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Mon, Nov 3, 2014 -- 10:00 AM
Mon, Nov 3, 2014 -- 10:00 AM The Earth's Few Remaining Dark Spots

For most of human history, nighttime meant deep darkness. But today, the majority of the world's population no longer experiences a truly dark and starry night. For his book, "The End of Night," author Paul Bogard traveled to the world's few remaining naturally dark places, like the Sahara Desert. We'll talk to Bogard about his book, and find out about the National Park Service's Night Skies program, which seeks to curb light pollution.

Mon, Nov 3, 2014 -- 9:30 AM
Mon, Nov 3, 2014 -- 9:30 AM City College Accreditation Trial Enters Second Week

A California Superior Court is considering whether the commission trying to revoke City College of San Francisco's accreditation acted fairly in its evaluation process. The non-jury trial enters its second week on Monday and is in response to a lawsuit brought by San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera. We get the latest on the trial.

Mon, Nov 3, 2014 -- 9:00 AM
Mon, Nov 3, 2014 -- 9:00 AM Bay Area Roads in Mediocre Condition, Need Billions to Repair

A new report from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission reveals most of California's roads are in mediocre condition. The report predicts over $7.2 billion will be needed over the next ten years to maintain, repair and replace streets and bridges. In the Bay Area, Brentwood and Dublin streets were in the best condition, while Larkspur and St. Helena streets were in the worst.

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Fri, Oct 31, 2014 -- 10:00 AM
Fri, Oct 31, 2014 -- 10:00 AM Video Highlights Severity of Street Harassment

A new YouTube video that's racking up millions of views shows a woman enduring a barrage of catcalls as she walks the streets of New York. Forum discusses the video and the problem of street harassment. We want to hear from you: how do catcalls make you feel? And what have you found is the best way to respond to unwanted comments?

Fri, Oct 31, 2014 -- 9:30 AM
Fri, Oct 31, 2014 -- 9:30 AM Enforced Ebola Quarantines Spark Debate

A Maine nurse who recently returned from treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone defied her 21-day quarantine by taking a bike ride. The quarantine is voluntary and the nurse has tested negative for Ebola, but Maine's governor said he would use the "full extent" of his authority to keep her out of public places. Meanwhile, California health officials said Wednesday that the state is requiring a 21-day quarantine for people traveling from Ebola-stricken areas who have had contact with infected patients. Forum examines the debate over extended quarantines for people returning from countries affected by Ebola.

Fri, Oct 31, 2014 -- 9:00 AM
Fri, Oct 31, 2014 -- 9:00 AM Apple CEO Tim Cook: 'I'm Proud to Be Gay'

On Thursday, in an essay for Bloomberg Businessweek, Apple CEO Tim Cook publicly confirmed that he is gay. The revelation makes him the first and only openly gay CEO at a Fortune 500 company. In the article, he wrote "I'm proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me." Forum discusses Cook's announcement and its significance.

Thu, Oct 30, 2014 -- 10:00 AM
Thu, Oct 30, 2014 -- 10:00 AM Jacques Pepin Celebrates the 'Heart & Soul' of French Cooking

Celebrated French chef and longtime PBS personality Jacques Pepin has shared his love of cooking with audiences for more than 60 years. His latest series, "Jacques Pepin: Heart & Soul," just finished production and is scheduled to air in the fall of 2015, in time for his 80th birthday.

Thu, Oct 30, 2014 -- 9:30 AM
Thu, Oct 30, 2014 -- 9:30 AM Federal Reserve to End Quantitative Easing

The Federal Reserve confirmed Wednesday, as anticipated, that it will halt its bond-buying program, also known as quantitative easing. Forum discusses the policy's longer-term effects, and what, if anything, the program has done to grow wages and jobs.

Thu, Oct 30, 2014 -- 9:00 AM
Thu, Oct 30, 2014 -- 9:00 AM Giants Win Third World Series in Five Years

The San Francisco Giants beat the Kansas City Royals 3-2 Wednesday night to win their third World Series in five years. We discuss the highlights of Game 7 and the series, including the historic pitching performance of series MVP Madison Bumgarner.

Wed, Oct 29, 2014 -- 10:30 AM
Wed, Oct 29, 2014 -- 10:30 AM Frontline Traces 'The Rise of Isis'

How did the Islamic State become so powerful, seemingly overnight, terrorizing the region, and catching the U.S. government off guard? That's the question Frontline seeks to answer in the new PBS documentary "The Rise of Isis." Forum talks to producer Martin Smith about the program.

