How Alcatraz Became a Canvas for Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei10/22/14
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...
Novelist and Programmer Vikram Chandra Sees the Beauty in Code
Computer code has changed the world. But is it beautiful? That's the question at the heart of Vikram Chandra's first non-fiction book, "Geek Sublime." Best known as a novelist and UC Berkeley English professor, Chandra is also a computer programmer....
'Citizenfour' Tells the Story of NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden
We talk with documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras, the first person to learn about the classified documents that would be leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. Her eagerly awaited documentary "Citizenfour" includes extensive interviews with...
What to Expect in the Giants vs. Royals World Series
This week, the San Francisco Giants find themselves in their third World Series in five years. This postseason has been one of legendary moments for the team — from an 18th-inning win against the Washington Nationals to Travis Ishikawa's walk-off...
Midterm Preview: Will the GOP Take Control of the Senate?
With just a few weeks to go before the midterm elections, most polls are showing the GOP gaining a narrow majority in the U.S. Senate. Can the Democrats hold on? Meanwhile, the Ebola crisis is emerging as a major campaign issue. Forum discusses the...
Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta Criticizes President Obama's...
Leon Panetta has held top posts under three presidents. Most recently he served as director of the CIA and secretary of defense in the Obama Administration. Panetta played a central role in the assassination of Osama bin Laden and U.S. strategy in...
Learning Lessons from the Loma Prieta Earthquake, 25 Years Later
The Loma Prieta earthquake killed 63 people, damaged 18,000 homes and collapsed portions of the Bay Bridge and the Nimitz Freeway. Twenty-five years later, what lessons can we learn about earthquake preparedness and emergency response?
California Gubernatorial Candidate Neel Kashkari Discusses the Push to...
Neel Kashkari, a former assistant U.S. Treasury secretary who oversaw the federal bank bailout, is challenging incumbent Gov. Jerry Brown. Forum talks to Kashkari about his platform, about running as a Republican in a blue state and his YouTube ad...
Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin Aims for State Controller's Office
The San Jose Mercury News calls Ashley Swearengin a "California Republican rising star." The Fresno mayor wants to manage the state's $100 billion budget as the next state controller. Swearengin's opponent, Betty Yee, will appear on Forum later in...
Is California's Top-Two Primary System Blocking Third-Party Candidates?
In the June election, for the first time, California used a top-two primary system for statewide offices. Under the system, the candidates receiving the most and second-most votes advance to the November general election — regardless of party...
Awards Shine Spotlight on Responsible Portrayals of the Criminal...
When it comes to popular culture, just how accurate is the portrayal of criminals, police and the justice system? Each year the National Council on Crime and Delinquency gives the Media for a Just Society Awards to work that furthers understanding of...
The Candidates for State Treasurer: John Chiang and Greg Conlon
The state treasurer acts as California's asset manager, financier and banker. As part of our California Election Watch 2014, we're joined by the candidates for the office: Democrat John Chiang and Republican Greg Conlon.
After 48 Years, 'Hellraising' San Francisco Bay Guardian to Close
When Bruce Brugmann and Jean Dibble founded the San Francisco Bay Guardian in 1966 they vowed "to print the news and raise hell." One of the country's first alternative weeklies, the paper became known for its progressive politics, in-depth local arts...
Crowded Field of Candidates Vie For Oakland Mayor
Oakland voters have 15 candidates to choose from for mayor. Under the city's ranked-choice voting system, voters are asked to pick their top three candidates. Forum talks with a panel of reporters covering the race about the candidates, the issues and...
Lt. Gov. Race: Ron Nehring
As part of our California Election Watch 2014 coverage, we meet the Republican candidate for Lt. Gov., Ron Nehring. He is challenging incumbent Democrat Gavin Newsom.
Lt. Gov. Race: Gavin Newsom
As part of our California Election Watch 2014 coverage, we talk with the incumbent candidate for Lt. Gov., Gavin Newsom.
SF Supervisors Campos and Chiu Vie for Assembly District 17
Two members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, David Chiu and David Campos, are both vying to represent San Francisco in the state Assembly. They'll join us in studio to discuss their candidacies and offer their thoughts on jobs, higher...
A Debate on Proposition 48: Indian Gaming in the Central Valley
Indian gaming in California brings in an estimated $7 billion each year. Proposition 48 is a referendum on a 2013 agreement between the state and the North Fork Indian tribe allowing a casino to be built off Highway 99 in Madera. Voting "yes" would...
The Daily Show's Aasif Mandvi On Being 'No Land's Man'
Since 2006, Aasif Mandvi has been The Daily Show's self-described "Senior Foreign-Looking Correspondent," covering news and racial issues with the show's trademark satire — or as he puts it, "launching scud missiles against ignorance from a basic...
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