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Fri, Nov 28, 2014 -- 10:00 AM
Fri, Nov 28, 2014 -- 10:00 AM Anne Lamott on 'Small Victories'

Bay Area author Anne Lamott joins us to discuss "Small Victories," a collection of essays covering topics as wide-ranging as online dating and coping with devastating illness. Lamott's collection is infused with her unique, familiar style which balances wry humor with deep emotion. Lamott's other books include "Some Assembly Required," "Operating Instructions" and "Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life."

Fri, Nov 28, 2014 -- 9:00 AM
Fri, Nov 28, 2014 -- 9:00 AM Going Cashless

Some say the days of waiting for a check to clear your account are numbered. The rise of mobile payments is prompting headlines like "Cash Is for Losers" and "The Check Is in the Tweet." But how secure are apps like Venmo, Square Cash and others? We discuss the benefits and disadvantages of a cashless society.

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Thu, Nov 27, 2014 -- 10:30 AM
Thu, Nov 27, 2014 -- 10:30 AM Jacques Pepin Celebrates the 'Heart & Soul' of French Cooking

Celebrated French chef and longtime PBS personality Jacques Pepin has shared his love of cooking with audiences for more than 60 years. His latest series, "Jacques Pepin: Heart & Soul," just finished production and is scheduled to air in the fall of 2015, in time for his 80th birthday.

Thu, Nov 27, 2014 -- 10:00 AM
Thu, Nov 27, 2014 -- 10:00 AM Alec Baldwin Returns to Radio With 'Here's The Thing'

Actor Alec Baldwin has revived his radio interview show "Here's the Thing," which begins airing on KQED January 3. This season, his guests include Ira Glass, Sarah Jessica Parker, Julie Andrews and John McEnroe, among others. We talk with Baldwin about the show and his career.

Thu, Nov 27, 2014 -- 9:30 AM
Thu, Nov 27, 2014 -- 9:30 AM Novelist Jane Smiley Explores a Century of Family and Farmland

In 1992, Jane Smiley won the Pulitzer Prize for her novel "A Thousand Acres," the troubled story of an Iowa farmer and his three daughters fighting over his land. Smiley's latest book "Some Luck" returns to the Iowa farmlands to trace the lives of the Langdon family from the Great Depression of the 1930s to the Communist hysteria of the '50s. The novel is the first in a trilogy that will examine American family life through the year 2020.

Thu, Nov 27, 2014 -- 9:00 AM
Thu, Nov 27, 2014 -- 9:00 AM Frontline Traces 'The Rise of Isis'

How did the Islamic State become so powerful, seemingly overnight, terrorizing the region, and catching the U.S. government off guard? That's the question Frontline seeks to answer in the new PBS documentary "The Rise of Isis." We listen back to a conversation with producer Martin Smith about the program.

Wed, Nov 26, 2014 -- 10:00 AM
Wed, Nov 26, 2014 -- 10:00 AM Holiday Books with New York Times Editor Pamela Paul

New York Times Book Review editor Pamela Paul joins us for our annual holiday books show. That's when we open the phone lines to get listeners' picks for the best books of the year, literary gift ideas and all-time favorite reads. We'll also talk to Paul about her new book, "By The Book: Writers on Literature and the Literary Life."

Wed, Nov 26, 2014 -- 9:00 AM
Wed, Nov 26, 2014 -- 9:00 AM Fraternities Under Fire

It hasn't been a very good month for the Greek system. On Monday, the University of Virginia suspended its fraternities in the wake of a Rolling Stone investigation into sexual assaults on that campus. Locally, a 20-year-old man was found dead at a UC Berkeley fraternity house after a party there earlier this month. We'll discuss these incidents and look at the role of Greek culture on campus. Is the system to blame, or is it being unfairly targeted for broader societal problems?

Tue, Nov 25, 2014 -- 10:00 AM
Tue, Nov 25, 2014 -- 10:00 AM New Avenues in Alzheimer's Research

An experimental program designed to treat Alzheimer's patients actually reversed memory loss in some study participants, according to recently published results of a small clinical trial by UCLA and Marin's Buck Institute on Aging. Researchers called the results encouraging, but require further trials. We'll talk about that study and other recent developments in Alzheimer's research.

Tue, Nov 25, 2014 -- 9:00 AM
Tue, Nov 25, 2014 -- 9:00 AM Ferguson Grand Jury Does Not Indict Officer

A Missouri grand jury decided to not indict Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot and killed an unarmed teenager, Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Missouri. We'll discuss the verdict and how people are reacting to it in Ferguson and locally.

Mon, Nov 24, 2014 -- 10:00 AM
Mon, Nov 24, 2014 -- 10:00 AM Journalist Chris Hedges' Campaign Against Indefinite Detention

Last spring, the U.S. Supreme Court sided with the Obama administration and declined to review a law that allows the U.S. military to indefinitely detain supporters of al-Qaida and the Taliban. The case, Hedges v. Obama, was brought by a group of journalists and activists including Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Chris Hedges. Hedges joins us to talk about indefinite detention and other policy issues. His books include "Empire of Illusion" and "War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning."

Mon, Nov 24, 2014 -- 9:30 AM
Mon, Nov 24, 2014 -- 9:30 AM Meet Holly Kernan, KQED's New Executive Editor of News

KQED's new Executive Editor of News, Holly Kernan, joins us for a conversation about the station's news coverage. As news director at San Francisco public radio station KALW, Kernan earned a reputation for responsive and community-oriented journalism. One of Kernan's guiding principals is to respond to the audience's needs. What do you need from KQED News? What issues and challenges is your community facing?

Mon, Nov 24, 2014 -- 9:00 AM
Mon, Nov 24, 2014 -- 9:00 AM San Jose Mayor-elect Sam Liccardo

San Jose Mayor-elect Sam Liccardo joins us to talk about his vision for the city.

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