives us an insider's look at Sharks' history, from the team's inception in 1991 to its trip to the Stanley Cup Final in 2016 to the present day. Tell us: What's your favorite moment in Sharks' history?

  • California Sues Trump Administration Over Abortion ‘Gag Rule’

    Mar 05 2019

    California Attorney General Xavier Becerra sued the Trump Administration Monday in hopes to block new rules that ban clinics that receive federal family planning money from offering abortions or referring women to abortion services. Twenty other states say they will also file suit over the change to Title X, the federally funded program for family planning. Forum discusses the suit and the broader legal fights over reproductive rights.

  • Investigation Exposes Dark Side of Loosely Regulated Rehab Industry

    Mar 05 2019

    As drug use has ballooned over the last decade, so too has the demand for addiction treatment. But as Mother Jones reporter Julia Lurie reveals in a new investigation, unscrupulous rehab centers are proliferating in a loosely regulated industry. We'll talk to Lurie about the practices she uncovered, including the "Florida shuffle," in which centers woo recovering users with cash, free flights, and even drugs. We'll also hear about how to find a responsible rehabilitation center and we want to he...more

  • What America Can Learn from Rome’s Collapse into Tyranny

    Mar 04 2019

    Historian Edward Watts' new book "Mortal Republic" begins in the third century BC, when Rome developed democratic institutions that allowed it to expand its territory, grow economically and remain politically stable. But by the late second century economic inequality coupled with politicians' "constitutional trickery" led to violence and ultimately, to civil war. Watts joins Forum to talk about the collapse of Roman democracy and what it illuminates about today's political realities.

  • No Charges for Sacramento Police Over Stephon Clark Death

    Mar 04 2019

    Protesters shut down a downtown Sacramento shopping mall on Sunday, one day after prosecutors declined to file charges against the police officers who killed Stephon Clark last March. Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert announced Saturday that she would not press charges against the two officers, who have said they thought Clark, a vandalism suspect, had a gun. But investigators found only a cellphone. On Sunday, Clark's mother, SeQuette Clark, pledged to continue what she ca...more

  • Political News Roundup

    Mar 04 2019

    Forum reviews, analyzes and answers your questions about the latest news from Washington, D.C.

  • ‘Ear Hustle’ Podcast Lives on After Creator’s Release from Prison

    Mar 01 2019

    When he was an inmate at San Quentin State Prison, Earlonne Woods co-founded a podcast called Ear Hustle, which is prison slang for listening to things "that may not be your business." Over its first three seasons Ear Hustle documented everyday life behind bars -- from cellmate dynamics to "getting a date" (for a parole hearing) to parenting from prison. In November, Governor Jerry Brown commuted Woods' 31-years-to-life sentence for attempted robbery, citing his work on the podcast. Woods and Ea...more

  • Sonoma County, other Northern California Communities Assess Flood Damage

    Mar 01 2019

    Governor Newsom on Thursday declared a state of emergency in Sonoma, Mendocino, Lake, Glenn and Amador counties due to flooding. And authorities in Humboldt County say that a Ferndale man died while trying to navigate flood waters to reach his three kids who were trapped in their house. We'll get the latest news on the floods in Northern California and find out what's next for communities along the Russian River, where more than 3,000 people were evacuated earlier in the week.

  • Debate Over Charter Schools Looms Over Oakland Teacher Strike

    Mar 01 2019

    More than a quarter of Oakland public school students were enrolled in charter schools last year and that has become a central issue for the city's teachers who have been on strike since last week. The union representing Oakland teachers has blamed charter schools, which are privately operated, publicly funded and mostly non-union, for diverting money from district schools. Forum talks about how charter schools affect school funding and about proposed laws to regulate charters in California.

