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Not all workers in Silicon Valley benefit from stock options and catered lunches. In 2001, Raj Jayadev and his friends founded Silicon Valley De-Bug, a local newsletter meant to give less affluent employees a voice. Today, De-Bug serves as a hub for community organizing and criminal justice reform, as well as a multi-platform media organization. Jayadev joins us as part of our First Person series on the leaders, innovators and others who make the Bay Area unique.
Should air travelers be able to make calls with their mobile phones during flights? The Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 on Thursday to consider lifting its ban on in-flight calls. We discuss the possible rule change with New York Times technology columnist Nick Bilton.
No single psychological profile can help predict when someone will commit a deadly mass shooting like the one at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. a year ago. That's the conclusion of a new report on gun violence, released Thursday by the American Psychological Association. We discuss the study, which also recommends tactics and policies that have proven effective, such as intervening with individuals who have communicated threats of violence and prohibiting guns for high-risk groups.
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We'll take a rare look behind the scenes of the California Supreme Court with former Chief Justice Ron George. In his new memoir "Chief: The Quest for Justice in California," George writes candidly about historic cases and hot-button issues like gay marriage and the death penalty.
A recent study of massive open online courses, known as "MOOCs," found that only about 4 percent of the million users tracked actually completed their courses. Earlier this year, San Jose State suspended its online courses after poor results, including one math class where fewer than a quarter of the students got a passing grade. We discuss the future of online classes.
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.
We discuss the compromise budget agreement unveiled by bipartisan congressional negotiators on Tuesday.
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.