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KQED’s live call-in program presents balanced discussions of local, state, national, and world issues as well as in-depth interviews with leading figures in politics, science, entertainment, and the arts.

Episodes

  • California Discourages Trick-or-Treating this Halloween

    Sep 18 2020

    Across California, county public health departments have issued guidelines banning parades, block parties and haunted houses. “A different type of Halloween” must happen this year, state health secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly said Tuesday. Last week, Los Angeles County banned trick-or-treating, then revised its language to instead discourage the activity. This week, San Francisco County similarly discouraged going door-to-door for candy while encouraging alternatives such as virtual activities and home...more

  • A Quest to Understand Suffering in Yaa Gyasi’s Novel ‘Transcendent Kingdom’

    Sep 18 2020

    Following her critically-acclaimed debut novel “Homegoing,” novelist Yaa Gyasi returns with “Transcendent Kingdom.” The story follows Gifty, a doctoral candidate in neuroscience at Stanford University. After losing her brother to a heroin overdose and while caring for her suicidal mother, she is determined to find a scientific reason for suffering. But even as Gifty embarks on her scientific quest, she finds herself longing for the faith of her childhood to help reckon with her famil...more

  • Your Six-Word Pandemic Memoirs

    Sep 18 2020

    How would you describe the past six months in six words? SMITH Magazine founding editor Larry Smith posed that question to followers of his Six-Word Memoir project, receiving answers that included, “I want my senior year back,” “Social distancing myself from the fridge” and “Dear first grandchild: see you soon.” Smith will join us to talk some of the most memorable responses. We want to hear from you: what’s your own six-word pandemic memoir?

  • What Trump’s Middle East Deal Means for the Region

    Sep 18 2020

    The United Arab Emirates and Bahrain signed an agreement at the White House this week to normalize relations with Israel, signaling a diplomatic shift in the Middle East and a new alliance against Iran. President Donald Trump lauded the deal as historic. But the agreement — between countries already at peace with each other — could further isolate the Palestinians, who immediately condemned the pact. How significant is the deal? We’ll talk with policy experts about the deal and other...more

  • Larry Diamond and Ned Foley Explain the ‘Terrifying Inadequacy’ of U.S. Election Law

    Sep 17 2020

    What will happen if both Donald Trump and Joe Biden claim victory in November? Unfortunately, according to scholars Larry Diamond and Ned Foley, American election laws “provide a shockingly inadequate guide” for resolving such a deadlock. We’ll talk to Diamond and Foley about what could trigger a contested election, the limitations of the laws and constitutional provisions that govern electoral college disputes and the steps we can take to forestall what they call a “disa...more

  • Jay Rosen on How the Media Should Cover Trump and the 2020 Election

    Sep 17 2020

    After President Trump claimed last month that mail-in ballots will lead to a “rigged” election, journalism professor and media critic Jay Rosen wrote that the president now posed “an active threat to American democracy”. But the media, he says, is still failing to convey the urgency of that threat. Instead, reporters too often amplify the president’s dubious claims and normalize his conduct. Rosen joins Forum to lay out the shortcomings of traditional campaign cover...more

  • Families with Young Students Struggle with Distance Learning

    Sep 16 2020

    Distance learning poses huge challenges for students of every age group, but it’s especially difficult for the youngest students. Children in preschool and early elementary grades rely on interacting with teachers and other kids to learn basic skills and lessons – something that is difficult to replicate over a computer screen. School districts are also struggling to meet the needs of low-income families, special needs students and English language learners, which make up a significant portion o...more

  • No Mask? Pay $100. Berkeley Approves Fine for Not Complying With Mask Order

    Sep 16 2020

    Get caught without a mask in Berkeley and you could be fined $100. That’s after the city council passed an ordinance last night that allows code enforcement officers to hand out tickets to mask scofflaws. Many cities and counties have similar ordinances. But Berkeley has a close eye on parks, restaurants, parties, and especially college students. There’s been an uptick in coronavirus cases as Cal students returned to campus. Related Coverage: Berkeley may start fining people $100 wh...more

  • Bay Area Reports Decline In COVID-19 Cases and Hospitalizations

    Sep 16 2020

    Evidence is emerging that the nine-county Bay Area is making significant strides against the coronavirus pandemic. New cases have fallen by more than 60% since mid August, and hospitalizations are down by 35% from their peak, according to state health data compiled by the San Francisco Chronicle. We’ll talk about what’s contributed to the declines, how progress differs by county and whether we can expect the positive trends to continue.

  • Writer Roxane Gay on the Significance of Audre Lorde

    Sep 15 2020

    In the introduction to a new anthology of the work of Black lesbian writer and activist Audre Lorde, Roxane Gay writes that Lorde "is an exemplar of public intellectualism who is as relevant in this century as she was in the last.” Gay, an author whose best-selling books include "Bad Feminist" and "Hunger," edited the new anthology titled, "The Selected Works of Audre Lorde." The book features a mix of Lorde's groundbreaking poetry and prose on topics of race, queer identity, feminism and justic...more

  • How To Keep California’s Forests Healthy and Reduce Fires

    Sep 15 2020

    Wildfires seem to be getting bigger, more frequent and more dangerous. Experts say that won’t change this season or next, unless the state and federal governments spend billions of dollars more on thinning forests and making California communities more resilient to fire. That would mean a big shift for foresters and firefighters who’ve spent the past century working to preserve timber and beating back the flames. But people who study fire say that shift in thinking is long overdue. W...more

  • Roles Like ‘Chief of Diversity’ See Spike in Interest, Hires

    Sep 14 2020

    Recent data from LinkedIn show a surge in companies recruiting and hiring for positions such as “chief of diversity." As employees feel more emboldened to speak out about their work environments amid ongoing calls to end racism, companies are intensifying efforts focused on diversity and inclusion. We'll learn more about the trend and hear from experts on what it means for inclusion and equity in the workplace. And we want to hear from you: how is your workplace approaching issues of diversity a...more

  • Is it Finally OK to Fly? Travelers Assess Pandemic Risks

    Sep 14 2020

    After months of sheltering in place -- and as health experts characterize air travel as relatively low-risk -- more Americans are contemplating taking to the skies again. We'll talk about how to stay safe on an airplane and how to evaluate and manage risks associated with renting a car, using a ride-hailing service or staying in a motel. And we want to hear from you: what are your thoughts on pandemic air travel this fall?

  • How Bad Is the Air, And When Might it Improve?

    Sep 14 2020

    The Bay Area has been suffering some of the worst air quality in the world in recent days. We'll get the latest on the air, how to protect yourself, and when the region might get some relief.

  • Historian and Journalist Jelani Cobb on New Frontline Documentary ‘Policing the Police 2020′

    Sep 11 2020

    In the new Frontline documentary “Policing the Police 2020,” historian and journalist Jelani Cobb returns as a correspondent, taking viewers inside a U.S. police department. The current wave of protests against police brutality and calls to defund the police prompted the update to Frontline’s 2016 documentary, “Policing the Police,” which focused on reform efforts at the Newark, N.J. police department. In the 2020 sequel, premiering Sept. 15 on PBS, Cobb revisits the Newark police department to ...more

  • Dozens of Bay Area Elementary Schools Approved for In-Person Instruction

    Sep 11 2020

    Since California first issued safety guidelines for schools back in August, health officials have given the green light to dozens of Bay Area elementary schools  to reopen classrooms. But the approvals don’t necessarily mean kids will be learning in person immediately. Debate over safety protocols, feedback from teachers and parents and possible lawsuits all have the potential to slow reopening. We'll hear about the guidelines and which Bay Area K-6 schools are approved to reopen. And we'll talk...more

  • Poet Claudia Rankine’s Book ‘Just Us’ Seeks Out ‘True Conversation’ About Race

    Sep 10 2020

    “These phrases— white fragility, white defensiveness, white appropriation— have a habit of standing in for the complicated mess of a true conversation." That's according to poet, playwright and MacArthur "genius" grant recipient Claudia Rankine in her new book, "Just Us: An American Conversation." Recounting conversations with strangers, friends and herself about race and privilege in the U.S., Rankine explores what might happen if we reject politeness for riskier, more meaningful interactions. ...more

  • Wildfires Continue Scorching Across California

    Sep 10 2020

    Across California, wildfires continue ravaging the landscape, filling skies with smoke and prompting thousands of people to evacuate their homes. Cal Fire is battling at least a dozen blazes including the Creek Fire near Fresno that has burned more than 163,138 acres and is 0% contained. The Bear Fire flared to more than 254,000 acres from Tuesday to Wednesday just east of Paradise, a small city that was decimated by wildfire in 2018. We get an update on the active fires and hear how nearby resi...more

  • NIH Asssures Lawmakers Future COVID-19 Vaccine Will Be Safe

    Sep 10 2020

    National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins told Congress Wednesday that no safety standards will be compromised as the government evaluates the three COVID-19 vaccines that have advanced to Phase 3 clinical trials. His remarks came a day after a group of pharmaceutical companies made a similar safety pledge and after Astra-Zeneca halted its vaccine study when a participant became seriously ill. The reassurances follow recent statements by President Trump that a vaccine would be avail...more

  • Woodward: Trump Knew Virus Was Deadly But Wanted To ‘Play it Down’

    Sep 10 2020

    President Donald Trump told journalist Bob Woodward that he knew early on that the coronavirus was “deadly stuff” but did not share that information with the public, saying he did not want to cause panic. Woodward recorded the interviews for his upcoming book “Rage”.  “I wanted to always play it down,” Trump told Woodward. We’ll talk about the president’s remarks and other revelations from Woodward’s book with NPR’s Ron Elving. 

  • Bay Area Residents Alarmed as Wildfire Smoke Blocks Sun

    Sep 10 2020

    Bay Area residents woke to ominous orange skies Wednesday, brought on by multiple wildfires across Northern California.  As a layer of heavy smoke all but blocked the sun, and as ash covered sidewalks, cars and houses, many are raising concerns about the health effects of going outside. We talk with a meteorologist and air quality expert about how long the darkened skies will last and the status of the region’s air quality.

  • How Latino Conservatives Could Influence the 2020 Election

    Sep 09 2020

    While there is a perception that Latinos tend to vote for Democrats, a significant percentage, especially in places such as California's Central Valley, Texas and Florida, side with the Republican Party. In a time when President Donald Trump has demonized and targeted Latinos, he nonetheless has garnered support of some Latino voters. In his latest book, “The Hispanic Republican: The Shaping of an American Political Identity, from Nixon to Trump,” historian and political commentator Geraldo Cada...more

  • Even as Rents Fall, Some Bay Area Residents Consider Leaving

    Sep 09 2020

    Among the Bay Area workers who have the luxury of working from home, some are eyeing an exit from a region known for its excessive cost of living and susceptibility to wildfires and earthquakes. And they’re contemplating an exodus even as rents have fallen throughout much of the Bay Area since the start of the pandemic. A recent survey from e-commerce site Fast found that of those Californians who are able to work from anywhere, 43% are thinking of leaving the state.  We’ll talk about the trend ...more

  • How Breonna Taylor Landed in the Middle of a Deadly Drug Raid

    Sep 08 2020

    In a New York Times piece, "Breonna Taylor's Life Was Changing. Then the Police Came to Her Door," correspondent Rukmini Callimachi uncovers details about the story of Breonna Taylor, the young woman in Kentucky who was killed by police during a drug raid on her home earlier this year. Drawing from various interviews, documents and recordings, Callimachi weaves together how an ex-boyfriend’s run-ins with the law and police mishandling of the raid ultimately led to Taylor’s tragic death just as h...more

  • California Wildfire Update

    Sep 08 2020

    Wildfires have now burned a record 2 million acres in California this year. Meanwhile, as the extreme heat continues, PG&E is starting power shutoffs for many of its customers. We'll get the latest on the fires burning across the state.

  • Brian Stelter Explores White House’s ‘Unprecedented Alliance’ With Fox News in ‘Hoax’

    Sep 08 2020

    To CNN chief media correspondent Brian Stelter, President Trump’s ongoing, mutually-reinforcing alliance with Fox News gained permanent traction in January 2017. That was when Trump, enraged over CNN’s coverage of his sparse inauguration crowd, found refuge in sympathetic reporting from Fox News. Stelter says from that point on, the network became Trump’s “humiliation-free zone” and his chief source of information. As detailed in Stelter’s new book “Hoax,” it also marked the start of an alliance...more

  • Rebroadcast: Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman on How to Sustain ‘Big Friendship’

    Sep 07 2020

    A close friendship can be one of the most fulfilling, and most challenging, relationships of our lives. In their book “Big Friendship: How We Keep Each Other Close,” writers and longtime friends Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman share their honest and humorous account of what it really takes to maintain a meaningful bond -- from moments of being totally in sync to painful disagreements and everything in between. We'll talk to Sow and Friedman about the lessons they've learned together and hear your ...more

  • Rebroadcast: Learning to Deal with Uncertainty… Through Poker

    Sep 07 2020

    After a spate of bad luck led her to question the nature of chance, journalist Maria Konnikova began learning about poker. Konnikova -- who holds a doctorate in psychology--was curious about how the game hones players’ ability to distinguish between what is within and outside of our control.  Under the tutelage of an expert, she became a professional player and entered the World Series of Poker, a competition with a $10,000 entry fee. The experience shaped her new book, “The Biggest Bluff.”  Kon...more

  • New York Times’ Farhad Manjoo on Election 2020 and Why He’s “Doomsday Prepping”

    Sep 04 2020

    In his latest column for the New York Times, opinion writer Farhad Manjoo delves into his fears of a second term for President Donald Trump. But even if Trump loses, he asks, have the president and the Republican Party  damaged American democracy beyond repair? Trump has repeatedly lied throughout his presidency, but, Manjoo writes, “It’s not the lies themselves that worry me most, but the fact that millions of people might accept them. Can America endure such mendacity? When you don’t have soci...more

  • Oakland A’s President on the Team’s Role During These Unprecedented Times

    Sep 04 2020

    The Oakland Athletics, who stand at the top of their division, will take the field for the first time on Friday after a positive coronavirus case caused the team to postpone a series in Seattle. Off the field, the team has also been making news. They sat out a game last week in protest of institutional racism and have joined other Bay Area sports teams in supporting Prop 16, which would repeal a ban on affirmative action in California’s public sector. We’ll talk with Oakland Athletics president ...more

  • Roberto Lovato Reconstitutes His Family’s History in ‘Unforgetting’

    Sep 04 2020

    At the outset of his new memoir "Unforgetting," San Francisco-based journalist and author Roberto Lovato says that epic history is best understood as a "stitching together of intimate histories." It was the search for his own family's intimate history that took Lovato from his native California to El Salvador, where his parents were born and where war, gang violence and mass migration have laid siege to the populace for decades. Lovato joins us to share what he learned about his family and the l...more

  • Major Police Reform Bills Fail in California Legislature

    Sep 04 2020

    Facing strong opposition from law enforcement groups, a measure that would have allowed California to remove police officers who commit serious misconduct failed to pass the state legislature earlier this week. It was just one of several major police accountability measures that failed to gather enough votes by the last day of the legislative session. We'll hear why the bills failed, and what that says about prospects for police reform in California.

  • The Long History of White Supremacy in American Christianity

    Sep 03 2020

    In his new book, “White Too Long: The Legacy of White Supremacy in American Christianity,” author Robert P. Jones examines how Christian religious organizations have promoted and enabled racism in America. While Christians proclaim a message of love and salvation, Jones argues that Christian denominations have historically rationalized anti-black policies and beliefs such as slavery and Jim Crow laws. The book also looks at how President Donald Trump garnered support from White evangelicals by u...more

  • Russia is Meddling in the US Election Again

    Sep 03 2020

    The Russian group that interfered in the 2016 election is again targeting Americans with misinformation online. That's according to Facebook and Twitter, who say the FBI warned both companies that the Kremlin-backed Internet Research Agency set up fake user accounts and a website made to look like a left-wing news site. The disinformation campaign, which Facebook and Twitter have taken down, was aimed at pushing voters away from Democratic candidate Joe Biden in support of President Trump. We'll...more

  • Trump Administration Weakens Coal Waste Rules in Latest Environmental Rollback

    Sep 03 2020

    This week, the EPA finalized its plan to ease federal rules governing the disposal of contaminated waste from coal-fired power plants. The rollback is the latest in a long series of Trump administration actions that have weakened or nullified major Obama-era environmental initiatives that tightened vehicle emissions standards, protected federal lands from fossil fuel drilling and set ambitious greenhouse gas reduction targets. We’ll talk about Trump’s environmental record and its impact.

