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For even the most seasoned parents, everyday responsibilities like enforcing bedtimes, establishing good eating habits and managing sibling infighting can feel overwhelming. We discuss strategies for using positive reinforcement to deal with a range of ordinary parenting challenges throughout a kid's life -- from toddler to teenager -- with Dr. Alan Kazdin, director of the Yale Parenting Center and author of the new book, "The Everyday Parenting Toolkit."
The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges has voted to terminate accreditation for City College of San Francisco. The school could close by summer of next year, and is only the second public community college in the state to ever lose accreditation. The college has been scrambling to make organizational changes since the Commission put the school under the most severe sanction last year. City College is one of the largest community colleges in the country with 85,000 students. We discuss the decision and what it will mean for the school and its students.
The 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?
Six years ago, Mark Bittman was a full-time omnivore. A doctor told him to turn vegan for health reasons, and suddenly Mark found himself facing a world void of meat, dairy, or processed foods. So the New York Times food writer decided to personalize his vegan diet and allow for some cheating. He called it "Vegan Before 6," or "VB6," and says it helped him improve his health and focus on cooking at home. Mark Bittman talks about his new book, and how a full-time meat lover adapted to part-time veganism.
Sonia Sotomayor made history in 2009 when she became the first Hispanic U.S. Supreme Court Justice. In her memoir, "My Beloved World," Justice Sotomayor shares candid memories about growing up in a Puerto Rican household, and how a girl from the Bronx who struggled to write English essays eventually went on to top honors at Princeton University and Yale Law School. Justice Sotomayor joins us in the studio.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Stanford professor Jack Rakove joins us in studio to talk about his book, "Revolutionaries: A New History of the Invention of America."
In her new book, "The Faraway Nearby," San Francisco author Rebecca Solnit contemplates the nature of storytelling and empathy. The author of "A Field Guide to Getting Lost" and "Wanderlust" reflects on her mother's Alzheimer's, the power of storytelling, and how our stories shape us.
As the BART strike enters its third day, we discuss strikes and the tactics of organized labor. Union participation is dwindling and strikes have become increasingly uncommon in recent years, as workers fear putting their jobs in jeopardy during a bad economy. As the economy begins to improve, will workers head to the picket line to protest conditions they may have tolerated in leaner times? And are labor actions that brought change in the 1930s still effective now?
Painter Richard Diebenkorn created many iconic works of art during his stay in Berkeley from 1953 to 1966. A new exhibition at San Francisco's De Young Museum highlights this period, which helped cement Diebenkorn's reputation as key figure in postwar American art. We speak with Timothy Burgard, the Ednah Root Curator in charge of American art for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
The Egyptian army has given the nation's first democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi, an ultimatum: resolve differences with the opposition, or the military will step in and impose its own road map for the country. This comes after millions of Egyptians have taken to the streets demanding President Morsi step down. We discuss recent events in Egypt.
Last week, President Obama unveiled his plan to impose new regulations on power plants, establish conditions for approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline and include climate change impacts in all important government decisions. We look at how effective his initiatives will be in limiting carbon pollution and what they will mean for the future of coal, natural gas and renewables. Does his plan go too far or not far enough?
National Review editor Rich Lowry believes that "if you get Lincoln right, you get America right." Lowry's latest book, "Lincoln Unbound," accuses liberals of appropriating and "body-snatching" the beloved president and suggests that Lincoln should be viewed as a beacon of libertarianism and other conservative values. Reclaiming Lincoln's legacy, he argues, can help the GOP regain its mantle as a party of opportunity and aspiration. He joins us in the studio.
BART workers went on strike Monday after talks between BART management and the two main unions failed -- and it's causing commuting headaches across the Bay Area.