  • A Retroactive #MeToo from Hollywood’s Golden Age

    Feb 28 2019

    In 2017, the #MeToo Movement began exposing Hollywood’s culture of sexual violence, which then broadened into a global rallying cry. But sexual coercion and abuse has long had a place in Hollywood as three recently-released books attest. The books examine the working conditions of women during Hollywood's Golden Age and the abuses of casting couch predators like Howard Hughes and Harry Cohn. We'll talk with the authors about the vast contributions --and challenges- for women in the studio era

  • President’s Former Fixer Michael Cohen Testifies Before House Committee

    Feb 28 2019

    President Trump's former personal lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, testified before the House Oversight Committee in a full day of hearings on Wednesday. Cohen characterized the president as a racist, a conman and a cheat. In confrontational questioning, Republican committee members attacked Cohen's credibility and motivation. Forum discusses the hearing and its political implications.

  • ‘Millenial Mayor’ Pete Buttigieg Eyes the White House

    Feb 26 2019

    South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg says that he has the right kind of experience to be president. Buttigieg, who is 37 years old, openly gay, a Rhodes scholar and a Navy veteran is a rising star in the Democratic Party. Though he is currently considered a long shot for the nomination, Buttigieg would make history as the youngest and first gay man elected to the White House. Buttigieg joins us in the studio to discuss his presidential bid and his new memoir "The Shortest Way Home."

  • Former FCC Chair Tom Wheeler on Gutenberg, Google and the History of ‘Network Revolutions’

    Feb 26 2019

    Wired magazine calls him "the man who saved net neutrality." A former industry lobbyist, Tom Wheeler surprised many when the Federal Communications Commission passed a number of consumer-friendly reforms under his leadership. We'll talk with him about the roll back of some of those policies under the Trump administration. We'll also discuss his new book on the history of revolutionary technologies, "From Gutenberg to Google: The History of Our Future."

  • Latest on Oakland Teacher Strike

    Feb 26 2019

    More than a quarter of Oakland public school students were enrolled in charter schools last year and that has become a central issue for Oakland teachers who have been on strike since last week. The teachers union blames charter schools for taking money away from district schools. Forum talks about the role of charter schools in school funding, particularly in Oakland, and proposed laws aimed at regulating charter schools across the state.

  • Sex Trafficking Persists in Bay Area Spas, Massage Parlors

    Feb 26 2019

    Florida prosecutors charged New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft Monday with soliciting prostitution at a local spa tied to an international human trafficking ring. Kraft's arrest was part of an ongoing investigation in Florida and New York into massage parlors that employ trafficked immigrant women who are forced to perform sex acts for clients. We'll talk about the prevalence of illicit spa and massage businesses in the Bay Area and what's being done to stop them.

  • Oscars 2019: Winners, Snubs and Favorite Moments

    Feb 25 2019

    The 91st annual Academy Awards take place on Sunday, and the best picture contenders range from the super hero blockbuster "Black Panther" to "Roma," a Spanish-language drama about a young domestic worker in Mexico City. Forum reviews the winners, the snubs and the highlights from the ceremony, which is host-less for the first time in 30 years. And we want to hear from you: Did your favorite film get a nod? How did this year’s ceremony stack up to past years?

  • National News In Review

    Feb 25 2019

    Forum reviews, analyzes and answers your questions about the latest news from Washington, D.C.

  • Remembering San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi

    Feb 25 2019

    Forum looks back on the life and work of longtime San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi, who died Friday of an apparent heart attack. We welcome your memories and reflections on Adachi, a vocal advocate for criminal justice reform.

  • UCSF Researchers Call Out Brain Health Supplements as ‘Pseudomedicine’

    Feb 22 2019

    Dietary supplements that purport to improve brain health are "pseudomedicine," according to a recent paper published in JAMA by a team of UCSF researchers. They say that although there is no known nutritional supplement that prevents cognitive decline or dementia, a loosely regulated $3.2 billion brain health industry continues to market ineffective, costly and potentially dangerous products. We'll talk about how to avoid bogus brain remedies and what actually works to improve cognitive function...more

