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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.
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San Francisco, CA

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KQED

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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


Episodes

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

10/11/2019
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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...

Duration:00:52:42

Inspector Gadje Brings Romani Brass Music to San Francisco

10/11/2019
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Inspector Gadje, a San Francisco-based Balkan brass band with members from around the world, plays dance parties that last into the early morning. A street band with social activist origins, Inspector Gadje transformed into its current form after band members studied intensively with masters of Romani music and fell in love with the genre. We'll hear from members of the band about their music and their mission to educate audiences about Romani culture.

Duration:00:12:58

The PG&E Power Shut-Offs and the Way California Is Powered

10/11/2019
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As Northern California enters day three of PG&E power shut-offs, Forum gets the latest developments and takes your questions about the outages. We'll address why areas not at risk of wildfire still lost power and whether there is a better way for PG&E to organize the power grid. In our coverage this week, we also heard lots of questions from listeners about the feasibility of alternative, small-scale energy systems and many wondering what's keeping California from putting electrical lines...

Duration:00:39:46

As White House Stonewalls, Public Support for Impeachment Mounts

10/10/2019
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Fallout continues from White House lawyer Pat Cipollone's defiant letter Tuesday informing democratic lawmakers that the White House won't cooperate in their impeachment inquiry. A Politico/Morning Consult poll released Wednesday found that half of Americans support removing President Trump from office, the latest in a string of national surveys showing that most Americans support the inquiry. We'll discuss the latest news and hear from Bay Area congressman Ro Khanna, a member of the House...

Duration:00:28:17

Turkey Launches Military Offensive in Northern Syria

10/10/2019
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On Wednesday, Turkey launched a major cross-border assault on Kurdish-led militia in northeastern Syria. This offensive comes days after President Trump announced U.S. troops would leave the area. Kurdish forces have been a key ally to the U.S. in the war against ISIS, prompting Democrats and Republicans in Congress to condemn both the president's decision and Turkey's military operation.

Duration:00:23:46

PG&E Shut-Offs Cause Traffic, School Closures

10/10/2019
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The second phase of PG&E power shut-offs are expected Wednesday evening, affecting around 240,000 PG&E customers in 10 California counties. This follows the approximately 500,000 customers whose power was shut off Wednesday morning. PG&E expects to begin restoring power Thursday, though it says the process could take days. The shut-offs have caused school closures, traffic backups and depleted supplies at grocery and hardware stores. We'll get the latest news on the shut-offs, and we want to...

Duration:00:52:34

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

10/9/2019
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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...

Duration:00:28:17

Lila Downs Celebrates Indigenous Cultures, Social Justice in New Musical Production

10/9/2019
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Grammy Award winning vocalist Lila Downs joins Forum to talk about her latest production, "Día de los Muertos: Al Chile." The production, which features an all-female mariachi ensemble, visual storytelling and dance, explores the layered traditions that form the Mexican Day of the Dead holiday. It also incorporates her newest album "Al Chile," which draws inspiration from her Mixtec roots, traditional Oaxcan music and social justice issues like immigration and border policy.

Duration:00:24:47

PG&E Shut-Offs May Affect 800,000 Customers

10/9/2019
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PG&E announced Tuesday that it expected to cut power in 34 California counties after midnight on Wednesday. The preemptive shut-offs aim to lessen the wildfire risk posed by the dry winds that were expected Tuesday night. The outages could impact almost 800,000 PG&E customers, including those in every Bay Area county except San Francisco. We'll get the latest on the impact of the shut-offs and how the Bay Area is coping.

Duration:00:52:38

A Doctor’s Quest to Heal her Mysterious, Chronic Illness

10/8/2019
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Cynthia Li was a successful doctor in her 30s when an auto-immune disease torpedoed her health. She and her doctors were baffled. Her test results were normal, but mysterious symptoms wracked her body. Li's memoir, "Brave New Medicine: A Doctor's Unconventional Path to Healing Her Autoimmune Illness," follows her long journey to understanding her condition, rethinking the way medicine is practiced, and finding her way back to health.

