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KQED’s live call-in program presents balanced discussions of local, state, national, and world issues as well as in-depth interviews with leading figures in politics, science, entertainment, and the arts.

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KQED’s live call-in program presents balanced discussions of local, state, national, and world issues as well as in-depth interviews with leading figures in politics, science, entertainment, and the arts.

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KQED’s live call-in program presents balanced discussions of local, state, national, and world issues as well as in-depth interviews with leading figures in politics, science, entertainment, and the arts.

Rank #1: Former ‘Emily Doe’ Chanel Miller on Why You Should “Know My Name”

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Before the sentencing of Brock Turner, the Stanford University Swimmer found guilty of sexual assault in the widely covered 2016 trail, the woman he attacked wrote a raw, searing victim impact statement that went viral and was read on the floor of Congress. At the time, she was only known as "Emily Doe." But now, Chanel Miller has come forward with her identity -- and her story, chronicled in her memoir, "Know My Name." Forum talks to Miller about how she reclaimed her identity and voice after a punishing trial and how the legal system can improve its handling of sexual assault survivors.

Oct 09 2019

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Rank #2: Strengthening Marriage Through ‘Sleep Divorce’

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Whether for a better night's rest or because of conflicting schedules, some couples are choosing to sleep in separate beds or bedrooms — a phenomenon some call "sleep divorce." A 2019 survey of 3,000 Americans nationwide found that 30% of respondents would prefer to consistently sleep apart from their respective partners. We'll talk with experts about the benefits and disadvantages of co-sleeping. And we want to hear from you: do you share a bed with your partner? Why or why not?

Dec 13 2019

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Rank #3: Bassey Ikpi on Living With Bipolar II Disorder

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In her debut memoir, "I'm Telling the Truth, But I'm Lying," writer and mental health advocate Bassey Ikpi takes readers into her mind as a Nigerian American woman living with bipolar II disorder and anxiety. Ikpi describes in visceral, poetic language her journey to a diagnosis and the impact her mental illness had on her relationships. Ikpi is also the founder of The Siwe Project, an organization that promotes mental health awareness among people of African descent. She joins us to talk about her experience and her advocacy work.

Sep 25 2019

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Rank #4: ‘Don’t Read Poetry’ Examines the Joys and Challenges of…Reading Poetry

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Poet and literary critic Stephanie Burt likes to imagine a world where discovering an enticing new poem would happen as readily as, say, enjoying a new song from a band. In her book "Don't Read Poetry," Burt introduces readers to poetry as "a living art form" and looks to demystify it from its stereotype as a more exclusive or high-brow craft. Burt joins us to discuss the diverse world of poetry, why it matters, and the pleasure of finding a poem that speaks to you.

Aug 15 2019

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Rank #5: Helping Parents and Teens Talk Sex, Consent and Healthy Relationships

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California is one of only eight states currently requiring the topic of consent to be included in sex education curriculum. For San Francisco health educator Shafia Zaloom, an education in consent is essential to protecting kids and fostering healthy interactions. In her new book "Sex, Teens, & Everything in Between," Zaloom shares stories and advice to help parents and teens navigate relationships, sex, and personal safety. We'll hear tips from Zaloom based on her more than two decades of experience and we want to hear from you: how have you talked with your teen about sex?

Oct 04 2019

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Rank #6: The Decade in Dating

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In the past decade, we've gone from relying on meet-cutes and set-ups to "swiping right" in hopes of making a connection. The 2010s provided a renaissance in dating and opened up new opportunities for finding a mate — for better or worse. We'll talk to experts about the state of dating and relating to one another and we want to hear from you: what's your experience with dating and building relationships in the era of websites and apps?

Dec 27 2019

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Rank #7: The Decade’s Best (and Worst) in Consumer Tech

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In 2010, Instagram launched, Apple unveiled the iPad and Uber's ride-hailing app went live in San Francisco. We'll talk about the consumer tech gadgets and trends that defined the decade, as well as some notable failures (self-combusting cell phones, anyone?).

Dec 17 2019

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Rank #8: Looking to the Future Through ‘The Optimist’s Telescope’

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In order to address issues like climate change, we need to learn how to do something that doesn't come naturally to us — plan for the long-term. That's according to former Obama senior climate adviser, Bina Venkataraman. In her new book, "The Optimist's Telescope: Thinking Ahead in a Reckless Age," Venkataraman argues that our society and economy reinforces our addiction to instant gratification by focusing on short-term market gains. Venkataraman joins Forum to talk about how we, as individuals, can inspire sweeping societal change by reframing the way we think about the future.

