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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

  • Motherhood and Mental Illness

    Feb 21 2020

    Postpartum psychosis is a little known and often misunderstood condition that can have devastating affects if left untreated. KQED reporter April Dembosky recently told the story of a Los Angeles mother who committed an unthinkable act while suffering from the condition. We dive into the illness, how it relates to other postpartum conditions, and how women suffering from postpartum psychosis are treated in the legal system after they harm their children.

  • Popular Video Doorbell Prompts Security Concerns

    Feb 21 2020

    Privacy concerns are mounting over the popular Amazon-owned Ring security device, which has a front door camera that records motion detected at up to 30 feet. Critics cite inadequate security practices and secretive police partnerships. Ring asserts that it upholds user privacy standards and makes neighborhoods more safe. We’ll discuss the issues and how you can protect your privacy if you use Ring.

  • Oakland Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick Ousted

    Feb 21 2020

    The Oakland Police Commission voted unanimously Thursday to fire Chief Anne Kirkpatrick without cause. The vote followed months of strained relations between the citizen-led Commission and the police department. We’ll discuss what led to the firing and what’s next for the department.

  • Sting’s Musical ‘The Last Ship’ Sails into San Francisco

    Feb 20 2020

    In an homage to his hometown, multiple Grammy Award-winning musician Sting’s musical, “The Last Ship,” tells the story of an English industrial town in decline. Sting stars as shipyard foreman “Jackie White” and also composed the original music and lyrics for the Tony-nominated show, which has a limited run at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Theatre. Completely retooled since its Broadway debut in 2014, “The Last Ship” now centers more women characters and deliver...more

  • Six Candidates Face Off In The Nevada Democratic Debate

    Feb 20 2020

    Six Democratic presidential candidates face off on Wednesday in Las Vegas, three days before the Nevada caucuses. Coming off a win in the New Hampshire primary, Senator Bernie Sanders enters the debate leading the pack with 32 percent support among Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll. This is also the first debate to include former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has been increasing in the polls and also facing increased criticism from ...more

  • Report: Academy of Art Leaves Students with Crushing Debt

    Feb 19 2020

    San Francisco-based Academy of Art University bills itself as a launching pad for a variety of creative careers. Many former students, however, are left with mountains of debt and little career success to show for it, according to a recent report in the San Francisco Chronicle. Less than a third of the school’s students graduate within eight years. We talk with reporter Nanette Asimov about the school’s lackluster results and what’s at stake.

  • Former 49’ers Owner DeBartolo Pardoned, Questions Arise Over Exploitation of Pardon Power

    Feb 19 2020

    On Tuesday President Trump pardoned Edward DeBartolo Jr., a former owner of the San Francisco 49ers. In a major sports history scandal of the time, DeBartolo was convicted in 1998 of gambling fraud. We discuss the DeBartolo pardon, how the recent spate of presidential pardons fits into the history of pardons, and why the pardon exists.

  • Linguistics Scholar Dennis Baron Looks at History of Pronoun Use ‘Beyond He and She’

    Feb 18 2020

    Discussions about gender neutral pronouns may seem new, but according to linguistics scholar Dennis Baron, they started at least 200 years ago. In his book “What’s Your Pronoun: Beyond He & She,” Baron documents this history, including a number of terms such as “xe,” zie,” and “hir,” coined by various amateurs and experts looking to solve the pronoun problem. He also notes that Shakespeare, Chaucer and Jane Austen were all known to liberally us...more

  • Journalist Conor Dougherty on ‘Fighting for Housing’ in the Bay Area and Beyond

    Feb 18 2020

    For decades, people dubbed “homevoters” have ruled California’s housing market with a tight fist. Years of zoning and tax policies that favored single-family housing created a market that rewards the rich who can afford homes and punishes renters and young people. The Bay Area is the epicenter of the crisis, according to New York Times reporter Conor Dougherty, author of the new book “Golden Gates: Fighting for Housing in America.” We’ll talk with him about the book and about the Bay...more

  • Artificial Intelligence Rules the World in Gish Jen’s ‘The Resisters’

    Feb 17 2020

    In her latest novel, “The Resisters,” Gish Jen creates a futuristic world where machines use artificial intelligence to control, track, and predict human behavior. In it, a baseball prodigy navigates a society that puts people in strict categories and functions. Machines do most of the jobs, which turns employment into a luxury. Those with jobs live on high ground that has not been flooded while the jobless live on 3-D printed houseboats. Jen joins us to discuss how she crafted a distant -- or p...more

  • Bloomberg Rises in Polls Amid Controversy Over Past Policies, Remarks

    Feb 17 2020

    Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg now ranks third in the Democratic presidential primary race, with 15% support among Democrats and Democratic-leaning independent voters, according to a recent Quinnipiac University poll. Bloomberg’s candidacy already faced challenges with his late entrance to the race. Now he faces more scrutiny due to recent audio recordings of him defending his past stop-and-frisk policy and asserting that ending redlining, a racist housing practice, caused the 2008...more

  • Your Transit Love Stories

    Feb 14 2020

    Every day, millions of people across the country commute to work by public transit. In California, we have more than 100 public transit and bus districts across the state helping us get around -- and helping us have chance encounters with a potential new mate. This Valentine's Day, we'll hear how couples found love while riding on the bus, BART, CalTrain and more. And we still want to hear from you: Listen for the cue to call us at 866-733-678 during the live show or email us at forum@kqed.org w...more

  • First Person: Virgie Tovar’s Fight for Fat Positivity

    Feb 14 2020

    Virgie Tovar describes herself as a woman of color on a mission to dismantle a repressive, racist and counterproductive diet culture that insists skinny is the only way to be healthy. With her focus on fat positivity, Bay Area native Tovar wants us to fully embrace all body shapes and sizes and to stop demonizing food. The author, speaker and podcast host joins us for Forum's First Person Series, which profiles Bay Area figures who make the region unique.

  • Joe Eskenazi on San Francisco’s Culture of ‘Trickle-Down Corruption’

    Feb 14 2020

    The recent FBI arrest of former Department of Public Works chief Mohammed Nuru is just the latest example of a "culture of soft corruption" at San Francisco City Hall. That's according to Mission Local editor and columnist Joe Eskenazi. He joins us to share the latest on the Nuru investigation and to talk about why a city government that prides itself on high-minded moral stances seems to get all-to-frequent visits by federal authorities.

  • Washington Post Report Links Trump’s Rhetoric to Racist and Xenophobic Bullying of Kids

    Feb 14 2020

    A Washington Post review of news stories since the 2016 election found more than 300 incidents of school children being harassed by students or teachers using Trump's inflammatory rhetoric. In Tennessee middle school students linked arms to imitate the president's border wall and refused to let nonwhite students pass. In Utah, two kindergartners told a Latino boy that Trump would send him back to Mexico. At least three quarters of the attacks were aimed at black, Hispanic or Muslim kids. Trump s...more

  • Poet Danez Smith is Unapologetically Queer and Black in New Book ‘Homie’

    Feb 13 2020

    "If there is one tool people can cull from my poems, it’s that shame is one of the best unburdenings you can do," says poet Danez Smith. A black, queer, nonbinary author and performer, Smith first captured the public's attention in 2014 with the viral video of their poem "Dear White America" while part of the Oakland-based youth performance ensemble Young Gifted and Black. Smith's newest work, "Homie," tackles themes of friendship, queerness and blackness with fierce vulnerability. We'll talk to...more

  • Unsung Filipino-American Labor Leader Celebrated in Children’s Book

    Feb 13 2020

    When telling the history of labor organizing in California, we typically mention Cesar Chavez or Dolores Huerta. Less often do we talk about Larry Itliong, who led Filipinos in the Great Delano Grape Strike for minimum wage from 1965 to 1970. Itliong helped foster solidarity between Filipinos and Mexicans and later co-founded the United Farm Workers union with Chavez and Huerta. We'll talk to author Gayle Romasanta about her children's book, "Journey For Justice: The Life of Larry Itliong" and a...more

  • Election 2020: Prop 13 Would Provide $15 Billion to Fix Schools

    Feb 13 2020

    Prop 13, the only statewide measure on the March 3rd ballot, would invest $15 Billion into rebuilding California schools. That includes updating facilities and developing new construction projects from kindergartens to universities across the state. Those who support Prop 13 point to the deteriorating state of our schools and the need to invest in education. Others argue that the ballot measure will raise taxes and question the decision to double the limit on what a school district can borrow. W...more

  • Roger Stone Sentencing Raises New Questions about DOJ Independence Under Trump

    Feb 13 2020

    Attorney General William Barr is set to testify before House Judiciary Committee on March 31st about the Justice Department's controversial intervention in the case of President Trump's friend and advisor Roger Stone. The DOJ recommended a more lenient sentence for Stone after Trump tweeted that the original sentencing request was "disgraceful." Four prosecutors quit the the case after they were overruled by the Justice Department. We’ll talk with with former federal prosecutor Rory Little and N...more

  • Berkeley High School Students Walk Out in Protest Over ‘Rape Culture’

    Feb 12 2020

    Hundreds of Berkeley High School students walked out of their classes on Monday and Tuesday this week to call for changes to how the district handles incidents of sexual assault. Students marched to the Berkeley Unified School District's central office Tuesday and demanded changes including better training for staff in handling reports of sexual violence and adding a dedicated Tile IX coordinator to handle incidents. Forum gets an update on the protests and how the district is responding.

  • Diving into the New Hampshire Primary Results

    Feb 12 2020

    After last week's caucus blunder in Iowa, all eyes were on Tuesday's New Hampshire primary to gauge the pulse of the Democratic presidential race. Meanwhile, late entry Michael Bloomberg skipped New Hampshire, but drew ire after a racism-tinged speech surfaced this week. We discuss which candidates seem the most viable and what experts are watching for next.

  • Activating Democracy: How to Be a More Engaged Citizen, Locally

    Feb 11 2020

    Beyond voting, what does it mean to participate in a democracy? For some, it means volunteering with the PTA, going to city council meetings or attending demonstrations. As part of Forum's Activating Democracy series we open the phone lines to ask our listeners: what steps have you taken to become a more engaged citizen?

  • Newsom Proposal Could End School Fitness Exams

    Feb 11 2020

    Governor Gavin Newsom is proposing a three year suspension of mandatory school fitness exams while the state studies whether it should modify the test or scrap it altogether. Newsom is responding to concerns that the tests, required for students in 5th, 7th and 9th grade, can subject kids to bullying, body shaming and gender identity discrimination. Forum discusses the pros and cons of the state fitness test, and we want to hear about your experience with the exam.

  • Election 2020: How do the Democratic Presidential Candidates Compare on Climate Change?

    Feb 10 2020

    As part of Forum's 2020 election coverage, we'll break down the Democratic presidential candidates’ plans and records on climate change.

  • Oscars 2020: A Look at the Wins, Losses and Challenges With Diversity

    Feb 10 2020

    2019 was a banner year for diversity in film, according to a new study, but the list of nominees for this Sunday's Academy Awards paints a different picture. Five years after the #OscarsSoWhite campaign called out the Oscars' lack of diversity and ushered in some positive changes, the Academy is back to a nearly all-white pool of nominees for acting and its "Best Director" category features all male nominees. We'll recap the highlights of this year's ceremony and also consider how the Academy ca...more

  • Nick Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn on America’s Working Poor

    Feb 07 2020

    About a quarter of the other kids New York Times columnist Nick Kristof rode the bus with when he was growing up are now dead from drugs, suicide, alcohol, obesity, reckless accidents and other pathologies. Kristof and his spouse, writer Sheryl WuDunn, tell the stories of several of his former classmates from their rural pocket of Oregon in their new book, "Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope." The book examines the structural causes behind the personal struggles of the working poor and offer...more

  • First Person: Poet Nellie Wong on Writing and Fighting for Radical Social Change

    Feb 07 2020

    A self-described "Chinese American revolutionary feminist," poet Nellie Wong did not always envision herself as a writer or an activist. It was during her 30s, when Wong enrolled in San Francisco State University, that she says her "world opened" to creative writing, ethnic studies classes and the Freedom Socialist Party. Those experiences sparked a new sense of purpose in her life that she actively carries on today at age 85. As part of Forum's First Person series, which profiles Bay Area figur...more

  • Fear and Rage Against Government Grows as China Deals with Coronavirus

    Feb 07 2020

    China continues its battle to contain the deadly coronavirus. Hubei province, at the center of the outbreak, has a shortage of hospital beds despite building two hospitals. Officials have disabled elevators in apartment buildings to discourage residents from going out. Meanwhile, state authorities clamp down on negative news, and the Chinese people themselves grow increasingly frustrated with the government's response. We discuss the implications of the coronavirus crisis for China.

  • Can the Bay Area Solve Its Affordable Housing Crisis?

    Feb 06 2020

    As high housing costs continue crippling Bay Area residents, demands are growing for more affordable housing. The challenge of providing housing for low-income people is a decades-long struggle that has only worsened because of higher construction costs, less government funding and more people in need. Forum checks in with experts about how the affordability housing crisis reached this boiling point and what what can be done to alleviate it.

  • Journalist David Talbot on Life After a Stroke and What Really Matters

    Feb 05 2020

    Journalist and Salon.com founder David Talbot has spent his career writing about others, covering topics such as the Kennedy years and the counterculture history of San Francisco. Now, after having suffered a massive stroke in November of 2017, Talbot is writing about himself. In his new book, "Between Heaven & Hell: The Story of My Stroke," Talbot recounts the stroke that left him with lasting physical effects, changed his perspective and gave him a front row seat to the complexities that defin...more

  • Anna Wiener Reflects on Silicon Valley’s Dark Side in ‘Uncanny Valley’

    Feb 05 2020

    In her mid-20s, writer Anna Wiener moved to San Francisco to work for a data analytics start-up, joining what she calls her generation's gold rush. As a feminist, she struggled against Silicon Valley's male-dominated culture, finding herself "in a position of ceaseless, professionalized deference to the male ego." She joins Forum to share her experiences in the tech start-up world and to discuss her new memoir "Uncanny Valley."

  • President Trump Delivers Third State of the Union Speech

    Feb 05 2020

    President Trump delivers his State of the Union address Tuesday, which comes ahead of a Senate vote on his impeachment trial and after Gallup released a new poll showing Trump's job approval rating at 49 percent — a personal best. We'll get analysis and reaction to the speech.

  • San Francisco’s Market Street is Now Car-Free

    Feb 04 2020

    One of the busiest sections of San Francisco's Market Street is now car-free. Nearly a week ago, after years of planning, city officials closed a 2-mile downtown stretch of Market Street to private vehicles, including Ubers and Lyfts. We'll talk about the changes and we want to hear from you: whether you're a biker, pedestrian or driver, join us with your reactions.

  • State Senator Scott Wiener Introduces Bill for State Takeover of PG&E

    Feb 04 2020

    State Sen. Wiener introduced new legislation on Monday to make PG&E a publicly owned utility. The bill would employ eminent domain to seize control, forcing PG&E shareholders to sell their shares to the state of California. We'll talk to Wiener about his proposed plan, which is already drawing protests from PG&E's largest union, and about what's next after the Senate last week failed to pass his housing bill, SB50, for the third time.

  • Iowans to Pick Presidential Nominees as Senate Impeachment Trial Comes to a Close

    Feb 04 2020

    The 2020 primary season begins in earnest Monday evening as Iowa voters gather at caucus sites to choose Democratic and Republican presidential nominees. Meanwhile, President Trump's lawyers delivered closing arguments in his impeachment trial, as the Senate prepares to hold a final vote on Wednesday. And on Tuesday, President Trump is set to present his third State of the Union address. We'll take up the issues.

  • Carmen Maria Machado’s ‘Dream House’ Becomes Nightmare in New Memoir

    Jan 31 2020

    In her memoir "In the Dream House," writer Carmen Maria Machado takes on what she calls the “archival silence” surrounding queer domestic abuse. Telling the haunting story of her own experience with an abusive ex-girlfriend, Machado takes us inside various vignettes, like "Dream House as Memory Palace" and "Dream House as Noir," to dissect her relationship and the mechanics of its psychological abuse. Machado joins us to discuss her book, her writing process and breaking her silence.

