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    How Hateful Ideology Fuels Hate Crimes

    Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2022 55:33

    Barely a day after a gunman killed 10 people at a Buffalo, New York, grocery store in a predominantly Black neighborhood, another gunman at a church service for a Taiwanese congregation in Laguna Woods, California, killed one person and injured several others. “This should not be our new normal,” said Orange County representative Katie Porter. And yet, these incidents and their impacts feel all too familiar: Communities of color feeling unspeakable grief and terror. We'll discuss the hate-filled ideology and so-called “replacement theory” being mentioned in the wake of the Buffalo massacre.

    Forum Debuts Its New Theme Song

    Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2022 55:30

    For about a quarter century, KQED Forum listeners have been getting dressed, brushing their teeth and driving to work to the sounds of “Peter Pan” by musician Mike Marshall. On Monday, they will have a new soundtrack. Each hour of the show is getting its own new theme song, composed by NPR's Ramtin Arablouei. To mark the occasion, we'll talk about what makes a great theme song, including the best TV themes through the decades. And we'll open the phone lines to ask our listeners: What TV theme song do you never skip?

    A.J. Jacobs on the Joy of Puzzling

    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2022 55:37

    Jigsaws, crosswords, Sudokus, cryptics and even scavenger hunts: A.J. Jacobs is convinced that puzzles of all kinds have made him a better person. In his new book, “The Puzzler,” Jacobs takes readers along as he enters all manner of puzzle competitions, talks to puzzle makers and solvers and looks at the history of some of the most popular puzzles around. His book also has embedded within it a specially crafted puzzle with a $10,000 prize for the first person to solve it. We'll talk to Jacobs about why he thinks puzzles shift our worldviews, build community and make us better thinkers.

    Dancing and Crying with Singer-Songwriter Sean Hayes

    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2022 41:03

    Bay Area singer-songwriter Sean Hayes has been singing the blues for the last 30 years, but his music seems especially necessary these days. “Pain, suffering, worry meet pain again,” he sings on his newly released album “Be Like Water.” Hayes describes himself as a songwriter who “makes music to dance to or cry to, or maybe both at the same time.” He joins us in the studio to play live from his new album.

    Choreographer Alonzo King on 40 Years of LINES Ballet

    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2022 53:35

    "Any kind of comfort or satisfaction is poisonous to any kind of growth,” choreographer Alonzo King told Forum ten years ago on the 30th anniversary of his company LINES Ballet. “You want to expand your heart and expand your mind. And that wants to continue going until you leave the planet,” he said. Now, with his 40th anniversary ballet “Deep River” opening at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on Friday, King joins Forum to talk about his expansive career and the process of making art in uncomfortable times.

    Has the Leaked Roe Opinion Damaged the Supreme Court's Legitimacy?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2022 46:44

    According to a recent survey by Pew Research, the majority of Americans favor abortion rights. But in the leaked draft opinion overturning Roe v. Wade, Justice Samuel A. Alito writes “We cannot allow our decisions to be affected by any extraneous influences such as concern about the public's reaction to our work.” Public reaction, however, has been swift. Demonstrators decrying the opinion have gathered outside the Supreme Court, the homes of Supreme Court justices and in demonstrations across the country. In response to the draft opinion, some states have indicated they intend to introduce laws to ban and even criminalize abortion, while other states have begun drafting legislation to create safe havens for reproductive rights. Given the divide between the majority of the Court who voted in favor of this draft and the public's support of abortion rights, has the Supreme Court lost its legitimacy as a branch of government that is blind to politics? We'll talk to Slate's Dahlia Lithwick about the future of the Court and what is at stake.

    What It Takes to Make SRO Hotels Run Well

    Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2022 55:37

    Last Thursday, we spoke with San Francisco Chronicle reporters about their yearlong investigation into the city-funded single-room-occupancy buildings that are supposed to provide supportive housing for the homeless. In this show, we'll get an inside look from staff that run SROs and the nonprofit operators that oversee them. Some operators say the city hasn't given them adequate resources and funding to serve their tenants, who often struggle with drug and behavioral issues. Meanwhile, staff say they are underpaid and under-supported in jobs that often involve dealing with violence and verbal abuse from residents. Still, there is evidence that SROs are a proven model to move people off the streets and create community among residents and staff. We'll talk about what it's like to run an SRO and what supportive housing projects need to succeed.

