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Thu, Jul 24, 2014 -- 10:00 AM
Thu, Jul 24, 2014 -- 10:00 AM William Vollmann Tells Ghost Stories

Prolific author William T. Vollmann is based in Sacramento, but he has traveled the globe to write about cross-dressing, violence, the settlement of North America, prostitution and Copernicus, among many other topics. In his new short story collection, Vollmann takes readers to diverse settings including Japan, the Balkans, Italy, South America and Mexico, while delving into themes of mortality, the afterlife and the supernatural.

Thu, Jul 24, 2014 -- 9:00 AM
Thu, Jul 24, 2014 -- 9:00 AM Local Activists on the Gaza Conflict

The Israeli offensive against Hamas in the Gaza Strip is now in its third week. In the Bay Area, protests, counter-protests and calls for action have been intensifying. In the first half hour, we check in with Bay Area supporters of Palestinians. In the second half, we talk with local supporters of Israel. What impact is the violence having on those in the Bay Area?

Wed, Jul 23, 2014 -- 10:00 AM
Wed, Jul 23, 2014 -- 10:00 AM Bill Cosby on 50 Years of Comedy

Generations of Americans grew up with Bill Cosby as the wise-cracking, eye-rolling but tender dad during "The Cosby Show's" eight-year run and years of repeats. Cosby had a rich and varied career before he became known as "America's Dad." His performances at San Francisco's legendary nightclub, hungry i, in the early '60s helped launch his standup career before he got his big break in 1965 playing an undercover agent in the TV series, "I Spy." Now he's 77 years old and still doing standup with his current tour, "Far from Finished." We talk to Cosby about his career as a comic, his new family comedy slated for 2015 and his thoughts on race and culture today.

Wed, Jul 23, 2014 -- 9:00 AM
Wed, Jul 23, 2014 -- 9:00 AM The Debate Over Part-Time Work

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.

Tue, Jul 22, 2014 -- 10:00 AM
Tue, Jul 22, 2014 -- 10:00 AM LinkedIn Co-Founder Calls for New Workplace 'Alliance'

Known as "the startup whisperer" of Silicon Valley, Bay Area native and LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman joins us to discuss his recent book, "The Alliance." In it, Hoffman writes about the new era of employee-employer relationships, and proposes a model that emphasizes transparency over empty promises of loyalty and job security.

Tue, Jul 22, 2014 -- 9:00 AM
Tue, Jul 22, 2014 -- 9:00 AM GI Bill Funds Wasted on Substandard Colleges, Investigation Finds

In 2008, Congress passed a new GI Bill that, for the first time since World War II, promised to pay the full cost of a college education for veterans. But a report by the Center for Investigative Reporting finds that more than $600 million of that money has been spent on California schools that have graduation rates so low, or loan-default rates so high, that they don't meet state standards for aid. The report contends that the GI Bill is pouring money into for-profit colleges that often leave veterans with worthless degrees and few job prospects.

Mon, Jul 21, 2014 -- 10:00 AM
Mon, Jul 21, 2014 -- 10:00 AM Global Strategies Aim to Lower Child Mortalities

In 2012, 6.6 million children died worldwide before reaching the age of five. The majority died from preventable illnesses like pneumonia, diarrhea, and malaria. Since 1990 child mortality rates have significantly decreased, but global health officials are adamant that more can be done. This past month, USAID pledged $2.9 billion to combat child mortality. We'll talk about the latest efforts with world experts and with a San Francisco doctor who co-founded an NGO in Mali.

Mon, Jul 21, 2014 -- 9:00 AM
Mon, Jul 21, 2014 -- 9:00 AM News Round-Up: Malaysia Airlines, Gaza Invasion, and More

We begin the week with an update on the Malaysian Airlines crash in Ukraine, on developments in the conflict in the Gaza Strip and on the crisis of migrant children at the U.S.-Mexico Border and immigration reform efforts. We'll discuss these and other top stories.

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