  • Lawfare’s Benjamin Wittes On President Trump’s Radical Vision of the Presidency

    Jan 31 2020

    President Trump has not just violated the norms of his office with haphazard foreign policy, vindictive impulses and counterfactual narratives. He has also, according to Lawfare's Benjamin Wittes, begun to reshape our common understanding of the American presidency itself. In his new book "Unmaking the Presidency," Wittes argues that Trump has stripped the office of civic virtue, replacing it with a system that "elevates the expressive and personal dimensions of the office over everything else."...more

  • Super Bowl Puts Spotlight on Kansas City

    Jan 30 2020

    The San Francisco 49ers may be playing in Miami on Sunday, but there’s another city on the mind of Bay Area football fans. That’s Kansas City, home of the Chiefs, the team that stands between the Niners and a sixth Super Bowl trophy. And just like there’s more to San Francisco than the Golden Gate Bridge and cable cars, there’s more to Kansas City than barbecue and jazz. For a snapshot of life there, and to talk some friendly Super Bowl smack, we'll check in with Steve Kraske, host of Up To Date...more

  • California Senate Votes on Housing-Transit Measure SB 50

    Jan 30 2020

    The California Senate voted Wednesday on SB50, one of the most contentious state bills in years. The bill would upzone areas around transit and fourplexes in areas currently limited to single-family homes. SB50 aims to bring sweeping changes to the way housing is planned in California. The bill has been maligned as an assault on single-family homes and as a catalyst for more displacement of low-income people. The bill's author, state Sen. Scott Wiener of San Francisco, argues that reforming zoni...more

  • A Look at Three Years of Trump Immigration Policies as Supreme Court Allows Newest “Public Charge” Rule

    Jan 29 2020

    The Supreme Court voted to lift an injunction on the Trump administration's "public charge" policy on Monday, which will make it more difficult for immigrants to obtain a green card if they are likely to use public benefits. This is the latest in a long list of Trump administration immigration policies that either limit legal immigration or seek to deter asylum seekers from entering the United States. We'll look at the status and impact of the Trump administration's immigration policies.

  • San Francisco Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru Charged with Fraud

    Jan 29 2020

    A longtime fixture in city hall, San Francisco Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru was charged with fraud Tuesday along with the owner of Lefty O'Doul's baseball-themed bar and restaurant. We break down the Federal Bureau of Investigation's involvement in the case and what the arrest means for city hall.

  • How the Trump and Kushner Families Became ‘American Oligarchs’

    Jan 28 2020

    According to journalist and author Andrea Bernstein, Donald Trump has long relied on cultivating personal and financial relationships with politicians to protect his business dealings from scrutiny. "He has managed through money and charm to keep law enforcement at bay, and he has never been called to account," says Bernstein, co-host of the podcast Trump Inc. Bernstein joins us to talk about her new book "American Oligarchs," which recounts the Kushner and Trump family histories and unravels th...more

  • Remembering NBA Legend Kobe Bryant

    Jan 27 2020

    Kobe Bryant, retired NBA star and fixture of the Los Angeles Lakers franchise, died in a helicopter crash on Sunday at the age of 41. We’ll talk about Bryant's decorated career and complex legacy.

  • Former Top Aide John Bolton Says Trump Conditioned Ukraine Aid on Biden Investigation

    Jan 27 2020

    Sen. Mitt Romney said Monday that more senators are willing to call former National Security Advisor John Bolton to testify at President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial. A draft of Bolton’s forthcoming book provides an account that Trump said he would withhold aid from Ukraine until the country’s president announced an investigation of the Bidens. We discuss the latest news and what’s to come this week with Trump’s impeachment trial. We also dive into the controversy surrounding Secretary of St...more

  • Remembering PBS NewsHour’s Jim Lehrer

    Jan 24 2020

    PBS NewsHour co-founder Jim Lehrer, who championed delivering unbiased news to the nation for more than three decades, died on Thursday.  We look back at the career of the broadcaster, prolific author, and presidential debate moderator.

  • Your Questions Answered About the Coronavirus

    Jan 24 2020

    At least 26 people were dead Friday, as China stepped up its response to the spread of a new strain of coronavirus, which causes respiratory illness. Authorities halted air and rail transportation in and out of thirteen cities around the center of the outbreak, as millions are preparing to travel for the Lunar New Year celebration on Saturday. We'll get the latest on the virus and take your questions.

  • Understanding Community Land Trusts

    Jan 23 2020

    The West Oakland home at the center of the Moms 4 Housing protest is set to be purchased from owner Wedgewood Properties by the Oakland Community Land Trust, an affordable housing nonprofit. Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf announced the agreement Monday, adding that the Trust intends to fix it up for use by Moms 4 Housing. The agreement raises questions, though, about how exactly land trusts work. In this segment, we'll discuss land trusts, how they're funded and their role within the Bay Area's hous...more

  • House Leaders Deliver Opening Arguments in Support of Impeachment

    Jan 23 2020

    The Senate impeachment trial of President Trump commenced on Wednesday, as Democratic House managers presented their case that Trump abused his power and obstructed Congress in his dealings with Ukraine. In his opening statement, Rep. Adam Schiff accused Trump of using his office to "cheat" in the upcoming presidential election, as Republicans were bound to silence on the Senate floor. We’ll talk the latest on the impeachment trial and what to expect over the next few days.

  • ‘Moms 4 Housing’ Activists to Purchase West Oakland Home They Occupied

    Jan 22 2020

    Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf announced on Monday a "good faith" agreement that will allow the homeless mothers of activist group Moms 4 Housing — who had occupied and been evicted from a vacant West Oakland home earlier this month — to return and make it their residence. The home would be purchased from owner Wedgewood Properties by the Oakland Community Land Trust, an affordable housing nonprofit, on behalf of the mothers. Wedgewood also pledged to offer the right of first refusal for all of its ...more

  • Rep. Anna Eshoo on Impeachment, Cannabis and Robocalls

    Jan 22 2020

    South Bay Congresswoman Anna Eshoo joins Forum to provide insight into the ongoing Senate impeachment trial. She'll also talk about her work as Chairwoman of the Health Subcommittee, where she held the committee's first hearing on federal cannabis policy last week, and as a member of the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, on which she helped shape the robocall legislation recently signed by President Trump.

  • Civil Rights Leader Eva Paterson on Fighting for Equality in 2020

    Jan 20 2020

    Pushing back on voter suppression efforts ahead of the 2020 election. Considering a repeal of Proposition 209 — which banned affirmative action in state institutions —for California's November ballot. Taking time for self-care. These are only a few of the issues occupying the mind of Bay Area civil rights leader Eva Paterson. This hour of Forum, Paterson joins us in studio to talk about her latest work and her top priorities for 2020.

  • Republican Strategist Rick Wilson’s ‘Plot to Save America from Trump’

    Jan 20 2020

    Republican political strategist Rick Wilson has spent his career working to defeat Democrats in elections across the country. Now, the self-described "old school conservative" says he has the formula for a successful Democratic campaign against President Trump. His new book "Running Against the Devil" gives a chilling warning against a second term for Trump and provides a strategy to "save" the Democratic Party by encouraging a focus on winning rather than progressive ideology. Wilson joins Foru...more

  • “The Bechdel Cast” Podcast Explores Women’s Representation in Film

    Jan 17 2020

    A now widely used metric for women's representation in film, the Bechdel Test was first proposed in a 1985 comic by cartoonist Alison Bechdel. To pass, a movie must have at least two women on screen who talk to each other about something other than a man. Drawing from the test and all of its implications, comedians Caitlin Durante and Jamie Loftus' podcast "The Bechdel Cast" dedicates itself to humorously analyzing the cinematic representation of women by picking apart classic and cult-favorite ...more

  • First Person: San Francisco-based Riya Collective Co-Founders Bring Indian Wedding Clothing Online

    Jan 17 2020

    After repeatedly digging through friends and family's closets for traditional attire for the elaborate multiple-day festivities of Indian American weddings, Arian Agrawal and Sarina Siddhanti decided it was time to create an online rental company of their own. The co-founders of the San Francisco-based Riya Collective now have a SoMa neighborhood showroom and ship high-end designs nationwide. As part of Forum's First Person series, which profiles local change-makers who make the Bay Area unique,...more

  • Former Russia Ambassador Warns of Kremlin Misinformation Tactics As Senate Trial Begins

    Jan 17 2020

    In a recent opinion piece, Stanford professor and former Russia ambassador Michael McFaul warns that the Senate impeachment trial could be distorted by a new flood of disinformation. We'll talk to him about how the public and politicians can guard against disinformation tactics perpetrated by the Kremlin and others. We'll also get an update on the latest impeachment news ahead of Tuesday, when arguments will begin regarding whether President Trump should be removed from office over charges broug...more

  • 49ers Head to the NFC Championship

    Jan 16 2020

    The San Francisco 49ers will take on the Green Bay Packers for the NFC Championship on Sunday, a remarkable turnaround from their only four-win season last year. We’ll hear how this year's team was able to pull off one of the best records in the league this season and preview the game with Ann Killion of the San Francisco Chronicle.

  • NPR’s Steve Inskeep on a 19th Century Power Couple

    Jan 16 2020

    Fremont, California, is only the largest U.S. city of many named after 19th century political figure John Frémont. An explorer known as " The Pathfinder," Frémont is credited with coining the name "Golden Gate" for the port of the San Francisco Bay. And through his wife Jessie's work publicizing his expeditions, Frémont gained political traction, becoming the first Republican nominee for president in 1856. John and Jessie Frémont significantly impacted an America in the midst of Western expansio...more

  • Federal Judge Douglas Ginsburg Explores US History Through Constitutional Debates

    Jan 16 2020

    Judge Douglas Ginsburg has spent his career analyzing, teaching and ruling on constitutional law. Known for a short-lived nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, Judge Ginsburg is now the host of a new PBS series. "A More or Less Perfect Union" explores the Constitution's creation and the tensions over its core protections that shaped U.S. history. Judge Ginsburg joins Forum to preview the series and give his take on the constitutional questions of the current impeachment process.

  • New Data Reveals 2010s Were the Hottest Decade Ever

    Jan 16 2020

    The 2010s were the warmest decade on record and 2019 was the second-warmest year, according to new studies from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The records, which go back to 1880, showed that 2019 was only slightly less hot than 2016. The scientists behind these reports stated that this warming trend is the result of human activity, including carbon dioxide emissions and the burning of fossil fuels. We'll ta...more

  • Gov. Newsom Calls for California to Eliminate Animal Euthanasia

    Jan 14 2020

    Gov. Gavin Newsom announced on Friday his goal of ending the euthanasia of adoptable or treatable animals in California shelters. The announcement came during the governor's overview of the proposed $220-billion state budget for the 2020-2021 fiscal year, which calls for a one-time general fund allocation of $50 million to the Koret Shelter Medicine Program at UC Davis to develop a grant program for animal shelters, particularly those that are under-resourced. We'll talk about what it would mean...more

  • Former EPA Chief Gina McCarthy on Environmental Policy’s Future

    Jan 14 2020

    This month, former Environmental Protection Agency administrator Gina McCarthy became the president and chief executive officer of Natural Resources Defense Council. Serving as the 13th Administrator of the EPA under President Barack Obama, McCarthy led initiatives focused on limiting air pollution and greenhouse gases and helped set national standards for power plants' carbon emissions. We'll talk with McCarthy about her new role and the state of environmental policy under the Trump administrat...more

  • As Fires Continue to Burn in Australia, Californians Reflect

    Jan 13 2020

    The bushfires raging in Australia have burned more than 25 million acres of land, taken the lives of at least 29 people and killed an estimated 1 billion animals. On Friday, the Australian government urged nearly a quarter of a million people to evacuate their homes. These reports of wildfires, evacuations and loss are all too familiar to many Californians, as New York Times San Francisco bureau chief Thomas Fuller notes in his recent story. Fuller, who's covered the wildfires in California, fle...more

  • After 50 Years, Local TV Journalist Vic Lee Retires

    Jan 13 2020

    After nearly 50 years reporting for television news outlets in the Bay Area, veteran journalist Vic Lee is retiring. Lee covered some of the most critical stories of an evolving Bay Area, from the 1978 assassinations of Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk to December's controversial opening of a homeless navigation center in the Embarcadero. Also of note is Lee's viral 2011 story on "Dusty the Klepto Cat," the literal cat burglar in San Mateo, who even made an appearance at Lee's ret...more

  • Governor Newsom Proposes Record-Breaking $220 Billion Budget

    Jan 13 2020

    Governor Newsom's $222-billion California budget proposal includes an $80.5-million coverage expansion of Medi-Cal and the creation of a state-owned generic drug label. It also directs more than $1.4 billion to shelter and healthcare for the state's homeless population. We'll talk about the governor's budgetary priorities and we want to hear from you.

  • Uncertainties Remain as California’s Contract Worker Law Rolls Out

    Jan 10 2020

    There has been lots of related news in the nine days since California Assembly Bill 5, which reclassifies many independent contractors as employees, went into effect. A state judge ruled that AB 5 does not apply to independent truck drivers. A new report found Uber is changing its app in California in an attempt to sidestep the law. And a federal judge denied a temporary restraining order on AB 5 for freelance journalists and photographers, whom the bill limits to 35 submissions per outlet annua...more

  • Tensions Mount as Sonoma County Begins Addressing Homeless Encampment

    Jan 10 2020

    Sonoma County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved nearly $12 million in emergency funding late last month. The funds aim to locate housing alternatives for the roughly 200 members of a mile-long homeless encampment along Santa Rosa's Joe Rodota Trail. County officials are now considering temporary sites for relocating the camp, while nearby residents complain of worsening neighborhood conditions. We'll discuss the latest developments and we want to hear from you, especially if you're a Son...more

  • Kate Pickert Reports ‘Radical’ Truths of Breast Cancer

    Jan 09 2020

    Ninety percent of U.S. women do not know their risk of developing breast cancer, according to a study published in the journal "Cancer," and men are more likely to die of breast cancer than testicular cancer. And according to journalist Kate Pickert, the discourse surrounding breast cancer is overly focused on mammograms and early testing, even though research has called these methods' efficacy into question. Pickert joins us to talk about her new book "Radical: The Science, Culture, and History...more

  • UCSF Study Examines E-Scooter Injuries

    Jan 09 2020

    Approximately 3,200 electric scooters can be found puttering around San Francisco at any given time. As the city continues to grow its fleet of zero-emission scooters, we'll get an update on their convenience, safety and regulation. We'll also talk with the lead author of new research out of UCSF into the prevalence of injuries while using e-scooters. We want to hear from you: What have you noticed about the rise of e-scooters?

  • New Chief Robert Powers on the Future of BART

    Jan 08 2020

    Recently appointed BART general manager Robert Powers' duties go beyond the 400,000 Bay Area commuters BART transports each day. His priorities include the new train cars that are supposed to replace the agency's "legacy" fleet, reducing fare evasions and increasing security while respecting civil liberties. Powers joins us to share his vision for BART.

  • Iran Attacks Air Bases in Iraq

    Jan 08 2020

    Iran fired rockets at two air bases in Iraq on Wednesday.  Iran has said the attack was in retaliation for the killing of General Qasem Soleimani.  No casualties have yet been reported at the bases, which house Iraqi and U.S. troops.  We get the latest.

  • San Jose-Founded Lowrider Magazine, Icon of Chicano Car Culture, Goes out of Print

    Jan 07 2020

    Lowrider magazine, known for its coverage of ground-hugging vintage cars and the Mexican American community, issued its last print copy in December. First published in 1977 by three San Jose State University students, the magazine grew popular for highlighting not only Chicano car culture but social and political issues in Chicano communities as well. Lowrider still boasts a social media following of more than 4 million and its editor Joe Ray vows to continue chronicling lowrider culture online....more

  • First Person: San Francisco Attorney John Keker on Criminal Defense and Veteran Advocacy

    Jan 07 2020

    San Francisco criminal defense attorney John Keker was recently named by the Daily Journal as one of the top 100 lawyers in California. Keker, who has four decades of experience with jury trials, is considered an unrelenting and passionate defender of the accused. His client list has included celebrities Lance Armstrong and George Lucas, investment banker Frank Quattrone and former Enron executive Andrew Fastow. He was also the lead trial attorney in the case against Lt. Col. Oliver North over t...more

  • Sen. Wiener Revives Controversial California Housing Bill

    Jan 07 2020

    The clock is ticking on California State Senator Scott Wiener’s ambitious and controversial housing bill, SB 50. The bill, which aims to spur housing construction by relaxing zoning requirements near transit and job centers in major cities, stalled out in the legislature last year. It now has until the end of January to pass or supporters will have to start over. On Tuesday, Wiener is expected to announce amendments that would provide local governments more flexibility in implementing the law. W...more

  • Silicon Valley Rep. Ro Khanna on Iran and Impeachment

    Jan 07 2020

    Silicon Valley Democratic Congressman Ro Khanna said on Monday that should President Trump order further military action against Iran without approval from Congress, the president would violate the Constitution and commit another impeachable offense. Khanna joins us to talk about escalating tensions with Iran as well as President Trump's impeachment trial.

