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The live public affairs program broadcast in the San Francisco Bay Area presents balanced discussions of local, state, national, and world issues. Also included are in-depth interviews with leading figures in politics, science, entertainment, and the arts.

The live public affairs program broadcast in the San Francisco Bay Area presents balanced discussions of local, state, national, and world issues. Also included are in-depth interviews with leading figures in politics, science, entertainment, and the arts.
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San Francisco, CA

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KQED

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The live public affairs program broadcast in the San Francisco Bay Area presents balanced discussions of local, state, national, and world issues. Also included are in-depth interviews with leading figures in politics, science, entertainment, and the arts.

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English


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Progressives Challenge Incumbent Libby Schaaf in Oakland Mayoral Race

10/19/2018
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Oakland voters will choose from 10 mayoral candidates this November, including activist Cat Brooks and incumbent Mayor Libby Schaaf. After a difficult first term that saw the tragic Ghost Ship fire and a sexual misconduct scandal at the Oakland Police Department, Schaaf is hoping to be the first second-term mayor of Oakland since Jerry Brown. Under the city's ranked choice voting system, voters will pick their top three candidates. Forum discusses the candidates' visions for the city and...

Duration:00:52:04

Election 2018: Prop. 12, The Farm Animal Confinement Initiative

10/19/2018
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Proposition 12 lays out specific minimum dimensions for the living space allotted to farm animals raised or sold in California. Voters passed a similar law in 2008, but that proposition did not include specific measurements. Animal rights groups are split in their support for Proposition 12, with groups such as PETA arguing that the measure actually perpetuates inhumane practices on factory farms. Supporters of the measure, like the Humane Society of the United States, say current law does...

Duration:00:28:35

Trump Blames California for Wildfires, Threatens to Cut Federal Assistance

10/19/2018
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In a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, President Trump blamed California forestry management for its catastrophic wildfires, and threatened to withhold future funding. Trump said that California needs to “get their act together and clean up their forests,” decrying the cost of assistance for federal taxpayers. We’ll talk about what the state is currently doing to manage its forests and what a loss of federal assistance would mean.

Duration:00:24:01

Octavio Solis on Growing Up on the U.S.-Mexico Border

10/18/2018
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Located just minutes from the U.S.- Mexico border, El Paso, Texas is a city divided by race. That divide loomed large in playwright Octavio Solis' childhood and is recounted in his new coming-of-age memoir, “Retablos.” Solis joins Forum to talk about why, after writing more than 25 plays, he decided to pen a memoir and what it reveals about life in a border city.

Duration:00:28:35

Hundreds of Sea Lions Hit with Deadly Disease

10/18/2018
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A surge of disease is affecting Northern California's coastal sea lion population, causing an already high death toll and worrying biologists. The outbreak of leptospirosis, a pathogen that causes liver failure, is the second-largest since officials began tracking the disease in 1970. The pathogen can spread to people and dogs who come in contact with infected urine, water or soil. We'll talk about what makes the current outbreak of leptospirosis different and what it says about the health...

Duration:00:24:02

New Study Points to Uber, Lyft as Major Contributors to San Francisco Traffic

10/18/2018
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A recent report released by the San Francisco County Transportation Authority found that ride-service firms were responsible for about half of the increased congestion on city streets between 2010 and 2016. Uber and Lyft issued statements pushing back against the report, with Lyft suggesting it might actually reduce traffic. Forum gets more information on the study and what he thinks about running an agency with 700 people.

Duration:00:52:54

Election 2018: Prop 10 Would Repeal Costa-Hawkins, Allow Rent Control to Expand

10/17/2018
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Proposition 10 would repeal the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act and allow cities and counties in California to enact more comprehensive rent control laws. Currently, the 15 counties in the state with rent control are not allowed to place limits on single-family homes or units built after 1995. Costa-Hawkins also protects landlords' ability to raise rents to market rate after a tenant moves out. As part of our election 2018 coverage, we'll hear from both sides of the Proposition 10 debate,...

Duration:00:52:55

Michael Imperioli on Writing, Lou Reed and Life After ‘The Sopranos’

10/17/2018
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Michael Imperioli is well-known for his Emmy-winning portrayal of Christopher Moltisanti on HBO's "The Sopranos." Imperioli's latest pursuit, a novel titled "The Perfume Burned His Eyes," follows a teenage boy growing up in 1970s New York who finds an unlikely mentor in rocker Lou Reed. Imperioli joins Forum to discuss his career and the writing process for what became an extremely personal project.

Duration:00:28:35

Election 2018: Proposition 11 Would Require Paramedics to be On-Call During Breaks

10/17/2018
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If passed, Proposition 11 would require private sector paramedics and EMTs to respond to calls even when they're on a meal or rest break. Proponents of the measure say it merely codifies existing practice. Opponents argue that emergency responders need breaks to mitigate stress and feel the private ambulance industry is using the ballot box to create labor law. Forum explains Proposition 11 and hears from it supporters and detractors.