    Elizabeth Alexander on 'The Trayvon Generation'

    Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2022 55:26

    What does it mean for a generation of young people to come of age seeing other young Black people routinely endangered, attacked or killed? In her new book of essays titled “The Trayvon Generation,” poet, scholar and educator Elizabeth Alexander explores that question and meditates on the persistence of racism in the American experience. She writes that “the race work of the generations of my great-grandparents, my grandparents, my parents, and myself is the work of our children's generation” – a reality Alexander says she both laments and feels enraged by. The book, which includes poetry as well as visual art, expands on her viral 2020 New Yorker essay that reflected on the young people who have always known stories like Trayvon's – and George Floyd's and Breonna Taylor's and Philando Castile's and…. We'll talk to Alexander about “The Trayvon Generation” and her hopes for its future.

    SF District Attorney Chesa Boudin Argues Against His Recall

    Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2022 55:29

    On June 7, San Francisco voters will decide whether to recall District Attorney Chesa Boudin. It's a ballot fight that pits the former public defender's progressive ideas on criminal justice reform against claims that he's soft on criminals and has made San Francisco's streets more dangerous. Boudin joins us to talk about his record and what he thinks his opponents get wrong, crime in San Francisco and why he thinks he should stay in office.

    Craig McNamara Confronts His Father's Legacy in ‘Because Our Fathers Lied'

    Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2022 55:29

    Robert McNamara was president of the Ford Motor Company, head of the World Bank, U.S. Secretary of Defense and widely considered to be the architect of the Vietnam War. He was also a father. His son, Craig McNamara, depicts their strained, yet love-filled, relationship in his new book, “Because Our Fathers Lied,” which explores the wall that existed between them as a result of Craig's deep opposition to the Vietnam War. We'll talk with McNamara about what it means to carve out his own legacy and how he contends with his father's actions today.

    Julissa Arce Rejects Assimilation in 'You Sound Like a White Girl'

    Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2022 55:30

    When a classmate in junior high school told Julissa Arce, an immigrant from Mexico, that she sounded like a white girl, she took it as a compliment. “Sounding like a white girl gave me a false sense of security. Having an accent said I was from someplace else; sounding like a white girl fooled me into thinking I could belong in the United States,” she writes in her new book, “You Sound Like A White Girl: The Case for Rejecting Assimilation.” Writer, speaker, and immigration rights advocate, Arce became well known after publishing her first book, “My (Underground) American Dream,” about her experience working for Wall Street giant Goldman Sachs even though she was undocumented. In her latest release, she eviscerates the idea that through assimilation, anyone can be successful and accepted in America. In reality, she argues, assimilation functions as a tool of white supremacy. We talk with Arce about what it means to reject assimilation and how Latinos and other people of color are reclaiming their identities.

    Women Who Have Had Abortions Reflect on a World Without Roe

    Play Episode Listen Later May 9, 2022 55:27

    The decision to terminate a pregnancy is rarely easy, and the reasons women choose abortions are varied. Some are already parents who don't want another child. Some feel too young to become a parent. Some can't bear to birth a child conceived in sexual violence. Some are afraid of the risks of pregnancy. And some, simply, don't want to be pregnant. As Americans' nearly 50-year old constitutional right to an abortion approaches its probable end, we hear from women across the state who have chosen to terminate their pregnancies and what concerns them most about life in a post-Roe world.

    How to Make Sense of the Weird U.S. Economy

    Play Episode Listen Later May 9, 2022 55:28

    Various economic factors don't seem to add up these days. Consumer spending is up year over year, but the country's gross domestic product fell during the first quarter. Home values are higher than ever in many cities across, but 401k balances are taking a hit from stock market declines. Wages are finally inching up for some workers, but inflation is taking a bite out of purchasing power. Employers continue adding jobs, but worker participation in the workforce hasn't bounced back. We dive into the contradictions in the economy and what it means for you.