  • California’s New Tiered Reopening System Underway with Mixed Reaction

    Sep 02 2020

    On Monday, indoor shopping malls, hair salons and barber shops opened with reduced capacity in many areas of California under a new four-tiered framework released by Gov. Gavin Newsom. The majority of the state’s counties are currently in “Tier 1” with the most restrictions for reopening. Reaction to the new plan has been mixed, with some thinking it moves too slowly and others fearing it moves too quickly. The plan is also facing criticism by some local officials and business owners who cite in...more

  • How to Fix Distance Learning with the Man Behind Khan Academy

    Sep 02 2020

    K-12 education has gone online, prompting no shortage of complaints from parents and kids alike. But as teachers get better at engaging students with  screens, some educators and technologists see an opportunity to customize instruction and  let  kids work at their own pace. We'll hear from one of online learning’s early innovators: Sal Khan, founder of Khan Academy. The non-profit site became a key resource for teachers during the pandemic shutdown. What advice does he have for distance learnin...more

  • Lysley Tenorio’s Latest Book Tells of Coming of Age in Colma

    Sep 01 2020

    Author Lysley Tenorio’s new novel, “The Son of Good Fortune,” depicts the coming-of-age story of Excel, a young undocumented person living in the United States who was born during a flight between the Philippines and San Francisco. The novel explores Excel’s life “in hiding” and his struggle to avoid calling attention to himself even as he forms relationships, leaves home for the first time and attempts to survive on his own.  The book is a follow up to Tenorio’s 2012 story collection, “Monstres...more

  • Biden, Local Leaders Say President Trump is Inciting Violence in Cities

    Sep 01 2020

    In an address Monday, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said President Trump is "stoking violence in our cities," a charge echoed by state and local officials who say the White House is encouraging armed, right-wing militia groups to show up at demonstrations and threaten protesters. The accusations follow the killing of two Black Lives Matter protesters by 17-year old right-wing vigilante Kyle Rittenhouse, whom Wisconsin prosecutors charged with murder Thursday. We'll talk about the ris...more

  • COVID-19 Survivors Share Their Stories

    Sep 01 2020

    For most of 2020, the coronavirus pandemic laid siege to California with the state now counting more than 700,000 confirmed cases. But  statistics, while staggering, sometimes overshadow the real people dealing with physical and mental consequences from the virus. Some have had mild or no symptoms, but nonetheless dealt with anxiety, stress and fear from the infection. Others have faced  recurring issues long after the virus is inactive in their bodies. In this hour, we’ll hear the stories of co...more

  • The Chicano Moratorium’s 50-Year Legacy

    Aug 31 2020

    Aug. 29 marks 50 years since the National Chicano Moratorium Against the Vietnam War took place in the streets of East Los Angeles. Targeting the war's disproportionate Chicano mortality rate, the protest was the largest gathering of Mexican American demonstrators up to that point, with more than 20,000 people taking part. But conflict between sheriff's deputies and protesters turned the day violent, culminating in hundreds of arrests and three deaths, including that of pioneer Latino journalist...more

  • Gov. Newsom Announces Eviction Moratorium, But Not Everyone is Happy

    Aug 31 2020

    On Friday, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a tentative eviction moratorium deal between lawmakers and advocacy groups for landlords and tenants. The deal comes as the state legislature prepares to wrap up its session on Monday. Landlords are praising the agreement as a sensible approach that isn’t  a giveaway to renters. But tenant groups have criticized the bill, saying it leaves too many Californians vulnerable to eviction. We'll get the details on Assembly Bill 3088.

  • Northern California Wildfires Update

    Aug 31 2020

    We’ll get an update on the northern California wildfires and Bay Area air quality.

  • The Music Getting You Through 2020

    Aug 28 2020

    2020 has been a tough year so far and we’re all figuring out how to feel all the different feelings that come up in these unprecedented times. One way people cope with stress and uncertainty is with music. So Forum is launching a special series that will feature a different song every Friday that's "getting you through" feelings of anxiety or grief, or a track that's helping you escape and keep your spirits up. To kick things off, we'll hear some of the songs KQED staff are turning to and we wan...more

  • CDC Flip-Flops on Coronavirus Testing Guidelines

    Aug 28 2020

    New CDC guidelines for asymptomatic coronavirus testing caused an uproar this week. The advice was that people who’ve been exposed to the coronavirus but don’t have symptoms shouldn’t get tested. But then, in an unusual clarification, the CDC walked that back. Meanwhile, the FDA gave “emergency use authorization” to a rapid antigen test that costs only $5. Also this week, Governor Gavin Newsom signed a deal with a diagnostics lab to more than double test processing capacity in California. We’ll ...more

  • Republican National Convention Recap

    Aug 28 2020

    We’ll recap the week in politics, including President Trump’s acceptance speech last night at the Republican National Convention, and the continuing racial justice protests.

  • How To Vote This November

    Aug 27 2020

    With the 2020 election just over two months away, it’s time to start thinking about the logistics of voting. To make voting easier and safer during the pandemic, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill back in May to mail every active registered voter a ballot. But many voters have concerns, such as questions about signature requirements and how to cast a ballot if you’re experiencing homelessness or displacement and don’t have a mailing address. These issues are compounded by the pressure put on the al...more

  • NBA Players Strike in Response to Police Shooting of Jacob Blake

    Aug 27 2020

    On Wednesday, players for the Milwaukee Bucks declined to take the court for game 5 of their playoff series with the Orlando Magic, to protest the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin. The Bucks' action started a ripple effect, where all of Wednesday's games were canceled and more of the league's players, like LeBron James and others, spoke out against police brutality. Wednesday also marked four years since former NFL player Colin Kaepernick first took a knee in protest against racial in...more

  • Protests Over Police Shooting of Jacob Blake Continue

    Aug 27 2020

    As protests over the police shooting of Jacob Blake continue in Wisconsin, the state's Democratic governor Tony Evers, called up an additional 500 National Guard troops Wednesday. Earlier that day, officials arrested a 17-year-old gunman accused of killing two people and injuring another during Tuesday nights protests. Meanwhile the NBA postponed three playoff games after the Milwaukee Bucks refused to take the floor in solidarity with the protests. We'll get an update on the protests and the in...more

  • Wildfires 101

    Aug 27 2020

    We’ll get an update on the Bay Area wildfires. Then--everything you want to know about wildfire, but are afraid to ask. What does "containment" mean? How big is an acre? What kinds of vegetation are likely to burn? Which is worse - when flames "back down" or "lay down"? We'll talk to firefighters and others who can translate these terms for the rest of us.  We’ll also hear what it’s like getting up close to the fires and how best to protect your home from wildfire.

  • Republican National Convention Update, Jean Guerrero on ‘Hatemonger’

    Aug 26 2020

    Trump advisor Kimberly Guilfoyle threw blows at her home state during the Republican National Convention on Monday, saying Democrats turned California into “a land of discarded heroin needles in parks, riots in streets and blackouts in homes.” KQED politics reporter Guy Marzorati will recap what has happened and preview what’s to come during the remainder of the convention. Later in the hour, we’ll talk with award-winning investigative journalist Jean Guerrero about her new book, “Hatemonger: St...more

  • UC Berkeley Chancellor Faces Budget Shortfall As Academic Year Kicks Off

    Aug 26 2020

    Wednesday marks the start of classes at the University of California, Berkeley. Like other colleges and universities across the country, the school is trying  to adapt to the coronavirus pandemic while also facing a $340 million budget deficit. At the same, the nation is grappling with demands for social justice and racial equity -- struggles Berkeley has long wrestled with. “I don’t know of any time more difficult in my lived life as this one,” said UC Berkeley Chancellor Carol Christ earlier t...more

  • How To Cope in a Time of Cumulative Stress and Anxiety

    Aug 25 2020

    A wide swath of stressors -- the coronavirus pandemic, economic recession, wildfires, upcoming election, remote learning, and racism, to name a few -- are putting a major strain on people’s mental health. Any one of those situations can be enough to trigger depression, anxiety and stress, let alone dealing with several at once. The cumulative toll is impacting the mental, physical, and emotional state of millions of Californians. In this hour, we talk with experts about how to cope with the curr...more

  • How to Effectively Help Those Affected by Wildfires

    Aug 25 2020

    As wildfires rage across the Bay Area, many of those who can help are offering their support through donations. But relief organizations like American Red Cross say they don't want physical items like used clothes or canned goods because they take extensive resources to examine and sort. Instead, many organizations prefer monetary donations. We talk to KQED reporter Lakshmi Sarah and Jennifer Adrio, CEO of American Red Cross Northern California Coastal Region, about how to best help those affect...more

  • The Link Between Climate Change and Wildfires

    Aug 25 2020

    Record-breaking heat, dry vegetation, and lightning each played a role in sparking wildfires that have burnt more than one million acres across California. But to what extent were these factors caused by climate change? UCLA climate scientist Daniel Swain, along with a team of researchers, published a study earlier this year that found that the “number of days with extreme fire weather during the autumn season has more than doubled since the late 1970s.” The California Department of Forestry and...more

  • Northern California Wildfires Update

    Aug 24 2020

    We’ll get the latest on the wildfires raging throughout northern California and discuss the firefighter shortage.  

  • Democrats Nominate Biden and Harris for Democratic Ticket at ‘Unconventional Convention’

    Aug 21 2020

    At a virtual event this week that was termed an "unconventional convention” due to the pandemic, the Democratic Party nominated former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris for the 2020 Democratic ticket. In a historic speech Wednesday night, Sen. Harris became the first Black woman to accept the nomination for vice president of the United States with a major party. Former President Barack Obama also made history Wednesday when he delivered a forceful condemnation of his successor, Pre...more

  • Coronavirus Compounded With Wildfires Raise Stress and Anxiety

    Aug 21 2020

    Californians fatigued from wrestling with the coronavirus pandemic, economic downturn and months of sheltering in place are now dealing with another disaster that feels out of our control: wildfires. Poor air quality and fears of catching the virus are compounding to produce more stress, anxiety, and feelings of hopelessness. In this segment, we’ll hear from experts about how to deal with this double dose of disaster.

  • Bay Area Wildfire Updates and Where to Find Information in an Emergency

    Aug 21 2020

    As three major fire complexes continue to scorch more than 300,000 acres across northern California, we’ll get an update on containment and evacuations. We'll also hear about a new collaboration between the state emergency authority and Google that provides wildfire mapping in Google search results. And we'll talk with state officials about where to go for accurate, up-to-date information about fires, evacuations and road closures.

  • Uber and Lyft Threaten to Suspend Operations in California

    Aug 20 2020

    In a standoff with California courts, ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft have threatened to shut down operations in the state if forced to reclassify their drivers as employees, as mandated by new law AB 5. Both companies have appealed a state judge’s order to reclassify their drivers, but without a stay of the ruling, they must comply with state law by Friday at midnight. Internally, both companies are reportedly exploring franchise-like business models, similar to what Uber already does in G...more

  • Wildfires in Northern and Central California Vastly Expand Overnight

    Aug 20 2020

    We get the latest on the wildfires spreading through northern and central California and hear from health experts about how best to protect yourself from smoke and particulates.

  • Wildfires Force Thousands to Evacuate, Worsen Air Quality across Bay Area

    Aug 20 2020

    Wildfires raging across northern California forced thousands to flee their homes Wednesday morning.  The most urgent situation unfolded in Vacaville, where a group of fires called the LNU Lightning Complex more than doubled in size overnight and destroyed over 50 homes and threatened nearly 2,000 more. Along with hot temperatures and low humidity, the fires are in part due to a “historic lightning siege,” which, according to Cal Fire chief Jeremy Rahn, included about 10,849 lightening strikes an...more

  • More Rotating Power Outages ‘Imminent’ as California’s Heat Wave Continues

    Aug 19 2020

    While rotating power outages were averted on Monday, by Tuesday afternoon the California Independent System Operator, which manages the state's power grid, had again declared a "Stage 2" emergency and said outages were "imminent." California ISO later canceled that emergency and praised consumers for conserving energy that helped avoid another outage. The continuing heat wave sparked two nights of rolling blackouts over the weekend, which Gov. Newsom called "unacceptable and unbefitting of the n...more

  • Congressman Adam Schiff on Senate Russia Report, Federal COVID-19 Response

    Aug 19 2020

    On Tuesday, the Senate Intelligence Committee released its final report detailing its three-year investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election. House Intelligence Chair Adam Schiff, who led President Trump's impeachment trial, says that the bipartisan report "affirms what we have all known for years" about Trump's vast network of contacts among Russian operatives and makes clear that his campaign's engagement with the Russians was a major counterintelligence threat. We'll talk to Co...more

  • Investigation Uncovers How PG&E Fought Wildfire Safety Regulations for a Decade

    Aug 19 2020

    In the wake of the 2018 Camp Fire that decimated the Northern California city of Paradise, PG&E officials framed such devastating blazes as a relatively new phenomenon exacerbated by climate change. A Frontline/KQED investigation found that in reality, PG&E was well aware of the threat and resisted implementing safety protocols to prevent wildfires for more than a decade. The investigation uncovered repeated pushback against regulations that perhaps could have saved lives. Also at fault is the C...more

  • California Sues Trump Administration Over USPS Reductions, Election Threat

    Aug 19 2020

    On Tuesday, U.S. Postal Service postmaster general Louis DeJoy announced that he would suspend until after the November election operational reforms and initiatives “to avoid even the appearance of any impact on election mail.”  Meanwhile, California and at least 20 other states will sue the Trump administration over those reforms--which include removal of mailboxes, sorting equipment and the elimination of staff overtime--in order to protect against service delays.  The moves come amid ongoing ...more

  • Historian Carol Anderson on Voting Rights and the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage

    Aug 18 2020

    The right to vote is a fundamental part of democracy -- a right, however, that hasn't always been afforded or guaranteed to all in the United States. August 18 marks the 100th anniversary of the day Congress passed the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote. It was a hard-fought victory, but still only a starting place for Black women and other women of color. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 later sought to make access to the vote more fair and complete for all, but a key part of the law...more

  • California Approves Onsite Instruction for Children with Disabilities

    Aug 18 2020

    Students with disabilities in California will be able to receive face-to-face instruction at schools this fall. Gov. Gavin Newsom and State Board of Education President Linda Darling-Hammond made the announcement Friday and acknowledged that some students with special needs are unable to adjust to distance learning. Families and students with learning disabilities and autism as well as students in foster care struggled when schools shut down last spring. We’ll hear about the unique challenges of...more

  • ‘Separated’ Recounts Trump Administration’s ‘Deliberate and Systematic’ Family Separation Policy

    Aug 17 2020

    In June 2018, NBC News and MSNBC correspondent Jacob Soboroff became one of the first journalists allowed entry into Casa Padre, a Texas facility holding more than 1,400 migrant boys who’d been separated from their families at the Mexican border. The horror he experienced reporting on that facility formed the basis of his new book “Separated: Inside An American Tragedy,” which documents the Trump Administration’s zero-tolerance family separation policy during 2017 and 2018. We’ll talk about the ...more

  • Thousands of Elder Care Homes at Heightened Risk of Wildfire, KQED Finds

    Aug 17 2020

    A new KQED investigation finds that more than a third of long-term senior care facilities are at heightened risk for wildfires. Many aren't ready for emergencies.  That risk will continue to grow as California’s population ages. Officials estimate that there will be 8.6 million residents over the age of 65 a decade from now and many of them will live in one of the 10,000 long-term care homes across the state. The coronavirus pandemic has slowed down state efforts to prepare for wildfire emergenc...more

  • In a World Beset by Pandemic and Strife, Comedy Can Help

    Aug 14 2020

    Why comedy, and why now? That's the question that media and social change scholar Caty Borum Chattoo poses at the outset of her book, "A Comedian and An Activist Walk Into a Bar: The Serious Role of Comedy in Social Justice." In it she and co-author Lauren Feldman explore how comedy -- by laying bare freighted issues like racism, sexism and inequality -- can help us work toward bridging divides and achieving social change. We'll talk about how comedy helps us make sense of a world turned chaotic...more

  • Bay Area Sports Writer Joan Ryan on the ‘Intangibles’ of Team Performance

    Aug 14 2020

    After following the notoriously bad relationship between baseball icons Barry Bonds and Jeff Kent as well as the meteoric path of the Giants, Bay Area based sports writer Joan Ryan grew curious about team chemistry and how it affects performance.   She spent ten years probing sociology, neuroscience and psychology to answer questions about whether team chemistry was real. And if so, what is it exactly? And how do you measure it?  Ryan joins us to talk about the importance of sports during the pa...more

  • Zach Norris On ‘Building Secure, Just, and Inclusive Communities’

    Aug 13 2020

    As President Trump counters calls to defund the police and end systemic racism with demands for “law and order,” many Americans feel the country is deeply divided and broken. Community leader and lawyer Zach Norris attributes this division, as well as issues like mass incarceration and economic inequality, to a “framework of fear” that has grown between fellow Americans. In his new book, “‘We Keep Us Safe: Building Secure, Just, and Inclusive Communities,” Norris outlines a path for America to m...more

  • Pandemic Forces Thousands of Bay Area Businesses to Close for Good

    Aug 13 2020

    By now, people are becoming used to seeing social media posts and articles about their favorite businesses closing for good. Thousands of beloved Bay Area enterprises from restaurants and boutiques to independent movie theaters and corner stores have shut down during the coronavirus pandemic. Some owners thought they could ride out shelter-in-place orders, but no longer see a viable future or couldn’t afford carrying costs. The end of a business often spells the end of a dream, a community, year...more

  • Covid-19 Cases On the Rise Among U.S. Children

    Aug 12 2020

    According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, more than 97,000 Americans aged 18 and younger tested positive for Covid-19 in the last two weeks of July, representing a 40% increase in total pediatric cases in the U.S. Infected children are usually asymptomatic or have only minor symptoms, but the CDC reports that a small percentage may become severely ill. The CDC also reports that hospitalization rates among Black and Latinx children are, respectively, nearly eight times and five times the r...more

  • Kamala Harris Chosen as Biden’s VP

    Aug 12 2020

    In a long awaited decision, democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has selected California Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate. Harris will be the first woman of color to appear on a major party's presidential ticket. A Bay Area native, Harris drew on her childhood experience of being bused across Berkeley for school as part of a pointed attack against then-rival Joe Biden during her presidential bid last year. Forum will talk about what her record as a senator, prosecutor and as Cal...more

  • How Climate Change Could Cause Massive Global Migration

    Aug 11 2020

    In the next 50 years, more than a million climate migrants could come to the United States from Central America if nothing is done to curb carbon emissions. That’s according to a new model that predicts where refugees from regions decimated by decreased crop productivity, water shortages and rising sea levels may move.  The model, developed by ProPublica and The New York Times Magazine, finds that climate change will likely cause “the greatest wave of global migration the world has seen.”  Forum...more

  • UCLA Study: Less Snow and More Rainfall Spell Trouble for California

    Aug 11 2020

    By the 2070s, climate change will reduce snowpack and increase extreme rainfall in the Sierra Nevada and California’s reservoirs will likely be overwhelmed. That’s according to a new study by UCLA climate scientists, who predict that run-off during so-called atmospheric rivers  will increase by nearly 50 percent, leading to widespread flooding across the state. We’ll talk about the impact of climate change on Sierra weather patterns and what it all means for the state’s water supply.

