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Coming up on Forum:
Called "America's missionary of the vine" by Time Magazine, Karen MacNeil has traveled the world and tasted over 10,000 wines from regions as varied as the Mediterranean coast to China's Sichuan Province. The Bay Area oenophile joins us to discuss all things wine, including what bargains might be had for the holiday table. And we want to hear from you -- what stumps you in the wine aisle? What do you want to know about drinking wine?
As the first executive director of the Sierra Club and founder of Friends of the Earth, David Brower's life is
inextricably linked to the history of the modern environmental movement. The Berkeley-native passed away in
2000, but his legacy has been captured in a new biography written by his friend Tom Turner.
On September 2, 2013, Diana Nyad emerged from the water as
the first person to successfully swim the 110 miles from Cuba to
Florida without a shark cage. She was 64 years old. Nyad had
attempted the crossing four times before. She joins us to talk
about her new memoir, "Find A Way," and overcoming her
personal and professional barriers - including a 30-year break
Adam Johnson won
the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction for his novel, "The Orphan
Master's Son," about propaganda and power in North Korea. In
his new short story collection "Fortune Smiles," Johnson turns his
lens mostly back to our American shores -- and even the Bay
Area -- as his characters struggle to maintain their humanity amid
technology's temptations and the loss that comes from cancer
and natural disasters.
Today, one in 68 children is on the autism spectrum, according to
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Yet despite
decades of research, there is much we don't know about the
disorder. We discuss the evolving definition, hidden history and
public perception of autism with "NeuroTribes" author Steve
Some people go to
great lengths to help others, even when it comes at a high
personal cost: the couple who adopts 20 orphans, the woman
who donates a kidney to a stranger, the man who starts a leper
colony. New Yorker staff writer Larissa MacFarquhar profiles
these extreme "do-gooders" and others like them in her book,
"Strangers Drowning." We'll hear about what drives these rare
individuals and consider, with MacFarquhar, how much we can
and should help others.
Recently on Forum:
Charles Dickens is loved by generations of readers. You'll find some of his characters walking around at "The Great Dickens Christmas Fair," an annual Bay Area event where thousands of devotees lovingly reenact the sights and sounds of a Victorian Christmas, including everything from hot mulled wine to historically-accurate hoop skirts.
StoryCorps has archived over 65,000 interviews of family and friends asking one another about everything from falling in love, to being a single mom, to fighting in combat. And this Thanksgiving weekend StoryCorps has a very ambitious goal for Thanksgiving weekend -- to double that number. The organization has launched a new mobile app to make interviewing family members easier. Forum talks with StoryCorps founder Dave Isay to get some interviewing how-to's and about the effort to preserve the stories of an entire generation over a single holiday weekend.
Bay Area food banks are ramping up their donation drives in the final days before Thanksgiving, but many are still coming up short. Officials at San Jose Sacred Heart Community Service say rising housing prices have increased the demand for their services and that they still need 1,500 turkeys for their Thanksgiving meals. We'll check in with local food banks about their holiday and year-round needs.
Flooding is expected in parts of the Bay Area this week as part of a tidal pattern known as King Tides. The higher than normal tides will occur mid to late morning and may bring sea water to low-lying areas like underpasses and coastal trails. We discuss the science behind the King Tide phenomenon, which some say might become the new normal as sea levels continue to rise.
As cold weather settles into the Bay Area, Forum opens the phone lines for our biannual book show when listeners share their favorite reads. We invite you to pull up a chair, pour a mug of tea and tell us about your favorite books. What's your most memorable recent read? What books are you planning to give as gifts this year? And is an e-book ever an appropriate gift?
In the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks, Americans are increasingly polarized on whether to accept refugees fleeing war-torn Syria. President Obama has proposed allowing at least 10,000 Syrian refugees to resettle in the United States this year, but the House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a bill requiring new background checks on Syrian and Iraqi refugees that would effectively halt them from entering the country. Forum discusses the politics of the issue as the bill heads to a fight in the U.S. Senate.
In his new book "Saving Capitalism" former Clinton administration labor secretary Robert Reich lays out the many ways he thinks the free market has failed America, including creating a "working poor" and a "non-working rich." The solution, Reich suggests, is to reframe economic policy so that it looks more after the interests of the individual than those of the corporation.
We'll check in on how the Golden State Warriors played over the weekend and discuss their efforts to break the NBA record for most consecutive wins to start the season, which currently stands at 15-0. We'll also get an update on Coach Steve Kerr who is out because of a back injury.
Since 2009, more Mexicans have left than come into the United States, according to a report released by the Pew Research Center. The report signals the first major shift in immigration patterns from Mexico since the 1970's. Reuniting with family was cited as the main reason for Mexicans returning to their home country. We'll discuss the findings.