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Congress is scheduled to vote on a controversial provision in the Patriot Act over the Memorial Day weekend. The legislation expires on June 1, including Section 215, which government agencies have used to justify collecting the phone records of millions of Americans. While FBI officials claim its surveillance programs have helped deter terrorism, critics say security should be balanced with protecting privacy and urge reforming the current legislation.
British author, poet and naturalist Helen Macdonald's new book is a memoir about her father's unexpected and sudden death. It's also a detailed look at how she learned to overcome her grief by training a goshawk, a bird with a reputation as "murderous, difficult to tame, sulky, fractious and foreign." Macdonald joins us to talk about her acclaimed book, "H is for Hawk."
Paleontologist and "Dinosaur Train" host Scott Sampson says that the average American child spends about four to seven minutes a day outside. In his new book "How to Raise a Wild Child," Sampson calls on parents to become "nature mentors" and help their kids connect to the outdoors. We'll talk with Sampson about how to raise kids who love nature at a time when gratification is only a click away.
War veteran Ron "Doc" Riviera says, "Every tattoo on my body tells a story. If people would just ask, they wouldn't get a movie or a book, they'd get the real thing." Riviera is part of an online exhibit called "War Ink," which uses the stories behind veterans' body art to bridge the often difficult gap between the civilian and military worlds. On this Memorial Day, we'll hear from three soldiers who participated in the project.
Lynsey Addario is no stranger to war. The MacArthur Award-winning photographer has covered conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria, embedding herself with soldiers and capturing rare pictures of warlords and civilians caught in the crossfire. She has also survived two kidnappings and a horrific car accident overseas. In her new memoir, "It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love and War," she takes a candid look at her nomadic life and her struggle to find love and motherhood while pursuing a dangerous career.
Growing up in Ohio, David Kelley was the type of kid who would take apart car engines and washing machines. Today, the founder of the design firm IDEO and Stanford's design school focuses on creative ways to fix problems, from upgrading the Apple mouse to solving traffic jams. He joins us to talk about the importance of cross-collaboration, his book "Creative Confidence" and how each person can unlock his or her own creativity.
New York Times columnist Mark Bittman is currently a visiting fellow at UC Berkeley's Food Institute. We'll talk to the "How to Cook Everything" author about his upcoming video series on California's changing agriculture and food production systems. We'll also hear what Bay Area food spots have become Bittman's favorites.
A new study reveals the suicide rate for black children has nearly doubled since the early 1990s, while the suicide rate for white children fell. The study, published in the national medical journal JAMA Pediatrics, looked at youth ages 5 to 11 from 1993 to 2012. We look at the possible reasons for the rise in suicides.
An underground pipeline that ruptured Tuesday has released at least 21,000 gallons of crude oil onto the beach and into the ocean along the Santa Barbara coast. The U.S. Coast Guard estimates the oil slicks stretch for nine miles. As cleanup efforts continue, we look at the environmental impacts of the spill, what may have caused it and what can be done to prevent future incidents.
Actor Peter Coyote has lived many lives. He grew up wealthy in New York and went on to become a prominent figure in San Francisco's counterculture scene of the '60s. In his new memoir "The Rainman's Third Cure," the longtime Marin resident reflects on the many influences in his life, from his violent father to a Mafia consiglieri to poet Gary Snyder.