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KQED's Forum

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

Episodes

  • 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 M...more

  • 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 ...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 wi...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.

  • San Francisco Board of Supervisors to Vote on Emergency Hotel Housing for Homeless

    Apr 15 2020

    The San Francisco Board of Supervisors votes Tuesday on a plan to lease more than 7,000 vacant hotel rooms to house the homeless during the pandemic. Under the proposal, the city would also procure hundreds of additional rooms to house front line responders at risk of infection. The vote comes after a coronavirus outbreak last week prompted the city to close its largest shelter -- MSC South -- where more than 90 residents and staff tested positive for Covid-19. We'll discuss the plan and what it...more

  • How to Survive a Recession or Layoff Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic

    Apr 14 2020

    The financial outlook for millions of Californians is uncertain as more workers lose their jobs -- or are at risk of losing their jobs amid the coronavirus pandemic. A variety of resources, strategies and tools can help with navigating a layoff and preparing for a recession. We’ll talk with personal finance experts about how to keep up with debt, prioritize expenses, and deal with the emotional toil of an economic downturn.

  • Finding Favorite Recipes in a Quarantine

    Apr 14 2020

    As shelter in place mandates continue, many Americans are doing more home cooking, and sometimes with limited ingredients.  Bay Area star chefs Samin Nosrat and Tanya Holland join us to take listener questions and to share what meals and pantry ingredients are working for them during the quarantine.  And whether you’ve been learning how to cook or trying out adventurous new recipes, we want to hear from you.  What’s cooking at your house during the quarantine?

  • Pandemic Pushes U.S. Postal Service Toward Collapse

    Apr 14 2020

    U.S. Postmaster General Megan Brennan told House Oversight Committee members Thursday that the postal service will "run out of cash" by September, unless the government provides $75 billion in aid to make up for devastating pandemic-related operating losses. The $2 trillion stimulus package signed by President Trump last month authorized a $10 billion loan -- but no direct grants -- to the USPS. We'll talk about what it will take to rescue the postal service, and why President Trump opposes emer...more

  • What Will It Take to Thaw Out An Economy on Ice?

    Apr 13 2020

    Record unemployment claims, stock market declines and global financial insecurity appear to be leading the economy into a recession. Are we experiencing a necessary pause in the economy, until it comes "roaring back," as President Trump says? If so, when will we emerge? And, will the stimulus packages and other efforts by the federal and state governments be enough to help? We talk with experts about the economic outlook for California and the rest of the nation.

  • Local Governments, Silicon Valley Push to Expand Coronavirus Contact Tracing

    Apr 13 2020

    Centers for Disease Control Director Robert Redfield said last week said that “very aggressive”  contact tracing of individuals infected with coronavirus will be a critical step to reopening the economy. To that end, San Francisco plans to hire a team to track down people who test positive for COVID-19, and reach out to their contacts. And on Friday, Apple and Google announced they are teaming up to work on an smartphone app that could alert users if they have been exposed to the virus. In this ...more

  • Pandemic Throws Campaigns and Elections Into Uncertainty

    Apr 10 2020

    As shelter-in-place orders put campaigning on ice, and as economic uncertainty slashes political donations, the coronavirus pandemic is setting up to reshape the 2020 election. We'll talk about the effect the pandemic is having on national and state races.

  • Advocates for the Incarcerated Call for More Early Releases Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

    Apr 10 2020

    Thousands of incarcerated people in California will be released early to avoid the spread of coronavirus, but some prisoner advocates say more inmates should be sent home and at a faster rate. Advocates fear that overcrowded state prisons and local jails could be the sites of the next major COVID 19 outbreak. Nonetheless, letting inmates go home -- if they have a home to go home to -- is not so simple, justice system officials say. We examine the challenges facing inmates and correctional facili...more

  • Lessons from the AIDS Crisis for the Coronavirus Pandemic

    Apr 10 2020

    As scientists rush to come up with more accurate data and science to explain the mysterious and sudden Covid-19 pandemic, some of those touched by the HIV epidemic are seeing parallels with events of 40 years ago.  We reflect on lessons from the early days of the HIV epidemic and how they might apply with the novel coronavirus.

  • As Pandemic Strikes Hard at Undocumented Immigrants, California Weighs Aid

    Apr 09 2020

    The $2 trillion stimulus bill signed by President Trump last month authorizes direct payments to individuals and sweeping benefits for businesses, but it provides no relief for the country's millions of undocumented workers whose livelihoods the pandemic has upended. On Tuesday, California Governor Newsom announced he's working with the legislature on an aid package for the undocumented, as cities around the Bay Area set up relief funds. We'll talk about the impact of the pandemic on the undocum...more

  • Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis on how California is Responding to Coronavirus

    Apr 09 2020

    California this week secured a deal to get 200 million new masks a month to health providers who have been struggling for scarce supplies. The state has also dramatically increased its testing in recent weeks though it still lags far behind that national average. Forum checks in on  California's coronavirus response with Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis. And we'll talk about her efforts to repatriate Californians abroad during the pandemic, the impact of the health and economic crisis on the...more

  • E.J. Dionne on the Pandemic and the 2020 Election

    Apr 09 2020

    Bernie Sanders announced Wednesday that he would suspend his presidential campaign, paving the way for Joe Biden to become the Democratic nominee.  The Washington Post columnist and author E.J. Dionne joins us to talk about Sanders’ decision and the challenges facing presumptive nominee Joe Biden as he tries to unite the party. And we'll hear about Dionne's new book "Code Red", about divisions within the political left and how that conflict is affecting the presidential election.

