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Tue, May 26, 2015 -- 10:00 AM
Tue, May 26, 2015 -- 10:00 AM Mark BIttman, UC Berkeley Team Up to Cover California Agriculture

New York Times columnist Mark Bittman is currently a visiting fellow at UC Berkeley's Food Institute. We'll talk to the "How to Cook Everything" author about his upcoming video series on California's changing agriculture and food production systems. We'll also hear what Bay Area food spots have become Bittman's favorites.

Tue, May 26, 2015 -- 9:00 AM
Tue, May 26, 2015 -- 9:00 AM Patriot Act's Surveillance Provision Up for Renewal

Congress is scheduled to vote on a controversial provision in the Patriot Act over the Memorial Day weekend. The legislation expires on June 1, including Section 215, which government agencies have used to justify collecting the phone records of millions of Americans. While FBI officials claim its surveillance programs have helped deter terrorism, critics say security should be balanced with protecting privacy and urge reforming the current legislation.

Mon, May 25, 2015 -- 10:30 AM
Mon, May 25, 2015 -- 10:30 AM How a Goshawk Helped a Daughter Grieve

British author, poet and naturalist Helen Macdonald's new book is a memoir about her father's unexpected and sudden death. It's also a detailed look at how she learned to overcome her grief by training a goshawk, a bird with a reputation as "murderous, difficult to tame, sulky, fractious and foreign." Macdonald joins us to talk about her acclaimed book, "H is for Hawk."

Mon, May 25, 2015 -- 10:00 AM
Mon, May 25, 2015 -- 10:00 AM How to Get Kids Away From Screens and Into Nature

Paleontologist and "Dinosaur Train" host Scott Sampson says that the average American child spends about four to seven minutes a day outside. In his new book "How to Raise a Wild Child," Sampson calls on parents to become "nature mentors" and help their kids connect to the outdoors. We'll talk with Sampson about how to raise kids who love nature at a time when gratification is only a click away.

Mon, May 25, 2015 -- 9:30 AM
Mon, May 25, 2015 -- 9:30 AM Veterans Use Tattoos to Share Their War Stories

War veteran Ron "Doc" Riviera says, "Every tattoo on my body tells a story. If people would just ask, they wouldn't get a movie or a book, they'd get the real thing." Riviera is part of an online exhibit called "War Ink," which uses the stories behind veterans' body art to bridge the often difficult gap between the civilian and military worlds. On this Memorial Day, we'll hear from three soldiers who participated in the project.

Mon, May 25, 2015 -- 9:00 AM
Mon, May 25, 2015 -- 9:00 AM War Photographer Lynsey Addario

Lynsey Addario is no stranger to war. The MacArthur Award-winning photographer has covered conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria, embedding herself with soldiers and capturing rare pictures of warlords and civilians caught in the crossfire. She has also survived two kidnappings and a horrific car accident overseas. In her new memoir, "It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love and War," she takes a candid look at her nomadic life and her struggle to find love and motherhood while pursuing a dangerous career.

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Fri, May 22, 2015 -- 10:00 AM
Fri, May 22, 2015 -- 10:00 AM David Kelley on How to Unlock Creative Confidence

Growing up in Ohio, David Kelley was the type of kid who would take apart car engines and washing machines. Today, the founder of the design firm IDEO and Stanford's design school focuses on creative ways to fix problems, from upgrading the Apple mouse to solving traffic jams. He joins us to talk about the importance of cross-collaboration, his book "Creative Confidence" and how each person can unlock his or her own creativity.

Fri, May 22, 2015 -- 9:30 AM
Fri, May 22, 2015 -- 9:30 AM Suicide Rate Nearly Doubles for Black Youth

A new study reveals the suicide rate for black children has nearly doubled since the early 1990s, while the suicide rate for white children fell. The study, published in the national medical journal JAMA Pediatrics, looked at youth ages 5 to 11 from 1993 to 2012. We look at the possible reasons for the rise in suicides.

Fri, May 22, 2015 -- 9:00 AM
Fri, May 22, 2015 -- 9:00 AM Cleanup Underway in Santa Barbara Coast Oil Spill

An underground pipeline that ruptured Tuesday has released at least 21,000 gallons of crude oil onto the beach and into the ocean along the Santa Barbara coast. The U.S. Coast Guard estimates the oil slicks stretch for nine miles. As cleanup efforts continue, we look at the environmental impacts of the spill, what may have caused it and what can be done to prevent future incidents.

Thu, May 21, 2015 -- 10:00 AM
Thu, May 21, 2015 -- 10:00 AM Becoming Peter Coyote

Actor Peter Coyote has lived many lives. He grew up wealthy in New York and went on to become a prominent figure in San Francisco's counterculture scene of the '60s. In his new memoir "The Rainman's Third Cure," the longtime Marin resident reflects on the many influences in his life, from his violent father to a Mafia consiglieri to poet Gary Snyder.

Thu, May 21, 2015 -- 9:30 AM
Thu, May 21, 2015 -- 9:30 AM Airbag Defect Spurs Largest Auto Recall in U.S. History

On Tuesday, a Japanese manufacturer facing scrutiny for fatal airbag ruptures doubled its recall of affected cars to 34 million, making it the largest automotive recall in U.S. history. In a complete turnaround, the company Takata admitted its airbags are defective. The problematic airbags explode and expel shrapnel and have been tied to six deaths and more than 100 injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it is still determining all of the models that need to be recalled, but said affected automakers include Honda, Toyota, Nissan and Chrysler.