    Plato, Kant and … Six-Year-Olds? Scott Hershovitz Celebrates A Child's Inner Philosopher

    Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2022 55:33

    “Mommy, I don't know what red looks like to you.” That's the first philosophical puzzle that Scott Hershovitz says he remembers putting to his befuddled parents. And it's children's observations like those that Hershovitz, now a full-grown philosophy professor, says that parents need to nurture and take seriously. We'll talk to Hershovitz about why young kids, unencumbered by received wisdom about the universe, make excellent philosophers and how childlike thinking can teach all of us to better grapple with the mysteries of human existence. Hershovitz's new book is "Nasty, Brutish, and Short: Adventures in Philosophy with My Kids."

    From Red Sauce to Cioppino: How Italian American Food Became Synonymous with America's — and the Bay Area's — Cuisine

    Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2022 55:34

    The Italian food many Americans grew up with — often called “red sauce” cuisine — is influenced by Italian traditions, “but it is not Italian food,” writes Ian MacAllen, author of “Red Sauce: How Italian Food Became American.” This distinction between Italian and Italian American food evolved from the story of Italian immigration to America — one where pizza and pasta ended up becoming synonymous with American food itself. The Bay Area's own wine, tomato sauce and cioppino stems from the legacies of the Italian American immigrants who brought their old-world tastes to California's vineyards and tomato fields. We'll talk about the legacy and culture of Italian Americans in the Bay Area today, from North Beach to Temescal's Colombo Club to San Jose's Chiaramonte's Deli.

    How Did We Get Here and Where Are We Going in a Post-Roe World

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2022 55:36

    The leaked draft Supreme Court opinion overturning Roe v. Wade has sent shock waves across the country, particularly for those who assumed their 50-year old constitutional right to abortion was safe. But court watchers long have predicted this outcome, brought on by the decades-long efforts of Christian fundamentalists and other far-right actors to remake the Republican party. We'll talk about the political forces that brought us to this moment and the other core privacy rights -- from contraception to gay marriage -- that may be imperiled.

    Despite Millions in City Funding, Investigation Finds Squalid Conditions at SF SROs

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2022 55:36

    A year-long San Francisco Chronicle investigation found that a San Francisco program that leases residential hotels as a transitional solution for unhoused residents has failed drastically. According to the investigation, many residents reported living in squalid rooms infested with bugs, rats, and black mold. Reporters found that, of 515 people tracked by the government, 21% returned to the streets and a quarter died in the program. They also found that violence toward residents and staff, robbery, and drug overdose deaths were common occurrences in some decrepit buildings. We'll talk about the investigation's findings, who should be held accountable and what can be done to provide decent transitional housing for people getting off the streets.

    Danica Roem Champions Authenticity in Politics in 'Burn the Page'

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2022 40:59

    Danica Roem stunned the world of Virginia politics in 2017 when she became the first openly trans person to win a seat in a state legislature. She defeated a Republican who held the seat for more than a quarter century -- a lawmaker who called himself the state's "chief homophobe." Roem, who's also a former journalist and thrash metal band front woman, joins us to talk about her new memoir "Burn the Page," all about her unlikely rise in politics and the importance of being your authentic self.

    Congressman Adam Schiff Urges More Aid for Ukraine

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2022 15:30

    Congressman Adam Schiff returned recently from a surprise trip to Ukraine with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats where they observed the toll of the Russian invasion and met with President Volodymyr Zelensky to discuss the U.S.'s military and humanitarian commitment to the country. We'll talk to Schiff about the trip and the status of President Biden's proposed $33 billion aid package for Ukraine, now awaiting congressional approval.

    California Doctors, Activists Rush to Provide Abortion Services Out of State if Roe Overturned

    Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2022 55:30

    While Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito's leaked draft opinion overturning Roe v Wade sparked outrage and protests across the country, in California advocates for abortion access have long been preparing for the decision. Governor Gavin Newsom appointed a Future of Abortion Council whose December policy recommendations are now a set of proposed state laws that would provide funds for abortion access for those in states with restrictive laws and protect doctors who provide services, among other policy changes designed to make California a sanctuary for reproductive rights. From providing tele-health and abortion pills across state lines to ensuring childcare and travel for those seeking services, Forum looks at the role of California in a post Roe country.