  • How the Bay Area Came to Lead the Nation into Shelter in Place

    Apr 09 2020

    As of Wednesday, New York -- a state with about half California’s population -- has nearly nine times as many cases of coronavirus. Many attribute that difference to California’s early and aggressive response to the outbreak. A main driver of that response was Santa Clara Health Officer Sarah Cody. Cody has been at the forefront of the fight against coronavirus since Santa Clara became the first county in the Bay Area with a positive test. On March 16th, Cody led her peers to enact a seven-count...more

  • California Surgeon General Nadine Burke Harris Urges Mental Health Care Amid the Pandemic

    Apr 08 2020

    The health effects of the coronavirus pandemic go far beyond infection with the disease, according to California Surgeon General Nadine Burke Harris. She says that stress brought on by economic insecurity, loss of personal relationships and school closures can trigger a range of secondary health problems, especially for people who have previously experienced trauma. We'll talk to Dr. Burke Harris about how to ease stress and stay mentally healthy during the pandemic.

  • Linda Darling Hammond on Distance Learning During a Pandemic

    Apr 08 2020

    California’s public K-12 schools are likely to stay closed for the remainder of the academic year due to the shelter in place order.  California State Board of Education President Linda Darling-Hammond joins us to share how kids --and teachers--are coping with distance learning, and how the largest k-12 school system in the nation can do better.

  • Faith and Spirituality During the Coronavirus Pandemic

    Apr 08 2020

    For many faithful, this year’s Easter, Passover, and Ramadan celebration will be a completely different experience now that large gatherings are prohibited. Since shelter-in-place guidelines went into effect last month, most religious groups have shifted services and meetings online. Larger questions remain about how to serve congregants’ spiritual needs and carry out charitable works during a time of crisis, as well as how to maintain operations long term. We talk with religious leaders about h...more

  • Arts Community Reels from Coronavirus Shutdowns

    Apr 07 2020

    Social distancing is taking a devastating toll on the arts in California. With venues closed and events canceled, artists are left with scant ways to make money while non-profits that support the arts are pummeled by the changing economy. We check in with artists and art institutions about are doing to survive and adapt to these tough times, and what can be done to help.

  • UCSF’s Bob Wachter on Newest Covid-19 Science, Bay Area Numbers

    Apr 07 2020

    At a Monday press conference, Governor Newsom said California is preparing for a mid-May peak of Covid-19 infections in the state. At the same time, there are early signs that the Bay Area is "flattening the curve".  UCSF department of medicine chair Bob Wachter joins us to discuss how Newsom's prognosis fits with what we're seeing in the Bay Area, the public health benefits and costs of sheltering in place, and when we can expect to return to a semblance of normal.

  • This Epidemiologist Who Warned of a Global Pandemic Says the Fight Against Coronavirus is Far From Over

    Apr 06 2020

    Fourteen years ago, Dr. Larry Brilliant delivered a TED Talk in which he gravely predicted a worldwide pandemic that could infect a billion people and cause trillions of dollars in economic damage. The Marin County resident worked on the World Health Organization team that eradicated smallpox in the 1970s, is the former head of Google.org and chairs the board of the non-profit Ending Pandemics that aims to improve how countries detect and respond to outbreaks. Brilliant says the coronavirus has ...more

  • Zoom Nation: Video Conferencing Apps Raise Privacy Concerns During Pandemic

    Apr 06 2020

    As COVID-19 forces billions across the globe to stay home, Zoom has become a popular platform for business meetings, classes and happy hours alike. But with its rapid growth, the San Jose-based video conferencing company has drawn criticism from security and privacy watchers. Reports of "Zoombombing," where unwanted users crash meetings with abusive attacks, are on the rise, according to the FBI. Well take up the issues and we want to hear from you: if you're using video-conferencing apps, what ...more

  • More Coronavirus Tests on Horizon for California, Newsom Says

    Apr 06 2020

    California lags far behind other states in coronavirus testing, and patients have faced long delays getting results. But California Governor Gavin Newsom said Saturday that the state had made progress reducing its testing backlog and announced a new collaboration to increase capacity five-fold. Joining us to talk about the governors new plan for ramping up testing is Rachel Becker, a reporter with CalMatters.

  • Former Obama Health Advisor Andy Slavitt on What Trump Could Do to Contain the Pandemic

    Apr 03 2020

    President Trump has so far resisted imposing national rules to fight the coronavirus pandemic, but health policy expert Andy Slavitt says it's past time for the federal government to act. Slavitt, who was acting chief of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services under President Obama, says the Trump Administration should take bold steps, such as issue a national stay-at-home order, bar creditors from foreclosing on businesses and convert stadiums to intensive care units. We'll talk to him a...more

  • Growing Concern over Domestic Violence During Shelter in Place

    Apr 03 2020

    Advocates for domestic abuse survivors worry that school closures, job losses, and the shelter in place order because of the COVID-19 pandemic may lead to higher rates  of abuse.  We'll hear why the risk of domestic violence is elevated, and what tools organizations are using to help survivors who may be trapped in a threatening situation.