  • ‘Sí, Se Puede’: Oakland Symphony to Perform Dolores Huerta’s Playlist

    Feb 22 2019

    Dolores Huerta, a lifelong community activist and pioneering feminist, is best known for co-founding the United Farm Workers of America. She also came up with the movement's famous slogan: "Sí, Se Puede," which translates to "Yes, We Can." As part of the Oakland Symphony's "Playlist" series, Huerta curated a list of songs that have inspired her work and that the symphony will performed on Friday. We'll talk with Huerta about the songs she chose, her activism and the role of music in political mo...more

  • Silicon Valley and ‘The Right to Disconnect’

    Feb 22 2019

    Employees in the U.S. are finding it increasingly hard to disconnect from work, even when they're not physically there. A Yelp employee is suing the Bay Area-based company because he says he was fired for not responding to an email over Easter weekend. And New York City is considering a proposal to ensure that city workers get a break from texting, emailing or phone calls when they're not on the clock. In this hour, we'll dig into the what's being called "the right to disconnect." Tell us: do yo...more

  • Forum on the Road: Trump Revokes $929 Million for California High Speed Rail

    Feb 21 2019

    The Trump Administration announced this week that it will cancel a nine $929 million federal grant to the California High Speed Rail Authority and at the same time seek to claw back $2.5 billion in federal funds already spent on the bullet train project. The announcement came shortly after California and other states filed a lawsuit challenging the President's national emergency declaration to fund a southern border wall. In this segment we’ll talk about what all this means for the future of the...more

  • Forum on the Road: How Families are Dealing with the Oakland Teachers Strike

    Feb 21 2019

    While Oakland teachers are on strike, parents choosing to not cross the picket line need alternative options for their kids. Parent groups, community centers and religious organizations are offering alternative educational and recreational spaces for children to spend school hours. And it may be an ideal time to visit one of Oakland’s museum or take in a $1 show at Grand Lake Theater. In this segment will discuss options available to families, include sending their kids to school, all of which w...more

  • Forum on the Road: Oakland Teachers Strike Begins

    Feb 21 2019

    Oakland teachers start their picket lines on Thursday after months of failed negotiations with the Oakland Unified School District. The teacher's union is asking for a 12 percent pay increase and smaller class sizes. The district says they're too financially strapped to meet the demands. Forum broadcasts from Oakland on the first day of the teacher's strike and we'll hear from the school board, the union, teachers and parents about what's next for Oakland schools.

  • Delta Project Scaled Back to One Tunnel. Now What?

    Feb 20 2019

    Governor Newsom announced last week that he will scrap a controversial $19 billion plan to build two tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to carry water southward. Instead, state officials will pursue a downsized one-tunnel conveyance system. We'll talk about the future of the project, known as California WaterFix, and what the new plan means for farms, cities, and the environment.

  • Oakland Diocese Releases List of 45 Clergymen ‘Credibly Accused’ of Sexual Abuse

    Feb 20 2019

    The Diocese of Oakland this week published the names of 45 priests, deacons and religious brothers who have been credibly accused of the sexual abuse of minors. This comes as the Vatican prepares for a summit on clergy sexual abuse that will include Pope Francis and presidents of the world's bishops conferences. Forum talks about the scandals and how the church is responding.

  • Terrorist Attack Raises Tensions Between Nuclear-Armed India, Pakistan

    Feb 20 2019

    More than 40 Indian paramilitary officers were killed last week in Indian-administered Kashmir. India accuses Pakistan of backing the militant separatists who say they were behind the attack. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has threatened a strong response, with Pakistan warning India against military action. We'll get the latest on the conflict between the two nuclear-armed rivals.

  • Dani Shapiro Confronts Family Secrets and Identity in ‘Inheritance’

    Feb 19 2019

    When Dani Shapiro sent in a DNA sample as part of an at-home genetic testing kit, she had already spent a lifetime examining and writing about her family history. So when the test results revealed that Shapiro's late father was in fact not her biological father, her sense of identity was obliterated. We'll talk with Shapiro about her discovery, chronicled in "Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love." And we want to hear from you: Has genetic testing changed how you view yourself ...more

  • Oakland Teachers Set to Strike on Thursday

    Feb 19 2019

    Oakland teachers say they will on strike on Thursday, unless a deal can be reached with the district. The union is demanding higher pay and smaller class sizes. But the district says its hands are tied by a budget crisis. We'll get the latest on the strike, and whether it might be averted.

