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Are too many plums falling from a local tree? Beans gone wild in the garden? Or maybe you just crave the perfect pickle or can't stand the idea of only tasting cherries a few weeks a year. It may be time to dive into canning, fermenting, pickling and preserving. Urban hipsters may be fueling the trend the past few years, setting sauerkraut bubbling in vats all over San Francisco kitchen counters, but preserving food goes way back. You may even want to try Nostrodamus' recipe for quince jelly. We talk with experts about preserving food, share recipes and techniques, and take your questions.
After the big Supreme Court decisions this week, what's next for same-sex marriage, affirmative action, and voting rights? Can an immigration reform bill pass the House of Representatives? And where in the world is NSA leaker Edward Snowden? We talk to a panel of experts about the week's news developments.
This week's U.S. Supreme Court decisions on same-sex unions have thrust the institution of marriage into the spotlight. We talk about the latest research on the keys to wedded bliss. Whether you're straight or gay, what does marriage mean to you? What are the secrets to a happy and fulfilling union? Or if you're divorced or getting over a failed relationship, what did you learn about what makes a great partnership?
In the wake of revelations about the NSA's secret surveillance programs, more information is coming forth about how police departments store the data they collect from license plate readers. Mounted on police cars, the devices can log photos of thousands of license plates in a single day's shift. The Center for Investigative Reporting found that millions of these records are being stored in local intelligence fusion centers, one of which is funded by a Silicon Valley firm with ties to the Pentagon and the CIA. Supporters say the license plate data help law enforcement catch criminals -- but others say the photos are a violation of privacy and make it easy to track law-abiding citizens.
Unions representing over 2,000 BART employees voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to authorize a strike, which could begin as early as Monday, potentially affecting hundreds of thousands of daily commuters. The employees are demanding wage and cost-of-living increases. BART, meanwhile, wants workers to contribute to pensions, pay more for health insurance and reduce overtime expenses. Unions also filed a lawsuit earlier this week alleging unfair labor practices, accusing BART of refusing to bargain in good faith over worker safety.
U.S. Senators this week approved a deal that heightens security along the U.S.-Mexico border, which is expected to smooth the way for bipartisan Senate passage of an immigration bill backed by the White House. We'll discuss what's in the bill and how it might impact undocumented immigrants with a panel of expert immigration lawyers. They're in San Francisco for a meeting of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.
The U.S. Supreme Court issued two long-awaited decisions today, striking down the Defense of Marriage Act as unconstitutional, and ruling that Proposition 8 supporters did not have standing to bring the case, thus clearing the way for same-sex marriage in California. We talk about how the Justices ruled, and what these watershed decisions mean for the state.
A new Frontline investigative documentary uncovers the stories of migrant women who say they have been sexually assaulted in America's fields and packing plants. The women reportedly endure harassment and sexual assault in silence, for fear of risking their jobs or being deported. Frontline spent a year investigating this story in collaboration with the Center for Investigative Reporting, UC Berkeley's Investigative Reporting Program, and Univision. We discuss the investigation.
The American Medical Association decided recently to classify obesity as a disease. Their decision has drawn controversy: Supporters say the label could spur health insurers and the government to fund anti-obesity services. But opponents say obesity is a risk factor, and calling it a "disease" further stigmatizes overweight people. We discuss the controversy.
Khaled Hosseini transported readers to his native Afghanistan with his best-selling novels "The Kite Runner" and "A Thousand Splendid Suns." He returns with a new novel, "And the Mountains Echoed." Spanning over 50 years, the book portrays Afghanistan through the lens of a family coping with separation and tragedy. Hosseini joins us to discuss the book, as well as the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan.
Why is Congress so helpless and so hopeless? That's the question Robert Kaiser investigates in his new book, "Act of Congress: How America's Essential Institution Works, and How It Doesn't." The longtime Washington Post correspondent tells the story of the financial reform bill, known as the Dodd-Frank Act, and its journey through Congress, and what the passage -- or failure to pass -- a bill says about our larger democracy today.