  • Interstate Travel Restrictions During Pandemic Raise Constitutional Issues

    Apr 03 2020

    At least sixteen states are responding to the coronavirus pandemic by imposing mandatory 14-day quarantines on out-of-state visitors. Rhode Island and Florida have gone so far as to set up police checkpoints for drivers with out-of-state plates, and Kentucky has banned residents from leaving the state, except for essential job or family-related reasons. This has some legal experts wondering whether these border-tightening measures are constitutional. We'll take up the issues with law scholar Jes...more

  • Coronavirus Hits Homeless Population With First Confirmed Case in San Francisco

    Apr 03 2020

    A resident of a homeless shelter in San Francisco has tested positive for coronavirus, city officials reported Thursday. It's the first confirmed case among homeless people in the city and officials worry it could spread fast. Advocates and service providers have struggled to continue providing food and supplies during shelter in place and social distancing and shelters throughout the Bay Area have stopped taking new clients. We talk about what challenges homeless people are facing during the pa...more

  • Bay Area Imposes Further Restrictions on Shelter in Place

    Apr 02 2020

    Six Bay Area counties on Tuesday imposed more restrictive shelter in place orders, including closing playgrounds and dog parks.  The new orders come as health officials and doctors say the Bay Area may be seeing signs of successfully "flattening the curve" by slowing the rate of coronavirus infections. Forum talks about what we're learning from the Bay Area, California and globally about how sheltering in place is helping to slow hospital admissions and how to bend the curve.

  • Sharing Stories of Life with COVID-19

    Apr 02 2020

    In California, nearly 9,000 people -- working adults, senior citizens, parents, single people, families -- have tested positive for coronavirus. One is man in his 60s who contracted the virus while on a cruise in Japan. Another is a San Francisco woman was able to isolate herself for nine days before receiving a positive test result. There is also a family of four in Walnut Creek who all came down with something, but only one was tested. We’ll hear their experiences struggling with the illness a...more

  • California Teachers, Students Struggle with Distance Learning

    Apr 01 2020

    California's public schools were already facing daunting challenges. And now, an unprecedented closure has been added to the mix. We'll talk with educators and parents about how the impromptu experiment in distance learning is going, and what it all means for the state's six million K-12 public school students.

  • California Calls On Medical Students and Retirees to Fight Coronavirus Pandemic

    Apr 01 2020

    As coronavirus cases in California continue rise, Governor Gavin Newsom launched a program Monday to expand the state's health care workforce. Known as Health Corps California, the program seeks to enlist thousands of medical students and retired doctors and nurses by reworking licensing requirements. The initiative could also temporarily modify rules governing physician oversight of nurse practitioners. We'll talk about how the program will work and its potential impact in the fight against cor...more

  • Rep. Adam Schiff on the Federal Coronavirus Response

    Apr 01 2020

    As of Tuesday, more than 3,700 people have died from coronavirus in the United States, and at least 180,000 Americans have tested positive. As states expand shelter-in-place rules and scramble to address medical equipment shortages, we'll talk to California Congressman Adam Schiff about how the federal goverment is responding. We'll also get his take on the recently passed $2 trillion stimulus bill and what new steps Congress is taking to combat the pandemic.

  • With Shelter in Place Extended to May 1, How are Californians Coping?

    Mar 31 2020

    Twelve days after Governor Gavin Newsom announced his stay-at-home order, Californians are adjusting to the new normal of being physically distant while trying to stay socially connected. A phone call has never been more welcome. Communal dinners over video and conversations with neighbors from across the street are becoming the norm. How are people coping and connecting, and what have the last 12 days of isolation taught us about our own resiliency?

  • Bay Area Transit Systems Slash Service as Revenue Plummets

    Mar 31 2020

    Facing a steep drop in fare revenue during to the coronavirus pandemic, San Francisco MUNI on Monday suspended all light rail and subway trains, replacing them with buses. Meanwhile, Caltrain cut its weekday train service by half, and the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority halted light rail service and modified bus routes to prioritize lines that stop at hospitals, grocery stores and food pantries. AC transit also announced deep cuts that will go into effect on Tuesday. We'll talk about...more

  • As Pandemic Intensifies, Your Coronavirus Questions Answered

    Mar 31 2020

    As the number of confirmed coronavirus cases topped 7000 in California Monday, San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced the city is extending shelter-in-place rules until at least May 1. Other Bay Area counties are expected to follow suit. Meanwhile, California Health and Human Services Director Mark Ghaly said Monday that cases could peak in the state in the second half of May.  As the pandemic continues, we take your questions about testing, symptoms, transmissibility and best physical dista...more

  • How Businesses Are Responding to Shelter in Place

    Mar 30 2020

    The economy is taking a massive hit from people staying home to avoid the spread of coronavirus. Many businesses have essentially hit the pause button on their normal operations. Some companies are finding creative ways to bring in revenue and help the community. Others are worried they may not survive shelter in place. We discuss how businesses are coping and adapting.

  • The Medical Ethics of the Coronavirus Pandemic

    Mar 30 2020

    As the coronavirus crisis continues to strain medical systems, hospital ethics committees face difficult choices of how to allocate limited medical resources like testing kits, ventilators and staff. We'll hear from experts on the medical ethics questions being considered during this pandemic.

  • Some Public Health Experts Call for More Transparency for Coronavirus Data

    Mar 30 2020

    With coronavirus cases in California expected to surge in the coming weeks, we talk about how prepared the state is for the spike. And we’ll also look at how data is being shared as this pandemic has spread. Not all states or counties are taking the same approach to releasing specific data -- and here in the Bay Area a debate has been raging between epidemiologists and public health officials over just what to reveal.

  • As Californians Shelter in Place, State Retools Census 2020 Efforts

    Mar 27 2020

    Census 2020 outreach in California was already going to be a challenge, but even more so now with the coronavirus outbreak. The state's "shelter in place" order puts a stop to face-to-face interactions typically needed to reach hard-to-count populations such as immigrants or those experiencing homelessness. Census data determines federal funding for social services and political representation in Congress. We'll check in on how census efforts are going so far ahead of April 1 Census Day and take...more

  • Spread of Coronavirus Puts Renters and Landlords in a Bind

    Mar 27 2020

    As April approaches, tenants whose incomes have dwindled during the state's "shelter in place" order still have to come up with monthly rent while landlords and homeowners still have mortgage payments due. Some elected officials have called for a moratorium on evictions and for landlords to freeze rental payments. Four of the nation's five largest banks have agreed to delay mortgage payments and suspend foreclosures for California homeowners for up to 90 days. That has left many people dealing w...more

  • As WHO Launches Major Coronavirus Trial, the Race for a Therapy Accelerates

    Mar 27 2020

    Last week, the World Health Organization launched a multinational clinical trial to investigate four potential coronavirus treatments, including the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine. Meanwhile, some pharmaceutical companies and start-ups, including several in the Bay Area, are also initiating trials. We'll talk about the status of efforts to find an effective COVID-19 treatment and the challenges associated with bringing a therapy to market in time to stem the pandemic.