    Leaked Supreme Court Draft Opinion Signals Court May Overturn Roe v. Wade

    Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2022 55:27

    A leaked Supreme Court draft opinion published by Politico on Monday night indicates the majority of the Court would vote to overturn Roe v. Wade. In the document written by Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr., and joined by the majority of the Court, Alito called Roe wrongly decided and suggested that the issue of abortion should be left to politicians, not courts. If the final opinion follows the logic of the draft, it would represent a fundamental shift in the law and politics around reproductive rights. And while draft opinions are commonly circulated by the justices, the leak of a draft is unprecedented in modern Supreme Court history and raises questions about the operation of the Court itself. We'll talk about the leak, the draft opinion, and what lies ahead.

    Oakland Playwright Cleavon Smith Takes on Police Violence, Theories of Social Change in 'The Incrementalist'

    Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2022 55:28

    In his latest play, "The Incrementalist," Oakland playwright Cleavon Smith explores the tension between those who advocate immediate, radical reform to address injustices and those who believe in an incremental approach to changing systems and policies over time. Playing at Berkeley's Aurora Theatre Company through May 15, "The Incrementalist" follows a public intellectual who is brought to UC Berkeley's campus in 2022 to help facilitate conversations concerning police violence after campus police attack and injure a Black Student Union leader during a protest. The play also includes scenes from student life in 1992, highlighting both the ongoing issues of racism and police violence and the ongoing debate over how best to address them. Smith joins Forum in studio to talk about the play, as well as his personal journey from Mississippian to Californian and from naval officer to playwright.

    Survivors of Violent Felonies Challenge State's Tough-on-Crime Policies

    Play Episode Listen Later May 2, 2022 55:29

    Since the 1990s, lawmakers and advocates have justified harsh anti-crime policies, like California's Three Strikes Law, as a way to bring justice to the victims of violent crimes. But a new movement is emerging that centers crime survivors, especially women of color, who are often overlooked by a system that's supposed to help them with services and support – and who don't always agree with the tough-on-crime agenda. We'll talk about how the conversation about justice for crime survivors is shifting in California.

    Bay Area Refineries' Plans to Convert to Biofuels Opposed by Environmental Groups

    Play Episode Listen Later May 2, 2022 55:28

    Two large oil refineries in the Bay Area want to switch from processing crude oil and instead turn vegetable oil and animal fats into biofuels. Phillips 66 in Rodeo and Marathon in Martinez say their plans to convert the refineries to create renewable diesel advances California's goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and fossil fuel reliance. But some environmental groups and communities close to the refineries oppose the plan, saying a reliance on biofuels contributes to deforestation and other environmental problems that actually accelerate climate change. As the Contra Costa Board of Supervisors considers an appeal to the plans next week, Forum looks at the local, state and global ramifications of California's push toward biofuels.

    What it Means to be ‘Facing Life' — After a Commuted Life Sentence

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 29, 2022 55:36

    “I basically went from living in a fishbowl, which is the prison yard, to swimming in a whole ocean.” That's how Travielle Pope describes what it was like to reintegrate into a profoundly changed society after serving 26 years of a life sentence in a California prison. Pope is one of eight formerly incarcerated people KQED's Pendarvis Harshaw and his co-producer Brandon Tauszik profile for their new multimedia project “Facing Life.” It explores the everyday challenges – from operating smartphones to finding jobs and shelter – the formerly incarcerated face. We'll talk about the project and why Harshaw and Tauszik say it's time to “prepare for a society where mass incarceration is no longer a thing—but mass integration is.”

    Youth Takeover: Women Sports Journalists Making Their Mark in the Bay Area and Beyond

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 29, 2022 55:35

    Sports journalism has long been a male-dominated field. According to last year's Associated Press Sports Editors Racial and Gender Report Card, less than 15% of sports reporters in the U.S. and Canada are women. One aspiring sports journalist hoping to be a part of improving that statistic is high school sophomore Mahi Jariwala from Danville, who created and hosts her own sports podcast “She Can Ball.” As part of KQED's annual Youth Takeover week, Jariwala joins Alexis Madrigal to co-host Forum's conversation with Bay Area sports journalists Kerith Burke and Amy Gutierrez, plus ESPN's Mina Kimes and MLB Network's Keiana Martin, about navigating the male-dominated sports media industry and reporting on your favorite sports teams. 

