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Thu, May 5, 2016 -- 10:00 AM
Thu, May 5, 2016 -- 10:00 AM San Jose Native Viet Thanh Nguyen Wins Pulitzer Prize for 'The Sympathizer'

When Viet Thanh Nguyen sat down to pen "The Sympathizer," his debut novel about a Vietnamese spy who flees wartime Saigon, Nguyen channeled his own experience as an immigrant. He says exploring that "feeling between two worlds" was central to his writing process. The book was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in April. He joins us in-studio to talk about literature's top prize, life as a refugee and the role that marginalization and resistance play in his work.

Thu, May 5, 2016 -- 9:30 AM
Thu, May 5, 2016 -- 9:30 AM Republican Tom Del Beccaro Aims for Flat Tax, U.S. Senate Seat

Tom Del Beccaro, the former chair of the California Republican party, is the most conservative of the three Republicans running for Barbara Boxer's U.S. Senate seat. Becarro's platform includes instituting a flat tax, repealing California's high speed rail bond and recycling wastewater. As part of Forum's Election 2016 coverage, Del Beccaro joins us in studio to discuss his candidacy and the issues he views as vital to California's future.

Thu, May 5, 2016 -- 9:00 AM
Thu, May 5, 2016 -- 9:00 AM Drought and Bark Beetle Blamed for Dramatic Increase in California Tree Deaths

An aerial survey of California trees by the U.S. Forest Service last month found a drastic increase in tree mortality. Since 2014, the number of dead trees jumped from an estimated 3.3 million to about 27.6 million. Scientists say the die-off is caused by the drought and the rising numbers of bark beetles, who destroy the trees' ability to absorb food and water. We'll discuss the die-off and how it relates to an increased risk of forest fires.

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Wed, May 4, 2016 -- 10:00 AM
Wed, May 4, 2016 -- 10:00 AM Feminism Should Be a Movement, Not a Brand, Argues Bitch Media Co-Founder Andi Zeisler

In the age of Beyonce, #YesAllWomen and Hillary Clinton's presidential run, it's tempting to say that feminism is thriving. But Andi Zeisler, co-founder of Bitch Media, is worried that the political movement has turned into what she calls, "marketplace feminism," full of "empowertising." In her new book, "We Were Feminists Once," Zeisler argues that modern feminism is less about beliefs and identity and more about products and celebrities. Zeisler joins Forum to discuss the commercialization of feminism and what it means for women.

Wed, May 4, 2016 -- 9:00 AM
Wed, May 4, 2016 -- 9:00 AM SFMOMA Reopens with New Space, More Art and a Trove of Photography

After a three-year closure, the redesigned San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) opens its doors on May 14. The $305 million expansion more than doubles the museum's gallery space, making it the largest museum of modern and contemporary art in the country. The museum has also acquired a vast amount of new artwork, and will also be including pieces from the 100-year loan of Donald and Doris Fisher's collection of postwar and contemporary art. Neal Benezra, the museum's director, joins us to talk about the new space, the museum's increased attention to photography and what it's like being the hottest ticket in town.

Tue, May 3, 2016 -- 10:00 AM
Tue, May 3, 2016 -- 10:00 AM Janis Joplin's Short, Bluesy Life Explored in New Documentary

Janis Joplin discovered her powerful, bluesy voice while growing up in Port Arthur Texas, but it wasn't until moving to San Francisco that she found herself on the path toward rock stardom and an early demise at the age of 27. Forum looks back on the life and music of Joplin, who once described herself as "one of those regular weird people." We'll talk with Joplin's sister, one of her bandmates and the director of "Janis: Little Girl Blue," part of PBS' American Masters documentary series, which airs on KQED TV Tuesday night.

Tue, May 3, 2016 -- 9:00 AM
Tue, May 3, 2016 -- 9:00 AM GOP Presidential Campaigns Vie for California's Votes

For the first time in decades, voters in California's Republican primary may have a decisive role in picking the GOP presidential nominee. As the June 7 primary approaches, Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and John Kasich are fighting tooth-and-nail to secure the state's 172 delegates. In this hour, we discuss immigration, the economy and a range of other domestic and foreign policy issues with representatives for the final three GOP candidates.

Mon, May 2, 2016 -- 10:00 AM
Mon, May 2, 2016 -- 10:00 AM Online Harassment in the Spotlight with #MoreThanMean

A video released last week by sports journalists Julie DiCaro and Sarah Spain is rekindling the conversation about online harassment. In the video, titled #MoreThanMean, men read aloud rude and offensive tweets about the two journalists as they sit and listen. The tweets range from mild to threatening, with some expressing a desire to see the journalists beaten, raped or killed. The problem is widespread: A 2014 Pew report finds that 40 percent of internet users have experienced harassment, and women are especially vulnerable. We'll discuss the #MoreThanMean video and efforts to promote more civil discourse online.

Mon, May 2, 2016 -- 9:30 AM
Mon, May 2, 2016 -- 9:30 AM Republican Duf Sundheim Vies for Barbara Boxer's Senate Seat

George "Duf" Sundheim, a Silicon Valley lawyer and former head of the California Republican Party, entered the U.S. Senate race to counter what he sees as leftist extremism in California politics. His platform includes K-12 education reform, water conservation and easing regulations on small businesses. As part of Forum's Election 2016 coverage, Sundheim joins us in studio to discuss his candidacy.

Mon, May 2, 2016 -- 9:00 AM
Mon, May 2, 2016 -- 9:00 AM Candidates, Party Elites and Protesters Gather for California Republican Convention

The California GOP convention kicked off in Burlingame on Friday, as hundreds staged protests against Donald Trump. The convention takes place amid expectations that voters in the state's June 7 primary will have a hand in picking a presidential nominee for the first time in decades. We discuss the candidates' positions, shifting alliances within the party and the latest delegate counts.

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