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San Francisco, CA

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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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Comic Reflects on Her Double Mastectomy in ‘Dangerous Boobies’

9/22/2017
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When comedian Caitlin Brodnick found out she carried a gene that gave her an 82 percent chance of getting breast cancer, she made the tough decision to "break up" with her breasts. Like actress Angelina Jolie, who also has the BRCA1 genetic mutation, Brodnick underwent a double mastectomy. Brodnick's book, "Dangerous Boobies: Breaking Up with My Time-Bomb Breasts," comes out this month. She joins us in studio to talk about her book, her difficult decision to have surgery and life...

Duration: 00:53:08


Latest Bill to Repeal Obamacare Could Cost California Billions

9/22/2017
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Republicans are making a last push to repeal and replace Obamacare before a congressional deadline at the end of this month. The Graham-Cassidy bill would shift money from states that expanded Medicaid under the ACA to those that did not. If passed, California would be one of the hardest hit states, potentially losing tens of billions of dollars over the next 10 years. Forum talks about what's in the bill, what it would mean for California and the politics behind it.

Duration: 00:53:07


‘Coasts in Crisis’ Warns of Threats to Coastal Zones

9/21/2017
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Millions of people are currently feeling the effects of Hurricanes Maria, Irma and Jose. And millions more are vulnerable, according to UC Santa Cruz professor Gary Griggs. He says that approximately 61 million people live in Gulf and South Atlantic coastal communities that are susceptible to hurricanes. Griggs joins us to discuss the recent spate of storms, sea level rise and other threats to coastal communities and environments that he explores in his new book, "Coasts in Crisis."

Duration: 00:53:07


Housing Costs Have Majority of Californians Considering a Move

9/21/2017
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56 percent of California voters surveyed in a UC Berkeley poll say they have considered moving to escape rising housing costs. A quarter of respondents said that they would most likely leave the state if they were to relocate. In this segment, Forum talks about California's affordability crisis and what it means for the future of the state. And we want to hear from you: have you considered leaving California because of housing costs? Why or why not? And if you have already left, how is life...

Duration: 00:53:07


An Inside Look at China’s Education System

9/20/2017
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Lenora Chu was an American journalist working in Shanghai when she decided to enroll her three-year-old son in China’s state-run public schools. Chinese students have some of the top science and math scores in the world and her son did well academically. But Chu says she also noticed a strict rigor to "teacher knows best" classrooms and troubling signs of obedience. She started to investigate the Chinese education system at all levels and and discovered both admirable and disturbing...

Duration: 00:53:06


Transportation Plan Would Expand BART Fleet, Raise Bridge Tolls

9/20/2017
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A $4.4 billion Bay Area transportation plan, which awaits Governor Jerry Brown’s signature, would raise Bay Area bridge tolls by as much as $3. Revenue generated by Senate Bill 595 would go toward a variety of projects, including expanding the fleet of BART trains, a Caltrain extension into downtown San Francisco and a new inspector general position to oversee BART. If approved, the measure will go before Bay Area voters next year. We'll discuss the plan and we'll hear about a new...

Duration: 00:53:09


Oakland A’s Eye Laney College Site for New Stadium

9/19/2017
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The Oakland A's would like to build their new stadium within walking distance of downtown Oakland, next to Lake Merritt. The A's say the location, on Peralta Community College District land, is "uniquely Oakland" and well-served by public transportation. The proposal is drawing cheers from many fans after decades of the team trying to move out of the city. But critics of the plan worry the new stadium will destroy existing neighborhoods and affordable housing as well as speed gentrification....

Duration: 00:53:06


Trump Addresses UN General Assembly

9/19/2017
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For the first time since taking office, President Trump will address the 193-country General Assembly of the United Nations on Tuesday. In comments at the U.N. on Monday, Trump said the organization is too costly and needs to better define its global mission. We’ll discuss Trump's speech, including what was said about North Korea, the deterioration of democracy in Venezuela, and climate change.

Duration: 00:53:05


Stanford’s Robert Sutton on How to Deal with Workplace Bullies

9/18/2017
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Robert Sutton specializes in dealing with difficult people. Specifically, working with them--or around them. In "The Asshole Survival Guide: How to Deal with People Who Treat You Like Dirt," his sequel to the bestselling "The No Asshole Rule," Sutton provides tips on how to outsmart bullies and how to stifle one's "inner jackass." The Stanford professor of management science and engineering joins us in studio.

Duration: 00:53:07


Katy Tur on Covering Donald Trump During ‘The Craziest Campaign in American History’

9/18/2017
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When NBC News and MSNBC correspondent Katy Tur was assigned to cover the Trump presidential campaign, her editors assured her it would be short-term--no more than six weeks. Forty states and a year and a half later, Donald Trump was elected president. Now, Tur has published "Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History," replete with campaign trail gossip and stories of being singled out by Trump at campaign rallies. Tur joins us in studio to discuss her...

