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Mon, Jan 26, 2015 -- 10:00 AM
Mon, Jan 26, 2015 -- 10:00 AM Dan Savage on Love, Sex, Parenting and Helping LGBT Youth

For more than two decades, Dan Savage has offered relationship and sex advice in his syndicated column, "Savage Love." The column, where no topic is off limits, has since spun off into a podcast and a show on MTV. Savage actively speaks out about politics and his "It Gets Better" campaign, which aims to prevent suicides among LGBT youth.

Mon, Jan 26, 2015 -- 9:00 AM
Mon, Jan 26, 2015 -- 9:00 AM Community Colleges to Offer Four-Year Degrees

California is in the final stages of allowing 15 community colleges, including two in the Bay Area, to start offering four-year bachelor's degrees in selected subjects. Supporters say the state's pilot program will give more people access to higher education and provide the state with much needed skilled labor. Critics claim it will increase competition within higher education institutions. The move coincides with President Obama's proposal to offer two years of free community college tuition, which he outlined in his State of the Union address. We look at the potentials and pitfalls of both programs.



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Fri, Jan 23, 2015 -- 10:00 AM
Fri, Jan 23, 2015 -- 10:00 AM How Technology is Transforming Prosthetics and the Lives of Amputees

In the last decade, innovations in 3D printing, advanced bionics and other technologies have led to marked improvements in the form and function of prosthetics. These days, it's not uncommon to see amputees rock climbing, dancing and showing off custom-designed limbs. We explore the changing field of prosthetics.

Fri, Jan 23, 2015 -- 9:00 AM
Fri, Jan 23, 2015 -- 9:00 AM As Measles Outbreak Spreads, Concerns About Undervaccination Rise

A measles outbreak that began at Disneyland in December grew to nearly 70 cases on Wednesday. Most of those infected were not vaccinated against the disease. The news follows a Kaiser Permanente study published earlier this week that identified clusters of underimmunization and vaccine refusal around Northern California. We discuss the study's findings and the causes and implications of the measles outbreak.

Thu, Jan 22, 2015 -- 10:00 AM
Thu, Jan 22, 2015 -- 10:00 AM Richard Pryor's Bay Area Awakening

Comedian Richard Pryor's wife described her husband as having "incredible light, incredible darkness, and incredible joy." In his new book "Becoming Richard Pryor," author Scott Saul dives deep into Pryor's childhood in an Illinois brothel and his artistic and political evolution in 1970s Berkeley. Saul joins us to discuss the making of a comic genius.

Thu, Jan 22, 2015 -- 9:00 AM
Thu, Jan 22, 2015 -- 9:00 AM California Revisits Right-to-Die Legislation

After the highly publicized death of Brittany Maynard, the California woman who moved to Oregon to end her life legally, California lawmakers have unveiled a bill to allow physician-assisted death for terminally ill patients. The bill legalizes the prescription of fatal medications to mentally competent patients with less than six months to live. We look at what this latest bill means for California and the debate over the right to die.

Wed, Jan 21, 2015 -- 10:30 AM
Wed, Jan 21, 2015 -- 10:30 AM 'Survival in Paradise' Recounts Journey From War-Torn Holland to the Caribbean

In 1942, Manfred Wolf and his family escaped Nazi-occupied Holland, ending up on Curacao, an island in the southern Caribbean Sea. In his new memoir "Survival in Paradise: Sketches from a Refugee Life in Curacao," Wolf describes the challenges of coping with displacement and loss in the aftermath of world war.

Wed, Jan 21, 2015 -- 10:00 AM
Wed, Jan 21, 2015 -- 10:00 AM Miranda July Unearths 'The First Bad Man'

Miranda July's first feature-length film "Me and You and Everyone We Know" won top prizes at the Cannes and Sundance Film Festivals. But the filmmaker is also an actress and award-winning short story author. Her debut novel, "The First Bad Man," is about a lonely woman whose comfortable routine is destroyed when her boss's daughter enters her life. The story explores the struggle between fantasy and reality and the different ways love can change a life. Miranda July joins us to discuss her work.

Wed, Jan 21, 2015 -- 9:00 AM
Wed, Jan 21, 2015 -- 9:00 AM President Obama Focused on Economy, Middle Class in State of the Union

We analyze the State of the Union Address President Barack Obama gave on Tuesday evening. The president highlighted economic recovery and his plan to strengthen the middle class. We'll review his proposals -- including tax hikes for the wealthy, two free years of community college and new investment in infrastructure projects -- and we'll discuss their likelihood of adoption in a Republican-controlled Congress.

Tue, Jan 20, 2015 -- 10:00 AM
Tue, Jan 20, 2015 -- 10:00 AM Bay Area Boom: Where's the Prosperity for Lower-Wage Workers?

For all the talk about the prosperity of the tech boom, more than a third of Bay Area jobs pay less than $36,000 per year. We look at what the current economic boom means for low- and middle-income workers as part of KQED's Boomtown series, examining the effects of the Bay Area's economic surge.

Tue, Jan 20, 2015 -- 9:30 AM
Tue, Jan 20, 2015 -- 9:30 AM Rebels Take Over Presidential Palace in Yemen

Recent reports out of Yemen suggest that Shia Houthi rebels have siezed the presidential palace in Sanaa. We will get the latest updates on the unfolding situation in Yemen, a key U.S. ally in the fight against al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula.

Tue, Jan 20, 2015 -- 9:00 AM
Tue, Jan 20, 2015 -- 9:00 AM Oxfam: Richest 1% Will Own More Than the Rest of the World By 2016

The anti-poverty group Oxfam released a report Monday saying that by 2016, the world's richest one percent will own more wealth than the rest of the world combined. The report comes just ahead of the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum at the ski resort of Davos, Switzerland, where billionaires and world leaders gather discuss inequality and other issues.

Mon, Jan 19, 2015 -- 10:00 AM
Mon, Jan 19, 2015 -- 10:00 AM How to Talk to Kids About Race

With protests over police killings of black men dominating the news, many parents have been forced into a situation they might prefer to avoid: talking to their kids about race. Do you encourage them to see the world through colorblind glasses, or do you explain the hard truths of racism? How early do you have that conversation? For multiracial families, the discussion can get even more complicated. On the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, we'll discuss how best to broach racial issues with kids.

Mon, Jan 19, 2015 -- 9:30 AM
Mon, Jan 19, 2015 -- 9:30 AM Judge Issues Temporary Ruling in City College Accreditation Dispute

On Friday, a judge issued a temporary ruling that may allow City College of San Francisco to resubmit evidence in its fight to maintain accreditation. We'll discuss the decision and its possible effects on the college.

Mon, Jan 19, 2015 -- 9:00 AM
Mon, Jan 19, 2015 -- 9:00 AM Supreme Court Will Rule on Same-Sex Marriage

By the end of June, the U.S. Supreme Court will have decided whether same-sex couples across the nation have a constitutional right to marry. On Friday, the high court agreed to hear cases from four states that have banned gay marriage, laying the groundwork for a landmark decision that will establish a national standard.

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