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It's wedding season, and brides, grooms and their photographers are popping up in scenic spots everywhere. What makes a wedding meaningful? Can stressful wedding preparation taint a marriage? What are some of the most special moments -- and the biggest flops -- of weddings you've been to or been in?
The future of transit, housing and land use in the Bay Area is the subject of a grand plan now being created by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the Association of Bay Area Governments. Plan Bay Area has its supporters and detractors, some of whom are critical of what it would do to the area's low-wage workers. We talk with the key players to find out what's at stake as they draft a blueprint for growth.
On July 1, at the height of the summer camping and hiking season, dozens of state parks are slated to close due to budget cuts. But park supporters and politicians are scrambling to keep many sites open through partnerships, corporate sponsorships and other fundraising efforts. We'll get the latest on the unprecedented closings. Is one of your local parks shutting its gates? What will it mean for your community?
This year's state budget morass is coming down to one main issue: welfare benefits. Governor Jerry Brown is proposing $880 million in cuts to welfare while Democratic legislators say that will hurt those who need help the most. One day before the constitutional deadline to pass the budget, we discuss the budget negotiations and proposed cuts with legislators and state Capitol watchers.
Former George H. W. Bush senior speech writer and author Christopher Buckley returns to Forum to talk about his latest book, "They Eat Puppies, Don't They?" It's a comic novel satirizing U.S.-China relations, political subterfuge and America's ongoing fascination with the Dalai Lama.
Crews are set to begin digging for the 1.6-mile Central Subway in San Francisco that critics have called the world's shortest and most expensive subway line. The project awaits $942 million in federal dollars, money that Republicans in Congress are trying to withhold. We'll discuss the project and the coming traffic snarls.
It's rare to get a glimpse into the world of psychotherapy since protecting a patient's privacy is so important. But psychotherapist and professor Louis Breger has managed to give an intimate portrait of what happens on the therapist's couch in his new book, "Psychotherapy: Lives Intersecting," by having his former patients write about their experience.
Drones are taking a major role in President Obama's national security efforts, which is surprising to some and sensible to others. But it's safe to say that all around, using drones raises big moral questions about the transparency of war, civilian casualties and setting geopolitical precedence.
Writer Dave Eggers returns, this time with a much-anticipated new novel "A Hologram for the King," which follows a struggling, middle-aged American businessman working in Saudi Arabia. Eggers joins us to discuss the book and one of its central themes: the decline of American manufacturing.
America prizes itself as the land of opportunity. But Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz says that the vast and growing inequality between the haves and have-nots has shot the American dream of opportunity to the ground. Stiglitz believes it's high time for economic rehab and reform, arguing that the consequences of doing nothing will affect not just the poor, but also the rich.