Duration: 00:53:07


Celebrating 30 Years of Forum

9/15/2017
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Forum turns 30 this year and we marked the milestone with a celebration Tuesday night at SFJazz. In this segment, we’ll bring you some highlights from that show, which featured a conversation between Friday host Mina Kim and Michael Krasny, who reflected on his nearly 25 years behind Forum's microphone. Guests included author Salman Rushdie, performer and activist Rhodessa Jones, and a performance by tabla master Zakir Hussain and acclaimed saxophonist Joshua Redman.

Duration: 00:53:09


Elisabeth Rosenthal on the Single-Payer System and the Future of Health care

9/15/2017
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On Wednesday, Senator Bernie Sanders presented his "Medicare for All" bill to promote single-payer health care. We'll discuss Sanders' bill, the arguments for and against the single-payer system and the plausibility of it ever coming to fruition in the United States.

Duration: 00:53:06


Julie Lythcott-Haims on Being a ‘Real American’ and Growing Up Black

9/14/2017
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Julie Lythcott-Haims sold Girl Scout cookies and later ran track in high school. But as a black woman, Lythcott-Haims says her identity was often questioned, even though she felt as American as her peers. As the descendant of a South Carolina slave and her owner, Lythcott-Haims writes, “I’m so American it hurts,” She joins Forum to talk about her book “Real American: A Memoir", what it means to be a real American and the racism and microaggressions she faced throughout her life.

Duration: 00:53:04


U.S. Constitution 101: Your Questions Answered

9/14/2017
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The new Annenberg Constitution Day Civics Survey finds that more than a third of respondents do not know what is in the First Amendment, and that only a quarter of Americans are able to name all three branches of government. We'll discuss the survey's findings, and the importance of civic education.

Duration: 00:53:03


Psychologist Jean Twenge on How the Smartphone Has Shaped a Generation

9/13/2017
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San Diego State University psychology professor Jean Twenge has been studying generational differences for decades. Her latest research focuses on what she calls iGen: the age group that has not known life without the internet. Born between 1995 and 2012, members of iGen have grown up inseparable from their smartphones and according to Twenge are "on the brink of the worst mental-health crisis in decades." Twenge joins Forum to discuss her new book: "iGen: Why Today's Super-Connected Kids...

Duration: 00:53:06


Major Equifax Data Breach Prompts Demands for Investigation, Tighter Consumer Protection Rules

9/13/2017
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Equifax, one of the country's main credit reporting companies, revealed last week that a data breach exposed up to 143 million Americans' social security numbers and other personal information. Lawmakers are now calling for stricter rules protecting consumer data and for a probe of Equifax, three of whose managers reportedly sold company stock in July. We'll discuss the scope and impact of the breach and what consumers should do to protect themselves.

Duration: 00:28:28


‘Textbook Ethnic Cleansing’ Occurring in Myanmar, U.N. Says

9/13/2017
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In just over two weeks, more than 300,000 Rohingya refugees have fled from Myanmar into neighboring Bangladesh, due to state violence against the Muslim minority group. The Myanmar military says the violence is only a response to attacks by a militant group associated with the Rohingya, and that innocent civilians haven't been targeted. But the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights said this week that the situation looks like a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing." We'll bring you the...

Duration: 00:23:59


Peter Nicks’ Documentary ‘The Force’ Looks Deep Inside the Oakland Police Department

9/12/2017
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Bay Area filmmaker Peter Nicks' new documentary "The Force" takes a close look at the Oakland Police Department during a tumultuous period marked by a sexual exploitation scandal, serial resignations, and ongoing federal scrutiny. The filmmakers embedded with the agency for two years, and sat in on trainings and witnessed internal debates on the use force by officers. We discuss what the film reveals about the culture and inner workings of the department, and how OPD is working to rebuild...

Duration: 00:53:07


Ongoing Personnel Audit Finds Nepotism Conflicts at State Tax Department

9/12/2017
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One in five employees at the tax-collecting Board of Equalization works with a relative, according to a report from the Sacramento Bee. The Board, whose tax administration functions were stripped away by lawmakers in June, has been subject of a series of audits exposing financial misconduct and mismanagement. We'll discuss the status of the audits and get an update on how the Board's successor agencies are serving California's taxpayers.

Duration: 00:28:29


Deal Reached Between Governor Brown and Lawmakers on ‘Sanctuary State Bill’

9/12/2017
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A deal was reached Monday on Senate Bill 54, the so-called sanctuary state bill, which was crafted to prevent California law enforcement officials from cooperating with federal immigration agents. We'll discuss what the amended bill looks like, including a compromise between Governor Brown and bill author Senator Kevin de Leon to allow local police at their discretion to hold an arrestee for federal agents.

Duration: 00:23:58

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