Giants Win Third World Series in Five Years10/30/14
The San Francisco Giants beat the Kansas City Royals 3-2 Wednesday night to win their third World Series in five years. We discuss the highlights of Game 7 and the series, including the historic pitching performance of series MVP Madison Bumgarner.
Jacques Pepin Celebrates the 'Heart & Soul' of French Cooking
Celebrated French chef and longtime PBS personality Jacques Pepin has shared his love of cooking with audiences for more than 60 years. His latest series, "Jacques Pepin: Heart & Soul," just finished production and is scheduled to air in the fall of...
Federal Reserve to End Quantitative Easing
The Federal Reserve confirmed Wednesday, as anticipated, that it will halt its bond-buying program, also known as quantitative easing. Forum discusses the policy's longer-term effects, and what, if anything, the program has done to grow wages and jobs.
Frontline Traces 'The Rise of Isis'
How did the Islamic State become so powerful, seemingly overnight, terrorizing the region, and catching the U.S. government off guard? That's the question Frontline seeks to answer in the new PBS documentary "The Rise of Isis." Forum talks to producer...
Bassem Youssef, the 'Jon Stewart of Egypt'
Egyptian Bassem Youssef modeled his popular news show "Al-Bernameg," after "The Daily Show." But unlike Stewart, when Youssef mocked Egyptian leaders, he ended up behind bars and eventually canceled his show. A former heart surgeon who tended to the...
California Attorney General's Race: Kamala Harris
As part of our California Election Watch 2014 series, we talk to incumbent Attorney General Kamala Harris, who is seeking a second term. Harris, a Democrat, is running against Republican Ron Gold, who was previously on the show.
Pope Francis Spurs Conversation With Statement About Evolution, Big Bang
In a speech Tuesday, Pope Francis said belief in prominent scientific theory such as evolution does not contradict a belief in God. Echoing church statements from as far back as 1950, Francis noted that God "created human beings and let them develop...
Colm Toibin's 'Nora Webster': A Powerful Portrait of Grief
Celebrated Irish writer Colm Toibin joins Forum to talk about his new novel, "Nora Webster," a story about a woman who loses her husband in 1960s Ireland. The Guardian calls the book "a rare and tremendous achievement." We'll also ask Toibin about...
Oakland Nuisance Eviction Law Expanded to Include Prostitution
The Oakland City Council has approved expanding the city's nuisance eviction ordinance to include suspected sex workers. Critics say the new rules give too much power to landlords, and the city, to evict tenants without proving a crime has been...
A Split Brazil Re-Elects President Dilma Rousseff
Brazilian voters re-elected Worker's Party candidate and incumbent Dilma Rousseff on Sunday. The election split voters along geographic and economic lines: the country's poorer regions supported Rousseff, while the wealthier southern states supported...
Is California Taking Too Much (Ballot) Initiative?
As Californians head to the polls, we'll take the pulse of the state's initiative process. Critics say that the state ballot is filled with too many confusing propositions that ultimately lead to voter apathy. Supporters say that the process...
Restaurants Replace Tipping with 20 Percent Surcharge
A handful of local restaurants are planning to get rid of tipping, opting instead for a 20 percent service charge that would be automatically included on the bill. The restaurant owners say it would help spread the revenue more evenly amongst waiters...
'All in the Family' Producer Norman Lear: A Life of Pushing Boundaries
It's hard to name a groundbreaking TV show from the 1970s that wasn't connected to writer and producer Norman Lear. "All in the Family," "Good Times," "The Jeffersons" and "Sanford and Son" were just a few of Lear's trademark creations, shattering...
Artificial Turf War: S.F. Voters Face Competing Athletic Field Plans
Two competing San Francisco ballot measures — Propositions H and I — ask voters to decide whether or not to renovate the Beach Chalet soccer fields on the western edge of Golden Gate Park to include artificial turf and additional lighting. Approved by...
California Prisons Agree to Stop Using Race-Based Punishments
California prison officials will no longer be allowed to impose inmate lockdowns based on race under a new legal settlement. California is the only state that uses these race-based punishments. Prison attorneys who sued the state cited at least 160...
Novelist Jane Smiley Explores a Century of Family and Farmland
In 1992, Jane Smiley won the Pulitzer Prize for her novel "A Thousand Acres," the troubled story of an Iowa farmer and his three daughters fighting over his land. Smiley's new book "Some Luck" returns to the Iowa farmlands to trace the lives of the...
Betty Yee Sets Sights on Tax Reform as State Controller
Betty Yee has served on California's Board of Equalization since 2006 — and now she's seeking to manage the state's $100 billion budget as the next controller. We'll talk to Yee about some of the issues she's raised during her campaign, including...
Golden Gate Bridge Considers Charging Pedestrians, Cyclists
Bicyclists and pedestrians might have to pay a toll to cross the Golden Gate Bridge starting in 2017, as the bridge district struggles to chip away at a $33 million deficit. On Monday, the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District...
How Alcatraz Became a Canvas for Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei
For the next six months, visitors to Alcatraz will encounter more than empty cells and beautiful views. The island is the site of dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei's new installation "@Large," a collection of works that explore themes of human rights...
Prop. G Seeks to Ease Housing Crisis by Reigning in Speculators
Proposition G on San Francisco's November ballot aims to curb real estate speculation, which critics say is widespread and is driving up rents and home prices in the city. But opponents of the measure say that it won't solve the housing crisis and...
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