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In a recent commencement speech which quickly went viral, fiction writer George Saunders said one of his biggest regrets was not being kinder to a shy girl in his grade school. How do you define kindness? If there were times in your life when you wish you were kinder, what got in your way?
California communities are being forced to cut preschool enrollment and other services for poor children in the wake of cuts to the national Head Start program. We'll talk about the impact of the federal sequestration cuts on Head Start -- and we'll debate the effectiveness of the program. How well does Head Start prepare disadvantaged kids for kindergarten and beyond?
Fostering chaos in the workplace may not be an obvious route to business success. But in his new book "The Chaos Imperative", Ori Brafman advocates the use of "contained chaos" to encourage and develop innovation. We talk to Brafman and creativity expert Keith Sawyer about how to achieve the most productive balance between structure and chaos.
Clashes between Egyptian security forces and supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi turned deadly on Wednesday, ending with several hundred dead and injured. Vice President Mohamed ElBaradei, a Nobel Prize winner, resigned in protest. Egypt declared a state of emergency, giving the military power to detain citizens and implement a 7:00p.m. nationwide curfew. Critics warn Egypt could be returning to a pre-Arab Spring government, and the White House said it would reexamine the $1.5 billion in aid it gives the country. We look at the latest violence and what this means for Egypt.
Remember Mitt Romney's "47 percent" comment? Clint Eastwood's empty chair? Obama's first- debate disaster? In his new book "Collision 2012," veteran Washington Post reporter Dan Balz dissects the issues, events and strategies that defined the 2012 campaign.
On Monday, Tesla Motors and PayPal co-founder Elon Musk revealed his concept for a set of giant tubes that he claims could transport passengers from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 35 minutes. Is it a pipe dream or the future of travel? We'll also get the latest on self-driving cars, space elevators and other ideas for the future of transportation.
In 2005, then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger surprised many fellow Republicans when he appointed Susan Kennedy -- a former aide to Governor Gray Davis and one-time executive director of the California Democratic Party -- as his chief of staff. The Los Angeles Times has called Kennedy "the most enduring force in state government of the last decade." She joins us in-studio, as part of our "First Person" series of interviews with the leaders, innovators and others who make the Bay Area unique.
Low-level and non-violent drug offenders will no longer face severe mandatory sentences, according to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. The new policy, announced Monday in San Francisco, is part of the Justice Department's efforts to reform sentencing due to massive overcrowding of U.S. prisons. We'll hear from supporters and critics of Holder's announcement.
When Katie Hafner's 77-year-old mother moved in, the San Francisco author suddenly found herself living with her ailing mother and her teenage daughter. In her memoir "Mother Daughter Me," Hafner talks about navigating her new relationship with her mother, who was a recovering alcoholic and whom Hafner barely knew growing up. What happens when you reopen childhood wounds while trying to balance three generations under one roof?
Climate change poses an "immediate and growing threat" to California's water, vegetation and wildlife according to a report released Thursday by the state's Environmental Protection Agency. The report outlines the current effects, which include increased wildfires, rising sea levels along the California coasts and migration of plants and animals to higher elevations. We discuss the study, and examine state efforts to address the climate challenge.