CHP Drops Lane Splitting Guidelines for Motorcycles07/25/14
Last year, for the first time, the California Highway Patrol posted safety guidelines for motorcyclists who ride in the space between lanes of cars to avoid traffic. The practice, called lane splitting, is controversial but legal. Earlier this month...
Should Paid Sick Leave Be Required in California?
California workers who call in sick would be eligible for some pay under a bill which passed the state Assembly in May. The legislation, sponsored by Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez, would guarantee all workers a minimum of three days of paid sick...
State Politics Roundup
In a broadcast from our Sacramento studios we'll talk state politics and examine some major bills awaiting action in the Capitol. And we'll check in with two newly elected legislative leaders.
William Vollmann Tells Ghost Stories
Prolific author William T. Vollmann is based in Sacramento, but he has traveled the globe to write about cross-dressing, violence, the settlement of North America, prostitution and Copernicus, among many other topics. In his new short story...
Local Activists on the Gaza Conflict
The Israeli offensive against Hamas in the Gaza Strip is now in its third week. In the Bay Area, protests, counter-protests and calls for action have been intensifying. In the first half hour, we check in with Bay Area supporters of Palestinians. In...
Bill Cosby on 50 Years of Comedy
Generations of Americans grew up with Bill Cosby as the wise-cracking, eye-rolling but tender dad during "The Cosby Show's" eight-year run and years of repeats. Cosby had a rich and varied career before he became known as "America's Dad." His...
The Debate Over Part-Time Work
On-call and part-time employment is on the rise. But some on-call employees complain that unpredictable schedules create burdens when it comes to going to school or finding childcare. That's prompting some cities like San Francisco to propose new...
LinkedIn Co-Founder Calls for New Workplace 'Alliance'
Known as "the startup whisperer" of Silicon Valley, Bay Area native and LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman joins us to discuss his recent book, "The Alliance." In it, Hoffman writes about the new era of employee-employer relationships, and proposes a...
GI Bill Funds Wasted on Substandard Colleges, Investigation Finds
In 2008, Congress passed a new GI Bill that, for the first time since World War II, promised to pay the full cost of a college education for veterans. But a report by the Center for Investigative Reporting finds that more than $600 million of that...
News Round-Up: Malaysia Airlines, Gaza Invasion, and More
We begin the week with an update on the Malaysian Airlines crash in Ukraine, on developments in the conflict in the Gaza Strip and on the crisis of migrant children at the U.S.-Mexico Border and immigration reform efforts. We'll discuss these and...
James Nestor Explores the 'Deep' World of Deadly Freediving
Journalist James Nestor was on assignment in Greece when he saw a man dive into the ocean and surface four minutes later. The man had swum down 300 feet on a single breath of air — part of a sport called "freediving." Nestor embedded himself with a...
Malaysian Jet Crash in Ukraine
We discuss the latest on the downed Malaysian Airlines jet carrying 295 people that crashed in eastern Ukraine.
Israel Launches Gaza Ground Invasion
Israeli troops initiated a ground invasion of the Gaza Strip on Thursday, escalating a conflict that has raged for 10 days. The latest round of violence has claimed the lives of more than 200 Palestinians, mostly civilians. Prime Minister Benjamin...
Richard Linklater Elevates the Ordinary in 'Boyhood'
For his new film "Boyhood," director Richard Linklater filmed with the same cast over a 12-year period to tell the story of a boy growing up. It was a risky experiment, but critics are raving about the film, which Slate's Dana Stevens calls "a...
Judge Rules California's Death Penalty Unconstitutional
A federal judge in Orange County ruled on Wednesday that California's death penalty violates the U.S. constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment because of decades-long delays in executions. Judge Cormac Carney, ruling on death row inmate...
Wait Wait... It's NPR's Peter Sagal
He may be the only man in history who has quizzed Salman Rushdie about PEZ dispensers and asked former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright about weightlifting and Playboy magazine. Peter Sagal, host of NPR's quiz show "Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!,"...
Turkish Writer and Political Commentator Mustafa Akyol
Journalist Mustafa Akyol joins us to discuss Turkey's upcoming presidential elections, the status of Kurdish hopes for a peace deal, the impact on Turkey of the conflicts in Syria and Iraq and more. Akyol often writes of the intersection between...
How Disney Movies Helped An Autistic Child Cope
Journalist Ron Suskind's son Owen appeared to be developing normally until about age three when, he says, the child "started to vanish." He began to lose speech, had trouble sleeping and was crying uncontrollably. He was eventually diagnosed with...
Israel-Gaza Ceasefire Proposed by Egypt
The most recent Israeli offensive in Gaza begins its eighth day on Tuesday, marked by escalating rhetoric and violence on both sides despite international pleas for peace. According to Palestinian officials, over 175 people have been killed in Gaza,...
Hospice Doctor Finds Calling Through Near-Fatal Accident
While an undergraduate at Princeton University, BJ Miller was electrocuted and nearly died, and the accident left him a triple amputee. Today, as executive director of the Zen Hospice Project in San Francisco, he has built his life work around the...
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