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The veterinarian gives you the bad news: Fido has cancer and it will cost at least $8,000 for treatments. Do you tap your meager savings and pay for the chemo? The skyrocketing cost of pet health care is leading an increasing number of owners to consider pet insurance, which is projected to be a $750 million industry. But it's also largely unregulated. State officials introduced legislation last week to crack down on fraud and misrepresentation in pet policies. How do you decide how much to spend on your pet? How much would you spend to save your furry friend's life?
Yuri Kochiyama was 20 years old when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor and her family was relocated to an internment camp. When she emerged, she moved to Harlem and became an outspoken activist who rallied for the rights of women, ethnic minorities, homosexuals and political prisoners, and formed a tight friendship with Malcolm X. "I didn't wake up and decide to become an activist," she said. "But you couldn't help notice the injustices. It was all around you." She passed away on June 1 in Berkeley. We look at her life and legacy as a civil rights leader.
Are you financially better off than you were one year ago? The Field Poll has been asking California registered voters this question for years. In the newest poll -- for the first time in seven years -- more respondents than not said they are better off. But the outlook is heavily dependent on where voters live and their income level. Bay Area residents had the sunniest perspective compared with other regions of the state. We'll discuss the results.
For more than four decades, two American literary icons -- author Wendell Berry and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gary Snyder -- corresponded with each other on topics ranging from art to the environment to their personal lives. Many of those letters have been collected in a new volume "Distant Neighbors: The Selected Letters of Wendell Berry and Gary Snyder," published by Berkeley's Counterpoint Press. Snyder and Berry join us to talk about their long-distance writerly relationship.
In 2000, superstar lawyers Theodore Olson, a Republican, and David Boies, a Democrat, faced off in the bitter partisan battle known as Bush v. Gore. Later, they joined forces across ideological lines to take up a monumental challenge: the fight for marriage equality. Olson and Boies' new book "Redeeming the Dream: The Case for Marriage Equality" outlines their journey from 2008 when California voters passed Prop. 8, to 2013 when its defeat in the Supreme Court allowed same-sex marriages to resume. They both join us in the studio.
When critics describe the work of author Alan Furst, they often cite a movie: "Casablanca." Furst is a master of the atmospheric spy thriller. His novels are typically set just before or during World War II, often in Paris, and feature dashing protagonists, tense plots and rich historical detail. Furst joins us to talk about his latest novel, "Midnight in Europe."
San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera has told mobile app startup MonkeyParking, which auctions off public parking spaces in the city, that earning a profit on public on-street parking spots is illegal. Herrera is also demanding that Apple remove the mobile application from its app store. We'll discuss the city attorney's move, which also affects similar start-ups like Sweetch and ParkModo.
Since it opened in 1937, over 1,600 people have committed suicide by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge. There has long been a debate over whether to build a physical suicide deterrent on the structure. The state budget, recently signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, includes $7 million toward such a barrier, estimated to cost $75 million. On Friday, bridge officials will vote on whether or not to approve a final $20 million, which will mean the project can move forward. We'll discuss the proposed barrier and its funding. Will a net prevent suicides at the iconic bridge?
Do you have a difficult co-worker or hard-to-please boss? Someone who fails to complete their work or takes credit for yours? Someone who interrupts you during meetings or who always finds fault with you? We talk with workplace experts to get their advice on how to approach those face-to-face conversations with difficult co-workers.
Two Congressional hearings this week will consider what to do about the surge of children crossing the United States-Mexico border. According to the Obama administration, 52,000 unaccompanied minors have entered the country since October. Most are seeking refuge from the drug violence in Central American countries. President Obama has declared the surge in arrivals -- up 90 percent from last year -- an "urgent humanitarian situation." Critics blame the crisis on the president, saying his lax deportation policies have encouraged people to come to the U.S. illegally. We discuss the conditions in detention facilities where children are being held, and what should be done about the crisis.
Veteran Los Angeles Times and NPR film critic Kenneth Turan likens his new book "Not to Be Missed," to a "spiritual autobiography." The lifelong cinema devotee has included 54 films in his recently published celluloid canon, ranging from established classics like "Casablanca" and "The Godfather" to overlooked gems like "First Contact" and "Leolo." We'll talk to Turan about his book and we want to hear from you: What films would you put on your Not-To-Be-Missed list?
Shadi Hamid of the Brookings Institution is a leading voice on government in the Arab world. His new book, "Temptations of Power," discusses the future of Islamist parties in the Middle East, particularly the Muslim Brotherhood, and challenges the notion that democracy has a moderating influence on these groups. Hamid draws on hundreds of interviews with Islamist leaders and activists.