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Baseball season has just begun. What are the prospects this year for the San Francisco Giants and Oakland A's?
The new four-part PBS Series "America Revealed" explores the hidden food, energy, transportation and manufacturing systems that keep America running. We talk to host Yul Kwon about the new program, and about his unique career. The multi-talented Stanford grad has also worked at Google and the FCC. He's also the first Asian-American to win the CBS reality show "Survivor."
This year's deadline to file income tax returns has been extended to April 17th. We open the phone lines and invite listeners to pose their questions about the current tax code, as well as what resources are available to taxpayers.
The National Archives has released long-awaited raw data from the 1940 census, providing a snapshot of America at that time. What do the numbers tell us about life in the Bay Area in 1940? How have things changed?
A coalition of doctor and consumer groups says Americans get too many unnecessary medical tests and treatments. The Choosing Wisely Initiative has just released a list of tests and procedures that they say doctors should prescribe less frequently. But some of the recommendations -- for example that patients debilitated with advanced cancer shouldn't get chemotherapy -- are likely to cause concern.
Boosting creativity is not a magical process, says journalist Jonah Lehrer. In his newest book, "Imagine: How Creativity Works," Lehrer explores different thought processes that anyone can use to foster creativity. He also debunks the myth that creativity is a gift possessed only by the few.
Students at the University of California are receiving a biased and compromised education from activist professors. So says a new report by the privately funded National Association of Scholars. We discuss the report, and what it sees as the "politicization of higher education."
Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, kept under house arrest by the government for decades, has been elected into Parliament. Pro-democracy activists cheer her new role in government, but worry about the role she'll be able to play in a Parliament dominated by the military-backed ruling party.
San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon joins us to discuss his strategies for reducing violent crime in tough budget times, and new initiatives like putting neighborhood courts in local police stations. He'll also talk about making the unusual transition from police chief to district attorney.
Seven people were killed Monday in a mass shooting at a small Christian college in Oakland. The suspected gunman, a former student, is in custody. We discuss the latest news on the shooting.
Diane Ackerman and her husband Paul West have both enjoyed long literary careers. West suffered a stroke in 2003 that left him with aphasia, an inability to produce or understand words. Ackerman's memoir, "One Hundred Names for Love" examines the impact this had on their word-filled relationship.
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors is considering legislation that would restrict the Police Department's relationship with the FBI in counterterrorism activities. The Board is expected to give final approval to the "Safe San Francisco Civil Rights" ordinance on Tuesday. But SFPD Chief Greg Suhr says that the legislation is unnecessary since it is already department policy.
The Alliance of American Manufacturing, a labor-business partnership, is running local billboard ads protesting the use of "100-percent foreign steel" in the new Bay Bridge span. State transportation officials counter that most of the steel in the bridge is actually domestic. We examine the controversy. Is domestic sourcing still feasible in big infrastructure projects?