    Youth Takeover: Asian American Youth Push Back on Asian Hate with Art and Activism

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 28, 2022 53:36

    For years, Asian Americans have largely been overlooked when it comes to representation in the media. This has begun to change some recently following the success of “Crazy Rich Asians.” There have been more box office hits centering Asian American characters and stories, like “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” “Turning Red” and Marvel's “Shang-Chi.” Still, a recent survey found that, “Americans struggle to name prominent Asian Americans, despite several being in the news this year.” Some Asian American youth activists are recognizing the power of media images and art to influence change and using it to push back on Asian stereotypes and hate, as anti-Asian hate crimes increased by 339 percent in 2021. In this student-produced segment, as part of KQED's Youth Takeover week, we'll talk with Asian American youth artists and activists about the importance of Asian representation in media and the arts.

    Too Many Subscriptions and Too Much Content: Have Streaming Services Peaked?

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 28, 2022 55:38

    Streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, HBO Max and dozens of others are giving TV and movie viewers more choices than ever. But many consumers are feeling overwhelmed by the sheer number of monthly subscriptions they've accumulated — and their cost. At the same time, the abrupt shutdown of news streaming service CNN+ and reports of subscriber losses by Netflix are signaling problems with the paid streaming business model. Have we reached peak streaming? We'll take up the question and hear your thoughts.

    What Elon Musk's Deal to Buy Twitter Means for Employees and the Bay Area

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 28, 2022 35:34

    acquire the company on Monday it spawned a lot of questions in the Bay Area. Will Musk uproot Twitter from its San Francisco home, the way he moved Tesla's headquarters to Texas? If so, what would that mean for the mid-Market neighborhood where San Francisco once lured Twitter with big tax breaks in hopes of transforming the blighted area. And for employees of Twitter, many are wondering how the richest man in the world might transform their workplace, for better or worse. We'll talk about what Twitter under Elon Musk might look like for the Bay Area and we want to hear from Twitter employees and those who live or work in mid-Market: How do you think this move will change your job or your neighborhood?

    The Moth Shares Its Craft in 'How to Tell a Story'

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 27, 2022 55:24

    We all are “a multitude of stories,” say the producers of The Moth Radio hour and podcast, the project that for 25 years has made storytellers of thousands of people around the world. Now, The Moth has published a new book, “How to Tell A Story,” all about how to turn our ephemeral experiences into memorable stories. We'll talk about what makes for a good story and hear tips for telling your own, whether you're in a job interview, introducing yourself to strangers or processing a complicated life experience.

    Youth Takeover: Zero-Waste Living Has Long Roots in Communities of Color

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 27, 2022 55:26

    The average American produces 4.9 pounds of waste daily, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. This is inspiring some to adopt a zero-waste lifestyle, which involves maximizing already-owned items to reduce individual plastic consumption and waste production. While the zero-waste lifestyle has appeared in more social media feeds and advertisements in recent years, it is far from new, with roots tracing back to many communities of color. The spike in popularity has made some activists feel the movement has obscured those roots, reflecting ongoing racism within the environmental activist community. In this student-produced segment as part of KQED's annual Youth Takeover, we'll take a critical look at the origins of zero-waste living and how it can be practiced today.

    What Elon Musk's Twitter Acquisition Could Mean for Users and Employees

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 26, 2022 21:00

    Twitter has reached a deal to sell the company to tech mogul Elon Musk for about $44 billion, valuing the company at $54.20 a share. If the sale goes through, Musk vows to make changes to the platform, most notably loosening speech guidelines and making Twitter's algorithms open source. In a statement on Monday, Musk said that “Free speech is the bedrock of a functioning democracy, and Twitter is the digital town square where matters vital to the future of humanity are debated.” Musk's acquisition of the platform poses many questions around free speech, and some experts have predicted that Musk's proposed changes could make it easier for spam, misinformation, and illicit content to spread. We'll talk about what Twitter could look like under Musk's ownership and what it means for its users and employees.

