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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.

Language:

English


Episodes

San Francisco Poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti Turns 100

3/19/2019
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Publisher, activist, and mentor to many iconic figures of the Beat Generation, San Francisco's first poet laureate Lawrence Ferlinghetti celebrates his 100th birthday on March 24. Ferlinghetti's 65-year-old City Lights Books is hosting a series of birthday events, including a book release for his new novel, "Little Boy." And Mayor London Breed has declared March 24th "Lawrence Ferlinghetti Day." Join us as we discuss the ways in which Ferlinghetti has -- and continues -- to influence and...

Duration:00:52:27

Nation Eyes California’s Halt on the Death Penalty

3/19/2019
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Some analysts are predicting that Governor Gavin Newsom's moratorium on executions in California could usher in the end of the death penalty nationally. Forum will discuss the impact Newsom's move could have on the rest of the country and we'll talk about the politics of his order, which comes just two years after voters rejected a ballot measure ending the death penalty. And we'll discuss what the moratorium means for the active court cases for the 737 inmates on California's death row....

Duration:00:28:13

California Lawmakers Consider Eliminating ‘Poverty-Related’ Car Tows

3/19/2019
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On Monday State Assemblyman David Chiu announced legislation banning towing cars for “poverty-related” infractions such as parking in the same spot for more than 72 hours or having more than five unpaid parking tickets. Supporters of the measure say the cost of retrieving a towed vehicle can be devastating for those struggling financially and can result in job loss for people who have no other reliable transportation to work. We’ll talk to Chiu about his proposal and we want to hear from...

Duration:00:23:41

The Science of ‘How Art Works’

3/18/2019
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Psychology professor Ellen Winner studies how humans interact with art, including what we consider art, how art affects us and why we like what we do. Her new book, "How Art Works" also challenges some commonly held beliefs such as literature's ability to develop empathy. Winner joins us to discuss her book and her scientific approach to studying art.

Duration:00:52:28

Sea Level Rise, if Unmitigated, Will Devastate the Bay Area by 2100, Says USGS

3/18/2019
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By 2100, rising seas will flood the homes of 600,000 coastal Californians and cause over $150 billion in property damage. That's according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey, which estimates that Bay Area residents will constitute two-thirds of those affected statewide. We'll talk about the Bay Area communities that are particularly vulnerable to sea level rise and what can be done to mitigate its effects.

Duration:00:28:15

Trump Administration Downplays Rise of White Nationalism Following New Zealand Attacks

3/18/2019
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After the New Zealand attacks on Friday that left 50 dead, President Trump downplayed the rise of white nationalism around the world calling it a “small group of people.” He also came to the defense of a Fox News host who made anti-Muslim remarks. We’ll talk with a national security expert who believes Trump's views are undercutting the administration’s counter-terrorism policies.

Duration:00:23:41

‘Deepfake’ Videos: How to Spot Them and Why They’re Dangerous

3/15/2019
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Image-doctoring is nothing new: Joseph Stalin ordered his enemies airbrushed out of official photos and Cuba altered images of Fidel Castro to remove his hearing aid. But national security experts are worried about a new frontier in manipulated content: deep fakes. Deceptively realistic, deep fakes are AI-generated videos that use techniques like faceswaps, lip synchs, and even "digital puppeteers" to show people saying things they never said or doing things they never did. We'll talk about...

Duration:00:52:30

At Least 49 Dead in New Zealand Mosque Shootings

3/15/2019
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Forty-nine people are dead and at least 20 are seriously injured after two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand were attacked Friday around the time of afternoon prayers. We'll bring you the latest news.

Duration:00:52:30

Upcoming Tech IPOs Already Influencing Bay Area Real Estate

3/14/2019
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With tech companies like Uber, AirBnB and Pinterest slated to go public this year the Bay Area will likely be gaining thousands of new millionaires. New York Times tech reporter Nellie Bowles recently wrote about what all that new money could mean for local real estate. We'll talk to Bowles about what she's hearing from community advocates who are nervous that the influx of IPO windfalls will lead to further displacement and gentrification in San Francisco. Tell us: how, if at all, are the...

Duration:00:28:13

BD Wong Returns Home for ACT’s ‘The Great Leap’

3/14/2019
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Actor BD Wong has made his mark on both Broadway and Hollywood. He won a Tony for his role in the original "M. Butterfly." But Wong may be best known for his work in films like Jurassic Park and TV's Law and Order SVU. Wong is also an outspoken advocate for a greater diversity of roles for Asian-American actors and for LGBTQ artists. He joins us to talk about his San Francisco upbringing, his acting career and his current role in “The Great Leap” at the American Conservatory Theater.

