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The number of people aged 65 and older will nearly double by 2050, according to the Pew Research Center. Yet there aren't nearly enough geriatric medical specialists to tackle this aging population. We'll address key topics in healthy aging, such as choosing the right physician, avoiding loneliness and navigating overmedication.
A decapitated whale washed up on a Point Reyes beach on Tuesday, the apparent victim of a killer whale. It's the twelfth dead whale found on Northern California beaches since mid-April. Scientists are investigating various causes, from boat collisions to changing ocean patterns that drive the whales closer to shore. We'll discuss the recent whale deaths and what may be causing them.
Santa Clara County has the seventh-largest homeless population in the United States, a problem that costs the county around $520 million each year, according to a new study. The report followed more than 104,000 homeless people over a five-year period, taking into account costs such as emergency room visits, mental health care and jail time. Advocates say the annual price tag makes the case for housing homeless people instead of paying for other related costs. We take a detailed look at the report and homelessness in Santa Clara County.
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New York Times columnist Mark Bittman is currently a visiting fellow at UC Berkeley's Food Institute. We'll talk to the "How to Cook Everything" author about his upcoming video series on California's changing agriculture and food production systems. We'll also hear what Bay Area food spots have become Bittman's favorites.
The Senate voted early Saturday to reject a two-month extension of a controversial provision in the Patriot Act that expires at midnight on May 31. The Senate also rejected a bill that passed the House and received White House support, which would have ended the bulk collection of domestic phone data. Government agencies have used Section 215 of the Patriot Act to justify collecting the phone records of millions of Americans. While FBI officials claim the surveillance program has helped deter terrorism, critics say security should be balanced with protecting privacy.
British author, poet and naturalist Helen Macdonald's new book is a memoir about her father's unexpected and sudden death. It's also a detailed look at how she learned to overcome her grief by training a goshawk, a bird with a reputation as "murderous, difficult to tame, sulky, fractious and foreign." Macdonald joins us to talk about her acclaimed book, "H is for Hawk."
Paleontologist and "Dinosaur Train" host Scott Sampson says that the average American child spends about four to seven minutes a day outside. In his new book "How to Raise a Wild Child," Sampson calls on parents to become "nature mentors" and help their kids connect to the outdoors. We'll talk with Sampson about how to raise kids who love nature at a time when gratification is only a click away.
War veteran Ron "Doc" Riviera says, "Every tattoo on my body tells a story. If people would just ask, they wouldn't get a movie or a book, they'd get the real thing." Riviera is part of an online exhibit called "War Ink," which uses the stories behind veterans' body art to bridge the often difficult gap between the civilian and military worlds. On this Memorial Day, we'll hear from three soldiers who participated in the project.
Lynsey Addario is no stranger to war. The MacArthur Award-winning photographer has covered conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria, embedding herself with soldiers and capturing rare pictures of warlords and civilians caught in the crossfire. She has also survived two kidnappings and a horrific car accident overseas. In her new memoir, "It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love and War," she takes a candid look at her nomadic life and her struggle to find love and motherhood while pursuing a dangerous career.