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Playwright and screenwriter Tom Stoppard is best known for plays like "Arcadia," "Rosencrantz and Guidenstern are Dead" and the film "Shakespeare in Love." He brings his play "Indian Ink" back to San Francisco this month. The play explores an academic's search to piece together a romance from 1930s India.
What is the journalist's role when covering social issues like homelessness and poverty? Should journalists stick with the facts or propose possible solutions? That's the question that Daniel Heimpel explores in "Journalism for Social Change," an online course he teaches at UC Berkeley. We talk with Heimpel and David Bornstein of the Solutions Journalism Network about the line between journalism and advocacy.
A bill introduced Monday by State Senator Mark Leno would ban electronic cigarettes in the same places that traditional cigarettes are banned, including restaurants, bars and workplaces. A recent study by the New England Journal of Medicine found that users of e-cigarettes can be exposed to high levels of the carcinogen formaldehyde. Supporters of e-cigarettes say they are far safer than regular tobacco products and help users kick their cigarette habits.
For more than two decades, Dan Savage has offered relationship and sex advice in his syndicated column, "Savage Love." The column, where no topic is off limits, has since spun off into a podcast and a show on MTV. Savage actively speaks out about politics and his "It Gets Better" campaign, which aims to prevent suicides among LGBT youth.
California is in the final stages of allowing 15 community colleges, including two in the Bay Area, to start offering four-year bachelor's degrees in selected subjects. Supporters say the state's pilot program will give more people access to higher education and provide the state with much needed skilled labor. Critics claim it will increase competition within higher education institutions. The move coincides with President Obama's proposal to offer two years of free community college tuition, which he outlined in his State of the Union address. We look at the potentials and pitfalls of both programs.