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Most eyes will be on the final showdown between President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney on November 6. But what about the congressional races? Thanks to redistricting, zealous fundraising and on-camera gaffes, some candidates are now racing neck and neck. So what are the tightest races in California and across the country? And what does it mean for who controls Congress?
Hitting in the final week of a presidential campaign, Hurricane Sandy stirred up the debate on an already divisive topic: the proper size and purpose of government. Mitt Romney and President Obama offer distinct and divergent visions for the role of government. We'll contemplate their competing worldviews with former Labor Secretary Robert Reich, and Stephen Moore of the Wall Street Journal editorial page.
It started off as a monthly art walk between eight galleries in 2006. Today, Oakland's Art Murmur has exploded, drawing as many as 20,000 people to downtown for a vibrant street party featuring live performances, food trucks and more than 30 participating galleries and venues. We talk to the organizers of Art Murmur and First Friday about the event.
The first major retrospective of works by Bay Area visual artist Jay DeFeo, as well as a survey of Jasper John's rich 60-year career will be on display from November 3 at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. We'll discuss the artists and their work with the exhibit curators.
More than $350 million has been spent to sway voters on California ballot initiatives ahead of the November 6 election. We'll look at the money behind the stream of TV ads and campaign mailers. We'll also get the latest news on efforts by state election officials to identify the source of a mysterious $11 million out-of-state contribution to pass Prop. 32 and defeat Prop. 30.
This years election has been the costliest in U.S. history. We follow the money.
Will Mickey Mouse be wielding a light saber sometime soon? On Tuesday, Disney bought Lucasfilm, the Marin-based company owned by "Star Wars" creator George Lucas, for over $4 billion. Disney is now set to release the seventh "Star Wars" film by 2015. So what will this mean for the future of the "Star Wars" franchise ... and for George Lucas?
For international humanitarian aid groups, saving lives inevitably involves compromise -- such as negotiating with despots, putting employees in harm's way and sometimes even promoting military intervention. How do such groups navigate on-the-ground realities while maintaining their principles? We'll discuss these issues and more with Sophie Delaunay, executive director of the U.S. section of Doctors Without Borders.
Young voters turned out in huge numbers four years ago, helping to propel Barack Obama to victory. But this year, polls show that America's youth are less motivated and enthusiastic. What local, state and national issues matter most to young voters in this election? For the past several months, KQED has been talking to college students at Bay Area campuses. We'll hear their voices and talk to experts about the youth vote.
Over half of California is covered in rangeland. Today, 15 million acres of open space are protected because of the Williamson Act, which since 1965, has offered tax relief to ranch and farm owners who preserve their land. But according to new research out of UC Davis, recent cuts to state funding for the act are putting 20 percent of this rangeland at risk for development. We'll discuss the Williamson Act and its impact on conservation and ranching in California.
Hurricane Sandy made landfall early Monday evening on the New Jersey shore, destroying part of the Atlantic City boardwalk. The storm has already caused extensive flooding as well as widespread evacuations and power outages throughout the east coast. We bring you the latest on the monster storm.
Author, essayist and farmer Wendell Berry has been called a modern-day Thoreau and the father of the sustainable food movement. He joins us to discuss his latest story collection, "A Place in Time," the tenth volume in his series about the mythical town of Port William. Berry was recently awarded the National Humanities Medal.
The San Francisco Giants are World Series champions, sweeping the Detroit Tigers with a 4-3 victory in extra innings on Sunday night. What was your favorite moment of the team's stunning post-season?