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Is the unseasonably warm weather wilting your wisteria? Sapping your strawberries? Taxing your tomatoes? Whether you're a seasoned grower with a huge backyard, or you're taking a first crack at a window box of herbs, our panel of gardening and landscaping experts will advise, share stories and cheer you on.
More people currently die of suicide than in car accidents, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The suicide rate rose sharply among Americans between 35 and 64, jumping by about 50 percent for men in their 50s and women in their early 60s. Some experts suspect financial woes and abuse of painkillers may be contributing to the increase in suicides among Baby Boomers.
Abraham Lincoln is said to have remarked that he wasn't concerned about whether or not God was on his side. Instead, he was more concerned about being on God's side. In his new book, theologian Jim Wallis explores what it means to be aligned with the divine in an age of political dysfunction and bitter hyper-partisanship. Wallis joins us to discuss his book "On God's Side," and his call for a national conversation on the meaning of "the common good" in both our politics and our personal lives.
Last year, U.S. Congresswoman Jackie Speier was named to the top "150 Fearless Women of the World" by Newsweek and The Daily Beast, as an outspoken advocate for women's rights. A member of the House Armed Services Committee, she has also pushed for accountability for rape in the military and is a staunch gun control advocate. Her district includes the southwest corner of San Francisco and most of San Mateo County.
Kai Ryssdal has had a number of jobs: Naval aviator, Foreign Service officer in China, bookstore employee and even KQED intern. And since 2005, he has been the host of American Public Media's economic show "Marketplace." Ryssdal joins us in-studio to "do the numbers" with his trademark humor, and talk about covering everything from credit default swaps to Halloween candy.
The majority of drivers responsible for the deaths of pedestrians faced no criminal charges during a five-year period from 2007-2011 in the largest Bay Area counties, according to a new review by the Center for Investigative Reporting. One-third of the pedestrians killed were legally in the crosswalk when they were hit. We discuss pedestrian safety and driver accountability.
It was a long-running joke in actress and filmmaker Sarah Polley's family. Why doesn't she look more like her father? In her new documentary "Stories we Tell," Polley tries to get to the bottom of that mystery -- while also attempting to better understand her glamorous and free-spirited mother, who died when Polley was 11. But the greatest revelations in the new film involve the nature of storytelling itself. Polley joins us to discuss the film, which is showing as part of the San Francisco International Film Festival.
Messages of support have been pouring in for pro basketball player Jason Collins, who wrote in the new issue of Sports Illustrated, "I'm a 34-year-old NBA center. I'm black. And I'm gay." That declaration makes him the first openly gay male athlete playing on an American major league sports team. We talk about what impact Collins' announcement may have on sports at all levels.
In 2011, a National Academy of Sciences report called for the creation of a "knowledge network of disease" to help researchers and doctors share information and patient data more effectively. Such a network would also allow scientists and clinicians to access data on the molecular makeup of diseases, vastly improving diagnosis and treatment. But the concept -- known as "precision medicine" -- is already raising ethical questions and concerns over patient privacy. We talk to the heads of National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration and UCSF about precision medicine, the subject of a two-day summit in San Francisco this week.
Local fans of show tunes, torch singers, and "The Great American Songbook" are in luck: Five time Grammy-nominated singer and pianist Michael Feinstein is opening a new cabaret in San Francisco. Feinstein returns to Forum to talk about the new club, and about his work preserving and promoting America's musical heritage.
Since 1980, City Arts & Lectures has been bringing leading authors, artists, and other luminaries to the Herbst Theater in San Francisco -- and to public radio listeners across the country. Now, the series has its own very own home: The Nourse Theatre, a 1693-seat former school auditorium closed to the public for over 30 years. We talk with founder and director Sydney Goldstein about the new Civic Center space and about her vision for the future of City Arts.
Starting Thursday, President Obama will meet with Mexico's leader, Enrique Pena Nieto. Immigration, economic issues and drug cartels are reportedly at the top of the agenda. We discuss U.S.-Mexico relations, and what concerns local Mexicans in the Bay Area have.