  • New KQED Series Goes Inside “The Political Mind of Jerry Brown”

    Jan 06 2020

    For almost 50 years, Jerry Brown was a fixture of California politics. The scion of a political family, Brown is the longest-serving governor in the state's history, a former mayor of Oakland and a former presidential candidate. KQED's Scott Shafer and Guy Marzorati sat down with Brown for an exclusive set of conversations about his political life. These were combined with archival recordings to create the new series "The Political Mind of Jerry Brown," which debuts on Jan. 8. We'll talk about B...more

  • Latest on the U.S. Killing Top Iranian Military Commander

    Jan 06 2020

    The Pentagon confirmed on Friday that it will send an additional 3,000 troops to the Middle East. This news follows the Friday morning U.S. drone killing of top Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani in Bagdhad, Iraq, in response to which the supreme leader of Iran called for retaliation against the U.S. The U.S. State Department has urged American citizens to exit Iraq. Forum will provide the latest updates and discuss what may come next.

  • Tips for a Dry January

    Jan 03 2020

    With the decadence of holiday festivities over, many New Year’s resolutions may revolve around health in 2020. For some, that can mean taking a dry January. Taking a break from alcohol for the first month of the year may facilitate weight loss and improve sleep, among other health benefits. We’ll talk about the pros and cons of going cold turkey on alcohol and offer tips on staying safe and sober when trying a dry January.

  • Top Iran General Killed by US

    Jan 03 2020

    Early Friday morning, a drone strike authorized by President Trump killed top Iranian intelligence commander Qassem Soleimani in Bagdhad. Iran responded by vowing "harsh vengeance" on the U.S., which claims the strike was carried out in order to disrupt an "imminent attack" on Americans in the Middle East. As tensions between the two nations escalate, countries around the region appealed for calm. We'll talk about what might come next.

  • How California’s New Data Privacy Law Will Affect Consumers

    Jan 03 2020

    California's new data privacy law went into effect on January 1. California consumers now have the right to know how their data is used, the right to get their data deleted and the right to opt-out of data collection. We'll explain how the new law will affect consumers and the response of companies that rely on data collection. We'll also talk about how consumers who often don't read the fine print can still take advantage of this groundbreaking legislation.

  • Christine Pelosi on Doing Things “The Nancy Pelosi Way”

    Jan 02 2020

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been called "the most effective congressional leader of modern times" by the Atlantic. The San Francisco Democrat is also a frequent target of President Trump and his Republican Party allies, most recently for her decision to delay sending the articles of impeachment to the Senate. Her daughter Christine Pelosi joins Forum to talk about her new book, "The Nancy Pelosi Way: Advice on Success, Leadership, and Politics from America's Most Powerful Woman." We want to ...more

  • Richard Haass Discusses a ‘Post-American’ Middle East

    Jan 02 2020

    Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, recently described what he calls the "post-American Middle East." Citing the U.S.' withdrawal from Syria and tepid response to Iran's attack on Saudi Arabian oil installations, Haas sees a clear pivot to a reduced role for the U.S. in the Middle East, even without the complete withdrawal of U.S. troops. Haass joins Forum to discuss the Trump administration’s approach to foreign policy in the region.

  • Rebroadcast: San Francisco Geriatrician Louise Aronson on a New Vision for Aging

    Jan 01 2020

    With people today living decades past the age of 60, UCSF geriatrician Louise Aronson says that we need to stop looking at aging as if it’s a disease or a chronic deterioration. Elderhood, according to Aronson, should be viewed as a life stage, like childhood or adulthood, with its own benefits and challenges. Dr. Aronson joins us to discuss misconceptions about aging and her new book “Elderhood: Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, Reimagining Life.” We want to hear from you: what opportuni...more

  • Rebroadcast: Journalist Adam Minter Tracks the Afterlife of Our Unwanted Stuff in ‘Secondhand’

    Jan 01 2020

    According to journalist Adam Minter, we're experiencing a global "crisis of stuff." Americans discard more than 100 billion pounds of unwanted items annually, from electronics to textiles to furniture. Meanwhile, demand for our castoffs is shrinking: Twenty years ago, China was a major importer of used clothing.  Now it's a major exporter. We'll talk to Minter about what he calls "the rising tide of unwanted secondhand" and what we can do to stem it. His new book is "Secondhand: Travels in the N...more

  • Rebroadcast: Bills Attempt to Reach California Housing Goals Through Accessory Dwelling Units

    Dec 31 2019

    California leaders want the state to build half a million new homes each year until 2025 — a rate of housing construction that has never happened before. Some legislators think we could help reach this goal by easing the path for single-family homeowners to build accessory dwelling units, often called “in-law” or “granny flats,” on their property. To that end, the state just approved a number of bills that allow construction of backyard units and garage conversions. We’ll hear about the bills, a...more

  • Rebroadcast: Ibram X. Kendi Explains ‘How to Be an Antiracist’

    Dec 31 2019

    It's not enough to be against racism, or to not consider ourselves racists, argues American University professor Ibram X. Kendi. Instead, we must actively be "antiracist" and fight for racial equality. Kendi's new book, "How to Be an Antiracist," examines what he's learned from the Antiracist Research & Policy Center at American University, of which he is founding director, as well as from his own life as a black man. Kendi puts personal and contemporary racism in conversation with national and ...more

  • ‘Moms 4 Housing’ Activists Seek Right of Possession in Housing Case

    Dec 30 2019

    The homeless mothers who have been occupying a West Oakland house are set to attend a hearing on Monday regarding their right of possession claim. Dominique Walker and Sameerah Karim, part of the collective "Moms 4 Housing," entered the house without permission in November to seek shelter and raise awareness of vacant properties amidst Oakland's housing crisis. They received an eviction notice from the house's owner, real estate investment company Wedgewood LLC, in early December but the notice ...more

  • “Black Software” Explores Racial Justice’s Online History

    Dec 30 2019

    When NYU professor Charlton McIlwain set out to understand how the Black Lives Matter movement energized broad national support, he found a long tradition of black activists connecting their communities through the internet. McIlwain’s new book “Black Software” tells the story of the black internet pioneers — from the 1970s onward — who used the web to amplify their communities' voices. McIlwain joins Forum to discuss the book and share why the stories he uncovered are often excluded from offici...more

  • Dave Eggers’ “The Captain and the Glory” Satirizes the Trump Era

    Dec 30 2019

    In Dave Eggers' latest book "The Captain and the Glory," an inexperienced and dishonest man becomes the captain of a storied ship. Hired to "shake things up," the captain discards all of the ship's books and terrorizes its once-welcome refugees. Eggers joins Forum to talk about the book, an allegory of the Trump era, and the role of satire in contemporary politics.

  • New Year, New California Laws

    Dec 30 2019

    Tough new tenant protections. Revamped rules for gig workers. And a boost in the minimum wage. These are among the hundreds of new California laws set to go into effect in 2020. We'll talk about some of the most noteworthy changes with KQED politics reporter Guy Marzorati.

  • Forum Presents: The Bay’s Audio Journey Through Our Turbulent Decade

    Dec 28 2019

    Earlier this month, Mina Kim interviewed Nastia Voynovskaya about the KQED Arts series “Our Turbulent Decade,” which looked back at some of the biggest Bay Area stories over the last 10 years. Today, we want to share an episode of The Bay podcast from KQED, which takes us through that series year by year with Nastia and other members of the arts team. The Bay is a podcast that features the best Bay Area reporters, who share stories and meaning behind the news.

  • The Decade in Dating

    Dec 27 2019

    In the past decade, we've gone from relying on meet-cutes and set-ups to "swiping right" in hopes of making a connection. The 2010s provided a renaissance in dating and opened up new opportunities for finding a mate — for better or worse. We'll talk to experts about the state of dating and relating to one another and we want to hear from you: what's your experience with dating and building relationships in the era of websites and apps?

  • Cirque du Soleil’s “Amaluna” Swings Through Northern California

    Dec 27 2019

    Cirque du Soleil, the renowned Quebec-based circus, has returned to San Francisco with its production of "Amaluna," a women-centered narrative about renewal and rebirth. A collaboration with theater director Diane Paulus and loosely based on Shakespeare's "The Tempest," "Amaluna" features a majority of women in its cast and an all-women band. We'll talk to two of the cast members — including alumna of San Francisco's Clown Conservatory, Kelsey Custard — about the show's current Bay Area residenc...more

  • For Chronic Medical Conditions, Sometimes It’s Best to ‘Deprescribe’

    Dec 27 2019

    More than 40 percent of U.S. adults aged 65 and older take five or more prescription drugs. That's according to a 2017 report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which found that so-called "polypharmacy" is on the rise. But some experts are concerned about the medical risks of overprescription, which can happen when patients rely on automated refill services or see multiple specialists. We'll talk to UCSF's Michael Steinman, who heads a new national research network focused on...more

  • What’s the Future of the Internet?

    Dec 26 2019

    The internet — which turned 50 this year — has revolutionized the way we live, work and connect with each other. It's also put our security at risk and left our personal data vulnerable to exploitation. Forum looks at where the internet has taken us so far and where it's headed.

  • Holly George-Warren Explores Janis Joplin’s Blues

    Dec 26 2019

    In 1967, a 24-year-old singer from Bay Area band Big Brother and the Holding Company performed at the Monterey Pop Festival. Following that performance, the singer — Janis Joplin — became an international star. Joplin was an icon of 1960s counterculture, influencing a generation of musicians with her fiery performances and bluesy vocals. Music writer Holly George-Warren joins Forum to talk about her new biography, "Janis," which follows Joplin from her childhood as a blues-obsessed white girl in...more

  • Rebroadcast: Listeners Share Their Favorite Books of the Decade

    Dec 25 2019

    In the past 10 years, Elena Ferrante's quartet of books, the Neapolitan Novels, so captivated readers that many swarmed Naples, Italy, searching for mentioned sites. Colson Whitehead's "The Underground Railroad" sparked deep conversations on slavery nationwide. Some books of the past decade will stick with us for years and others will drift out of our memories. As we enter the final days of the decade, Forum reflects on its best and most beloved books. Tell us: what is your favorite book of the ...more

  • Rebroadcast: Ronan Farrow on the ‘Lies, Spies and Conspiracy’ That Blocked Reporting on Weinstein Scandal

    Dec 25 2019

    In his new book "Catch and Kill," journalist Ronan Farrow exposes the ways in which Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein and his associates attempted to block reporting on the sexual assault claims that engulfed him. But the biggest obstacle of all, as Farrow tells it, was his then-employer NBC News, which killed his reporting on the scandal. Farrow eventually took his story to the New Yorker and later won the Pulitzer Prize for his reporting. We'll talk to Farrow about the cover-ups and obstruction...more

  • When a Visit Home Triggers ‘Holiday Regression’

    Dec 23 2019

    You may have crossed into middle age, but why do you feel like a teenager around your parents' holiday table? Experts call the phenomenon "holiday regression," and it explains why we revert to old roles — such as the family jokester or the appeaser — when we're reunited with kin. We'll talk about what triggers regression and how to avoid it, and we'll also look at how culture and ethnicity inform family roles. And we'd like to hear from you: do you role-revert — or role play — when you go home f...more

  • Change on the Horizon for Airline Industry Rewards Programs

    Dec 23 2019

    'Tis the season... to travel. But for frequent flyers who try to cash in points during the holidays, clouds are looming. With heightened concern over climate change, there are industry rumblings about possibly ending or taxing frequent flyer programs as a way to mitigate carbon dioxide emissions from planes. We’ll talk with experts about what's to come for travel rewards programs, how airline consolidations impact them and how to get the most out of your reward miles.

  • Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren on Her Vote to Impeach President Trump

    Dec 23 2019

    As the only member of Congress to have been involved in all three presidential impeachment inquiries of the past five decades, Rep. Zoe Lofgren knows the gravity of the process. Lofgren calls President Trump's actions "more serious" than those of Richard Nixon and has accused Republicans of a double standard on their impeachment stances for Donald Trump and Bill Clinton. Rep. Lofgren joins Forum to share why she voted for President Trump's impeachment and the Democratic strategy moving forward.

  • The Decade in Music

    Dec 20 2019

    From streaming services changing music consumption, to Beyoncé's surprise "visual album" drops, to the heartbreaking losses of artists like Prince and David Bowie, it's been quite a decade for music. This hour, Forum discusses some of music's biggest moments in the 2010s and plays some of the decade's standout songs. We want to hear from you: what's your album or song of the decade?

  • California Hosts Final Presidential Debate of 2019

    Dec 20 2019

    As a historic week in U.S. politics comes to a close, the drama may not be over just yet. In the last presidential primary debate of 2019, seven candidates are set to face off Thursday night at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. We'll talk about what issues came up and how the candidates fared.

  • Behind the Magic of “Harry Potter” Onstage

    Dec 19 2019

    "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child," the two-part play that won a record-breaking number of awards in England, opened this month in San Francisco. The Curran theater is taken over by shifting staircases, invisibility cloaks and items that float with the flick of a wand. Forum talks with Andrew Evans, the magic and illusions lead from the Curran Theater production, about creating onstage magic for an audience accustomed to special effects on the big screen. We'll also check in with the actors pay...more

  • Father Learns to Celebrate Son’s Difference in Pixar Short “Float”

    Dec 19 2019

    When Pixar animator Bobby Rubio's young son was diagnosed with autism, Rubio says he didn't handle it well. His short film "Float," about a boy who can fly, is based on his years-long journey to accept and celebrate his son's differences. Rubio and producer Krissy Cababa join Forum to talk about "Float" and creating Pixar's first film centered on Filipino-American characters.

  • Congress Votes to Impeach President Trump

    Dec 19 2019

    The House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to impeach President Trump for obstruction of Congress and abuse of power related to his dealings with Ukraine. The President is expected to face trial in the Senate in January. We’ll get the latest.

  • The Decade’s Best (and Worst) in Consumer Tech

    Dec 17 2019

    In 2010, Instagram launched, Apple unveiled the iPad and Uber's ride-hailing app went live in San Francisco. We'll talk about the consumer tech gadgets and trends that defined the decade, as well as some notable failures (self-combusting cell phones, anyone?).

  • Considering Marc Benioff and the Complexities of Billionaire Philanthropy

    Dec 17 2019

    Examples of Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff's philanthropy are nearly as omnipresent in San Francisco as views of his soaring Salesforce Tower. Benioff has given tens of millions to Bay Area public schools and hundreds of millions to children's hospitals. By throwing his money and force behind San Francisco's Prop C to raise taxes on big companies, including his own, to fund homeless services, he goaded other tech barons to step up. But at the same time, Salesforce paid no federal corporate taxes la...more

  • Ratepayers to Shoulder PG&E’s Bankruptcy Burden While Lawyers, Wall Street Benefit

    Dec 17 2019

    PG&E's bankruptcy case is likely to become one of the most expensive Chapter 11 cases ever filed, with bills to lawyers, accountants, bankers and other consultants so far exceeding $217 million. Given that California ratepayers are PG&E's only source of revenue, customers will likely foot most of the bill. That's according to reporting by KQED politics correspondent Marisa Lagos, who joins Forum to discuss the business of PG&E's bankruptcy and take your questions.

  • How to Be a Good Giver and Receiver of Gifts

    Dec 16 2019

    As we enter gift-giving season, we may find ourselves doing the mental math of figuring out when it's appropriate to give a gift, when it's OK to not give one, what to give, how much to spend and whether our gifts will even be used or appreciated after they're unwrapped. This hour on Forum, we'll discuss the psychology and etiquette behind gift-giving in preparation for the holiday season. We want to hear from you: are you stuck on whom to buy for or how to ask for no presents? Ask us your gift-...more

  • Election 2020: Democratic Presidential Candidate Michael Bennet

    Dec 16 2019

    Democratic Colorado Senator Michael Bennet is still running for president. That’s despite lagging fundraising and a failure to qualify for recent debates. But Bennet says he is the candidate with the vision and track record to expand economic opportunity and to restore integrity to government. A businessman and lawyer, Bennet was the superintendent of Denver Public Schools before being appointed to the U.S. Senate. As part of Forum's coverage of the 2020 election, Bennet joins us to talk about h...more

  • Former Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal Argues the Case for Impeachment

    Dec 16 2019

    "Imagine if it had worked." So begins former acting solicitor general Neal Katyal's new book "Impeach: The Case Against Donald Trump." Katyal argues that if President Trump's solicitation of personal political favors from Ukraine had gone undetected until after the 2020 election, our democracy's legitimacy would have been undermined. For that reason, he says that the President's actions constitute an abuse of power that the Constitution's framers specifically deemed impeachable. As the full Hous...more

  • Strengthening Marriage Through ‘Sleep Divorce’

    Dec 13 2019

    Whether for a better night's rest or because of conflicting schedules, some couples are choosing to sleep in separate beds or bedrooms — a phenomenon some call "sleep divorce." A 2019 survey of 3,000 Americans nationwide found that 30% of respondents would prefer to consistently sleep apart from their respective partners. We'll talk with experts about the benefits and disadvantages of co-sleeping. And we want to hear from you: do you share a bed with your partner? Why or why not?

