Podcast

KQED’s Forum

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

Episodes

  • Rebroadcast: Bottom Up Governance

    Feb 18 2019

    This show originally aired on February 2, 2019. It was produced at the Night of Ideas San Francisco. “I guess we’ll just have to do it ourselves.” That’s a growing sentiment in many communities where individuals are tired of waiting for government to act. In this hour, live from the Night of Ideas festival in San Francisco, we’ll talk about new models for communities to offer affordable housing, healthier food and more efficient and equitable use of tax dollars. Som...more

  • Rebroadcast: Future of Cities in a Changing Climate

    Feb 18 2019

    This show originally aired on February 2, 2019. It was produced at the Night of Ideas San Francisco. With climate change comes rising seas, flooding and increased natural disasters. And those effects may be felt most acutely in cities. In this hour, broadcast live from the Night of Ideas festival at San Francisco’s Main Library, we’ll be joined by a futurist, an architect/designer, a science fiction writer, and a landscape architect. We will look at some bold actions cities can take, and a...more

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

    Feb 15 2019

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

  • President Expected To Sign Spending Bill, Declare National Emergency

    Feb 15 2019

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

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

    Feb 14 2019

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

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

    Feb 14 2019

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

  • UC Research Shows Hummingbirds Fight for Nookie not Nectar

    Feb 13 2019

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

  • Atmospheric River to Bring Heavy Winds, Potential Flooding

    Feb 13 2019

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

  • San Francisco Struggles to Respond to Methamphetamine Epidemic

    Feb 13 2019

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

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

    Feb 12 2019

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

  • ‘Exiled’ Describes Plight of Cambodian Refugees Facing Deportation

    Feb 12 2019

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

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

    Feb 12 2019

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

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

    Feb 11 2019

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

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

    Feb 11 2019

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

  • Navigating the Casual Carpool

    Feb 08 2019

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

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

    Feb 08 2019

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

  • President Trump’s Family Separation Policy Under Renewed Scrutiny

    Feb 08 2019

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

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

    Feb 08 2019

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

  • Mining the Mystery of Why We Dream

    Feb 07 2019

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

  • The Racist History and Role of Blackface in America

    Feb 07 2019

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

  • Citing FEMA Funding, Paradise Disallows RVs on Uncleared Property

    Feb 07 2019

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

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

    Feb 06 2019

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

  • President Trump Delivers His Second State of the Union Speech

    Feb 06 2019

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

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

    Feb 05 2019

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

  • Oakland Teachers Vote to Authorize Strike

    Feb 05 2019

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