  • Tuesday Morning Political Roundup

    Feb 19 2019

    Forum reviews, analyzes and answers your questions about the latest news from Washington, D.C.

  • Rebroadcast: Bottom Up Governance

    Feb 18 2019

    "I guess we'll just have to do it ourselves." That's a growing sentiment in many communities where individuals are tired of waiting for government to act. In this hour, live from the Night of Ideas festival in San Francisco, we'll talk about new models for communities to offer affordable housing, healthier food and more efficient and equitable use of tax dollars. Some of these ideas call for reclaiming the urban commons and come out of the "sharing cities" movement. We'll hear about some real-wo...more

  • Rebroadcast: Future of Cities in a Changing Climate

    Feb 18 2019

    With climate change comes rising seas, flooding and increased natural disasters. And those effects may be felt most acutely in cities. In this hour, broadcast live from the Night of Ideas festival at San Francisco's Main Library, we’ll be joined by a futurist, an architect/designer, a science fiction writer, and a landscape architect. We will look at some bold actions cities can take, and ask: How can we design cities for a changing climate?

  • ‘Maid’ Pulls Back the Curtain on Life in Low-Wage America

    Feb 15 2019

    Stephanie Land struggled to make ends meet while working as a maid for $9 per hour. In her new memoir, “Maid,” she writes about the physically taxing labor and the difficulties she faced as a single mother living in poverty, including domestic violence and challenges with public assistance. We'll talk with Land about her experiences as a maid and the grim reality faced by many of America’s working poor.

  • President Expected To Sign Spending Bill, Declare National Emergency

    Feb 15 2019

    The Senate passed a compromise spending and border security bill Thursday that provides significantly less than the $5.7 billion in southern border wall funding that President Trump sought. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the President will sign the bill to avoid another government shutdown and will simultaneously declare a national emergency to obtain border wall funds by other means. We'll talk about the politics and practicalities of the emergency declaration.

  • Julie Gottman on the ‘Eight Dates’ Every Couple Should Go On

    Feb 14 2019

    “Eight Dates,” by relationship experts Julie and John Gottman outlines conversation-based outings designed to rekindle connection in established couples and weed out mismatches in new ones. The recommended dates include an outing centered around conflict — the “agree to disagree” date — and others that focus on sex, work and commitment. This Valentine's Day, we talk with Julie Gottman about her latest book and her decades of research on marriage. And we want to hear from you: What kind of dates ...more

  • Gov. Newsom Dims Jerry Brown’s Grand Vision of California High Speed Rail

    Feb 14 2019

    Governor Newsom has put the grand vision of high-speed rail between San Francisco and Los Angeles on hold. The announcement came in Tuesday's State of the State address, where Newsom committed to 119-miles of high-speed rail between Merced and Bakersfield, but pulled back from former Governor Jerry Brown's larger plan, citing cost overruns and mismanagement. With uncertainty now surrounding the project, we'll discuss the new direction for California's high speed rail under Governor Newsom.

  • UC Research Shows Hummingbirds Fight for Nookie not Nectar

    Feb 13 2019

    A new UC Berkeley study utilizing high speed video reveals that some hummingbirds have evolved with an eye toward fighting, not feeding. The video shows how hummingbirds stab, spar and push each other in battles over territory and that some birds have developed beaks shaped to tear out the feathers of their competition. We'll hear about the groundbreaking 10-year study and celebrate these creatures whose tiny hearts beat 1,200 times per minute and who consume half their weight in sugar daily. Wh...more

  • Atmospheric River to Bring Heavy Winds, Potential Flooding

    Feb 13 2019

    A “Pineapple Express” storm is expected to batter the Bay Area for two days, starting late Tuesday. The storm is an atmospheric river heading toward the West Coast from the tropics south of Hawaii. Caltrans plans to close Highway 1 south of Big Sur as a precaution against mudslides and the National Weather Service issued flash flood warnings across the Bay Area. Forum considers the anticipated storm. What questions do you have?

