Coming up on Forum:

Thu, Oct 2, 2014 -- 10:00 AM
Thu, Oct 2, 2014 -- 10:00 AM Francis Fukuyama on Avoiding 'Political Decay'

Twenty-five years ago, Francis Fukuyama wrote an influential journal essay entitled "The End of History?" He argued that liberal democracy and market economies would emerge as the dominant systems in the post-Cold War world. In his new book "Political Order and Political Decay," Fukuyama returns to many of the same themes while exploring the history of the modern state.

Thu, Oct 2, 2014 -- 9:00 AM
Thu, Oct 2, 2014 -- 9:00 AM Election 2014: Superintendent of Public Instruction

As part of our California Election Watch 2014 series, we check in with the two candidates running for superintendent of public instruction. First, we talk with incumbent Tom Torlakson. Then at 9:30 am we'll talk with his challenger, former charter school executive Marshall Tuck.

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Wed, Oct 1, 2014 -- 10:00 AM
Wed, Oct 1, 2014 -- 10:00 AM What TV to Watch This Fall

As always, this year's fall TV season offers a flurry of new shows, from the Batman origin story "Gotham" to the comedy "Black-ish," about an African-American father trying to give his kids a better sense of their cultural identity. We talk about the season's highlights and the rise of non-TV options, including Amazon Prime's new breakout web hit "Transparent," about a transgender father transitioning into becoming a woman.

Wed, Oct 1, 2014 -- 9:00 AM
Wed, Oct 1, 2014 -- 9:00 AM New State Law Defines Consensual Sex, Aims to Fight Campus Assaults

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a law that makes California the first state in the country to legally define consensual sex. The "yes means yes" law aims to improve how colleges investigate and prevent sexual assaults by requiring "an affirmative, conscious, and voluntary agreement" for sex. Victims' advocates are cheering the measure -- but critics say it's too broad and puts an unfair burden of proof on those falsely accused of sexual assault.

Tue, Sep 30, 2014 -- 10:00 AM
Tue, Sep 30, 2014 -- 10:00 AM PayPal Co-Founder Peter Thiel

Venture capitalist and PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel joins us to discuss his thoughts on capitalism, innovation, and entrepreneurial success. We'll also get Thiel's take on college (he thinks it's often a waste of time) and find out why he believes our society fears change and technology.

Tue, Sep 30, 2014 -- 9:30 AM
Tue, Sep 30, 2014 -- 9:30 AM Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Protests Continue

Tens of thousands of protesters in Hong Kong remained in the streets on Monday evening, refusing to return home after police were sent in earlier in the day with tear gas and batons. The protests began Friday in response to Beijing's plan to vet candidates for Hong Kong's 2017 elections. Forum examines what the protests mean for the future of Hong Kong and for U.S.-China relations.

Tue, Sep 30, 2014 -- 9:00 AM
Tue, Sep 30, 2014 -- 9:00 AM Rep. Paul Ryan Maps 'The Way Forward'

We talk with House Budget Committee chairman and former vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan about the ongoing U.S. airstrikes against ISIS, the upcoming midterm elections and his new book "The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea."

Mon, Sep 29, 2014 -- 10:00 AM
Mon, Sep 29, 2014 -- 10:00 AM Charles Blow Delves into Race, Bisexuality, and Abuse in New Memoir

In his new memoir, "Fire Shut Up in My Bones," New York Times columnist Charles Blow makes some startling revelations about his sexuality and also discusses the sexual abuse he suffered as a child. Forum talks with him about the book and about topics he's covered in recent columns, including the protests over the shooting of Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.

Mon, Sep 29, 2014 -- 9:00 AM
Mon, Sep 29, 2014 -- 9:00 AM SF's Proposition E and Berkeley's Measure D: Soda Taxes

If voters in liberal cities like Berkeley and San Francisco reject a tax on soda this November, do such measures have hope of passing anywhere else? The beverage industry is hoping the answer is no, which is why a lot is riding on the upcoming election for both sides. In this hour, we focus on Berkeley's Measure D and San Francisco's Proposition E, which propose taxes of one and two cents per ounce, respectively. As part of our Election Watch 2014 series, Forum discusses the pros and cons of soda taxes.

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