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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.

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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San Francisco, CA

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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.

Language:

English


Episodes

Negotiating Shelter-in-Place with Partners and Spouses

5/29/2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has turned everything upside down, including the way some couples interact while sheltering in place and being forced to spend more time together. We’re seeing sides of our partners we haven’t seen before now, and we're finding new ways to communicate, compromise and negotiate some alone time. We'll explore the impact of the pandemic on our domestic lives and intimate relationships.

Duration:00:51:31

Lawmakers Push Back as Gov. Newsom Expands Executive Orders

5/29/2020
Since legislators agreed to give Gov. Gavin Newsom unrestricted access to $1.1 billion from the state’s budget back in mid-March in response to the coronavirus pandemic, some lawmakers have started to question the extent of Newsom’s authority. As the pandemic shows signs of slowing in California, the governor’s recent request for an additional $2.9 billion in emergency COVID-19 funds exempt from normal legislative oversight has led the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office to raise...

Duration:00:28:16

Protests Over Death of George Floyd Reach Boiling Point in Minneapolis

5/29/2020
There’s been an outpouring of anger, grief and demands for justice in Minneapolis after the death of 46-year old George Floyd who died Monday as a city police officer held his knee on the man’s neck for more than five minutes, leaving him to die on the street. Protesters broke into a police station in Minneapolis overnight and burned it, which the city's mayor has said was understandable. We’ll get the latest and your reactions.

Duration:00:23:45

How the Pandemic Could Reshape the Office Real Estate Market

5/28/2020
Before the coronavirus pandemic, office rents in San Francisco and Oakland had reached all-time highs and developers couldn’t keep up with demand for space. Now, the trend toward working from home has forced many companies and workers to rethink where and how they work, which could have profound implications for the real estate market. A few businesses have already shelved expansion plans. Still, some experts argue that relying on Zoom meetings and remote work has its limitations and...

Duration:00:51:31

Rep. Adam Schiff on Stopping the Spread of Pandemic Misinformation

5/28/2020
On Wednesday, coronavirus deaths in the United States surpassed 100,000. According to California Congressman Adam Schiff, as the pandemic spreads, so too does harmful misinformation about treatment, transmissibility and cures. Schiff joins us to talk about his effort to push Twitter and YouTube to notify users when they've engaged with misleading COVID-19 posts. And we'll also hear from him about the Senate Judiciary Committee's inquiry into the Mueller investigation and other political news.

Duration:00:28:00

Historic SpaceX Launch Set to Saturday

5/28/2020
SpaceX called off a rocket launch for NASA on Wednesday that would’ve been the first time astronauts launched into space from US soil since 2011 and the first time ever that a privately developed spacecraft took humans into Earth's orbit. The mission would have taken NASA astronauts Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken to the International Space Station, but it was called off 17 minutes before liftoff because of weather conditions. The launch is now slated for this Saturday. In this hour, we’ll...

Duration:00:23:29

Michael Pollan On What the Pandemic Reveals About ‘The Sickness in Our Food Supply’

5/27/2020
As meatpacking plants become coronavirus hotspots and large producers dump milk and destroy crops, the nation's industrial food chain is buckling. That's according to journalist and author Michael Pollan, who says in a recent article that the pandemic is exposing glaring and longstanding deficiencies in the way the U.S. produces and distributes food. We'll talk to him about why he thinks it's time to de-industrialize our food system and re-imagine the American diet.

Duration:00:28:14

Tips for Working From Home Without Ruining Your Neck and Back

5/27/2020
Many of us working from home during the pandemic are crouching over laptops on the couch, slumped over a too short table or sitting cross-legged on the floor typing while also trying to entertain a child. It's all taking a toll on our backs and necks. Forum gets tips on easy ways to improve the ergonomics of working at home and suggestions on stretches and exercises to counteract the contortions of working in odd spaces.

Duration:00:23:46

Bush Administration’s David Frum Laments State of Conservatism

5/27/2020
In his new book "Trumpocalypse," erstwhile neoconservative David Frum explores what he sees as the failures of conservatism, from the Iraq war to the financial crisis to the Trump presidency. A former speechwriter for President George W. Bush, Frum joins us to talk about his book and how to reimagine a United States and a conservative party without Donald Trump.

Duration:00:52:49

Hitting the Road This Summer? Where to Go and How to Stay Safe

5/26/2020
With the weather warming up, kids wrapping up the school year, and people feeling confined after more than two months of sheltering in place, millions of Californians are eager to hit the road, but are feeling conflicted. On one hand, popular destinations such as beaches and national parks are open for visitors. On the other hand, health officials warn that the coronavirus pandemic is not over and people should stay home as much as possible. We discuss how coronavirus will impact this year’s...

