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A decade ago, when social worker Tomás Alvarez III was working as a school counselor at Berkeley High, he assumed that as a man of color he would have more success than the other counselors -- mostly white and female -- in reaching African-American male students struggling with truancy and other problems. But, he found, they weren't any more interested in talking to him than the others. A search to find ways to get young black males to discuss the trauma in their lives led him to found the Oakland-based nonprofit Beats, Rhymes and Life, which uses rap and hip-hop as a form of therapy. We'll talk to the programs' co-founders and two participants about the positive effects of telling their stories through their lyrics and music.
Foster Farms may be forced to close three California processing plants in the wake of a salmonella outbreak linked to its poultry that has sickened at least 278 people across 17 states. The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued a warning, but not a recall; Foster Farms blames the sicknesses on undercooked or improperly handled chicken. About 30 furloughed employees from the Centers for Disease and Control were called back to work to handle the investigation. We discuss the issue.
We'll get the latest on the BART labor dispute and ongoing negotiations.
Over the summer, one of our Forum interns found a postcard lying on the sidewalk. "Dear Justin," it read, "Charley was happy to finally hear from you. I know he misses his own 'father figure.' Please come home. P.S. I am still in love with you." It was just the kind of note you might come across in Davy Rothbart's FOUND Magazine, a collection and celebration of fascinating forgotten and discarded items. Rothbart, a longtime "This American Life" contributor, author, and filmmaker, joins us to discuss his favorite found treasures, from love letters to old family photos. What is the weirdest or most interesting item you have found?
A Santa Clara County woman who spanked her child with a wooden spoon did not commit child abuse, a state court ruled this week. The San Jose appeals court found that the spanking fell within the scope of "reasonable parental discipline." What is the line between spanking and child abuse? And is spanking ever effective as a disciplinary tool? We discuss the court's ruling and the latest research on parental discipline.
Why do underdogs sometimes end up leading the pack? Malcolm Gladwell explores this question in his latest book, "David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants." The bestselling author joins us in studio for a discussion about turning your disadvantage into a winning advantage.
UC Berkeley molecular biologist Randy Schekman won the Nobel Prize for Medicine with two other scientists this week. But he says the kind of basic science research that led to his prize might have never gotten funded if he were applying for grants today. We talk with Schekman and UCSF scientist David Julius about the impact of federal budget cuts on the sciences.
President Obama is expected to nominate UC Berkeley professor emeritus Janet Yellen as the new head of the Federal Reserve on Wednesday. If the Senate approves her nomination, Yellen will succeed Ben Bernanke when his term expires at the end of January. We discuss Yellen's background and what her possible appointment would mean for the Fed and the economy.
Judith Martin is better known as Miss Manners, the etiquette expert whose advice column appears in more than 200 newspapers in the U.S. and abroad. In her latest book, "Miss Manners Minds Your Business," co-written with her son Nicholas Ivor Martin, she explores the ins and outs of workplace conduct, from messy cubicles to office romance. Miss Manners joins us in studio to take your calls -- just don't forget to say "please" and "thank you."
Economist Robert Reich is best known for his writing, which highlights the income gap between America's highest-earning "one percenters" and the rest of the country. Now he's taking that issue to the big screen, starring in a documentary called "Inequality for All," directed by Jacob Kornbluth. He joins us in the studio to discuss the award-winning film, and inequality in the U.S.
Before he became a TV news anchor and commentator, Chris Matthews was a top aide to former House Speaker Tip O'Neill. In his newest book, "Tip and the Gipper," Matthews gives an inside view of O'Neill's political and personal relationship with Ronald Reagan, and how the pair negotiated deals on welfare and military operations despite their differences. We'll discuss the book, and what insights it offers into the current partial government shutdown.
British zoologist Richard Dawkins turned evolutionary theory on its head when he published his book, "The Selfish Gene," in 1976. His recently released autobiography, "An Appetite for Wonder," sheds light on the first 35 years of Dawkins' life, from his birth in Kenya, to his fascination with science at Oxford, to the origin of his gene-centered view about natural selection. He joins us in the studio.
As the partial federal government shutdown continues, we check in on negotiations in Congress and what will need to happen in the short and long term to get the government working again.