  • Conservatives Set to Gain Majority in UK Election, Paving Way for Brexit

    Dec 13 2019

    A national exit poll Thursday indicated that U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservative Party was on track to win a substantial majority in the British Parliament, as the Labour Party appeared to suffer historic losses. A Conservative victory would virtually guarantee that Johnson's deal to exit the European Union gains Parliamentary approval at the end of January. We'll discuss the election results and what's next for Brexit.

  • House Judiciary Committee Approves Articles of Impeachment

    Dec 13 2019

    The House Judiciary committee concludes its debate of the two articles of impeachment drafted against President Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress Thursday. Committee members are expected to vote along party lines following the debate, which would then move the articles to the House floor for a vote next week. We'll discuss the latest developments.

  • How to Be an ‘Astrotourist’

    Dec 11 2019

    While you may have used a Lonely Planet guide to find lunch in Paris or a music venue in Cuba, its latest guidebook spans our planet... and even reaches into outer space. “Dark Skies: A Practical Guide to Astrotourism,” by Oakland-based travel and space tourism writer Valerie Stimac, details 35 dark-sky spots, stargazing tips and ventures into the future of commercial space travel. We'll talk with Stimac about astrotourism, including how and when to watch the Geminid meteor shower on Friday, and...more

  • First Person: Twin Sisters Melorra and Melonie Green on Their Vision for a ‘Center of Black Joy’ in San Francisco

    Dec 11 2019

    Melorra and Melonie Green share a job title as co-executive directors of the African American Art & Culture Complex in San Francisco's Western Addition neighborhood. They also share a birthday as twins. But most notably, they share a passion for showcasing black art and artists. Opening doors for underrepresented artists is important to the sisters and informs the community-driven mission behind the complex that they're shaping into a "center of black joy." Melorra and Melonie join us in-studio ...more

  • California Congressman Tom McClintock on the “Flimsy” Case for Impeachment

    Dec 11 2019

    As a Republican member of Congress on the House Judiciary Committee, Tom McClintock has been on the front lines of recent impeachment proceedings. During Monday's hearings McClintock accused democrats of exercising a "stunning abuse of power" and said their refusal to respect the will of the voters threatens to collapse democracy "into chaos". McClintock has served a decade in Congress, representing California's 4th district which spans the Sierra Nevada from Truckee to the Sequoia National F...more

  • Lawsuit Alleges SAT and ACT Violate Civil Rights of California Students

    Dec 11 2019

    Two lawsuits filed Tuesday on behalf of the Compton Unified School District claim that the University of California violates state civil rights law by requiring the SAT or ACT for admission. The suits allege that these standardized tests discriminate against students who are low-income, disabled, multilingual and underrepresented minorities. We'll talk about the lawsuit and what might happen if the 10-campus UC system drops its testing requirements.

  • Study Highlights ‘The Costs of Code-Switching’ in the Workplace

    Dec 10 2019

    “Code-switching,” a term for adapting one’s style of speech, appearance or behavior to gain acceptance and make others feel more comfortable, is one of the core dilemmas black employees face at work. That’s according to a study published last month in the Harvard Business Review that looked at the experiences of black college-educated employees in the United States. While code-switching is often seen as necessary for professional advancement, the study finds there’s great psychological cost to t...more

  • House Democrats Announce Articles of Impeachment Against President Trump

    Dec 10 2019

    The FBI's 2016 decision to investigate the Trump campaign's possible Russia ties was legally justified and free of political bias. That's according to a report released Monday by the Justice Department's inspector general, who also found "serious" errors in how agents carried out the warrants. Meanwhile, during a rancorous hearing before the House Judiciary Committee Monday, counsel for both parties made their cases for and against the impeachment of President Trump. We'll review the latest deve...more

  • A New Generation Learns the ‘Joy of Cooking’

    Dec 06 2019

    In an age of YouTube cooking tutorials and celebrity cookbooks, “Joy of Cooking” remains one of America's most widely read cookbooks — and it just received another update. First self-published by Irma Rombauer in 1931, this year Rombauer’s great-grandson John Becker and his wife Megan Scott became the latest family members to revise the book, adding 600 new recipes and thousands of updates. We'll talk to Becker and Scott about carrying on the "Joy of Cooking" tradition, how they embraced today's...more

  • Investigation Shows Trump Organization Employed Scores of Undocumented Workers

    Dec 06 2019

    As President Trump assailed immigrants as criminals and cracked down on border crossings, the Trump Organization employed scores of undocumented workers at its clubs and golf courses, some for more than a decade. That's according to a year-long Washington Post investigation, which found that undocumented immigrants worked for at least 11 Trump properties as maids, bellhops, cooks and caddies. We'll talk to the Washington Post's Joshua Partlow about what his team uncovered.

  • Reflecting on the Bay Area’s “Turbulent Decade”

    Dec 06 2019

    From the Ghostship warehouse fire in Oakland that devastated the Bay Area arts scene, to a crop of local films hitting the national stage, the Bay Area has seen enormous ups and downs in the past 10 years. The decade brought the dramatic rise and disappointing fall of local sports empires, the shuttering of newspapers and the growth of a music industry. It was also a decade marked by communities fighting to preserve a place and culture in the face of inequality. As we near the end of the 2010s, ...more

  • Journalist Adam Minter Tracks the Afterlife of Our Unwanted Stuff in ‘Secondhand’

    Dec 05 2019

    According to journalist Adam Minter, we're experiencing a global "crisis of stuff." Americans discard more than 100 billion pounds of unwanted items annually, from electronics to textiles to furniture. Meanwhile, demand for our castoffs is shrinking: Twenty years ago, China was a major importer of used clothing.  Now it's a major exporter. We'll talk to Minter about what he calls "the rising tide of unwanted secondhand" and what we can do to stem it. His new book is "Secondhand: Travels in the N...more

  • Nancy Pelosi Instructs House Committee Chairs to Move Forward with Impeachment

    Dec 05 2019

    The House Judiciary Committee held its first impeachment inquiry hearing on Wednesday with testimony from four law professors. The three legal scholars brought forward by Democrats testified that President Trump committed a clear abuse of power when he asked the Ukrainian president to investigate a political rival. But the law professor called to witness by Republicans said that the Democrats have fallen short of making a case and are attempting to lower the constitutional standards for impeachm...more

  • Tell Us Your Favorite Books of the Decade

    Dec 03 2019

    In the past 10 years, Elena Ferrante's quartet of books, the Neapolitan Novels, so captivated readers that many swarmed Naples, Italy, searching for mentioned sites. Colson Whitehead's "The Underground Railroad" sparked deep conversations on slavery nationwide. Some books of the past decade will stick with us for years, others will drift out of our memories. As we enter the final days of the decade, Forum reflects on its best and most beloved books. Tell us: what is your favorite book of the 201...more

  • The Religious Right’s Steadfast Support of President Trump

    Dec 03 2019

    In 2016, nearly 81 percent of white evangelical voters cast their ballots for Donald Trump. Since taking office, President Trump has made policy decisions — like banning transgender military service, defunding Planned Parenthood and naming Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court — that appear to have strengthened that support. Today, 82 percent of white evangelicals say they would vote for Trump again, with 99 percent opposing impeachment. That's all according to a new article by R...more

  • Iranian Government Crackdown Leaves at Least 200 Dead Amid Unrest

    Dec 03 2019

    Iran's security forces have killed at least 208 people since mid-November, when protests broke out against the government's decision to raise gasoline prices by a minimum of 50 percent. That's according to an Amnesty International report issued Monday, which was corroborated by other rights groups. We'll discuss the current political and humanitarian situation in Iran.

  • The Fight Against Gentrification in San Francisco — and the Nation — Stretches Back to the 1950s

    Dec 02 2019

    While gentrification may seem like a new phenomenon, efforts to combat it have a long history in the United States. WNYC senior editor Matthew Schuerman's new book, “Newcomers: Gentrification and its Discontents,” delves into that history and examines struggles with gentrification in San Francisco, New York City and Chicago from the 1950s to today. Schuerman argues that if we hadn't abandoned certain federal policies in the 1970s, we could have curbed some of today's most stark displacements. We...more

  • Cannabis Tax Increase to Take Effect in January 2020

    Dec 02 2019

    On Jan. 1, state taxes are going up for cannabis businesses, shaking an industry that is already struggling with high regulatory costs and a thriving illegal market. This hour, Forum tackles the latest cannabis news — the increased taxes, the legal battles between the state and counties that have banned cannabis deliveries and the recent FDA warnings to CBD businesses over health concerns and false advertising.

  • Rebroadcast: How to Make Friends as an Adult

    Nov 29 2019

    We've all heard that friendship and community is important for our happiness and even our health. But many of us find it harder to make friends, and nurture friendships that we do have, as adults. Forum discusses ways to find new friends and how to forge deeper connections with people who are already in our lives.

  • Rebroadcast: Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey on Breaking the Harvey Weinstein Story and #MeToo

    Nov 29 2019

    With the headline "Harvey Weinstein Paid Off Sexual Harassment Accusers for Decades," New York Times reporters Jodi Kantor and Meghan Twohey broke the story that rocked Hollywood in 2017 and has since rippled across industries. In their new book "She Said," the two veteran journalists provide a behind-the-scenes account of the investigation that won them a Pulitzer Prize and helped spur the burgeoning #MeToo movement. Two years after the scandal first broke, we'll talk to Kantor and Twohey about...more

  • Understanding Dyslexia

    Nov 27 2019

    It's estimated that between five and 20 percent of school-age children in the U.S. are dyslexic. And when dyslexia is overlooked by parents and educators, kids can feel frustrated and act out. KQED's MindShift recently published a guide to understanding dyslexia, stating that "dyslexia is a different brain, not a disease." We'll talk with experts about how to best recognize dyslexia and support dyslexics, from grade school through adulthood.

  • Jeffrey Tumlin Named SFMTA’s New Director of Transportation

    Nov 27 2019

    The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) has a new director of transportation, Jeffrey Tumlin. Tapped by Mayor London Breed earlier this month, Tumlin will be the agency's fifth director when he begins the job on Dec. 16. The SFMTA currently has a $1.2 billion annual budget, employs more than 6,000 people and serves about 714,000 passengers each day. We'll talk to Tumlin about his plans for the agency, including his pledges to fill bus driver shortages and fix the subway, and we...more

  • Your Best Holiday Dinner Fails

    Nov 26 2019

    From cooking inedible food, to forgetting to invite guests, to hearing unexpected announcements at the dinner table -- rarely does everything go as planned when gathering for the holidays. As Thanksgiving approaches, we want to hear from you: what are your most memorable holiday mishaps and how did you recover from them?

  • ‘Tis the Season: Tell Us Where to Shop Locally for the Holidays

    Nov 26 2019

    As the holiday shopping season arrives, Forum considers what local merchants have to offer over the big-box stores and online behemoths. We'll consider the challenging business climate for independent stores, and we want to hear from you: What are your favorite local stores for holiday shopping?

  • The Fragile Future of Strawberries

    Nov 26 2019

    California is the nation’s strawberry capital, growing 88 percent of U.S. supply. Strawberries are a highly lucrative crop for California, whose climate allows for nine months of production. But as UC Santa Cruz professor Julie Guthman points out in her latest book, “Wilted,” the industry long criticized for grueling labor conditions now faces an uncertain future. The overuse of pesticides and toxic soil fumigants has led to new pathogens that threaten the crop. Guthman joins us to talk about st...more

  • Rain to Arrive in the Bay Area, At Last

    Nov 26 2019

    Rain is finally expected in the Bay Area this week, marking the end of a lengthy dry spell and reducing the threat of wildfires. The cold is also coming, with temperatures set to drop beginning Wednesday. Meanwhile, the National Weather Service is warning of heavy snow in the Sierras. We'll get the latest on the weather and how it's likely to affect the region with KQED's Dan Brekke.

  • Singers Bridge Political Divides Through Music in ‘Gay Chorus Deep South’

    Nov 25 2019

    A year after President Trump's election, more than 300 singers from the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus and the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir embarked on a tour of America's deep south. Seeking to spark conversations about faith and anti-LGBTQ prejudice, the group performed in churches and community centers  across five deep red states, where they met both protest and acceptance. We'll talk about the singers' journey, which is chronicled in the new documentary "Gay Chorus Deep South."

  • National Political News in Review

    Nov 25 2019

    On Sunday, Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer was forced to resign from his position. The move comes after President Trump clashed with senior military leadership over the handling of a Navy SEAL who had been demoted for a war crimes charge. We’ll get the latest and preview the next steps in impeachment.

  • Berkeley Economist Gabriel Zucman Says America’s Tax System Is a ‘Triumph of Injustice’

    Nov 22 2019

    For the first time in modern U.S. history, the wealthiest 400 households are paying a lower percentage of their incomes in taxes than the working class. That's according to "The Triumph of Injustice: How the Rich Dodge Taxes and How to Make Them Pay," a new book by UC Berkeley economics professors Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman. The duo -- who also helped design the tax plans of Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren -- draw from U.S. history to argue in favor o...more

  • House Concludes Second Week of Public Impeachment Hearings

    Nov 22 2019

    Fiona Hill, the former Russia advisor on the National Security Council, testified Thursday that E.U. Ambassador Gordon Sondland was "on a domestic political errand" to pressure Ukraine to investigate President Trump's rivals in exchange for U.S. aid. Her testimony, together with that of Ukraine diplomat David Holmes, capped off the last week of scheduled public impeachment hearings. We'll discuss the inquiry's key moments and what's next.

  • Santa Clarita School Shooter Fits Profile of Other K-12 Shooters, According to New Database

    Nov 18 2019

    Police are working to uncover the motive for a 16-year-old student who opened fire at his high school in Santa Clarita on Thursday, killing two classmates and injuring three others and himself. Many who knew the shooter are reportedly shocked that he perpetrated the crime, but in many ways he fits the profile of K-12 shooters. Forum talks with a sociologist who has studied the 171 mass shootings in public spaces since 1966 and found that there are five types of mass shooters, depending on where ...more

  • National Political News in Review

    Nov 18 2019

    The public phase of the House impeachment inquiry continues next week. We'll review the proceedings so far and take your questions about the latest news from Washington, D.C.

  • Native Activists Mark the Occupation of Alcatraz 50 Years Later

    Nov 18 2019

    On November 20, 1969, Native students and activists stormed the island of Alcatraz by boat, launching a 19-month occupation in protest of federal denial of land and tribal rights. The occupation became a cornerstone of Native social justice activism in the 1960s and 70s and fueled a national Red Power movement for American Indian self-determination. Forum looks back on the occupation of Alcatraz ahead of its 50th anniversary and talks about the state of Native American activism today.

  • From San Diego to San Francisco, on Foot: Retracing an 18th Century Expedition in ‘Alta California’

    Nov 14 2019

    In 1769, Spanish explorer Gaspar de Portolá trekked from what is now modern-day San Diego to San Francisco. In 2016, writer Nick Neely followed in Portolá's footsteps and over 12 weeks completed the 650-mile hike himself. Neely joins us to share what he learned about California's fraught history as chronicled in his new book, "Alta California: From San Diego to San Francisco, a Journey on Foot to Rediscover the Golden State."

  • Public Impeachment Hearings Bring New Revelation

    Nov 14 2019

    The first public impeachment hearings in more than two decades began Wednesday. The five hour, nationally broadcast hearing included new details in allegations that President Trump pressured Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden's family. William Taylor, the top American diplomat in Ukraine, testified that a staffer was told Trump cared more about investigations of the Bidens than Ukraine. Forum discusses the first day of public impeachment hearings

  • Writer Tamim Ansary Takes on 50,000 Years of History

    Nov 12 2019

    "If history is a story we're telling one another," writes author Tamim Ansary, "what is its plot?" That's the question Ansary takes on with his ambitious new book, "The Invention of Yesterday: A 50,000 Year History of Human Culture, Conflict, and Connection." Ansary sees history as narratives we tell to make sense of our world and he finds surprising connections, and similar historical narratives, across disparate cultures as we move toward an even more intertwined future.

