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Historian Jared Farmer's book "Trees in Paradise" tells the story of California through four main characters: the majestic redwood, the glamorous palm, the fragrant eucalyptus, and the colorful citrus tree. Farmer joins us in the studio to discuss what the state's trees can tell us about its culture and history.
Russia continued to tighten its control of the Crimean peninsula on Monday, with pro-Russian forces taking over a naval base that had been blockaded by Ukrainian troops. We'll analyze the latest developments in Ukraine with Georgetown University professor Angela Stent, a former presidential advisor on Russia and author of the new book "The Limits of Partnership: U.S.-Russian Relations in the Twenty-First Century."
Menlo Park City Council has unanimously approved Facebook's offer of $600,000 to pay for a beat cop for three years. The officer, due to start in April, would work in Menlo Park's Belle Haven neighborhood, a low-income area close to Facebook headquarters. While some are praising Facebook's contribution to local law enforcement, others question the implications of a private company funding a public resource.
Once dubbed "the city's brightest satiric star" by the San Francisco Chronicle, Charlie Varon is back with a new one-man show at the Marsh Theater. In "Feisty Old Jew," Varon plays Bernie, a grumpy 83-year-old who makes a massive bet that he can catch a wave in Bolinas. Varon joins us to talk about the show, and about his long career in Bay Area theater.
Writer and comedian Brian Copeland's latest play and third one-man show, "The Scion," recalls the 2000 shootings of USDA food inspectors at a San Leandro sausage factory. He used police reports and testimony to research his act, but puts a comedic spin on the gruesome crime. Copeland's first solo show, "Not a Genuine Black Man," recounted his upbringing in mostly white San Leandro and gained the actor wide acclaim. He joins us.
In March 2011, an earthquake and tsunami triggered a meltdown of three reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan. Three years later, we examine the state of the cleanup, its effect on Japanese politics, and the impact on marine life and the environment.
Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria was assassinated 100 years ago as of this June -- an event that triggered a domino effect leading to World War I. It was one of the deadliest wars in history, and yet it was also a time of great creativity and musical innovation. To mark the 100th anniversary of the Great War, Cal Performances is hosting the Vienna Philharmonic and launching a series of discussions about the intersection of war, politics, art and music. We discuss the series.
The parent company of Albertsons is buying its rival Pleasanton-based Safeway for more than $9 billion, in a deal that experts say would reshape the supermarket industry. We get the latest on the sale, and what it means for competitors and consumers.
Soaring rents have hit art galleries in downtown San Francisco hard. Last month, several long-established Geary Street galleries were evicted to make way for a software firm. Meanwhile, individual artists are also struggling. As part of our Priced Out series on the high cost of living in the Bay Area, we look at how the local art world is coping.
Author and animal rights advocate Jeffrey Masson has long written about the emotional life of animals. In his new book, "Beasts: What Animals Can Teach Us About the Origins of Good and Evil," Masson examines human behavior in comparison with other animals, and considers why humans are the most violent predators on earth. He joins us in the studio.