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Americans for Tax Reform President and Republican leader Grover Norquist once famously said that he hoped to reduce government "to the size where I can drag it into the bathroom and drown it in the bathtub." As always, the Internal Revenue Service is at the top of his list of government agencies to dissolve. Norquist joins us in studio to talk about his new book, "End the IRS Before It Ends Us." We'll also get his take on the 2016 presidential election.
The Food and Drug Administration began hearings Monday on the regulation and marketing of homeopathic products. Homeopathy is based on the notion that illnesses can be cured by highly diluted doses of the substance causing the illness. At issue is whether or not these remedies should go through a drug approval process similar to conventional treatments. Considered a pseudo-science by the medical establishment, patients and practitioners swear by the efficacy of homeopathy. We'll get an update on the hearings and discuss whether or not the FDA should regulate homeopathic products.
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UC Berkeley philosopher John Searle is no stranger to challenging authority. After all, he was the first tenured professor to join Berkeley's Free Speech Movement. Today he is one of our leading philosophers and in his new book "Seeing Things As They Are," Searle takes on icons like Rene Descartes and Immanuel Kant, and outlines his own theory of perception. Searle joins us to talk about why Western philosophy is all wrong about how we experience reality.
Every year, activists from six continents are awarded the San Francisco-based Goldman Environmental Prize. Known as the "green Nobel," winners each receive $175,000 for their commitment to the environment. We talk to three of this year's recipients about their work, which includes great personal risk.
San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr's efforts to hold officers accountable for racist and homophobic text messages may be in jeopardy. Suhr has said he would fire eight officers over the offensive texts. But on Friday, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that a two-year delay by the police department's Internal Affairs Division in informing Suhr about the texts could jeopardize the chief's attempts to discipline the officers. We'll discuss the latest developments in the texting scandal.