  • Millions File for Unemployment as the Coronavirus Tanks the Economy

    Mar 27 2020

    More than 3 million people across the country filed for unemployment benefits in the past week, the most in US history. In California, more than one million claims were filed in less than two weeks. We'll talk about what benefits are available to Californians who are out of work and what the massive drop in employment means for the state and national economies.

  • Please Don’t Stand So Close to Me: The Etiquette and Efficacy of Social Distancing

    Mar 26 2020

    If you see someone walking toward you on a sidewalk do you cross the street? Do you correct a stranger for coughing into their hand instead of a tissue?  What seemed rude a month ago may now be prudent in the new, odd age of social distancing. We want to hear your experiences navigating this awkward time and we'll take your questions about how to practice social distancing safely and effectively.

  • Can California Prevent a Coronavirus Outbreak in Prisons?

    Mar 26 2020

    As California officials scramble to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, advocates are questioning whether enough is being done to protect thousands of people incarcerated in state prisons. So far, two inmates and two correctional staff have tested positive for the virus. State prisons are already overcrowded with prisoners sharing close quarters. Some inmates tend not to speak up when they are sick for fear of being sent to solitary confinement. We talk with the former head of the state...more

  • California Lags Behind States Like New York on Testing

    Mar 26 2020

    California has tested nearly 67,000 people for coronavirus, Governor Newsom said at a press conference Wednesday.  He added that the state will soon get a delivery of 150,000 testing kits, but that it’s still insufficient.  With some test results taking up to nine days, efforts are also underway to get results faster.  We’ll hear why California is still behind on testing and what’s being done to test more people, faster.

  • Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel on What It Will Take to Conquer Coronavirus

    Mar 26 2020

    "The window to win this war is about seven to 14 days." That's according to bioethicist and health policy expert Ezekiel Emanuel, who in a New York Times op-ed this week argued that the federal government needs to immediately escalate efforts to control the coronavirus pandemic by imposing national shelter-in-place rules, employing the military to administer COVID-19 tests and ordering all hospitals to suspend elective surgeries. With those and other measures, he says Americans might be able to ...more

  • High School Students on Life and School While Sheltering in Place

    Mar 25 2020

    Boredom, anxiety, disappointment in missing milestones like prom and graduation -- these are some of the feelings California's high school students say they're experiencing while schools remain closed as part of the state's shelter in place order. We'll check in with students to find out how they're coping with home school, social distancing and the uncertainty of the near future.

  • As Trump Hints at End of Quarantines ‘by Easter,’ Health Experts Sound Alarms

    Mar 25 2020

    President Trump said during a Fox News town hall Tuesday that he wants the nation "opened up and just raring to go by Easter," which falls on April 12. His statement came as California coronavirus cases rose above 2500 and as New York state announced that its case count is doubling every three days. We'll talk about best quarantining and physical distancing practices as the pandemic spreads and take your questions.

  • Senate Nears Deal on $2 Trillion Coronavirus Stimulus Package

    Mar 25 2020

    Senate lawmakers on Tuesday edged closer to a vote on a $2 trillion rescue package to address the economic devastation wrought by the coronavirus pandemic. The bill would provide direct payments to individuals and families, massive loans to both small and large businesses and expanded benefits for laid off workers. We'll talk about what's in the bill, and how it might affect Californians.

  • How Growers and Grocers Are Keeping People Fed During a Pandemic

    Mar 24 2020

    Empty shelves at grocery stores are fueling anxiety about food scarcity as people shelter in place to avoid spreading or contracting coronavirus. Despite this rising concern, growers and grocers are assuring citizens not to panic -- America won't run out of food. We look at how the food supply chain is holding up and what others are doing to provide more food for the people who need it.

  • How to Help During the Coronavirus Pandemic

    Mar 24 2020

    An increasing number of Bay Area residents need assistance during the coronavirus pandemic. Some need food and other supplies, others require financial support to make rent and some could use help with the challenges of forced isolation. In this hour, Forum will discuss the ongoing efforts by Bay Area organizations and individuals who are providing needed services. And we'll talk about how to stay safe and avoid spreading COVID-19 when volunteering in person.

  • Working From Home in the Coronavirus Era

    Mar 23 2020

    After Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered Californians to stay home on Thursday to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, even more of the state's workers may find themselves adjusting to remote work. We'll discuss how workers and employers can make the most of telework arrangements and how the workforce has changed in the stay-at-home era. We want to hear from you: If you're working from home, what's been your experience?

  • State Schools Deputy Chief Stephanie Gregson on Coronavirus Closures

    Mar 23 2020

    Empty shelves at grocery stores are fueling anxiety about food scarcity as people shelter in place to avoid spreading or contracting coronavirus. Despite this rising concern, growers and grocers are assuring citizens not to panic -- America won't run out of food. We look at how the food supply chain is holding up and what others are doing to provide more food for the people who need it.

