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As part of our "Priced Out" series highlighting the high cost of living in the Bay Area, we spotlight East Palo Alto. With a median family income of about $50,000 per year, East Palo Alto is an island of relative affordability among the vast wealth of Silicon Valley. But with Facebook's offices next door and sky-high housing and rental prices throughout the peninsula, some residents wonder how long they will be able to afford to stay.
Today, President Obama is expected to announce that he will curtail controversial NSA secret surveillance programs that were disclosed by former agency contractor Edward Snowden. Obama's proposal will reportedly create new limits on access to bulk telephone data and install a public advocate at a secret intelligence court. We consider the impact of the new measures, and how they affect the debate on privacy in the information age.
Psychiatrist James Gordon and his Center for Mind-Body Medicine work with military veterans and inner-city youth, as well as with victims of war and disaster in places like Haiti, Gaza and Newtown, Connecticut. He joins us to discuss his approach to treating psychological trauma.
Bipartisan political power couple Mary Matalin and James Carville made waves on both sides of the aisle when they got married in 1993. Twenty years later, they're still at polar ends of the political spectrum. The two join us to talk about how they've successfully made it work, and about their new book, "Love and War: Twenty Years, Three Presidents, Two Daughters and One Louisiana Home."
When author Gary Shteyngart was seven years old, he emigrated with his parents from St. Petersburg, Russia to Queens, New York. As a small boy with severe asthma, he recalls sitting alone in the school cafeteria talking to himself in Russian and wearing a giant fur hat. Even his own mother used to call him "Little Failure." The author of "Absurdistan" and "Super Sad True Love Story" joins us to talk about his new memoir, which The New York Times has called "hilarious and moving."
Last week, an appellate court in Virginia ruled that Yelp had to reveal the real names of seven people who posted negative reviews about a carpet cleaning company. The carpet company alleged that the anonymous reviewers had not actually used its services, and that their critical reviews were defamatory. But Yelp and its supporters maintain that online anonymity is a First Amendment right.
On Tuesday, a federal appeals court ruled that the FCC cannot continue to enforce net neutrality. That means Internet service providers (ISPs) are no longer required to treat traffic equally, stirring opponents' concerns that large, deep-pocketed providers like Verizon can slow or block certain web traffic. What will the ruling mean for Internet service providers, content creators and consumers?
Television producers love to set their shows in San Francisco and film them in places like L.A. or Canada. Typically, the only thing local about those productions is the obligatory bridge shot in the title credits. But the new HBO show "Looking" aims to be an exception, both in setting and substance. The series, which is shot in San Francisco and debuts on January 19, follows the lives of three gay men searching for love. We talk with creator Michael Lannan and three of the show's stars.
Last year was the driest year on record in California -- and not much rainfall is expected in the near future. Leading lawmakers and farmers in the San Joaquin Valley are calling on Governor Jerry Brown to officially declare a drought, which would trigger conservation measures. We discuss the implications of drought conditions and what should be done.
Chang-rae Lee made his mark on the literary scene when he was 29 years old, with the novel "Native Speaker" about a Korean-American spy. His Korean roots and his immigrant parents' struggle for assimilation continue to play a role in his work. The Princeton creative writing professor talks about his writing, and his new dystopian novel, "On Such a Full Sea."
Twenty years ago this month, the historic trade accord between the United States, Mexico and Canada -- the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) -- went into effect. Two decades later, we consider the successes and failures of the trade agreement, and how it has changed conditions for the three countries involved.