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Most households today have an Internet connection but a new study finds that 23 percent of low-income families rely on mobile-only access with data limits, while 52 percent experience interruptions and poor service with their mobile plans. This "underconnectivity" has a big impact on economic and learning opportunities for families. We'll discuss the study, which comes out of the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop.
Human Rights Lawyer Nicholas Opiyo has received death threats and attacks for defending LGBT rights in Uganda. In 2014, Opiyo led the constitutional challenge that struck down the country's Anti-Homosexuality Act, which called for life imprisonment for same-sex sexual acts. Forum talks with Opiyo about the renewed efforts to criminalize homosexuality in Uganda and about the role of U.S. evangelicals in promoting anti-gay laws in that country.
California Assemblymember Mike Gatto introduced legislation last week that would put a proposal on the November ballot to shut down the California Public Utilities Commission by 2018 and allocate its functions to other agencies. The Commission has come under increasing fire for oversight failures following a 2010 San Bruno pipeline explosion, the 2012 closure of the San Onofre nuclear plant and the ongoing natural gas leak at Porter Ranch. We look at this latest proposal and past attempts to reform the CPUC and what may change about the industries it regulates: electricity, natural gas, telecommunications, water and transportation.
As a 19-year old army rifleman in World War II, Stuart Canin once played violin for Harry Truman, Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin at Potsdam in 1945. The Bay Area musician, now in his 90's, says he has never been as nervous in front of an audience as he was on that day. We'll talk with him about that experience, which is the subject of a new short film called "The Rifleman's Violin." We'll also explore that period of history as World War II drew to a close and the Cold War was just starting.
The California Coastal Commission will vote whether to fire Executive Director Charles Lester who has led the powerful conservation agency since 2011. Environmentalists call the move to oust Lester a pro-development coup. Meanwhile, commissioners supporting the firing, who include four Jerry Brown appointees, have declined to speak publicly. They reportedly point to management problems and lack of diversity during Lester's tenure. We discuss the upcoming vote and how it may affect the 12-member Commission and the 1,100 miles of California coastline it regulates.
In "Last Day of Freedom" Bill Babbitt recalls the agonizing decision to turn his younger brother Manny in for a terrible crime. The film explores the life events that led up to Manny's crime and his execution by the State of California. We'll talk to filmmakers Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman about this unthinkable story and their telling of it (through animation), which has been nominated for an Oscar in the short documentary category.
Growing up as the child of Indian immigrants in the 1980s in San Bernardino, Sanjay Patel often felt tempted to watch cartoons instead of joining his father for Hindu prayers. As an adult, the Pixar artist found a way to pay homage to both worlds with "Sanjay's Super Team," an animated short which played before "The Good Dinosaur" in theaters and has been nominated for an Academy Award. The film centers around a young Indian- American boy who gets pulled into a world where Hindu deities become cartoon action heroes and who learns how to bond with his father in the process.
This week researchers diagnosed the late Oakland Raiders quarterback Ken Stabler with the brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, more commonly known as "CTE." The news comes in the wake of contradictory reports over the degree to which concussions affect football players, and as the NFL faces allegations that it unduly influenced some of those studies with millions in funding. In this hour we'll look at what the science says about football and brain trauma. And we want to hear from you -- does the news around CTE affect whether you would allow your kids to play football? Does it change how you watch the game?
A propagandist who airbrushes out the faces of Stalin's enemies from photos; a disgraced ballerina exiled to a Siberian wasteland; a tourist agent struggling to sell post-war Grozny as "the Dubai of the Caucasus," these are of some of the characters in Anthony Marra's new collection of stories, "The Tsar of Love and Techno." The Bay Area author joins us to talk about his book of interconnected tales, how he weaves humor with tragedy and his enduring fascination with Russia.
Boko Haram killed at least 65 people in a series of shootings and firebomb attacks on a Nigerian village and refugee camps over the weekend, burning children alive and using suicide bombers to blow up survivors, according to witnesses. The attacks come just over a month after Nigeria's president said the country had "won the war" against the Islamist extremist group, which came to notoriety when it kidnapped over 200 schoolgirls in 2014. We get the latest on the attacks and the status of the group, which has reportedly killed about 20,000 people and displaced 2.5 million from their homes.