  • Congresswoman Barbara Lee on the Federal Response to COVID-19

    Mar 23 2020

    The U.S. Senate is seeking to make a deal on a $1 trillion relief package to help with the economic fallout from the coronavirus outbreak. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced his proposed emergency legislation on Thursday, prompting pushback from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who said in a joint statement that the latest package is not “pro-worker” and “puts corporations way ahead of workers.” This is the third time Congress has considered an e...more

  • San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo Talks Shelter in Place

    Mar 23 2020

    San Jose individuals and businesses received more than 56 warnings last week, after the stay-at-home order was issued in the Bay Area.  But after Governor Newsom announced a state-wide order to shelter, the city is ramping up efforts to get the community to comply, including misdemeanor citations and business license sanctions for repeat offenders. We'll talk with San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo about how the city is coping with the coronavirus pandemic, his plans for tackling the shelter-in-place o...more

  • Asian Americans Report Increased Xenophobia During Coronavirus Outbreak

    Mar 20 2020

    President Donald Trump continues to refer to the novel coronavirus as the "Chinese virus," despite officials and experts saying that the term is inaccurate and harmful to Asian communities. Meanwhile, the increased spread of coronavirus mirrors an increase in physical and verbal attacks on people of Asian descent, with researchers from San Francisco State University finding nearly 500 attacks reported in February in the United States. We discuss the impact of coronavirus-related xenophobia and h...more

  • Governor Newsom Announces Shelter in Place for State Residents

    Mar 20 2020

    Gov. Newsom on Thursday issued a state-wide order for California residents to stay at home. He projected that 56 percent of the state's population could be infected by COVID-19 over an eight-week period if mitigation efforts were ignored. Meanwhile, health workers in some Bay Area hospitals are wiping down and reusing masks and other equipment that used to be discarded after each use: the new reality of health care in the coronavirus era. We'll get the latest on Gov. Newsom's order, and the shor...more

  • How the Elderly Are Handling the Coronavirus Outbreak

    Mar 19 2020

    The Bay Area shelter-in-place order is putting greater pressure on the elderly, a group of people who already suffer from higher levels of isolation and loneliness. As nursing homes go into lockdown, some people have resorted to checking on grandparents through windows. Meanwhile. Safeway and Whole Foods are offering special hours for elderly shoppers. We discuss the many challenges seniors face in dealing with the pandemic and the resources available to help.

  • How Local Health Care Systems Are Responding to COVID-19

    Mar 19 2020

    All nine Bay Area counties announced a "shelter in place" order this week, dramatically changing life for Bay Area residents. Still on the frontlines, though, are health workers who fear greater risk of exposure to COVID-19 as clinics and hospitals face protective gear shortages. We’ll talk to Alameda County Health Officer Erica Pan and the California Endowment’s Tony Iton about how local health care systems are preparing to protect the public and health workers, as well as efforts to protect vu...more

  • Economy, Shutdowns Take Hard Toll on Low-Income Workers

    Mar 18 2020

    Low-wage workers have been particularly hard hit by the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. Now, as non-essential businesses are required to shut down in most of the Bay Area, even more vulnerable people are at risk of not being able to cover their rent, food or other essentials. Forum talks about what resources are available for people who may be missing a paycheck, and what the lack of work means for contract workers.

  • Bay Area Counties Kick Off ‘Shelter in Place’ Guidelines

    Mar 17 2020

    Officials in six Bay Area counties ramped up measures to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus yesterday calling for residents to "shelter in place." San Francisco Mayor London Breed said residents should stay home other than to handle "essential needs"  leaving many people questioning what qualifies as essential. Thousands of Bay Area residents were already grappling with how to work from home, care for children who are out of school, and meet the needs of elderly, many of whom are shut o...more

  • Governor Newsom Calls for Bar Closures, Home Isolation for Elderly

    Mar 16 2020

    Bay Area nightspots were crowded over the weekend despite calls by health officials for social distancing. Governor Gavin Newsom stepped in on Sunday, calling for closure of the state's bars and pubs and reduced capacity for restaurants. He also called for California's seniors to self-isolate. In this hour, we'll talk about social responsibility at a time of social distancing.

  • U.S. Government Scrambles to Respond to Coronavirus Crisis

    Mar 16 2020

    The Trump administration is trying -- with mixed success -- to respond to a health and economic situation that is changing by the hour. Late Friday, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bipartisan package of relief measures aimed at helping Americans who are struggling as businesses and schools close and employers lay off workers. The U.S. Senate is expected to take up the package this week. We’ll analyze the federal response to the coronavirus crisis, as well as how the pandemic...more

  • Bay Area School Closures Raise Questions of Home-Schooling, Childcare

    Mar 16 2020

    Oakland Unified School District and Santa Clara County announced the closure of its schools on Friday, joining school districts in San Francisco, Berkeley and others across the Bay Area. The news leaves families with questions about childcare and continued learning outside of a classroom. We’ll hear what schools are doing to help students stay healthy, safe and on track academically. And we want to hear from you: what is your family's plan to navigate the school closures?

  • Navigating Anxiety and Isolation During the Coronavirus Pandemic

    Mar 13 2020

    The impact of the novel coronavirus on our daily lives is far reaching and complex – which naturally leads to high levels of anxiety. In times of stress, we often turn to others for support and strength, but in this case, slowing the spread of COVID-19 means limiting social contact. In this hour of Forum, we talk with experts about how to deal with the double whammy of anxiety and isolation. And we want to hear from you: what are you experiencing and how are you coping?