Duration:00:52:50

Comparing Global Responses to Coronavirus

5/26/2020
While fears grow that Latin America may become the next hotspot for COVID-19, experts are searching for answers as to what policy responses work best -- why some countries are able to stop the spread and why some are struggling to contain the virus. Comparisons are difficult, however, because countries have varying healthcare systems and can even count coronavirus deaths differently. In this hour, we talk with experts about what measures governments around the world have taken and how those...

Duration:00:52:50

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

5/25/2020
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

Rebroadcast: The George Washington You Don’t Know Emerges in Alexis Coe’s ‘You Never Forget Your First’

5/25/2020
Historian Alexis Coe noticed one day that the dozens of biographies written about George Washington were all written by men and repeated the same myths around wooden teeth and a cherry tree wooden teeth.She decided to tell a more nuanced story that not only reexamines the original sources, but also looks at the women in his life, who are also misconceived in the historical record. The quest to uncover the real George Washington resulted in Coe's latest book, "You Never Forget Your First." We...

Duration:00:51:30

Dr. Harvey Fineberg on His Role in the White House Response to Covid-19

5/22/2020
As chair of the Standing Committee on Emerging Infectious Diseases at the National Academy of Sciences, Harvey Fineberg has been involved in crafting the federal response to the coronavirus pandemic. But that doesn’t mean the government always takes his advice. He’s a staunch advocate of mask-wearing, and he says there is no clinical evidence that hydroxychloroqine is effective against coronavirus, despite President Trump’s support of the drug. Fineberg, a former president of the Institute...

Duration:00:52:49

New Book Showcases the ‘Legendary Children’ in Drag History and ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’

5/22/2020
Each season of the reality TV show “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” the world’s most famous drag queen, RuPaul, seeks to crown “America’s Next Drag Superstar.” Launched 11 years ago, the show is an Emmy-winning hit that has catapulted the careers of dozens of drag queens and amassed a huge international fanbase. In their new book “Legendary Children: The First Decade of RuPaul’s Drag Race and the Last Century of Queer of Life,” pop culture bloggers Tom Fitzgerald and Lorenzo Marquez highlight the roots...

Duration:00:20:33

With Permission to Work from Home, Many Tech Workers Contemplate Leaving the Bay Area

5/22/2020
On Thursday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that many of the company's employees will be able to work from home permanently. That announcement comes on the heels of a similar move from fellow tech companies Twitter and Square. With these more flexible policies emerging during the pandemic, many tech workers are considering defecting from the Bay Area’s sky-high cost of living for more affordable pastures. We'll discuss what this could mean for Silicon Valley and Bay Area culture and...

Duration:00:30:55

“Just” Old People Are Dying: Ageism and the Coronavirus Response

5/21/2020
Nearly 80% of those who have died from COVID-19 in California were over the age of 65, yet health care for seniors was slashed in the most recent state budget. Advocates for the elderly say its just another example of ageism, which has been exacerbated during the pandemic. From suggestions that old peoples lives be sacrificed for the sake of the economy to the struggle to get PPE and tests in nursing homes, we'll talk about the role ageism is playing in the coronavirus response.

Duration:00:52:50

Pandemic Pushes California Cities and Counties Into Fiscal Crises

5/21/2020
With the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, California cities and counties are seeing more demand for public services at the same time as revenues are shrinking. Officials are weighing which services are most essential and which they may have to cut or gut. Meanwhile, the League of California Cities projects that cities could experience a combined $7 billion shortfall during the next two years. In this hour of Forum, we talk to policy experts and elected officials about how...

Duration:00:52:49

The Comfort of Gardening During a Pandemic

5/20/2020
Scientific research shows that spending time in natural environments can help lower blood pressure and can improve mental health. During a time of quarantine, gardeners know that an outdoor space, a patio, or a cluster of herbs in the windowsill can offer some beauty and solace. We talk with experts about what lessons can be learned through gardening during the pandemic, and answer your questions about how to develop a green thumb.

Duration:00:52:49

American Diplomat Richard Haass on the State of ‘The World’

5/20/2020
In his latest book, "The World: A Brief Introduction," Council on Foreign Relations President Richard Haass writes that "what begins at the local level can quickly become global." We're seeing the stark truth of that statement in the devastating ripple effects the coronavirus pandemic continues to have across the globe. And it's why Haass sees institutions of global governance like the World Health Organization as "essential" to this era. In this hour, we talk to Haass about the book, the...

Duration:00:52:50