Duration:00:40:04

Potential PG&E Shutoffs Planned for Wednesday

10/8/2019
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PG&E says potential power shut-offs in Northern and Central California could begin Wednesday. The plan comes in response to dry and windy conditions which increase the risk of wildfire ignition. The power could cuts are set to last through Thursday and could impact more than 600,000 PG&E customers, including those in seven of the nine … Continue reading Potential PG&E Shutoffs Planned for Wednesday →

Duration:00:12:02

President Trump Pledges Withdrawal From Syria, As Republicans Revolt

10/8/2019
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President Trump announced on Sunday his plan to remove U.S. troops from Syria's shared border with Turkey, ahead of Turkey's planned invasion. Experts fear Turkey plans to clear the region of the Kurdish militia, a long-standing U.S. ally. Prominent Republican lawmakers -- including Senators Mitch McConnell and Lindsay Graham -- publicly condemned the decision Monday. We'll discuss the latest developments.

Duration:00:28:17

Supreme Court Takes on LGBTQ Rights and Abortion in New Term

10/8/2019
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The new term of the Supreme Court opened on Monday. The Court's slate of cases touch on some of the country's most divisive issues -- including immigration, abortion, religion, guns and rights for gay and transgender people. On Tuesday, the Court will hear arguments on whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which makes workplace discrimination on the basis of sex illegal, extends to gay, lesbian and transgender employees. This is the first full term with Justice Brett Kavanaugh on the...

Duration:00:23:47

How Climate Change Could Make Us All Sicker

10/7/2019
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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 … Continue reading How Climate Change Could Make Us All Sicker →

Duration:00:52:37

Governor Newsom Signs 22 Bills to Prevent and Fight Wildfires

10/7/2019
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This week marks the two-year anniversary of the destructive wildfires in the North Bay. Last Wednesday, Governor Gavin Newsom signed 22 wildfire related bills in an effort to curb the increasing threat of wildfire damage in the state. Forum discusses the bills, which range from increased state authority over PG&E to financial assistance to homeowners … Continue reading Governor Newsom Signs 22 Bills to Prevent and Fight Wildfires →

Duration:00:28:17

Impeachment Inquiry Latest

10/7/2019
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Last week, President Trump’s former envoy to Ukraine revealed texts from top diplomats expressing their concern about the president’s political dealings with Ukraine. Forum reviews the latest developments on the impeachment inquiry and President Trump’s actions regarding Ukraine.

Duration:00:23:45

Texts Indicate Trump Officials Pressured Ukraine To Investigate Biden

10/4/2019
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Forum gets an update on the latest developments in the Trump impeachment inquiry.

Duration:00:10:45

California Becomes Second State to Allow Public Banks

10/4/2019
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Gov. Gavin Newsom signed AB 857 into law on Wednesday, authorizing California cities and counties to establish public banks. These banks would be operated by individual municipalities and finance loans for local businesses, affordable housing, infrastructure and other projects at lower interest rates than commercial banks. Proponents of the new law point to rising economic … Continue reading California Becomes Second State to Allow Public Banks →

Duration:00:42:12

Helping Parents and Teens Talk Sex, Consent and Healthy Relationships

10/4/2019
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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 … Continue reading Helping Parents and Teens Talk Sex, Consent and Healthy Relationships →

Duration:00:52:36

Impeachment Inquiry Intensifies as President Trump Attacks Democrats

10/3/2019
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It was a tumultuous day in Washington Wednesday. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo admitted he was on President Trump's July 25 phone call with Ukraine, and the president raged against the media and House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff during a news conference with the president of Finland. Meanwhile, the State Department inspector general met congressional staffers for a closed-door briefing on Ukraine. We'll talk about the latest from the Capitol as well as a new election survey by the...

Duration:00:28:04