  • Trump Administration Struggles to Respond to Coronavirus Pandemic

    Mar 13 2020

    On Wednesday President Trump gave a speech from the Oval Office, purportedly to quell fears about the novel coronavirus pandemic, which has shuttered schools, sent financial markets reeling and threatens to strain the nation's health care system. On Thursday, in response to the President's unveiling of a sweeping European travel ban, markets plunged again in their steepest drop since 1987. That reaction followed weeks of criticism of the Trump Administration's handling of the crisis, from its mi...more

  • Air Travel Down Amid Covid-19 Concerns

    Mar 12 2020

    President Trump has instituted a travel ban from Europe starting Friday. Rising concern over the coronavirus outbreak has already reduced air travel bookings by 25-35% and led to a reduction in airfares.   Passengers are cancelling or postponing flight arrangements because of travel restrictions, event cancellations, and risk aversion.  Meanwhile the CDC is advising against non-essential travel to China, Iran, Italy and South Korea. We’ll discuss what effect Covid-19 is having on air travel and ...more

  • Bay Area Steps up Efforts to Prevent the Coronavirus from Spreading to Vulnerable Homeless

    Mar 12 2020

    Health professionals say homelesss people are more at risk of contracting novel coronavirus than the general population and, if sick, they are more likely to get seriously ill. That's because they often lack access to running water for handwashing, and many have underlying health conditions, among other risks. Forum talks about efforts by public health officials around the Bay Area to keep this vulnerable population safe during the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Novel Coronavirus Reaches Pandemic Level

    Mar 12 2020

    The number of confirmed coronavirus cases continues to grow -- surpassing 100 patients in the Bay Area alone -- as the virus officially reached pandemic level, according to the World Health Organization. Meanwhile, San Francisco and Santa Clara counties banned large gatherings to prevent infection. Health officials say that while the number of new cases will keep climbing, it's still feasible to curb the growth. We discuss the latest coronavirus news and how it is playing out in the Bay Area.

  • How Prepared is the Bay Area’s Healthcare System to Deal With Coronavirus Spread?

    Mar 11 2020

    Hospitals are struggling to cope with new infections in Italy's Lombardy region, where coronavirus cases occupy more than 80% of the intensive care beds. On Tuesday, San Francisco confirmed its 14th case of COVID-19, bringing the Bay Area total to 99. So, how prepared are Bay Area hospitals for an influx of patients? As healthcare workers brace for further spread, what lessons can our regional healthcare system take from other countries?

  • Bay Area Schools Consider Whether to Close for Coronavirus

    Mar 11 2020

    All 90 Catholic schools in San Francisco, Marin and San Mateo Counties are closing after a student tested positive for the new coronavirus. Several Bay Area public schools have also closed, but most K-12 schools remain open. Forum discusses how schools are coping with the spread of COVID-19, how they make the decision to shut down and what closures may mean for students and their families.

  • Election 2020: March 10 Democratic Primary Results

    Mar 11 2020

    Voters in Michigan and five other states head to the polls Tuesday in the next big set of presidential primaries. The two frontrunners, former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, both called off rallies Tuesday due to coronavirus concerns. We'll review the results of the contests, which will award 365 delegates.

  • Low Income People Expected to Be Hardest Hit by Effects of Coronavirus Crisis

    Mar 10 2020

    As cases of the novel coronavirus increase, a lot of businesses are advising workers to stay home. But for many, that means forgoing a much needed paycheck. According to Labor Department data, only 60 percent of workers in the service industry have access to paid time off when they're sick. Forum talks about the impact of the coronavirus epidemic on low income people. How are those who lack health insurance, stable housing or regular work going to weather the crisis?

  • Spread of Novel Coronavirus Sparks Recession Fears

    Mar 10 2020

    The stock market hit its lowest point in over a decade on Monday. That has many worried that the spread of the novel coronavirus will drag the economy into a recession. As consumers cut spending and global business deals recede, economies all over the world are taking a blow. We'll look at the likelihood and potential severity of a global recession and discuss how the coronavirus has impacted the economy so far.

  • Grand Princess Docks in Oakland, Crew and Passengers to be Quarantined for Coronavirus

    Mar 10 2020

    The Grand Princess cruise ship docked at the Port of Oakland Monday, after floating offshore since Wednesday. Nineteen crew members and two passengers have tested positive for COVID-19. The ship's 2400 passengers are expected to complete disembarking Tuesday and will be sent to one of several federal military facilities for medical screening and a 14-day quarantine. We'll get the latest developments.

  • Law Professor Richard Hasen on the Threats That Cause an ‘Election Meltdown’

    Mar 09 2020

    From counting errors and delays at the Iowa caucuses to long voting lines on Super Tuesday, administrative missteps during the primaries have already aggravated public doubt in the electoral system. In his new book “Election Meltdown,” UC Irvine professor Richard Hasen argues that mistrust of American elections can be attributed to four key factors: voter suppression, administrative incompetence, misinformation campaigns and claims of "stolen" elections. Hasen joins Forum to discuss how these is...more

  • Cruise Ship with Coronavirus Passengers Expected to Dock in Oakland Monday

    Mar 09 2020

    The worldwide count of confirmed coronavirus cases keeps climbing. How are Bay Area residents responding? Are efforts to disinfect, wash hands and stay home having an impact?

