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Fri, Oct 18, 2013 -- 10:00 AM
Fri, Oct 18, 2013 -- 10:00 AM Photographer Carrie Mae Weems

Photographer Carrie Mae Weems is often described as an artist who grapples with issues like racism, gender and class. But she says she thinks of her work as being about love and "the breadth of the humanity of African-Americans who are usually stereotyped and narrowly defined and often viewed as a social problem." Weems joins us to talk about the first major retrospective of her work, which just opened at the Cantor Arts Center, and the MacArthur genius grant she received last month.

Fri, Oct 18, 2013 -- 9:30 AM
Fri, Oct 18, 2013 -- 9:30 AM Obamacare Rollout Encounters Problems

Since state insurance exchanges opened for enrollment earlier this month, they have run into a number of glitches. Covered California pulled its online directory of medical providers due to labeling mistakes, and grappled with other computer problems. We discuss what this means for those trying to get insured, and the insurance companies, in preparation for the rollout of Obamacare.

Fri, Oct 18, 2013 -- 9:00 AM
Fri, Oct 18, 2013 -- 9:00 AM BART Transit Strike Begins Friday

BART workers have announced they will go on strike beginning Friday morning, after tens of hours of late-night negotiations with high level mediators and a week past their strike deadline. We talk about the breakdown in labor negotiations and how commuters are faring.

Thu, Oct 17, 2013 -- 10:00 AM
Thu, Oct 17, 2013 -- 10:00 AM 'Orange is the New Black': Piper Kerman's Life Behind Bars

Piper Kerman was like many upper middle class New Yorkers with a wedding to plan, until her adventurous youth caught up with her and she found herself in prison for money laundering. Kerman's memoir, "Orange is the New Black," which has been turned into a popular Netflix series, follows her year spent in a women's prison. She joins us in the studio.

Thu, Oct 17, 2013 -- 9:30 AM
Thu, Oct 17, 2013 -- 9:30 AM BART and AC Transit Labor Disputes

We get the latest on a possible BART transit strike, and check in on labor negotiations in the East Bay, where AC Transit workers could go on strike Thursday morning.

Thu, Oct 17, 2013 -- 9:00 AM
Thu, Oct 17, 2013 -- 9:00 AM California Mayors Want Pension Reform on the Ballot

San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and four other California mayors are aiming to get a pension reform initiative on the 2014 ballot. The initiative would amend the state constitution, allowing government agencies to alter their contracts with public workers' unions. Government officials say the change is needed to help struggling cities deal with the substantial costs of pension funds and would only affect future benefits, not those already accrued. But union leaders argue changes to existing contracts would be unfair. We talk to representatives on both sides of the issue.

Wed, Oct 16, 2013 -- 10:00 AM
Wed, Oct 16, 2013 -- 10:00 AM The Pleasures and Perils of a Writer's Life

Even after 20-plus years of writing, novelist Dani Shapiro admits that writing books doesn't get any easier. Writing is a solitary task, she says, and "there's no reason to think the world is waiting for you." Shapiro's latest book, "Still Writing," offers advice to her fellow writers on staying focused and inspiring creativity. She joins us in the studio.

Wed, Oct 16, 2013 -- 9:30 AM
Wed, Oct 16, 2013 -- 9:30 AM Possible Deal to Reopen the Government?

As the partial federal government shutdown enters its 16th day, and the nation edges closer to default, a major credit agency has put the U.S. on a "negative ratings watch." Locally, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory will be shuttered starting Wednesday, sending at least 5,500 employees home without pay. We check in on the impacts of the shutdown and Congressional wrangling over reopening government.

Wed, Oct 16, 2013 -- 9:00 AM
Wed, Oct 16, 2013 -- 9:00 AM BART and AC Transit Labor Disputes

We get the latest on a possible BART transit strike, and check in on labor negotiations in the East Bay, where AC Transit workers have threatened to strike on Thursday.

Tue, Oct 15, 2013 -- 10:30 AM
Tue, Oct 15, 2013 -- 10:30 AM Richard North Patterson's 'Loss of Innocence'

Local author Richard North Patterson is best known for his tense, well-researched thrillers set in the present day, dealing with topical issues like terrorism and gun control. But in his latest book, "Loss of Innocence," he takes readers back to the summer of 1968 and the social upheaval of that time. Patterson joins us to talk about the book, and about how he made the transition from San Francisco trial lawyer to bestselling writer.

Tue, Oct 15, 2013 -- 10:00 AM
Tue, Oct 15, 2013 -- 10:00 AM The Story Behind Carole King's 'Beautiful' Music

Songwriter Carole King scored her first number-one hit, "Will You Love Me Tomorrow," when she was only 17. Along with her then-husband Gerry Goffin, the duo known as "Goffin and King" went on to compose a string of hits, including "Take Good Care of My Baby," "The Locomotion," and "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman." The new musical "Beautiful" explores Carole King's life -- from her prodigal rise to fame to her painful divorce from Goffin -- while showcasing her songs. Actors Jessie Mueller and Jake Epstein join us in-studio to talk about starring as the couple.

Tue, Oct 15, 2013 -- 9:30 AM
Tue, Oct 15, 2013 -- 9:30 AM Affirmative Action Ban Under Scrutiny

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday in a challenge to a voter-approved Michigan law that bans the use of gender and race preferences in public programs. Voters passed a similar ban in California in 1996, Proposition 209, and critics blame it for lower rates of Latino, African-American, and Native-American students at public universities. We'll preview the arguments for and against overturning affirmative action bans.

Mon, Oct 14, 2013 -- 10:00 AM
Mon, Oct 14, 2013 -- 10:00 AM The Logistics of Death: What to Do When Someone Dies

Buying a coffin, organizing a memorial, making sense of estate taxes -- these are only a few of the chores one is tasked with when a loved one dies. We'll talk to Scott Taylor Smith, author of "When Someone Dies: The Practical Guide to the Logistics of Death," along with trusts and estates lawyer Jim Mitchell, about death's logistical to-dos.

Mon, Oct 14, 2013 -- 9:00 AM
Mon, Oct 14, 2013 -- 9:00 AM The Federal Government: Open for Business?

We discuss the latest efforts by House Republicans and the White House to negotiate an end to the government shutdown.

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