  • Pulitzer Prize-winning Author Isabel Wilkerson Examines America’s Caste System

    Aug 11 2020

    In her new book, “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents,” Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson presents an examination of what she sees as America’s often disguised, but very real, caste system. The book compares America’s system with those in India and Nazi Germany, and delves into how America betrays its ideals of meritocracy by instead cultivating an insidious hierarchy based on race. “Caste” is a much anticipated follow up to Wilkerson’s 2011 book “The Warmth of Other Suns,” which ...more

  • Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman on How to Sustain ‘Big Friendship’

    Aug 10 2020

    A close friendship can be one of the most fulfilling, and most challenging, relationships of our lives. In their book “Big Friendship: How We Keep Each Other Close,” writers and longtime friends Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman share their honest and humorous account of what it really takes to maintain a meaningful bond -- from moments of being totally in sync to painful disagreements and everything in between. We'll talk to Sow and Friedman about the lessons they've learned together and hear your ...more

  • CNN’s Jim Sciutto on Trump’s Erratic Foreign Policy Approach

    Aug 10 2020

    In his new book "The Madman Theory," CNN anchor and Chief National Security correspondent Jim Sciutto highlights how President Trump’s unpredictable behavior--including threats to meet North Korea with “fire and fury” and to pull the U.S. out of NATO and NAFTA--have unnerved enemies and allies alike. Sciutto discusses how Trump’s volatility has led advisers to hesitate in giving the President military options because they feared he could start a war.  We'll talk to Sciutto about the lasting impr...more

  • Artist Tatyana Fazlalizadeh on the Power of Street Art as Protest

    Aug 07 2020

    Musician Nina Simone once said "an artist's duty, as far as I'm concerned, is to reflect the times." We're now seeing a reflection of our times -- the fight against racism and inequality -- in works of art on city streets and storefronts across California, as artists paint murals or graffiti remembering George Floyd and Breonna Taylor and declaring "Black Lives Matter." Artist Tatyana Fazlalizadeh knows the power street art can have in bolstering a social movement. Her international street art c...more

  • How to Chart a Path out of QAnon and Other Cult-like Communities

    Aug 07 2020

    QAnon, the online conspiracy group that traffics in baseless theories about a Satan-worshipping deep state, counts among its defenders Republican congressional candidates, far right media personalities and former and current Trump administration officials. It’s also stolen the minds of countless ordinary Americans who have come to believe in its apocalyptic, convoluted narratives. We’ll talk about what attracts people to QAnon and similar cult-like communities, and what friends and family member...more

  • Pandemic Brings a Rise in Hunger in the Bay Area

    Aug 07 2020

    For Bay Area food banks, securing funding and supplies is increasingly difficult during the pandemic.  The challenges come as the need for food assistance is rising.  Long lines have become common at food banks, and Second Harvest Food Bank in Silicon Valley is seeing a 100 percent increase in the number of people calling its food connection hotline, many for the first time. As the economic impact of the virus on families and individuals grows, we’ll hear how Bay Area food banks are coping.

  • Benjamin Jealous, President of People For the American Way, on Saving the U.S. Postal Service

    Aug 07 2020

    With less than 90 days to the November election, concerns are mounting that the Trump Administration is actively undermining the  U.S. Postal Service. Although the USPS is the country’s most popular government agency, President  Trump recently dismissed it as a “joke” and questioned its ability to deliver mail-in ballots on time. Trump’s newly appointed Postmaster General, who was also a major Trump campaign donor, has limited overtime work, and extra mail delivery, moves that postal workers say...more

  • Former Obama Campaign Manager David Plouffe on the Latest Political News

    Aug 06 2020

    Since former Obama campaign manager David Plouffe published “A Citizen’s Guide to Beating Donald Trump” back in early March, there have been major developments regarding the 2020 election. Former Vice President Joe Biden became the Democratic nominee, the coronavirus pandemic escalated and the economy fell into a deep recession. Most recent polls have Trump trailing in the general election, and one poll from Berkeley IGS this week has Biden leading by 39 percentage points among California voters...more

  • Ahead of School Year Start, Teachers Raise Concerns About Remote and In-Person Instruction Alike

    Aug 06 2020

    As school districts around the country issue pandemic education plans, there’s widespread concern among teachers about safety, equity and how to make the most of online learning. We’ll talk about a new NPR/Ipsos teacher survey, and we’ll hear how one local teachers’ union is handling its members’ concerns about education in the time of Covid.

  • Nurses Stage National Protests for More Protective Equipment and Safer Working Conditions

    Aug 06 2020

    On August 5, thousands of nurses across the country staged protests to highlight the lack of personal protective equipment and other challenges they continue to face as front line workers in this pandemic. According to media reports, in California, 100 health care workers have been killed by Covid-19 and medical workers account for 20% of all infections in some states. Nurses are demanding that more be done to protect them. We'll hear about what how nurses are coping and what they need for a saf...more

  • Census Count to End a Month Early Stoking Fears of an Undercount

    Aug 05 2020

    The Census Bureau is ending its population count a month early, though nearly 40 percent of the country has yet to fill out the forms. Census Bureau director Steven Dillingham announced yesterday that all counting efforts will wrap up by Sept. 30, cutting short a four-month extension during the pandemic. We’ll talk about what ending the count early could mean for California’s historically undercounted communities and the redrawing of political districts.

  • Pandemic Takes Growing Toll on Mental Health

    Aug 05 2020

    The coronavirus pandemic has many people feeling isolated in their homes, detached from loved ones, and anxious about their livelihoods. All of that is taking a major toll on mental health. The U.S. suicide rate rose after the 2008 recession, and experts warn that vulnerable individuals are more at risk of suicide during periods of crisis.  We’ll talk about how to address anxiety and depression, when to seek help, and what services are available for individuals and families struggling to cope.

  • California Faces a Looming Eviction Crisis as Coronavirus Pandemic Continues

    Aug 04 2020

    Renters across California could be in danger of losing their homes in the coming weeks. Eviction moratoriums that have helped millions of renters are close to expiring even as the coronavirus pandemic is keeping many unemployed. State lawmakers are weighing proposals to prevent a mass wave of evictions, but face a budget deficit and other constraints.  Meanwhile, relief from the federal government appears unlikely. We discuss the state’s looming eviction crisis.

  • More California Counties on COVID Watch List as State Records Over 500,000 cases

    Aug 04 2020

    In the month of July, California experienced its worst surge in COVID-19 cases and deaths leading Gov. Newsom to impose a re-shutdown of businesses in more than 30 counties. As of today, California leads the nation with over 500,000 confirmed cases. But at his daily presser Monday, Newsom indicated that the state’s situation is improving with both new COVID-19 cases and coronavirus-related hospitalizations down in the last week. He also emphasized the virus’s disproportionate impact on the state...more

  • The Untold Story of How Congress Won the Civil War

    Aug 04 2020

    While Abraham Lincoln tends to get most of the credit for winning the Civil War, historian Fergus Bordewich reminds us not to forget about the role Congress played in the Union’s victory. In his new book, “Congress at War,” Bordewich follows four influential members of Congress as they navigate one of the most dynamic and consequential times in American history. Bordewich joins Forum to discuss the challenge of governing a divided nation and how the 36th United States Congress helped hold the un...more

  • Inside the Infamous College Admissions Scandal

    Aug 03 2020

    In March 2019, news broke of a massive college admissions bribery scandal. Among the accused were prominent business people, well-known actors, sports coaches, and four of California’s top universities. At the heart of the conspiracy was con man Rick Singer, an author of self-help books and purported college counselor, who masterminded rigging SAT and ACT tests, faking athletic profiles and bribing coaches. Melissa Korn and Jennifer Levitz -- Wall Street Journal reporters who broke major develop...more

  • Politics Monday: Rep. Anna Eshoo, COVID-19 Relief, Biden’s VP Pick

    Aug 03 2020

    First, South Bay Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, chair of the House health subcommittee, joins us to discuss the federal response to the coronavirus pandemic. Then, we check in with KQED's Scott Shafer and Anita Kumar of Politico on the latest national political news. 

  • After Strong Start in Battling Coronavirus, California Now Leads U.S. in Cases

    Jul 31 2020

    In mid-March, California became the first state to enact widespread shelter-in-place orders -- seen as a bold action to prevent the kind of spike in coronavirus cases New York was reporting at the time. Today, California has the most cases of COVID-19 in the country, surpassing New York with over 485,000 confirmed cases. Public health experts say California's early shelter-in-place orders effectively slowed the spread, but a combination of impatience with those orders, unreliable federal leaders...more

  • How Much Should We Worry about COVID When Gathering Outside?

    Jul 31 2020

    After more than four months of limited activity and isolation, Californians have been itching to socialize. Even as cases rise in the state, many have become emboldened to gather in the safest place they can -- outdoors. But how safe is it? Public health officials across the state have been warning against the large gatherings that are increasingly popping up at public parks and beaches. We’ll get the latest on what we know about outdoor transmission of COVID-19 and the safest ways to see friend...more

  • Unemployment and Recession Woes Intensify as Pandemic Wears On

    Jul 31 2020

    The end of July spells the end of an additional $600 per week benefit for many unemployed Americans in the midst of a pandemic-induced recession. As Congress debates if and how to extend the supplemental cash, California lawmakers are drafting a plan to make up those funds if the federal money dries up. We discuss what’s in the works to help the close to 7 million unemployed Californians, where the recession is headed, and how lawmakers are responding.

  • Open Vallejo’s Geoffrey King on Badge-Bending by Vallejo Police

    Jul 31 2020

    An investigative report by Open Vallejo, a recently launched independent news site, has found that a secret clique in the Vallejo Police Department bends back points of their badges to commemorate each time they kill in the line of duty. These revelations came as a shock at a time when the nation is focused on issues of police brutality and less than two weeks after the California Department of Justice announced an investigation into Vallejo Police for destroying evidence in the killing of Sean ...more

  • Poet Cathy Park Hong on ‘Minor Feelings’ and Anti-Asian Racism in the Age of COVID

    Jul 29 2020

    In her new book of essays, "Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning," poet Cathy Park Hong weaves memoir with cultural criticism to explore topics of racial identity, shame, politics and capitalism. Hong describes “minor feelings” as "emotions built from the sediments of everyday racial experience and the irritant of having one’s perception of reality constantly questioned or dismissed.” It’s a feeling that’s particularly acute during the pandemic, which she says has “unmasked” a vicious ant...more

  • Employers and Workers Question What Is — And Isn’t Working — About Working From Home

    Jul 29 2020

    Tech giant Google said Monday it would delay bringing workers back to the office until summer 2021. The company’s decision reflects a massive change that started in March when millions of white collar employees shifted to working from home. Some employers were pleasantly surprised at how productive their workers could be without the office setting. Freedom from commutes and strict working schedules has been a boon to many workers who now have more time to cook, exercise, and sleep. Still, some w...more

  • Nation’s Most Powerful Tech CEOs to Testify in Congressional Anti-Trust Hearing

    Jul 28 2020

    The chief executives of Apple, Google, Facebook and Amazon are scheduled to testify on Wednesday before a House subcommittee investigating anti-trust violations. The hearings are part of a year-long probe into whether the nation’s biggest tech companies have used unfair practices to stifle competition and create monopolies. It is the first time that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos will testify before congress, joining Apple’s Tim Cook, Facebooks’s Mark Zuckerberg and Google’s Sundar Pichai. We’ll preview ...more

  • Trump Administration to Send More Federal Officers to Portland

    Jul 28 2020

    More federal officers are reportedly headed to Portland as protests there continue to gain momentum. So far the Trump administration’s response has led to civil rights lawsuits and proposed legislation in Congress to limit the role of federal law enforcement in U.S. cities, as protestors have been injured by tear gas, rubber bullets and other acts of force. Activists remain resolute and say the protests, which now exceed 60 days, will continue until their demands, like defunding the police, are ...more

  • What Happens if Trump Resists Stepping Down?

    Jul 28 2020

    In a recent interview, Fox News host Chris Wallace asked President Donald Trump if he'd accept the Nov. 3 election results. Refusing to say yes or no, Trump responded that he'd "have to see." That hedge is exactly what constitutional law expert Lawrence Douglas is worried about. In his new book, "Will He Go: President Trump and the Looming Election Meltdown in 2020," Douglas explains why he's concerned about a close or contested election and the potential consequences if President Trump rejects ...more

  • COVID-19 Prompts Child Care Crisis Across California

    Jul 27 2020

    Falling enrollment, anxiety about health risks, and confusing guidelines from public health officials have all contributed to a crisis in California’s child care facilities.  That’s according to a recent report out of UC Berkeley that surveyed preschools and in-home daycare services on how they’re navigating the pandemic.  We’ll discuss the report, why the child care industry is in financial trouble, and hear what needs to be done about it.

  • The Chronicle’s Ann Killion on Bay Area Sports in a Pandemic

    Jul 27 2020

    It was almost like a typical weekend of baseball in July: the Oakland A's and the San Francisco Giants both faced off against their L.A.-based rivals, the Angels and Dodgers. But things at the ballparks were anything but normal. The "fans" in the seats were really cardboard cutouts and the crowd noise on TV was piped-in. And with baseball underway, the NBA starts its own modified season on Thursday. Still, some lower-tier teams - like our own Golden State Warriors - will sit out the remainder of...more

  • Experiences of Translating for Family Members as a Kid

    Jul 24 2020

    Last week on Forum, during a segment about the disproportionately high coronavirus infection rates among Latinos in California, we heard from 10-year- old Maggie. She called on behalf of her Spanish-speaking parents to ask whether her parents could get COVID-19 more than once. It was a moment that resonated with Adriana Morga, a digital producer for KQED en Español, who tweeted after the show "that was the epitome of what immigrant children have to do in order to get information to their parents...more

  • Twitter Bans Accounts Associated with Conspiracy Community QAnon

    Jul 24 2020

    Twitter announced this week that it’s removing or restricting more than 150,000 accounts associated with QAnon -- an extremist, far right internet community that perpetuates conspiracy theories about pedophilic, Satan-worshipping elites seeking to take over the country. The FBI designated QAnon as a domestic terrorist threat last year, but President Trump has retweeted accounts associated with QAnon and has supported Republican candidates who openly espouse it.  We’ll explore what QAnon is and w...more

  • How To Deal with Grief And Loss During the Coronavirus Pandemic

    Jul 24 2020

    During the past few months, many common rituals for dealing with grief and loss have been completely disrupted. Family members can no longer hold the hand of a dying loved one in the hospital. Funerals and memorials have migrated online depriving mourners the chance to give a hug or offer sympathy in person. On top of that, many people are also feeling a deep sense of loss over other aspects of our lives -- jobs, social outings, hobbies, vacations, routines -- that are now gone because of the pa...more

  • Parents Turning to Tutors, “Pandemic Pods” to Help with Remote Learning

    Jul 23 2020

    More than 80 percent of California children are in districts that Governor Gavin Newsom says must use remote-only learning when schools return. That's prompted some parents to search for tutors or teachers to come to their homes - sometimes in pandemic pods with several families - to oversee distance learning. But these are options only available to those who can afford them, and it's raising concerns about further exacerbating rampant inequalities in public education.  We'll talk about the rush...more

  • Trump To Send ‘Surge’ of Federal Forces to Chicago and Albuquerque to Quell Violent Crime

    Jul 23 2020

    President Trump announced Wednesday that he's sending hundreds of federal law enforcement officers to Chicago and Albuquerque to drive down violent crime. The move comes amid ongoing tensions in Portland, Oregon, where unidentifiable federal agents have sprayed tear gas in crowds and beaten civilians protesting police violence. Attorney General William Barr said Wednesday that the new federal deployments, which are part of the administration's "Operation Legend," will focus on crime fighting, no...more

  • Marin County Supervisors Approve Fines for Non Compliance with COVID-19 Health Orders

    Jul 23 2020

    The Marin County Board of Supervisors approved an ordinance on Tuesday allowing government employees and police officers to penalize businesses and individuals who do not comply with COVID-19 health orders. The penalties run from $25 to $10,000, and include violations like refusal to wear a mask. We'll talk with county officials and local businesses about the order.

