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Last spring, the U.S. Supreme Court sided with the Obama administration and declined to review a law that allows the U.S. military to indefinitely detain supporters of al-Qaida and the Taliban. The case, Hedges v. Obama, was brought by a group of journalists and activists including Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Chris Hedges. Hedges joins us to talk about indefinite detention and other policy issues. His books include "Empire of Illusion" and "War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning."
KQED's new Executive Editor of News, Holly Kernan, joins us for a conversation about the station's news coverage. As news director at San Francisco public radio station KALW, Kernan earned a reputation for responsive and community-oriented journalism. One of Kernan's guiding principals is to respond to the audience's needs. What do you need from KQED News? What issues and challenges is your community facing?
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Designer Diane Von Furstenberg became a fashion icon when she popularized the wrap dress in the 1970s. Von Furstenberg has also lived quite the life beyond clothes: she is a former princess, a philanthropist and, according to Forbes, the 68th most powerful woman in the world. She joins us to discuss how she built her fashion empire and her memoir, "The Woman I Wanted to Be." She mentors aspiring designers on her reality TV show on E!, "House of DVF."
We open the phone lines to get our audience's response to President Obama's executive action on immigration, which he is expected to announce Thursday night. We'll also check in with some local lawmakers and an immigrant whose status is likely to be affected by the plan.
Michael Connelly was a crime reporter for the LA Times in the 1980s and '90s when he started dreaming up the idea of Harry Bosch, a hardened LAPD detective who would become the core of Connelly's novels. Now, he'll see Detective Bosch come to life on screen when Amazon begins streaming its new show "Bosch" in 2015. Connelly talks about his latest thriller, "The Burning Room," and writing about the streets of Los Angeles for over 20 years.
The White House is reviewing its policy on hostage negotiations for U.S. citizens captured abroad. The family and employer of murdered journalist James Foley say they were prepared to pay a ransom, but the United States currently bans payments to terrorists. Meanwhile, European governments have paid millions to free their citizens.
Does the sound of meat sizzling on a grill make you salivate? Does the familiar jingle of an ice cream truck evoke a hot summer day? Has the roar of a stadium crowd ever made your heart beat faster? Joel Beckerman, a composer who founded a sonic branding company, writes that "sound is present every moment of our lives, affecting our moods, our reactions, our thoughts, and our choices." But we're mostly unaware of it. We talk with Beckerman about recognizing the sounds that affect us, and how to take charge of your soundscape. Beckerman is co-author of "The Sonic Boom: How Sound Transforms the Way We Think, Feel, and Buy."
With the Nov. 24 deadline to reach a deal on Iran's nuclear program fast approaching, deep differences remain between Iranian and Western negotiators. Iran's foreign minister on Tuesday said the U.S. and its allies are making "excessive demands" in this last round of negotiations where sticking points such as Iran's uranium enrichment capacity and the speed of lifting sanctions have yet to be ironed out. What's the likelihood of Iran reaching a deal with the group of six nations, which includes the U.S.?
Five Israelis are dead after an attack Tuesday by two Palestinians in a West Jerusalem synagogue. Three of the victims were Israeli-U.S. nationals. Tensions have risen in recent weeks over access to the ancient site of al-Haram al-Sharif, or Temple Mount, within the walls of the Old City.
Do video games belong in the classroom? A growing body of research suggests that game-based learning fosters student engagement, motivation and collaboration and may help teachers to develop more effective assessments. But are the benefits worth the added screen time? We discuss a new guide developed by KQED's MindShift blog for teachers and parents to decide whether and how to incorporate game-based learning into their classrooms and homes.
An executive of ride-sharing company Uber has suggested that the company consider hiring investigators to dig up dirt on journalists who are critical of the company. According to BuzzFeed News, Uber Senior Vice President Emil Michael singled out journalist Sarah Lacy, who runs the website PandoDaily. Michael has since said the remarks don't reflect the views of Uber and that he regrets them. Sarah Lacy joins us to share her response.
One in 30 children in the United States is homeless -- and the problem is even more severe in California, where more than half a million kids are without homes, according to a new report from the National Center of Family Homelessness. We'll discuss the report and the challenges faced by a growing population of homeless kids.
Over the last 30 years, physicist and systems-theorist Fritjof Capra has developed a conceptual framework that integrates what he calls the four dimensions of life: the biological, the cognitive, the social and the ecological. He joins us to talk about his latest book "The Systems View of Life: A Unifying Vision," and how his framework can help us address today's most pressing environmental, social and economic problems.
The University of California Board of Regents is set to vote Wednesday on a plan to raise tuition by as much as 5 percent every year for the next five years. The proposal is angering students, and has put UC President Janet Napolitano at odds with Gov. Jerry Brown, who is resisting the increase and urging the UC to reduce spending instead.