  • San Francisco Struggles to Respond to Methamphetamine Epidemic

    Feb 13 2019

    San Francisco health officials are struggling to deal with a resurgance in methamphetamine use. In the past five years meth-related deaths have doubled, hospitalizations have spiked and nearly half of of the psychiatric emergency visits at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital are from people on meth. Forum talks about the toll the drug is taking on the city's public health and how officials are responding to what they are calling a new speed epidemic.

  • Newsom Prepares for State of the State Speech, Recalls National Guard from Border

    Feb 12 2019

    In his first State of the State address on Tuesday, Governor Gavin Newsom is expected to explain his decision to recall hundreds of National Guard members from the Mexican border, in defiance of President Trump. Newsom will also likely talk about the state budget and his proposals on affordable housing and early childhood education. We'll preview the speech and get your thoughts on what California's priorities should be. What do you want to hear the governor address?

  • ‘Exiled’ Describes Plight of Cambodian Refugees Facing Deportation

    Feb 12 2019

    An estimated 10,000 Cambodians live in the Bay Area, many of whom came here as children. In her recent book, "Exiled," journalist Katya Cengel follows four refugee families who fled the Pol Pot regime in the 1970s. We'll discuss their stories and how they are dealing with the threat of deportation as the White House seeks to remove some protections for immigrants who arrived before 1995.

  • Disagreement Over ICE Detention Bed Numbers Could Lead to Another Government Shutdown

    Feb 12 2019

    Another partial government shutdown is starting to appear likely, after weekend talks between Democrats and Republicans hit a new sticking point: funding for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention beds. Democrats want to cap the number of beds to limit detentions, but the White House wants $4.2 billion to fund 52,000 beds. The logjam comes as President Trump travels to the border town of El Paso, Texas for a campaign rally. Forum gets the latest on immigration news.

  • From Facebook Investor to Vocal Critic: Roger McNamee on Getting ‘Zucked’

    Feb 11 2019

    Venture capitalist Roger McNamee has not always been an outspoken critic of Facebook. He was an early investor in the company and a mentor to founder Mark Zuckerberg. In his new book, "Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe," McNamee tells the story of his growing disillusionment with the company. In particular, he looks at how Facebook's advertising tools, the key to their business model, have been easily manipulated by political interests and private companies. McNamee joins us in the s...more

  • What’s the Deal with ‘The Green New Deal’?

    Feb 11 2019

    President Trump is mocking it on Twitter. Democratic 2020 presidential candidates are rushing to embrace it. But what's really in the "Green New Deal"? Late last week, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) released an outline of the plan, which they say will stimulate the economy while addressing climate change and poverty. Coming up on Forum, we'll talk with one of Ocasio-Cortez's economic advisors about the proposal and get his response to criticism from Re...more

  • Navigating the Casual Carpool

    Feb 08 2019

    Casual carpool, a cross between hitchhiking and carpooling, has been moving Bay Area commuters since the 1970s. The phenomenon, which is particularly popular in the East Bay, has no official rules or guidebook, so passengers and drivers negotiate things like radio stations and bridge tolls among themselves. What are your expectations for drivers and passengers when you use the casual carpool? What "only in casual carpool" experiences have you had?

  • First Person: Nite Yun and Her Mission to Popularize Cambodian Food

    Feb 08 2019

    Nite Yun was born in a Cambodian refugee camp in Thailand, where her parents fled from the Khmer Rouge. Now, Nyum Bai, Yun's cheerful restaurant in Oakland's Fruitvale district, has been named one of the 10 best new restaurants in the country by Bon Appetit magazine. We talk to Nite Yun about her sudden fame and how researching her family's story led to a love of Cambodian food and a desire to share its flavors with the world. She joins us as part of our First Person series on the leaders, inno...more

  • President Trump’s Family Separation Policy Under Renewed Scrutiny

    Feb 08 2019

    On Thursday, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee held the first of three congressional hearings to assess the practice of separating immigrant families at U.S. borders. The hearing comes on the heels of a report that found administration officials will likely never know the exact number of families separated. We'll discuss Thursday's hearing, possible policy solutions going forward, and what we can look for in the hearings to come.