    What Does A Protracted Conflict in Ukraine Mean for the Region and the World?

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 26, 2022 35:26

    Following a visit with president Volodymir Zelensky in Ukraine, U.S. Defense Secretary Austin Lloyd declared that Russia's military capability should be targeted so "it can't do the kinds of things that it has done in invading Ukraine." The Biden Administration announced that it would bring back diplomats to Ukraine and also provide the embattled country with $322 million in military aid. Meanwhile, Russia renewed its ferocious attack, bombing two train depots in central Ukraine, and Ukrainian officials acknowledged that 42 villages had fallen into Russian control. As peace talks have stalled and the grim brutality of the Russian invasion wears on, thousands are dead and once-thriving cities like Mariupol have been completely destroyed. With no clear end in sight, we talk about what a protracted conflict in Ukraine means for the region and the world.

    Interfaith Ministers Walk the Streets of the Tenderloin Every Night, Listening

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 26, 2022 21:00

    The San Francisco Night Ministry has listened to those who want to talk every night since 1964. Night Ministers walk the streets of the Tenderloin offering an ear to anyone who wants to talk, and trained volunteers operate their phone lines until 4 in the morning. It's gone on for more than 20,800 nights in a row and counting. The interfaith organization provides spiritual care for all, holding services for many faiths outdoors to increase accessibility. In its own words, “We do not judge or convert. We meet people where they are and offer loving presence.” We'll hear about the Night Ministry's work, the support that they hear folks need and what it means to truly listen.

    The Race for San Jose's Next Mayor

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 26, 2022 35:26

    The Bay Area's biggest city has a major political race on the horizon. Sam Liccardo has been San Jose's mayor since 2015, and the race to succeed him is heating up. This mayoral race is shaping up to be the most expensive in San Jose's history, with more than 1.5 million dollars already amassed in campaign contributions, including $300,000 from the San Francisco 49ers. We'll talk about the candidates on the ballot for June's mayoral election, their platforms and endorsements, and we'll hear from you: which priorities do you want from San Jose's next mayor?

    Danyel Smith on the Black Women Artists Who ‘Shine Bright' in Pop Music History

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 22, 2022 55:28

    In her new book “Shine Bright: A Very Personal History of Black Women in Pop,” music journalist Danyel Smith highlights the genius and cultural impact of artists like Whitney Houston, Gladys Knight, Donna Summer, Aretha Franklin, Janet Jackson and more. Pulling not just from research but from her own experiences interviewing a number of the pop icons featured, the book presents a unique mix of memoir, criticism and music history that demands Black women artists get their due recognition. Smith joins us to talk about pop stars of “Shine Bright” and the influence they had on her own life as a Black girl growing up in Oakland and Los Angeles.

    Reem Assil's Cookbook “Arabiyya” Weaves “Recipes for Resilience” With Reflections on the Arab Diaspora

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 22, 2022 55:37

    Reem Assil, owner of San Francisco and Oakland's Reem's Kitchen, began her career as a chef with a thirst for activism, often advocating for social justice and sustainability at work. As the opening chef of Dyafa, an Arab fine-dining restaurant in Oakland, Assil began to reimagine power dynamics in the kitchen which she boldly reflected on in her Eater article, “Don't Call Me Chef.” Assil joins Forum to talk about her new book, “Arabiyya: Recipes from the Life of an Arab in Diaspora,” in which she weaves personal essays on food, family, identity, hospitality, activism and political struggles amid recipes influenced by Arab flavors.

    Is it Time to End Legacy Admissions?

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 21, 2022 55:35

    “If we don't want to live in a nepotistic society, we have to stop practicing nepotism,” Brookings Institution senior fellow Richard V. Reeves writes in a recent Atlantic piece titled, “Why the U.S. Needs to End Legacy Admissions.” Legacy admissions — when preference is given to college applicants who are related to an alum — is facing heightened scrutiny in the U.S. Some schools are abandoning the practice, and some state and federal lawmakers are seeking to curtail it. In California, a 2019 law requires four-year colleges that consider legacy status in admissions – such as Stanford and the University of Southern California – to disclose their practices. We'll take a look at the nationwide pressures mounting against legacy admissions and hear your views.

