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Poet, essayist and naturalist Diane Ackerman's new book "The Human Age" is a reflection on how people have changed the planet. She writes, "Our relationship with nature has changed...radically, irreversibly, but by no means all for the bad." While humans have "subdued 75 percent of the land surface," we have also collected DNA of vanishing species, manufactured body organs from 3D prints and gone to great lengths to restore ecosystems.
According to a recent analysis of the latest census data, more than 80 percent of Bay Area police forces have a disproportionate number of white officers relative to the racial make-up of the communities they serve. The disparity is stark in Daly City, for example, which has a white population of just 14 percent -- but 100 percent of the police force is white. As the nation's attention focuses on issues of police and race in the wake of events in Ferguson, Missouri, we look at how the racial composition of our local police forces affects arrests and public trust in the criminal justice system.
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Former Stanford president Gerhard Casper joins us to discuss his new book "The Winds of Freedom," a collection of his speeches on the biggest challenges facing higher education. Casper was president of Stanford at a tumultuous time, and the speeches and commentary in his book explore academic freedom, campus diversity and the role of a research university in society and politics.
The Bay Area loses about 23 billion gallons of water a year because of old, leaky water pipes. That's enough to supply more than 70,000 families for a year. It's an enormous waste in a time of drought, and the aging infrastructure is vulnerable to natural disaster. After this week's earthquake, water main breaks left hundreds without water for days. What would happen in a bigger quake? We check in with water experts about the Bay Area's aging infrastructure and what's being done to fix it.
More and more Americans are sleeping less and less. That's according to data from the Centers for Disease Control that show a growing number of people sleep less than six hours a night. And research shows people who sleep less are at greater risk for heart disease, obesity and diabetes. We talk with experts about all things sleep.
The progress of ISIS in Syria is forcing President Bashar al-Assad, as well as the U.S., to consider what comes next. Meanwhile, ISIS threatens the life of journalist Steven Sotloff, days after the release of a video showing the killing of fellow journalist James Foley. We discuss the latest developments, and the U.S. policy of not negotiating with terrorists.
Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak. John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Magic Johnson and Larry Bird. Every industry -- arts, science, music, sports -- is filled with partnerships and rivalries. In his new book, "Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs," Joshua Wolf Shenk explores the need for collaboration and the fluidity and flexibility that partners provide. Michael Krasny and Joshua Wolf Shenk pair up to discuss the importance of duality in innovation.
We discuss the latest news on Sunday's early-morning 6.0 magnitude earthquake, epicentered at the southern edge of Napa. It was the strongest to strike the Bay Area since the Loma Prieta quake of 1989. We'll also discuss what residents can do to prepare for an earthquake and keep safe.