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Coming up on Forum:
Charles Dickens is loved by generations of readers. You'll find some of his characters walking
around at "The Great Dickens Christmas Fair," an annual Bay Area event where thousands of
devotees lovingly reenact the sights and sounds of a Victorian Christmas, including everything
from hot mulled wine to historically-accurate hoop skirts.
StoryCorps has archived over 65,000 interviews of family and friends asking one another about everything from
falling in love, to being a single mom, to fighting in combat. And this Thanksgiving weekend StoryCorps has a
very ambitious goal for Thanksgiving weekend -- to double that number. The organization has launched a new
mobile app to make interviewing family members easier. Forum talks with StoryCorps founder Dave Isay to get
some interviewing how-to's and about the effort to preserve the stories of an entire generation over a single holiday
Bay Area food banks are ramping up their donation drives in the final days before Thanksgiving, but many are still
coming up short. Officials at San Jose Sacred Heart Community Service say rising housing prices have increased
the demand for their services and that they still need 1,500 turkeys for their Thanksgiving meals. We'll check in
with local food banks about their holiday and year-round needs.
Flooding is expected in parts of the Bay Area this week as part of a tidal pattern known as King Tides. The higher
than normal tides will occur mid to late morning and may bring sea water to low-lying areas like underpasses and
coastal trails. We discuss the science behind the King Tide phenomenon, which some say might become the new
normal as sea levels continue to rise.
Recently on Forum:
As cold weather settles into the Bay Area, Forum opens the phone lines for our biannual book show when listeners share their favorite reads. We invite you to pull up a chair, pour a mug of tea and tell us about your favorite books. What's your most memorable recent read? What books are you planning to give as gifts this year? And is an e-book ever an appropriate gift?
In the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks, Americans are increasingly polarized on whether to accept refugees fleeing war-torn Syria. President Obama has proposed allowing at least 10,000 Syrian refugees to resettle in the United States this year, but the House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a bill requiring new background checks on Syrian and Iraqi refugees that would effectively halt them from entering the country. Forum discusses the politics of the issue as the bill heads to a fight in the U.S. Senate.
In his new book "Saving Capitalism" former Clinton administration labor secretary Robert Reich lays out the many ways he thinks the free market has failed America, including creating a "working poor" and a "non-working rich." The solution, Reich suggests, is to reframe economic policy so that it looks more after the interests of the individual than those of the corporation.
We'll check in on how the Golden State Warriors played over the weekend and discuss their efforts to break the NBA record for most consecutive wins to start the season, which currently stands at 15-0. We'll also get an update on Coach Steve Kerr who is out because of a back injury.
Since 2009, more Mexicans have left than come into the United States, according to a report released by the Pew Research Center. The report signals the first major shift in immigration patterns from Mexico since the 1970's. Reuniting with family was cited as the main reason for Mexicans returning to their home country. We'll discuss the findings.