  • Developing and Distributing a Coronavirus Vaccine

    Jul 22 2020

    It was reported on Monday that the University of Oxford developed a coronavirus vaccine that appears safe and triggers an immune response. Another study from King’s College London from the previous week, however, seems to show that immunity to COVID-19 may only last a few months. And the science of developing a vaccine is only one of many hurdles. Once a vaccine is deemed safe and effective, there are many unanswered questions about how to  manufacture and fairly distribute it. In this hour, we ...more

  • Learning to Deal with Uncertainty… Through Poker

    Jul 22 2020

    After a spate of bad luck led her to question the nature of chance, journalist Maria Konnikova began learning about poker. Konnikova -- who holds a doctorate in psychology--was curious about how the game hones players’ ability to distinguish between what is within and outside of our control.  Under the tutelage of an expert, she became a professional player and entered the World Series of Poker, a competition with a $10,000 entry fee. The experience shaped her new book, “The Biggest Bluff.”  Kon...more

  • Political Scientists Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson on ‘How the Right Rules’

    Jul 21 2020

    The Republican party has increasingly relied on incendiary appeals from the social right to win over voters, while advancing policies that cater less to the average voter and more to wealthy donors. That’s according to political scientists Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson. In their fourth book together, "Let Them Eat Tweets: How the Right Rules in an Age of Extreme Inequality," they break down the GOP’s strategy of acquiring populist voters through fear-mongering and race-baiting. And now, during t...more

  • Political Fight Threatens to Derail Caltrain Funding Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

    Jul 21 2020

    Caltrain, the light-rail system that runs from San Francisco to Silicon Valley, faces dire financial straits after a 98% drop in ridership during the coronavirus pandemic and now, a dispute over a key future funding source. Caltrain officials are pushing to put a 0.125 percent sales tax measure on San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara county ballots this November. But the fate of that measure is uncertain after two San Francisco Supervisors blocked that board from voting to put it on the bal...more

  • Destruction of Evidence in Vallejo Police Shooting Spurs Calls for Federal Investigation

    Jul 21 2020

    California’s Attorney General announced an investigation into the Vallejo police department after reports that evidence in the police shooting of Sean Monterrosa was destroyed. 22 year old Monterrosa was kneeling when an officer, mistaking a hammer for a gun, fired shots through the windshield of the police truck, killing him. Vallejo police last week confirmed that the police windshield was later destroyed. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has joined Vallejo city officials in calling for the FBI to i...more

  • Political Analyst Tiffany Cross on the Role of Black Voters in ‘Saving Our Democracy’

    Jul 20 2020

    This election year, Black voters in key swing states hold significant power heading into November, as they were crucial for Democrats' "Blue Wave" in 2018. In her new book "Say It Louder! Black Voters, White Narratives, and Saving Our Democracy," political analyst Tiffany Cross looks at the significant role Black Americans have played in shaping U.S. democracy. Cross, who previously covered Capitol Hill for BET and CNN, also highlights the policies and efforts to subvert and suppress the Black v...more

  • Gov. Newsom Orders Most California Schools Online For Fall

    Jul 20 2020

    California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Friday that all public and private schools in counties on the state's Covid-19 watchlist must operate remotely this fall. More than 30 counties are on the list, including most counties in the Bay Area. We'll discuss how districts are planning for remote instruction and what it will take for schools to resume in-person learning safely. And we want to hear from you: what questions or concerns do you have about remote instruction in your district?  If your kid...more

  • As Coronavirus Cases Surge, California Tries to Get a Handle on Testing

    Jul 17 2020

    As COVID-19 testing facilities across the state face ongoing backlogs, California public health officials adopted new guidance this week to help counties decide who should get test results fastest. Those hospitalized with COVID-19 symptoms may see test results within a day, but other Californians -- especially those who aren't symptomatic or aren't essential workers -- may continue to experience wait times of a week or longer. We'll talk when and how you should get tested and about the public he...more

  • San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo Discusses His Police Reform Plan

    Jul 17 2020

    San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo recently released a nine-point proposal to revamp the city’s embattled police department. He says the plan will “reform, not defund the police” while “squarely addressing nationwide outrage over racial injustice and police brutality”. But critics of Liccardo’s plan are calling for more significant and swift changes to the department that was recently marred in a scandal involving racist behavior by officers. Liccardo joins us to talk about police reform and other issu...more

  • Mayor Jesse Arreguín on Berkeley’s Sweeping Police Reform

    Jul 17 2020

    The Berkeley City Council approved a motion this week on the issue of police reform, bringing some of the most radical changes to policing in the state. A proposal by Councilmember Rigel Robinson will create “BerkDot,” a new Department of Transportation with unarmed officials who will conduct parking and traffic enforcement. The motion also includes a pledge to cut the police budget by 50 percent and to develop a Specialized Care Unit - a “network of crisis responders” for calls concerning homel...more

  • Science Journalist Ed Yong on the Future of the Pandemic

    Jul 16 2020

    As California and many other states struggle to contain a surge in COVID-19 cases, science journalist Ed Yong says we’re now more vulnerable to additional disasters, including a possible second pandemic. In his new article in The Atlantic, Yong says diminishing resources, strained international relations and demoralized experts have America on it’s heels. We’ll talk to Yong about what he’s learned during months of reporting on the pandemic and what he thinks the US should be doing now to control...more

  • Rep. Ro Khanna on Supporting Remote K-12 Education

    Jul 16 2020

    “Any forthcoming federal pandemic relief bill must include funds to support teachers, so that under-served children don't fall behind”, argues Silicon Valley congressman Ro Khanna in a recent opinion piece.  We'll talk with Khanna  about what strategies he thinks K-12 schools should take this fall. We'll also get his thoughts, as a former national co-chair of Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaigns, on the direction the democratic party should take, as he heads up California's delegation at the D...more

  • Open Phones: Life in Lockdown

    Jul 16 2020

    Gov. Gavin Newsom announced on Monday that California is officially backtracking into more restrictive shelter-in-place orders as coronavirus infections continue to rise across the state. Many people and businesses are confused about the shifting policies and what activities are permitted. We open the phone lines to hear from listeners about how they are coping.

  • Soledad O’Brien on News Media’s Reckoning with Racism

    Jul 15 2020

    As newsrooms across the country confront issues of race and diversity, award-winning journalist Soledad O’Brien says it’s a welcome “MeToo” moment for journalists of color to speak out. O'Brien detailed her own experiences in a recent op-ed for the New York Times including being called the "affirmative-action hire" by colleagues at her first job. Today, after years working at major news outlets such as NBC and CNN, she's the chief executive of her own production company and regularly uses her Tw...more

  • ‘Demagogue’ Sheds Light on Senator Joseph McCarthy

    Jul 15 2020

    A new biography about Senator Joseph McCarthy taps into recently-released transcripts of closed-door congressional hearings to shed light on the senator’s life and his 1950’s anti-communist crusade.  Journalist and author Larry Tye joins us to talk about the book, “Demagogue: The Life and Long Shadow of Senator Joe McCarthy”, and to describe the parallels he sees between McCarthy and President Trump.

  • Coronavirus Disproportionately Hits Latinos in California

    Jul 14 2020

    Across California, Latinos have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. They make up about 39 percent of the state’s population, but account for 55 percent of reported infections. Community leaders are calling for more resources to help reduce the spread and risks for Latinos, many of whom have to work outside the home. The pandemic has been especially burdensome for undocumented people and low-income workers -- a significant component of the Latino population. We look at what can be done to ...more

  • Eduardo Porter’s New Book Explains How Racism Poisons America’s Economy For Everyone

    Jul 14 2020

    As the United States grapples with civil unrest, many people are questioning how we arrived in this situation and how the nation can change for the better. In his new book, “American Poison: How Racial Hostility Destroyed Our Promise,” New York times economics reporter Eduardo Porter presents a comprehensive examination of how discrimination based on race has hurt not just members of marginalized groups, but the nation as a whole. While the U.S. has gutted education systems, healthcare programs,...more

  • California Sues Trump Administration Over New Policy Restricting International Student Visas

    Jul 13 2020

    California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and state public education leaders announced on Thursday that they’re suing the Trump administration over a new rule requiring foreign college students to leave the U.S. if their classes are online-only when they resume in the fall. California, which is home to the largest population of international students in the country, follows Harvard and M.I.T., who filed a joint suit and asked for an emergency order to stop the new policy. California’s public co...more

  • President Trump Commutes Roger Stone’s Sentence

    Jul 13 2020

    President Donald Trump on Friday commuted the sentence of his longtime friend and political advisor Roger Stone, who had been convicted of lying to Congress and witness tampering. The next day, former special counsel Robert Mueller defended his investigation into ties between Russia and the Trump campaign and wrote that Stone was "prosecuted and convicted because he committed federal crimes." We'll discuss Trump's move and other national political news with KQED's Marisa Lagos.

  • Newsom Orders Release of 8,000 Inmates from State Prisons

    Jul 13 2020

    Governor Newsom announced Friday that the state will release 8,000 people incarcerated in the state's prison system, including 700 in high-risk prisons like San Quentin and Folsom. The move came as Bay Area lawmakers and activists called on Governor Newsom to step in to reduce the prison population at San Quentin, where there have been more than 1300 cases of coronavirus and  at least seven COVID-related deaths.  We’ll get the latest on the situation.

  • EDD’s Loree Levy Takes Your Unemployment Benefit Questions

    Jul 10 2020

    Close to 2 million unemployment claims filed since the shelter in place orders were issued have not yet been paid out, according to a San Jose Mercury News analysis. And while a new report from the U.S. Labor Department finds first-time jobless claims by Californians have dropped for two consecutive weeks, the continued economic shut-down could cause more workers to lose jobs. The state unemployment agency says it is updating technology and hiring thousands of staff to deal with the deluge of cl...more

  • Author Aims for Punk Rock Memoir With “The Undocumented Americans”

    Jul 10 2020

    Author Karla Cornejo Villavicencio joins us to discuss her new memoir, “The Undocumented Americans.” Villavicencio arrived in America when she was five and is one of the first undocumented students to graduate from Harvard. After the election of President Trump in 2016, she began writing about her own experience as well as those of other undocumented immigrants in New York, Miami, Cleveland, Michigan and Connecticut through a series of reported essays. Now a doctoral student at Yale, Villavicenc...more

  • School Districts Across the Bay Area and State Grapple with Reopening Plans

    Jul 10 2020

    Amid a spike in coronavirus cases and calls by President Trump to reopen schools this fall, school districts across California are contemplating the best course of action for next year. San Jose's Alum Rock Union and East Side Union High school districts already announced that a majority of their schools will continue online learning. And while other options include a staggered or hybrid schedule, most school districts are monitoring the pandemic and county health guidelines before making an off...more

  • Activists Call For Better Understanding of History as Statues and Monuments Come Down

    Jul 09 2020

    Throughout California, statues of controversial historical figures such as Junipero Serra and Christopher Columbus are being removed. This follows a trend across the nation to demolish what some consider symbols of racism, oppression, and injustice. Indigenous leaders have fought for decades against celebrating Serra and Columbus, who they see as having committed genocide against Native Americans. Others argue that destroying statues and monuments could silence some parts of history instead of e...more

  • Stanford Social Psychologist on How White Allies Should Respond To Racism

    Jul 09 2020

    Stanford Graduate School of Business professor and social psychologist Brian Lowery studies the psychology of racial privilege.  Undergirding his work is the notion that although many people support the ideal of a fair and just society, they sometimes end up unconsciously reinforcing extant inequality.  In a Washington Post opinion piece last month, Lowery describes some of the racism he has experienced and calls upon white Americans to engage in a proactive way to address inequality.  Lowery jo...more

  • Supreme Court Rules Prosecutor May See Trump’s Financial Records

    Jul 09 2020

    In a 7-2 opinion issued this morning, the Supreme Court ruled that President Trump must turn over his financial records and tax returns to a New York state grand jury investigating his business dealings. Writing for the majority, Chief Justice John Roberts said that “the public has a right to ‘every man’s evidence’” and that “since the earliest days of the Republic, ‘every man’ has included the President of the United States.” In a separate case, the court ruled -- again in a 7-2 opinion with Ch...more

  • Dr. Erica Pan Appointed California State Epidemiologist

    Jul 08 2020

    Dr. Erica Pan has been appointed the new California State Epidemiologist.  She joins us to talk about her experience leading Alameda County’s coronavirus response--including clashes with Elon Musk over the opening of the Fremont Tesla factory and being targeted on social media for shelter in place mandates--and about her vision for the new job. And we’ll ask her about California counties on the coronavirus watch list, recent COVID-related deaths among San Quentin prisoners, and emerging evidence...more

  • Supreme Court Rules on Religious Freedom, Contraceptive Mandate Cases

    Jul 08 2020

    In a 7 to 2 vote, the Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday in favor of two California churches arguing they should not have to face employment discrimination lawsuits brought by former teachers. The ruling makes it so that religious schools are exempt from most employment discrimination claims, expanding religious freedom. The Supreme Court on Wednesday also cleared the way for the Trump administration to expand exemptions for employers who have religious or moral objections to complying with Obamac...more

  • Trump Administration Withdraws from the World Health Organization

    Jul 08 2020

    The Trump administration officially informed the United Nations on Tuesday that the United States is withdrawing from the World Health Organization, effective July 6, 2021. President Trump first announced that he planned to halt funding to the W.H.O. back in April, criticizing its "China-centric" response to the coronavirus pandemic. The withdrawal comes as the United States nears 3 million reported coronavirus cases and almost 540,000 COVID-related deaths worldwide. We'll discuss what led to th...more

  • Drug Overdose Deaths Spike During the Pandemic

    Jul 07 2020

    Emerging evidence shows that drug overdose deaths are surging from increased substance abuse driven by feelings of isolation, anxiety and depression during the coronavirus pandemic. Fatal drug overdoses were already ticking upward in 2019, according to preliminary data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -- a trend the pandemic is accelerating. And more challenging, many treatment programs have been scaled back as the federal government puts some funding for non-COVID-related wor...more

  • Oakland Zoo at Risk of Permanent Closure Unless Allowed to Re-Open Soon

    Jul 07 2020

    The Oakland Zoo announced last week that it may have to shut down permanently unless it's allowed to open its doors to visitors soon. The zoo, which has remained closed since mid-March owing to coronavirus concerns, is spending $2.5 million a month to care for the animals and maintain the facility, and it's quickly burning through its reserves. We'll talk to Oakland Zoo CEO Joel Parrott about the future of the zoo and how other zoos across the state are coping with the pandemic. 

  • Fox Anchor Chris Wallace on Coronavirus, Protests and ‘Countdown 1945’

    Jul 07 2020

    Last month, when many Fox News hosts were putting a positive spin on President Trump’s low-turnout Tulsa rally, Fox News Sunday anchor Chris Wallace didn’t mince words. “The arena was empty,” he told a Trump aide, adding that the campaign looked “silly” for not owning up to the crowd size. Moments like these have earned Wallace the ire of Trump, but the anchor also takes heat for his association with the controversial conservative network. Wallace joins Forum to talk about the latest headlines a...more

  • Low-income and Undocumented Immigrants Struggle Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic

    Jul 06 2020

    In a state where more than a quarter of residents are foreign-born, many low-income and undocumented immigrants have dealt with heavy burdens during the coronavirus pandemic. The biggest challenges involve high infection rates, loss of income, and feeling forced to continue working in high-risk environments. Many programs designed to give financial assistance to undocumented workers are running dry as the pandemic persists. Meanwhile, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the federal agency...more

  • Jessica Levinson on the Latest Supreme Court Rulings

    Jul 06 2020

    The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that states are free to punish presidential electors who don’t support the winner of the popular vote. It also upheld almost the entirety of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, which bans robocalls to cell phones. Those rulings come after the court issued some unexpected decisions recently in cases involving undocumented immigrants who arrived as children, LGBTQ workers, and abortion rights in Louisiana. More rulings are still to come, including a de...more

  • Illegal July 4 Fireworks Spark Numerous Fires in Bay Area

    Jul 06 2020

    With official July 4 fireworks cancelled this year due to coronavirus, amateur displays illuminated the skies around the Bay Area Saturday night. But the illegal displays led to noise complaints -- and are being blamed for at least 100 blazes around the region. Emergency officials even took to social media to warn of fire risks. And it’s not just independence day:  fireworks have been a familiar sound in many cities in recent weeks. We'll talk about the prevalence and impact of fireworks display...more

  • Rebroadcast: The Role of Cross-Racial Solidarity in a Time of Protest

    Jul 03 2020

    During this time of civil unrest in America, many people are calling for dismantling racism. Much of the conversation frames the conflict as between a black minority and a white majority. The current uprising is sparking conversations about how other groups of color can show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. Part of that work, experts say, involves confronting division and anti blackness much more broadly. In this hour, we explore what cross-racial solidarity means in America.

