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Coming up on Forum:
The year leading up to Martin Luther King, Jr.,'s assassination was a turbulent one for the country and for King personally. In his new book, "Death of a King," talk show host and political commentator Tavis Smiley examines King's last 12 months of life when many of those who once idolized him turned against him. Smiley recounts King's personal struggles toward the end of his life, and his renewed commitment to controversial causes, including non-violence, the anti-war movement and the fight against poverty.
On Tuesday President Obama applauded the U.S.-led airstrikes against the group known as the Islamic State, as the aerial attacks expanded from Iraq into Syria. The U.S. also was aiming for another militant group known as Khorasan, which officials say was plotting attacks against Americans. What is Khorasan? And what will the attacks mean for U.S. foreign policy in the region?
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Fifty years ago this fall, students at UC Berkeley started protesting restrictions on campus political activity and debate. The Free Speech Movement gained international attention and helped pave the way for the anti-war and civil rights movements, as well as for the election of Ronald Reagan as governor of California. Forum talks to veterans of the movement about its history and legacy.
World leaders are meeting in New York on Tuesday for the UN Climate Summit. Forum will discuss different approaches to combating climate change including severe reductions in energy consumption, technological solutions, and ramping up renewable energy production. Where does the world stand in the fight against climate change, and what should be done next?
The California secretary of state oversees elections, voter registration and campaign finance reporting, among other things. We'll meet the two candidates running for the position: Pete Peterson, a Republican from Pepperdine University's School of Public Policy; and Alex Padilla, a Democrat and California state senator.
Our California Election Watch 2014 series continues with a debate on Proposition 46. The initiative would raise the ceiling on awards in medical malpractice lawsuits and allow for random alcohol and drug testing of doctors, among other provisions. Prop. 46 pits trial lawyers, who support the measure, against doctors and insurers who oppose it. We'll talk with representatives from both sides.