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Mon, Sep 22, 2014 -- 10:00 AM
Mon, Sep 22, 2014 -- 10:00 AM California Election Watch 2014: Secretary of State Race

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.

Mon, Sep 22, 2014 -- 9:00 AM
Mon, Sep 22, 2014 -- 9:00 AM California Prop. 46: Raising the Medical Malpractice Award Ceiling

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.

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Fri, Sep 19, 2014 -- 10:00 AM
Fri, Sep 19, 2014 -- 10:00 AM California Proposition 1: Water Bond

Water is always a hot political topic in California, and this drought-plagued year is no exception. Proposition 1 on the November ballot would authorize $7.5 billion for what supporters say are critical water quality and infrastructure projects. We'll discuss what's in the bond and hear from opponents who claim that it's too costly and won't solve the state's water needs.

Fri, Sep 19, 2014 -- 9:30 AM
Fri, Sep 19, 2014 -- 9:30 AM Stanford Psychologist Wins 'Genius' Grant for Work on Racial Bias

On Wednesday, Stanford social psychologist Jennifer Eberhardt was awarded the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship, known as "genius" award. Eberhardt's work examines our subtle, unconscious racial biases and the effect these hidden prejudices have on the justice system. Eberhardt joins us to discuss her research and her recent work with the Oakland Police Department analyzing racial profiling data.

Fri, Sep 19, 2014 -- 9:00 AM
Fri, Sep 19, 2014 -- 9:00 AM California Fires Update

We'll get the latest on the King Fire and other major blazes burning across the state.

Thu, Sep 18, 2014 -- 10:00 AM
Thu, Sep 18, 2014 -- 10:00 AM Gen. Anthony Zinni on What Shouldn't Drive the U.S. to War

Retired General Anthony Zinni, commander-in-chief of the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) during the Clinton administration, has been one of the most outspoken military leaders in recent U.S. history. His new book "Before the First Shots are Fired" critically examines the process involved in deciding whether and when the U.S. should respond to issues abroad with force, or war.

Thu, Sep 18, 2014 -- 9:00 AM
Thu, Sep 18, 2014 -- 9:00 AM Lawrence Wright Recounts Camp David Peace Accords

In the early days of September 1978, then-President Jimmy Carter held a secret summit in the woods of Maryland between two sworn enemies: Egyptian president Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin. Together, they brokered what many said was impossible: the peace agreement known as the Camp David Accords. In his newest book, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Lawrence Wright details what happened at Camp David during one of the world's most historic negotiations.

Wed, Sep 17, 2014 -- 10:00 AM
Wed, Sep 17, 2014 -- 10:00 AM New Film Recounts Controversial Reporting on CIA, Crack Cocaine

The upcoming feature film "Kill the Messenger" tells the story of Gary Webb, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter for the San Jose Mercury News. In 1996, Webb published a series of articles that later became part of the book "Dark Alliance," which investigated the alleged link between the CIA, the Contras in Nicaragua and the crack-cocaine epidemic in South Los Angeles. Film director Michael Cuesta joins us to discuss the film, the controversy over Webb's reporting which ended his career, and Gary Webb's 2004 suicide.

Wed, Sep 17, 2014 -- 9:00 AM
Wed, Sep 17, 2014 -- 9:00 AM Obama Pledges Troops, Medical Aid to Contain Ebola

The World Health Organization says nearly $1 billion is needed to curb the spread of Ebola to "within the tens of thousands." On Tuesday, President Obama pledged to send over 3,000 troops to help fight the deadly virus, centered largely in West Africa. The Ebola outbreak has infected nearly 5,000 people and killed about half of those, according to the WHO, with officials expecting thousands more to die. We get the latest updates on the spread of the virus and efforts to combat it.

Tue, Sep 16, 2014 -- 10:00 AM
Tue, Sep 16, 2014 -- 10:00 AM Novella Carpenter Reflects on Her Elusive Dad, Counterculture Roots in 'Gone Feral'

Novella Carpenter is known for championing urban farming, and for writing about her experiences growing food and raising livestock in West Oakland. But in her latest memoir, Carpenter follows the trail of her missing father, a back-to-land believer who left when she was young. Carpenter joins us to talk about paternity, discovery and the difficult process of reunification.

Tue, Sep 16, 2014 -- 9:30 AM
Tue, Sep 16, 2014 -- 9:30 AM Ro Khanna: Candidate for Congressional District 17

As part of our on-going election coverage, Ro Khanna joins us in the studio. The Fremont attorney and former Obama administration official is challenging seven-term Congressman Mike Honda for the district at the heart of Silicon Valley.

Tue, Sep 16, 2014 -- 9:00 AM
Tue, Sep 16, 2014 -- 9:00 AM Drag Queens Contest Facebook Policy on Anonymity

Facebook has agreed to meet with a group of drag queens and others angered over their accounts being suspended for not using their legal names. The social network's policy against pseudonyms raised concerns in the past after political dissidents complained that the requirement could put them in danger. Forum discusses Facebook's approach to online anonymity.

Mon, Sep 15, 2014 -- 10:00 AM
Mon, Sep 15, 2014 -- 10:00 AM Martin Yan Explores the 'Taste of Vietnam'

Martin Yan is best-known for bringing his zeal for Chinese cooking to American audiences through his longstanding public television program "Yan Can Cook." Now, the renowned chef and cookbook author is focusing on the cuisine of another country: Vietnam. Presented by KQED, "Martin Yan's Taste of Vietnam" charts Yan's culinary adventures across the country and his collaboration with Vietnamese chefs. We'll talk to him about the new series and get tips for cooking Vietnamese staples like vermicelli noodle soup and shaking beef.

Mon, Sep 15, 2014 -- 9:00 AM
Mon, Sep 15, 2014 -- 9:00 AM Will Scotland Vote for Its Independence?

Scotland has been part of the United Kingdom for more than 300 years. But that may soon change. On Thursday, Scottish citizens will hold a referendum on whether to leave the U.K. Polls show a neck-and-neck vote with single-digit margins, spurring British Prime Minister David Cameron to beg the Scots not to break up the "family of nations" and to warn them that leaving would hurt Scotland's economy and security. We discuss the pros and cons of Scottish independence.

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