Wed, Oct 29, 2014 -- 10:00 AM
Wed, Oct 29, 2014 -- 10:00 AM Bassem Youssef, the 'Jon Stewart of Egypt'

Egyptian Bassem Youssef modeled his popular news show "Al-Bernameg," after "The Daily Show." But unlike Stewart, when Youssef mocked Egyptian leaders, he ended up behind bars and eventually canceled his show. A former heart surgeon who tended to the wounded during the Arab Spring, Youssef joins us to talk about his varied career and the power of satire.

Wed, Oct 29, 2014 -- 9:30 AM
Wed, Oct 29, 2014 -- 9:30 AM California Attorney General's Race: Kamala Harris

As part of our California Election Watch 2014 series, we talk to incumbent Attorney General Kamala Harris, who is seeking a second term. Harris, a Democrat, is running against Republican Ron Gold, who was previously on the show.

Wed, Oct 29, 2014 -- 9:00 AM
Wed, Oct 29, 2014 -- 9:00 AM Pope Francis Spurs Conversation With Statement About Evolution, Big Bang

In a speech Tuesday, Pope Francis said belief in prominent scientific theory such as evolution does not contradict a belief in God. Echoing church statements from as far back as 1950, Francis noted that God "created human beings and let them develop according to the internal laws that he gave to each one" and that God is not "a magician, with a magic wand able to do everything." Forum discusses the ramifications of the Pope's comments and how they frame the emerging picture of his papacy.

Tue, Oct 28, 2014 -- 10:00 AM
Tue, Oct 28, 2014 -- 10:00 AM Colm Toibin's 'Nora Webster': A Powerful Portrait of Grief

Celebrated Irish writer Colm Toibin joins Forum to talk about his new novel, "Nora Webster," a story about a woman who loses her husband in 1960s Ireland. The Guardian calls the book "a rare and tremendous achievement." We'll also ask Toibin about American Conservatory Theater's staging of his controversial play "Testament." Catholic groups are calling the play blasphemous for its portrayal of the Virgin Mary and are demanding the show be canceled.

Tue, Oct 28, 2014 -- 9:30 AM
Tue, Oct 28, 2014 -- 9:30 AM Oakland Nuisance Eviction Law Expanded to Include Prostitution

The Oakland City Council has approved expanding the city's nuisance eviction ordinance to include suspected sex workers. Critics say the new rules give too much power to landlords, and the city, to evict tenants without proving a crime has been committed. Forum discusses the newly expanded nuisance ordinance, which also allows property owners to evict drug dealers and people with illegal weapons.

Tue, Oct 28, 2014 -- 9:00 AM
Tue, Oct 28, 2014 -- 9:00 AM A Split Brazil Re-Elects President Dilma Rousseff

Brazilian voters re-elected Worker's Party candidate and incumbent Dilma Rousseff on Sunday. The election split voters along geographic and economic lines: the country's poorer regions supported Rousseff, while the wealthier southern states supported her challenger, Aecio Neves. Many view Rousseff's victory as support for her social policies that have lifted millions of Brazilians out of poverty. The business community, however, reacted less favorably -- Brazilian financial markets plunged 5 percent amid fear that Rousseff cannot restore consumer confidence. Forum discusses the election and some of the challenges ahead for Rousseff: the sluggish economy, political corruption and weak ties with the U.S.

Mon, Oct 27, 2014 -- 10:00 AM
Mon, Oct 27, 2014 -- 10:00 AM Is California Taking Too Much (Ballot) Initiative?

As Californians head to the polls, we'll take the pulse of the state's initiative process. Critics say that the state ballot is filled with too many confusing propositions that ultimately lead to voter apathy. Supporters say that the process circumvents an often-dysfunctional Legislature. We'll look at the state's long-standing direct democracy system and how, if at all, it should be reformed.

Mon, Oct 27, 2014 -- 9:00 AM
Mon, Oct 27, 2014 -- 9:00 AM Restaurants Replace Tipping with 20 Percent Surcharge

A handful of local restaurants are planning to get rid of tipping, opting instead for a 20 percent service charge that would be automatically included on the bill. The restaurant owners say it would help spread the revenue more evenly amongst waiters and cooks, while critics say it reduces the incentive to provide good service.

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