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Venture capitalist and PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel joins us to discuss his thoughts on capitalism, innovation, and entrepreneurial success. We'll also get Thiel's take on college (he thinks it's often a waste of time) and find out why he believes our society fears change and technology.
Tens of thousands of protesters in Hong Kong remained in the streets on Monday evening, refusing to return home after police were sent in earlier in the day with tear gas and batons. The protests began Friday in response to Beijing's plan to vet candidates for Hong Kong's 2017 elections. Forum examines what the protests mean for the future of Hong Kong and for U.S.-China relations.
We talk with House Budget Committee chairman and former vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan about the ongoing U.S. airstrikes against ISIS, the upcoming midterm elections and his new book "The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea."
In his new memoir, "Fire Shut Up in My Bones," New York Times columnist Charles Blow makes some startling revelations about his sexuality and also discusses the sexual abuse he suffered as a child. Forum talks with him about the book and about topics he's covered in recent columns, including the protests over the shooting of Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.
If voters in liberal cities like Berkeley and San Francisco reject a tax on soda this November, do such measures have hope of passing anywhere else? The beverage industry is hoping the answer is no, which is why a lot is riding on the upcoming election for both sides. In this hour, we focus on Berkeley's Measure D and San Francisco's Proposition E, which propose taxes of one and two cents per ounce, respectively. As part of our Election Watch 2014 series, Forum discusses the pros and cons of soda taxes.
In the closing days of the Vietnam War, Saigon erupted into chaos as the North Vietnamese forces moved in and people scrambled to escape. US troops were ordered to evacuate only American citizens, and iconic photos from the time show South Vietnamese civilians and soldiers desperately trying to climb aboard Marine helicopters. Award-winning filmmaker Rory Kennedy, whose own father Robert F. Kennedy was a critic of the war, explores those stories in her new documentary "Last Days in Vietnam." She join us in the studio to discuss the film.
On November 4, San Jose voters will choose between the two candidates who survived June's crowded mayoral primary election: Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese and San Jose City Councilman Sam Liccardo. Forum talks with a panel of political experts about the race and the issues facing the city. And we want to hear from you -- San Jose voters, what are your top concerns and what are you looking for in the next mayor?
British novelist David Mitchell is often praised for his ability to juggle multiple characters and storylines at once. In his novel "Cloud Atlas," he straddled worlds ranging from struggling musicians in 1930s Belgium to a post-apocalyptic future with Korean robots. His latest novel, "The Bone Clocks," follows a rebellious Irish teenage girl whose ability to hear voices sucks her into a world of mystics and murderous spirits, spanning from Switzerland to Iraq.
Proposition 2 is a constitutional amendment which would enhance California's rainy day budget fund which proponents say would help address revenue fluctuations during economic boom and bust years. But opponents argue that the measure would take much-needed funds away from school districts. We'll discuss the Rainy Day Budget Stabilization Fund Act.
The future of San Francisco's new Transbay Transit Center and its $2.6 billion Caltrain extension are in question after a deal between developers and the city fell through. The city had planned to use a special tax district to help finance the project, but developers said the tax rate was too high. We get an update on the situation, and whether the project will be delayed by possible litigation.