Reddit’s Melissa Tidwell, ‘Crazy Rich Asians,’ Week in Politics

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California State Bills and Security Clearance Controversy
In Sacramento, state lawmakers and Gov. Jerry Brown have just two weeks to decide the fate of a thousand bills before the end of the legislative session. On Thursday, a bill that would end the practice of cash bail in California cleared a key committee, but its passage remains uncertain. Also this week, President Trump revoked the security clearance of former CIA director John Brennan, a frequent critic of the president. A group of former security officials yesterday signed a letter attacking the decision, saying it was done to stifle free speech.


  • Joe Garofoli, San Francisco Chronicle senior political writer
  • Marisa Lagos, KQED politics and government reporter
  • Sean Walsh, Wilson Walsh Consulting

Reddit Vice President and General Counsel Melissa Tidwell
Since its launch in 2005, Reddit has become the fourth most-popular website in the U.S. But with its growth come challenges, including a growing debate on how to protect free speech while fighting online bullying and hate speech. We interview Reddit Vice President and General Counsel Melissa Tidwell on the challenge of stopping hate speech and how to close Silicon Valley’s diversity gap.

‘Crazy Rich Asians’
A new romantic comedy with an all-Asian cast hopes to break barriers in Hollywood and beyond. The romantic comedy is based on the best-selling novel by Kevin Kwan. The film is the first major studio film released in 25 years to feature and all-Asian cast, sparking debates over race and representation in Hollywood.  


  • Valerie Soe, associate professor of Asian American studies, San Francisco State University
  • Phil Yu, Angry Asian Man blogger