  • Author Casey Gerald on Frederick Douglass and the Meaning of July 4

    Jul 03 2020

    On July 5, 1852, Frederick Douglass delivered a speech titled "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?" -- calling attention to the hypocrisy of the Declaration of Independence and its claim that "all men are created equal.” Today, amid protests against racism and a growing Black Lives Matter movement, equality is still a goal in progress. And the promises of "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" ring differently, and perhaps more profoundly, in an ongoing pandemic that continues to clai...more

  • Students Question Whether College During Pandemic Is Worth The Cost

    Jul 02 2020

    As coronavirus cases continue rising in California, colleges and universities across the state are assessing how best to operate for the fall semester. Some are completely transitioning to remote learning. Others are looking to combine both online and in-person classes. These changes have left students with some difficult choices: Continue school under these conditions or withdraw for the semester? Return to campus or stay home? In this hour, well hear from students, schools, and health official...more

  • Calls for Action Grow Amid San Jose Police Racism Scandal

    Jul 02 2020

    Over the weekend, the San Jose Police Department placed four of its police officers on administrative leave for posting racist and anti-Muslim comments in a private Facebook group. This latest scandal comes days after San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo issued a nine-point plan aimed at reforming, but not defunding, the city’s police department. Given these recent developments, critics of the police are saying that Liccardo’s plan does not go far enough to address systemic racism. We’ll talk about this ...more

  • New National Security Law Sparks Unrest, Confusion in Hong Kong

    Jul 02 2020

    A new China-imposed "anti-protest" law has already led to arrests in Hong Kong and has residents on edge over further erosion of freedom in the semiautonomous territory.  We'll hear about the new law, why it has activists worried, and why China is dismissing those concerns.

  • Coronavirus Cases Surge in California — Now What?

    Jul 01 2020

    Three months into shelter-in-place restrictions, California had contained the spread of the coronavirus. Now heading into July, infection rates and hospitalizations have ticked up to more than 225,000 cases statewide -- nearly doubling in just one month. Experts say Memorial Day weekend marks a turning point when more people resumed going to work, socializing and patronizing businesses. Health professionals expected some of the recent surge as more tests became available. Still, some of the incr...more

  • Schools Grapple With When, How to Reopen to Students

    Jul 01 2020

    Santa Clara County released guidelines Tuesday for reopening schools for in-person classes, but county school officials say districts should have a remote learning backup plan in case coronavirus conditions worsen.   As schools grapple with whether to fully reopen during the pandemic, pediatricians this week weighed in with a strong recommendation for having students physically present in schools. The American Academy of Pediatrics says continuing remote learning will increase social isolation, ...more

  • As Job Losses Continue, Lawmakers Criticize California’s Unemployment Agency

    Jun 30 2020

    More than 6 million workers have filed for unemployment in California since the pandemic began. California’s unemployment agency, the EDD, has  awarded $24 billion in benefits since mid-March, but many applicants have experienced long waiting periods and some have received no benefits at all. Last week, lawmakers from both sides of the aisle criticized the EDD, calling for an audit of the agency and for Gov. Gavin Newsom to intervene. We’ll discuss how California is handling the record number of...more

  • Reddit and Other Social Media Platforms Remove Hate Speech As Advertisers Pull Ads

    Jun 30 2020

    Several social media platforms have removed hate speech and calls to violence from their platforms in recent weeks. Reddit made headlines this week for eliminating a channel dedicated to President Donald Trump among about 2,000 others that the site said violated its rules against hate speech. Meanwhile, Facebook has come under sharp criticism for not removing hateful posts from Trump and has lost several major advertisers. Starbucks Corp. said Sunday it would halt all social media ad spending to...more

  • Eddie Glaude Jr. on James Baldwin and America’s Opportunity to ‘Begin Again’

    Jun 30 2020

    In his work and life, writer James Baldwin often balanced between feelings of despair and faith that the U.S. could be better and become a truly multiracial democracy. It was Baldwin's ability to balance faith and despair as well as love and rage that fascinated Princeton University professor of African American Studies Eddie Glaude Jr. and prompted his new book, "Begin Again: James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own." We'll discuss the book, Baldwin, and the current "moral rec...more

  • How the Psychology of Pandemic Behavior Can Help Guide Containment Strategies

    Jun 29 2020

    Why do some people embrace masks and practice meticulous social distancing while others rebel against public health mandates? Psychologists are studying what drives behavior in the pandemic, and they're also looking at how information overload can influence how people react to the crisis. In this hour, psychologists Ellen Peters and Jay Van Bavel join us to lay out how social and behavioral science can help explain how people respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and how that information can help gui...more

  • Supreme Court Strikes Down Louisiana Abortion Law

    Jun 29 2020

    In a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court struck down a Louisiana abortion law Monday, effectively saving the right to choose in the state. The law, which was enacted in 2014, required doctors to have active admitting privileges at a hospital near the facility where they provide abortions. Chief Justice John Roberts voted with the four-member liberal wing, opposing the votes of both Trump-appointed justices. We'll discuss the details of the case and explore what this ruling means for the future of aborti...more

  • President Trump Retweets Racist Video, Deletes After Outcry

    Jun 29 2020

    Yesterday, President Donald Trump retweeted a video that included one of his supporters yelling “white power” in response to protesters. Trump thanked the "great people" in the video.  The president later deleted the tweet and the White House said he had not heard the racist chant in the video, which depicted arguments among residents of The Villages, a predominantly white and conservative Florida retirement community.  Some critics said the president was trying to distract attention from anothe...more

  • Statewide Effort to House Homeless in Hotel Rooms Meets Successes and Challenges

    Jun 26 2020

    In early April, Governor Newsom launched Project Roomkey, a temporary program designed to protect vulnerable homeless populations from Covid-19 by housing them in empty hotel rooms. The state has since placed more than 10,000 homeless residents in rooms, and officials are considering ways to make the program permanent. But long-term funding for Project Roomkey is uncertain, and some local communities are resisting. We'll assess the program and its future.

  • The Atlantic’s Alexis Madrigal on U.S. COVID-19 Case Surge

    Jun 26 2020

    The United States has reported more positive coronavirus cases in the past week than at any other time since the pandemic began.  In their new article " A Devastating New Stage of the Pandemic”, Atlantic staff writers Alexis Madrigal and Robinson Meyer report on what’s happening with the “second surge” that is now buffeting places like Arizona and Texas.  Madrigal joins us to talk about his  analysis, why the White House explanation that more testing is the reason for the uptick in cases is insu...more

  • Coronavirus Outbreaks Hit More California Nursing Homes

    Jun 26 2020

    The state Department of Public Health reported this week that 75 patients and staff at a nursing home in Concord were infected with coronavirus resulting in at least 14 deaths. Nursing homes throughout the state have experienced outbreaks and yet, many facilities are still not conducting widespread or consistent testing for the virus. As outbreaks continue popping up, advocates warn that precautions are inadequate. We discuss the spread of coronavirus in nursing homes and what challenges facilit...more

  • Pride Readies for 50th Anniversary Celebrations, Amid Protests and Pandemic

    Jun 25 2020

    Pride marks its 50th anniversary this weekend, and although the events are virtual, the celebrations continue. We'll reflect on Pride's history and talk about the programs, discussions and performances on offer this week in the Bay Area and beyond. And as protests sparked by George Floyd's killing continue, we'll explore how the fights for racial justice and LGBTQ+ rights inform and support each other.

  • Confirmed Coronavirus Cases in California Rise 69%

    Jun 25 2020

    California reported 7,149 new confirmed coronavirus cases Tuesday, shattering its single-day record. Santa Clara County reported the highest number of cases in the past two months. Experts say that some of the rise in cases can be attributed to an increase in testing, but they warn that testing alone is not responsible for the surge. Gov. Gavin Newsom, who last week mandated Californians  wear masks in public places, is also urging residents to use precautions like hand-washing and social distan...more

  • Robert Costa on the Latest National Political News

    Jun 25 2020

    Former national security advisor Michael Flynn -- who twice pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI -- had his case dismissed on Wednesday by a federal appeals court. The same day, Senate Democrats blocked debate on a Republican-proposed police reform bill, arguing it didn’t go far enough in addressing racial inequality. This comes as the federal government struggles to contain the coronavirus and the 2020 election season intensifies. In this hour, we talk with Robert Costa, national political report...more

  • Black Medical Workers Reflect on the Front Lines of Covid and Racism

    Jun 24 2020

    Many Black medical workers are now finding themselves on the front lines of two epidemics -- Covid 19 and systemic racism.  We’ll talk with a panel of African American medical professionals at different levels of their careers who are writing and  reflecting on their roles during this time. “My brown skin is protected by blue scrubs, by a hospital ID that says “Stanford,” and “MEDICAL STUDENT” in big blue letters,” writes Dasha Savage, “ The black gunshot wound patients I meet in the trauma bay ...more

  • Coronavirus Cases Surge at San Quentin Prison

    Jun 24 2020

    San Quentin is home to a growing number of coronavirus cases following a botched transfer of inmates from a men's prison in Chino, which was previously reported as having the deadliest outbreak in California's prisons. San Quentin now has 337 cases of coronavirus as of Monday evening -- a jump from zero reported cases prior to the transfer in late May. To lawmakers and prisoner advocates, the outbreak at San Quentin was entirely preventable and the result of poor planning by the California Depar...more

  • Visa Programs Suspended by Trump Administration

    Jun 24 2020

    President Trump Monday suspended a number of immigration visa programs affecting tech workers and students, among others. The White House says the move will help get Americans back to work, as the economy continues to reel from 40 million virus-related job losses.  But critics say freezing the visas is an election-year political move that will hurt US businesses, particularly in Silicon Valley.  We’ll get the details.

  • Janet Napolitano Steps Down After Seven Years as UC President

    Jun 23 2020

    After seven years as president of the University of California, Janet Napolitano is stepping down in August. The first woman to serve as UC's president, Napolitano oversaw increased enrollment systemwide, implemented initiatives addressing the climate crisis and Title IX and, last month, led a decision to drop the ACT/SAT requirement in admissions. Napolitano also notably weathered a 2017 audit scandal and sued the Trump administration when it first rescinded DACA -- the program she created whil...more

  • Communities Push to Remove Police From Schools

    Jun 23 2020

    On Wednesday, the Oakland Unified School District board will consider a resolution that calls for dismantling the district’s dedicated police department. One group, the Black Organizing Project, has advocated for nearly a decade to shift resources from police officers to social workers, therapists or counselors. Studies show that Black and Latino students are disproportionately disciplined more harshly than other students, which advocates say is an extension of racism and criminalization of peop...more

  • Historian Khalil Gibran Muhammad on Reimagining the Police, in the Past and Future

    Jun 22 2020

    "Defund the police" may be a new rallying cry, but according to Harvard historian Khalil Gibran Muhammad, black reformers, scholars and activists have been calling out systemic racism in law enforcement for at least 100 years.

  • Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel on Coronavirus and ‘Which Country Has the World’s Best Health Care’

    Jun 22 2020

    In his new book, “Which Country Has the World’s Best Health Care?”, bioethicist Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel profiles and compares eleven countries’ health care systems to figure out which one works best.

  • Balancing Health and the Economy During COVID-19

    Jun 19 2020

    The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted this week to ask the state to provide the city with more latitude in moving up dates for reopening things like bars, indoor dining, and hair salons.  San Francisco is one of only six counties in the state that had not yet sought this flexibility around reopening.  The move comes at a time when officials are working to strike a balance between keeping residents safe and COVID-19 hospitalizations manageable while gradually reopening the economy.  More t...more

  • Theater Collaboration Celebrates Juneteenth with Play that Explores Difficult Conversations About Race

    Jun 19 2020

    To commemorate Juneteenth, the celebration of emancipation from slavery, nearly 40 Bay Area theaters and others nationwide are collaborating on a project to bring a thought-provoking play about race into people’s homes. As part of The Juneteenth Theater Justice Project, staged readings of playwright Vincent Terrell Durham’s play, “Polar Bears, Black Boys and Prairie Fringed Orchids”, will be live streamed from theaters around the country on Zoom on June 19th. We’ll talk with the playwright and t...more

  • PG&E Pleads Guilty to 84 Counts of Manslaughter in Camp Fire

    Jun 19 2020

    On Thursday, a Butte County judge imposed a $3.5 million fine on PG&E for causing the 2018 Camp Fire -- the deadliest wildfire in California's history that claimed 84 lives. The ruling came after PG&E CEO Bill Johnson entered 84 individual guilty pleas for those deaths on Tuesday. Dozens spoke during the court proceeding recounting the horrifying deaths of loved ones who perished in the blaze. While PG&E, the state's largest utility, was held responsible, no executives were charged or face jail ...more

  • Supreme Court Rules to Keep DACA in Place

    Jun 18 2020

    The Supreme Court of the United States issued a 5-4 ruling today upholding the legality of  Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The program allows immigrants who arrived in the country as children -- but don’t have permanent legal status or a path to legal status -- to receive protection from deportation and permission to work. For the past eight years, around 800,000 people have participated in DACA, working in what are now deemed essential jobs: helping feed the nation, caring for ...more

  • ‘White Fragility’ Author Robin DiAngelo on What White People Can Do to Address Racism

    Jun 18 2020

    Social justice educator Robin DiAngelo's book, “White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism”, is one of a number of books on race topping bestseller lists as many people seek to educate themselves amid protests against racism and racist policing. In the book, she invites white people to examine their role in upholding systemic racism and to confront the defensiveness or "fragility" she says they can exhibit when challenged on their ideas about race. We'll talk to DiAn...more

  • Fort Bragg, Named After a Confederate General, Debates Name Change

    Jun 17 2020

    As tributes to the Confederacy continue to fall in cities across the country, the city of Fort Bragg in Northern California, named for a Confederate general, is considering a name change. Those in favor of the change say the name is offensive and celebrates a racist history. Opponents argue that history is important, good or bad, and shouldn't be erased. Efforts to rename Fort Bragg gained little traction in the past, but the city council plans to hear public comment on the issue next week. We d...more

  • Right Wing Extremist Charged with Murder of Federal Officer at Oakland Protest

    Jun 17 2020

    Federal authorities on Tuesday charged an Air Force sergeant with murdering a federal officer during an anti-police brutality protest in Oakland in late May. The FBI says Steven Carrillo is linked with the extremist "Boogaloo" movement which believes in inciting a second civil war to overthrow the government. Carrillo has also been charged with 19 felony counts for a violent ambush on police earlier this month in the Santa Cruz mountains that left a sheriff’s deputy dead.  We’ll discuss the case...more

  • Coronavirus: A Tale Of Two States

    Jun 17 2020

    In the absence of clear direction from the federal government on coronavirus, state and local officials were forced to chart their own course in handling the crisis. A new report by Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting examines the early decisions that were made in two states: California and Florida. We'll talk with two reporters on the piece, KQED's Marisa Lagos and Caiti Switalski of WLRN in Miami.

  • Rep. Jackie Speier on Black Lives Matter Protests, Federal Coronavirus Response

    Jun 17 2020

    Representative Jackie Speier recently introduced legislation to protect whistleblowers who expose fraud, waste, or abuse in the federal government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. Speier joins us to talk about her new legislation, the lack of progress in fighting sexual assault in the military, and how the Black Lives Matter protests can spur lasting change in America.

  • California Lawmakers Push to Repeal Ban On Affirmative Action

    Jun 16 2020

    On Monday, the University of California Board of Regents unanimously voted to endorse a state measure to repeal Prop. 209, a nearly 25-year-old law that bans consideration of race in government contracts, public sector hiring, and college admissions. The measure passed the California Assembly and if ratified by the state Senate, will show up on the November ballot. Proponents argue that barring state agencies and institutions from considering race and gender has hindered equal representation and...more

  • How COVID-19 is Changing Public Transit

    Jun 16 2020

    California transit agencies have been hit hard financially by the coronavirus pandemic and months of stay-at-home orders. Ridership is way down for many services and some have been eliminated. But BART opened new stations over the weekend in Milpitas and San Jose, kicking off a new era of public transportation for the South Bay. And on Monday, Sen. Scott Wiener announced his proposed Sustainable Transportation COVID-19 Recovery Act to fast-track construction for public transit projects. This hou...more

  • Stockton Mayor Tubbs on Police Accountability and Guaranteed Income During a Pandemic

    Jun 15 2020

    Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs made headlines in early 2019 when the city began giving $500 each month to 125 randomly selected individuals. The mayor has said that the trial program--which was recently extended through next year-- is an important tool to help residents overcome poverty and disastrous events. As San Joaquin County sees the highest number of hospitalizations since the pandemic began, we'll hear how Stockton is faring.  We'll also get the mayor’s thoughts on how to combat police bru...more

  • Coronavirus Continues Spreading in California Prisons

    Jun 15 2020

    The California state prison system now counts 15 inmates who have died of coronavirus-related causes as of Friday. Overall, more than 2,440 inmates in state prisons have tested positive for the virus, despite efforts to test prison staff and release inmates early. Those figures do not count local and federal prison populations in the state, which have also experienced coronavirus outbreaks. Meanwhile, some inmates have reported lack of access to safety equipment and healthcare. We discuss how co...more

  • US Supreme Court Rules Gay and Transgender Workers Are Protected Under the Civil Rights Act

    Jun 15 2020

    In a 6-3 decision today the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that gay and transgender workers are protected under the Civil Rights Act. Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote the majority opinion in the ruling over a section of the Civil Rights Act that bars employment discrimination against race, religion, national origin and sex. At question was the definition of “sex” -- and whether it applied to millions of gay and transgender workers. We'll discuss the historic ruling.

