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Are you wondering how to fill your cultural calendar this autumn? We team up with KQED's "The Do List" for our annual fall arts preview. The hosts of "The Do List," Cy Musiker and David Wiegand, reveal their picks for the best upcoming Bay Area arts events -- in music, theater, dance, visual art and comedy.
Fifty years ago, following near-unanimous Congressional support, President Johnson signed the Wilderness Act into law. The landmark bill designated more than 9 million acres as wilderness areas, defined as lands "untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain." Today's wilderness system encompasses nearly 106 million acres throughout the country's national parks, forests and wildlife refuges. We discuss the legacy of the Wilderness Act, and the future of the American wilderness.
The Islamic State (ISIS) on Tuesday released a video claiming to show the beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff, who was captured in Syria over a year ago. The news comes just two weeks after the murder of journalist James Foley by the same Islamic militant group. Meanwhile, the United States continues to launch airstrikes in Iraq against ISIS.
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Neuroscientist Daniel Levitin gives practical advice to those of us drowning in email, constantly misplacing our belongings and struggling to multitask in his new book, "The Organized Mind." We'll talk with Levitin about staying focused and productive in the face of information onslaughts. Levitin is also the author of "The World in Six Songs" and "This is Your Brain on Music."
NATO accused Russia of violating Ukrainian sovereignty by sending equipment and combat troops into eastern Ukraine to support pro-Russian rebels. Russia denies this. In response, European leaders planned to meet Saturday to discuss the possibility of further sanctions. We'll discuss the latest developments in Ukraine.
Long before he reached the top of the charts with "Say Hey" in 2009, Michael Franti was well known in the Bay Area for his eclectic music and social justice activism. We rebroadcast a conversation with Franti and in-studio performance from his band Spearhead from June 10. We also talk to the Oakland-born, Davis-raised artist about his music and politics.
For his new film "Boyhood," director Richard Linklater filmed with the same cast over a 12-year period to tell the story of a boy growing up. It was a risky experiment, but critics are raving about the film, which Slate's Dana Stevens calls "a gradually unfolding miracle." We listen back to a July 17 conversation with Linklater about "Boyhood," his career and his unorthodox approach to cinematic storytelling.
While an undergraduate at Princeton University, BJ Miller was electrocuted and nearly died, and the accident left him a triple amputee. Today, as executive director of the Zen Hospice Project in San Francisco, he has built his life work around the care of others who are approaching death. We listen back to a July 14 conversation with Miller, as part of our First Person series on local leaders and innovators.
On-call and part-time employment is on the rise. But some on-call employees complain that unpredictable schedules create burdens when it comes to going to school or finding childcare. That's prompting some cities like San Francisco to propose new protections for workers, such as extra pay and advance notice of shifts. We listen back to a debate on part-time work from July 23, 2014.