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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.

Location:

San Francisco, CA

Networks:

KQED

Description:

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

Motherhood and Mental Illness

2/21/2020
Postpartum psychosis is a little known and often misunderstood condition that can have devastating affects if left untreated. KQED reporter April Dembosky recently told the story of a Los Angeles mother who committed an unthinkable act while suffering from the condition. We dive into the illness, how it relates to other postpartum conditions, and how women suffering from postpartum psychosis are treated in the legal system after they harm their children.

Duration:00:51:29

Popular Video Doorbell Prompts Security Concerns

2/21/2020
Privacy concerns are mounting over the popular Amazon-owned Ring security device, which has a front door camera that records motion detected at up to 30 feet. Critics cite inadequate security practices and secretive police partnerships. Ring asserts that it upholds user privacy standards and makes neighborhoods more safe. We'll discuss the issues and how you can protect your privacy if you use Ring.

Duration:00:27:59

Oakland Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick Ousted

2/21/2020
The Oakland Police Commission voted unanimously Thursday to fire Chief Anne Kirkpatrick without cause. The vote followed months of strained relations between the citizen-led Commission and the police department. We'll discuss what led to the firing and what's next for the department.

Duration:00:23:49

Sting’s Musical ‘The Last Ship’ Sails into San Francisco

2/20/2020
In an homage to his hometown, multiple Grammy Award-winning musician Sting's musical, "The Last Ship," tells the story of an English industrial town in decline. Sting stars as shipyard foreman “Jackie White” and also composed the original music and lyrics for the Tony-nominated show, which has a limited run at San Francisco's Golden Gate Theatre. Completely retooled since its Broadway debut in 2014, "The Last Ship" now centers more women characters and delivers a more pointed political...

Duration:00:52:47

Six Candidates Face Off In The Nevada Democratic Debate

2/20/2020
Six Democratic presidential candidates face off on Thursday in Las Vegas, three days before the Nevada caucuses. Coming off a win in the New Hampshire primary, Senator Bernie Sanders enters the debate leading the pack with 32 percent support among Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll. This is also the first debate to include former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has been increasing in the polls and also facing increased criticism...

Duration:00:52:46

Report: Academy of Art Leaves Students with Crushing Debt

2/19/2020
San Francisco-based Academy of Art University bills itself as a launching pad for a variety of creative careers. Many former students, however, are left with mountains of debt and little career success to show for it, according to a recent report in the San Francisco Chronicle. Less than a third of the school's students graduate within eight years. We talk with reporter Nanette Asimov about the school's lackluster results and what's at stake.

Duration:00:27:59

Former 49’ers Owner DeBartolo Pardoned, Questions Arise Over Exploitation of Pardon Power

2/19/2020
On Tuesday President Trump pardoned Edward DeBartolo Jr., a former owner of the San Francisco 49ers. In a major sports history scandal of the time, DeBartolo was convicted in 1998 of gambling fraud. We discuss the DeBartolo pardon, how the recent spate of presidential pardons fits into the history of pardons, and why the pardon exists.

Duration:00:23:29

Linguistics Scholar Dennis Baron Looks at History of Pronoun Use ‘Beyond He and She’

2/18/2020
Discussions about gender neutral pronouns may seem new, but according to linguistics scholar Dennis Baron, they started at least 200 years ago. In his book "What's Your Pronoun: Beyond He & She," Baron documents this history, including a number of terms such as "xe," zie," and "hir," coined by various amateurs and experts looking to solve the pronoun problem. He also notes that Shakespeare, Chaucer and Jane Austen were all known to liberally use the singular pronoun "they" in their time....

Duration:00:52:46

Journalist Conor Dougherty on ‘Fighting for Housing’ in the Bay Area and Beyond

2/18/2020
For decades, people dubbed “homevoters” have ruled California’s housing market with a tight fist. Years of zoning and tax policies that favored single-family housing created a market that rewards the rich who can afford homes and punishes renters and young people. The Bay Area is the epicenter of the crisis, according to New York Times reporter Conor Dougherty, author of the new book “Golden Gates: Fighting for Housing in America." We'll talk with him about the book and about the Bay Area...

Duration:00:52:46

Artificial Intelligence Rules the World in Gish Jen’s ‘The Resisters’

2/17/2020
In her latest novel, “The Resisters,” Gish Jen creates a futuristic world where machines use artificial intelligence to control, track, and predict human behavior. In it, a baseball prodigy navigates a society that puts people in strict categories and functions. Machines do most of the jobs, which turns employment into a luxury. Those with jobs live on high ground that has not been flooded while the jobless live on 3-D printed houseboats. Jen joins us to discuss how she crafted a distant --...

