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Oakland schools have taken up some controversial methods to address the plight of African- American male students. There is a new charter school specifically for black youth, and a department at the Oakland Unified School District focusing solely on helping African-American males. We talk with those involved in Oakland's attempts to improve the outcomes for black males and a San Francisco Chronicle reporter who has spent a year documenting Oakland's efforts.
State legislators this week unanimously approved an audit that will examine sexual assault policies and practices at UC Berkeley and three other state schools. The decision was prompted by nine students at UC Berkeley who filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education, alleging the school had inadequately investigated their sexual assaults. We check in on how America's college campuses handle complaints of sexual assault and rape and what can be done to improve the situation.
Many of the Bay Area's tech companies are populated by young employees in their 20s and 30s. "Young people are just smarter," Mark Zuckerberg said back in 2007, noting they have "simpler lives," without having to spend time on partners or kids. Now job applicants in their 50s and 60s are reporting that they color gray hairs, wear Converse sneakers, and get cosmetic surgery to compete with a younger work force. Is age discrimination a real problem in the Bay Area tech world?
Bay Area students are heading back to school this month amid news that an increasing number of parents have opted not to vaccinate their kids. The number of unvaccinated children in California has tripled in the last decade. Nearly 10 percent of kindergartners statewide last year didn't have all of their required immunizations. In Marin Country, only 82 percent of kindergartners were fully vaccinated. To fight this trend, a Marin pediatric practice with 8,000 patients has refused to treat those who aren't vaccinated, public health officials have launched information campaign and a new state law requires parents to consult with a doctor before opting out of vaccines. A well-known bio-ethicist is even proposing lawsuits against parents who refuse to immunize. We talk about efforts to pressure parents to vaccinate their kids. Why are vaccination opt-out rates rising? Will efforts to turn the tide work?
Gary Kamiya loves San Francisco. And he's walked nearly every square inch of it, from the weathered cliffs of Land's End to the dark corners of the Tenderloin. His new book, "Cool Gray City of Love," is a romantic letter to the city and the 49 spots that he thinks make it unique. Kamiya shares his favorite history and stories of San Francisco, and we ask you to tell us about the spots that made you fall in love with San Francisco.
California has raised nearly $9 billion to fund services for the mentally ill since Proposition 63, an income tax on millionaires, passed in 2004. But a recent State Auditor's report found that state agencies have failed to adequately monitor how mental health tax dollars are spent. Critics say money was used on questionable preventative programs like yoga classes, gardening, and buying iPads. We'll discuss the audit and whether the money benefited those most in need.
In their re-reading of Shakespeare's "Hamlet," philosophy professor Simon Critchley and psychoanalyst Jamieson Webster examine the play alongside writers and philosophers such as Lacan, Freud and Melville. The result: "Stay, Illusion!" is a cultural and psychological analysis of the famous play, which reminds us why it has endured. They join us in the studio.
The California Coastal Commission has long lobbied for the power to fine anyone who violates laws protecting beach habitat and public access -- and this week they may just get it. Until now, the Commission has had to engage in costly and extended legal battles to penalize offenders. But California's Senate is voting on a bill to give them fining power later this week. The bill's backers argue that the Commission should have direct control over fining transgressors, but a coalition of businesses disagrees. The group says that its idea of violating the law differs from that of the Commission. We'll dig into how to best balance conservation, public access, and business interests on California's beaches.
Former Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak could be released from prison this week, after he was acquitted Monday of corruption charges by a Cairo court. His release could cause even more political tension in a nation reeling from bloody protests after the army ousted President Morsi, Egypt's first freely elected president. Close to 1,000 people have been killed in the crackdown and clashes between Morsi supporters and security forces. We discuss the latest news out of Egypt.
Lia Seth is a young professional in her 20s. When she sat in the disability section of the bus, one woman was so offended that she started yelling at Lia to give up her seat for seniors. But Lia is disabled: she has a disease that affects her joints and often leaves her tired or sometimes needing a wheelchair. As part of our "In My Experience" series spotlighting the personal stories of our listeners, we talk with people who have physical disabilities that aren't visible to the naked eye. How do those disabilities affect their everyday lives?
A bill prompted by a custody dispute involving actor Jason Patric would allow certain sperm donors to seek paternity rights in court. The bill would require a donor to have lived with the child and held the child forth openly as his own. But opponents say the measure could affect the rights of same-sex couples or single mothers who use sperm donors. We discuss the bill, which is currently being revised after failing to clear a legislative panel last week.