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If you want to dive into the waters of your first triathlon, where do you start? Forum gets advice from a panel of triathletes and coaches on the best ways to train, what mistakes to avoid, how to race on a budget, and more.
California water officials say they are planning to get rid of the statewide mandatory water conservation targets put in place last year in response to the historic drought. At the same time, Jerry Brown issued an executive order that will make some water use prohibitions permanent, including the ban on hosing down sidewalks and excessive watering of lawns. The proposed rule changes come after El Nino has provided some drought relief to Northern California, while Southern California remains parched. Forum discusses the state of the drought and what the new plan means for water conservation in California.
When Facebook first rolled out its "trending news" feature, the company assured the public that it used impartial algorithms to determine story rankings. But on Monday, the tech blog Gizmodo reported that Facebook's "news curators" were instructed to exclude conservative-oriented stories. Facebook denies the allegations. But the news has sparked outrage among conservative and liberal media outlets alike and prompted a Senate inquiry into Facebook's practices. We discuss how curated news shapes the stories that you see online.
It's hard to miss the day laborers lined up on street corners across the Bay Area. But these workers' diverse personal histories are not so obvious. "Voices of the Undocumented" by two volunteers at the Day Worker Center of Mountain View records the stories of nine Bay Area day laborers. We'll discuss the book and hear from one of the workers highlighted in its pages.
New research is helping explain why dieting does not lead to long-term weight loss in the vast majority of people and may even lead to weight gain. A key reason for this, some researchers say, is that our bodies employ mechanisms to keep our weight within a certain range or "set point." Forum discusses the effect of dieting on metabolism and the relationship between health and weight.
One third of all girls with school-related arrests are African-American, even though black girls make up just 16% of female students in the U.S. Oakland-based writer and president of the National Black Women's Justice Institute, Monique Morris, says black girls are often misunderstood and mistreated by the authority figures who should be helping them. Forum talks with Morris about her new book, "Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools."
San Francisco's Board of Supervisors is set to vote Tuesday on an ordinance tightening the city's sanctuary city law. Introduced by Supervisor John Avalos, the measure would prohibit local law enforcement from responding, except in very limited cases, to requests from federal immigration officials for an inmate's personal information or release date. Supporters say that the change is necessary following findings earlier this year that police violated the sanctuary city law by releasing San Francisco resident Pedro Figueroa-Zarceno to federal immigration agents. Critics say that local agencies should have greater latitude to cooperate with federal authorities. We discuss the proposed legislation and how it might impact the city's immigration policies.
As more details emerge about the death of prolific pop star Prince, people close to him have revealed that he did not have a will. He was far from alone: Studies estimate that more than half of American adults do not have wills. That can mean uncertainty, expense and conflict for surviving loved ones. Forum talks about wills -- when should we make them, and what do we need to know?
On Thursday, the FDA broadened its definition of tobacco products to include e-cigarettes, tightening its regulatory control over a multibillion-dollar industry. The new regulations ban the sale of e-cigarettes to Americans under 18 and would require photo identification from adults. The announcement comes on the heels of Governor Jerry Brown signing a set of bills that raise the legal age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21 and place tougher restrictions on e-cigarettes. The e-cigarette industry calls the new regulations "a complete disaster" that will hurt small businesses. We'll discuss the new rules and how they impact Californians.
When Viet Thanh Nguyen sat down to pen "The Sympathizer," his debut novel about a Vietnamese spy who flees wartime Saigon, Nguyen channeled his own experience as an immigrant. He says exploring that "feeling between two worlds" was central to his writing process. The book was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in April. He joins us in-studio to talk about literature's top prize, life as a refugee and the role that marginalization and resistance play in his work.