Duration:00:23:40

College Admissions Bribery Scandal Rocks Nation’s Top Schools

3/14/2019
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Thirteen Bay Area parents, including Stanford's sailing coach, were among the 50 people charged Tuesday in in a major college admissions bribery scheme. The indictment alleges that suspects paid standardized test proctors to doctor their children's results and bribed college coaches to recruit kids who had never played a sport to gain entrance to schools such as Stanford, USC, and Yale. We'll talk about the latest developments and what the scandal says about merit and access in the U.S....

Duration:00:52:28

Forum on the Road: Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe on the Mueller Investigation and ‘The Threat’

3/13/2019
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President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort is set for his second and final sentencing on Wednesday. He could get more than a decade of cumulative prison time. In this hour, we'll check in with former FBI Acting Director Andrew McCabe about the Manafort sentencing and latest developments in Mueller probe. We'll also talk with him about his new book "The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump."

Duration:00:52:27

Forum on the Road: Checking In on ‘Next Generation Science Standards’

3/13/2019
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California's public school students get tested according to new science standards for the first time this month. The “Next Generation Science Standards” mark a shift away from rote memorization toward hands-on projects, interpreting data and recognizing scientific concepts across disciplines. We'll hear how the new science standards are changing what goes on in the classroom and what the challenges are to implementation.

Duration:00:52:35

Naturalist Michael Ellis Talks Bay Area Wilderness

3/12/2019
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Michael Ellis brings a sense of joy and adventure to his work as a naturalist and tour guide. He's hula hooped on top of a termite mound in Botswana and survived a near-death experience with a buffalo in Tanzania. He's also written about earthworms and rain for Bay Nature magazine and has joined Forum before to discuss the environmental impact of California wildfires. Ellis joins us to talk about the Bay Area’s natural landscape and his upcoming trip through the Mojave Desert.

Duration:00:52:28

Environmentalists Accuse Trump of Trying to Shortcut Science in Decisions Regarding California’s Water Supply

3/12/2019
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President Trump is trying to speed up the approval process for a proposal to send more water to Central Valley farmers, something he promised to do during his 2016 campaign. A KQED investigation found that the president is pushing for a recommendation by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to be approved in 135 days, the minimum time required by federal law, and for the approval process to forego a public comment component. Environmentalists say that timeframe and insufficient staffing would make...

Duration:00:28:13

Wells Fargo CEO to Appear Before Congress on Tuesday

3/12/2019
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Wells Fargo CEO Tim Sloan will appear before the House Financial Services Committee Tuesday to detail what he calls the bank's "significant progress" in dealing with past scandals. Since 2016, the company has paid over $2 billion in fines and settlements stemming from a range of practices, including its creation of millions of fake bank and credit card accounts. Sloan's testimony comes just after a New York Times investigation found that Wells Fargo employees are still pressured to meet...

Duration:00:23:43

‘Right to Repair’ Movement Fights Back Against Unfixable Devices

3/11/2019
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The “right to repair” movement is growing. A range of D.I.Y. groups offer classes and online instructions for how to fix everything from discarded clothing steamers to iPhones and Wi-Fi enabled refrigerators. But technology companies have resisted consumer efforts to repair increasingly software-dependent electronic goods, citing safety concerns. Advocates contend that even modern electronics can be repaired safely, with less waste and expense, if people have access to the proper tools....

Duration:00:52:28

Questions Arise for Boeing Following Ethiopian Airlines Crash

3/11/2019
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On Sunday, an Ethiopian Airlines flight carrying 157 passengers, including eight Americans, crashed, killing everyone on board. The plan, being flown by a veteran pilot, was Boeing's new 737 Max 8, the same plane that crashed in Indonesia last October. China and Indonesia have already grounded all their 737 Max planes with other countries monitoring the situation.

Duration:00:28:13

National Political News Roundup

3/11/2019
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Forum reviews, analyzes and answers your questions about the latest news from Washington, D.C.

Duration:00:23:42

Talking Transportation with the Head of San Francisco MTA

3/8/2019
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As Director of Transportation for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, Ed Reiskin is responsible for Muni trains and buses, parking policy, taxi regulation and bicycle and pedestrian safety. Reiskin joins Forum to take your questions and hear your concerns about transportation and parking in the city. What do you want to ask him?

Duration:00:52:28