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Remembering California Historian Kevin Starr

On Saturday, California lost its longtime historian and former state librarian Kevin Starr. The USC professor, who penned an eightvolume series on California that the Los Angeles Times called "indispensable," died of a heart attack at the age of 76. Starr, who was known for his trademark bow tie and straw boater hat, won a Guggenheim fellowship and was awarded a National Humanities Medal. He was appointed as California's state librarian by Arnold Schwarzenegger and served from 1994 2004. In this segment we remember Starr and his influence on the Golden State.

D.C. Readies for Trump's Inauguration, Women's March

After months of controversy over cabinet appointees, ties to Russia and conflicts of interest, president-elect Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States on Friday. We'll preview the inauguration with KQED's Scott Schafer and Bloomberg's Shannon Pettypiece. We'll also check in with Bay Area voters headed to D.C. and find out what's motivating them to travel to the nation's capital this weekend. And we want hear from you: What would you like a Trump administration to do for California?

Lawyer Joe Cotchett Calls for a 'Populist Crusade' Against Corporate Greed

Joe Cotchett has made a name for himself winning jury verdicts in the millions - sometimes billions - of dollars against Wall Street, big banks and other corporations that have harmed the public. He took on PG&E after the deadly San Bruno explosion, Wells Fargo for its fake accounts and Lincoln Savings & Loan for swindling investors. Cotchett was recently reported to be on Gov. Jerry Brown's short list to replace Kamala Harris as California Attorney General. The Burlingame attorney, whose star power brings Nancy Pelosi and Willie Brown to his birthday parties, joins us to talk about his career and his new book "The People vs. Greed."

Lawyer Joe Cotchett Calls for a 'Populist Crusade' Against Corporate Greed

Trump's Pick for Education Secretary Reopens School Accountability, Voucher Debate

Billionaire philanthropist and school-choice advocate Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump's nominee for Secretary of Education, is among the incoming administration's most controversial cabinet picks. DeVos favors a free-market approach to education and has long advocated for charter schools and school voucher programs. While her supporters hope that her appointment will lead to more options for students, others fear it will hurt public schools and weaken charter-school accountability. We discuss what DeVos' confirmation could mean for schools nationally and here in California.

Trump's Pick for Education Secretary Reopens School Accountability, Voucher Debate

Neurologist Suzanne O'Sullivan on Psychosomatic Illnesses and How the Mind Affects the Body

For more than 20 years, neurologist Suzanne O'Sullivan has treated patients who have debilitating physical symptoms — such as pain and seizures — with no identifiable cause. These patients, O'Sullivan notes, "find themselves trapped in a zone between the worlds of medicine and psychology, with neither community taking responsibility." O'Sullivan joins Forum to talk about her new book "Is It All in Your Head?," an exploration of psychosomatic disorders and their causes.

Neurologist Suzanne O'Sullivan on Psychosomatic Illnesses and How the Mind Affects the Body

Bernard-Henri Lévy Reflects on Anti-Semitism and Israel in 'The Genius of Judaism'

Bernard-Henri Lévy has been many things: activist, filmmaker and prominent French intellectual. He is also author of dozens of books and the newest, "The Genius of Judaism," is arguably his most personal. He joins us to discuss the book, how the Jewish tradition shaped his world view and the new faces of antisemitism.

Bernard-Henri Lévy Reflects on Anti-Semitism and Israel in 'The Genius of Judaism'

Historian Taylor Branch Discusses Martin Luther King, Jr.

On this Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, we talk to historian and MLK scholar Taylor Branch about the iconic minister and his lasting impact on the civil rights movement. Taylor is the author of "America in the King Years," a trilogy detailing MLK's life and the civil rights era. The first volume, "Parting the Waters" was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1989. We also talk with a curator from the new National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Live from the Nation's Capital: Political News Roundup

In a special broadcast from WAMU in Washington, D.C., Forum sits down with a panel of journalists to talk about the latest political news and get an update on the transition to a Trump administration.

New PBS Documentary Explores the Private and Public Lives of Rachel Carson

In 1962, Rachel Carson published Silent Spring, her groundbreaking exposure of the environmental harms posed by the mosquito-killing pesticide DDT. Informed by her alarm over the atmospheric testing of nuclear weapons, Carson's work challenged prevailing assumptions about chemical safety and contributed to the birth of the modern environmental movement. A new PBS documentary, scheduled to premiere on January 24, examines Carson's writing, research, family life and the challenges she faced as a woman taking on one of the country's most powerful industries. We preview the film.

New PBS Documentary Explores the Private and Public Lives of Rachel Carson

Reproductive Rights Under a Trump Presidency

After President-elect Donald Trump's victory, NPR reported that some reproductive health centers and OB-GYN offices experienced an increase in inquiries about long term birth control. That increase reflects concern that the Affordable Care Act may be repealed or altered, making some birth control more expensive or harder to come by. Add in the Republican threat of defunding Planned Parenthood and Trump's pledge to appoint pro-life Supreme Court justices and many people are wondering about the future of reproductive rights under a Trump administration.

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