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Coming up on Forum:
A new year often spurs people to make changes in their lives -- the most dramatic of which may be switching careers. We'll talk with some career counselors about the best strategies for finding meaningful work and taking your livelihood from one industry to another.
There's little question that the Internet has transformed the world. But has society actually benefitted from the change? In his new book, "The Internet is Not the Answer," author, entrepreneur and CNN columnist Andrew Keen argues that the Internet has been an enormous failure, contributing to rising unemployment and widespread inequality. We'll talk with the self-proclaimed "antichrist of Silicon Valley" the shortcomings of the Internet economy.
Celebrated author and activist Maya Angelou died in May 2014 at the age of 86. We listen back to a 2002 Forum interview with Angelou about her book, "A Song Flung Up to Heaven."
British novelist David Mitchell is often praised for his ability to juggle multiple characters and storylines at once. In his novel "Cloud Atlas," he straddled worlds ranging from struggling musicians in 1930s Belgium to a post-apocalyptic future with Korean robots. His latest novel, "The Bone Clocks," follows a rebellious Irish teenage girl whose ability to hear voices sucks her into a world of mystics and murderous spirits, spanning from Switzerland to Iraq.
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Nicholas McGegan has conducted the San Francisco-based Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra for nearly 30 years, and he's made it his personal mission to make baroque music fun and appealing to everyone. He's known for sharing juicy tidbits about 18th-century composers and introducing audiences to obscure instruments, such as a violin bow made from Mongolian horse hair or flutes made of mammoth tusks. McGegan joins us for a crash course in Baroque musical masterpieces.
Computer code has changed the world. But is it beautiful? That's the question at the heart of Vikram Chandra's first non-fiction book, "Geek Sublime." Best known as a novelist and UC Berkeley English professor, Chandra is also a computer programmer. We'll talk with him about the links between literary theory, aesthetics and the craft of writing code.
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."
Wired's cyber security reporter Kim Zetter joins us to talk about Stuxnet -- the computer worm used to sabotage Iran's uranium enrichment program. In her new book, "Countdown to Zero Day," Zetter discusses the new ways countries can use digital weapons against each other and the emerging role of criminal hackers.
The Golden State Warriors' win streak may have ended in Memphis last week, but not before the team set a franchise record with 16 consecutive victories. Led by young stars Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, who are known as the "Splash Brothers" for their brilliant backcourt shooting, the Warriors have one of the best records in the NBA. We talk with team President Rick Welts about the season and about the team's plans to build a new arena in San Francisco's Mission Bay neighborhood. We'll also check in with rookie Coach Steve Kerr.
For over 10 years Jeff Adachi has served as San Francisco's public defender. During that time he has fought for an increased budget, put pension reform on the ballot and ran for mayor. Adachi recently made headlines by joining other public defenders in a "Black Lives Matter" rally. We'll talk with him his track record as public defender and his vision for criminal justice reform.
With long lines, high prices and endless options, eating out can be an intimidating endeavor. We gather some local chefs to talk about their favorite places. From budget bites to curated cuisine, we'll discuss new trends in the ever-evolving Bay Area food scene.
From President Obama's executive decisions on Cuba and immigration to the indictments of California senators Calderon and Yee, we'll review this year's political high and lows. What do you think was the biggest political story of 2014?