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Your smartphone can track your stock portfolio, find the best risotto in town and remind you about Mom's birthday. But what if your phone could tell you when you're about to have a heart attack? Or lower your chance of diabetes? Silicon Valley is investing in the latest health apps, which are projected to become a multi-billion dollar business. Will people use these devices instead of going to doctors? And how will health apps change the way people take care of themselves or make health care decisions?
The state of California faces no budget deficit for the first time since the recession, Governor Jerry Brown announced on Thursday as he released his new budget plan. The spending blueprint gives a huge boost to K-12 and higher education and implements federal health care reform. But it doesn't restore funds to social services, which have experienced deep cuts in recent years. We'll examine the details.
From grass-fed shaking beef to locally sourced golden chanterelles to salt-roasted pear sorbet, San Francisco has long been a hub of dining innovation. What new restaurants or old standbys are your favorites? We get the latest from dining critics on the best cuisine and dining trends in the Bay Area.
Moraga teenager Ryan Andresen has, for the second time, been denied the Boy Scout's highest award of Eagle Scout because he is openly gay. We discuss the Boy Scouts of America's policies barring homosexuals. Do these national policies affect your views of scouting?
Lillian Rubin is 88 and her health is declining. After watching her husband slip into Alzheimer's, she says she wants to choose when and how she dies. Should we make that final choice for ourselves? Or should we prolong life no matter the costs? We examine these questions, and how social policies shape our views on aging.
Governor Jerry Brown has declared the prison emergency over in California. He has asked a federal court to lift the population cap it imposed on state prisons, and to remove federal oversight of inmate medical care. The governor says California has done enough to improve conditions in its prisons, and that further reducing the population would jeopardize public safety. We analyze the state's progress on prison reform and discuss the best path forward.
Philip Choy grew up in San Francisco's Chinatown and went on to become an architect in the Bay Area. His new book "San Francisco Chinatown" reveals the culture and history of the district, and highlights landmarks like the distinctive YWCA Residence Club, designed by architect Julia Morgan, and Willie "Woo Woo" Wong Playground, named after a former USF basketball star. What's your favorite Chinatown building or historic site?
The new movie "Zero Dark Thirty," about the hunt and capture of Osama bin Laden, opened in some Bay Area theaters over the weekend. While the film has been widely praised by critics, it has come under fire for its depiction of torture and the role of "enhanced interrogation" in bin Laden's capture.
Bay Area-based author, former Twitter employee and self-described "media inventor" Robin Sloan joins us to talk about his acclaimed debut novel, "Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore."
The price of Bay Area rentals and for-sale homes rose sharply last month, by as much as 16 percent in some areas. San Francisco ranked as the second-healthiest housing market in America, according to the real estate site Trulia. Why are prices rising, and how are costs affecting Bay Area residents?