This show originally aired on February 2, 2019. It was produced at the Night of Ideas San Francisco. “I guess we’ll just have to do it ourselves.” That’s a growing sentiment in many communities where individuals are tired of waiting for government to act. In this hour, live from the Night of Ideas festival in San Francisco, we’ll talk about new models for communities to offer affordable housing, healthier food and more efficient and equitable use of tax dollars. Som...more
This show originally aired on February 2, 2019. It was produced at the Night of Ideas San Francisco. With climate change comes rising seas, flooding and increased natural disasters. And those effects may be felt most acutely in cities. In this hour, broadcast live from the Night of Ideas festival at San Francisco’s Main Library, we’ll be joined by a futurist, an architect/designer, a science fiction writer, and a landscape architect. We will look at some bold actions cities can take, and a...more
Stephanie Land struggled to make ends meet while working as a maid for $9 per hour. In her new memoir, “Maid,” she writes about the physically taxing labor and the difficulties she faced as a single mother living in poverty, including domestic violence and challenges with public assistance. We’ll talk with Land about her experiences as a maid and the grim reality faced by many of America’s working poor.
The Senate passed a compromise spending and border security bill Thursday that provides significantly less than the $5.7 billion in southern border wall funding sought by President Trump. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the President will sign the bill to avoid another government shutdown and will simultaneously declare a national emergency to obtain border wall funds by other means. We’ll talk about the politics and practicalities of the emergency declaration.
“Eight Dates,” by relationship experts Julie and John Gottman outlines conversation-based outings designed to rekindle connection in established couples and weed out mismatches in new ones. The recommended dates include an outing centered around conflict — the “agree to disagree” date — and others that focus on sex, work and commitment. This Valentine’s Day, we talk with Julie Gottman about her latest book and her decades of research on marriage. And we want to hear from you: What kind of ...more
Governor Newsom has put the grand vision of high-speed rail between San Francisco and Los Angeles on hold. The announcement came in Tuesday’s State of the State address, where Newsom committed to 119-miles of high-speed rail between Merced and Bakersfield, but pulled back from former Governor Jerry Brown’s larger plan, citing cost overruns and mismanagement. With uncertainty now surrounding the project, we’ll discuss the new direction for California’s high speed rail unde...more
A new UC Berkeley study utilizing high speed video reveals that some hummingbirds have evolved with an eye toward fighting, not feeding. The video shows how hummingbirds stab, spar and push each other in battles over territory and that some birds have developed beaks shaped to tear out the feathers of their competition. We’ll hear about the groundbreaking 10-year study and celebrate these creatures whose tiny hearts beat 1,200 times per minute and who consume half their weight in sugar dai...more
A “Pineapple Express” storm is expected to batter the Bay Area for two days, starting late Tuesday. The storm is an atmospheric river heading toward the West Coast from the tropics south of Hawaii. Caltrans plans to close Highway 1 south of Big Sur as a precaution against mudslides and the National Weather Service issued flash flood warnings across the Bay Area. Forum considers the anticipated storm. What questions do you have? More Information: First Wave of Storm Inundates North Bay, Triggers ...more
San Francisco health officials are struggling to deal with a resurgance in methamphetamine use. In the past five years meth-related deaths have doubled, hospitalizations have spiked and nearly half of of the psychiatric emergency visits at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital are from people on meth. Forum talks about the toll the drug is taking on the city’s public health and how officials are responding to what they are calling a new speed epidemic. Read More: Meth’s Comeback:...more
In his first State of the State address on Tuesday, Governor Gavin Newsom is expected to explain his decision to recall hundreds of National Guard members from the Mexican border, in defiance of President Trump. Newsom will also likely talk about the state budget and his proposals on affordable housing and early childhood education. We’ll preview the speech and get your thoughts on what California’s priorities should be. What do you want to hear the governor address?
An estimated 10,000 Cambodians live in the Bay Area, many of whom came here as children. In her recent book, “Exiled,” journalist Katya Cengel follows four refugee families who fled the Pol Pot regime in the 1970s. We’ll discuss their stories and how they are dealing with the threat of deportation as the White House seeks to remove some protections for immigrants who arrived before 1995.
Another partial government shutdown is starting to appear likely, after weekend talks between Democrats and Republicans hit a new sticking point: funding for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention beds. Democrats want to cap the number of beds to limit detentions, but the White House wants $4.2 billion to fund 52,000 beds. The logjam comes as President Trump travels to the border town of El Paso, Texas for a campaign rally. Forum gets the latest on immigration news.
