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Fri, Nov 27, 2015 -- 10:00 AM
Fri, Nov 27, 2015 -- 10:00 AM Wine Writer Karen MacNeil on 'Laser Beam' Riesling and Bargains for the Holiday Table

Called "America's missionary of the vine" by Time Magazine, Karen MacNeil has traveled the world and tasted over 10,000 wines from regions as varied as the Mediterranean coast to China's Sichuan Province. The Bay Area oenophile joins us to discuss all things wine, including what bargains might be had for the holiday table. And we want to hear from you -- what stumps you in the wine aisle? What do you want to know about drinking wine?

Fri, Nov 27, 2015 -- 9:00 AM
Fri, Nov 27, 2015 -- 9:00 AM David Brower and the Making of the Environmental Movement

As the first executive director of the Sierra Club and founder of Friends of the Earth, David Brower's life is inextricably linked to the history of the modern environmental movement. The Berkeley-native passed away in 2000, but his legacy has been captured in a new biography written by his friend Tom Turner.

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Thu, Nov 26, 2015 -- 10:30 AM
Thu, Nov 26, 2015 -- 10:30 AM Rebroadcast: Swimmer Diana Nyad at 66: Making Waves and Taking Names

On September 2, 2013, Diana Nyad emerged from the water as the first person to successfully swim the 110 miles from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage. She was 64 years old. Nyad had attempted the crossing four times before. She joins us to talk about her new memoir, "Find A Way," and overcoming her personal and professional barriers - including a 30-year break from swimming.

Thu, Nov 26, 2015 -- 10:00 AM
Thu, Nov 26, 2015 -- 10:00 AM Rebroadcast: Pulitzer Winner Adam Johnson Returns With 'Fortune Smiles'

Adam Johnson won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction for his novel, "The Orphan Master's Son," about propaganda and power in North Korea. In his new short story collection "Fortune Smiles," Johnson turns his lens mostly back to our American shores -- and even the Bay Area -- as his characters struggle to maintain their humanity amid technology's temptations and the loss that comes from cancer and natural disasters.

Thu, Nov 26, 2015 -- 9:30 AM
Thu, Nov 26, 2015 -- 9:30 AM Rebroadcast: Steve Silberman Explores the Forgotten History of Autism

Today, one in 68 children is on the autism spectrum, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Yet despite decades of research, there is much we don't know about the disorder. We discuss the evolving definition, hidden history and public perception of autism with "NeuroTribes" author Steve Silberman.

Thu, Nov 26, 2015 -- 9:00 AM
Thu, Nov 26, 2015 -- 9:00 AM Rebroadcast: The Psychology of Extreme Altruism

Some people go to great lengths to help others, even when it comes at a high personal cost: the couple who adopts 20 orphans, the woman who donates a kidney to a stranger, the man who starts a leper colony. New Yorker staff writer Larissa MacFarquhar profiles these extreme "do-gooders" and others like them in her book, "Strangers Drowning." We'll hear about what drives these rare individuals and consider, with MacFarquhar, how much we can and should help others.

Wed, Nov 25, 2015 -- 10:30 AM
Wed, Nov 25, 2015 -- 10:30 AM Annual Dickens Fair Brings a Victorian Christmas to the Bay Area

Charles Dickens is loved by generations of readers. You'll find some of his characters walking around at "The Great Dickens Christmas Fair," an annual Bay Area event where thousands of devotees lovingly reenact the sights and sounds of a Victorian Christmas, including everything from hot mulled wine to historically-accurate hoop skirts.

Wed, Nov 25, 2015 -- 10:00 AM
Wed, Nov 25, 2015 -- 10:00 AM StoryCorps' Call to Action: Interview an Elder for 'Great Thanksgiving Listen'

StoryCorps has archived over 65,000 interviews of family and friends asking one another about everything from falling in love, to being a single mom, to fighting in combat. And this Thanksgiving weekend StoryCorps has a very ambitious goal for Thanksgiving weekend -- to double that number. The organization has launched a new mobile app to make interviewing family members easier. Forum talks with StoryCorps founder Dave Isay to get some interviewing how-to's and about the effort to preserve the stories of an entire generation over a single holiday weekend.

Wed, Nov 25, 2015 -- 9:30 AM
Wed, Nov 25, 2015 -- 9:30 AM Despite Hot Economy, Bay Area Food Banks Struggling to Meet Demand

Bay Area food banks are ramping up their donation drives in the final days before Thanksgiving, but many are still coming up short. Officials at San Jose Sacred Heart Community Service say rising housing prices have increased the demand for their services and that they still need 1,500 turkeys for their Thanksgiving meals. We'll check in with local food banks about their holiday and year-round needs.

Wed, Nov 25, 2015 -- 9:00 AM
Wed, Nov 25, 2015 -- 9:00 AM King Tides Arrive, May Bring Flooding to Bay Area

Flooding is expected in parts of the Bay Area this week as part of a tidal pattern known as King Tides. The higher than normal tides will occur mid to late morning and may bring sea water to low-lying areas like underpasses and coastal trails. We discuss the science behind the King Tide phenomenon, which some say might become the new normal as sea levels continue to rise.

Tue, Nov 24, 2015 -- 10:00 AM
Tue, Nov 24, 2015 -- 10:00 AM Winter Books 2015: Listeners Pick Their Favorite Reads

As cold weather settles into the Bay Area, Forum opens the phone lines for our biannual book show when listeners share their favorite reads. We invite you to pull up a chair, pour a mug of tea and tell us about your favorite books. What's your most memorable recent read? What books are you planning to give as gifts this year? And is an e-book ever an appropriate gift?

Tue, Nov 24, 2015 -- 9:00 AM
Tue, Nov 24, 2015 -- 9:00 AM Debate Over Syrian Refugees Heads to Senate

In the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks, Americans are increasingly polarized on whether to accept refugees fleeing war-torn Syria. President Obama has proposed allowing at least 10,000 Syrian refugees to resettle in the United States this year, but the House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a bill requiring new background checks on Syrian and Iraqi refugees that would effectively halt them from entering the country. Forum discusses the politics of the issue as the bill heads to a fight in the U.S. Senate.

Mon, Nov 23, 2015 -- 10:00 AM
Mon, Nov 23, 2015 -- 10:00 AM Robert Reich on How to Change Capitalism to Work for the Many

In his new book "Saving Capitalism" former Clinton administration labor secretary Robert Reich lays out the many ways he thinks the free market has failed America, including creating a "working poor" and a "non-working rich." The solution, Reich suggests, is to reframe economic policy so that it looks more after the interests of the individual than those of the corporation.

Mon, Nov 23, 2015 -- 9:30 AM
Mon, Nov 23, 2015 -- 9:30 AM The Golden State Warriors' Formidable Start

We'll check in on how the Golden State Warriors played over the weekend and discuss their efforts to break the NBA record for most consecutive wins to start the season, which currently stands at 15-0. We'll also get an update on Coach Steve Kerr who is out because of a back injury.

Mon, Nov 23, 2015 -- 9:00 AM
Mon, Nov 23, 2015 -- 9:00 AM Pew: More Mexicans Leaving the U.S than Arriving

Since 2009, more Mexicans have left than come into the United States, according to a report released by the Pew Research Center. The report signals the first major shift in immigration patterns from Mexico since the 1970's. Reuniting with family was cited as the main reason for Mexicans returning to their home country. We'll discuss the findings.

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