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Oakland's Highland Hospital is the primary source of care for many uninsured people in the area. Local filmmaker Peter Nicks and his team decided to turn their lens on the hospital's emergency room, where patients can wait up to 14 hours or more. He called the documentary "The Waiting Room," a compilation of interviews with nurses, hospital administrators and patients ranging from a pregnant woman assaulted by her ex-boyfriend, to a man hobbling on his swollen foot. Nicks joins us to talk about his behind-the-scenes look at Highland Hospital and what health care is like for today's uninsured.
Richmond's Measure N is a proposed one-cent-per-ounce tax on local businesses that sell sugar-sweetened drinks. Supporters say the tax will promote public health by providing millions of dollars for anti-obesity and recreation programs. But opponents argue that the measure would hurt local business, and say there's no guarantee the money would be spent on anti-obesity programs. Should local governments tax soda?
The protaganist of Louise Erdrich's new novel, Joe Coutts, was 13 years old when his mother was brutally raped on their Native American reservation. "The Round House," centers around Joe's story, and how he searches for justice, while trapped between tribal laws and his desire for revenge. New York Times bestselling author Louise Erdrich joins us to discuss the novel, the second book in a planned trilogy that began with the 2009 Pulitzer Prize finalist "The Plague of Doves."
When nudity became an everyday occurrence at the Castro's Jane Warner Plaza, San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener felt the situation had gotten out of hand. Now, he has proposed legislation requiring people to wear clothing most places in the city, or pay a fine. Is the proposal simply common sense, as supporters argue? Or does it criminalize nudity and hamper freedom of expression?
When author Sandra Cisneros lost her mother, she says she felt alone like "a glove left behind at the bus station." That loneliness is central to Cisneros' latest book "Have You Seen Marie?", a colorful fable about the search for a lost cat, illustrated by Ester Hernandez. The author of "The House on Mango Street" joins us to talk about storytelling, Chicano art and what it takes to overcome the loss of someone beloved.
Dan Rothstein and Luz Santana think students aren't asking enough questions in today's classrooms. Instead, the co-founders of The Right Question Institute are proposing a new learning method: let students ask their own questions, and have the teacher there as a facilitator. They believe it's important for all students to learn how to ask their own questions, and in doing so, they'll better understand the math problem or historical period they're studying. So what are the right questions? We invite educators, parents and students to join the discussion.
President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney met for the second 2012 presidential debate Tuesday night in New York. Join us for in-depth analysis of the debate.
Recent studies show that coral cover along Australia's Great Barrier Reef has shrunk by half since the mid '80s as warmer seas, storms and starfish colonies kill off organisms. We'll discuss the health and preservation of these fragile ecosystems.
Proposition 38 on the November state ballot would increase tax rates on most Californians until 2025, mostly to fund public education. Supporters of the proposition say that unlike rival tax initiative Prop. 30, Prop. 38 earmarks money specifically for schools. Critics call the measure an unfair tax hike on the middle class that will do nothing about the deep funding cuts already looming for education.
With Proposition 30, Governor Jerry Brown is asking California voters to back an increase in sales and income taxes to support education and public safety. This year's state budget depends on the money from this proposition. Supporters say well-off Californians should give more to sustain public schools. But critics say the measure is a large tax increase which would hurt the state's economy and business climate. And backers of a rival tax initiative -- Prop. 38 -- say Prop. 30 doesn't guarantee new money for education beyond existing general fund spending.
In 2005, Ang Lee became the first Asian-American to win the Academy Award for best director for "Brokeback Mountain." His newest film is "The Life of Pi," an adaptation of Yann Martel's Booker Prize-winning novel about a young boy stranded at sea with a Bengal tiger. We talk to Ang Lee about adapting novels to film, and about his past works including "The Ice Storm" and "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon."
Small businesses and Silicon Valley innovation are the keys to re-invigorating U.S. manufacturing. That's the message of Ro Khanna's new book, "Entrepreneurial Nation: Why Manufacturing is Still Key to America's Future." What are his plans for reviving the economy? Ro Khanna joins us to discuss his job creation ideas and his political aspirations.