  • Concrete Falls from Upper Deck of Richmond-San Rafael Bridge

    Feb 08 2019

    The Richmond-San Rafael Bridge was closed in both directions on Thursday after repeated incidents of concrete falling from the upper deck onto the lower deck. No injuries were reported and Caltrans officials said the falling concrete was caused by normal shaking that results from everyday use. We'll discuss what this all means for public safety and traffic, as well as the current state of the Bay Area's infrastructure.

  • Mining the Mystery of Why We Dream

    Feb 07 2019

    In her new book "Why We Dream," science writer Alice Robb argues that dreams are not "silly little stories" but rather help us form memories, manage anxiety and spark creativity. We'll discuss the latest science behind dreams with Robb and Harvard psychologist Deirdre Barrett. And we'd like to hear from you: have your dreams helped you solve a problem or cope with stress or trauma?

  • The Racist History and Role of Blackface in America

    Feb 07 2019

    Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring on Wednesday admitted that he wore blackface while he was in college at a party in the 1980s. This comes amid increased calls for the resignation of Virginia Governor Ralph Northam over his admission that he wore blackface in the 1980s while dressed up as Michael Jackson. Northam has also been accused of appearing in a photo featuring a person in blackface and another in a KKK robe. Forum talks about the history blackface and its role in dehumanizing and di...more

  • Citing FEMA Funding, Paradise Disallows RVs on Uncleared Property

    Feb 07 2019

    Paradise officials have rescinded an emergency ordinance that allowed property owners to temporarily live in trailers or RVs on their burned-out land. The move came after the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) warned that the town risked losing $1.7 billion in cleanup funds if it allowed people to live on properties with debris or hazardous material. We'll discuss the decision and hear what options people have in a region with a severe housing shortage.

  • Anorexia Treatment Hasn’t Improved in 40 Years, UCSF Study Finds

    Feb 06 2019

    A recent study from UCSF revealed flaws in the way anorexia nervosa, the deadliest psychiatric disorder, is currently treated. Based on 40 years of data, the analysis found that commonly used treatments, including medicine and cognitive behavioral therapy, did not have better results than standard, supportive counseling. We'll hear about the report, discuss where current treatments might be missing the mark and discuss new approaches that may move anorexia treatment past its long-standing platea...more

  • President Trump Delivers His Second State of the Union Speech

    Feb 06 2019

    We'll get analysis and reaction to President Trump's State of the Union address. And we want to hear from you. What did you think of President Trump's speech?

  • Marion Nestle Exposes Corporate Manipulation of Nutrition Science in ‘Unsavory Truth’

    Feb 05 2019

    You've splurged on Maine wild blueberries for their reputed power to boost immunity, and you've stocked up on avocados, sources of "healthy" fats. But, as Marion Nestle details in her new book "Unsavory Truth," the research supporting health claims for these and other foods is funded by the companies that profit from their sale. We'll talk to Nestle about how the food industry shapes perceptions of a healthful diet, and how consumers can find accurate nutritional information about the foods they...more

  • Oakland Teachers Vote to Authorize Strike

    Feb 05 2019

    Oakland's 3,000 member teachers union has authorized a district-wide strike. Among the union's demands are a 12 percent raise over three years and reduced class sizes. The school district, which has offered a 5 percent pay raise, is in the midst of deciding on substantial cuts to address its expected $30 million budget shortfall next year. We'll talk about the strike, which could begin later this month, and what it means for Oakland teachers, students and parents.

  • David and Nic Sheff Want You to ‘Just Say Know’ to Drugs and Alcohol

    Feb 04 2019

    David and Nic Sheff discuss their new book for young readers, “High: Everything You Want to Know About Drugs, Alcohol and Addiction.”