  • Examining the Fall of Elizabeth Warren’s Campaign

    Mar 06 2020

    On Thursday, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren ended her bid for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. Warren's campaign was characterized by her call for broad economic reform, including breaking up big tech, canceling student loan debt and imposing a wealth tax. In farewell remarks to her staff, Warren said the campaign showed that "a woman can stand up, hold her ground, and stay true to herself -- no matter what." But campaign watchers wonder whether and to what extent her gender ...more

  • First Person: Taun Hall on Seeking Justice for the Mentally Ill

    Mar 06 2020

    On June 2, 2019, Walnut Creek resident Taun Hall called 911 to ask police to assist her 23-year old son Miles, who was having a mental breakdown. Hall had a longstanding relationship with the local police, who knew about Miles' schizoaffective disorder and had helped the family to hospitalize him in the past. But the officers who arrived at her home that day fatally shot Miles within minutes. Hall has since become an advocate for the mentally ill and their families, working to change laws about ...more

  • Coronavirus Update: Coronavirus Arrives in San Francisco as Cruise Ship Passengers Quarantined

    Mar 06 2020

    Two San Francisco residents have tested positive for coronavirus, health officials said on Thursday. Meanwhile, state and federal officials are monitoring the condition of travelers on the Grand Princess cruise ship, currently quarantined at sea off the Northern California coast. We bring you the latest news on the virus and what it means for the Bay Area.

  • Graduate Student Workers Strike for Higher Pay Across UC System

    Mar 05 2020

    Thousands of UC students and faculty are expected to strike on Thursday in solidarity with graduate student workers who are asking for better wages and benefits. Graduate student workers argue they’re not being compensated in line with the cost of living and tuition at California campuses, while the UC system says there isn't room in the budget. The strike began at the University of California, Santa Cruz in December when teaching assistants started withholding final grades. 54 of those teaching...more

  • California Governor Newsom Declares State of Emergency for Coronavirus

    Mar 05 2020

    California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency Wednesday after more than 50 people in the state have tested positive for the novel coronavirus and a patient died from the illness in Placer County.  The governor said he wants to arm the state with tools to contain the spread of coronavirus and protect consumers against price gouging of supplies.  Also, a cruise ship carrying 2,500 passengers is docked off San Francisco awaiting testing kits after some aboard exhibited flu-like sym...more

  • Ian Bremmer on the Geopolitical and Economic Repercussions of Coronavirus

    Mar 04 2020

    The World Bank on Tuesday announced it would commit $12 billion in loans, grants and technical assistance for developing countries to help fight the new coronavirus. The virus, which has spread to at least 70 countries, is creating an economic slowdown that some fear could tip the world into recession. Time foreign affairs columnist and president of the Eurasia Group Ian Bremmer joins us to discuss the global economic and political impact of the outbreak.

  • Election 2020: California Primary Results

    Mar 04 2020

    California's 415 pledged delegates are up for grabs as voters head to the polls on Super Tuesday. We'll analyze the results of the democratic primary as well as key state races and ballot measures.

  • Activating Democracy: Are Public Meetings Broken?

    Mar 03 2020

    Many of the biggest decisions shaping our communities, from new housing developments to how school districts spend money, are made during public meetings. Laws like California's Brown Act set guidelines to ensure that the public has a say in and has access to those meetings. Some experts, however, say the public meeting system is broken. Too few people participate and those who do don't adequately represent the public. As part of Forum's Activating Democracy series, we break down how people can ...more

  • Coronavirus Deaths Rise, As Federal Officials Say Risk to Public is Low

    Mar 03 2020

    On Monday, the U.S. death toll from COVID-19 reached six, as global deaths surpassed 3000. Meanwhile, in a White House briefing Monday, Vice President Pence said that the risk to Americans remains low and that a vaccine could be going to clinical trials within six weeks. We'll talk about the latest coronavirus developments and what lessons we can learn from previous epidemics.

  • Californians Take to the Polls on Super Tuesday

    Mar 03 2020

    For the first time since passing a 2017 law moving California's primary election date from June to March, the state's nearly 20 million registered voters are able to cast their ballots on Super Tuesday. California is one of 20 states allowing same-day voter registration where citizens can cast a provisional ballot. We'll take your voter registration and Election Day questions and we'll check in on how smoothly the voting process is going in the Bay Area. Need to contact your county's election...more

  • California Casts Votes in Contentious Democratic Primary

    Mar 02 2020

    After promising a victory in Tuesday’s Democratic debate, former Vice President Joe Biden is relying on a big win in South Carolina's primary Saturday. With 54 delegates at stake, the candidates are competing to build momentum and chip away at Senator Bernie Sanders' growing lead. We'll break down the results of the South Carolina primary, look ahead at Super Tuesday and review the latest political news.

  • Coronavirus Rattles Economy as CDC Upgrades Risk to Highest Level

    Mar 02 2020

    Amid growing concern about the novel coronavirus epidemic, the U.S. stock market suffered its worst week since 2008. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell responded on Friday by announcing the central bank would consider cutting interest rates, if necessary. Here in California, Facebook canceled its biggest industry conference of the year and San Francisco's Chinatown has experienced steep declines in revenue. As uncertainty remains, we sit down with industry experts to discuss the economic imp...more

  • Susan Fowler Shares Her Story of Standing Up to Uber in ‘Whistleblower’

    Feb 28 2020

    When Susan Fowler published her 2017 blog post exposing a culture of sexism at Uber, she says she feared being known as "that woman who was sexually harassed." But Fowler also says she wished there had been a book or blog post by someone with a similar experience to help her navigate a sexist work environment. In her new memoir "Whistleblower: My Journey to Silicon Valley and Fight for Justice at Uber," Fowler recounts the life experiences that led up to her decision to speak out and shares what...more

  • Santa Clara County Dam at Risk of Earthquake Collapse

    Feb 28 2020

    The biggest reservoir in Santa Clara County must be completely drained starting October 1st due to the risk of its dam collapsing in a major earthquake, according to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The Santa Clara Valley Water District says the order will deplete groundwater and harm endangered steelhead trout. We'll hear what's next for Anderson Dam and the two million Silicon Valley residents who depend on it.  And we'll get an update on whether California may be heading back into a ...more

  • How to Prepare for the Possible Spread of Coronavirus

    Feb 28 2020

    California has no plans to declare a state of emergency for the novel coronavirus, and the risk to the public remains low. That was according to Governor Gavin Newsom, whose remarks Thursday came a day after a Solano County woman became the first to contract the virus from an unknown source. But across the state, residents, businesses and hospitals are bracing for the worst. We discuss the latest developments and answer your questions about how best to prepare.

