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Mollie Katzen may be the person most responsible for bringing vegetarian cooking to the mainstream. Her 1977 classic "The Moosewood Cookbook" sold about 4 million copies, and her later book "The Enchanted Broccoli Forest" became a cookbook standard. Now, more than 35 years later, the Berkeley resident has released a book of vegetarian recipes for a new generation called "The Heart of the Plate." She's cut back on the rich cream and butter that helped convince meat eaters they could make do with a vegetarian entree, in favor of lighter dishes full of fresh vegetables. Katzen joins us to share her recipes and ideas from decades of vegetarian cooking and eating.
The California state Legislature wraps up its session on Friday. We'll talk about hot-button bills such as minimum wage, prison overcrowding, fracking, drivers' licenses for undocumented immigrants, and other legislation.
They're bearded, they're brainy, and they've got a taste for adventure. Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, the San Francisco-based co-hosts of the popular Discovery Channel show "MythBusters," join us in-studio to talk about swimming in syrup, dipping their hands in molten lead and paddling a canoe made of duct tape, all in the name of science.
California's state Assembly voted unanimously in late August to name the western span of the Bay Bridge in honor of former San Francisco mayor and Assembly speaker Willie Brown. Governor Jerry Brown opposes the proposal, which awaits a vote in the state Senate. What do you think the western span should be called?
Once hunted to the brink of extinction, California condors are beginning to make a steady recovery. Thirty years ago there were only 20 birds in the wild. Now there are over 200. But biologists say this growing population of condors is facing a new threat. They're being poisoned by lead bullets they sometimes ingest when eating dead animals killed by hunters. The California Legislature has approved a bill banning hunters from using lead-based ammunition. But critics, including hunting groups and the National Rifle Association, say the lead is likely coming from sources other than bullets, and that using bullets made with other metals may create more problems than it solves. We discuss the legislation, which is awaiting action by Governor Jerry Brown.
The New York Times Book Review calls Tom Barbash "a true craftsman who sweats over every sentence," and says the stories in his new collection are "addictive." The Marin County-based fiction writer and journalist joins us in the studio to talk about his new book, "Stay Up With Me." We will also mark the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks -- which Barbash dealt with in his 2003 bestseller "On Top of the World" -- and talk with him about the legacy of those tragic events.
State regulators have been conducting "cursory and indifferent" investigations of complaints against caregivers for the elderly, disabled and sick, even when those cases involve suspected abuse or suspicious death, according to an investigation by the Center for Investigative Reporting and KQED. Documents obtained by CIR also reveal the California Department of Public Health dismissed nearly 1,000 pending cases of abuse and theft over the past decade, when the state was dealing with a backlog of cases.
As President Obama prepared to address the nation on Syria Tuesday evening, his aides were working behind the scenes on a diplomatic solution to the crisis. The administration appears to be entertaining a proposal from Russia to drop a U.S. attack if Syria gives up its chemical weapons. We analyze the president's speech and get listener reactions.
Older adults demonstrated better multitasking skills and other cognitive functions after playing a custom-designed video game, according to a recent UCSF study. After months of playing a driving game called NeuroRacer, seniors were better at remembering information and paying attention. One of the study's co-authors joins us to talk about the potential use of video games as therapeutic tools -- both to improve cognitive skills and treat mental disorders like ADHD, depression and dementia.
Many Bay Area canine owners are fuming over the latest dog management plan for the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Dog owners had hoped the National Park Service would adjust its controversial draft plan, which restricts dog access in areas it controls, including San Francisco's Crissy Field, Ocean Beach and Fort Funston. But most of the changes remain. The Park Service says the rules are needed to protect wildlife and vegetation.
In the mid-1980s, women made up 38 percent of the computer and IT workforce. But recent reports show that number has dropped to about 20 percent. Today, a growing number of organizations are teaching women and girls of all ages how to code. We'll discuss why the gender gap is growing, and examine efforts to reduce it.
President Obama will address the American people on Tuesday about the crisis in Syria, as he tries to convince Congress to support his plans for military intervention. We'll discuss the latest developments in Syria and Washington D.C.