The movement to lower the voting age is spreading across the country, and on this November's ballot, Bay Area voters will decide whether 16- and 17-year olds can vote in various state and local elections.
I s the gig economy good for workers...or are they being exploited by it? We hear from both sides of the debate over Proposition 22, which would classify drivers for companies like Uber, Lyft and Postmates as independent contractors.
In two out of the last five Presidential elections, the winner of our country’s popular vote lost the Electoral College and the race for President. Could that happen again? What would Presidential campaigns look like for Californians if Democrats and Republicans had to fight for every vote? Is it time to scrap the Electoral College? Our guest Bill Petrocelli thinks so. Host Joseph Pace will also be talking to law professor Lara Bazelon about Supreme Court Nominee Amy Coney Barrett and to...
Grace Won speaks with Santa Clara University Law professor Margaret Russell about the life and legacy of U.S. Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, who died on Friday at age 87. Then, we hear from both a proponent and opponent of proposition 16, which seeks to reinstate affirmative action in California.
Do you understand what Prop 15's proposed 'split roll' is? On our next show, we will dig into this question and examine the arguments for and against Prop 15. Is it an appropriate amendment to Prop 13, as supporters claim, or a deliberate weakening of an important protection for property owners?
Beyond the Presidential ballot, thirty-three Senate races, hundreds of House seats and the control of 86 state legislative chambers hang in the balance this November. Local Bay Area activists are not leaving anything up to chance as they harness local dollars and volunteers to help turn out the vote. On Monday, we'll hear from representatives of Indivisible, Sister District and Airlift about their work. We'll also get an update on breaking news and visit with a musician bringing live music...
As the United States reckons with our history of racism and a pandemic that is disproportionately impacting people of color, race promises to feature front and center in this year's election. But can Democrats talk about race and still win?
On the next City Visions, East Bay Congressman - and former presidential candidate - Eric Swalwell will talk about protecting our elections, providing covid relief, and fighting corruption, among other topics. We will also feature our regular COVID update with Chronicle Health Reporter Erin Allday and UCSF doctor Peter Chin-Hong, as well as the comedy of local favorite, Zahra Noorbakhsh. Guests: Erin Allday - Health Reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle Dr. Peter Chin-Hong - Infectious...
“Is it safe to take the bus?” That’s the question on people’s minds as we enter into the seventh month of the pandemic in the Bay Area. With ridership down, revenue across all Bay Area transit agencies has taken a huge hit that they may never recover from. Host Ethan Elkind talks to Jeff Tumlin, the director of the San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency, about how MUNI is coping with all of these changes and planning for the future.
According to federal data, African Americans and Latinos are three times as likely as white Americans to become infected with COVID-19 and twice as likely to die from the virus. Similar disparities persist in California. We'll talk about what accounts for the numbers and how to improve the health of local communities of color amid the pandemic, and after.
While protests against police violence are making headlines, less attention has been paid to an issue that affects the lives and livelihoods of black people every day... racism in the workplace. On our next program, we'll hear stories about how racism has persisted for working black Americans and consider ways to address it.
On July 17, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that the majority of schools in California will have to revert to distance learning as coronavirus case numbers rise. How have schools prepared over the summer for more online learning? What can families expect and will the state's most vulnerable children fall further behind?
Has the time come for reparations for slavery? Host Ethan Elkind and guests explore the history of the reparations movement in the United States and discuss what can be done to bridge the racial wealth divide.
The killing of George Floyd has ignited an outpouring of support for the Black Lives Matter movement, bringing attention to structural racism in law enforcement, education, employment and other institutions. We'll speak to race equity consultant Lori Watson about how unconscious bias contributes to systemic racism and what we can all do to practice anti-racism.
In 1967, following a summer of civil unrest in cities across America, President Lyndon B. Johnson convened the Kerner Commission to look at the issues underlying these protests. The Commission's report , issued the following year, concluded that systemic racism lay at the heart of the problems and that “Our nation is moving toward two societies, one black, one white – separate and unequal.” Why did nothing come of the Commission's recommendations and how can we avoid repeating those mistakes...
Demonstrations against police violence continue in the Bay Area and nationwide after George Floyd, an African-American, was killed while in the custody of Minneapolis police last week. We'll talk to San Francisco Chronicle columnist Otis Taylor about how our region is processing Floyd's death and how we can address systemic racism in our communities. We'll also explore what it will take to unseat the president come November with democratic political strategist David Plouffe, author of the...
C Pam Zhang's debut novel, “How Much of These Hills is Gold," tells a haunting tale of two Chinese-American siblings during the gold rush era as they set out to bury their dead father. A beautiful story woven with grief and hope, Ms. Zhang brings to life and gives a voice to a group of people often omitted from the story of the American West.