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Once dubbed "the city's brightest satiric star" by the San Francisco Chronicle, Charlie Varon is back with a new one-man show at the Marsh Theater. In "Feisty Old Jew," Varon plays Bernie, a grumpy 83-year-old who makes a massive bet that he can catch a wave in Bolinas. Varon joins us to talk about the show, and about his long career in Bay Area theater.
Writer and comedian Brian Copeland's latest play and third one-man show, "The Scion," recalls the 2000 shootings of USDA food inspectors at a San Leandro sausage factory. He used police reports and testimony to research his act, but puts a comedic spin on the gruesome crime. Copeland's first solo show, "Not a Genuine Black Man," recounted his upbringing in mostly white San Leandro and gained the actor wide acclaim. He joins us.
In March 2011, an earthquake and tsunami triggered a meltdown of three reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan. Three years later, we examine the state of the cleanup, its effect on Japanese politics, and the impact on marine life and the environment.
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Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria was assassinated 100 years ago as of this June -- an event that triggered a domino effect leading to World War I. It was one of the deadliest wars in history, and yet it was also a time of great creativity and musical innovation. To mark the 100th anniversary of the Great War, Cal Performances is hosting the Vienna Philharmonic and launching a series of discussions about the intersection of war, politics, art and music. We discuss the series.
The parent company of Albertsons is buying its rival Pleasanton-based Safeway for more than $9 billion, in a deal that experts say would reshape the supermarket industry. We get the latest on the sale, and what it means for competitors and consumers.
Soaring rents have hit art galleries in downtown San Francisco hard. Last month, several long-established Geary Street galleries were evicted to make way for a software firm. Meanwhile, individual artists are also struggling. As part of our Priced Out series on the high cost of living in the Bay Area, we look at how the local art world is coping.
Author and animal rights advocate Jeffrey Masson has long written about the emotional life of animals. In his new book, "Beasts: What Animals Can Teach Us About the Origins of Good and Evil," Masson examines human behavior in comparison with other animals, and considers why humans are the most violent predators on earth. He joins us in the studio.
A new investigation by Mother Jones magazine finds that plastics free of the controversial additive bisphenol-A (BPA) may actually be more harmful to humans than those containing it. Meanwhile, scientists continue to debate what doses of the chemical are harmful. We'll discuss the latest news on the controversy over plastics, and why the plastics industry has fought hard protect these chemical additives from regulation.
Following the success of "Love, InshAllah: the Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women," editors Ayesha Mattu and Nura Maznavi got a flood of responses from American Muslim men wanting to share their side of the story. In "Salaam, Love: American Muslim Men on Love, Sex and Intimacy," 22 Muslim American men share their experiences with sex, love, and intimacy. The contributors come from diverse backgrounds and the stories range from comic to tragic. The editor and contributors to "Salaam, Love" join us.
Last summer, researchers started noticing large numbers of starfish dying off along the Pacific coast. So far, nobody knows exactly what is causing the syndrome, known as sea star wasting disease. We talk to some of the scientists who are trying to get to the bottom of the starfish die-off.
At about 1 A.M. on Wednesday, Mayor Jean Quan made the tie-breaking vote at the Oakland City Council meeting to scale back the reach of the Domain Awareness Center, a planned 24-hour surveillance hub that has stirred protests and privacy concerns among residents. The vote limits surveillance to the Port of Oakland, city street cameras that were integrated into the Center's system will be disconnected, and gunshot microphones in the city will be removed. The Domain Awareness Center had been expected to cost over $10 million, mostly paid for with federal homeland security funds.
Historian Rashid Khalidi's latest book, "Brokers of Deceit," examines the U.S. role in negotiating peace between the Palestinians and Israelis during three key periods. Khalidi argues that, despite presenting itself as an honest broker, the U.S. was promoting Israel's interests, and undermined opportunities to move the peace process forward. He joins us to discuss the book and this week's meetings between President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
NPR news analyst Cokie Roberts joins us to discuss the Ukraine crisis and other recent political developments. We'll also talk to her about her new children's book "Founding Mothers," which she adapted from her 2004 bestseller of the same title.
U.S. ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul stepped down last week, and returned to his position as political science professor at Stanford University. In his two years in the post, McFaul witnessed what many have called the most sizable shift in East-West relations since the collapse of the Berlin Wall. McFaul joins us to discuss Russia's military intervention in Ukraine and what the U.S. should do in response.
We recap Sunday's 86th Academy Awards ceremony, including who won, who was snubbed, and if Ellen DeGeneres' charm was enough to see her through a second Oscars hosting gig.
In his new book, "The Future of the Mind," theoretical physicist Michio Kaku explores how the next century of scientific innovation will expand the brain's abilities. Kaku joins us to discuss the latest in neurological research, how the brain resembles a corporation, and the fantastic inventions that will change everything from entertainment to spying.