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Chances are you've had to apologize sometime in your life -- whether you felt you did something wrong or not. But why are apologies so important, and why are they so hard to get right? We'll discuss apologies: private, public and the ones we've never made. We welcome your stories of apologies that were meaningful to you and offer you a chance to make that apology you always wish you had -- on air.
Governor Jerry Brown says he can meet a federal court order to reduce the state prison population by more than 9,600 inmates without releasing prisoners to the streets. Brown's plan spends $315 million next year to push inmates to private prisons and detention facilities in and out of the state. But the plan faces a lot of opposition from other California Democrats, who say the plan does nothing to address the causes of the overcrowding crisis. Senate leader Darrell Steinberg has penned an alternate proposal which asks for a three-year extension of the court deadline, in exchange for investing an extra $200 million annually for rehabilitation, drug and mental health treatment, with the aim of reducing the number of California prisoners. We discuss the plans.
The Rim Fire that's been raging near Yosemite National Park since August 17 is still weeks away from containment. The blaze has already destroyed nearly 200,000 acres -- tens of thousands of which are within the national park -- making it the 6th worst fire in California history. Firefighters have been using drones and backfire operations to control the inferno. We'll take a look at modern firefighting and prevention strategies, and discuss what can be done to avoid similar disasters.
When physician Daphne Miller visited farms across the country, she wondered how she could relate farming to treating her patients. In her new book "Farmacology: What Innovative Family Farming Can Teach Us About Health and Healing," Miller shares her experience at seven family farms and suggests that if people treated their bodies the way farmers treat soil, we would be a lot healthier and happier. She joins us to discuss ecological farm habits and its relation to healthy living.
President Obama has said repeatedly that the use of chemical weapons in Syria would cross a "red line" for the U.S. With banned chemical weapons purportedly unleashed on rebel-held suburbs of Damascus last week, a U.S. intervention in Syria seems unavoidable. We'll ask our experts what the next steps are for the U.S and Syria. And we want to hear from you: Should the U.S. intervene militarily in Syria?
"We are all traumatized by life," writes Buddhist, psychiatrist, and author Mark Epstein. But this isn't necessarily a bad thing. In his new book, "The Trauma of Everyday Life," Epstein says trauma, from death of a loved one to everyday suffering like fear, has its benefits, and that understanding and accepting trauma can lead to personal growth and change. He joins us in the studio.
Today marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King's history-making "I Have a Dream Speech." We'll talk to Bay Area residents who attended the march about what that experience was like, how it changed them and the course of the civil rights movement in America. And, 50 years later, how different is the state of race relations in this country?
When Peter Orner saw a man at his local coffee shop poring over a book, the short story writer wondered if the man was nearsighted, or loved "the little book so much he wanted to get as close as possible to the words." Orner joins us to talk about his own love of words and his new short story collection, "Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge." The Guggenheim Fellow and associate creative writing professor at San Francisco State University will also discuss the power of memory, his focus on human rights law, and why reading "Howards End" makes him think about gentrification in Bernal Hill.
A recent study out of Northwestern University affirms the long-held notion that exercise improves sleeping patterns, but finds that for insomniacs, it takes four months of exercise for sleep improvements to actually kick in. We'll speak with a lead author of the study about the latest research on exercise and insomnia.
Transit officials are urging commuters to take public transportation when the Bay Bridge shuts down for five days starting this Wednesday at 8pm. And they're warning drivers to expect significant delays in and out of San Francisco. We'll discuss commute options during the closure and look ahead to the much-anticipated opening of the new eastern span.
It's late August and flocks of future college freshmen have begun their migration to campuses around the country. For parents left at home, it can also be a stressful and sad time. But recent studies suggest that an empty nest can boost parents' relationships with each other. Whether you're a mom or dad, we want to hear from you: How are you coping now that the kids have left home for college or a first job?
We discuss the latest news out of Tuolumne County's Rim Fire, which has burned just under 150,000 acres and is expected to push further into Yosemite National Park on Monday.
The U.S. and Russia are asking the Syrian government to allow the United Nations to investigate evidence of an alleged chemical weapons attack on a rebel stronghold near Damascus. Syrian officials have denied use of chemical weapons, but the international community is calling for action if proof is found. President Obama said the gassing was "of grave concern," but also stressed he did not expect to involve the U.S. military. We discuss the latest from Syria, and what evidence of a chemical attack might mean for U.S. involvement.