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Coming up on Forum:
Dozens of African migrants drowned in the Mediterranean Sea this week after a boat crammed with more than 130 people deflated near Sicily. More than 1,800 people have died so far this year trying to cross the Mediterranean from Africa. We discuss the migrant crisis in Europe and the conditions in African countries that are leading their residents to dangerous human smuggling networks.
In 2009, San Francisco-based businesswoman and Democratic Party donor Eleni Kounalakis was tapped by President Barack Obama to be the ambassador to Hungary. In her new memoir "Madam Ambassador," Kounalakis recalls how she and her family adjusted to life behind embassy walls and how she navigated the dramatic political changes in Hungary, such as a government crackdown on the media and the rise of far-right extremism.
On May 19, East Bay voters in California's 7th State Senate District will choose a new representative. Their candidates in this special election are Orinda Mayor Stephen Glazer and State Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla -- two Democrats, whose political fate may lie in the hands of Republican voters. We'll cut through the hyperbole of this $5 million-plus race and get the candidates' takes on issues such as taxes, BART strikes and teacher tenure reform.
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On April 30, 1975, North Vietnamese forces took over Saigon, ending more than 20 years of the Vietnam War. The war claimed the lives of 58,282 U.S. soldiers with 1,666 still unaccounted for. Unlike veterans of World War II, many of whom came home to a hero's welcome, Vietnam veterans faced an American public largely opposed to the war. We'll talk with Bay Area Vietnam veterans about the war, their service and their lives after returning home.
Poor families who moved into areas with more opportunity greatly increased their kids' chances of escaping poverty, according to a new Harvard University study. The report found many success stories among those families that moved to areas with higher test scores, a high level of civic engagement and income diversity. Contra Costa County is one such area in the Bay Area. We talk about the study and what it means for those struggling to get out from poverty.
Norwegian writer Karl Ove Knausgaard's autobiographical novel "My Struggle" is an unlikely literary hit. The six-volume, 3,600-page work recounts the mundane events of his life in vivid, sometimes excruciating detail. But the book has become an international bestseller and Knausgaard's dedicated fans include leading authors like Jeffrey Eugenides and Zadie Smith. We'll talk to Knausgaard about the book and his recent two-part essay in the New York Times on traveling through North America.
The high-profile police-involved deaths of Freddie Gray and other African-American men have highlighted what some view as a need for greater police accountability. Body cameras have been offered as one way to provide such accountability and improve transparency. But body cameras raise a host of logistical and ethical questions. We'll look into the debate over body cameras in the wake of announcements by San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee that the city will invest $6.6 million on body cameras and the Justice Department's pledge of $20 million.