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San Francisco musician Chuck Prophet joins us to talk about his 12th studio album, "Temple Beautiful," released in February. He describes it as an "unsentimental (though loving) tour of San Francisco" that taps into "the history, the weirdness, the energy and spontaneity" of the city.
Legendary jazz innovator Roscoe Mitchell joins us to talk about a lifetime of music. One of the founders of the influential 1960s free jazz group The Art Ensemble of Chicago, Mitchell has pushed the boundaries of contemporary music across genres.
One in 88 U.S. children has been diagnosed with autism or a related disorder, according to new federal data. The rate has increased by more than 20 percent between 2006 and 2008, due in part to wider awareness and better screening. We look at the new numbers, and discuss the latest research on risk factors and causes.
Many sexual problems result from a disconnect between what people say they want and what they focus on in the bedroom, says Palo Alto-based therapist Marty Klein. In his new book "Sexual Intelligence," Klein writes that too often, people obsess about performance or what is considered "normal."
The U.S. Supreme Court has wrapped up three days of hearings on the federal health care overhaul. While the White House believes the health care law will be upheld, some analysts think the justices have signaled they are prepared to invalidate the individual mandate, which could put the entire law at risk.
As part of our "In My Experience" series spotlighting the personal stories of our listeners, we talk with a panel of former prisoners about their crimes, their experience inside prison and their struggles to make it on the outside.
As family violence experts convene in San Francisco for a national conference, we discuss advances in domestic violence screenings and counseling with medical experts and advocates. We'll also examine the impact that domestic violence has on the health of children, teens and adults, and share ideas for putting an end to it.
The Berkeley-based Center for Investigative Reporting announced Tuesday that it would merge with The Bay Area News Project, which operates The Bay Citizen. If approved by state regulators, the merger would create the largest nonprofit investigative journalism endeavor in the nation. We discuss the merger and look at the potential impact on the local media landscape.
Would you be willing to pay more at parking meters if it meant you'd be more likely to find an open spot? As part of a pilot project, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency has distributed smart parking meters throughout the city that can track where parking is densest and set rates accordingly. The goal is to keep one parking spot open on each block. We discuss the impact of the program so far.
We speak with the commanding officer and a plain clothes supervisor at the police station in the Bayview Hunter's Point neighborhood of San Francisco about their efforts to curb crime and build trust in this community located along San Francisco's southeastern waterfront.
In his most recent book, "Need, Speed, and Greed," The Economist's Vijay Vaitheeswaran suggests that risk-taking innovation is the only way for companies and entrepreneurs to survive in a disruptive era of globalization. And since the benefits of growth aren't being shared equally, he thinks that rich societies must find a path to inclusive growth or else risk being left behind.
Documentary-style theater has been in the spotlight ever since public radio show "This American Life" retracted a piece by performer Mike Daisey. The story, which was found to contain fabrications, was drawn from Daisey's one-man show on Apple's labor practices in China. We talk to some leading docu-theater producers and performers about their craft, and about the line between art and journalism.
President Obama has called on the nation to do some "soul-searching" after the shooting death in Florida of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. The incident has sparked protests across the nation. We speak with local African-American men about the tragedy and their own experiences.