  • Joining a “Social Bubble” to Help Ride Out Quarantine With Friends

    Jun 12 2020

    Alameda County has expanded its shelter-in-place order to allow “social bubbles”.  That lets up to 12 people from different households get together and socialize, though still at a distance and outside. But, you can only belong to one bubble and choosing who you agree to isolate with can be awkward.  We’ll talk about the new rule and the challenges of navigating who to bring in and who to leave out of your bubble.  We want to hear from you.  How are you socializing during social distancing?

  • Breonna Taylor and the Visibility of Black Women Victims of Police Violence

    Jun 12 2020

    While George Floyd's name continues to be chanted at protests sweeping the nation, Breonna Taylor, another victim of police violence, has gotten less attention. Taylor was a 26-year old emergency medical technician living in Louisville, Kentucky when she was shot eight times and killed by police who raided her home on March 13. While the viral video of Floyd being killed helped fuel public outrage and media coverage, this isn't the first time a black woman victim has been under-acknowledged in t...more

  • How to Thrive When Your Brain is Different

    Jun 12 2020

    For decades, experts classified people as having “normal” or “abnormal” brains depending on certain traits. Conditions such as autism, synesthesia, and sensory processing disorder are considered “abnormal.” Several years ago, Jenara Nerenberg, a Harvard and Berkeley-educated writer, entrepreneur, and mother, realized that type of binary thinking is flawed and miscategorizes many people, especially women. She went on to found The Neurodiversity Project, an organization that supports the neurodive...more

  • Raising Black Children in America

    Jun 11 2020

    The killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery have led to renewed calls for racial equality and justice across the U.S. They have also reinforced numerous fears that many parents have about raising black children -- fears that their child could be killed while jogging or sleeping in their home or otherwise “living while black.” In this hour of Forum, we’ll talk about the distinct challenges of raising black children in America. And we want to hear from you: Are you the parent of...more

  • Federal Reserve Projects Longterm Unemployment From Coronavirus Crisis

    Jun 11 2020

    Even as California businesses are starting to reopen, economists warn that the worst could be yet to come as far as unemployment. The extra $600 per week unemployment benefit will be ending soon and prospects for hiring are bleak as employers continue shedding workers. In May, the monthly jobless rate dropped to 13.3 percent from 14.7 percent, according to a Bureau of Labor Statistics report released last Friday. But a temporary drop may not signal that the economy is on the upswing just yet, ec...more

  • What Would It Mean to Defund the Police?

    Jun 10 2020

    Protesters rallying against police brutality across the country are also calling to “defund police.” One idea is to divert money from police departments into social services that can prevent crime and address its causes. Proponents say cities need to radically overhaul their systems of policing after years of failed reform efforts. The mayors of San Francisco and Los Angeles say they support the idea. We dive into the concept of defunding police and overhauling law enforcement in America.

  • Your Questions on Reopening and the Latest COVID-19 Science

    Jun 10 2020

    Outdoor dining. Daycare Centers. Movie Theaters. Every day, officials are announcing new areas of the economy that can start opening for business. But at the same time, likely in part because testing is much more readily available, coronavirus cases are rising sharply in some communities. Coming up on Forum, we’ll take your questions on reopening the Bay Area and the latest science on Covid-19. And we’ll look at the World Health Organization’s muddled message this week on transmission of the vir...more

  • California Schools Brace for Big Changes to Reopen This Fall

    Jun 09 2020

    California schools will look very different this fall. Under new guidelines released Monday by California State Superintendent Tony Thurmond, schools may require masks, temperature checks, social distancing, staggered schedules, outdoor classes and continued remote learning. The state did not issue mandates, however, leaving individual districts to decide their own procedures. Forum dives into the challenges schools, teachers, students and parents will face in reopening schools safely during a...more

  • Rev. William J. Barber Says ‘We Are Called to Be a Movement’

    Jun 09 2020

    Rev. William Barber believes that the country “will not be the same after this pandemic and after this season of mass non-violent protest. We cannot be the same.” And Barber — who revived and co-chairs the Poor People’s Campaign, one of Martin Luther King Jr.’s last projects — is working to ensure transformative change is made in the U.S through a “Moral Agenda” that advances pro-labor, anti-poverty and anti-racist policies. Rev. Barber joins Forum to talk about the protests against police viole...more

  • Journalist Masha Gessen on the Trump Presidency and ‘Surviving Autocracy’

    Jun 08 2020

    In their new book, “Surviving Autocracy,” journalist Masha Gessen suggests that President Trump was “the first major party nominee who ran not for president but for autocrat.” It’s this political mindset that Gessen warns can become lethal as Trump is responding to crises like the coronavirus pandemic and nationwide protests against racism and police brutality. Gessen joins the program to discuss their book, how they think Trump has transformed the presidency and the role of “moral aspiration” i...more

  • Columnist George Will Hopes Election Will Remove Trump and his ‘Congressional Enablers’

    Jun 08 2020

    Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist George Will left the Republican Party in 2016 to protest the nomination of Donald Trump as the GOP’s presidential candidate. In a recent column, Will goes a step further, calling for the defeat of President Trump and the Republican Senate majority in November. The long-time conservative thought leader joins us to talk about the presidential election and why he’s denouncing Trump now more than ever.

  • Protests Continue Across Bay Area, Shut Down Golden Gate Bridge

    Jun 08 2020

    Demonstrators marched across the Golden Gate Bridge on Saturday, filling the whole length of the span and closing it to cars. The was just one of the many actions across the Bay Area over the weekend held to protest police violence. We talk with KQED's Queena Kim about the weekend's demonstrations and other recent news.   We'll also check in with Derrick Sanderlin, who trains San Jose police on how to avoid bias --  and who was seriously injured by a rubber bullet at a recent protest.

  • The Role of Cross-Racial Solidarity in a Time of Protest

    Jun 05 2020

    During this time of civil unrest in America, many people are calling for dismantling racism. Much of the conversation frames the conflict as between a black minority and a white majority. The current uprising is sparking conversations about how other groups of color can show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. Part of that work, experts say, involves confronting division and anti blackness much more broadly. In this hour, we explore what cross-racial solidarity means in America.

  • When Social Movements Meet Consumer Culture

    Jun 05 2020

    As protests continue across the country, many companies and public figures have released statements on social media to speak out against racism and police brutality and express solidarity with protestors -- to a mixed response. Some of those statements don’t necessarily align with corporate policies or previous behavior. Critics are labeling these acts “performative allyship” and calling on companies to take action by donating to anti-racism causes instead. We’ll look at the idea of “solidarity”...more

  • Bakari Sellers Reflects on ‘My Vanishing Country’ and Systemic Racism

    Jun 05 2020

    Bakari Sellers says the most important day of his life happened before he was even born; February 8 1968 when highway patrolmen opened fire on students protesting segregation in South Carolina, killing 3 and wounding 28, including Seller's father. Sellers, who became the youngest person to be elected to the South Carolina legislature, writes about how the trauma of the incident permeated his childhood in  his memoir, "My Vanishing Country."  Now a lawyer and CNN political analyst, Sellers joins ...more

  • Journalists Assaulted, Arrested and Jailed Covering Protests

    Jun 04 2020

    Journalists covering nationwide protests against the police killing of George Floyd  have been shot with rubber bullets, tear gassed, assaulted and arrested by police. Advocates for journalists say there has been an unprecedented amount of violence against reporters and photographers this week, which they say is threatening the rights of a free press. Forum discusses attacks on the news media and whether President Trump’s frequent criticisms have helped erode trust in the media and endanger repo...more

  • San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo on Protests, Politics, and the Pandemic

    Jun 04 2020

    When California Governor Gavin Newsom offered to deploy National Guard troops to San Jose this week, Mayor Sam Liccardo declined. We feel very strongly that it is really important for civilian police to be policing, Liccardo said at a city council meeting Tuesday. Mayor Liccardo joins us to talk about that decision, the protests, and the ongoing challenge of the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Questions Arise Over Expanding Bay Area Curfews

    Jun 04 2020

    Cities around California have set curfews in the wake of protests over the killing of George Floyd. Officials in favor of a curfew argue that it helps maintain public safety.  But civil rights groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union, have criticized these measures for lacking clarity and scope as well as violating first amendment rights. San Francisco--which had been operating under an 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew-- changed tack on Wednesday, with Mayor London Breed tweeting that the cit...more

  • What 1968 Can Teach Us About Protest and Upheaval in 2020

    Jun 03 2020

    Images from protests around the country this week are evoking memories of the political and social upheaval of the 1960s, another period when demonstrations of this scope and scale engulfed the county. The 1968 assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. sparked similar riots and protests across the country. A few years earlier, violent protests exploded in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles following an altercation between African Americans and police. Forum examines the history of black pro...more

  • Avoiding Coronavirus While Protesting

    Jun 03 2020

    As thousands of people take to the streets across America to protest police brutality, infectious disease experts warn that the nation could see an increase in coronavirus cases.  Yelling and chanting expel more of the airborne droplets that can spread the disease. Also, it’s unclear how tear gas affects the virus. We talk about the likelihood of catching the novel coronavirus at a protest and how to avoid infection.

  • Columnist Otis Taylor Jr. Says We Need Better Conversations About Race

    Jun 03 2020

    In his column for the San Francisco Chronicle this week, Otis Taylor Jr. calls for more open conversations about race in America in the wake of protests over the killing of George Floyd. He writes that "racism, like the coronavirus, isn’t going to simply magically disappear." Taylor joins Forum to talk about the Bay Area's protests and share his thoughts on confronting racism in the U.S.

  • Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Alicia Garza on Protests, Police Violence, and Election 2020

    Jun 02 2020

    Two days after George Floyd’s killing, Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza wrote that a lot of people were suddenly asking her what they could do about police violence. Her answer: There are no easy answers. “There is not *one* easy thing you can do right now to make you or anyone else feel better about the fact that this country allows black people to be hunted and killed like animals,” she tweeted. But she did urge people to join the hard work of political and community organizing to br...more

  • Assessing Police Behavior in Light of George Floyd Killing and Protests

    Jun 02 2020

    The killing of George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis focused the nation’s attention, once again, on police brutality. Now, as cities across the country erupt in protest over Floyd’s killing, attention also turns to how police are handling those protests -- from reported police attacks on protesters and journalists to police taking a knee in solidarity with demonstrators. Forum checks in with KQED criminal justice reporters about how these issues have been playing out in California.

  • Facebook Employees Stage Virtual Protest Against Company’s Stance on Trump Posts

    Jun 02 2020

    Dozens of Facebook employees joined a virtual walkout Monday to protest CEO Mark Zuckerberg's decision not to remove an incendiary post by President Trump. Posting in the wake of the killing of George Floyd at the hands of Minnesota police, Trump wrote "when the looting starts, the shooting starts."  In a statement Friday, Zuckerberg said the post did not violate company policy. Meanwhile, Twitter attached a label to the same post, warning that it glorified violence. We'll talk about how the two...more

  • Coronavirus Pandemic Rattles Bay Area Rental Housing Market

    Jun 02 2020

    The coronavirus pandemic is making some renters more vulnerable to losing their homes after nearly three months of shelter-in-place orders. Some tenants have kept up their payments thanks to government relief programs or even charging rent on their credit cards. At the same, apartment listing website Zumper reports that rents plummeted in May in some Bay Area cities such as San Francisco and Mountain View. We discuss how the pandemic is rattling the rental market. 

  • Protests Continue Across the State, Nation Over George Floyd Killing

    Jun 01 2020

    San Jose, Los Angeles and other cities across the state imposed curfews on Sunday in response to  protests over the killing of George Floyd.  Tensions remain high between police and protesters after mostly peaceful demonstrations gave way to violence in several cities this weekend. Floyd, an African American, was killed by a white Minneapolis police officer on Memorial Day. We’ll get the latest on the growing outrage against police brutality and how the protests are playing out in California.

  • George Floyd’s Death Sparks Demands for Change

    Jun 01 2020

    The killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police is sparking outrage and protests throughout the country even as the coronavirus pandemic continues. The recent deaths Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia and Breonna Taylor in Kentucky had already reignited anger over the police killing of black Americans. Many Americans are left asking how do these types of incidents keep happening? In this hour, we talk about strategies for allyship and how the United States can tackle long standing racial challenges.

  • National Political News in Review

    Jun 01 2020

    Forum reviews, analyzes and answers your questions about the latest in national political news.

  • Negotiating Shelter-in-Place with Partners and Spouses

    May 29 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic has turned everything upside down, including the way some couples interact while sheltering in place and being forced to spend more time together.  We’re seeing sides of our partners we haven’t seen before now, and we're finding new ways to communicate, compromise and negotiate some alone time. We'll explore the impact of the pandemic on our domestic lives and intimate relationships.

  • Lawmakers Push Back as Gov. Newsom Expands Executive Orders

    May 29 2020

    Since legislators agreed to give Gov. Gavin Newsom unrestricted access to $1.1 billion from the state’s budget back in mid-March in response to the coronavirus pandemic, some lawmakers have started to question the extent of Newsom’s authority. As the pandemic shows signs of slowing in California, the governor’s recent request for an additional $2.9 billion in emergency COVID-19 funds exempt from normal legislative oversight has led the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office to raise concerns a...more

  • Protests Over Death of George Floyd Reach Boiling Point in Minneapolis

    May 29 2020

    There’s been an outpouring of anger, grief and demands for justice in Minneapolis after the death of 46-year old George Floyd who died Monday as a city police officer held his knee on the man’s neck for more than five minutes, leaving him to die on the street. Protesters broke into a police station in Minneapolis overnight and burned it, which the city's mayor has said was understandable. We’ll get the latest and your reactions.

  • How the Pandemic Could Reshape the Office Real Estate Market

    May 28 2020

    Before the coronavirus pandemic, office rents in San Francisco and Oakland had reached all-time highs and developers couldn’t keep up with demand for space. Now, the trend toward working from home has forced many companies and workers to rethink where and how they work, which could have profound implications for the real estate market. A few businesses have already shelved expansion plans. Still, some experts argue that relying on Zoom meetings and remote work has its limitations and companies w...more

  • Rep. Adam Schiff on Stopping the Spread of Pandemic Misinformation

    May 28 2020

    On Wednesday, coronavirus deaths in the United States surpassed 100,000. According to California Congressman Adam Schiff, as the pandemic spreads, so too does harmful misinformation about treatment, transmissibility and cures. Schiff joins us to talk about his effort to push Twitter and YouTube to notify users when they've engaged with misleading COVID-19 posts. And we'll also hear from him about the Senate Judiciary Committee's inquiry into the Mueller investigation and other political news.

  • Historic SpaceX Launch Set to Saturday

    May 28 2020

    SpaceX called off a rocket launch for NASA on Wednesday that would’ve been the first time astronauts launched into space from US soil since 2011 and the first time ever that a privately developed spacecraft took humans into Earth's orbit. The mission would have taken NASA astronauts Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken to the International Space Station, but it was called off 17 minutes before liftoff because of weather conditions. The launch is now slated for this Saturday. In this hour, we’ll dis...more

  • Michael Pollan On What the Pandemic Reveals About ‘The Sickness in Our Food Supply’

    May 27 2020

    As meatpacking plants become coronavirus hotspots and large producers dump milk and destroy crops, the nation's industrial food chain is buckling. That's according to journalist and author Michael Pollan, who says in a recent article that the pandemic is exposing glaring and longstanding deficiencies in the way the U.S. produces and distributes food. We'll talk to him about why he thinks it's time to de-industrialize our food system and re-imagine the American diet.

  • Tips for Working From Home Without Ruining Your Neck and Back

    May 27 2020

    Many of us working from home during the pandemic are crouching over laptops on the couch, slumped over a too short table or sitting cross-legged on the floor typing while also trying to entertain a child. It's all taking a toll on our backs and necks. Forum gets tips on easy ways to improve the ergonomics of working at home and suggestions on stretches and exercises to counteract the contortions of working in odd spaces.

  • Bush Administration’s David Frum Laments State of Conservatism

    May 27 2020

    In his new book "Trumpocalypse," erstwhile neoconservative David Frum explores what he sees as the failures of conservatism, from the Iraq war to the financial crisis to the Trump presidency.  A former speechwriter for President George W. Bush,  Frum joins us to talk about his book and how to reimagine a United States and a conservative party without Donald Trump.