Aug 29 2019

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Rank #9: ‘Bottle of Lies’ Exposes Hazards of Generic Drugs

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Generic drug companies in India and China have been cutting corners in their manufacturing and sending faulty drugs into the marketplace for years. That's according to investigative journalist Katherine Eban in her new book "Bottle of Lies: The Inside Story of the Generic Drug Boom." In it, Eban details the rise of generic drugs as an affordable alternative to the expensive pharmaceutical industry, and some generic manufacturers' deliberate deception of the industry's quality oversight. Eban joins Forum to discuss her book and the safety concerns for consumers around the globe.

Aug 19 2019

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Rank #10: Tips for a Dry January

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With the decadence of holiday festivities over, many New Year’s resolutions may revolve around health in 2020. For some, that can mean taking a dry January. Taking a break from alcohol for the first month of the year may facilitate weight loss and improve sleep, among other health benefits. We’ll talk about the pros and cons of going cold turkey on alcohol and offer tips on staying safe and sober when trying a dry January.

Jan 03 2020

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Rank #11: Geographer Explores Resegregation and Inequality in Northern California

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More than 50 years after the civil rights movement, Northern California has become racially segregated in new ways, argues urbanist, planner and geographer Alex Schafran. Even while communities of color continue to suffer the effects of decades-old postwar housing discrimination, Schafran says there are new factors that have driven people of color out of cities, into the farther reaches of the Bay Area, resulting in long commutes, unstable finances and rising poverty. In his book, "The Road to Resegregation: Northern California and the Failure of Politics," Schafran strives to answer how an area with so much wealth and progressive politics has such great inequality.

Sep 04 2019

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Rank #12: Tensions Mount as Sonoma County Begins Addressing Homeless Encampment

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Sonoma County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved nearly $12 million in emergency funding late last month. The funds aim to locate housing alternatives for the roughly 200 members of a mile-long homeless encampment along Santa Rosa's Joe Rodota Trail. County officials are now considering temporary sites for relocating the camp, while nearby residents complain of worsening neighborhood conditions. We'll discuss the latest developments and we want to hear from you, especially if you're a Sonoma County resident: How should the county address its homeless encampment?

Jan 10 2020

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Rank #13: Paul Tough on ‘How College Makes or Breaks Us’

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Based on six years of reporting, Paul Tough's new book "The Years That Matter Most: How College Makes or Breaks Us" explores whether higher education in the U.S. still delivers on its promise of social mobility. Tough takes on the so-called "admissions industrial complex" that favors students from wealthier backgrounds and looks at why the most selective U.S. colleges have become the least socio-economically diverse. We'll talk to Tough about what he uncovered in over 100 interviews with students, parents, professors and admissions officers.

Oct 02 2019

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Rank #14: Hunger, Food Insecurity on the Rise in East Bay Suburbs

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Twenty percent of Alameda County residents are experiencing, or at risk of experiencing, hunger. That's according to a new study on food insecurity commissioned by the Alameda Country Community Food Bank. The report found that as high housing prices force residents out of urban areas, hunger is growing in suburban areas like Livermore, Dublin, Pleasanton, Hayward and Fremont. Forum talks about the rise and changing demographics of hunger and what needs to be done to address it.

Related Resource(s):

Food Now Program, which includes a search tool for local food pantries and soup kitchens in Alameda County

Nov 05 2019

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Rank #15: Kate Pickert Reports ‘Radical’ Truths of Breast Cancer

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Ninety percent of U.S. women do not know their risk of developing breast cancer, according to a study published in the journal "Cancer," and men are more likely to die of breast cancer than testicular cancer. And according to journalist Kate Pickert, the discourse surrounding breast cancer is overly focused on mammograms and early testing, even though research has called these methods' efficacy into question. Pickert joins us to talk about her new book "Radical: The Science, Culture, and History of Breast Cancer in America" as well as her own breast cancer diagnosis at age 35.

