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Combine the following words: Highrise. Waterfront. San Francisco. What do you get? The answer of course is controversy. So it goes with the project known as 8 Washington Street, a proposed development project along the Embarcadero that would add condominiums and recreational space, while replacing a private tennis club and parking lot. The project has received official approval from all the requisite city officials and agencies but it's also the subject of not one, but two city propositions that will ultimately decide its fate. In this hour, we debate San Francisco Propositions B and C.
President Obama is making a push to get immigration reform passed by the end of the year. The Senate passed a bill in June to beef up border security and provide a path to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants, but the measure hasn't been brought to a vote in the House. Meanwhile some House Republicans are offering their own, more narrow immigration bills. We discuss the politics of immigration and the chances that a reform bill will get passed.
On Tuesday, the California Department of Food and Agriculture disappointed many of the state's dairy farmers by extending rather than significantly increasing current milk pricing relief. We'll check in on what that decision -- and the upcoming vote on the Farm Bill -- mean for struggling dairy farmers and cheese processors alike.
Forty percent of food in the U.S. goes uneaten each year, amounting to $165 billion annually. Those facts are hard to swallow in a country where one in six Americans lack a secure food supply. Food is wasted in many ways, but the largest culprit is food left on our restaurant plates, allowed to spoil in our refrigerators, or thrown out in the (often mistaken) notion that it has gone bad. We talk about food waste and ways we can consume more of the food we buy.
Earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in a case that some experts predict could have an even bigger impact than the Citizens United ruling from 2010, which eliminated the ban on corporate spending in elections. The ruling in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission could determine whether or not the government can limit individual donations to federal candidates. We'll talk about the case, the role of money in politics, and the rise of "Leadership PACs," fundraising committees that critics say are being used as unregulated personal "slush funds" for legislators.
In his latest book, "Far From the Tree," author Andrew Solomon examines the lives of parents with children who are "different" -- kids with conditions like deafness or autism, for example. Although many parents with exceptional children feel they won't be able to meet the challenge, Solomon finds a pattern: despite the difficulties, such parents frequently report being unexpectedly enriched by the experience. We'll talk to Solomon about the public response to the book, which won the 2012 National Book Critics Circle award for nonfiction, among many other awards.
President Obama and the prime minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif, are set to meet Wednesday, a day after Amnesty International released a report criticizing the extent of Pakistani civilian deaths from U.S. drone strikes. The findings come as relations between the two countries are starting to warm after a major breakdown following the 2011 raid on Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan. The White House has recently pledged over $1.5 billion in military and economic aid to the country. We discuss the meeting and its implications.
Marin County author Joyce Maynard's latest novel, "After Her," is loosely based on the case of the Trailside Killer, the serial murderer and rapist who targeted female hikers in the Bay Area between 1979 and 1981. We'll talk to Maynard about the book and about her romantic relationship with J.D. Salinger, which she discusses in a controversial new documentary about the "Catcher in the Rye" author.
Lauren Gunderson is on a roll: nine plays produced by Bay Area theater companies in less than three years. In this hour, we'll talk about two of those productions, both of which had their world premieres this month: "I and You," now at the Marin Theater Company, follows two teenagers who are forced to work together on a project about poet Walt Whitman and "The Taming," a modern political take on Shakespeare.
After late night negotiations, the four-day BART strike has ended with a tentative agreement between the transit agency and its two major unions. We discuss the negotiations and the impact of the shutdown on the Bay Area. We'll also check in on the the National Transportation Safety Board's investigation into the deaths of two BART workers who were struck by a train this weekend while inspecting tracks.
David Strathairn is one of Hollywood's most versatile actors, with a breadth of work that ranges from action flicks like "The Bourne Ultimatum" to playing the classic newscaster Edward R. Murrow in "Good Night, and Good Luck." He returns to the stage for a solo show, "Underneath the Lintel" at A.C.T., the story of a librarian who investigates a book that is 113 years overdue. The San Francisco native joins us in-studio.
A new study from an Australian-based human rights group reports that nearly 30 million people worldwide are living in slavery-like conditions, with almost half of them in India. The study is the first-ever global index on slavery, and tracks forced labor, human trafficking, and the sale of children, among other abuses. We discuss modern day slavery worldwide, and what forms of slavery and human trafficking exist here in the Bay Area.