  • Rich Lowry Makes ‘The Case for Nationalism’

    Nov 12 2019

    Rich Lowry, the editor of the conservative National Review, thinks nationalism is getting a bad rap. His new book "The Case for Nationalism" argues that nationalism is not inherently racist, illiberal or hateful. Instead, Lowry says that it's a natural impulse stemming from a people's shared history and culture. Lowry joins Forum to talk about why he thinks nationalism has been an animating feature of American history, from the Revolutionary War to the present, and why both the right and the lef...more

  • Bernard Tyson, CEO of Kaiser Permanente, Dies at 60

    Nov 11 2019

    Kaiser Permanente chairman and CEO Bernard Tyson, known as a visionary leader who advocated for equity in the health care industry, died unexpectedly in his sleep Sunday. Forum remembers his impact on the Bay Area community and beyond.

  • New Study Explores How Veterans Experience Grief

    Nov 11 2019

    More than half of veterans surveyed in 2017 by Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America said they knew a veteran who had died by suicide. And since 2001, more than 5,400 military personnel have died in combat. A new study from UC Irvine reveals that grief from the loss of a military comrade in combat or to suicide can have serious impacts on veterans' mental health. We'll talk to the study's co-author about the findings. And we want to hear from you: Are you a veteran, or do you know a veteran, ...more

  • US Army Veteran Eileen Rivers Talks Women in Combat in ‘Beyond the Call’

    Nov 11 2019

    In "Beyond the Call: Three Women on the Front Lines in Afghanistan," journalist Eileen Rivers profiles three women who fought side by side with their male colleagues to help defeat the Taliban. Rivers joins us to talk about the work of these female soldiers -- from defending their units to getting intelligence from Afghan women. And a former U.S. Army veteran herself, Rivers will share how women in combat uniquely contribute to make the nation safer.

  • New San Francisco District Attorney-Elect Chesa Boudin

    Nov 11 2019

    San Francisco has elected a new district attorney. Chesa Boudin won a razor-thin victory over appointed incumbent DA Suzy Loftus, who conceded on Saturday. Boudin, a deputy public defender, ran on progressive reform policies like ending money bail. He’ll join us to talk about his vision for the office, and his tense relationship with the city’s police union.

  • National Political News in Review

    Nov 11 2019

    As House Democrats prepare to hold public impeachment hearings next week, we'll discuss and take your questions about the latest news from Washington, D.C.

  • Forum Presents: Rightnowish

    Nov 09 2019

    Forum presents the first episode of KQED's newest podcast, Rightnowish.

  • KQED Podcast ‘Rightnowish’ Shows Bay Area Through Artists’ Eyes

    Nov 08 2019

    Journalist Pendarvis Harshaw says artists and culture keepers are on the front line of history. As host of KQED's new podcast "Rightnowish", he profiles the stories of these creators and the communities that shape, and are shaped, by them. He describes "Rightnowish" as "about arts and culture, but it's never just about arts and culture". Harshaw and producer Ashleyanne Krigbaum join Forum to talk about what we can learn about the past, present and future of a place through its art and people.

  • Harriet Tubman Biography ‘She Came to Slay’ Goes Beyond the Underground Railroad

    Nov 08 2019

    Harriet Tubman is best known as a heroic conductor of the Underground Railroad and a leading abolitionist. But often little is said of other remarkable aspects of her life -- as a suffragist, a Union Army spy, a nurse, a philanthropist and more. That inspired historian Erica Armstrong Dunbar to write the new biography "She Came to Slay: The Life and Times of Harriet Tubman," offering a broader picture of Tubman's iconic life and legacy. We'll talk with Dunbar about the book, get her take on the ...more

  • Many CA Classrooms Have Insufficient Ventilation According to New UC Davis Study

    Nov 08 2019

    Almost 85% of California K-12 schools with heating, ventilation and air conditioning units installed in the past three years do not provide sufficient ventilation, according to a new study from UC Davis and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Inadequate ventilation can lead to unhealthy levels of indoor pollutants and correlates with illness-related absences. We'll talk about the study and how California schools can improve ventilation rates — and student health.

  • Congresswoman Jackie Speier on Impeachment Inquiry Latest

    Nov 08 2019

    President Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Guiliani was carrying out a campaign "full of lies" against ousted Ukraine diplomat Marie Yovanovitch. That's according to State Department official George Kent, whose testimony was released Thursday by House impeachment investigators. House members are set to hold public hearings next week focused on whether President Trump used his office to pressure Ukraine to advance his own political interests. We'll speak with Bay Area Congresswoman Jackie Speier abo...more

  • Jerry Rice Celebrates 100 Years of ‘America’s Game’

    Nov 07 2019

    From his record-breaking career with the 49ers to being regarded as one of the greatest wide receivers of all time, Jerry Rice has a unique perspective on NFL history. Forum talks to Rice about his new book "America's Game: The NFL at 100," on how football has evolved over the years and his own role in its history.

  • Butte County Residents Share Experiences a Year After Camp Fire

    Nov 07 2019

    Friday marks the first anniversary of the most destructive wildfire in California history, claiming the lives of 85 people and destroying more than 18,000 structures. But Paradise is rebuilding. Some 200 businesses have reopened and an estimated 3,000 people have moved back. We talk with folk from Butte County to hear how they have fared in the past year and get their thoughts on the future for Paradise.

  • San Jose Calls for Consumer Takeover of PG&E

    Nov 07 2019

    San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo is leading a coalition of 21 cities and five counties seeking to transform PG&E into a ratepayer-owned cooperative. In a letter to the California Public Utilities Commission this week, the group expressed skepticism that the troubled utility can emerge from bankruptcy as a creditworthy entity if it remains investor-owned. Instead, the coalition proposed a consumer takeover to enable PG&E to raise capital more efficiently, without having to pay dividends to shareholder...more

  • How California Has Changed 25 Years After Proposition 187

    Nov 06 2019

    In November 1994, California voters passed Proposition 187, a controversial measure that aimed to deny education, health care and other public services to undocumented immigrants. Though it was never implemented and eventually declared unconstitutional, the aftermath of the vote changed the character of the state's politics and ushered in a new wave of Latino activism and political involvement. In this hour we'll talk about the legacy of Proposition 187, now 25 years on, and how attitudes toward...more

  • Election 2019: San Franciscans Cast Votes for DA, Affordable Housing Measures

    Nov 06 2019

    San Francisco residents go to the polls Tuesday to weigh in on ballot measures addressing affordable housing, e-cigarettes and a tax on ride-hailing services. They'll also elect a new district attorney and decide whether Mayor Breed gets a second term. We'll discuss the results.

  • Hunger, Food Insecurity on the Rise in East Bay Suburbs

    Nov 05 2019

    Twenty percent of Alameda County residents are experiencing, or at risk of experiencing, hunger. That's according to a new study on food insecurity commissioned by the Alameda Country Community Food Bank. The report found that as high housing prices force residents out of urban areas, hunger is growing in suburban areas like Livermore, Dublin, Pleasanton, Hayward and Fremont. Forum talks about the rise and changing demographics of hunger and what needs to be done to address it. Related Resour...more

  • New Study Finds Health Care Algorithm is Biased Against Black Patients

    Nov 05 2019

    A computer algorithm widely used by health care providers and insurers to predict health risk was biased against black patients, according to a new study. The software was meant to determine who had the most complex medical needs based on a patient's health care bills, and therefore would be most likely to benefit from additional care. But it failed to account for the fact that black patients, regardless of health status, actually generate lower costs because they tend to have a harder time acce...more

  • ‘Border Wars’ Examines Method and Madness of Trump’s Immigration Policies

    Nov 05 2019

    Since taking office in 2017, President Trump has called for a travel ban on nationals of Muslim countries, tried end to the country's diversity visa lottery, limited the rights of asylum seekers, and presided over an ongoing family separation crisis at the southern border. Meanwhile, according to New York Times journalists Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Michael D. Shear, border crossing remains at an all-time high. Their new book "Border Wars" documents the decisions and the hardline ideologies shap...more

  • News Organizations Team Up to Uncover ‘Who Owns Silicon Valley’

    Nov 04 2019

    Who are the biggest landowners in Silicon Valley? Are they making life better or worse for the communities around them? Investigative reporters from The Mercury News, NBC Bay Area, KQED and other outlets set out to answer those questions in a yearlong collaboration called “Who Owns Silicon Valley?” We’ll talk with some of the lead reporters about their findings.

  • House Vote Sets Up Public Phase of Impeachment Inquiry

    Nov 04 2019

    On Thursday, the House formally approved procedures for a public phase of the impeachment inquiry into President Trump, in a 232-196 vote divided almost completely along party lines. Meanwhile, Trump’s former national security adviser John Bolton, who reportedly expressed misgivings about the Trump administration’s conversations with Ukrainian officials, was summoned to testify in the inquiry and scheduled for a deposition on Nov. 7. Forum gets the latest on the impeachment proceedings and other...more

  • Warriors Prospects Go From Bad to Worse After Steph Curry Injury

    Nov 01 2019

    The Golden State Warriors were already struggling with injuries and the loss of stars Kevin Durant and Andre Iguodala. Still, whenever Stephen Curry is on the floor, there is hope. But even those hopes were dashed on Wednesday when Curry broke his hand in a loss to the Phoenix Suns. In this segment, we'll talk about the star-crossed Warriors and other sports news -- including the 49ers' best start in years -- with San Francisco Chronicle columnist Bruce Jenkins.

  • Is the California Dream Becoming a California Nightmare?

    Nov 01 2019

    As fires rage throughout the state and the cost of living skyrockets, many wonder if California is becoming unlivable. One in seven homes in the state are at high risk for wildfire, 130,000 Californians are homeless and housing prices continue to rise. We'll discuss the future of California in the face of unmitigated climate change and income inequality, as well as the feasibility of proposed solutions such as improving public transit and building housing.

  • October’s Power Shutoffs Prompt Interest in Getting off the Grid

    Nov 01 2019

    As California experiences repeated "public safety power shutoffs" this wildfire season, some Californians are making plans to power their homes and businesses without relying on the grid. The recent fires and blackouts have put a renewed focus on the reliability and safety of existing electrical infrastructure, as well as the unexpected costs and risks of relying on a grid that may be powered off during a disaster. This hour, Forum looks at getting off the grid and alternative energy options to ...more

  • Actor John Lithgow’s Political Poetry Chronicles ‘The Age of Trump in Verse’

    Oct 31 2019

    "'Great news!' Barr exclaimed, 'We’re home free! It’s a wash! The Report’s a big nothing that’s easy to quash!'” So begins a stanza of one of award-winning actor John Lithgow's 33 poems satirizing the critical moments and characters of the Trump era. Lithgow, known for his starring role in the sitcom "3rd Rock from the Sun" and his wide-ranging stage and film performances, dives into political satire with his rhyming book "Dumpty: The Age of Trump in Verse." We'll talk to Lithgow about the book ...more

  • Fires Take Disproportionate Toll on Low-Income and Immigrant Communities

    Oct 31 2019

    In the aftermath of the deadly 2017 Tubbs Fire in Sonoma County, local Latino leaders called out what they saw as rampant disparities in how low-income and immigrant communities experienced and recovered from the fires. Their findings, which included failures in emergency communication, price gouging and lack of access to aid, mirror what experts say is a national trend when natural disasters strike. We'll discuss the impact of the recent fires, evacuations and power shutoffs on the least privil...more

  • Economic Cost of Power Shutoffs Could Run Into Billions of Dollars

    Oct 30 2019

    Tuesday marked yet another wave of PG&E's 'public safety' power shutoffs since the Kincade Fire broke out last week. It is expected to affect more than 596,000 customers in 29 counties across the state. From food rotting without refrigeration to businesses forced to close temporarily, experts estimate the economic cost of this week's blackouts could end up being anywhere from $65 million to $2.5 billion. We'll talk with economists about how the shutoffs are impacting the state's economy.

  • Former California Gov. Gray Davis on Wildfire Crisis and Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Response

    Oct 30 2019

    From statewide wildfires to PG&E power shutoffs, this October marks the first real crisis of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s first year in office. It’s a situation former Gov. Gray Davis remembers too well -- California experienced rolling blackouts for months when he was governor. Forum will talk with Davis about the fires and get his analysis of Newsom’s response so far.

  • Fire, Power Outages Continue as Winds Increase After Lull

    Oct 30 2019

    Firefighters scrambled on Tuesday to contain the Kincade Fire in Sonoma County before gusts of high winds, that were forecast to reach their peak Tuesday night, further fanned the flames. Forum checks in on the fire, evacuations and continuing power outages throughout Northern California.

  • The Physical and Mental Toll of Wildfires

    Oct 29 2019

    As the Kincade Fire continues to blaze, residents of Northern California and first responders may find themselves not only physically affected by the poor air quality or being displaced, but emotionally impacted as well. Forum will talk to health experts about these physical health effects and the toll wildfires take on mental health -- from the stress of evacuations, to the devastation of losing a home, to the strain on firefighters.

  • Newsom Announces Investigation Into PG&E Blackouts as More Than a Million Customers Lose Power

    Oct 29 2019

    Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Monday a "major investigation" into how PG&E and other utilities have used preemptive power shutoffs. PG&E shut off power to 960,000 homes and businesses over the weekend and an additional 100,000 customers unexpectedly lost power due to damage from the wind storm. The utility says it expects another wave of shutoffs to start on Tuesday, even as it restores some power to customers on Monday. Forum will discuss the blackouts and we want to hear from you. How are you we...more

  • Kincade Fire Continues to Burn in Sonoma County

    Oct 29 2019

    By Tuesday morning, the Kincade Fire tore through more than 75,000 acres in Sonoma County and prompted an estimated 185,000 evacuations. At least 124 structures have been destroyed. We'll get the latest on fire conditions and containment efforts.

  • Northern California Wildfires Force 1 Million Power Cuts and 180,000 Evacuation Orders

    Oct 28 2019

    With fires raging across Northern California and millions in the state without power, we open the phones lines to hear listeners' experiences and take their questions.

  • As Kincade Fire Rages, Bay Area Experiences Large-Scale Power Shutoffs

    Oct 28 2019

    Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency in Sonoma County Friday, after the Kincade fire burned nearly 22,000 acres and remained just 5 percent contained. Meanwhile, counties around the Bay Area advised residents that PG&E may cut power to hundreds of thousands of customers in response to severe winds forecast for the weekend. We'll discuss the latest developments and join the Cal Fire press conference live.

  • Update on Power Shutoffs, Weather and the Kincade Fire

    Oct 25 2019

    As the Kincade Fire continues its path across northeast Sonoma County forcing thousands of residents to flee and burning nearly 22,000 acres, PG&E revealed yesterday that it had a transmission line failure near the fire's origin. PG&E is planning for more widespread shutoffs of 17 counties over the weekend as forecasts are calling for more heat and high winds. We get an update on PG&E's plans for the weather forecast over the weekend.

  • Comedian Cristela Alonzo Shares Her Life’s Playlist in Mixtape-Memoir ‘Music to My Years’

    Oct 25 2019

    Cristela Alonzo's stand-up comedy often draws from her life as a first-generation Mexican-American woman. And in her new memoir "Music to My Years: A Mixtape Memoir of Growing Up and Standing Up," Alonzo provides an eclectic playlist for each chapter of her life as she becomes a comedian, actor, writer and immigrant rights activist. Alonzo joins Forum to talk about breaking boundaries in comedy and to play some of the songs from the mixtape of her life. We want to hear from you: what would be on...more

  • Edward Norton Unravels 1950s Detective Mystery in Film ‘Motherless Brooklyn’

    Oct 25 2019

    Twenty years ago, Edward Norton learned the first rule of Fight Club in the cult-classic film. Next month, his film "Motherless Brooklyn" opens -- which Norton wrote, directed and stars in. The film, based on the novel by Jonathan Lethem, tells the story of a private detective with Tourette's Syndrome in 1950s New York who attempts to solve his mentor's murder and becomes entangled in the rapacious dealings of City Hall. We'll talk with Norton about the film and his layered portrayals of intell...more

  • A New Era for the Golden State Warriors

    Oct 24 2019

    Goodbye Oracle Arena, hello Chase Center. In addition to a new home in San Francisco, the Golden State Warriors open their season Thursday with a transformed roster -- one without Kevin Durant and Andre Iguodala, pillars of their historic playoff run. Star Klay Thompson will also be sidelined indefinitely with a torn ACL. We'll preview the season with the San Francisco Chronicle's Ann Killion.