Jan 09 2020

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Rank #16: Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey on Breaking the Harvey Weinstein Story and #MeToo

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With the headline "Harvey Weinstein Paid Off Sexual Harassment Accusers for Decades," New York Times reporters Jodi Kantor and Meghan Twohey broke the story that rocked Hollywood in 2017 and has since rippled across industries. In their new book "She Said," the two veteran journalists provide a behind-the-scenes account of the investigation that won them a Pulitzer Prize and helped spur the burgeoning #MeToo movement. Two years after the scandal first broke, we'll talk to Kantor and Twohey about the book, current developments in the Weinstein case, and how their reporting has impacted how society talks about sexual harassment.

Oct 11 2019

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Rank #17: Edward Norton Unravels 1950s Detective Mystery in Film ‘Motherless Brooklyn’

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Twenty years ago, Edward Norton learned the first rule of Fight Club in the cult-classic film. Next month, his film "Motherless Brooklyn" opens -- which Norton wrote, directed and stars in. The film, based on the novel by Jonathan Lethem, tells the story of a private detective with Tourette's Syndrome in 1950s New York who attempts to solve his mentor's murder and becomes entangled in the rapacious dealings of City Hall. We'll talk with Norton about the film and his layered portrayals of intellectually complex and marginalized characters.

Oct 25 2019

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Rank #18: How Climate Change Could Make Us All Sicker

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As our climate changes, so does our health. Health researchers are warning of serious risks that go along with a warming planet, including a longer, more intense allergy season, higher risk of disease from smoke and air pollution, and intensified mental health issues due to extreme heat and climate anxiety. Forum discusses the toll that climate change may have on our society's physical and mental health.

Oct 07 2019

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Rank #19: How California Has Changed 25 Years After Proposition 187

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In November 1994, California voters passed Proposition 187, a controversial measure that aimed to deny education, health care and other public services to undocumented immigrants. Though it was never implemented and eventually declared unconstitutional, the aftermath of the vote changed the character of the state's politics and ushered in a new wave of Latino activism and political involvement. In this hour we'll talk about the legacy of Proposition 187, now 25 years on, and how attitudes toward immigration have changed.

Nov 06 2019

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Rank #20: Gov. Newsom Calls for California to Eliminate Animal Euthanasia

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Gov. Gavin Newsom announced on Friday his goal of ending the euthanasia of adoptable or treatable animals in California shelters. The announcement came during the governor's overview of the proposed $220-billion state budget for the 2020-2021 fiscal year, which calls for a one-time general fund allocation of $50 million to the Koret Shelter Medicine Program at UC Davis to develop a grant program for animal shelters, particularly those that are under-resourced. We'll talk about what it would mean for California to become a "no-kill" state and we want to hear from you: is this a step in the right direction?

Jan 14 2020

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Understanding Community Land Trusts

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The West Oakland home at the center of the Moms 4 Housing protest is set to be purchased from owner Wedgewood Properties by the Oakland Community Land Trust, an affordable housing nonprofit. Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf announced the agreement Monday, adding that the Trust intends to fix it up for use by Moms 4 Housing. The agreement raises questions, though, about how exactly land trusts work. In this segment, we’ll discuss land trusts, how they’re funded and their role within the Bay Area’s housing crisis.

Jan 23 2020

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House Leaders Deliver Opening Arguments in Support of Impeachment

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The Senate impeachment trial of President Trump commenced on Wednesday, as Democratic House managers presented their case that Trump abused his power and obstructed Congress in his dealings with Ukraine. In his opening statement, Rep. Adam Schiff accused Trump of using his office to “cheat” in the upcoming presidential election, as Republicans were bound to silence on the Senate floor. We’ll talk the latest on the impeachment trial and what to expect over the next few days.

Jan 23 2020

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‘Moms 4 Housing’ Activists to Purchase West Oakland Home They Occupied

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Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf announced on Monday a “good faith” agreement that will allow the homeless mothers of activist group Moms 4 Housing — who had occupied and been evicted from a vacant West Oakland home earlier this month — to return and make it their residence. The home would be purchased from owner Wedgewood Properties by the Oakland Community Land Trust, an affordable housing nonprofit, on behalf of the mothers. Wedgewood also pledged to offer the right of first refusal for all of its for-sale Oakland properties to Oakland Community Land Trust, other affordable housing groups and the city of Oakland. We’ll discuss the role of this agreement in the context of the Bay Area’s housing crisis.

Jan 22 2020

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Rep. Anna Eshoo on Impeachment, Cannabis and Robocalls

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South Bay Congresswoman Anna Eshoo joins Forum to provide insight into the ongoing Senate impeachment trial. She’ll also talk about her work as Chairwoman of the Health Subcommittee, where she held the committee’s first hearing on federal cannabis policy last week, and as a member of the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, on which she helped shape the robocall legislation recently signed by President Trump.

