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In August 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. stood before thousands of people in front of the Lincoln Memorial and delivered those historic words, "I Have a Dream." Almost 50 years later, that iconic speech still resonates. We remember the March on Washington and talk to those who worked alongside Dr. King -- including one who helped pen that famous "I Have a Dream" speech -- about Dr. King's legacy and where the civil rights movement stands today.
Governor Jerry Brown wants to dramatically restructure the way California allocates funding to schools by providing extra funds to districts with large numbers of needy students. But critics say the formula benefits mostly urban areas to the detriment of more affluent suburban districts. We'll discuss the plan and check in with some Bay Area school districts to get their response.
The connection between diet and health has been well established -- but can eating your broccoli really help you live longer? We'll discuss the latest research on nutrition and longevity with researchers from Marin's Buck Institute on Research in Aging. We also check in with Rebecca Katz, author of the new cookbook "The Longevity Kitchen."
The Dow Jones industrial average rocketed to a record high this week, the highest since the recession. Is this a sign our economy is recovering? Or is it just a short-term spike? We talk about what this means for the economy, market growth, jobs, housing and the road ahead.
On Tuesday night, the Bay Bridge's western span shone with 25,000 white lights, in what has been billed as the world's largest LED light sculpture. We'll talk about the ambitious installation, designed by artist Leo Villareal. What do you think of the Bay Lights? How does it stack up against other large-scale public art projects?
Kenyans waited in lines stretching up to one mile Monday to vote in that country's first presidential election since 2007. Gangs with machetes have reportedly killed at least 15 people, stirring memories of the bloody violence that left over 1,200 dead during the 2007 elections. We talk about what these current elections mean for Kenya, Africa and the world -- and why the leading candidate may also face a war crime trial at The Hague.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez died Tuesday at the age of 58, after a battle with cancer. We'll discuss the controversial leader's career and look at what lies ahead for Venezuela, the fourth-largest oil supplier to the United States and, under Chávez, a U.S. adversary. We will also consider the likely successor to Chávez and discuss whether his socialist and revolutionary agendas will continue after his death.
Shortly after moving to Princeton, New Jersey in 1984, Joyce Carol Oates began drafting a story based on the Victorian-era history of the area. After setting the manuscript aside for 30 years, Oates has finished what became a gothic thriller, "The Accursed." The novel combines portrayals of historical figures like Upton Sinclair and Woodrow Wilson with surreal elements -- including vampires, demons and ghosts. We talk to the celebrated author about her new novel and prolific career.
San Francisco Republican Party Chair Harmeet Dhillon made history over the weekend. She became the first woman to be elected vice chair of the state GOP. A practicing Sikh of Indian descent, she endured several racial slurs during the course of her campaign. We talk to Dhillon about her unusual career -- including a stint as a board member with the ACLU -- her vision for the party, and her experiences as a Republican in San Francisco.
Scientists say a two-year-old Mississippi girl who was born with HIV has been cured of the infection. If the findings are confirmed, AIDS specialists say the case is a game changer in the search for a cure. She is the first child and only the second person to have been cured of HIV. While the adult was cured with a bone marrow transplant, the baby was treated with drugs early and aggressively -- and researchers say the case may change the way they treat HIV-infected people.
We talk with Pulitzer Prize-winning author, journalist and playwright Lawrence Wright. His new play on the life of Italian journalist Oriana Fallaci premieres at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre this week. Fallaci, who died in 2006, was well-known for her controversial interviewing style. She once threw her chador off in protest while speaking with Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini. Wright himself is no stranger to controversy. His latest book "Going Clear" is an in-depth investigation into Scientology and its ties to Hollywood. We'll talk about the fallout from the book and discuss how Fallaci influenced Wright's own journalistic work.
The deadline to come up with a deal to avoid sequestration has come and gone. President Obama made some dire predictions about the March 1 deadline, so what political and economic fallout are we actually dealing with? Now that Chuck Hagel's rocky confirmation as defense secretary is over, will John Brennan, Obama's pick for CIA director, get the same treatment? We'll take a look at the big political stories of the week with a team of Washington experts.