  • Hitting the Road This Summer? Where to Go and How to Stay Safe

    May 26 2020

    With the weather warming up, kids wrapping up the school year, and people feeling confined after more than two months of sheltering in place, millions of Californians are eager to hit the road, but are feeling conflicted. On one hand, popular destinations such as beaches and national parks are open for visitors. On the other hand, health officials warn that the coronavirus pandemic is not over and people should stay home as much as possible. We discuss how coronavirus will impact this year’s tra...more

  • Comparing Global Responses to Coronavirus

    May 26 2020

    While fears grow that Latin America may become the next hotspot for COVID-19, experts are searching for answers as to what policy responses work best -- why some countries are able to stop the spread and why some are struggling to contain the virus. Comparisons are difficult, however, because countries have varying healthcare systems and can even count coronavirus deaths differently. In this hour, we talk with experts about what measures governments around the world have taken and how those meas...more

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

    May 25 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

  • Rebroadcast: The George Washington You Don’t Know Emerges in Alexis Coe’s ‘You Never Forget Your First’

    May 25 2020

    Historian Alexis Coe noticed one day that the dozens of biographies written about George Washington were all written by men and repeated the same myths around wooden teeth and a cherry tree wooden teeth.She decided to tell a more nuanced story that not only reexamines the original sources, but also looks at the women in his life, who are also misconceived in the historical record. The quest to uncover the real George Washington resulted in Coe's latest book, "You Never Forget Your First." We tal...more

  • Dr. Harvey Fineberg on His Role in the White House Response to Covid-19

    May 22 2020

    As chair of the Standing Committee on Emerging Infectious Diseases at the National Academy of Sciences, Harvey Fineberg has been involved in crafting the federal response to the coronavirus pandemic.  But that doesn’t mean the government always takes his advice.  He’s a staunch advocate of mask-wearing, and he says there is no clinical evidence that hydroxychloroqine is effective against coronavirus, despite President Trump’s support of the drug.  Fineberg, a former president of the Institute of...more

  • New Book Showcases the ‘Legendary Children’ in Drag History and ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’

    May 22 2020

    Each season of the reality TV show “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” the world’s most famous drag queen, RuPaul, seeks to crown “America’s Next Drag Superstar.” Launched 11 years ago, the show is an Emmy-winning hit that has catapulted the careers of dozens of drag queens and amassed a huge international fanbase. In their new book “Legendary Children: The First Decade of RuPaul’s Drag Race and the Last Century of Queer of Life,” pop culture bloggers Tom Fitzgerald and Lorenzo Marquez highlight the roots of ...more

  • With Permission to Work from Home, Many Tech Workers Contemplate Leaving the Bay Area

    May 22 2020

    On Thursday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that many of the company's employees will be able to work from home permanently. That announcement comes on the heels of a similar move from fellow tech companies Twitter and Square. With these more flexible policies emerging during the pandemic, many tech workers are considering defecting from the Bay Area’s sky-high cost of living for more affordable pastures. We'll discuss what this could mean for Silicon Valley and Bay Area culture and we w...more

  • “Just” Old People Are Dying: Ageism and the Coronavirus Response

    May 21 2020

    Nearly 80% of those who have died from COVID-19 in California were over the age of 65, yet health care for seniors was slashed in the most recent state budget. Advocates for the elderly say its just another example of ageism, which has been exacerbated during the pandemic. From suggestions that old peoples lives be sacrificed for the sake of the economy to the struggle to get PPE and tests in nursing homes, we'll talk about the role ageism is playing in the coronavirus response.

  • Pandemic Pushes California Cities and Counties Into Fiscal Crises

    May 21 2020

    With the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, California cities and counties are seeing more demand for public services at the same time as revenues are shrinking. Officials are weighing which services are most essential and which they may have to cut or gut. Meanwhile, the League of California Cities projects that cities could experience a combined $7 billion shortfall during the next two years. In this hour of Forum, we talk to policy experts and elected officials about how local go...more

  • The Comfort of Gardening During a Pandemic

    May 20 2020

    Scientific research shows that spending time in natural environments can help lower blood pressure and can improve mental health.  During a time of quarantine, gardeners know that an outdoor space, a patio, or a cluster of herbs in the windowsill can offer some beauty and solace. We talk with experts about what lessons can be learned through gardening during the pandemic, and answer your questions about how to develop a green thumb.

  • American Diplomat Richard Haass on the State of ‘The World’

    May 20 2020

    In his latest book, "The World: A Brief Introduction," Council on Foreign Relations President Richard Haass writes that "what begins at the local level can quickly become global." We're seeing the stark truth of that statement in the devastating ripple effects the coronavirus pandemic continues to have across the globe. And it's why Haass sees institutions of global governance like the World Health Organization as "essential" to this era. In this hour, we talk to Haass about the book, the unique...more

  • How the Coronavirus Pandemic is Reshaping the Future of Retail

    May 19 2020

    Empty storefronts and going-out-of-business sales had become commonplace in shopping centers nationwide even before the coronavirus pandemic hit. Retailers of all sizes had struggled for years to navigate online shopping, changing consumer behavior, and increasing competition. Now that stay-at-home orders have forced most stores to close, the industry is facing an existential crisis. Experts expect thousands of brick and mortar locations to close permanently. Suburban mall staple J.C. Penney Co....more

  • Sarah Kendzior on the State of U.S. Politics and ‘the Erosion of America’

    May 19 2020

    Secretary of State Pompeo confirmed Monday that he asked President Trump to fire the State Department’s Inspector General, leaving it without a watchdog. This follows Attorney General Barr and the Department of Justice dropping the case against former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, despite his guilty plea. For author Sarah Kendzior, these moves are just more evidence of what she has been warning about for years -- President Trump’s authoritarian tendencies and the growing threats to ch...more

  • Three Bay Area Counties Move into Phase Two of Reopening

    May 18 2020

    Starting Monday, three Bay Area counties -- San Francisco, San Mateo, and Marin -- will all move into Phase 2 of Gov. Gavin Newsom's four-phase plan to gradually reopen the state. This means those counties will allow retail for curbside pickup and permit manufacturing and warehouse work. Barring a spike in coronavirus cases, Alameda and Contra Costa counties are also expected to enter Phase 2 sometime next week, leaving Santa Clara as the only county in California under stricter order.  Tell us:...more

  • Coronavirus Pandemic Exacerbates Hunger Worldwide

    May 18 2020

    The United Nations World Food Programme warns the number of people facing starvation across the globe could nearly double to 265 million because of the coronavirus pandemic. In his new book, Hunger, author Martin Caparros calls the lack of access to food “the oldest problem” despite the fact that enough food is produced worldwide to feed everyone. The disconnect between available supplies and the people that need it is now exacerbated by a global health crisis. We examine the threat of growing f...more

  • Whistleblower Testifies Before Congress, Senator under FBI investigation: The Week in National News

    May 15 2020

    Rick Bright, the ousted head of the federal agency in charge of vaccines testified before Congress Thursday. He told lawmakers that the “window is closing to address this pandemic” because the Trump Administration doesn’t have a comprehensive plan and has misled the public. Forum talks about the hearing and the rest of a very active week in the nation’s political news. We’ll also look at  Senator Richard Burr stepping down as chair of the intelligence committee following revelations he’s being i...more

  • Race and the Killing of Ahmaud Arbery

    May 15 2020

    Last week video surfaced of a young black man, 25-year old Ahmaud Arbery, being pursued, then shot and killed by two white men while jogging in a suburban neighborhood in Brunswick, Georgia. The video prompted the arrest of Gregory McMichael and his son Travis McMichael on May 7 -- over two months after the Feb. 23 incident. With the killing of yet another innocent black person for "appearing suspicious,” director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center Ibram X. Kendi asked the question "Wh...more

  • California Faces Steep Budget Cuts Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

    May 15 2020

    California Gov. Gavin Newsom laid out a bleak financial scenario for the state on Thursday with projections of a $54 billion budget shortfall. Newsom plans to counteract steep declines in sales, corporate and income taxes by enacting spending cuts and digging into the state’s rainy day fund and other reserves. Still, his revised 2020 budget of $203 billion represents a 9 percent drop compared to what he proposed in January. Schools and healthcare will bear the hardest hits. Meanwhile, Newsom emp...more

  • As Social Distancing Continues, so Does Pandemic Shaming

    May 14 2020

    Has someone strayed too close to you at the grocery store? Have you questioned who has the right of way on a narrow sidewalk? Or seen groups of people hanging out without masks and thought to say something? Two months of stay-at-home orders have tested the patience of many people -- especially in regards to the behavior of others. Those frustrations are prompting a wave of shaming in person or on social media sites such as Nextdoor. We dive into the phenomenon of pandemic shaming and we want to ...more

  • Wildfire Tragedy Recounted in ‘Fire in Paradise’

    May 14 2020

    The deadliest and most destructive fire in California history struck the town of Paradise in Butte County in November of 2018.  In their new book "Fire in Paradise", journalists Alastair Gee and Dani Anguiano share the dramatic stories of Camp Fire victims and first responders.  They join us to talk about the people who lost their town, what Paradise looks like now,  and how the ordeal  has informed the community’s response to the current pandemic.

  • Republicans Win Closely-Watched California Special Election to Fill Katie Hill’s House Seat

    May 14 2020

    Republican Mike Garcia, a former pilot and businessman endorsed by President Trump, has defeated Democrat Christy Smith in Californias special election for the 25th congressional district, which includes parts of Los Angeles and Ventura counties. The seat was left vacant by Democrat Katie Hill after a personal scandal last year  and Garcia will now serve out the rest of Hill's term. But Garcia and Smith will face off again in November.  We discuss the first California election of the coronavirus...more

  • Pandemic Affects Job Prospects for New College Grads

    May 13 2020

    As the coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc on the economy, the 2020 class of college students will graduate into the most turbulent job market in modern history.  Some students lucky enough to have already landed a job are seeing the offers rescinded or delayed, others have lost precious internships that would have padded their resumes.  We talk with new graduates about their experiences looking for work in the middle of an economic meltdown, and we talk with experts about what jobs ar...more

  • Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf on the State of the City in the Pandemic

    May 13 2020

    Cities across the country have been watching Oakland’s popular “Slow Streets” program, which plans to close about a tenth of the city’s streets to allow residents more room to walk and bike while maintaining physical distance during shelter in place. In this hour, we talk with Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf about how the city is faring in the pandemic. We’ll check in on what the city is doing to address difficult challenges such as the increased vulnerability of homeless people and racial disparit...more

  • How to Fly and Feel Safe During the Coronavirus Pandemic

    May 12 2020

    With little direction from the federal government, commercial airlines have been tasked with implementing their own safety precautions during the coronavirus pandemic, creating chaos in the skies. For some travelers, flights are nearly empty,  with plenty of space to practice social distancing. But others have reported crowded planes, with some passengers not wearing masks. Flying is supposed to be limited to essential trips only, but the definition of essential is murky at best. We’ll talk abou...more

  • Navajo Nation Fighting Coronavirus and Longtime Inequities

    May 12 2020

    With more than three thousand infections and 102 deaths from coronavirus as of Monday, the Navajo Nation in the southwestern U.S. currently has the third highest per-capita infection rate after New York and New Jersey. The virus is taking a devastating toll on an already under-resourced community where issues like access to water and crowded housing arrangements make virus prevention methods more difficult. And it was only last Wednesday that the nation received its roughly $600 million portion ...more

  • Elon Musk Says He’s Prepared to Be Arrested For Reopening Tesla Plant

    May 12 2020

    Production resumed at Tesla's plant in Fremont on Monday despite Alameda County shelter in place orders that bar non-essential businesses from operating. Musk tweeted that he will personally be on the assembly line and "if anyone is arrested, I ask that it only be me". The defiant opening comes after Musk said he'd move the plant and headquarters to Texas or Nevada and after he filed a lawsuit against Alameda County on Saturday over its regulations. Forum discusses the showdown between Musk and...more

  • What Could The Restaurant Industry Look Like After The Coronavirus Pandemic?

    May 11 2020

    As Gov. Gavin Newsom plans to release reopening guidelines for restaurants this week, the industry remains mired in uncertainty.  The California Restaurant Association estimates that before the pandemic there were more than 76,000 establishments and nearly 1.5 million workers in the state, making it one of the state’s largest industries. The rising cost of doing business had already pushed many restaurants to the brink of shuttering. Now with shelter-in-place, the majority of Bay Area restaurant...more

  • Finding the Best Information to Navigate the COVID-19 Pandemic

    May 11 2020

    As the stressful coronavirus pandemic continues, many are still searching for clear cut answers to questions like “Should I wear a mask?” and “Who is most at risk of dying from COVID-19?” But with sometimes conflicting information surrounding the virus, it can be hard to make sense of what one should or shouldn’t do. In this hour, we’ll talk with experts about finding the best information for navigating the pandemic.

  • Is There Any Going Back: Considering the Post-Coronavirus Way of Life

    May 08 2020

    We are now living in a world where how we interact and get things done has changed dramatically due to the coronavirus pandemic. And while practices like social distancing may eventually expire when there's a vaccine, what about some of the new practices and workarounds we've been creating and adapting to at work, home and in our social lives? We'll consider some of the changes and we want to hear from you: What new practices or norms do you hope continue when the pandemic is over?

  • California Faces Projected $54 Billion Deficit Through Summer 2021

    May 08 2020

    California faces the worst budget deficit in the state's history, at $54 billion.  That's according to an analysis released Thursday by the state Department of Finance.  The projected shortfall comes after a $21 billion surplus last year, and as the state continues to reel from the coronavirus pandemic, which has thrown more than 4 million Californians into unemployment. We’ll talk about what the deficit could mean for schools, social services, and the state’s response to the virus. 

  • New Federal Rules Increase Protections for Students Accused of Sexual Assault

    May 08 2020

    Victim Rights advocates say they’ll challenge in court education secretary Betsy DeVos’ final regulations for how schools that receive federal funding handle allegations of sexual harassment. The regulations roll back a controversial Obama Administration directive that DeVos says turned campus disciplinary hearings into “kangaroo courts”.  The new rules narrow the definition of sexual assault, raise the standard for finding a student responsible for misconduct and allow cross examination of both...more

  • New Docuseries ‘Asian Americans’ Highlights Contributions, Challenges in U.S. History

    May 08 2020

    Throughout U.S. history, Asian Americans have had a significant, but often overlooked impact on shaping our national identity. A new five-part PBS docuseries titled "Asian Americans," highlights those contributions to U.S. history and culture, from building railroads in the 1860s to influencing technology, politics and the arts in modern society. By focusing on the fastest growing racial/ethnic group in the United States according to the 2010 U.S. Census, "Asian Americans" seeks to deepen our un...more

  • What Are You Watching During Quarantine?

    May 07 2020

    Many of us have replaced the company of our friends with the companionship of TV during shelter-at-home orders. Some are soothing themselves with the virtual carb loading of “The Great British Baking Show” while others are embracing mayhem with “Tiger King”. Or maybe this is the time to watch every Hitchcock movie ever made. We’ll talk with television and movie critics about their picks for the best things to watch during quarantine. And we want to hear from you! What TV shows and movies are kee...more

  • Journalist Molly Ball on Nancy Pelosi’s Rise from San Francisco to the Speakership

    May 07 2020

    San Francisco Democrat Nancy Pelosi is the most powerful woman in American politics, but she has consistently been underestimated. That's according to Time magazine's Molly Ball in her new biography, "Pelosi". Ball tells the story of a politically-polarizing and effective leader who hadn't run for office until age 47. We'll talk with Ball about the congresswoman's life and career as well as her handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Marin Health Officer Talks About His Personal and Professional Battle Against COVID-19

    May 07 2020

    In late March, Dr. Matthew Willis, Marin County’s top public health official, became his county’s 39th confirmed case of COVID-19. After taking a leave of absence to recuperate, he is now back on the job leading Marin’s response to the biggest public health emergency in decades. Marin County, with about 260,000 residents, is sparsely populated and has had fewer coronavirus infections than other Bay Area counties. Willis said he “underestimated how bad” his illness would be, which has given him p...more

  • More Data Shows Higher Coronavirus Risk for Black and Latino Communities

    May 06 2020

    According to the APM Research Lab, the current COVID-19 mortality rate for African Americans is over two times higher than that of all other racial groups. And initial findings from a recent COVID-19 testing project in San Francisco’s Mission District show that Latinos are also being disproportionately impacted by coronavirus. This hour, we discuss the latest data and the history behind these racial disparities.

  • Psychologist Rick Hanson on Building Resilience in a Pandemic

    May 06 2020

    An overwhelming majority of Californians are worried about a family member getting sick, according to a recent survey by PPIC, or about taking a financial hit from the coronavirus. Add to that the day -to-day stresses of shutdowns and sheltering in place. And while talk of reopening the economy brings relief to some, it is provoking new fear and anxiety in others. In this hour, we’ll get tips from psychologist Rick Hanson about how to build resilience and better cope with uncertainty and fear. 

  • Childcare Closures Leave Parents, Kids and Teachers Scrambling

    May 05 2020

    Before the coronavirus pandemic, about a third of all kids in the US five and under attended a preschool or childcare. Now many of those facilities are closed or face an uncertain future. In daycares and preschools that remain open teachers and providers put themselves at risk, often without protective gear. We'll talk about how parents, kids, and early education teachers and providers are dealing with the childcare crisis and what will happen when more parents start returning to work.

