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Tue, Sep 2, 2014 -- 10:00 AM
Tue, Sep 2, 2014 -- 10:00 AM Daniel Levitin on 'The Organized Mind'

Neuroscientist Daniel Levitin gives practical advice to those of us drowning in email, constantly misplacing our belongings and struggling to multitask in his new book, "The Organized Mind." We'll talk with Levitin about staying focused and productive in the face of information onslaughts. Levitin is also the author of "The World in Six Songs" and "This is Your Brain on Music."

Tue, Sep 2, 2014 -- 9:00 AM
Tue, Sep 2, 2014 -- 9:00 AM NATO: Russia Violated Ukraine's Sovereignty

NATO accused Russia of violating Ukrainian sovereignty by sending equipment and combat troops into eastern Ukraine to support pro-Russian rebels. Russia denies this. In response, European leaders planned to meet Saturday to discuss the possibility of further sanctions. We'll discuss the latest developments in Ukraine.

Mon, Sep 1, 2014 -- 10:30 AM
Mon, Sep 1, 2014 -- 10:30 AM Michael Franti and Spearhead

Long before he reached the top of the charts with "Say Hey" in 2009, Michael Franti was well known in the Bay Area for his eclectic music and social justice activism. We rebroadcast a conversation with Franti and in-studio performance from his band Spearhead from June 10. We also talk to the Oakland-born, Davis-raised artist about his music and politics.

Mon, Sep 1, 2014 -- 10:00 AM
Mon, Sep 1, 2014 -- 10:00 AM Richard Linklater Elevates the Ordinary in 'Boyhood'

For his new film "Boyhood," director Richard Linklater filmed with the same cast over a 12-year period to tell the story of a boy growing up. It was a risky experiment, but critics are raving about the film, which Slate's Dana Stevens calls "a gradually unfolding miracle." We listen back to a July 17 conversation with Linklater about "Boyhood," his career and his unorthodox approach to cinematic storytelling.

Mon, Sep 1, 2014 -- 9:30 AM
Mon, Sep 1, 2014 -- 9:30 AM Hospice Doctor Finds Calling Through Near-Fatal Accident

While an undergraduate at Princeton University, BJ Miller was electrocuted and nearly died, and the accident left him a triple amputee. Today, as executive director of the Zen Hospice Project in San Francisco, he has built his life work around the care of others who are approaching death. We listen back to a July 14 conversation with Miller, as part of our First Person series on local leaders and innovators.

Mon, Sep 1, 2014 -- 9:00 AM
Mon, Sep 1, 2014 -- 9:00 AM The Debate Over Part-Time Work

On-call and part-time employment is on the rise. But some on-call employees complain that unpredictable schedules create burdens when it comes to going to school or finding childcare. That's prompting some cities like San Francisco to propose new protections for workers, such as extra pay and advance notice of shifts. We listen back to a debate on part-time work from July 23, 2014.

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Fri, Aug 29, 2014 -- 10:00 AM
Fri, Aug 29, 2014 -- 10:00 AM DEA Tightens Rules for Widely Prescribed Painkiller

Deaths from prescription drug overdoses have tripled since the late 1990s, recently prompting the Drug Enforcement Administration to tighten the rules around prescribing drugs like Vicodin, which contain the opiate hydrocodone. We'll discuss recent developments in what many are calling an epidemic of prescription drug abuse.

Fri, Aug 29, 2014 -- 9:00 AM
Fri, Aug 29, 2014 -- 9:00 AM Who Should Have Earthquake Insurance?

Last weekend's South Napa Earthquake is a dramatic reminder to Bay Area property owners that they're vulnerable. The city of Napa estimates that it has sustained $300 million in damage so far to privately owned buildings. And yet, only one of nine Californians has earthquake insurance. We'll discuss who should have earthquake insurance and how to get it.

Thu, Aug 28, 2014 -- 10:00 AM
Thu, Aug 28, 2014 -- 10:00 AM Poet Diane Ackerman on 'The Human Age'

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.

Thu, Aug 28, 2014 -- 9:00 AM
Thu, Aug 28, 2014 -- 9:00 AM White Officers Predominate on Bay Area Police Forces

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. 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.

Wed, Aug 27, 2014 -- 10:00 AM
Wed, Aug 27, 2014 -- 10:00 AM Former Stanford President on Challenges Facing Higher Education

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.

Wed, Aug 27, 2014 -- 9:00 AM
Wed, Aug 27, 2014 -- 9:00 AM Bay Area's Old, Leaky Pipes Waste Billions of Gallons of Water

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.

Tue, Aug 26, 2014 -- 10:00 AM
Tue, Aug 26, 2014 -- 10:00 AM How Less Sleep Increases Your Risk of Disease

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.

Tue, Aug 26, 2014 -- 9:00 AM
Tue, Aug 26, 2014 -- 9:00 AM ISIS Gains Ground in Syria; Another Journalist at Risk

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.

Mon, Aug 25, 2014 -- 10:00 AM
Mon, Aug 25, 2014 -- 10:00 AM It Takes Two: The Magic of Innovating in Pairs

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.

Mon, Aug 25, 2014 -- 9:00 AM
Mon, Aug 25, 2014 -- 9:00 AM South Napa Earthquake Rattles Bay Area

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.

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