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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.
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In the last decade, innovations in 3D printing, advanced bionics and other technologies have led to marked improvements in the form and function of prosthetics. These days, it's not uncommon to see amputees rock climbing, dancing and showing off custom-designed limbs. We explore the changing field of prosthetics.
A measles outbreak that began at Disneyland in December grew to nearly 70 cases on Wednesday. Most of those infected were not vaccinated against the disease. The news follows a Kaiser Permanente study published earlier this week that identified clusters of underimmunization and vaccine refusal around Northern California. We discuss the study's findings and the causes and implications of the measles outbreak.
Comedian Richard Pryor's wife described her husband as having "incredible light, incredible darkness, and incredible joy." In his new book "Becoming Richard Pryor," author Scott Saul dives deep into Pryor's childhood in an Illinois brothel and his artistic and political evolution in 1970s Berkeley. Saul joins us to discuss the making of a comic genius.
After the highly publicized death of Brittany Maynard, the California woman who moved to Oregon to end her life legally, California lawmakers have unveiled a bill to allow physician-assisted death for terminally ill patients. The bill legalizes the prescription of fatal medications to mentally competent patients with less than six months to live. We look at what this latest bill means for California and the debate over the right to die.
In 1942, Manfred Wolf and his family escaped Nazi-occupied Holland, ending up on Curacao, an island in the southern Caribbean Sea. In his new memoir "Survival in Paradise: Sketches from a Refugee Life in Curacao," Wolf describes the challenges of coping with displacement and loss in the aftermath of world war.
Miranda July's first feature-length film "Me and You and Everyone We Know" won top prizes at the Cannes and Sundance Film Festivals. But the filmmaker is also an actress and award-winning short story author. Her debut novel, "The First Bad Man," is about a lonely woman whose comfortable routine is destroyed when her boss's daughter enters her life. The story explores the struggle between fantasy and reality and the different ways love can change a life. Miranda July joins us to discuss her work.
We analyze the State of the Union Address President Barack Obama gave on Tuesday evening. The president highlighted economic recovery and his plan to strengthen the middle class. We'll review his proposals -- including tax hikes for the wealthy, two free years of community college and new investment in infrastructure projects -- and we'll discuss their likelihood of adoption in a Republican-controlled Congress.
For all the talk about the prosperity of the tech boom, more than a third of Bay Area jobs pay less than $36,000 per year. We look at what the current economic boom means for low- and middle-income workers as part of KQED's Boomtown series, examining the effects of the Bay Area's economic surge.
Recent reports out of Yemen suggest that Shia Houthi rebels have siezed the presidential palace in Sanaa. We will get the latest updates on the unfolding situation in Yemen, a key U.S. ally in the fight against al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula.
The anti-poverty group Oxfam released a report Monday saying that by 2016, the world's richest one percent will own more wealth than the rest of the world combined. The report comes just ahead of the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum at the ski resort of Davos, Switzerland, where billionaires and world leaders gather discuss inequality and other issues.
With protests over police killings of black men dominating the news, many parents have been forced into a situation they might prefer to avoid: talking to their kids about race. Do you encourage them to see the world through colorblind glasses, or do you explain the hard truths of racism? How early do you have that conversation? For multiracial families, the discussion can get even more complicated. On the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, we'll discuss how best to broach racial issues with kids.
On Friday, a judge issued a temporary ruling that may allow City College of San Francisco to resubmit evidence in its fight to maintain accreditation. We'll discuss the decision and its possible effects on the college.
By the end of June, the U.S. Supreme Court will have decided whether same-sex couples across the nation have a constitutional right to marry. On Friday, the high court agreed to hear cases from four states that have banned gay marriage, laying the groundwork for a landmark decision that will establish a national standard.