    Film "American Justice on Trial" Traces Legacy of Black Panther Huey Newton's Murder Trial

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 21, 2022 55:37

    In the fall of 1967 Huey Newton, co-founder of the Black Panther party, was charged with shooting and killing a police officer on the streets of West Oakland. The trial that followed came to revolutionize the jury selection process in criminal proceedings and put the then relatively unknown Panther Party into the national spotlight. The film “American Justice on Trial” premiering Friday at the SF Film Festival examines the trial and its consequences. Forum talks with the film's producer as well as Huey Newton's brother, Melvin, and David Harper, jury foreman during the historic trial which changed his life, and the lives of many others.

    As Mask Mandates Lift, Travelers and Transportation Workers Weigh COVID Risks

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 20, 2022 55:35

    Airlines, transit agencies and rideshare companies across the country are no longer requiring passengers and staff to wear face coverings after a federal judge in Florida on Monday struck down federal mask mandates for public transportation. That's leaving travelers to navigate a patchwork of local rules and raising health and safety questions for some. We'll talk about the impact of the ruling, which the Department of Justice may appeal, and hear how you're feeling about going maskless on airplanes, trains and buses.

    Looking Back at Oakland's Golden Age of Restaurants and What's Next

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 20, 2022 29:39

    About a decade ago national publications started paying a lot of attention to Oakland's food scene. The city burst out of San Francisco's shadow to become a distinct culinary city in its own right. KQED Food Editor Luke Tsai writes that the buzziest of Oakland's “golden age” restaurants were headed by women of color, “charismatic chefs who were cooking food that was deeply personal, reflecting the cultures that shaped their identities—Afro-Caribbean, Mexican, Korean, Lao.” But over the years notable favorites like Brown Sugar Kitchen, Fuse Box and Juhu Beach Club have closed, and this month beloved Miss Ollie's has shut its doors. We'll talk with Luke Tsai and Miss Ollie's owner Sarah Kirnon about the forces that changed Oakland's restaurant scene and we want to hear from you. What do you remember from that era? What restaurants are exciting to you now?

    Marlene Sanchez on Humanizing the Conversation Around Incarceration

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 20, 2022 27:53

    Marlene Sanchez grew up in San Francisco's Mission District and experienced the effects of the criminal justice system from an early age. She landed in juvenile detention after getting into a fight at school, an experience that led her to community organizing and activism by the time she was 15. Now she's the new executive director of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, working to end mass incarceration. We'll talk with Sanchez, the first woman of color to lead the organization, about the fight for criminal justice reform, advocating for incarcerated women and what it means to invest in communities of color.

    Haider Warraich Mines the Nature of Pain in 'The Song of Our Scars'

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 19, 2022 55:28

    Pain is a "hallmark of consciousness among all beings," writes physician Haider Warraich in his new book "The Song of Our Scars." Pain, he explains, is also gendered, racial and above all so personal that it's the one thing truly our own. Like an estimated 1.5 billion people worldwide, Warraich himself lives with chronic pain, brought on by a devastating back injury. We'll talk to Warraich about the biology of pain and how we experience what he calls our most complicated sensation.

    Jennifer Egan's ‘Goon Squad' Follow-Up ‘The Candy House' Examines Role of Fiction and Memory in an Online World

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 19, 2022 55:29

    “Never trust a candy house! It was only a matter of time before someone made them pay for what they thought they were getting for free,” warns a character in “The Candy House,” illuminating the novel's larger curiosity around Big Tech in its setting: a world where minds and memories can be uploaded to the cloud and accessed by others. “The Candy House” is Jennifer Egan's follow-up to her 2010 novel “A Visit from the Goon Squad,” which won the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award. Known for its inventive playing with form — each chapter can be read as an independent short story, with distinct and yet interconnected characters; one chapter is told entirely through PowerPoint — “Goon Squad” introduced some of the characters and storytelling techniques continued and expanded in this new novel. Egan joins us to discuss storytelling in our online age and why she considers this book an “homage to fiction.”