Thu, May 21, 2015 -- 9:00 AM
Thu, May 21, 2015 -- 9:00 AM Banks Plead Guilty, Pay Billions to Settle Currency Rigging Charges

Five of the world's largest banks including JPMorgan Chase and Citigroup will pay fines totaling $5.7 billion for manipulating foreign exchange rates. Four of the banks will plead guilty to U.S. criminal charges for their operation of a self-described "cartel" which regulators say defrauded consumers, investors and institutions around the world. We look at the settlement and its implications for future regulation of the global foreign exchange market.

Wed, May 20, 2015 -- 10:00 AM
Wed, May 20, 2015 -- 10:00 AM Mona Eltahawy on Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution

Journalist Mona Eltahawy made a bold statement when she wrote in a 2011 cover story for Foreign Policy magazine that Middle Eastern countries "hate women." Eltahawy explores this idea in-depth in her new book, "Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution." Eltahawy joins us to share her own story of sexual assault at the hands of Egyptian riot police, why she chooses not to wear the hijab and what life is like for women in the Middle East after the Arab Spring.

Wed, May 20, 2015 -- 9:30 AM
Wed, May 20, 2015 -- 9:30 AM Giants' Manager Bruce Bochy Shares His 'Book of Walks'

Since joining the San Francisco Giants as manager in 2006, Bruce Bochy has brought home three World Series trophies and earned accolades for his managerial maneuvering, all the while maintaining his trademark calm demeanor. What's the secret to keeping that famously large head cool? Walks. Not the intentional baseball kind, but the leisurely, reflective variety. Bochy joins us to discuss his favorite walking routes, the team's performance so far in 2015 and the much anticipated return of outfielder Hunter Pence.

Wed, May 20, 2015 -- 9:00 AM
Wed, May 20, 2015 -- 9:00 AM ISIS Gains in Iraq Renew Questions about U.S. Strategy

Fighting among Islamic State militants and Shia-led militias continues around the Iraqi city of Ramadi, following the city's fall to ISIS over the weekend. The city's capture, which occurred despite increased air strikes in the region, has renewed criticism of the United States' efforts to defeat the Sunni extremist group. We discuss the political and military implications of the fall of Ramadi and whether the U.S. should rethink its strategy in the region.

Tue, May 19, 2015 -- 10:00 AM
Tue, May 19, 2015 -- 10:00 AM Navigating the Changing World of Self-Publishing

Do you have a novel you've been thinking about self-publishing, but you're worried about "self-publishing stigma"? Wondering if there are advantages of publishing an e-book as opposed to a paperback? Are you stumped as to where to find a good editor? We'll check in on the changing world of self-publishing, consider the pros and cons of the traditional publishing industry and answer your self-publishing questions.

Tue, May 19, 2015 -- 9:00 AM
Tue, May 19, 2015 -- 9:00 AM Charles Murray: Civil Disobedience Key to Ending Government Overreach

Who could ever be expected to grasp, let alone obey, the over 1,000 pages of the Affordable Care Act or the 800-plus pages of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act? These are examples of a regulatory environment run amok, according to social scientist and "Bell Curve" author Charles Murray. In his latest book, "By the People," Murray argues that the power of the federal government can no longer be reduced through the political process alone and that civil disobedience must play a role in reform. We'll get Murray's ideas on what's wrong with government today and how he thinks we should fix it.

Mon, May 18, 2015 -- 10:00 AM
Mon, May 18, 2015 -- 10:00 AM The Best Deals and Destinations in Summer Travel

The dollar is strong, which makes this summer a great time for international travel. That is, if you can afford the expensive flights. If not, there are plenty of great summer vacation spots just a drive away. We talk with three travel writers to get their tips and take listeners' questions.

Mon, May 18, 2015 -- 9:30 AM
Mon, May 18, 2015 -- 9:30 AM Berkeley Approves Radiation Warning for Cell Phones

Last week, Berkeley passed the nation's first cell phone "right to know" ordinance, requiring retailers to warn customers of potential radiation exposure. Industry groups are expected to sue to block the law. And while many scientists and medical professionals say evidence of harm is inconclusive, nearly 200 scientists have called on the United Nations and World Health Organization to adopt tougher regulations for phones and other products that emit electromagnetic fields.

Mon, May 18, 2015 -- 9:00 AM
Mon, May 18, 2015 -- 9:00 AM San Jose Police Chief Responds to Racially Disparate Detention, Search Rates

During the first nine months of 2014, blacks and Latinos made up two thirds of drivers stopped by the San Jose Police Department. Taken together, the groups make up about a third of San Jose's population. Once stopped, blacks and Latinos were also more likely to be ordered out of their cars and searched. San Jose Police Chief Larry Esquivel and the police officer's union say the data reflect the city's focus on gang prevention and high-crime neighborhoods. We'll hear from the San Jose Mercury News, who analyzed the police department data, and talk to Chief Esquivel about his department's relationship with minority communities, the use of body cameras and public safety in San Jose.

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