Jan 22 2020

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Civil Rights Leader Eva Paterson on Fighting for Equality in 2020

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Pushing back on voter suppression efforts ahead of the 2020 election. Considering a repeal of Proposition 209 — which banned affirmative action in state institutions —for California’s November ballot. Taking time for self-care. These are only a few of the issues occupying the mind of Bay Area civil rights leader Eva Paterson. This hour of Forum, Paterson joins us in studio to talk about her latest work and her top priorities for 2020.

Jan 20 2020

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Republican Strategist Rick Wilson’s ‘Plot to Save America from Trump’

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Republican political strategist Rick Wilson has spent his career working to defeat Democrats in elections across the country. Now, the self-described “old school conservative” says he has the formula for a successful Democratic campaign against President Trump. His new book “Running Against the Devil” gives a chilling warning against a second term for Trump and provides a strategy to “save” the Democratic Party by encouraging a focus on winning rather than progressive ideology. Wilson joins Forum to talk about the book and his blueprint for a Democratic presidential victory in 2020.

Jan 20 2020

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“The Bechdel Cast” Podcast Explores Women’s Representation in Film

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A now widely used metric for women’s representation in film, the Bechdel Test was first proposed in a 1985 comic by cartoonist Alison Bechdel. To pass, a movie must have at least two women on screen who talk to each other about something other than a man. Drawing from the test and all of its implications, comedians Caitlin Durante and Jamie Loftus’ podcast “The Bechdel Cast” dedicates itself to humorously analyzing the cinematic representation of women by picking apart classic and cult-favorite films alike. Durante and Loftus will be at SF Sketchfest next week, and they join us to talk about their podcast and the current status of women in film.

Jan 17 2020

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First Person: San Francisco-based Riya Collective Co-Founders Bring Indian Wedding Clothing Online

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After repeatedly digging through friends and family’s closets for traditional attire for the elaborate multiple-day festivities of Indian American weddings, Arian Agrawal and Sarina Siddhanti decided it was time to create an online rental company of their own. The co-founders of the San Francisco-based Riya Collective now have a SoMa neighborhood showroom and ship high-end designs nationwide. As part of Forum’s First Person series, which profiles local change-makers who make the Bay Area unique, Agrawal and Siddhanti join us to discuss the rental clothing boom and how they educate first-time guests at Indian American weddings on proper styles, colors and contexts.

Jan 17 2020

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Former Russia Ambassador Warns of Kremlin Misinformation Tactics As Senate Trial Begins

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In a recent opinion piece, Stanford professor and former Russia ambassador Michael McFaul warns that the Senate impeachment trial could be distorted by a new flood of disinformation. We’ll talk to him about how the public and politicians can guard against disinformation tactics perpetrated by the Kremlin and others. We’ll also get an update on the latest impeachment news ahead of Tuesday, when arguments will begin regarding whether President Trump should be removed from office over charges brought by the House of Representatives.

Jan 17 2020

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49ers Head to the NFC Championship

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The San Francisco 49ers will take on the Green Bay Packers for the NFC Championship on Sunday, a remarkable turnaround from their only four-win season last year. We’ll hear how this year’s team was able to pull off one of the best records in the league this season and preview the game with Ann Killion of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Jan 16 2020

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NPR’s Steve Inskeep on a 19th Century Power Couple

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Fremont, California, is only the largest U.S. city of many named after 19th century political figure John Frémont. An explorer known as " The Pathfinder," Frémont is credited with coining the name "Golden Gate" for the port of the San Francisco Bay. And through his wife Jessie's work publicizing his expeditions, Frémont gained political traction, becoming the first Republican nominee for president in 1856. John and Jessie Frémont significantly impacted an America in the midst of Western expansion, writes NPR Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep in his new book "Imperfect Union." Inskeep joins Forum to talk about his book. And we'll also get his take on impeachment, the presidential campaign, and covering the Trump administration.

Jan 16 2020

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Federal Judge Douglas Ginsburg Explores US History Through Constitutional Debates

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Judge Douglas Ginsburg has spent his career analyzing, teaching and ruling on constitutional law. Known for a short-lived nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, Judge Ginsburg is now the host of a new PBS series. "A More or Less Perfect Union" explores the Constitution's creation and the tensions over its core protections that shaped U.S. history. Judge Ginsburg joins Forum to preview the series and give his take on the constitutional questions of the current impeachment process.