  • US to Pull Out of Major Nuclear Arms Control Treaty With Russia

    Feb 04 2019

    The State Department announced Friday that the U.S. is suspending the landmark 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, claiming that Russia violated the treaty "without remorse." Full U.S. withdrawal will take place in six months, unless Russia dismantles what the administration calls objectionable missile programs. We'll talk about the national security implications of the withdrawal, and we'll analyze the intelligence community's recently issued "Worldwide Threat Assessment."

  • National Political News in Review

    Feb 04 2019

    Forum reviews, analyzes and answers your questions about the latest news from Washington, D.C.

  • Special Broadcast: Bottom Up Governance

    Feb 02 2019

    "I guess we'll just have to do it ourselves." That's a growing sentiment in many communities where individuals are tired of waiting for government to act. In this hour, live from the Night of Ideas festival in San Francisco, we'll talk about new models for communities to offer affordable housing, healthier food and more efficient and equitable use of tax dollars. Some of these ideas call for reclaiming the urban commons and come out of the "sharing cities" movement. We'll hear about some real-wo...more

  • Special Broadcast: Future of Cities in a Changing Climate

    Feb 02 2019

    With climate change comes rising seas, flooding and increased natural disasters. And those effects may be felt most acutely in cities. In this hour, broadcast live from the Night of Ideas festival at San Francisco's Main Library, we’ll be joined by a futurist, an architect/designer, a science fiction writer, and a landscape architect. We will look at some bold actions cities can take, and ask: How can we design cities for a changing climate?

  • Brewing Talent and Trends on Display at SF Beer Week

    Feb 01 2019

    Starting Friday, the Bay Area beer scene will be hopping, with SF Beer Week drawing fans to local taprooms. We'll hear about this year's events and get beer tips, including why the word "craft" on a label can be misleading. Tell us: What are you drinking these days?

  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Border Security, Investigating Trump and Priorities for 2019

    Feb 01 2019

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is not budging on President Trump's proposed border wall. “There's not going to be any wall money in the legislation,” she said at a press briefing on Thursday. For his part, Trump says that he will not accept a government spending plan that doesn't include funding for the wall. Pelosi joins us in the studio to talk about the ongoing negotiations and what we can expect from the 116th Congress.

  • California Debates Cutting Taxes on Cannabis

    Feb 01 2019

    California grows a lot of pot. As in 13.5 million pounds. But much of it remains on the black market, despite recreational cannabis becoming legal in 2018. The lawmakers behind Assembly Bill 286 hope to change that by reducing California's 15 percent cannabis excise tax to 11 percent. A similar bill failed to pass last year when opponents argued that it was too soon to know if taxes were driving people to the black market. Now a year into licensed sales, the legal cannabis market hasn't performe...more

  • Oral Arguments to Begin in Major Net Neutrality Case

    Feb 01 2019

    A federal appeals court in Washington D.C. will hear arguments Friday in a challenge to the Federal Communications Commission's 2017 decision to end net neutrality. The challengers, a coalition of tech companies and digital rights advocates, are asking the court to reinstate Obama-era rules that barred internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon from blocking or prioritizing internet traffic. The FCC defends the rollback as encouraging innovation and easing unnecessary regulatory burdens...more

  • New ACT Artistic Director Makes San Francisco Debut with ‘Seascape’

    Jan 31 2019

    In Pulitzer-Prize winning playwright Edward Albee's "Seascape," a middle-aged couple reflects on their lives during a picnic when they encounter another couple, who are, wait for it, lizards. Enormous talking lizards. We'll talk with new American Conservatory Theater (ACT) Artistic Director Pam MacKinnon about why she chose the play for her San Francisco directing debut. We'll also discuss her vision and priorities for ACT, the largest theater company in the Bay Area.

