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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.
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Brewster Kahle wants all knowledge to be accessible digitally. He has worked for over 25 years to make that dream a reality. Kahle is the founder of the Internet Archive, a free online library that preserves books, movies, music, software and even websites via its Wayback Machine. Today, Kahle is also trying to apply open source principles to ease the Bay Area housing crisis. He joins us as part of our First Person series, which highlights the leaders and innovators who make the Bay Area unique.
On July 17, 1944, explosions at the Port Chicago Naval facility near Concord killed 320 men, 202 of them African-Americans assigned to loading munitions onto cargo ships. Following the tragedy, white sailors were granted leave while African-American sailors were ordered to return to duty at Mare Island Naval Shipyard. Fifty sailors mutinied, refusing to work in the same hazardous conditions that caused the explosion. The Navy convicted the "Port Chicago 50," as the group came to be known, and sentenced them to up to 15 years hard labor. After serving two years, the group was granted clemency. Today, Bay Area lawmakers are urging Obama to go beyond clemency and offer these men exoneration.
Charleston. Sandy Hook. Aurora. And now, Umpqua Community College in Oregon, where a 26-year-old shooter killed 9 people and wounded 7 others, before dying himself. We open the phones lines to get listener reactions to the Oregon tragedy and America's epidemic of deadly mass shootings.
Management expert Jeffrey Pfeffer says "the leadership industry has failed." He believes that too many businesses collapse and too many employees disengage because of bad leaders and misguided advice. Pfeffer makes the case for reforming leadership evaluation and training in his new book, "Leadership BS: Fixing Workplaces and Careers One Truth at a Time."
Four years ago, under a federal court order, California began to radically transform the way it sentences criminals by allowing non-violent offenders to serve their sentences in county jails rather than state prisons. At the time, critics worried that the plan, known as realignment, could increase crime and overwhelm counties. But a recent report from the Public Policy Institute of California finds that realignment has significantly reduced the prison population with few negative consequences. Still, projected cost savings have not materialized and recidivism rates remain high. We look at the effects of realignment and discuss the current state of the California justice system.
As Republican House Speaker John Boehner readies to leave his post, a battle is forming over who will take over the party's top spots in the House. California's Kevin McCarthy remains the front-runner for the speakership, although he came under sharp rebuke Wednesday by Democrats who say he admitted that the House Benghazi investigation was created to discredit Hillary Clinton. At the same time, the race for majority leader remains open, as reports emerged that Boehner encouraged Rep. Trey Rowdy to announce his candidacy. We discuss Boehner's political and legislative agenda in his final month on the job, and what a McCarthy-led House could look like.
Some people go to great lengths to help others, even when it comes at a high personal cost: the couple who adopts 20 orphans, the woman who donates a kidney to a stranger, the man who starts a leper colony. New Yorker staff writer Larissa MacFarquhar profiles these extreme "do-gooders" and others like them in her book, "Strangers Drowning." We'll hear about what drives these rare individuals and consider, with MacFarquhar, how much we can and should help others.
World leaders gathered in New York Tuesday for day two of the U.N. General Assembly ministerial meeting, known as the General Debate. Syria remained the hot topic, amid sharp divisions between the U.S. and Russia over support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Separately, President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro met on the sidelines, and Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko blasted Russia's call for an international antiterrorism coalition. We discuss the meeting's highlights and what may emerge from it.
Government forces retreated from Kunduz on Monday after the Taliban captured the provincial capital. A city of 300,000, Kunduz is a transport hub for northern Afghanistan and the biggest win for the Taliban since they were ousted in 2001. Meanwhile, concerns remain about corruption and poor recruitment in the country's NATO-trained forces as they struggle to drive the Taliban back out of the city.
As Republican House Speaker John Boehner readies to leave his post, a battle is forming over who will take over the party's top spots in the House. California's Kevin McCarthy remains the front-runner for the speakership, although he came under sharp rebuke Wednesday by Democrats who say he admitted that the House Benghazi investigation was created to discredit Hillary Clinton. If McCarthy becomes the House speaker, the race for majority leader remains open, as reports emerged that Boehner encouraged Rep. Trey Rowdy to announce his candidacy. We discuss Boehner's political and legislative agenda in his final month on the job and what a McCarthy-led House could look like.
DARPA, or the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency was created during the depths of the Cold War to defend the United States against nuclear weapons. Today the agency's experiments with computer-brain interfaces and autonomous robots have given rise to fears of artificial intelligence run amok, and "Terminator"-like warfare. Drawing on extensive research and interviews with 71 individuals connected to the agency, Annie Jacobsen joins us to discuss her book "The Pentagon's Brain," which explores DARPA's clandestine past and newest technologies.
Fun fact: when Stephen Breyer was a teenager at San Francisco's Lowell High School in the 1950s, he debated future governor Jerry Brown. Now, as a justice for the U.S. Supreme Court, Breyer hears arguments central to the lives of Americans and our country's governance -- topics as wide-ranging as same-sex marriage and campaign finance. Breyer joins us to talk about life as a Supreme Court justice, his book "The Court and the World" and whether legal decisions in other countries should influence those in the U.S.
An Amnesty International council recently recommended a new policy decriminalizing prostitution. Its goal was to protect the human rights of sex workers, who may experience rape, physical abuse, and denial of basic services like housing and health care. But opponents say the policy would also protect pimps, brothel keepers and buyers of sex. We'll discuss whether or not people should have the right to buy and sell sex.
India Prime Minister Narendra Modi tours Silicon Valley this weekend, holding events at Facebook and Google and packing the 18,500-seat SAP Center in San Jose with supporters from the tech community. Modi is using the West Coast visit to attract U.S.financial and intellectual capital and to promote his "Digital India" campaign, which includes creation of a new internet infrastructure for the country. We discuss the economic and cultural exchange between Silicon Valley and India.