Jan 16 2020

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New Data Reveals 2010s Were the Hottest Decade Ever

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The 2010s were the warmest decade on record and 2019 was the second-warmest year, according to new studies from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The records, which go back to 1880, showed that 2019 was only slightly less hot than 2016. The scientists behind these reports stated that this warming trend is the result of human activity, including carbon dioxide emissions and the burning of fossil fuels. We'll talk to a climate expert about what this means.

Jan 16 2020

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Gov. Newsom Calls for California to Eliminate Animal Euthanasia

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Gov. Gavin Newsom announced on Friday his goal of ending the euthanasia of adoptable or treatable animals in California shelters. The announcement came during the governor's overview of the proposed $220-billion state budget for the 2020-2021 fiscal year, which calls for a one-time general fund allocation of $50 million to the Koret Shelter Medicine Program at UC Davis to develop a grant program for animal shelters, particularly those that are under-resourced. We'll talk about what it would mean for California to become a "no-kill" state and we want to hear from you: is this a step in the right direction?

Jan 14 2020

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Former EPA Chief Gina McCarthy on Environmental Policy’s Future

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This month, former Environmental Protection Agency administrator Gina McCarthy became the president and chief executive officer of Natural Resources Defense Council. Serving as the 13th Administrator of the EPA under President Barack Obama, McCarthy led initiatives focused on limiting air pollution and greenhouse gases and helped set national standards for power plants' carbon emissions. We'll talk with McCarthy about her new role and the state of environmental policy under the Trump administration.

Jan 14 2020

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As Fires Continue to Burn in Australia, Californians Reflect

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The bushfires raging in Australia have burned more than 25 million acres of land, taken the lives of at least 29 people and killed an estimated 1 billion animals. On Friday, the Australian government urged nearly a quarter of a million people to evacuate their homes. These reports of wildfires, evacuations and loss are all too familiar to many Californians, as New York Times San Francisco bureau chief Thomas Fuller notes in his recent story. Fuller, who's covered the wildfires in California, flew to Australia to report on the devastating fires. He joins Forum from Sydney to share some of his observations.

Jan 13 2020

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After 50 Years, Local TV Journalist Vic Lee Retires

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After nearly 50 years reporting for television news outlets in the Bay Area, veteran journalist Vic Lee is retiring. Lee covered some of the most critical stories of an evolving Bay Area, from the 1978 assassinations of Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk to December's controversial opening of a homeless navigation center in the Embarcadero. Also of note is Lee's viral 2011 story on "Dusty the Klepto Cat," the literal cat burglar in San Mateo, who even made an appearance at Lee's retirement party. Vic Lee visits Forum to reflect on his career in journalism.

Jan 13 2020

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Governor Newsom Proposes Record-Breaking $220 Billion Budget

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Governor Newsom's $222-billion California budget proposal includes an $80.5-million coverage expansion of Medi-Cal and the creation of a state-owned generic drug label. It also directs more than $1.4 billion to shelter and healthcare for the state's homeless population. We'll talk about the governor's budgetary priorities and we want to hear from you.

Jan 13 2020

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Uncertainties Remain as California’s Contract Worker Law Rolls Out

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There has been lots of related news in the nine days since California Assembly Bill 5, which reclassifies many independent contractors as employees, went into effect. A state judge ruled that AB 5 does not apply to independent truck drivers. A new report found Uber is changing its app in California in an attempt to sidestep the law. And a federal judge denied a temporary restraining order on AB 5 for freelance journalists and photographers, whom the bill limits to 35 submissions per outlet annually, with a hearing scheduled for March. We'll get the latest on AB 5 and we want to hear from you: how has AB 5 affected your livelihood?

Jan 10 2020

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Tensions Mount as Sonoma County Begins Addressing Homeless Encampment

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Sonoma County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved nearly $12 million in emergency funding late last month. The funds aim to locate housing alternatives for the roughly 200 members of a mile-long homeless encampment along Santa Rosa's Joe Rodota Trail. County officials are now considering temporary sites for relocating the camp, while nearby residents complain of worsening neighborhood conditions. We'll discuss the latest developments and we want to hear from you, especially if you're a Sonoma County resident: How should the county address its homeless encampment?

Jan 10 2020

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