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When it comes to marital spats, a couple is more likely to be happy if the wife calms down before the husband, according to a recent study from researchers at UC Berkeley and other universities. The study tracked 80 Bay Area heterosexual couples over 20 years, and analyzed videos of how they cooled down after fights. We'll discuss the findings with two of the study's lead researchers, and look at what roles age and gender play. How do you resolve marital conflict?
A new study by the San Francisco budget analyst finds that the number of evictions jumped 38 percent between 2010 and 2013. Evictions under the state's Ellis Act, which allows landlords to evict tenants in order to take units off the market, increased even more sharply. But apartment owners point out that eviction numbers are actually well below their 2000 level. As part of our Priced Out series on the high cost of living in the Bay Area, we discuss evictions and rent laws in San Francisco.
The New York Times has called him "the most popular poet in America." Former two-term U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins made a name for himself with poems about falling in love and aging, and that reflect the beauty and poignance of everyday life. His latest collection, "Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems," includes work from four of his previously published collections as well as 50 new pieces. He joins us in the studio.
A new study from the University of Guelph in Canada finds that many herbal supplements are diluted or replaced with fillers, such as wheat and rice, that aren't listed on their labels. Using a technique called DNA barcoding, researchers discovered that many products were misleadingly labeled. Critics of the multibillion-dollar-a-year supplement industry say it is defrauding consumers and that FDA regulation is inadequate. Industry groups claim the study is flawed. We discuss the findings and what they mean for consumers.
Berkeley-based wine merchant Kermit Lynch has been selling and distributing his favorite Italian and French wines for over 40 years. He's known for favoring wines that express their "terroir"-- a French term referring to the natural environment in which a wine is produced -- including factors like soil, geography and climate. Lynch joins us to discuss his career and his influential book, "Adventures on the Wine Route: A Wine Buyer's Tour of France," which is being re-released this month in a 25th anniversary edition.
Our galaxy contains far more habitable Earth-like planets than previously thought, according to a UC Berkeley-led analysis. The study finds that about one in five of the sun-like stars in the Milky Way may have planets approximately the size of Earth, capable of holding liquid water, and bathed in sunlight. We discuss the findings, which are based on observations by NASA's Kepler space telescope.
On Monday, U.S. Senators on both sides of the aisle voted to move forward with a bill that would prohibit workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The Senate is expected to have a full vote on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, or ENDA, later this week, though the bill faces an uncertain future in the House. Supporters say these protections are long overdue for LGBT employees, while opponents claim that the bill will result in costly, frivolous lawsuits and threaten employers' religious freedom. We discuss the issues surrounding ENDA.
Richard Rodriguez first came into the public eye with "Hunger of Memory: The Education of Richard Rodriguez," a memoir about his early schooling in Sacramento and alienation from his Latino roots. His new book, "Darling," deals with questions of faith and character in a series of essays on a range of topics including 9/11, Christianity, and Cesar Chavez.
New York Times chief White House correspondent Peter Baker's new book "Days of Fire" provides a detailed look at the defining moments of the George W. Bush administration. His reporting sheds new light on the complex relationship between President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, the response to the September 11 attacks, and the decision to invade Iraq. He joins us in the studio to discuss the book, and the legacy of the Bush-Cheney partnership.
In David Finkel's new book "Thank You for Your Service," the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist examines what happens to soldiers when they return from war -- from a man who drives around with a shotgun while debating suicide, to another who dreams about dead bodies. Finkel explores their stories, their struggles for veteran services, and the battles they face once the war is over. He joins us in the studio.
Media mogul Rupert Murdoch built News Corp from its roots in Australia to become an international multimedia empire. NPR's media correspondent David Folkenflik writes about the billionaire businessman in his new book, "Murdoch's World: The Last of the Old Media Empires." Folkenflik joins us to talk about the magnate's politics and about the trial now underway of alleged bribery and phone hacking by Murdoch's journalists in London.