  • Gail Collins Traces the History of Attitudes Toward Older Women

    Oct 24 2019

    In the youth-obsessed 1920s, women over the age of 19 were considered past their prime -- but in colonial days when there was a shortage of women, even 50-year-old widows were sought after. In her new book, "No Stopping Us Now," New York Times columnist Gail Collins traces the pendulum-swinging history of attitudes toward older women. Forum talks with Collins about why views of older women haven't seen steady progress in history, but also how older women have been teaching themselves "to get old...more

  • Impeachment Hearing Disrupted by Republican Representatives as Inquiry Intensifies

    Oct 24 2019

    On Wednesday, a group of House Republicans stormed a closed-door impeachment hearing, delaying testimony from a Pentagon official overseeing Ukraine policy. This demonstration comes on the heels of Tuesday’s explosive testimony from William Taylor, former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, who recounted "irregular, informal" channels used by the Trump White House to conduct foreign policy. On Twitter, Trump continues to lash out at the investigation which he has compared to a "lynching." We'll discuss ...more

  • Election 2019: A Breakdown of San Francisco’s Nov. 5 Ballot

    Oct 23 2019

    San Francisco voters head to the polls in less than two weeks to weigh in on local initiatives addressing affordable housing, a tax on Uber and Lyft rides, and e-cigarettes. They'll also cast votes for mayor and district attorney. We'll review the ballot and we want to hear from you: how will you vote and why?

  • Violent Protests Over Economic Inequality Continue in Chile

    Oct 23 2019

    President Sebastián Piñera is continuing Chile's state of emergency, first declared last week when a subway fare increase set off ongoing protests in Santiago over economic inequality and political corruption. At least 15 people have died from the unrest, and clashes continue between demonstrators and the country's armed forces. Forum will update the latest news in Chile and discuss the nation's largest political crisis since its 1990 return to democracy.

  • PG&E Plans More Power Shutoffs to Begin Wednesday

    Oct 23 2019

    PG&E tells customers that it will again shut off power to Northern California communities this week to reduce the risk of power lines sparking wildfires. The shutoffs will affect 179,000 customers, mostly in the Sierra foothills and parts of the Bay Area. The move comes less than two weeks after the company shut off power to 2 million people across the region. We’ll get the latest news and hear from Sen. Scott Wiener about his proposed bill to limit and regulate blackouts in the state.

  • A Family’s Immigration Tale of “American Dreams, American Nightmares”

    Oct 22 2019

    When Aarti Shahani was born, her parents, Indian refugees displaced by the partition of India, were living in Casablanca. They migrated to Queens, New York when she was a baby, not in pursuit of the great American dream, but to escape a dysfunctional extended family. It's a common, unspoken story, Shahani writes, "the real reason so many people from far away risk everything to come to the United States." And it’s just the beginning of Shahani's immigrant story as told in her memoir, "Here We Are...more

  • Car-Free Market Street Plan Gets Green Light

    Oct 22 2019

    One of San Francisco’s most iconic and busiest thoroughfares is going car-free. Last week, the Municipal Transportation Agency board voted unanimously to ban private cars on Market Street east of 10th Street. The plan, 10 years in the making, has wide support in the city. But what will it mean for residents, commuters and downtown businesses? KQED’s Dan Brekke joins us to talk about the plan and what Market will look like when it is completed.

  • Under Fire for Misleading Political Ads, Facebook Promises Some Changes

    Oct 22 2019

    Facing bipartisan backlash for its refusal to fact-check political ads on its platform, Facebook announced on Monday it's taking new steps to address misinformation and fake accounts. The measures include features that help users identify potential propaganda from state-owned media organizations and track political spending. The move follows a controversial speech by CEO Mark Zuckerberg last week in which he argued that "people should decide what is credible, not tech companies." We'll talk abou...more

  • Ronan Farrow on the ‘Lies, Spies and Conspiracy’ That Blocked Reporting on Weinstein Scandal

    Oct 21 2019

    In his new book "Catch and Kill," journalist Ronan Farrow exposes the ways in which Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein and his associates attempted to block reporting on the sexual assault claims that engulfed him. But the biggest obstacle of all, as Farrow tells it, was his then-employer NBC News, which killed his reporting on the scandal. Farrow eventually took his story to the New Yorker and later won the Pulitzer Prize for his reporting. We'll talk to Farrow about the cover-ups and obstruction...more

  • Bankers Profited off Homeowners After the Recession, Now They’re Shaping Policy

    Oct 21 2019

    The American economy has largely recovered in the decade since the recession, but homeownership remains at a 50 year low. In his new book "Homewreckers," journalist Aaron Glantz details how financial executives profited from the devastating foreclosures of the 2008 housing crash, buying up hundreds of thousands of homes and becoming massive landlords, often with help from government subsidies. Glantz explains how those same executives -- including Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and Secretary ...more

  • Amaryllis Fox on Her ‘Life Undercover’ in the CIA

    Oct 18 2019

    When Amaryllis Fox was 22, she became one of the youngest female officers in the CIA. She was assigned to "non-official cover" -- a life abroad with a fake identity and no diplomatic protections -- which she details in her new memoir, “Life Undercover: Coming of Age in the CIA.” The book's revelations range from Fox's use of Starbucks gift cards as a spy tool to her role in terrorist negotiations. Fox joins us to share what she learned during her years undercover.

  • Boris Johnson Strikes Brexit Deal, Seeks Parliament Approval

    Oct 18 2019

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Thursday that he had reached an agreement with the European Union for Brexit. Even with a deal in hand, obstacles remain. Labour politicians have voiced disapproval of the deal and a group of Northern Irish lawmakers, whose votes are considered essential to passage, are not on board. Parliament will vote on Johnson's proposal this Saturday and analysts predict the vote will be close. We'll discuss Johnson's plan and the latest efforts to get a de...more

  • Impeachment Inquiry Continues as Fresh Ethics Questions Emerge Over G-7 Meeting

    Oct 18 2019

    President Trump's chief of staff Mick Mulvaney announced Thursday that the G-7 Summit would take place at Trump's own Florida resort, a move that's alarming ethics watchers. Mulvaney also confirmed that the White House withheld $400 million in aid from Ukraine to force an investigation of Democrats. Meanwhile, former EU ambassador and Trump ally, Gordon Sondland, testified before a House committee Thursday that Trump had directed that Ukraine policy be delegated to Trump's personal attorney, Rud...more

  • Journalist Timothy Egan Explores Faith on Journey From England to Rome

    Oct 17 2019

    Following the death of his mother and during a time of crisis in the Catholic Church, New York Times columnist Timothy Egan decided to examine his own connection to the Catholic faith. A self-described "skeptic by profession," Egan embarked on a thousand-mile, months-long journey from Canterbury to Rome along a medieval pilgrimage route. We'll talk to him about his quest and his reflections on Christianity, history and modernity.

  • Ann Patchett Reflects on Memory, Loss and Sibling Bonds in ‘The Dutch House’

    Oct 17 2019

    As Ann Patchett began plotting her newest novel "The Dutch House," she told herself that she wanted "to write a book about the kind of stepmother I don't want to be." The resulting work follows a family fractured by a mother's decision to abandon her young children and an emotionally distant stepmother who takes their beloved childhood home from them. We'll talk with Patchett about how she scrapped the book's original draft, and about the roles of family and childhood memory in her work.

  • Remembering the Loma Prieta Earthquake 30 Years On

    Oct 17 2019

    On Oct. 17, 1989, a 6.9 magnitude earthquake on the San Andreas fault, 10 miles from Santa Cruz, violently shook the Bay Area. The Loma Prieta earthquake killed 63 people, brought down a section of the Bay Bridge and caused about $6 billion in damage throughout the area. We look back at that day 30 years ago, and we want to hear from you. Where were you and how did you experience the Loma Prieta earthquake?

  • Democratic Presidential Hopefuls Face Off in Fourth Debate

    Oct 16 2019

    Twelve Democratic presidential candidates take the stage in Ohio Tuesday evening for a debate hosted by CNN and the New York Times. We'll review the candidates' performances and compare their positions.

  • Bills Attempt to Reach California Housing Goals Through Accessory Dwelling Units

    Oct 15 2019

    California leaders want the state to build half a million new homes each year until 2025 — a rate of housing construction that has never happened before. Some legislators think we could help reach this goal by easing the path for single-family homeowners to build accessory dwelling units, often called “in-law” or “granny flats,” on their property. To that end, the state just approved a number of bills that allow construction of backyard units and garage conversions. We’ll hear about the bills, a...more

  • Legislation Moves Forward Earliest Start Times in California Schools

    Oct 15 2019

    Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation Sunday that pushes back the start of the school day for many California students. After a three-year phase-in, the new law will require middle and high schools to start no earlier than 8 a.m. or 8:30 a.m., respectively. Proponents say the later times, and extra sleep, will lead to better attendance numbers and higher grades. But opponents, including many school boards and teachers, say the matter was better left to local control. Former Gov. Jerry Brown vetoe...more

  • New Worker Protection Laws Take Aim at Wage Theft in California

    Oct 15 2019

    Each year, about 40,000 California workers file wage theft claims against their employers. That's according to researchers at UCLA's Labor Center, who also found that less than 20 percent of those who prevail manage to recover the money owed to them. A series of laws and reforms are aiming to combat wage theft in the state, including AB 51 — a newly signed bill that outlaws forced arbitration in wage theft and other workplace legal actions. We’ll consider what kinds of workers are most vulnerabl...more

  • PG&E Rejects SF Offer to Buy Utility’s Equipment

    Oct 14 2019

    In a recent letter to Mayor London Breed, PG&E declined San Francisco’s $2.5 billion offer to buy the company’s electrical infrastructure within city limits. PG&E’s largest union also opposes the offer. The city said it's not giving up. If the plan, supported unanimously by the Board of Supervisors, were to go through, San Francisco would own the third largest government electric utility in the state. Forum discusses the pros and cons of municipalizing the city's power grid.

  • National Political News in Review

    Oct 14 2019

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

  • Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey on Breaking the Harvey Weinstein Story and #MeToo

    Oct 11 2019

    With the headline "Harvey Weinstein Paid Off Sexual Harassment Accusers for Decades," New York Times reporters Jodi Kantor and Meghan Twohey broke the story that rocked Hollywood in 2017 and has since rippled across industries. In their new book "She Said," the two veteran journalists provide a behind-the-scenes account of the investigation that won them a Pulitzer Prize and helped spur the burgeoning #MeToo movement. Two years after the scandal first broke, we'll talk to Kantor and Twohey about...more

  • Inspector Gadje Brings Romani Brass Music to San Francisco

    Oct 11 2019

    Inspector Gadje, a San Francisco-based Balkan brass band with members from around the world, plays dance parties that last into the early morning. A street band with social activist origins, Inspector Gadje transformed into its current form after band members studied intensively with masters of Romani music and fell in love with the genre. We'll hear from members of the band about their music and their mission to educate audiences about Romani culture.

  • The PG&E Power Shut-Offs and the Way California Is Powered

    Oct 11 2019

    As Northern California enters day three of PG&E power shut-offs, Forum gets the latest developments and takes your questions about the outages. We'll address why areas not at risk of wildfire still lost power and whether there is a better way for PG&E to organize the power grid. In our coverage this week, we also heard lots of questions from listeners about the feasibility of alternative, small-scale energy systems and many wondering what's keeping California from putting electrical lines underg...more

  • As White House Stonewalls, Public Support for Impeachment Mounts

    Oct 10 2019

    Fallout continues from White House lawyer Pat Cipollone's defiant letter Tuesday informing democratic lawmakers that the White House won't cooperate in their impeachment inquiry. A Politico/Morning Consult poll released Wednesday found that half of Americans support removing President Trump from office, the latest in a string of national surveys showing that most Americans support the inquiry. We'll discuss the latest news and hear from Bay Area congressman Ro Khanna, a member of the House Overs...more

  • Turkey Launches Military Offensive in Northern Syria

    Oct 10 2019

    On Wednesday, Turkey launched a major cross-border assault on Kurdish-led militia in northeastern Syria. This offensive comes days after President Trump announced U.S. troops would leave the area. Kurdish forces have been a key ally to the U.S. in the war against ISIS, prompting Democrats and Republicans in Congress to condemn both the president's decision and Turkey's military operation.

  • PG&E Shut-Offs Cause Traffic, School Closures

    Oct 10 2019

    The second phase of PG&E power shut-offs are expected Wednesday evening, affecting around 240,000 PG&E customers in 10 California counties. This follows the approximately 500,000 customers whose power was shut off Wednesday morning. PG&E expects to begin restoring power Thursday, though it says the process could take days. The shut-offs have caused school closures, traffic backups and depleted supplies at grocery and hardware stores. We'll get the latest news on the shut-offs, and we want to hea...more

  • Former ‘Emily Doe’ Chanel Miller on Why You Should “Know My Name”

    Oct 09 2019

    Before the sentencing of Brock Turner, the Stanford University Swimmer found guilty of sexual assault in the widely covered 2016 trail, the woman he attacked wrote a raw, searing victim impact statement that went viral and was read on the floor of Congress. At the time, she was only known as "Emily Doe." But now, Chanel Miller has come forward with her identity -- and her story, chronicled in her memoir, "Know My Name." Forum talks to Miller about how she reclaimed her identity and voice after a...more

  • Lila Downs Celebrates Indigenous Cultures, Social Justice in New Musical Production

    Oct 09 2019

    Grammy Award winning vocalist Lila Downs joins Forum to talk about her latest production, "Día de los Muertos: Al Chile." The production, which features an all-female mariachi ensemble, visual storytelling and dance, explores the layered traditions that form the Mexican Day of the Dead holiday. It also incorporates her newest album "Al Chile," which draws inspiration from her Mixtec roots, traditional Oaxcan music and social justice issues like immigration and border policy.

  • PG&E Shut-Offs May Affect 800,000 Customers

    Oct 09 2019

    PG&E announced Tuesday that it expected to cut power in 34 California counties after midnight on Wednesday. The preemptive shut-offs aim to lessen the wildfire risk posed by the dry winds that were expected Tuesday night. The outages could impact almost 800,000 PG&E customers, including those in every Bay Area county except San Francisco. We'll get the latest on the impact of the shut-offs and how the Bay Area is coping.

  • A Doctor’s Quest to Heal her Mysterious, Chronic Illness

    Oct 08 2019

    Cynthia Li was a successful doctor in her 30s when an auto-immune disease torpedoed her health. She and her doctors were baffled. Her test results were normal, but mysterious symptoms wracked her body. Li's memoir, "Brave New Medicine: A Doctor's Unconventional Path to Healing Her Autoimmune Illness," follows her long journey to understanding her condition, rethinking the way medicine is practiced, and finding her way back to health.

  • Potential PG&E Shutoffs Planned for Wednesday

    Oct 08 2019

    PG&E says potential power shut-offs in Northern and Central California could begin Wednesday. The plan comes in response to dry and windy conditions which increase the risk of wildfire ignition. The power could cuts are set to last through Thursday and could impact more than 600,000 PG&E customers, including those in seven of the nine Bay Area counties. We'll talk about what these shut-offs could mean, and answer your questions.

  • President Trump Pledges Withdrawal From Syria, As Republicans Revolt

    Oct 08 2019

    President Trump announced on Sunday his plan to remove U.S. troops from Syria's shared border with Turkey, ahead of Turkey's planned invasion. Experts fear Turkey plans to clear the region of the Kurdish militia, a long-standing U.S. ally. Prominent Republican lawmakers -- including Senators Mitch McConnell and Lindsay Graham -- publicly condemned the decision Monday. We'll discuss the latest developments.

  • Supreme Court Takes on LGBTQ Rights and Abortion in New Term

    Oct 08 2019

    The new term of the Supreme Court opened on Monday. The Court's slate of cases touch on some of the country's most divisive issues -- including immigration, abortion, religion, guns and rights for gay and transgender people. On Tuesday, the Court will hear arguments on whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which makes workplace discrimination on the basis of sex illegal, extends to gay, lesbian and transgender employees. This is the first full term with Justice Brett Kavanaugh on the bench,...more

  • How Climate Change Could Make Us All Sicker

    Oct 07 2019

    As our climate changes, so does our health. Health researchers are warning of serious risks that go along with a warming planet, including a longer, more intense allergy season, higher risk of disease from smoke and air pollution, and intensified mental health issues due to extreme heat and climate anxiety. Forum discusses the toll that climate change may have on our society's physical and mental health.

  • Governor Newsom Signs 22 Bills to Prevent and Fight Wildfires

    Oct 07 2019

    This week marks the two-year anniversary of the destructive wildfires in the North Bay. Last Wednesday, Governor Gavin Newsom signed 22 wildfire related bills in an effort to curb the increasing threat of wildfire damage in the state. Forum discusses the bills, which range from increased state authority over PG&E to financial assistance to homeowners making fire safety upgrades.

