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For the next six months, visitors to Alcatraz will encounter more than empty cells and beautiful views. The island is the site of dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei's new installation "@Large," a collection of works that explore themes of human rights and freedom of expression. One piece, "Trace," features portraits of prisoners of conscience and is made up of over a million Lego pieces. We'll talk to the organizers of "@Large" about the installation and about the challenges of collaborating with Ai Weiwei, who is barred from leaving China by its government.
Proposition G on San Francisco's November ballot aims to curb real estate speculation, which critics say is widespread and is driving up rents and home prices in the city. But opponents of the measure say that it won't solve the housing crisis and offers no protection for seniors or families who have to sell their property because of hardship.
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Computer code has changed the world. But is it beautiful? That's the question at the heart of Vikram Chandra's first non-fiction book, "Geek Sublime." Best known as a novelist and UC Berkeley English professor, Chandra is also a computer programmer. We'll talk with him about the links between literary theory, aesthetics and the craft of writing code.
We talk with documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras, the first person to learn about the classified documents that would be leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. Her eagerly awaited documentary "Citizenfour" includes extensive interviews with Snowden, and details the massive U.S. government surveillance that he exposed.
This week, the San Francisco Giants find themselves in their third World Series in five years. This postseason has been one of legendary moments for the team -- from an 18th-inning win against the Washington Nationals to Travis Ishikawa's walk-off three-run home run Thursday night. We look back at how two wild-card teams arrived at the World Series and preview what awaits the Giants in Kansas City.
With just a few weeks to go before the midterm elections, most polls are showing the GOP gaining a narrow majority in the U.S. Senate. Can the Democrats hold on? Meanwhile, the Ebola crisis is emerging as a major campaign issue. Forum discusses the national races to watch, the latest polls and the key issues in this campaign season.