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As a national correspondent for the Atlantic, James Fallows often focuses on subjects such as China, the Middle East and the United States military. But recently, Fallows, who grew up in California, has turned his attention to his home state. He joins us to talk about issues facing California, the potential of high-speed rail, the presidential election and what Fresno gets right.
Governor Jerry Brown signed the "End of Life Option Act" on Monday, granting terminally ill patients in California the right to end their lives with the help of a physician. The bill will take effect in 2016 and culminates a 23-year effort to legalize medically-assisted suicide in the state. Supporters say the legislation will give people who are dying a legal alternative to a painful and prolonged death. Opponents of the law fear it will lead to unnecessary or even coerced deaths.
Evolutionary biologist Richards Dawkins joins us to discuss his latest book, "Brief Candle In The Dark: My Life in Science." In this, the second volume of his autobiography, Dawkins presents a series of flashbacks of his life as a "public understanding" professor, the controversy surrounding the publication of his landmark book "The Selfish Gene" and his own evolution into a public intellectual.
Early voting begins Monday in San Francisco. One issue that's likely to drive people to the polls is Proposition F, which would impose restrictions on Airbnb and similar vacation rental sites. Prop. F would limit private rentals to 75 nights per year and require hosts to file quarterly reports with the city. Proponents say the regulations are needed to protect the city's limited housing stock, while opponents say the initiative compromises privacy and encourages lawsuits between neighbors.