  • Impeachment Inquiry Latest

    Oct 07 2019

    Last week, President Trump’s former envoy to Ukraine revealed texts from top diplomats expressing their concern about the president’s political dealings with Ukraine. Forum reviews the latest developments on the impeachment inquiry and President Trump’s actions regarding Ukraine.

  • Texts Indicate Trump Officials Pressured Ukraine To Investigate Biden

    Oct 04 2019

    Forum gets an update on the latest developments in the Trump impeachment inquiry.

  • California Becomes Second State to Allow Public Banks

    Oct 04 2019

    Gov. Gavin Newsom signed AB 857 into law on Wednesday, authorizing California cities and counties to establish public banks. These banks would be operated by individual municipalities and finance loans for local businesses, affordable housing, infrastructure and other projects at lower interest rates than commercial banks. Proponents of the new law point to rising economic inequality and predatory lending practices by private banks. Those opposed to it emphasize the high start-up costs and lack ...more

  • Helping Parents and Teens Talk Sex, Consent and Healthy Relationships

    Oct 04 2019

    California is one of only eight states currently requiring the topic of consent to be included in sex education curriculum. For San Francisco health educator Shafia Zaloom, an education in consent is essential to protecting kids and fostering healthy interactions. In her new book "Sex, Teens, & Everything in Between," Zaloom shares stories and advice to help parents and teens navigate relationships, sex, and personal safety. We'll hear tips from Zaloom based on her more than two decades of exper...more

  • Impeachment Inquiry Intensifies as President Trump Attacks Democrats

    Oct 03 2019

    It was a tumultuous day in Washington Wednesday. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo admitted he was on President Trump's July 25 phone call with Ukraine, and the president raged against the media and House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff during a news conference with the president of Finland. Meanwhile, the State Department inspector general met congressional staffers for a closed-door briefing on Ukraine. We'll talk about the latest from the Capitol as well as a new election survey by the Public ...more

  • Kimberly Teehee to Be First Ever Cherokee Nation Delegate to Congress

    Oct 03 2019

    It is close to two hundred years since the Cherokee Nation signed a treaty with the U.S. that--in compensation for their forced move to Oklahoma--gave them authority to send a delegate to Congress. The seat had never been filled, though, until last month when the Cherokee Nation nominated former Obama appointee, Kimberly Teehee. Teehee joins us to talk about what it means to become the first delegate representing a sovereign Native American government in Congress and how she plans to represent N...more

  • New Red Meat Study Confuses Consumers, Exposes Flaws in Nutrition Research

    Oct 03 2019

    Scientists have said eating less red meat is healthier for the body, but a new, controversial study is challenging that widely held recommendation. According to research published Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine, any health benefits from reducing the consumption of beef and pork are small and don't warrant a shift in eating habits. In this hour, we'll learn more about the study, what it means for nutritional guidelines and why some researchers are questioning the results.

  • Court OKs FCC Repeal of Net Neutrality Rules, but California Protections May Stand

    Oct 02 2019

    A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the Federal Communications Commission's decision to repeal Obama-era net neutrality rules. But the court overruled the FCC's effort to block states from adopting their own rules. California passed one of the nation's strongest laws aimed at protecting internet consumers and net neutrality last year, officials will have to prove in court that the law doesn't conflict with the federal regulations. Forum discusses the decision and what it means for Califor...more

  • From ‘Borowitz Report’ to ‘Retro Report’: Andy Borowitz on Unpacking News Through Humor

    Oct 02 2019

    Andy Borowitz might best be known for his satirical "Borowitz Report" in The New Yorker, but he'll soon be on TV screens for the new PBS series "The Retro Report." Premiering Oct. 7, the series explores the historical contexts behind the news stories of today--from environmentalism and reproductive rights to activism in sports. Borowitz closes out each episode with a segment called "Now It All Makes Sense" that uses humor to unpack and process the day's news. We'll talk to Borowitz about his new...more

  • Paul Tough on ‘How College Makes or Breaks Us’

    Oct 02 2019

    Based on six years of reporting, Paul Tough's new book "The Years That Matter Most: How College Makes or Breaks Us" explores whether higher education in the U.S. still delivers on its promise of social mobility. Tough takes on the so-called "admissions industrial complex" that favors students from wealthier backgrounds and looks at why the most selective U.S. colleges have become the least socio-economically diverse. We'll talk to Tough about what he uncovered in over 100 interviews with student...more

  • New California Law Allows College Athletes to Make Money From Endorsements

    Oct 01 2019

    Governor Gavin Newsom has signed a bill that will allow college athletes in California to hire agents and profit from use of their name, image or likeness. The Fair Pay to Play Act, which will go into effect in 2023, strikes at the heart of NCAA rules requiring student-athletes to maintain amateur status. We'll talk about what the law could mean for the state's college athletes and how the NCAA is responding.

  • Boulder Controversy Highlights San Francisco’s Homelessness Crisis

    Oct 01 2019

    In early September, neighbors on Clinton Park alley in San Francisco's Mission Dolores neighborhood sparked controversy by placing boulders on the sidewalk to obstruct drug dealing and homeless camping. For residents and activists, the boulders quickly became a symbol of the city's inability to adequately address its ongoing homelessness crisis. While the boulders were removed on Monday, San Francisco Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru said he'd support resident wishes for some sort of barrier ...more

  • Election 2019: San Francisco District Attorney Debate

    Sep 30 2019

    When San Franciscans elect a new district attorney this November, it will be the first time in over a century that an incumbent hasn't been in the race. With current DA George Gascón stepping down, four candidates--all attorneys with experience working within San Francisco's criminal justice system--are vying for the position. We'll hear from the candidates on their vision for the top prosecutor role in San Francisco and their approach to issues like police use of force, illegal drug use, homele...more

  • Impeachment Inquiry Gains Momentum, House Expects to Hear From Whistleblower ‘Very Soon’

    Sep 30 2019

    As part of the House's impeachment inquiry, three committee chairmen subpoenaed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Friday for documents relating to President Trump's phone call with Ukraine President Volodymr Zelensky. We'll discuss the latest developments.

  • 2019 MacArthur ‘Genius’ Fellow sujatha baliga on the Power of Restorative Justice

    Sep 27 2019

    sujatha baliga, an attorney and director of the Restorative Justice Project at Impact Justice, was selected this week to receive a MacArthur "genius" award for her work reducing youth incarceration while addressing the complex needs of crime victims. baliga, a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, says that personal experience propelled her toward restorative justice work, which she says "invites truth-telling on all sides." baliga joins us to talk about her award-winning work.

  • Biography Captures Life of Pioneering AIDS Journalist Randy Shilts

    Sep 27 2019

    Randy Shilts was one of the first journalists to cover and convey the magnitude of the 1980s AIDS epidemic. Shilts, who was openly gay, reported on the crisis for the San Francisco Chronicle and authored the landmark books “And the Band Played On: Politics, People and the AIDS Epidemic" and "The Mayor of Castro Street: The Life and Times of Harvey Milk." Shilts died from AIDS in 1994. Sacramento State professor Andrew Stoner joins us to talk about the life and legacy of Randy Shilts, and his new...more

  • How Nancy Pelosi’s Stance on Impeachment Changed

    Sep 27 2019

    When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced an official impeachment inquiry into President Trump on Tuesday, she reversed her previous resistance to impeachment proceedings. This stance had put her at odds with progressive House Democrats, several of whom have been calling for an impeachment inquiry for months. This hour we'll look at her political acumen, how she got to this moment, and why she’s resisted earlier calls for impeachment.

  • Consequences of Decisions Made in Youth Fuel Jacqueline Woodson’s Novel “Red at the Bone”

    Sep 26 2019

    Jacqueline Woodson has drawn wide acclaim for her young adult novels, and though her new novel is for adult readers, it centers on the experience of a black girl growing up in America. "Red at the Bone" paints a nuanced picture of two families brought together by a teen pregnancy, and it explores the ways decisions made in youth keep a hold on our lives. Forum talks to Woodson about her new novel and about her role as National Ambassador for Young People's Literature.

  • The Impeachment Case Against Trump: What Would the Founders Do?

    Sep 26 2019

    As the nation grapples with the question of impeachment, following House Democrats' launch of an inquiry this week,  we’ll look back at how history has treated this question.  We’ll examine the examples of the only two presidents ever impeached -- Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton -- and assess the case against Trump in light of historical precedent.

  • Acting Director of National Intelligence Testifies Before Congress on Whistleblower Complaint

    Sep 26 2019

    Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire concluded his testimony before the House Intelligence Committee on Thursday, answering questions from lawmakers about his handling of a bombshell complaint by a whistleblower.  The complaint, which was made public Thursday, alleges that President Trump illegally solicited interference from a foreign country in the 2020 election during a July 25 phone call in which he pressured the president of Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden’s son. The com...more

  • Bassey Ikpi on Living With Bipolar II Disorder

    Sep 25 2019

    In her debut memoir, "I'm Telling the Truth, But I'm Lying," writer and mental health advocate Bassey Ikpi takes readers into her mind as a Nigerian American woman living with bipolar II disorder and anxiety. Ikpi describes in visceral, poetic language her journey to a diagnosis and the impact her mental illness had on her relationships. Ikpi is also the founder of The Siwe Project, an organization that promotes mental health awareness among people of African descent. She joins us to talk about ...more

  • US House of Representatives to Launch Impeachment Inquiry

    Sep 25 2019

    Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Tuesday that the House is moving forward with a formal impeachment inquiry against President Trump. Calling "no one above the law," Pelosi said that Trump breached his constitutional duties in pressuring Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden's son. President Trump called the announcement "presidential harassment" and said the unredacted transcript of his call with Ukraine's president will be released on Wednesday. We'll discuss the latest developme...more

  • New York Times Reporters Assess the Case Against Brett Kavanaugh

    Sep 24 2019

    When New York Times reporters Kate Kelly and Robin Pogrebin began their 10-month investigation of the sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh, they drew wisdom from an unlikely source: Justice Kavanaugh's mother. Martha Kavanaugh, a prosecutor, used to tell juries to use common sense to decide "what rings true." Their new book "The Education of Brett Kavanaugh" sifts through thousands of documents and hours of testimony to assess the case against the Justice--both "thr...more

  • Democrats Demand Answers About Trump Phone Call With Ukrainian President

    Sep 24 2019

    Three House committees asked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday for documents related to President Trump's July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. On the call, President Trump reportedly asked Zelensky to investigate Joe Biden’s son’s former role on the board of a Ukrainian gas company. On Sunday, Trump acknowledged discussing Biden and his son on the call, but didn't confirm the reports that he asked Zelensky to investigate. Forum discusses the implications of the ph...more

  • Pamela Paul on Teaching Kids to Love Reading

    Sep 23 2019

    "Never treat books like a chore." That's one of the key bits of advice New York Times Book Review Editor Pamela Paul has for parents who want their children to experience what she calls the "natural, timeless, time-stopping joys of reading." Paul's new book, co-written with her colleague Maria Russo, is "How to Raise a Reader." She joins Forum with tips — from creating read-aloud routines to championing genre fiction — to nurture a love of books in kids of all ages.

  • George Takei Recalls Japanese American Internment in ‘They Called Us Enemy’

    Sep 23 2019

    George Takei may be best known for his role in Star Trek, but his legacy extends far beyond the screen. In addition to his activism for LBGTQ rights, Takei is the author of five books. His newest, "They Called Us Enemy," is a graphic memoir that recounts Takei's experience of being forced into a Japanese American internment camp with his family at age 4. Takei joins us in studio.

  • Colson Whitehead Recounts the Horrors of Jim Crow Segregation in ‘The Nickel Boys’

    Sep 20 2019

    Writer Colson Whitehead's new novel "The Nickel Boys" was inspired by the true story of a so-called reform school in Florida that was more of a state-sponsored prison during the Jim Crow era. There, boys and young men — especially African Americans — were subjected to cruel and sometimes even fatal punishment. It’s his first book since "The Underground Railroad," which earned him the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. Whitehead joins us to talk about his new book.

  • Malcolm Gladwell on Lies, Miscommunication and ‘Talking to Strangers’

    Sep 20 2019

    It’s been nearly 20 years since Malcolm Gladwell’s book "The Tipping Point" put him on the map. His new book "Talking to Strangers" examines how communication and misunderstanding between people is influenced by how well they know each other. He joins us in the studio to talk about the book, which weaves together stories ranging from Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff, to Adolf Hitler, to the wrongfully convicted Amanda Knox.

  • Trump Blasts California for Homeless Crisis, Rejects Request for Housing Vouchers

    Sep 19 2019

    While visiting California this week, President Trump decried the homelessness crisis, saying it’s destroying the state’s cities. As yet, the President has offered few solutions, suggesting that deregulation would increase housing supply. On Wednesday, the Trump administration declined the state's request for 500,000 more federal housing vouchers. We'll talk with Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg, the head of Governor Newsom's new Commission on Homelessness & Supportive Housing about the role of...more

  • Political Deadlock in Israel After Tuesday Vote

    Sep 19 2019

    The political deadlock continues in Israel today after the country’s second election this year. Official results are still unavailable, but it looks like neither Benjamin Netanyahu’s conservative Likud party nor the centrist Blue and White party, led by former military chief of staff Benny Ganz, have won enough seats in parliament for a majority. As lawmakers begin negotiations to form a governing coalition, we'll talk about the results and the likelihood of a third election. We’ll also discuss ...more

  • California Proposal to Save Tropical Rainforests Divides Environmentalists

    Sep 19 2019

    The California Air Resources Board is considering a controversial proposal Thursday aimed at protecting the world's tropical rainforests and combating global climate change. The proposal could allow companies to offset their emissions by sending money to fight deforestation in countries such as such as Brazil and promote sustainable industries. Backers say including tropical rainforests in the state's cap and trade program provides needed money to save the essential forests. But opponents say it...more

  • Former UN Ambassador Samantha Power and ‘The Education of an Idealist’

    Sep 18 2019

    "The road to hell is paved with good intentions, to be sure," writes former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power in her new memoir, "The Education of an Idealist." "But turning a blind eye to the toughest problems in the world is a guaranteed shortcut to the same destination." Power first rose to prominence with her 2003 Pulitzer Prize-winning book, "A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide." She pushed for a human rights-driven foreign policy in the Obama administration, and s...more

  • EPA Expected to Revoke California Emissions Waiver

    Sep 18 2019

    California's role as an environmental leader in improving air quality, which includes a plan to put more than a million zero-emission and plug-in hybrid vehicles on the roads by 2025, is about to be upended by the Environmental Protection Agency. The Trump administration is expected to announce this week that it will revoke the state's right to set stricter air pollution standards for cars and light trucks. We'll discuss the move and how California will respond.

  • Salman Rushdie’s Modern-Day Don Quixote

    Sep 17 2019

    Writer Salman Rushdie's new novel, "Quichotte," is set in an unstable, perilous America where anything can happen. "Old friends could become new enemies and traditional enemies could be your new besties or even lovers. It was no longer possible to predict the weather, or the likelihood of war, or the outcomes of elections." A layered book within a book, it's Rushdie's character, spy novel writer Sam DuChamp, who is penning the story of Quichotte, a Don Quixote of the digital age, embarking on a ...more

  • Organizer Isha Tobis Clarke on Friday’s Youth Climate Strike

    Sep 17 2019

    On Friday, youth in the Bay Area and around the world are planning to leave school and strike to demand more action on climate change. One of the local leaders of the strike is Isha Tobis Clarke of the group Youth vs. Apocalypse. A senior at Oakland's MetWest High School, Clarke was part of a group of young people who made news last spring when they confronted Senator Dianne Feinstein and attempted to convince her to endorse the Green New Deal resolution. She joins us in studio to talk about her...more

  • The Biggest Bills Awaiting Gov. Newsom’s Signature

    Sep 17 2019

    The state legislature wrapped up its session on Friday, sending Governor Gavin Newsom a big stack of bills on issues ranging from affordable housing to wildfires to police use of force. KQED's Katie Orr joins us to talk about some of the most significant legislation that passed this year, and which ones the governor is likely to sign or veto.