Venture capitalist Roger McNamee has not always been an outspoken critic of Facebook. He was an early investor in the company and a mentor to founder Mark Zuckerberg. In his new book, “Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe,” McNamee tells the story of his growing disillusionment with the company. In particular, he looks at how Facebook’s advertising tools, the key to their business model, have been easily manipulated by political interests and private companies. McNamee...more
President Trump is mocking it on Twitter. Democratic 2020 presidential candidates are rushing to embrace it. But what’s really in the “Green New Deal”? Late last week, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) released an outline of the plan, which they say will stimulate the economy while addressing climate change and poverty. Coming up on Forum, we’ll talk with one of Ocasio-Cortez’s economic advisors about the proposal and get his...more
Casual carpool, a cross between hitchhiking and carpooling, has been moving Bay Area commuters since the 1970s. The phenomenon, which is particularly popular in the East Bay, has no official rules or guidebook, so passengers and drivers negotiate things like radio stations and bridge tolls among themselves. What are your expectations for drivers and passengers when you use the casual carpool? What “only in casual carpool” experiences have you had?
Nite Yun was born in a Cambodian refugee camp in Thailand, where her parents fled from the Khmer Rouge. Now, Nyum Bai, Yun’s cheerful restaurant in Oakland’s Fruitvale district, has been named one of the 10 best new restaurants in the country by Bon Appetit magazine. We talk to Nite Yun about her sudden fame and how researching her family’s story led to a love of Cambodian food and a desire to share its flavors with the world. She joins us as part of our First Person series on ...more
On Thursday, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee held the first of three congressional hearings to assess the practice of separating immigrant families at U.S. borders. The hearing comes on the heels of a report that found administration officials will likely never know the exact number of families separated. We’ll discuss Thursday’s hearing, possible policy solutions going forward, and what we can look for in the hearings to come.
The Richmond-San Rafael Bridge was closed in both directions on Thursday after repeated incidents of concrete falling from the upper deck onto the lower deck. No injuries were reported and Caltrans officials said the falling concrete was caused by normal shaking that results from everyday use. We’ll discuss what this all means for public safety and traffic, as well as the current state of the Bay Area’s infrastructure.
In her new book “Why We Dream,” science writer Alice Robb argues that dreams are not “silly little stories” but rather help us form memories, manage anxiety and spark creativity. We’ll discuss the latest science behind dreams with Robb and Harvard psychologist Deirdre Barrett. And we’d like to hear from you: have your dreams helped you solve a problem or cope with stress or trauma?
Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring on Wednesday admitted that he wore blackface while he was in college at a party in the 1980s. This comes amid increased calls for the resignation of Virginia Governor Ralph Northam over his admission that he wore blackface in the 1980s while dressed up as Michael Jackson. Northam has also been accused of appearing in a photo featuring a person in blackface and another in a KKK robe. Forum talks about the history blackface and its role in dehumanizing and di...more
Paradise officials have rescinded an emergency ordinance that allowed property owners to temporarily live in trailers or RVs on their burned-out land. The move came after the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) warned that the town risked losing $1.7 billion in cleanup funds if it allowed people to live on properties with debris or hazardous material. We’ll discuss the decision and hear what options people have in a region with a severe housing shortage. Some Camp Fire Survivors Mus...more
A recent study from UCSF revealed flaws in the way anorexia nervosa, the deadliest psychiatric disorder, is currently treated. Based on 40 years of data, the analysis found that commonly used treatments, including medicine and cognitive behavioral therapy, did not have better results than standard, supportive counseling. We’ll hear about the report, discuss where current treatments might be missing the mark and discuss new approaches that may move anorexia treatment past its long-standing ...more
We’ll get analysis and reaction to President Trump’s State of the Union address. And we want to hear from you. What did you think of President Trump’s speech?
You’ve splurged on Maine wild blueberries for their reputed power to boost immunity, and you’ve stocked up on avocados, sources of “healthy” fats. But, as Marion Nestle details in her new book “Unsavory Truth,” the research supporting health claims for these and other foods is funded by the companies that profit from their sale. We’ll talk to Nestle about how the food industry shapes perceptions of a healthful diet, and how consumers can find accurate nu...more
Oakland’s 3,000 member teachers union has authorized a district-wide strike. Among the union’s demands are a 12 percent raise over three years and reduced class sizes. The school district, which has offered a 5 percent pay raise, is in the midst of deciding on substantial cuts to address its expected $30 million budget shortfall next year. We’ll talk about the strike, which could begin later this month, and what it means for Oakland teachers, students and parents. Related Links...more