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Coming up on Forum:
As always, this year's fall TV season offers a flurry of new shows, from the Batman origin story "Gotham" to the comedy "Black-ish," about an African-American father trying to give his kids a better sense of their cultural identity. We talk about the season's highlights and the rise of non-TV options, including Amazon Prime's new breakout web hit "Transparent," about a transgender father transitioning into becoming a woman.
Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a law that makes California the first state in the country to legally define consensual sex. The "yes means yes" law aims to improve how colleges investigate and prevent sexual assaults by requiring "an affirmative, conscious, and voluntary agreement" for sex. Victims' advocates are cheering the measure -- but critics say it's too broad and puts an unfair burden of proof on those falsely accused of sexual assault.
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Venture capitalist and PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel joins us to discuss his thoughts on capitalism, innovation, and entrepreneurial success. We'll also get Thiel's take on college (he thinks it's often a waste of time) and find out why he believes our society fears change and technology.
Tens of thousands of protesters in Hong Kong remained in the streets on Monday evening, refusing to return home after police were sent in earlier in the day with tear gas and batons. The protests began Friday in response to Beijing's plan to vet candidates for Hong Kong's 2017 elections. Forum examines what the protests mean for the future of Hong Kong and for U.S.-China relations.
We talk with House Budget Committee chairman and former vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan about the ongoing U.S. airstrikes against ISIS, the upcoming midterm elections and his new book "The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea."
In his new memoir, "Fire Shut Up in My Bones," New York Times columnist Charles Blow makes some startling revelations about his sexuality and also discusses the sexual abuse he suffered as a child. Forum talks with him about the book and about topics he's covered in recent columns, including the protests over the shooting of Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.
If voters in liberal cities like Berkeley and San Francisco reject a tax on soda this November, do such measures have hope of passing anywhere else? The beverage industry is hoping the answer is no, which is why a lot is riding on the upcoming election for both sides. In this hour, we focus on Berkeley's Measure D and San Francisco's Proposition E, which propose taxes of one and two cents per ounce, respectively. As part of our Election Watch 2014 series, Forum discusses the pros and cons of soda taxes.