  • Ken Burns Explores Country Music’s Roots, Evolution and Universal Appeal

    Sep 16 2019

    From Johnny Cash's performance at San Quentin in front of a young Merle Haggard, to the heartbreak behind Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You," Ken Burns' latest documentary "Country Music" explores the stories big and small that compose the titular genre. The series features interviews, archival video, and hundreds of music cues, which include the work of Jimmie Rodgers, Patsy Cline, Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn and more. "Country Music" premieres Sunday on PBS and will air over eight nights....more

  • National Political News in Review

    Sep 16 2019

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

  • Report: San Francisco’s Facilities for Mentally Ill Regularly Operate Under Capacity

    Sep 16 2019

    Beds for those struggling with mental illness and addiction are going empty at a number of treatment facilities across the city, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. In one such case, the Chronicle found that in July of this year only 32 patients occupied the 55-bed Adult Residential Facility on SF General Hospital's campus. Department of Public Health officials say staff negligence and concerns over patient safety prompted their decision last year to stop admitting patients. We discuss thi...more

  • How to Make Friends as an Adult

    Sep 13 2019

    We've all heard that friendship and community is important for our happiness and even our health. But many of us find it harder to make friends, and nurture friendships that we do have, as adults. Forum discusses ways to find new friends and how to forge deeper connections with people who are already in our lives.

  • Lawmakers Move to Protect Renters, Pass Limits on Rent Increases and Evictions

    Sep 13 2019

    Assembly Bill 1482, a measure to cap most annual rent increases at 5% plus inflation, passed the state legislature this week and will take effect Jan. 1. The bill also provides further protections against eviction without cause. Governor Newsom has pledged to sign AB 1482, calling its renter protections "the strongest package in America." We'll take your questions about the bill.

  • PG&E Agrees to $11 Billion Wildfire Insurance Settlement

    Sep 13 2019

    In a major development in the utility's efforts to exit bankruptcy, PG&E and a group of insurance companies announced Friday that they have settled claims for $11 billion arising from the 2017 and 2018 California wildfires. The settlement is subject to approval by the federal bankruptcy court overseeing the utility’s reorganization.

  • Ibram X. Kendi Explains ‘How to Be an Antiracist’

    Sep 12 2019

    It's not enough to be against racism, or to not consider ourselves racists, argues American University professor Ibram X. Kendi. Instead, we must actively be "antiracist" and fight for racial equality. Kendi's new book, "How to Be an Antiracist," examines what he's learned from the Antiracist Research & Policy Center at American University, of which he is founding director, as well as from his own life as a black man. Kendi puts personal and contemporary racism in conversation with national and ...more

  • California Legislature Passes AB 5, What It Means for You

    Sep 12 2019

    On Wednesday, lawmakers passed Assembly Bill 5, which would extend benefits and labor protections to workers in California’s “gig economy.” The bill now awaits Governor Newsom, who endorsed it earlier this month and is expected to sign it. We'll unpack the details of the bill, who stands to be affected by its requirements and what it means for workers. And we want to hear from you: Will this bill impact you and your work? Share your experience with us.

  • Indian Playwright and Engineer Writes and Directs New Gandhi Musical

    Sep 11 2019

    Playwright, novelist and software engineer Sujit Saraf has been writing and directing plays since co-founding the community theater company Naatak as a UC Berkeley student in 1995. Based in the South Bay, Naatak's plays are put on primarily by Indian immigrants working in Silicon Valley's tech industry. Saraf's newest play, a musical exploring the life and legacy of Mahatma Gandhi, opens Sept. 14.  Saraf joins Forum to preview the musical and discuss his approach to presenting Gandhi's life stor...more

  • Johanna Pfaelzer Takes the Reins as Artistic Director of Berkeley Rep

    Sep 11 2019

    Berkeley Repertory Theatre has a new artistic director, Johanna Pfaelzer. Her inaugural season at Berkeley Rep opens this month and will include the shows "White Noise," "School Girls; or, the African Mean Girls Play" and "Happy Days." Pfaelzer previously helped develop Broadway hits "Hamilton" and Green Day's  "American Idiot" as artistic director of the nonprofit New York Stage and Film. Pfaelzer joins us to discuss her vision for Berkeley Rep and how she plans to draw in the next generation o...more

  • California Health Officials Investigate 62 Cases of Vaping Related Lung Disease and 1 Death

    Sep 11 2019

    California's first known death associated with vaping marijuana was announced Friday by Los Angeles County health authorities. That same day, national health officials discouraged the use of e-cigarettes until they determine the cause of about 450 reported cases of a severe lung disease that has killed at least five people. In California, the Department of Public Health is currently investigating 62 potential cases of the disease in people with a recent history of vaping. An estimated 9 million ...more

  • John Bolton Departs From Role as National Security Adviser

    Sep 11 2019

    John Bolton stepped down from his role as national security adviser on Tuesday. The former security adviser and the president clashed over foreign policy throughout Bolton's term, and the two tweeted contradictory accounts of Bolton's resignation on Tuesday. President Trump announced via Twitter that he will appoint a new national security adviser next week. We'll talk about what the ousting of the Trump Administration's third national security adviser means for the White House and the nation.

  • ‘Super Pumped’ Looks at Rise, Fall of Former Uber CEO

    Sep 10 2019

    Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick stepped down from his role as chief executive in 2017, following company scandals over sexual harassment, privacy violations and driver mistreatment. New York Times technology reporter Mike Isaac covered Kalanick’s resignation, and his new book “Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber” analyzes how Silicon Valley’s reverence for founders allowed for Kalanick’s rise, and fall. Isaac talked to more than 200 current and former Uber employees, who described its hyper-mascul...more

  • 48 States Announce Google Antitrust Investigation, California Not Among Them

    Sep 10 2019

    Attorneys general for 50 U.S. states and territories announced Monday that they are launching an antitrust investigation of tech giant Google. The probe will initially focus on Google’s advertising business. It comes amid increasing scrutiny and criticism of large technology firms. California, where Google is based, is not part of the investigation. We’ll get the latest developments.

  • Astrobiologist Explains How Geographical History ‘Shaped Human History’

    Sep 09 2019

    Astrobiologist Lewis Dartnell discusses his book “Origins: How Earth's History Shaped Human History.”

  • President Trump Cancels Peace Talks With Afghan President, Taliban

    Sep 09 2019

    President Trump says he has called off secret Camp David talks with the Taliban and the president of Afghanistan. Tweeting on Saturday, Trump cited last week’s attack in Kabul, which the Taliban claimed responsibility for. In addition to the Camp David meeting, the president said he was canceling ongoing U.S. peace talks with the Afghan Taliban. We’re going to find out what this all means for Afghanistan and the U.S. role there. 

  • Republicans Gather in Indian Wells for Annual State Convention

    Sep 09 2019

    This weekend Republicans from across the state will gather in Indian Wells for the Fall 2019 California GOP Convention. Speakers include President Trump's national campaign manager Brad Parscale, Energy Secretary and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer. Forum takes a look at what happened at the convention, and what it means for the future of the party.

  • Just How Unfashionable Is the Bay Area?

    Sep 06 2019

    Given the North Face fleeces that populate BART, and San Francisco's identity as the birthplace of Levi's jeans, some might consider the Bay Area to be the casual capital of the world. That's the topic of KQED's latest Bay Curious episode, which argues that California's history has influenced the styles you'll see around the Bay today -- from the Gold Rush to the Silicon Valley tech boom. We'll discuss whether the Bay Area dresses down more than other places, as well as what qualities define Bay...more

  • Listening to ‘America’s Lost Street Kids’

    Sep 06 2019

    The 2015 double-murder of Audrey Carey and Steve Carter by three transient youth rocked the Bay Area and brought the issue of the region's long-standing street kids population to the forefront. Vivian Ho, then a criminal justice reporter at the San Francisco Chronicle, covered the Haze Lampley, Lila Alligood and Sean Angold murder trail. The three drifters were eventually all convicted for these senseless murders, but Ho knew that a big part of the story was still left unanswered - how did youn...more

  • Jury Acquits One Defendant in Deadly Ghost Ship Fire, Deadlocks on the Other

    Sep 06 2019

    Defendant Max Harris was acquitted Thursday of all 36 counts of manslaughter in the deadly fire at the Ghost Ship warehouse in Oakland. The jury hung on all counts against co-defendant Derick Almena. Prosecutors accused the two men of turning the warehouse and artist collective into a death trap, resulting in a massive fire that killed 36 people in December 2016. Wednesday's verdict comes after years of legal battles and two trials, which could have resulted in up to 36 years in prison for both ...more

  • Creating ‘Safe Enough Spaces’ on College Campuses

    Sep 05 2019

    While the concept of "safe spaces" for learning on college campuses has been mocked for coddling and infantilizing students, Wesleyan University president Michael Roth says protecting students from harassment and intimidation doesn't mean shielding them from uncomfortable or confrontational ideas. He argues for "safe enough spaces." His new book, subtitled "A Pragmatist's Approach to Inclusion, Free Speech, and Political Correctness on College Campuses" proposes creating environments where stude...more

  • Democratic Hopefuls Release Sweeping Climate Plans

    Sep 05 2019

    Ten Democratic presidential candidates take the stage Wednesday evening to present their climate platforms during a seven-hour CNN town hall. Most of the candidates are calling for trillions of dollars in transportation and infrastructure investment and a carbon-neutral or carbon-free economy within 20 to 30 years. We'll compare the candidates' proposals and discuss whether the issue of climate change is likely to play a major role in the presidential race.

  • California Legislature Passes Vaccine Legislation, Newsom Wavers

    Sep 05 2019

    On Wednesday, the California State legislature passed a vaccine bill designed to close a loophole that allowed parents to skirt the state's mandatory immunization for school children. SB 276, which passed with large margins, requires state oversight of medical vaccine exemptions given to children by doctors. It's unclear, however, if Governor Newsom will sign it into law. His request for a companion bill that could weaken the bill's provisions has many critics accusing him of pandering to vaccin...more

  • Geographer Explores Resegregation and Inequality in Northern California

    Sep 04 2019

    More than 50 years after the civil rights movement, Northern California has become racially segregated in new ways, argues urbanist, planner and geographer Alex Schafran. Even while communities of color continue to suffer the effects of decades-old postwar housing discrimination, Schafran says there are new factors that have driven people of color out of cities, into the farther reaches of the Bay Area, resulting in long commutes, unstable finances and rising poverty. In his book, "The Road to R...more

  • Officials Push for Safe Return of San Francisco Activist Shot in Philippines

    Sep 04 2019

    Brandon Lee, a human rights activist and San Francisco native, is in critical condition after he was shot last month outside his home in the Philippines. Watchdog groups say the Philippine government carried out the attack as retribution for Lee's environmental and indigenous rights advocacy within the country. On Tuesday, following a week-long fact finding mission in the Philippines, San Francisco Supervisors Matt Haney and Gordon Mar introduced a resolution calling for Lee's evacuation and ur...more

  • British Parliament Votes to Wrest Control of Government from Conservatives to Stop No-Deal Brexit

    Sep 04 2019

    In stunning defiance of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, UK lawmakers voted Tuesday to take control of the parliamentary agenda to debate legislation that would block a no-deal Brexit. In response, Johnson introduced a bill to hold a general election next month. We’ll discuss the latest developments and their political and economic implications.

  • Remains of 20 People Recovered After Conception Boat Fire

    Sep 03 2019

    Rescue crews recovered the bodies of 20 people who died when a fire erupted on the diving boat Conception near an island off the Southern California coast early Monday morning. At least 14 people are still missing of the 39 people who were aboard the 75-foot boat, operated by Santa Barbara-based company Truth Aquatics. Forum gets the latest updates about the search and recovery efforts.

  • The Man Who Built Condé Nast’s Publishing ‘Empire’

    Sep 03 2019

    Forum talks with Susan Ronald about her book "Condé Nast: The Man and His Empire."

  • Amidst Housing Crisis, California Reaches Rent Cap Agreement

    Sep 03 2019

    Governor Gavin Newsom announced a new deal on Friday that seeks to protect millions of California renters against rent-gouging and evictions. If approved by the state Legislature, the agreement would limit rent increases to 5 percent plus inflation, with a 10 percent maximum increase. Forum discusses what this rent cap might mean for California and we hear the latest from the Conception boat fire off the Santa Barbara coast.

  • National Political News in Review

    Sep 03 2019

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

  • Rebroadcast: ‘Don’t Read Poetry’ Examines the Joys and Challenges of … Reading Poetry

    Sep 02 2019

    Poet and literary critic Stephanie Burt joins us to discuss the diverse world of poetry.

  • Rebroadcast: Steven Greenhouse on Why Workers Feel ‘Beaten Down, Worked Up’

    Sep 02 2019

    Steven Greenhouse discusses his book on American workers "Beaten Down, Worked Up."

  • Social Media and ‘The End of Forgetting’

    Aug 30 2019

    Part of growing up is being able to forget in order to change and reinvent yourself. New media technologies, like Youtube and Facebook, are increasingly making the past unforgettable. What does it mean for the new generation of young people to never be able to fully let go of their past — even the most embarrassing photos? According to Kate Eichhorn, culture and media professor at New York City's New School, people are now forming their identities online from an early age and in the process, cre...more

  • California Considers Law to Rewrite Rules of the Gig Economy

    Aug 30 2019

    State legislators are considering a bill that would require many gig-based companies to hire their independent contractors as employees. The bill could affect as many as two million contract workers in California, across a variety of industries, from rideshare drivers to construction workers to strippers. Supporters of Assembly Bill 5, including drivers for Uber and Lyft who have been rallying in support of the change, say the gig economy is exploiting low income workers. Opponents say the rise ...more

  • Looking to the Future Through ‘The Optimist’s Telescope’

    Aug 29 2019

    In order to address issues like climate change, we need to learn how to do something that doesn't come naturally to us — plan for the long-term. That's according to former Obama senior climate adviser, Bina Venkataraman. In her new book, "The Optimist's Telescope: Thinking Ahead in a Reckless Age," Venkataraman argues that our society and economy reinforces our addiction to instant gratification by focusing on short-term market gains. Venkataraman joins Forum to talk about how we, as individuals...more

  • The Legal Fight for Accountability in the Opioid Crisis

    Aug 29 2019

    On Monday, a judge in Oklahoma handed down a ruling that Johnson & Johnson must pay $572 million to the state for the company's role in the opioid epidemic. It's the first ruling of its kind to hold a pharmaceutical company accountable for the opioid crisis. Meanwhile,Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, is offering to settle over 2,000 lawsuits from states, cities and counties for $10 billion to $12 billion dollars. We'll discuss what these developments could mean for other health care and dr...more

  • House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff Talks Election Security, Domestic Terrorism Bill

    Aug 28 2019

    House Intelligence Committee Chairman and California Congressman Adam Schiff has been at the center of the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. With the 2020 presidential race approaching, Rep. Schiff is looking into what the United States can do to shore up our election security and the rising threat of deepfake videos. He joins Forum to discuss the latest in the ongoing investigation into foreign intervention in our election and his legislative res...more

  • Documentary Podcast ‘Out of The Blocks’ Showcases Lower Bottoms West Oakland

    Aug 28 2019

    Our streets are full of "stories hidden in plain sight" say Aaron Henkin and Wendel Patrick, hosts of the award-winning documentary podcast "Out of The Blocks." A project of Baltimore public radio station WYPR, the podcast showcases the stories of residents on a given block, in their own words and backed by an original score. Even though it is rooted in the streets of Baltimore, "Out of The Blocks" has expanded to also tell the stories of neighborhoods in Atlanta, Chicago, Seoul, South Korea and...more

  • FCC to Investigate Cellphone Radiation Exposure

    Aug 28 2019

    A Chicago Tribune investigation tested the amount of radiation exposure from cell phones and found many phones exceeded the legal safety allowed limit. The Tribune funded lab tests on various cell phone models and found the popular iPhone 7 measured more than double the radiation Apple officially reported to federal regulators. In response, the Federal Communications Commission, which regulates cell phones, says it will now conduct its own testing. Forum discusses the investigation and whether w...more

  • Federal Election Commission Toothless Ahead of 2020 Election

    Aug 28 2019

    The Federal Election Commission (FEC) will partially shut down at the end of this week. The bipartisan election watchdog, which oversees national campaign finance law, has long been plagued with open vacancies and infighting. Republican commissioner Matthew Petersen's resignation on Monday, however, made history by making it the first time in 11 years that the FEC will not have the four-person quorum needed to conduct business. Forum discusses what this new development means for the future of th...more

  • PG&E Asks CA Legislature for $20 Billion Tax-Exempt Bonds Amidst Rate Increases

    Aug 27 2019

    PG&E CEO Bill Johnson requested California lawmakers to approve a $20 billion bond plan to address wildfire cases and its bankruptcy case, last week. Although critics are calling this plan a bailout, PG&E claims this will help wildfire victims and will be paid off by shareholders instead of ratepayers. Residential rates, however, are still likely to go up as much as $30 a month. PG&E is asking regulators to consider a variety of rate-related proposals to pay for wildfire prevention and its elect...more