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Wed, Apr 16, 2014 -- 10:00 AM
Wed, Apr 16, 2014 -- 10:00 AM San Francisco Film Society's New Leader on SF's Film Culture

Noah Cowan was named executive director of the San Francisco Film Society a mere two months before the organization's biggest event: the San Francisco International Film Festival, which starts next week. Cowan, who comes to the organization after serving as artistic director of the Toronto International Film Festival, is the group's fourth executive director in three years. We'll talk to Cowan about this year's festival selections and his plans for San Francisco's film culture.

Wed, Apr 16, 2014 -- 9:30 AM
Wed, Apr 16, 2014 -- 9:30 AM Chevron Tries Again to Revamp Richmond Refinery

Chevron wants to begin a billion-dollar construction project at its Richmond refinery after environmentalists sued to stop a similar plan a few years ago. The company points to the environmental impact report and says the new facility will be cleaner and safer, but community advocates worry the plan could increase pollution.

Wed, Apr 16, 2014 -- 9:00 AM
Wed, Apr 16, 2014 -- 9:00 AM Unrest in Nigeria

Over 100 girls were reportedly abducted Tuesday from a secondary school in northeastern Nigeria. The raid comes a day after a deadly bus station bombing in Nigeria's capital killed over 70 people. No group has claimed responsibility for the bus attack, but Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan blamed the Islamist militia group Boko Haram. We'll discuss the violence and look ahead to possible impacts on the national election next year.

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Tue, Apr 15, 2014 -- 10:00 AM
Tue, Apr 15, 2014 -- 10:00 AM How Conflict Drives Human Progress

War may be hell, but it has actually made humanity safer and more prosperous, according to Stanford University history professor Ian Morris. He joins us to talk about his latest book, "War! What is Good For...Conflict and the Progress of Civilization from Primates to Robots." Morris' other books include "Why the West Rules - For Now: The Patterns of History, and What They Reveal about the Future." Later in the hour, we'll check in with filmmaker Ken Burns about his new documentary on President Lincoln's Gettysburg Address and its contemporary relevance.

Tue, Apr 15, 2014 -- 9:00 AM
Tue, Apr 15, 2014 -- 9:00 AM Could Geo-Engineering Cool Our Warming Planet?

In a report released this week, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said it will take very ambitious efforts -- a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by up to 70 percent by 2050 -- to keep climate change at acceptable levels. The dire predictions have some asking whether it's time to think about geo-engineering: an attempt to use large-scale, high-tech methods to cool the planet. These ideas have included launching giant mirrors into space or fertilizing the oceans with iron to stimulate phytoplankton growth.

Mon, Apr 14, 2014 -- 10:00 AM
Mon, Apr 14, 2014 -- 10:00 AM 'The Grapes of Wrath' Turns 75

In 1936, a reporter named John Steinbeck wrote a series of articles for the San Francisco News about the struggles of California migrant farmworkers. Three years later, the Salinas native published "The Grapes of Wrath," a novel based in part on those investigations. The best-selling book sparked literary and political controversy, but went on to win a Pulitzer Prize and has long been recognized as an American classic. We talk with leading Steinbeck scholars about the book's enduring impact and legacy.

Mon, Apr 14, 2014 -- 9:00 AM
Mon, Apr 14, 2014 -- 9:00 AM Balancing Life and Privacy in the Era of Google Glass

For the first time, Google is opening up the sale of its controversial Google Glass to the general public. The device resembles a pair of eyeglasses, and lets users surf the Internet and take photos and videos. As invasive technologies become more common, critics are raising privacy and safety concerns. How will an increased use of surreptitious technology shape our day-to-day lives and ethics?

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