  • Environmental Concerns Heightened in West Oakland Following McClymonds High School Closure

    Feb 27 2020

    This week, McClymonds High School students attended classes, but not at their campus. McClymonds abruptly closed last Thursday after district officials found trichlorethylene, or TCE, in groundwater below the school. TCE, a known carcinogen, can vaporize and contaminate the air. While preliminary tests at the school show the air to be safe, community members remain skeptical, highlighting long-standing concerns about environmental justice in West Oakland. Meanwhile, the school's 350 students hav...more

  • Lonnie Bunch Reflects on the Founding of the National Museum of African American History and Culture

    Feb 27 2020

    When historian Lonnie Bunch was offered the position of founding director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, he tried to talk himself out of it. The museum had no staff or collection -- just the daunting mission to document the African American experience and help the nation understand its dark history of slavery. Bunch took the job, and his new book "A Fool's Errand" recounts his work on what he calls his life's "grandest challenge." Last June, Bunch was appointed S...more

  • New California Coronavirus Case Likely First Spread in U.S.

    Feb 27 2020

    A new Covid-19 case in Solano County could be the first spread of the virus in the U.S. Meanwhile, President Trump has named Vice President Pence to head up the response to the outbreak and is clashing with Congress and public health officials over the gravity of the threat posed by the coronavirus. We’ll get the latest on the California case and the federal response to coronavirus.

  • The Surprising History of Fast Food’s Rise in Black America

    Feb 26 2020

    The fast food industry is often called out for its harmful impact on low-income communities and communities of color -- from perpetuating food deserts to contributing to increased rates of obesity to paying low wages to workers. But there is a surprising history in fast food becoming one of the biggest generators of black wealth in America. In her new book, "Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America," historian Marcia Chatelain traces the story of how the fast food industry, black entreprene...more

  • Democratic Candidates to Face Off in South Carolina

    Feb 26 2020

    Seven democratic candidates are poised to take the stage in South Carolina Tuesday evening for the tenth presidential debate. We'll review the key moments and take your questions.

  • San Francisco Declares Coronavirus State of Emergency

    Feb 26 2020

    There are 10 confirmed coronavirus cases in California with none in San Francisco. But that didn't stop Mayor London Breed on Tuesday from declaring a state of emergency so the city can better prepare for a potential outbreak. Also Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned that the virus is likely to spread across the United States. In this hour, we’ll get the latest news on the virus, what you need to know if you’re traveling abroad, and hear how San Francisco is preparing ...more

  • How Kids Can Stop Fearing the Future and Tackle Climate Change

    Feb 25 2020

    When a kid is anxious or depressed about what climate change means for their future, how can parents address those fears and give kids tools to take action? In her book, "The Parents Guide to Climate Revolution," author Mary DeMocker provides 100 practical ways to do without fossil fuels, empower kids, and help ease anxiety about the future. We talk to DeMocker and check in with a local teen working to stop global warming.

  • As Trump Loyalist Takes Reins as National Intelligence Chief, What’s Next for US Spy Agencies?

    Feb 25 2020

    Last week, President Trump abruptly fired acting National Intelligence Director Joseph Maguire and replaced him with Richard Grenell, a staunch loyalist and the current ambassador to Germany. Grenell, who reportedly gave his staff a mandate to "clean house," has drawn sharp criticism from democratic lawmakers, who say he's unqualified for the job. We'll talk about what's next for the nation's intelligence agencies.

  • Election 2020: Immigration Policy

    Feb 24 2020

    Between the travel ban and family separation to the promise to “build the wall”, U.S. immigration policy has shifted dramatically under President Trump. While democrats strongly oppose these policies, there are key differences in the presidential candidates’ platforms on immigration. Some, including Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer, and Elizabeth Warren, have committed to repealing the criminal statute for entering the country without permission. Others, like Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, and Amy Klobuch...more

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

    Feb 24 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

  • Motherhood and Mental Illness

    Feb 21 2020

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

  • Popular Video Doorbell Prompts Security Concerns

    Feb 21 2020

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

  • Oakland Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick Ousted

    Feb 21 2020

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

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

    Feb 20 2020

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

  • Six Candidates Face Off In The Nevada Democratic Debate

    Feb 20 2020

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

  • Report: Academy of Art Leaves Students with Crushing Debt

    Feb 19 2020

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

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

    Feb 19 2020

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

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

    Feb 18 2020

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

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

    Feb 18 2020

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

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

    Feb 17 2020

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

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

    Feb 17 2020

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

  • Your Transit Love Stories

    Feb 14 2020

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

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

    Feb 14 2020

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

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

    Feb 14 2020

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

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

    Feb 14 2020

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

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

    Feb 13 2020

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

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

    Feb 13 2020

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

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

    Feb 13 2020

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

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

    Feb 13 2020

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

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

    Feb 12 2020

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

  • Diving into the New Hampshire Primary Results

    Feb 12 2020

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

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

    Feb 11 2020

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

  • Newsom Proposal Could End School Fitness Exams

    Feb 11 2020

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

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

    Feb 10 2020

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

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

    Feb 10 2020

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

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

    Feb 07 2020

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

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

    Feb 07 2020

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

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

    Feb 07 2020

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

  • Can the Bay Area Solve Its Affordable Housing Crisis?

    Feb 06 2020

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