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Remember the opening scene of "Sunset Boulevard," with William Holden floating face down in a swimming pool? Or Ingrid Bergman asking Dooley Wilson to "play it Sam" in "Casablanca?" How about Al Pacino's trip to the men's room in an Italian restaurant in "The Godfather?" Those are some of the scenes that film historian David Thomson spotlights in his new book, "Moments that Made the Movies." What makes a celluloid moment endure? We'll talk to Thomson about his picks, and we want to hear from you: what are you all-time favorite movie moments?
It sounds like a Hollywood movie: A 29-year-old in San Francisco calling himself "Dread Pirate Roberts" masterminds an online black market for drugs and other illicit goods, allegedly hires a hit man to take out someone threatening to expose him, and the FBI swoops in and arrests him at a local branch library. That's the story of Silk Road, a sort of eBay for illicit goods, which only accepted the open-source electronic money, Bitcoin. We discuss the Silk Road bust and the "deep web" of sites that give its users anonymity, and what implications this will have for Bitcoin.
In his new book, "Command and Control," investigative journalist Eric Schlosser looks at the safety of the U.S. nuclear arsenal, and focuses on one alarming incident in particular: the accidental explosion of a Titan II missile in Arkansas in 1980. How secure are America's stored nuclear warheads? Schlosser, author of the 2001 bestseller Fast Food Nation, joins us in the studio.
Sixty-two percent of elephants have disappeared from Central Africa between 2002-2011, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society. Poachers are killing the animals for their tusks, which feed the lucrative ivory trade. In recent years poachers have found more efficient and lethal methods, from poisoning salt licks with cyanide to mowing elephants down with AK-47s and hacksaws. We talk with experts about the plight of the elephants, and about education efforts to curb the demand for illegal ivory.
Cory Doctorow's young adult novel "Little Brother" plunges readers into a dystopic version of San Francisco, in which the Bay Bridge is attacked by terrorists and the Department of Homeland Security reigns supreme. We talk to Doctorow about his writing and work with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and to city librarian Luis Herrera about why the book was selected as the San Francisco Public Library's One City One Book selection for 2013.
California issued new rules on Tuesday to regulate hazardous chemicals in consumer products. Under the Green Chemistry Initiative, a 2008 law, the state will require manufacturers to find safer alternatives to harmful toxins in baby bottles, laundry detergents, and other everyday products. We discuss how these rules will affect consumers and manufacturers alike.
Twenty-two percent of Californian residents -- or 8.1 million -- are poor, according to a new study that uses a revised way of calculating poverty. The report by the Public Policy Institute of California and Stanford University also finds that one quarter of California's children and nearly a third of Latinos, the state's largest ethnic group, live in poverty. We discuss the "California Poverty Measure" report and what it reveals about the struggles of the state's poor.
Howard Schatz is an ophthalmologist-turned-photographer who has made a career out of capturing the beauty of the human body on film. His previous subjects range from dancers submerged underwater to the flying fists of pro boxers. His latest book, "Caught in the Act," turns the lens on celebrity actors like John Malkovich and Jeff Daniels. He joins us in the studio.
Congress missed its midnight deadline to reach a spending plan, shutting down the federal government for the first time in 17 years. We examine the impacts of the closure for California and the nation, and what it may mean for the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, which begins Tuesday. We'll also discuss the politics and implications of the Congressional stalemate.
Thursday marked a milestone for Palestine at the United Nations. For the first time, President Mahmoud Abbas addressed the U.N. General Assembly representing the state of Palestine, which was granted non-member observer state status in 2012. While Palestine struggles to achieve a peace deal with Israel, we take a closer look at what life is like for the entrepreneurs looking to build Palestine's economy. We talk with four Palestinian executives about their work, and about how conflict, politics and policy affect their businesses.
Education professor and analyst Diane Ravitch joins us to discuss her new book "Reign of Error," in which she explores what she calls "the hoax of the privatization movement" and how she thinks it's harming public schools.