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Novella Carpenter is known for championing urban farming, and for writing about her experiences growing food and raising livestock in West Oakland. But in her latest memoir, Carpenter follows the trail of her missing father, a back-to-land believer who left when she was young. Carpenter joins us to talk about paternity, discovery and the difficult process of reunification.
As part of our on-going election coverage, Ro Khanna joins us in the studio. The Fremont attorney and former Obama administration official is challenging seven-term Congressman Mike Honda for the district at the heart of Silicon Valley.
Facebook has agreed to meet with a group of drag queens and others angered over their accounts being suspended for not using their legal names. The social network's policy against pseudonyms raised concerns in the past after political dissidents complained that the requirement could put them in danger. Forum discusses Facebook's approach to online anonymity.
Martin Yan is best-known for bringing his zeal for Chinese cooking to American audiences through his longstanding public television program "Yan Can Cook." Now, the renowned chef and cookbook author is focusing on the cuisine of another country: Vietnam. Presented by KQED, "Martin Yan's Taste of Vietnam" charts Yan's culinary adventures across the country and his collaboration with Vietnamese chefs. We'll talk to him about the new series and get tips for cooking Vietnamese staples like vermicelli noodle soup and shaking beef.
Scotland has been part of the United Kingdom for more than 300 years. But that may soon change. On Thursday, Scottish citizens will hold a referendum on whether to leave the U.K. Polls show a neck-and-neck vote with single-digit margins, spurring British Prime Minister David Cameron to beg the Scots not to break up the "family of nations" and to warn them that leaving would hurt Scotland's economy and security. We discuss the pros and cons of Scottish independence.
The documentary film "F R E E" follows five Oakland teenagers over a year as they transform their personal struggles and stories into a collaborative dance performance. The teens are part of Oakland's Destiny Arts, a violence prevention and arts education center. We'll talk with one of the teens featured, as well as the film's producer and the artistic director of Destiny Arts Center about the fundamental role art can play in navigating life challenges.
Jinho "The Piper" Ferreira had a thriving career as a rapper in 2009, when Oscar Grant was killed by a BART police officer. Watching the dysfunctional relationship between the black community and the police in the protests that followed the killing, he decided to get involved. He now works as a sheriff's deputy in Alameda County. We talk with Ferreira, whose one-man play "Cops and Robbers" explores issues of violence and law enforcement in Oakland.
Ask Bay Area residents to pick their favorite local burrito and you're likely to get a range of fervent and informed opinions. So you can imagine the challenge facing journalist Anna Maria Barry-Jester. The "burrito correspondent" for ESPN's FiveThirtyEight site traveled from Key West to Hawaii in search of the country's best burrito. The Burrito Bracket winner, announced on Wednesday, is none other than the carnitas burrito from San Francisco's own venerable La Taqueria. What burrito would top your bracket?
China's e-commerce giant Alibaba, which started in an apartment with a pooled collection of $60,000, is expected to make its Wall Street debut raising $24 billion -- even more than when Google and Facebook went public. The company already surpasses eBay in China, with founder Jack Ma looking to take Alibaba's reach global. What would the IPO mean for the Chinese company and its U.S. competitors?
Why do so many politicians these days refer to people as "folks?" What does it mean for a candidate to get "Cantored?" And what exactly is a "Washington Handshake?" In his new book, journalist David Mark answers those questions and shares today's most revealing examples of political jargon and slang. What are your most cringe-worthy examples of Beltway blather?