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At age 13, Jacques Pepin was an apprentice in some of Paris' most celebrated restaurants. Now he is the expert teacher, having shared his recipes, techniques and love for cooking with audiences for decades. Pepin joins us in studio to celebrate his final cooking series, "Jacques Pepin: Heart & Soul." The 26-episode series features new recipes, footage of his family life, and interviews with Pepin and those close to him. The show launched on KQED and other PBS stations earlier this month.
At age 13, Jacques Pépin was an apprentice in some of Paris' most celebrated restaurants. Now he is the expert teacher, having shared his recipes, techniques and love for cooking with audiences for decades. Pepin joins us in studio to celebrate his final cooking series, "Jacques Pépin: Heart & Soul." The 26-episode series features new recipes, footage of his family life, and interviews with Pépin and those close to him. The show launched on KQED and other PBS stations earlier this month.
Jack Adler was a 10-year-old boy living in Poland when the Nazis invaded during World War II. The only member of his family to survive the Holocaust, Adler moved to the United States and ultimately settled with his family in Skokie, Illinois, where he was witness to the neo-Nazi uprising in the late 1970s. Adler's long-suppressed memories of the Holocaust and the history of the Skokie uprising are the subject of "Surviving Skokie," a documentary co-directed and produced by Adler's son, Eli. The filmmakers and Jack Adler join us to discuss the film and the personal history it unearthed.
The 2016 presidential campaign may generate a record $10 billion in spending. At the same time, the Federal Election Commission, the 6-member bipartisan body charged with enforcing the nation's campaign finance laws, remains, according to FEC Chair Ann Ravel, "worse than dysfunctional." We speak to Ravel about the FEC's mandate and how she plans combat campaign finance abuse in the upcoming election.
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Sports fans and champions of gender equality celebrated last month when the Oakland A's became the first major league baseball team to hire a female coach, naming Justine Siegal as a guest instructor. But while Siegal and a handful of other women coaches make inroads in men's professional sports, prospects for women coaches at the collegiate level remain bleak. The percentage of women coaching women's collegiate teams is at an all time low, down from more than 90 percent in the early 1970s. We explore the reasons women are leaving the coaching profession and what can be done to keep them in the game.
Best known for her stand-up comedy, Sarah Silverman plays a suburban mother spinning out of control into addiction and risky behavior in the new movie, "I Smile Back." We'll talk with Silverman about the film, her own struggles with depression and why she thinks women rule comedy these days.
Half of California's electricity must come from the sun, wind and other renewable sources by 2030, under a law signed by Governor Brown Wednesday. The legislation, known as SB 350, also doubles energy efficiency requirements for existing buildings and includes provisions to encourage use of electric vehicles. While supporters hail the law as groundbreaking, it does not, unlike its previous version, require the state to cut petroleum consumption in half over the next fifteen years. We discuss how the state's utilities will meet the new requirements and what they will mean for the renewable energy industry.
When prima ballerina Alicia Alonso had the chance to choreograph the legendary ballet "Giselle" she gave it a Cuban spin to celebrate her own heritage. The result, dubbed "The Giselle Project," will be performed for the first time on U.S. soil by the Silicon Valley Ballet later this month. We talk to the company's artistic director Jose Manuel Carreño and board chair Millicent Powers about the innovative performance, crossing cultural divides and how the group is moving forward after near-bankruptcy.
In 1968, R.M. Ryan was an American trying to get out of the draft. He ended up in Germany working with the U.S. military police - away from the front lines in Vietnam but still embroiled in violence. Ryan tells his story in his autobiographical novel, "There's A Man With a Gun Over There." We talk to the author and poet about his wartime experience and the writing that emerged from it.
Niall Ferguson's "Kissinger: The Idealist, 1923-1968" paints a portrait of Henry Kissinger's youth in Bavaria and explores the former diplomat and Secretary of State's formative years in Washington. We'll talk with Ferguson about Kissinger's early life and criticism that the authorized biography overlooks Kissinger's reputation as a war monger and jaded practitioner of realpolitik. We'll also find out about Ferguson's decision to leave Harvard and take a full-time senior fellowship at Stanford's Hoover Institution.
Anne-Marie Slaughter's 2012 piece "Why Women Still Can't Have it All," is one of the most widely-read articles in The Atlantic's history. In her new book, "Unfinished Business," Slaughter continues the conversation about work-life balance but with a different approach. This time around Slaughter de-emphasizes gender and instead focuses on policies that promote caregiving. We'll talk to Slaughter about how the response to her popular article changed her thinking and what she sees as the way forward for working families.
New legislation signed by Governor Jerry Brown requires California students in grades 7-12 to take sexual education classes unless excused by their parents. The new curriculum, set to go into effect on January 1, will include instruction on HIV prevention, sexual assault, intimate partner violence and sex trafficking. It will also require educators to "affirmatively recognize that people have different sexual orientations." We discuss what the new law will mean for teachers, parents and students.
As a national correspondent for the Atlantic, James Fallows often focuses on subjects such as China, the Middle East and the United States military. But recently, Fallows, who grew up in California, has turned his attention to his home state. He joins us to talk about issues facing California, the potential of high-speed rail, the presidential election and what Fresno gets right.
Governor Jerry Brown signed the "End of Life Option Act" on Monday, granting terminally ill patients in California the right to end their lives with the help of a physician. The bill will take effect in 2016 and culminates a 23-year effort to legalize medically-assisted suicide in the state. Supporters say the legislation will give people who are dying a legal alternative to a painful and prolonged death. Opponents of the law fear it will lead to unnecessary or even coerced deaths.
Evolutionary biologist Richards Dawkins joins us to discuss his latest book, "Brief Candle In The Dark: My Life in Science." In this, the second volume of his autobiography, Dawkins presents a series of flashbacks of his life as a "public understanding" professor, the controversy surrounding the publication of his landmark book "The Selfish Gene" and his own evolution into a public intellectual.
Early voting begins Monday in San Francisco. One issue that's likely to drive people to the polls is Proposition F, which would impose restrictions on Airbnb and similar vacation rental sites. Prop. F would limit private rentals to 75 nights per year and require hosts to file quarterly reports with the city. Proponents say the regulations are needed to protect the city's limited housing stock, while opponents say the initiative compromises privacy and encourages lawsuits between neighbors.