  • Dan Hoyle Examines Borders, Political Divides in One-Man Show

    Jan 31 2019

    After Donald Trump was elected president, Oakland-based actor and playwright Dan Hoyle headed for the U.S.-Mexico border. Trump had made illegal immigration the hallmark of his campaign and Hoyle--who specializes in a genre he calls "journalistic theater"--wanted to capture the complex stories behind the president's rhetoric. The interviews Hoyle conducted became the basis of the 11 characters who populate his one-man show, "Border People," now playing at The Marsh San Francisco. Hoyle joins us ...more

  • Trump Stands by Guaidó as Turmoil Continues in Venezuela

    Jan 31 2019

    President Nicolás Maduro on Wednesday rejected calls for new presidential elections, as the U.S. and 20 other nations continue to support opposition leader Juan Guaidó as interim president. We'll get the latest developments out of Caracas and hear how Venezuelans--many of whom who are facing shortages of food, fuel and medical supplies--are faring amid the crisis.

  • Exploring San Francisco’s Hometown Foods, from Green Goddess Dressing to Pisco Punch

    Jan 30 2019

    San Francisco's been long associated with sourdough bread, ever since a Gold Rush miner reportedly passed on his starter to baker Isidore Boudin. But the city also lays claim to a number of other classic dishes, including turkey tetrazzini, which the Palace Hotel created in honor of opera singer Luisa Tetrazzini, and pisco punch, a status symbol of the late 1800s. We'll talk about some of the food and drink that make San Francisco unique and we want to hear from you: what's your favorite San Fra...more

  • New Transparency Law Sheds Light on How Police Departments Discipline Officers

    Jan 30 2019

    The Bay Area News Group and KQED have sifted through newly-released files outlining how Bay Area police officers are disciplined for major offenses. The files became available for the first time under a new police transparency law took that took effect this year. KQED reporters Sukey Lewis and Alex Emslie join us in studio to share their findings into how police misconduct is handled, from a Burlingame cop who asked a woman to trade sex for help with a DUI charge to a Rio Vista cop using excessi...more

  • ‘We Want to Negotiate’ Challenges U.S. Policy on Not Paying Ransom for Hostages

    Jan 30 2019

    The mantra "We will not negotiate with terrorists" has long guided American policy on rescuing hostages, the idea being that paying ransom only encourages kidnapping and terrorism. But in his new book, "We Want to Negotiate: The Secret World of Kidnapping, Hostages and Ransom," journalist Joel Simon argues for a different approach, one he calls "strategic ambiguity." Simon compares U.S. hostage situations with those involving European nations that routinely pay ransom. We'll talk with Simon abou...more

  • If Workers Hate Open Office Plans, Why Do They Keep Getting Built?

    Jan 29 2019

    Approximately 70 percent of U.S. offices use open environments, without office cubicles or walls according to a 2017 Gallup poll. But when Apple presented its employees with a more open floor plan, some workers threatened to quit. The open work space has been gaining popularity for years despite employee complaints about distractions, loud coworkers and a lack of privacy. Advocates for the plan often cite increased collaboration but a recent Harvard Business School study found that office spaces...more

  • PG&E Files for Bankruptcy, Effects Loom Large

    Jan 29 2019

    PG&E is expected to file for bankruptcy protection as early as Tuesday, as the utility faces more than $30 billion in potential wildfire liabilities. We'll discuss what bankruptcy could mean for ratepayers, employees, investors and fire victims.

  • Jason Rezaian on Being Political Collateral and his 544 Day in Iranian Prison

    Jan 28 2019

    In his new memoir "Prisoner," former Washington Post Tehran bureau chief Jason Rezaian details the year and a half that he spent in an Iranian prison. Rezaian describes his encounters with his jailers, who had complete control over him and were "the most hardheaded and least sophisticated people I had ever encountered." Rezaian's captivity occurred as the Obama administration was negotiating a nuclear deal with Iran, and Rezaian was released on the day that the deal was formally announced. He jo...more

  • Political News Roundup

    Jan 28 2019

    Forum reviews, analyzes and answers your questions about the latest news from Washington. And we'll hear about the rally on Sunday in Oakland, kicking off Senator Kamala Harris' presidential campaign.