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Michael Krasny hosted his first Forum program on February 15, 1993 -- 20 years ago today. During that first show, he promised to continue the program's commitment to in-depth news and political programming while opening up "new vistas in the arts...and the life of the mind." We mark Michael's milestone by turning the tables on him: he joins Dave Iverson to talk about his two decades behind the Forum microphone.
In Tuesday's State of the Union address, President Obama urged Congress to increase the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $9 an hour by 2015 and to provide for annual cost of living adjustments. The California Assembly will also consider a bill which would raise state hourly rates to $9.25 by 2016. We discuss the politics and economics of the proposed minimum wage increases, and the impacts on workers and businesses alike.
A meteor exploded in the sky above Russia's Ural Mountains today, causing a shock wave that damaged buildings across a vast territory and injured hundreds of people with flying glass.
Univision is the dominant Spanish-language TV channel in the United States, and it's looking to further expand its base. It recently teamed up with Disney to launch Fusion, the first 24-hour cable channel aimed at Latinos who speak English. Univision's Isaac Lee joins us to discuss outreach to the booming Latino population, how it tackles immigration coverage and the importance of ethnic media.
President Obama said in his State of the Union speech on Tuesday that every child in the U.S. should get a high-quality preschool education. So, what makes a good preschool? We'll discuss play-based versus more academic preschools, and what the latest research says is the best way to prepare a toddler for the world.
The Navy SEAL who says he killed Osama bin Laden has left the service and, according to a new profile in Esquire magazine, now feels abandoned by the military, with inadequate health coverage, no pension and no security detail. We talk with Phil Bronstein, the author of the piece, about the details of bin Laden's shooting and the hardships faced by even the most elite military personnel when they return to civilian life. And we discuss the controversy surrounding the article. Critics say the piece mischaracterizes the services the government provides to veterans. Among other charges, they say the article failed to acknowledge the health benefits to which bin Laden's shooter is entitled.
Bay Area residents might find it hard to mock Los Angeles for its traffic congestion anymore. A recent report ranks the San Francisco-Oakland area right alongside L.A. for traffic delays, second only to Washington, D.C. Bay Area commuters waste 61 hours per year sitting in their cars because of congestion. Where is the worst traffic in the Bay? And what does so much idling mean for drivers and the environment?
"There is no prior period of change that remotely resembles what humanity is about to experience," writes Al Gore in his new book "The Future." And he's not just talking about climate change. Gore explores the six forces he says will reshape our world in the years to come. The former vice president, Nobel Peace Prize-winning environmentalist and entrepreneur joins us in the studio. We'll talk about the book as well as the controversial recent sale of his cable network Current TV to Al Jazeera, for which he reportedly earned $100 million.
In a surprise announcement Monday, Pope Benedict XVI said he would resign this month after less than eight years in office. He's the first pope to resign in nearly 600 years, when Pope Gregory XII stepped down, and the first to have done so voluntarily since Celestine V in 1294. We'll get news from Rome, and check in with Bay Area Catholics about who might be a successor and about the future of the Catholic Church in the U.S. and worldwide.
Performer, teacher and theater director Rhodessa Jones has spent her rich and varied career merging social activism and theater. In the late 1980s she founded the widely acclaimed Medea Project: Theater for Incarcerated Women, which in recent years has been exploring the stories of women living with HIV. Jones was recently presented with the San Francisco Mayor's Art Award. We talk with Rhodessa Jones as part of our First Person series on the leaders, innovators and others who make the Bay Area unique.
On Thursday, President Obama told House Democrats that his top priority is job creation. But what else will he focus on in his second term? We'll preview Obama's State of the Union Address. What do you wish the president would say on issues such as national security, unemployment and education?