Duration:00:23:53

Historian Michael Beschloss Explores Burden, Power of Wartime Presidents

10/16/2018
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In his new book, "Presidents of War," Michael Beschloss writes about nine commanders-in-chief who have faced the heavy burden of war. But as much as Beschloss describes the mental and physical toll war takes on individual presidents, he also writes that wars are increasingly entered into at the behest of the president, not Congress. Beschloss joins us to talk about the decisions wartime presidents have struggled with throughout history, from the War of 1812 to the present day, and whether...

Duration:00:52:54

Proposition 1 Would Authorize $4 Billion in Bonds for Affordable Housing

10/16/2018
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This November, California voters will decide whether to authorize a $4 billion infusion to existing affordable housing programs for veterans and low-income residents. Supporters of Proposition 1 say it will help address the state's housing crisis. Opponents of the measure say it does nothing to cut the regulatory red tape that slows building in California and that the state can’t afford to take on more debt. Forum takes up the debate and examines the possible effects of Proposition 1.

Duration:00:28:35

Election 2018: Proposition 2 Would Use Revenue from ‘Millionaire’s Tax’ to Fund Homeless Housing

10/16/2018
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California's Proposition 2 would finance a $2 billion bond for homeless housing using revenue from California's "millionaire tax" passed in 2004 to fund mental health services. Advocates of the proposition argue that many mentally ill people also face homelessness and that stable housing is key to effective treatment. But opponents of Proposition 2 believe it diverts funds from treatment services and benefits developers more than the mentally ill. Forum hears from both sides of the debate.

Duration:00:24:05

Election 2018: U.S. Senate Candidate Kevin de León

10/15/2018
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As part of our Election 2018 coverage, we meet U.S. Senate candidate Kevin de León, who hopes to beat incumbent Dianne Feinstein on November 6th. As a senator in the California Legislature, de León authored the sanctuary state bill and set a goal for California to use 50 percent renewable energy by 2030. If elected to the U.S. Senate, he promises to back Medicare for all and reform immigration policy.

Duration:00:28:35

Great Expectations for the Warriors’ Final Season in Oakland

10/15/2018
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In June, the Golden State Warriors swept the Cleveland Cavaliers to win a third NBA Championship in four years. Can the Dubs do it again? The team opens its new season on Tuesday and fans have good reason to be optimistic: starters Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Finals MVP Kevin Durant are all returning this year. And the team has added a fifth all-star, DeMarcus Cousins, to the roster. We'll preview the season, which will be the team's last in Oakland before moving to San...

Duration:00:24:02

Lawsuit Alleges Suppression of Minority Voters in Georgia

10/15/2018
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Civil rights groups are suing Georgia's Secretary of State and Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp for allegedly suppressing thousands of minority voters. According to an AP report, the state's use of a controversial verification system has put over 53,000 voter registrations on hold. Africans Americans make up up over two-thirds of those affected. Forum discusses voter suppression ahead of the November elections and examines the latest news on the U.S. Census and Saudi Arabia.

Duration:00:52:54

Election 2018: Bay Area to Vote on Cannabis Taxes

10/12/2018
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This November, voters across California will decide how cannabis will be taxed in their cities and counties. Although taxes on marijuana have not brought in as much revenue as projected, supporters of local taxes still think they could be a source of funding for programs including cannabis education and enforcement. Opponents of cannabis taxation argue that high taxes are stifling a burgeoning industry and pushing people back into the black market. Forum discusses the state of marijuana...

Duration:00:28:35

Trump and Congress Clash Over Suspected Murder of Saudi Journalist

10/12/2018
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President Trump said Thursday that the U.S. would help investigate the suspected murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khahoggi but that he would not stop arms deals with Saudi Arabia or take other punitive actions. Khahoggi disappeared after visiting the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul last week, and anonymous Turkish officials told the New York Times he was assassinated by Saudi agents. Republican and Democratic leaders in Congress are calling for an end to arms sales to the Saudis, potential...

Duration:00:24:02

How Ronald Reagan’s ‘Journey’ Transformed U.S. Politics

10/12/2018
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A new biography traces Ronald Reagan’s rise from humble midwest beginnings to B-grade movie star to president of the United States. Author Bob Spitz’s “Reagan: An American Journey” includes new details about Reagan’s private life, his controversial tenure as president of the Screen Actors Guild during Hollywood’s blacklist era, and eyewitness accounts of the 1981 … Continue reading How Ronald Reagan’s ‘Journey’ Transformed U.S. Politics →

Duration:00:52:58

Lawsuit in Mario Woods Shooting Can Proceed, As Video Throws SFPD Account into Question

10/11/2018
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Forum discusses a newly unsealed video that casts doubt on statements made by San Francisco police officers about the deadly 2015 police shooting of Mario Woods.

Duration:00:28:33

Election 2018: Lt. Gov. Candidate Ed Hernandez

10/11/2018
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Lieutenant governor candidate Ed Hernandez joins Forum to discuss his priorities for California.

Duration:00:24:06