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He's widely considered to be the grandfather of green architecture and sustainable design. Architect and UC Berkeley professor emeritus Sim Van der Ryn was championing innovations like solar roof panels and rainwater catchment systems before most people had even heard of them. The former state architect of California joins us to reflect on his career and his new book, "Design for an Empathic World: Reconnecting to People, Nature and Self."
Last month, Ukraine's embattled president Viktor Yanukovych sparked huge street protests after he refused to sign an economic agreement with the European Union. We'll discuss the ongoing political turmoil in a country divided between those sympathetic to Russia and those wanting to strengthen ties to the European Union.
A report by two local engineers has renewed questions about the reliability of steel rods on the recently opened eastern span of the Bay Bridge. Calling hundreds of rods "fracture critical," they propose a range of tests to verify the safety of the metal parts. We'll discuss the findings with Sacramento Bee's Charles Piller, who has written extensively about problems with the construction of the new span.
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Randi Zuckerberg's brother Mark connected over a billion people as founder and CEO of Facebook. So it might come as a surprise that Randi -- a former Facebook executive herself -- has written a book about the hazards of social media. In "Dot Complicated," she recommends digital down time in order to improve real-life relationships. She joins us to discuss her new book, and the pros and cons of being plugged in.
William Petrocelli, the co-owner of Bay Area bookstore chain Book Passage, has just published his first novel. Filled with strong female characters, "The Circle of Thirteen" is a futuristic thriller about an international terrorist group that targets women.
The Brown administration released an environmental study on Monday of its $25 billion plan that includes two massive tunnels to move water from Northern California to other parts of the state. Gov. Brown touts the plan as a conservation strategy to protect fish and wildlife while securing the state's water supplies. We'll discuss what's in the proposal, which will undergo a four-month public comment period before being finalized.
It's still three months until the Academy Awards, but there's already Oscar buzz around movies like "12 Years A Slave," "Gravity," "Fruitvale Station" and "American Hustle," just to name a few. We talk about Oscar contenders, indie favorites and holiday blockbusters with Leonard Maltin and other film critics.
We discuss the latest monthly jobs report, President Obama's recent speech about the economic inequality in America and the fast food workers striking nationwide to demand a higher minimum wage.