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Coming up on Forum:
The upcoming feature film "Kill the Messenger" tells the story of Gary Webb, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter for the San Jose Mercury News. In 1996, Webb published a series of articles that later became part of the book "Dark Alliance," which investigated the alleged link between the CIA, the Contras in Nicaragua and the crack-cocaine epidemic in South Los Angeles. Film director Michael Cuesta joins us to discuss the film, the controversy over Webb's reporting which ended his career, and Gary Webb's 2004 suicide.
The World Health Organization says nearly $1 billion is needed to curb the spread of Ebola to "within the tens of thousands." On Tuesday, President Obama pledged to send over 3,000 troops to help fight the deadly virus, centered largely in West Africa. The Ebola outbreak has infected nearly 5,000 people and killed about half of those, according to the WHO, with officials expecting thousands more to die. We get the latest updates on the spread of the virus and efforts to combat it.
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Novella Carpenter is known for championing urban farming, and for writing about her experiences growing food and raising livestock in West Oakland. But in her latest memoir, Carpenter follows the trail of her missing father, a back-to-land believer who left when she was young. Carpenter joins us to talk about paternity, discovery and the difficult process of reunification.
As part of our on-going election coverage, Ro Khanna joins us in the studio. The Fremont attorney and former Obama administration official is challenging seven-term Congressman Mike Honda for the district at the heart of Silicon Valley.
Facebook has agreed to meet with a group of drag queens and others angered over their accounts being suspended for not using their legal names. The social network's policy against pseudonyms raised concerns in the past after political dissidents complained that the requirement could put them in danger. Forum discusses Facebook's approach to online anonymity.
Martin Yan is best-known for bringing his zeal for Chinese cooking to American audiences through his longstanding public television program "Yan Can Cook." Now, the renowned chef and cookbook author is focusing on the cuisine of another country: Vietnam. Presented by KQED, "Martin Yan's Taste of Vietnam" charts Yan's culinary adventures across the country and his collaboration with Vietnamese chefs. We'll talk to him about the new series and get tips for cooking Vietnamese staples like vermicelli noodle soup and shaking beef.
Scotland has been part of the United Kingdom for more than 300 years. But that may soon change. On Thursday, Scottish citizens will hold a referendum on whether to leave the U.K. Polls show a neck-and-neck vote with single-digit margins, spurring British Prime Minister David Cameron to beg the Scots not to break up the "family of nations" and to warn them that leaving would hurt Scotland's economy and security. We discuss the pros and cons of Scottish independence.