  • Bay Area Tenants Call for Rent Strikes and Canceling Rents

    May 05 2020

    The coronavirus pandemic has put millions of people out of work going back to mid-March. That loss of income is now reverberating in the housing market. Tenants throughout the Bay Area are organizing “rent strikes” and calling for landlords to “cancel the rent” to ease housing costs for people who have lost income. At the same time, California’s statewide eviction moratorium ends May 31, leaving many renters anxious that they will be evicted soon after. We talk to experts about the challenges te...more

  • Virology Expert Paul Offit on the Search for a COVID-19 Vaccine

    May 04 2020

    A pioneer in virology who co-invented the rotavirus vaccine for children, Dr. Paul Offit worries that hurrying the path to a COVID-19 vaccine could mean missing some of the important testing phases of vaccine development. Offit joins us to talk about the timeline to a vaccine and lessons to be learned from the coronavirus pandemic so far. We’ll also discuss his new book "Overkill: When Modern Medicine Goes Too Far."

  • Coronavirus Derails U.S. Presidential Race as Leading Candidates Battle Scandals

    May 04 2020

    November 2020 seems rather distant at a time when most Americans are focused on the coronavirus pandemic. But the U.S. presidential race is far from stagnant. President Donald Trump lashed out against his campaign manager after recent polls showed Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee, beating him in several states. Meanwhile, Biden is responding to an accusation of sexual assault from a former staffer. We take a look at the now-virtual campaign trail, questions about election safety ami...more

  • The Beat Goes On: Music Events to Livestream in Quarantine

    May 01 2020

    With music venues closed and festivals postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic, music fans have been gathering online to watch livestreamed concerts, DJ sets and more. We’ll talk about upcoming music events you can stream at home and we want to hear from you: what music and artists are keeping you company in quarantine?

  • How the Government Can Protect Frontline Workers Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic

    May 01 2020

    About 60 million U.S. workers are providing essential services such as keeping the internet running, delivering groceries, maintaining utilities and caring for the sick, but many lack the proper protections on the job, says Silicon Valley Democratic Congressman Ro Khanna. He is working with Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., to craft the Essential Workers Bill of Rights. The legislation would ensure Americans working on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic receive adequate compensation, paid ...more

  • Big Changes, Big Cases at the Supreme Court

    May 01 2020

    These are unprecedented times at the Supreme Court. For the first time in history the tradition-bound court is hearing cases by phone and live streaming oral arguments, starting Monday. It also postponed months of oral arguments, something it hasn't done since the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic. The court is also considering historic cases, including whether President Trump can shield his tax records from state and congressional investigations. Forum talks about how the Supreme Court is changing in t...more

  • California’s Unemployment Agency Struggles to Meet Demand

    Apr 30 2020

    California issued new guidelines this week for who can get unemployment benefits, now allowing millions of self-employed people who have lost their jobs during the pandemic to apply. But the state’s Employment Development Department is struggling to keep up with callers and many are unable to fill out applications because of  frozen screens, disconnections or other technical issues.  We'll hear about the new benefit guidelines and what the EDD is doing to keep up with skyrocketing demand. 

  • Bay Area Eases Shelter-in-Place Restrictions on the Road to Reopening

    Apr 30 2020

    Bay Area officials updated the region’s stay-at-home orders Wednesday to allow for outdoor activities including golf, tennis and summer camps. These new guidelines also gave the greenlight to restart construction projects, which could help thousands of people go back to work. We break down the details of these revisions and discuss what it means for reopening the Bay Area.

  • Silicon Valley in a Pandemic

    Apr 30 2020

    Some of the biggest Silicon Valley technology firms are faring surprisingly well during the coronavirus pandemic. Google’s revenue grew by 13 percent in the first quarter of 2020 over the same period last year, while Facebook’s increased 18 percent. But startups are not faring as well, with many having to lay off workers, cut costs, or shut down altogether. We’ll talk about how the pandemic is affecting Silicon Valley.

  • Rural California Counties Seek to Reopen Sooner Than the Rest of the State

    Apr 29 2020

    Leaders from rural communities in California have called for Gov. Gavin Newsom to ease up shelter-in-place restrictions sooner than more urban parts of the state.  Only about 10 percent of Californians live in counties that account for over half of the state’s land mass. Because these less-densely populated parts of the state have had fewer coronavirus cases to date, county leaders want to instead focus on reviving their dormant economies. However, many rural areas in California -- and nationwid...more

  • Trump to Sign Order to Keep Meat Plants Open

    Apr 29 2020

    President Trump on Tuesday said he would sign an executive order to force meat processing facilities to stay open in order to prevent food shortages. But labor unions say that thousands of workers in those plants have been infected and more needs to be done to protect them.  We’ll talk with Washington Post reporter Philip Bump about the executive order and other national political news, including the ongoing controversy over the president’s daily press briefings.

  • Newsom Announces Phased Plan for Reopening California

    Apr 29 2020

    Gov. Gavin Newsom Tuesday said he believes the state is "weeks, not months, away" from easing some of the stay-at-home orders. Newsom says low-risk businesses, retail stores and some public spaces will be among the first to reopen. He added that schools may get an early jump on next year, opening as soon as July. But don't plan on a haircut soon. Higher risk businesses like hair salons and gyms will be the last to reopen. Forum discusses the governor's announcement and his declaration that chang...more

  • Dating in the Age of Coronavirus

    Apr 28 2020

    The "new normal" of social distancing is forcing many single Californians to redefine their dating lives. Dating apps have seen a spike in usage since coronavirus hit and they're responding with new features for audio and video messaging within their platforms. Messages from exes looking to reconnect are also on the rise as people seek companionship in this time of isolation. This hour, we talk about dating during the coronavirus pandemic. And we want to hear from you: if you're currently dating...more

  • San Francisco Mayor London Breed on Extension of Stay-at-Home Order

    Apr 28 2020

    With another month of shelter-in-place orders in store for the Bay Area, many people are concerned about what that means for the region’s economy and residents. We’ll talk with San Francisco Mayor London Breed about the extension, which had been set to expire May 3. We’ll also check in with her about diverted shipments of personal protective equipment meant for San Francisco health care workers -- among other challenges -- as the city responds to the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Vox’s Ezra Klein on ‘Why We’re Polarized’

    Apr 27 2020

    In his new book, “Why We’re Polarized”, Vox founder and editor-at-large Ezra Klein delves into the historical reasons that America’s political landscape has become increasingly divided over the past 50 years. He argues that identity is a central driver of political polarization, and explains how hyper partisanship is threatening national cohesion. Klein joins Forum to talk about his book, and how COVID-19 is affecting politics and the November election.

  • Fighting Wildfires During a Pandemic

    Apr 27 2020

    Concern is growing over how the coronavirus pandemic might affect the upcoming wildfire season, especially since Northern California has only gotten about half the average rainfall this year. Officials are rushing to develop plans for how federal and state agencies can fight fires within the framework of social distancing guidelines.  We’ll hear what will change in response to the pandemic and how communities will have to step up.

  • Experts Warn Coronavirus Second Wave Could Be More Severe

    Apr 27 2020

    A second wave of coronavirus infections next winter could prove more difficult to combat than what we’re dealing with now, according to Robert Redfield, director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Redfield told The Washington Post last week that coronavirus coupled with seasonal flu would further strain healthcare systems. Experts warn that how we prepare -- such as replenishing the national stockpile of personal protective equipment and implementing widespread coronavirus testing...more

  • The Psychology of ‘Why We Act’

    Apr 24 2020

    Why do good-intentioned people so often do nothing when a small intervention could make a big difference? That's the question psychology professor Catherine Sanderson poses in her new book "Why We Act: Turning Bystanders Into Moral Rebels." Drawing on the latest developments in neuroscience, Sanderson explores the mindsets of bullies and bystanders and the psychology of inaction. We'll talk to Sanderson about "the bystander effect" and how we can learn to be more brave in the face of wrongdoing....more

  • George Packer on Coronavirus and America as a ‘Failed State’

    Apr 24 2020

    Journalist George Packer’s 2013 bestseller  “The Unwinding” painted a picture of an America with institutions in decline, a frayed social fabric and inequality on the rise.  In his new piece in the Atlantic, Packer looks at what happens when a country with those pre-existing conditions meets a deadly pandemic.  “Every morning in the endless month of March, Americans woke up to find themselves citizens of a failed state,” he writes. Packer joins us to talk about his piece, and what can be done to...more

  • Enjoying the Great Outdoors During Shelter-in-Place Orders

    Apr 24 2020

    Golf courses in Napa County will soon start welcoming golfers for the first time in weeks. Still, many of the Bay Area’s beaches, parks and recreation areas remain closed because of shelter-in-place orders. Health experts say spending time in nature is essential for well-being, but the coronavirus pandemic has made that a huge challenge, especially for people who don’t have backyards. With stay-at-home orders stretching on and the weather warming up, we discuss the best ways to safely enjoy the ...more

  • Governor Newsom Allows Hospitals to Resume Non-Essential Surgery

    Apr 23 2020

    On Wednesday, Governor Newsom announced that hospitals can resume essential surgery.  The state had  imposed delays on non-emergency surgeries and elective procedures in light of the coronavirus pandemic.  We’ll hear how the moratorium has affected patients and hospitals and what the governor’s announcement will mean for them.

  • Why the American Economy Can’t Reopen Without Widespread Coronavirus Testing

    Apr 23 2020

    While social distancing and stay-at-home orders have helped slow the spread of the coronavirus, many Americans are itching to resume pre-pandemic activities and re-animate the economy. Some states such as Georgia are starting to reopen nonessential businesses and others are pushing to do the same. Still, experts warn that doing so too soon could lead to a resurgence of infections. New York University professor Paul Romer, a Nobel Prize-winning economist and former chief economist at the World Ba...more

  • How We Respond to Disasters

    Apr 23 2020

    Panic, denial and fear. Reaching out to others for connection. Those are some of the reactions journalist Amanda Ripley documented in  her 2008 book, "The Unthinkable” which looked at how people behave in major disasters like floods or terrorist attacks. Today, she says she is seeing similar reactions to a slower-moving crisis: the coronavirus pandemic. Forum talks to Ripley about how  individuals and governments respond to disasters, and how we can avoid squandering Americans' willingness to sa...more

  • Pandemic Response Offers Hope and Warnings for Addressing Climate Crisis

    Apr 22 2020

    The coronavirus pandemic has prompted swift and far-reaching global action, as governments impose stay-at-home orders and the private sector mobilizes to find a cure. To some environmentalists, all that's a sign that our society is capable of bold, collective action to combat climate change. But the pandemic has also exposed fissures in the public's trust in science. On the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, we'll talk about how our experience battling the pandemic can inform how we address the clim...more

  • New Stanford Antibody Study Sparks Criticism

    Apr 22 2020

    Two new antibody studies, from Santa Clara County and Los Angeles County, find far more widespread coronavirus infection rates than previously thought.  The findings have big implications for what is known about the lethality of COVID19 as well as when the shelter in place can be eased.  But some researchers say that the studies--which have not yet been peer reviewed--use unreliable  antibody test kits and have grave sampling and statistical errors.  We discuss the findings and why antibody test...more

  • Angela Glover Blackwell on Putting Equity at the Heart of Economic Recovery

    Apr 21 2020

    Though African Americans make up only 13% of the US population, one third of the people who have been hospitalized with Covid-19 nationwide are black. Equity advocate Angela Glover Blackwell says the pandemic has been like “gallons of alcohol being thrown on the open wounds of inequality and racism in this country”. Forum talks with Blackwell about how the coronavirus has exacerbated racial and economic inequality and what she hopes to do about it as a member of Governor Newsom’s task force on ...more

  • California 12th Graders Reflect on Their Interrupted Senior Year

    Apr 21 2020

    The coronavirus pandemic has upended schooling for millions of students across the state. For high school seniors, it's meant an unceremonious end to their K-12 education. To hear directly from high school seniors about what it feels like to have their pivotal senior year interrupted by a pandemic, KQED launched a project inviting students to share their stories by video. We'll hear from some of the students about their experiences and how they're coping.

  • Small Business Relief Programs Run Out of Funding

    Apr 21 2020

    Small businesses throughout the country are struggling to stay afloat amid the coronavirus pandemic. One of the biggest relief programs, known as the Payroll Protection Program, blew through $350 billion in federal aid within a matter of weeks. More than 1.6 million U.S. businesses secured loans through the program, but thousands were left empty handed. As Congress debates an injection of new funding, critics say the first round of money went to many larger companies, even publicly traded corpor...more

  • Reading Your Way Through a Pandemic

    Apr 20 2020

    Publishers are reporting booming sales of Albert Camus' "The Plague" and other examples of pestilence fiction during the pandemic. Other readers are using the shut-in to dive into long and weighty classics like "100 Years of Solitude" or "War and Peace. And still others, hoping to forget it all, are turning to escapist literature. But despite all the reading, bookstores, publishers and authors are being hit hard by the coronavirus shutdown. Forum will check in on independent bookstores who are b...more

  • Nursing Homes Are a Coronavirus Hotspot Claiming 6,900 Lives and Counting

    Apr 20 2020

    On a good day, the average nursing home has a hard time controlling for infectious outbreaks. These are not good days. At least 6,900 people in nursing facilities nationwide have died as a result of the novel coronavirus, and one-third of California counties have an elder care facility with at least one case of COVID-19. And the death of 13 patients at a Hayward facility has sparked an investigation by the Alameda County District Attorneys office. We discuss why nursing homes are especially vuln...more

  • Home Teaching Tips for Parents

    Apr 17 2020

    With schools out until at least the end of the school year, parents are finding themselves with a job they didn't ask for: teaching. Often while doing their own work from home. Some stick diligently to class schedules, others let the day pass without opening a book. Almost all are left with open questions: How much should we expect kids to be learning? Should I force them to do work against their will? Is it OK to have a week when you only teach how to make cupcakes? We've got a panel of experts...more

  • Epidemiologist Gregg Gonsalves on Charting a Path Out of the Pandemic

    Apr 17 2020

    Re-opening the economy and resuming some of our activities outside the home is contingent on a "massive scaling up" of Covid-19 testing. That's according to Yale epidemiologist and longtime AIDS activist Gregg Gonsalves, who says that amid the test shortage policymakers need to think creatively about how to prioritize hot spots such as nursing homes, essential businesses and public housing developments. We'll talk about the effectiveness of current Covid-19 tests, why there's a shortage and what...more

  • Unemployment Claims Soar in California Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

    Apr 17 2020

    In the past two months, the number of Californians filing for unemployment more than tripled to 2.7 million. This surge in jobless claims has overwhelmed the state's Employment Development Department at a time when many people need benefits most. Julie Su, Secretary for the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency, joins us to answer questions about unemployment and how the state is trying to help workers during the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Fresh Produce and Milk Go to Waste Even as People Need Food Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

    Apr 16 2020

    Even as food banks are seeing more demand than ever, some California farmers are dumping milk and letting produce rot. The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted how we eat and in turn, how food is distributed. The closure of many restaurants, venues, and schools is leaving many food suppliers with excess perishables. Meanwhile, retailers and food banks are scrambling to keep food in stock. We talk with experts about how California’s food supply chain has been disrupted, how it’s adapting, and what ...more

  • Medical Historian Frank Snowden on Lessons from Past Pandemics

    Apr 16 2020

    Back in the 14th century, the bubonic plague affected every part of society, from the economy to religion, to the arts.  And because communities had to reorganize in order  to fight the disease, the pandemic also played a role in centralizing authority, and ultimately helped shape the modern state. Medical historian Frank Snowden writes about the cultural shifts that have been caused by infectious disease in his recent book “Epidemics and Society”. We'll talk with Snowden about where the novel c...more

  • Newsom says California Must Meet 6 Goals Before Reopening

    Apr 15 2020

    Governor Gavin Newsom released his "Road Map for Recovery" in a press conference Tuesday outlining the factors that would allow the state to reopen. The criteria include increased testing for Covid19, more tracking and monitoring of patients, and expanded hospital capacity to absorb a potential surge in cases. The governor's plan comes the day after President Donald Trump said that he has the power to make the decision of when shelter in place orders are lifted. We talk about what it will take ...more

  • Trump Blames WHO for Pandemic Spread, Freezes Funding

    Apr 15 2020

    President Trump yesterday ordered that payments to the World Health Organization be stopped until an investigation is conducted over whether it mismanaged and covered up the spread of coronavirus. “So much death has been caused by their mistakes,” Trump said. We’ll talk about the move, which is drawing criticism from leaders worldwide, and  Trump’s handling of the pandemic.

  • We Answer Your Questions About Masks

    Apr 15 2020

    Beginning on Friday, Sonoma County residents will have to wear facial coverings  when they’re out in public. The order comes after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention earlier this month revised its guidance on masks, recommending that people wear them when in public spaces conducting essential tasks or jobs. We hear why the guidance changed, and take your questions about mask hygiene, homemade masks, and more.