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Wed, Jul 8, 2015 -- 10:30 AM
Wed, Jul 8, 2015 -- 10:30 AM NASA Spacecraft Set to Reach Pluto in Historic Flyby Mission

On Tuesday, NASA will make history as its spacecraft approaches Pluto. The New Horizons spacecraft launched nine years and three billion miles ago, building up to this moment when it will fly by and take new close-up images of the icy terrain with a piano-sized robot. It's a far cry from the days when scientists heatedly debated over whether Pluto was a planet, before classifying it as a "dwarf planet." Astronomers Ken Croswell and Andrew Fraknoi join us to talk about the mission's importance and other new intergalactic discoveries.

Wed, Jul 8, 2015 -- 10:00 AM
Wed, Jul 8, 2015 -- 10:00 AM From Floods to Baby Snatchers: The Dark World of Author Diane Cook

Imagine a neighborhood where it's perfectly normal for babies to be stolen the moment their parents look away. Or waiting in a prison-life facility to be assigned a new spouse after yours died. That's the dystopian future that Oakland author Diane Cook imagines in her short story collection, "Man v. Nature: Stories." The former This American Life producer joins us in studio to talk about her work.

Wed, Jul 8, 2015 -- 9:00 AM
Wed, Jul 8, 2015 -- 9:00 AM San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee Responds to 'Sanctuary City' Critics and Makes His Case For Re-Election

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee joins us to discuss a number of pressing issues facing the city: a housing shortage, growing inequity and allegations of police corruption. We'll also talk with him about the current controversy over San Francisco's "sanctuary city" policies, which are receiving national attention after the killing of a woman at Pier 14, allegedly by an undocumented immigrant.

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Tue, Jul 7, 2015 -- 10:00 AM
Tue, Jul 7, 2015 -- 10:00 AM Kiva Co-Founder Jessica Jackley Shares Stories of Inspirational Entrepreneurs

When Jessica Jackley first visited Uganda she was a recently graduated philosophy major who didn't know the difference between profit and revenue. She did know that the goatherds, seamstresses and farmers she met didn't want her pity, though they did want small loans to start their businesses. Jackley went on to co-found Kiva, a San Francisco-based microlending platform that connects lenders with small business entrepreneurs around the world. In her new book, "Clay Water Brick," Jackley profiles some of the entrepreneurs who have inspired her with their ability to "do the most with the least."

Tue, Jul 7, 2015 -- 9:00 AM
Tue, Jul 7, 2015 -- 9:00 AM Shooting at San Francisco Pier Renews 'Sanctuary City' Debate

A 32-year-old woman was shot dead at San Francisco's Pier 14 last week. The man charged with the crime was in the country illegally despite having been deported five times and convicted of seven felonies. The case has attracted national attention and renewed criticism over San Francisco's "sanctuary city" immigration policies, which prevent local law enforcement from cooperating with federal immigration authorities.

Mon, Jul 6, 2015 -- 10:00 AM
Mon, Jul 6, 2015 -- 10:00 AM Bay Area Economist Outlines Solutions to California's Public Pension Woes

Last year, California's public pension system had over $300 billion in assets - enough to meet only 77 percent of its obligations to public employees, retirees and their families. In his new book, "California Dreaming," Lawrence McQuillan notes that the predicted shortfall threatens more than public employees' retirements, but may also seriously disrupt public services, limit the borrowing capabilities of state and local governments, and impose huge costs on taxpayers. McQuillan, an economist and senior fellow at the think tank The Independent Institute, suggests six reforms that he says are key to solving California's pension crisis.

Mon, Jul 6, 2015 -- 9:00 AM
Mon, Jul 6, 2015 -- 9:00 AM Greece's Economy Hangs in Balance After 'Greferendum'

Greece needs up to 60 billion euros over the next three years to stabilize its finances, according to the International Monetary Fund. The analysis comes in advance of Sunday's referendum, when Greek citizens will vote on whether to accept the latest terms of the European Union's bailout. We'll get an update on the referendum and the threat the Greek debt crisis poses to the Eurozone and to the U.S. economy.

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