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Actor and writer Rob Corddry is perhaps best-known for his stint as a popular correspondent on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart." Corddry went on to appear in hit movies like "Hot Tub Time Machine," and he won a 2012 Emmy for his medical drama-spoof "Children's Hospital." We'll check in with Corddry about his career, his new horror film "Warm Bodies" and how his wife taught him how to speak like a zombie. Corddry performs at SF Sketchfest this Saturday.
When rapper and producer Tom Shimura (aka Lyrics Born) was at UC Davis, he and his friends at the campus radio station found they shared a taste for innovative, underground hip-hop. The group, which also included artists like DJ Shadow and Blackalicious, went on to create the influential SoleSides record label. Today, Berkeley-based Lyrics Born performs around the world, and his music is heard frequently in movies, video games and TV shows like HBO's "Entourage." He joins us to talk about his latest album, and his new ebook "Yes, Bay Area," a selection of his locally flavored tweets from the past few years.
The United States Postal Service this week announced it will no longer deliver mail on Saturdays, starting this summer. The USPS is deep in the red, and taking Saturdays off is expected to save about $2 billion per year. But will that money be enough to save the postal service? Should it dip into its pension fund, or even privatize? We talk about what options remain for the USPS, and about a local push to save the historic Downtown Berkeley Post Office from being sold.
Back when George Saunders was a geophysics graduate with dreams of being a writer, the faculty at Syracuse University's creative writing program decided to take a risk on him. They called him their "grand experiment." Today, George Saunders has multiple awards and a MacArthur "Genius" grant to his name, along with a new collection of short stories called "Tenth of December," which the New York Times called "the best book you'll read this year." We talk with George Saunders about crafting a short story and his unique characters.
Gavin Newsom thinks hackers may be the key to good government. California's lieutenant governor and San Francisco's former mayor says officials are often hampered by old equipment and policies. But he thinks the tech community can step in and create apps for better bus schedules, carpooling systems and tracking your tax dollars, among other things. Lt. Gov. Newsom joins us to talk about his new book, "Citizenville: How to Take the Town Square Digital and Reinvent Government." We'll also talk to him about his push to keep jobs in California, and his reportedly rocky relationship with Governor Jerry Brown.
One-third of all single Americans now use dating websites to find potential mates. Has this shift in the way we meet changed the way we think about relationships? In his book "Love in the Time of Algorithms," Dan Slater argues that an efficient, easily accessible pool of singles has made people less likely to stay in unsatisfying relationships out of fear of being alone. But does it also make it hard to commit when a better option may just be a mouse-click away?
Until this week, little was known about the legal framework the U.S. government operates under when ordering the killing of its citizens. But now a leaked Justice Department memo outlines the legal case for some of these attacks. Civil liberties groups decry the policy as an overreach of executive authority. The leak comes as the Obama administration's nominee for CIA director, John Brennan, a drone program supporter, is due to appear before the Senate for a confirmation hearing.
President Obama made a statement this morning about the nation's finances, just a day after he signed a debt ceiling bill suspending the nation's borrowing limit until May 18. We discuss the president's speech.
Thousands of San Francisco's so-called soft-story homes -- three-story or higher wood-frame buildings built before 1978 -- are vulnerable to earthquakes. On Tuesday, the city's Board of Supervisors will look at a proposal to mandate earthquake retrofitting of these structures by 2020.
Five-hundred years after he died in battle, scientists have discovered the skeleton of King Richard III under a British parking lot. The short-reigned monarch is known as a Machiavellian hunchback who purportedly committed atrocious murders on his journey to the throne. But the king has modern day supporters who say he was unfairly maligned both by the Tudor monarchs who succeeded him and in William Shakespeare's portrayal. We discuss the finding and the legacy of King Richard III.
Author Meghan Laslocky thought she had it bad when it came to love: she's been dumped 12 times. But then she discovered that Ernest Hemingway stole his wife's job when their marriage was collapsing. And that Lord Byron sent a breakup letter to his girlfriend, and had his new lover sign it. Laslocky joins us to talk about her new work "The Little Book of Heartbreak," and the history of lost love in movies, art and literature. What was your worst breakup? And how did you cope?
Should local governments in California have the power to ban medical marijuana outlets? That's the question the state Supreme Court will take up on Tuesday in a closely watched case. Meanwhile, things are heating up in Oakland, where the Harborside Health Center marijuana dispensary faces possible closure by the U.S. Justice Department. We get the latest on the state's pot wars.
Our panel of Monday morning quarterbacks analyzes Sunday's Super Bowl matchup in New Orleans between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens.