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Forum |  Oct 30, 2014 - 10:00 AM
Jacques Pepin Celebrates the 'Heart & Soul' of French Cooking

Celebrated French chef and longtime PBS personality Jacques Pepin has shared his love of cooking with audiences for more than 60 years. His latest series, "Jacques Pepin: Heart & Soul," just finished production and is scheduled to air in the fall of 2015, in time for his 80th birthday.

Forum |  Oct 30, 2014 - 9:30 AM
Federal Reserve to End Quantitative Easing

The Federal Reserve confirmed Wednesday, as anticipated, that it will halt its bond-buying program, also known as quantitative easing. Forum discusses the policy's longer-term effects, and what, if anything, the program has done to grow wages and jobs.

Forum |  Oct 30, 2014 - 9:00 AM
Bay Area Roads in Mediocre Condition, Need Billions to Repair

A new report from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission reveals most of California's roads are in mediocre condition. The report predicts over $7.2 billion will be needed over the next 10 years to maintain, repair and replace streets and bridges. In the Bay Area, Brentwood and Dublin streets were in the best condition, while Larkspur and St. Helena streets were in the worst.

Forum |  Oct 29, 2014 - 10:30 AM
Frontline Traces 'The Rise of Isis'

How did the Islamic State become so powerful, seemingly overnight, terrorizing the region, and catching the U.S. government off guard? That's the question Frontline seeks to answer in the new PBS documentary "The Rise of Isis." Forum talks to producer Martin Smith about the program.

Forum |  Oct 29, 2014 - 10:00 AM
Bassem Youssef, the 'Jon Stewart of Egypt'

Egyptian Bassem Youssef modeled his popular news show "Al-Bernameg," after "The Daily Show." But unlike Stewart, when Youssef mocked Egyptian leaders, he ended up behind bars and eventually canceled his show. A former heart surgeon who tended to the wounded during the Arab Spring, Youssef joins us to talk about his varied career and the power of satire.

Forum |  Oct 29, 2014 - 9:30 AM
California Attorney General's Race: Kamala Harris

As part of our California Election Watch 2014 series, we talk to incumbent Attorney General Kamala Harris, who is seeking a second term. Harris, a Democrat, is running against Republican Ron Gold, who was previously on the show.

Forum |  Oct 29, 2014 - 9:00 AM
Pope Francis Spurs Conversation With Statement About Evolution, Big Bang

In a speech Tuesday, Pope Francis said belief in prominent scientific theory such as evolution does not contradict a belief in God. Echoing church statements from as far back as 1950, Francis noted that God "created human beings and let them develop according to the internal laws that he gave to each one" and that God is not "a magician, with a magic wand able to do everything." Forum discusses the ramifications of the Pope's comments and how they frame the emerging picture of his papacy.

Forum |  Oct 28, 2014 - 10:00 AM
Colm Toibin's 'Nora Webster': A Powerful Portrait of Grief

Celebrated Irish writer Colm Toibin joins Forum to talk about his new novel, "Nora Webster," a story about a woman who loses her husband in 1960s Ireland. The Guardian calls the book "a rare and tremendous achievement." We'll also ask Toibin about American Conservatory Theater's staging of his controversial play "Testament." Catholic groups are calling the play blasphemous for its portrayal of the Virgin Mary and are demanding the show be canceled.

Forum |  Oct 28, 2014 - 9:30 AM
Oakland Nuisance Eviction Law Expanded to Include Prostitution

The Oakland City Council has approved expanding the city's nuisance eviction ordinance to include suspected sex workers. Critics say the new rules give too much power to landlords, and the city, to evict tenants without proving a crime has been committed. Forum discusses the newly expanded nuisance ordinance, which also allows property owners to evict drug dealers and people with illegal weapons.

Forum |  Oct 28, 2014 - 9:00 AM
A Split Brazil Re-Elects President Dilma Rousseff

Brazilian voters re-elected Worker's Party candidate and incumbent Dilma Rousseff on Sunday. The election split voters along geographic and economic lines: the country's poorer regions supported Rousseff, while the wealthier southern states supported her challenger, Aecio Neves. Many view Rousseff's victory as support for her social policies that have lifted millions of Brazilians out of poverty. The business community, however, reacted less favorably -- Brazilian financial markets plunged 5 percent amid fear that Rousseff cannot restore consumer confidence. Forum discusses the election and some of the challenges ahead for Rousseff: the sluggish economy, political corruption and weak ties with the U.S.

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