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Forum |  Apr 02, 2015 - 10:00 AM
Barney Frank on His Life in Politics, and Coming Out as a Gay Congressman

"Prejudice is alive and well." That's how Barney Frank reacted to Indiana's new religious freedom law, which is under intense criticism for appearing to discriminate against gays and lesbians. Frank was the first openly gay U.S. congressman and the first to marry his partner while in office. We'll talk to Frank, now retired, about his life on Capitol Hill and his new memoir, "Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same-Sex Marriage."

Forum |  Apr 02, 2015 - 9:00 AM
Gov. Brown Mandates First-Ever Statewide Water Restrictions

With no end in sight to California's historic drought, Gov. Jerry Brown announced a mandatory 25 percent reduction in water usage on Wednesday. Brown announced the state's first-ever mandatory water restrictions from a dry patch in the Sierra Nevada, which is normally covered with several feet of snow. The Sierra snowpack measured on Wednesday had the lowest water content on record. What will Gov. Brown's order mean for residents, cities and the state's water supply?

Forum |  Apr 01, 2015 - 10:00 AM
Kazuo Ishiguro Returns to Fantasy With 'The Buried Giant'

Author Kazuo Ishiguro is known for crossing genres. He won the Booker Prize for his 1989 novel "Remains of the Day," about the unspoken love between an English butler and housekeeper. In 2005, he published "Never Let Me Go," a novel set in a dystopian future where school kids were cloned. Ishiguro's new book, "The Buried Giant," his first in a decade, is a fantasy novel set in a medieval land of knights and dragons.

Forum |  Apr 01, 2015 - 9:30 AM
California Bill Would Require Disclosure of Cleaning Product Ingredients

Manufacturers would be required to label all chemical ingredients in common household products like soaps, detergents and furniture polishes under a bill recently introduced in the state Legislature. Supporters of the proposal point to a link between the chemicals and health conditions including asthma and cancer, and the risks they pose to housecleaners, who are disproportionately women of color. We discuss the legislation and get tips on how to find the safest household cleaning products.

Forum |  Apr 01, 2015 - 9:00 AM
Oakland Teachers and Parents Rally for New Contract, Better Pay

Parents and teachers from Oakland Unified School District held a march on Tuesday demanding an increase in teacher pay and a reduction in class size. During the contract negotiations, some teachers have adopted a labor tactic known as "work-to-rule": working only the hours stipulated in their contract, and nothing more. We'll discuss the ongoing dispute and the impact of the "work-to-rule" practice on classrooms.

Forum |  Mar 31, 2015 - 10:00 AM
Social Mobility as Slow Today as It Was in Medieval Europe

"Social status is more strongly inherited even than height," writes economic historian Gregory Clark. Clark examined centuries of data on prosperity across families and found that social mobility is at best slow, even in the United States. We'll talk with Clark about his findings, hear why he thinks the American Dream doesn't exist and get his thoughts on promoting equality.

Forum |  Mar 31, 2015 - 9:00 AM
Cato's David Boaz: Libertarian Values Are American Values

Last year, a New York Times Magazine cover story asked whether America's "libertarian moment" had finally arrived. The answer is yes, according to Cato Institute scholar David Boaz, author of "The Libertarian Mind." Despite the fact that only 2 to 4 percent of Americans identify as Libertarian, Boaz believes that far more embrace the movement's ideals, such as limited government and personal freedom. We'll talk with Boaz about Rand Paul's presidential candidacy, Silicon Valley's Libertarian streak and more.

Forum |  Mar 30, 2015 - 10:00 AM
New Film Explores History of Cancer, 'The Emperor of All Maladies'

Cancer afflicts 1.7 million Americans each year and kills 600,000 of them. A new PBS documentary, "Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies," explores the history of the disease and the ongoing attempts to treat it. We'll speak with the director of the film and with researchers at the frontier of new treatments.

Forum |  Mar 30, 2015 - 9:00 AM
Bernie Sanders on Life as Congress' Longest-Serving Independent

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont is the longest-serving independent in American congressional history. He's made a name for himself by criticizing corporate excess and pushing for more transparency in campaign finances - he once delivered a filibuster against the extension of Bush-era tax cuts for more than eight hours. He joins us to talk about economic justice, his boycott of the recent Netanyahu speech and his thoughts about running for president in 2016.

Forum |  Mar 27, 2015 - 10:00 AM
125 Years of History and Culture in San Jose's Japantown

San Jose's Japantown is one of three remaining Japantowns in the United States. In its early days, the community served as a refuge for Japanese immigrants. Now, in its 125th year, the streets are filled with everything from tofu shops to artsy boutiques to low-riders. We talk to Japantown's residents, look back on the neighborhood's history and find out how it is evolving.

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