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Fri, Aug 1, 2014 -- 10:30 AM
Fri, Aug 1, 2014 -- 10:30 AM Comedian Greg Proops: 'The Smartest Man in the World'?

Best-known for his role on the popular improvisational television show "Whose Line is it Anyway?," comedian Greg Proops now lives in Hollywood. But he has deep Bay Area roots. Raised in San Carlos, Proops started performing in local clubs while attending the College of San Mateo and San Francisco State. We'll talk to him about his successful podcast "The Smartest Man In the World," his upcoming stand-up shows and his loyalty to the San Francisco Giants.

Fri, Aug 1, 2014 -- 10:00 AM
Fri, Aug 1, 2014 -- 10:00 AM Darlene Love: From Backup Singer to Hall of Fame Star

Millions of Americans could sing along to chart-topping songs like "He's a Rebel" and "Da Doo Ron Ron," but few could name the woman whose "thunderbolt" voice made those songs memorable. That's because Darlene Love often worked in the shadows as a backup singer on hits produced by Phil Spector in the '60s. Later dubbed "the most successful unknown singer in rock 'n' roll history," it wasn't until 2011 that she was inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame. Darlene Love joins us to talk about singing in the background and coming to fame later in life. She was featured in the documentary "20 Feet from Stardom."

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Fri, Aug 1, 2014 -- 9:00 AM
Fri, Aug 1, 2014 -- 9:00 AM Increasingly, Americans Can't Afford to Retire

The number of Americans 65 and older who still work is up 60 percent from a decade ago. That's according to a recent article in Harper's Magazine, which profiles several seniors who can't afford to stop working. We'll hear their stories and examine the challenges and options for an increasing number of Americans who don't have enough money to retire.

Thu, Jul 31, 2014 -- 10:00 AM
Thu, Jul 31, 2014 -- 10:00 AM Mexican Consul General on Politics, Arts and Mexico's Impact on California

As Gov. Jerry Brown wraps up a trade mission to Mexico and debate still swirls around the ongoing crisis of unaccompanied migrant children crossing the border, we talk about politics and other issues with the Consul General of Mexico in San Francisco, Andres Roemer. We'll also preview the "Mex I Am" festival, which brings Mexican musicians and artists to the Bay Area.

Thu, Jul 31, 2014 -- 9:30 AM
Thu, Jul 31, 2014 -- 9:30 AM ACLU: California Schools are Failing English Language Learners

As many as 20,000 public school students in California aren't getting the services they need to learn English, according to an ACLU lawsuit set for a hearing next month. The suit alleges that students in 251 districts received no language services at all, despite state and local funding for such programs. The suit also claims that the state failed to investigate or fix the problem.

Thu, Jul 31, 2014 -- 9:00 AM
Thu, Jul 31, 2014 -- 9:00 AM Shells Strike U.N. School in Gaza

We'll discuss the ongoing crisis in Gaza one day after Israeli tanks reportedly shelled a crowded shelter at a United Nations school, killing 15 and wounding 90. On the same day, another Israeli strike hit a fruit and vegetable marketplace near Gaza City. According to Gaza's Health Ministry, that attack killed 17 and wounded about 200. Over the 23-day conflict, more than 1,300 Palestinians, mostly civilians, have been killed. Israel has lost 56 soldiers and three civilians.

Wed, Jul 30, 2014 -- 10:00 AM
Wed, Jul 30, 2014 -- 10:00 AM Ralph Nader Envisions 'Unstoppable' Alliance Against Big Business

Consumer crusader and former presidential candidate Ralph Nader joins us in the studio. In his new book "Unstoppable," Nader writes that the left and the right have more in common than meets the eye: specifically, growing mistrust of corporate power. We'll talk to Nader about his call for a new populist alliance from across the political spectrum to take on corporations.

Wed, Jul 30, 2014 -- 9:00 AM
Wed, Jul 30, 2014 -- 9:00 AM PG&E Hit With Federal Felony Charges in San Bruno Explosion

A federal grand jury on Tuesday indicted PG&E on 16 new counts in connection with the San Bruno pipeline explosion in 2010, including a charge of obstructing justice. The new indictments, which will be added to the original 12 charges in April, come one day after San Bruno officials accused PG&E and its regulator, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), of overly friendly, "cozy" e-mail communications and asked that the head of the CPUC be removed.

Tue, Jul 29, 2014 -- 10:00 AM
Tue, Jul 29, 2014 -- 10:00 AM Naturalist Michael Ellis on Global and Local Wonders

Adventure travel guide and naturalist Michael Ellis has just returned from the Lakes Basin region in the Northern Sierra Nevada, where he helps people spot wildflowers and bears. Since he was last on Forum he's traveled to central Bhutan, Turkey and the Pacific island nations of Palau and Yap. He's also been back to Tanzania, where he narrowly escaped death by a Cape Buffalo. We talk with Ellis about the natural world and the adventures to be found in our backyard and across the globe.

Tue, Jul 29, 2014 -- 9:30 AM
Tue, Jul 29, 2014 -- 9:30 AM U.S. and Europe Agree to More Sanctions on Russia

International police attempting to investigate the Malaysian Airlines crash site on Monday were forced for a second day to retreat in the face of fierce fighting between pro-Russian rebels and Ukraine's military. The United States and Europe on Monday agreed to further sanctions against Russia amid concerns that Russia continues to ship weapons into Ukraine. Experts join us to discuss these developments and more.

Tue, Jul 29, 2014 -- 9:00 AM
Tue, Jul 29, 2014 -- 9:00 AM Ebola Outbreak Prompts Liberia to Close Borders

The world's largest outbreak of Ebola, which began earlier this year in Guinea, has spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone, killing over 670 people in West Africa. With no vaccine and no cure, the virus is deadly for up to 90 percent of those infected. Two U.S. aid workers are now being treated for the virus in Liberia. And on Sunday, Liberia announced it's shutting most of its border crossings after an infected man flew from there to Nigeria. We discuss the Ebola epidemic and the challenges in treating and containing it.

Mon, Jul 28, 2014 -- 10:00 AM
Mon, Jul 28, 2014 -- 10:00 AM Caring for Aging Parents

Taking care of elderly parents can be a challenging, emotional and complicated task. We discuss ways to handle the practical and emotional issues around caring for your parents as they age.

Mon, Jul 28, 2014 -- 9:00 AM
Mon, Jul 28, 2014 -- 9:00 AM Disproportionate Rates of Melanoma Found in Marin County

A new study shows Marin County has disproportionately higher numbers of melanoma skin cancer than the rest of the Bay Area. The report from the Cancer Prevention Institute of California noted that melanoma incidence was 60 percent higher in Marin compared to the state as a whole. Experts join us to explain the findings and offer skin safety and screening tips for the summer.

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