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Journalist Sarah Elizabeth Richards thought she could step away from the panic of her ticking biological clock and postpone motherhood by freezing her eggs. She spent nearly $50,000, but says it was the best investment she ever made. We talk with Richards and a fertility specialist about the benefits and risks of freezing eggs, the hefty price tag and what it means for women to delay motherhood. Do you have questions about freezing eggs? What would make you consider doing it?
Electronic cigarettes would be regulated like other tobacco products under a bill passed by the California State Senate last week. The legislation, which heads to the Assembly Friday, would prohibit public e-cigarette usage wherever the real thing is currently banned. Backers of the bill say the battery-powered disposable devices, which produce a nicotine vapor, still pose health risks to users and those around them. But industry groups say e-cigarettes provide a safer alternative to smokers looking to quit.
The Gallery of California Natural Sciences at the Oakland Museum of California opens its doors Friday after several years of renovation. The new gallery spotlights seven areas around the state, featuring recreations of lava tubes from Mt. Shasta and a detailed model of Oakland's Lake Merritt and its wildlife. Douglas Long, the museum's senior curator of natural sciences, joins us to discuss how the gallery shows the ties between people and nature, and what we can do to improve wild habitats.
On his trip to Asia this week, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is expected to reassure allies that the Obama administration's so-called "Pacific Pivot" is still on track. The "pivot" -- a shift in military and economic focus to the Asia-Pacific region -- is a major priority for the administration. But it has been hampered by Pentagon budget cuts and delays in negotiating the controversial "Trans-Pacific Partnership," a multinational free-trade agreement. We'll discuss the pivot, and the state of U.S.-Asian relations in advance of President Obama's meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Southern California next week.
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee plans to present his two-year spending plan to the city's Board of Supervisors on Friday, which is expected to top $7 billion annually. The mayor joins us in the studio to talk about the budget, the proposed Golden State Warriors waterfront arena, MUNI's latest poor report card, how the booming tech industry is changing San Francisco and other issues facing the city and county.
In 2000, Oracle CEO and billionaire Larry Ellison suddenly found himself without a sponsor for his America's Cup team. At the same time, a local yacht club was on the brink of bankruptcy. San Francisco Chronicle journalist Julian Guthrie tells the story of how Ellison teamed up with a car mechanic running the yacht club, and after a decade of trial and error, won the prestigious sailing race. Guthrie joins us to discuss her book "The Billionaire and the Mechanic," as well as the ongoing funding and safety problems facing the America's Cup race, which is being held in San Francisco this summer.
What is life like for a freshman congressman in one of the most gridlocked eras in modern political history? Democratic Rep. Jared Huffman, who represents California's North Coast, joins us to discuss his brief tenure in the Beltway and his legislative priorities. We'll also talk to the former environmental lawyer about his work on energy efficiency and water issues.
The Bay Area is a hotbed of the "maker culture," and in the second hour of our special broadcast from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, we explore what's being made here -- and why. Public radio production team The Kitchen Sisters, Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva, take us through some of the highlights of their series "The Making Of...," a partnership with KQED Public Radio. The series profiles a variety of local creators: people making jam, creating opera, and even constructing the new Bay Bridge span. "The Making Of..." is also holding live demonstrations as part of the SFMOMA's free four-day celebration before the museum temporarily closes for expansion.
On June 3, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art will close its doors for nearly three years as part of a massive $610 million expansion project that will add a new wing, nearly doubling the museum's gallery space. We bid farewell to the SFMOMA in its current state with a special broadcast from the museum's Schwab Room. We'll talk about plans for the museum's future, and the off-site programing SFMOMA will present at other museums and around the Bay Area during the temporary closure.
Are extroverts more persuasive than introverts? Does commission motivate good workplace performance? Daniel Pink examines the science of sales including a variety of everyday tasks that involve what he calls "non-sales selling." The author and former speechwriter for Al Gore joins us to talk about his new book, "To Sell is Human: The Surprising Truth about Moving Others."
How does saliva work? Why doesn't your stomach digest itself? And did constipation really kill Elvis? In her new book "Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal," Mary Roach chronicles the surprisingly exciting journey that food undertakes in the human body. Roach joins us to talk about everything you ever wanted to know -- or might be disgusted to know -- about the digestive process.
Author and trend-spotter Douglas Rushkoff says humans are living in the present more than ever before. But he isn't talking about a serene Zen-like state of being in the moment. Instead, thanks to mobile devices and other technology, "presentism" is characterized by a constant state of distraction, and a need for immediacy which affects virtually everything: the way we tell stories, invest money, and even evaluate politicians. Rushkoff joins us to talk about his new book, "Present Shock.
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 human history. In his new book, "Invisible Armies," Boot traces the history of irregular warfare.