Duration:00:51:29

Bloomberg Rises in Polls Amid Controversy Over Past Policies, Remarks

2/17/2020
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg now ranks third in the Democratic presidential primary race, with 15% support among Democrats and Democratic-leaning independent voters, according to a recent Quinnipiac University poll. Bloomberg’s candidacy already faced challenges with his late entrance to the race. Now he faces more scrutiny due to recent audio recordings of him defending his past stop-and-frisk policy and asserting that ending redlining, a racist housing practice, caused the...

Duration:00:51:30

Your Transit Love Stories

2/14/2020
Every day, millions of people across the country commute to work by public transit. In California, we have more than 100 public transit and bus districts across the state helping us get around -- and helping us have chance encounters with a potential new mate. This Valentine's Day, we'll hear how couples found love while riding on the bus, BART, CalTrain and more. And we still want to hear from you: Listen for the cue to call us at 866-733-678 during the live show or email us at...

Duration:00:27:59

First Person: Virgie Tovar’s Fight for Fat Positivity

2/14/2020
Virgie Tovar describes herself as a woman of color on a mission to dismantle a repressive, racist and counterproductive diet culture that insists skinny is the only way to be healthy. With her focus on fat positivity, Bay Area native Tovar wants us to fully embrace all body shapes and sizes and to stop demonizing food. The author, speaker and podcast host joins us for Forum's First Person Series, which profiles Bay Area figures who make the region unique.

Duration:00:24:07

Joe Eskenazi on San Francisco’s Culture of ‘Trickle-Down Corruption’

2/14/2020
The recent FBI arrest of former Department of Public Works chief Mohammed Nuru is just the latest example of a "culture of soft corruption" at San Francisco City Hall. That's according to Mission Local editor and columnist Joe Eskenazi. He joins us to share the latest on the Nuru investigation and to talk about why a city government that prides itself on high-minded moral stances seems to get all-to-frequent visits by federal authorities.

Duration:00:27:59

Washington Post Report Links Trump’s Rhetoric to Racist and Xenophobic Bullying of Kids

2/14/2020
A Washington Post review of news stories since the 2016 election found more than 300 incidents of school children being harassed by students or teachers using Trump's inflammatory rhetoric. In Tennessee middle school students linked arms to imitate the president's border wall and refused to let nonwhite students pass. In Utah, two kindergartners told a Latino boy that Trump would send him back to Mexico. At least three quarters of the attacks were aimed at black, Hispanic or Muslim kids....

Duration:00:23:28

Poet Danez Smith is Unapologetically Queer and Black in New Book ‘Homie’

2/13/2020
"If there is one tool people can cull from my poems, it’s that shame is one of the best unburdenings you can do," says poet Danez Smith. A black, queer, nonbinary author and performer, Smith first captured the public's attention in 2014 with the viral video of their poem "Dear White America" while part of the Oakland-based youth performance ensemble Young Gifted and Black. Smith's newest work, "Homie," tackles themes of friendship, queerness and blackness with fierce vulnerability. We'll...

Duration:00:28:35

Unsung Filipino-American Labor Leader Celebrated in Children’s Book

2/13/2020
When telling the history of labor organizing in California, we typically mention Cesar Chavez or Dolores Huerta. Less often do we talk about Larry Itliong, who led Filipinos in the Great Delano Grape Strike for minimum wage from 1965 to 1970. Itliong helped foster solidarity between Filipinos and Mexicans and later co-founded the United Farm Workers union with Chavez and Huerta. We'll talk to author Gayle Romasanta about her children's book, "Journey For Justice: The Life of Larry Itliong"...

Duration:00:23:29

Election 2020: Prop 13 Would Provide $15 Billion to Fix Schools

2/13/2020
Prop 13, the only statewide measure on the March 3rd ballot, would invest $15 Billion into rebuilding California schools. That includes updating facilities and developing new construction projects from kindergartens to universities across the state. Those who support Prop 13 point to the deteriorating state of our schools and the need to invest in education. Others argue that the ballot measure will raise taxes and question the decision to double the limit on what a school district can...

Duration:00:28:35

Roger Stone Sentencing Raises New Questions about DOJ Independence Under Trump

2/13/2020
Attorney General William Barr is set to testify before House Judiciary Committee on March 31st about the Justice Department's controversial intervention in the case of President Trump's friend and advisor Roger Stone. The DOJ recommended a more lenient sentence for Stone after Trump tweeted that the original sentencing request was "disgraceful." Four prosecutors quit the the case after they were overruled by the Justice Department. We’ll talk with with former federal prosecutor Rory Little...

Duration:00:24:03

Berkeley High School Students Walk Out in Protest Over ‘Rape Culture’

2/12/2020
Hundreds of Berkeley High School students walked out of their classes on Monday and Tuesday this week to call for changes to how the district handles incidents of sexual assault. Students marched to the Berkeley Unified School District's central office Tuesday and demanded changes including better training for staff in handling reports of sexual violence and adding a dedicated Tile IX coordinator to handle incidents. Forum gets an update on the protests and how the district is responding.

Duration:00:53:01