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On Friday evening, people across the country will turn off their cell phones and laptops to observe the fourth annual National Day of Unplugging. The event is part of the growing "slow tech" movement, which promotes mindful and balanced use of technology. We'll discuss why you might need a break from your electronics, and the best ways to unplug.
A new study reveals previously unknown genetic links between five psychiatric illnesses, including schizophrenia and ADHD. Scientists say the discovery could lead to new treatments, and affect how the diseases are classified.
The Obama Administration has filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court arguing that California's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. We discuss the administration's legal stance on the issue and its potential impact on the court, as well as efforts nationwide to legalize same-sex marriage.
War isn't what it used to be, at least according to the conventional wisdom that modern warfare is now irregular and asymmetric, making traditional forces largely obsolete. But military historian Max Boot argues that guerrilla warfare and insurgency are hardly recent developments. Those tactics were actually common for most of human history. In his new book "Invisible Armies," Boot traces the history of irregular warfare.
Retired boxer Mike Tyson promises to talk about everything in his one-man show, from biting Evander Holyfield's ear to his prison time for rape charges. "Nothing is off limits," Tyson says. The play, "Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth," is directed by Spike Lee and runs for three nights at San Francisco's Orpheum Theatre. The show chronicles the former heavyweight champion's life, from his days being bullied as a kid in Brooklyn to his struggle with drugs and the death of his young daughter.
John Wayne, JFK, Reagan and Bob Hope aren't just celebrities and politicians - they're also airports. Supporters are hoping Harvey Milk will join that roster. One city supervisor is proposing renaming San Francisco International Airport after the former supervisor and gay rights pioneer. But a recent poll suggests 61 percent of likely San Francisco voters oppose that idea. Do you think SFO should be named for Harvey Milk? What would you rename the airport?
When President Obama used Martin Luther King Jr.'s Bible at his second inaugural swearing-in, talk show host Tavis Smiley said he hoped the president would continue Dr. King's legacy by tackling poverty. Smiley is running a national anti-poverty campaign, along with professor and activist Cornel West. Smiley joins us to talk about his hopes for Obama's second term, why he is focusing on poverty in America and the backlash he's gotten for his campaign.
Author Andrew Lam says he robbed his Vietnamese parents of their American Dream the day he told them he wanted to be a writer and not a doctor. But years later, Lam's writing still centers on his Vietnamese roots. Lam joins us to talk about his new book "Birds of Paradise Lost," which focuses on Vietnamese immigrants and their struggles to integrate in the Bay Area. Lam is editor of New America Media, the country's first and largest national collaboration and advocate of ethnic news organizations.
The Mediterranean diet -- which emphasizes things like fruits, vegetables, olive oil and fish -- has long been promoted as a healthy approach to eating. A major new study, published Monday in the New England Journal of Medicine, provides even more reasons to eat like an Italian, Spaniard or Greek. Among the findings: people on a Mediterranean diet had a 30 percent lower risk of major cardiovascular problems compared to people who followed a low-fat diet.
Former Sonic Youth singer and guitarist Kim Gordon says that since she was five years old, all she ever wanted to be was an artist. Music, she says, was just an escape from the art world. Maybe so, but Sonic Youth's groundbreaking sound has influenced everyone from Nirvana to Russian-dissident band Pussy Riot. Sonic Youth disbanded in 2011, after Gordon's marriage to bandmate Thurston Moore ended. But she continues to perform, as well as to create and exhibit her visual art.
Roman Mars produces a radio show and podcast called "99% Invisible" that focuses on design and architecture. But that doesn't just mean buildings: Roman investigates the history of everything from cul-de-sacs and subway escalators to monks who make beer. Roman Mars joins Forum to talk about how "99% Invisible" went from an underground pet project to a Kickstarter success story, and why fans call him "the Ira Glass of design."
Yahoo Inc. told employees last week that they may no longer work from home or other remote locations. The announcement came as a surprise in an industry known for non-traditional work arrangements and generous employee perks. According to the U.S. Census, the number of people working from home has increased steadily, with almost 10 percent of the workforce working from home at least one day a week. We'll discuss flexible work programs: Do they increase or hurt productivity?
Harvard University political philosopher Michael Sandel teaches Harvard's most popular course. It's called "Justice," and explores the often thorny moral and ethical issues underlying the news. Is torture ever justified? Should we bribe people to be healthy? Should a nation be allowed to buy the right to pollute? Sandel returns to Forum to talk about justice.
The sequester -- the $85 billion in spending cuts that Congress and President Obama delayed at the start of the year -- is set to take effect on March 1. The cuts are split between defense and domestic programs, and will slice into Medicare, work assistance, police departments and many other government programs. We talk to experts about the sequester's effects -- both nationally and here in California.