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Ernest Ranglin made his first guitar out of a sardine can and wire. He went on to become a pioneer of Jamaican music, helping to invent ska and reggae. Today, at the age of 83, Ranglin mixes those two sounds with jazz. NPR Music calls Ranglin a "walking, guitar-picking musical history book." The guitarist joins us in studio to perform live and discuss his prolific career. His new album "Bless Up" features 11 new compositions blending ska, swing, jazz, rock and world music.
New Yorkers take great pride in their bagels: a perfect combination of chewy and crispy that inspires religious-like devotion. A recent article in the New York Times Magazine went so far as to suggest that it's impossible to get a great bagel in California. But are New York bagels actually better than California bagels, or are they just different? We'll chew over the question of the perfect bagel with local bakers and writer Elizabeth Weil. Have you had a great bagel in the Bay Area?
Thousands of scientists from around the world have signed an open letter warning about the use of autonomous weapons. A UC Berkeley professor, Stuart Russell, is at the center of the movement to end what many see as a dangerous misuse of technology. We'll talk with him about the current state of autonomous weaponry and the dangers of starting a military artificial intelligence "arms race." Russell and over 17,000 researchers, scientists and others signed the letter urging a ban on autonomous weapons.
Lawyers for Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow, a former Chinatown gang leader facing a host of federal criminal charges, filed a motion Tuesday alleging campaign finance misdeeds by San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and other local officials. Citing details from an FBI investigation, the filings state that Lee "took substantial bribes in exchange for favors." The mayor's office denies that the FBI evidence implicates him in any wrongdoing. We discuss the charges and other developments in the federal case against Chow.
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Los Angeles Times reporter Diana Marcum and photographer Robert Gauthier join us to discuss their road trip across California to meet people impacted by the drought, to see lakes that are disappearing and rivers that are still flowing. We'll talk to the two about how the drought is reshaping a place where landscape and livelihoods are inextricably linked.
On Tuesday, Fox News executives will check the latest polls and decide which candidates will qualify for Thursday's prime time Republican presidential debate. We'll preview the debate and discuss other political developments, including GOP efforts to de-fund Planned Parenthood and Vice President Joe Biden's possible entry in to the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.
Record-breaking wildfires in recent years as well as heightened concerns over the drought are prompting debate about how best to manage forests to prevent wildfire. A bill pending in Congress would expedite salvage logging of dead trees in national forests. We'll discuss the legislation and best practices to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire while safeguarding forest ecology.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson joins us to talk about his new road map for educating California's kids. The four-year plan is an updated version of his 2011 blueprint, and focuses on teacher shortages and hastens the state's move toward Common Core standards.