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Growing up in Queens, John Leguizamo was the class clown. His classroom disruptions were so entertaining that his teacher finally handed him the number for an acting instructor. In his one-man play, "Ghetto Klown," actor John Leguizamo talks about the barriers facing Latinos in Hollywood, his struggles to impress his father, and his rise from extra in a Madonna music video to successful film actor.
In recent years, cancer specialists have warned that aggressive early screening for people at low risk for breast cancer may do more harm than good because it can lead to unnecessary treatment. Yet expensive awareness campaigns -- featuring those ubiquitous pink ribbons -- continue to encourage early screening and mammograms. Forum discusses breast cancer awareness and research, and the role of the high profile "pink ribbon" campaign.
San Francisco's internationally lauded LINES ballet is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a collaboration between LINES artistic director and choreographer Alonzo King, and acclaimed double bassist and composer, Edgar Meyer. Forum talks with King and Meyer about modern ballet, the rewards and perils of artistic collaboration and the current season of LINES.
On Tuesday, Israel accused Syria of using chemical weapons against rebels, citing reports of victims foaming at the mouth. President Obama has said chemical weapons would be crossing a "red line" and "game changer," to which the U.S. would respond. The U.S. also just doubled its aid to Syrian rebels, pledging to give $123 million in body armor and other supplies. We hear the latest news and discuss America's options with the Syria situation.
This week's surprisingly hot weather has a lot of people in the Bay Area daydreaming at their desks about redwood hikes, remote campsites and lakeside lounging. We gather a panel of experts on the best camping and weekend getaways in or near the Bay Area. Where is your favorite weekend getaway destination?
Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter Mark Mazzetti reveals how the CIA transformed from a spy outfit into a paramilitary organization focused on controversial targeted killings. In his new book "The Way of the Knife," Mazzetti talks about the increased use of drone strikes, and how the U.S. military is taking on more of the CIA's intelligence and information-gathering role.
In Isabel Allende's new novel "Maya's Notebook," the 19-year-old protagonist journals about her happy childhood in Berkeley -- and her later escapades involving drugs, sex and crime in Las Vegas, as she hides out from her pursuers on an island off the coast of Chile. Allende joins us to talk about the book, and about how she weaves her passion for her home country into her writing. Allende recently won the Carl Sandburg Literary Award, given to authors who have made significant contributions to the written word.
Flights were delayed across the country on Monday, the first day of furloughs for air-traffic controllers under federal across-the-board budget cuts. Meanwhile, a bankruptcy court recently gave American Airlines approval to merge with US Airways, potentially creating the world's biggest airline. We'll examine what air travelers can expect in the coming busy summer travel season.
Conservative businessmen Charles and David Koch are considering a bid to buy the Tribune Company's eight regional newspapers, including The Los Angeles Times. Liberal website the Daily Kos and progressive advocacy group Courage Campaign have collected thousands of signatures protesting the move. We discuss Koch Industries' bid, and explore how it fits in with the companies' libertarian political agenda.
Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Hedrick Smith argues that over the past 40 years, aggressive deregulation, pro-business tax policy and the demise of corporate responsibility have undermined the American dream. Smith discusses what he sees as the growing concentration of wealth in the hands of a few, its implications for the middle class and what it would take to restore shared prosperity in the U.S.
After placing the city of Boston on lockdown, police captured the second suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings late on Friday. Nineteen-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaeva was found hiding in a boat docked in a backyard after a citywide sweep by SWAT teams, military Humvees and police dogs. The other suspect, his older brother, died after a car chase and police shootout. We get the latest news from Boston, and discuss how the brothers' suspected involvement in the bombings and their Chechen roots will affect homeland security and beyond.