    Changing Your Name to ‘Fit In' in America

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 18, 2022 55:29

    What's in a name? The question originally posed by Shakespeare is also the title of New York University sophomore Aria Young's winning entry to this year's NPR College Podcast Challenge. Young changed her name from 杨沁悦, or Yáng Qìn Yuè, when she moved to Pennsylvania from Shanghai for high school because her original name was “too hard for the English tongue to pronounce,” she says in the podcast. But sometimes she feels her adopted last name isn't quite right either. We'll talk about what it means to change your name to “fit in” in America, or to have learned your family has done so, and we'll hear from listeners about what their names mean to them.

    What the COVID Bump in the Northeast Could Mean for the Bay Area

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 18, 2022 55:28

    Coronavirus cases are on the rise in the northeastern United States, driven by the highly transmissible BA.2, a subvariant of Omicron. We'll look at what the increase portends for the Bay Area, where cases remain relatively low amid loosening restrictions. And we'll get the latest on the Covid lockdowns in China which have led to clashes with police over evictions and food shortages.

    How the Tax Code Helps Preserve “The Whiteness of Wealth”

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 15, 2022 55:36

    Author and Emory University professor Dorothy Brown says she became a tax lawyer to avoid dealing with race. “I learned early on that people might look at me and see black, but as far as tax law was concerned, the only color that mattered was green,” she writes in her book “The Whiteness of Wealth”. But it soon became clear to her that America's tax system was worsening the country's racial wealth gap, which it also helped create. As we approach tax day, we'll talk with Brown about her new book and how the tax code is stacked against Black Americans.

    Procrastinating with the Weirdness of Wikipedia

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 15, 2022 55:45

    Tax Day is coming up. If you're a procrastinator, instead of compiling your receipts and looking for your W-2 form, you may have gone down a rabbit hole online— and there is no deeper rabbit hole than the one provided by Wikipedia. From the Streisand Effect to fart lightning to the lost state of Westsylvania, the social media account Depths of Wikipedia is dedicated to chronicling the weird and wonderful facts and articles on the internet's free encyclopedia. We'll explore some of the strangest topics, passages and photos on the site, and hear some of your favorite entries.

    The Songs That Make California's Soundtrack

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 14, 2022 55:38

    California living has inspired songwriters across generations and genres – from Otis Redding “(Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay” to pop star Katy Perry saluting “California Gurls” to hip hop artists Dr. Dre and Tupac proclaiming “California Love.” The Golden State has also inspired many a playlist, including the “California Playlist” currently being crowd-sourced by The New York Times California Today newsletter. We'll talk about and play some of the songs that make up the soundtrack of California and hear what songs capture the essence of California for you.

    ‘First Lady of Native Radio' Peggy Berryhill on the Voices of Gualala

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 14, 2022 21:01

    Owner and manager of KGUA in Gualala, California, Peggy Berryhill has been described as “The First Lady of Native Radio.” As the host of KGUA's flagship program “Peggy's Place,” Berryhill spotlights community members: its artists, librarians and lighthouse operator. Part of the Muscogee Nation, Berryhill has worked over her more than four decades-long career to push back on Native stereotypes in mainstream coverage and has collected and preserved hundreds of hours of interviews with Native community members. She joins us on this episode of Forum to discuss the importance of community radio and of hearing Native voices.

    1950 Census Opens Window Into American History

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 14, 2022 35:32

    On April 1st 1950, about 144,000 census takers fanned out across the United States to count the population. Each conversation they had was reduced to a handwritten entry on a census form. Now, 72 years later, the National Archives has released those manuscripts. You can find Marilyn Monroe, Jerry Garcia, Jimi Hendrix, and maybe a long-forgotten relative in these pages. But the census represents more than an exercise in genealogical spelunking; it is an American political tool that has been in force since 1790. We'll talk to census historians about what they hope to find in the 1950 census, and why this information is so meaningful. Related link(s): 1950 Census

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