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Reflecting on the Presidential Order that Sent Japanese Americans to Incarceration Camps

This Sunday marks the 75th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066 by Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The order forcibly removed approximately 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry from their homes and sent them to live in prison-like camps. Here in the Bay Area, flower growers in Richmond, sweet shop owners in San Francisco's Little Tokyo and others were packed into Greyhound buses and sent to assembly centers like Tanforan Racetrack in San Bruno, where they lived inside horse stalls before being moved to camps in the desert. We reflect on the legacy of that presidential order in the Bay Area and discuss its significance today.

Reflecting on the Presidential Order that Sent Japanese Americans to Incarceration Camps

Worst Erosion in 150 Years Hits California Beaches, Report Finds

The West Coast is experiencing unprecedented erosion on many of its beaches, according to a U.S. Geological Survey report published this week in the journal "Nature Communications." Scientists examined coastal changes at 29 beaches across Washington, Oregon and California, finding that the 2015-2016 El Nino caused unprecedented erosion. We discuss the findings and what can be done to protect California's coastal areas.

New Bill Would Push Last Call for Alcohol Back Two Hours in California

State Senator Scott Wiener introduced a bill Wednesday that would allow bars, clubs and restaurants in California to serve alcohol until 4 a.m. The current cutoff time of 2 a.m. has been a longtime source of frustration for nightlife advocates, who say the rules disadvantage San Francisco against cities like New York, Chicago and Las Vegas. But critics of similar bills in the past have expressed concern about noise, and law enforcement officials have said that extended drinking hours could lead to more drunk driving. We discuss the proposed bill and hear from both sides.

Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon on 'Fighting for California' Under President Trump

Several weeks after the election of President Donald Trump, California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon said in a speech to lawmakers that the state faced a "major existential threat." Rendon has since taken vocal stands against the Trump Administration's immigration raids and travel ban, which is now on hold. We'll talk to Speaker Rendon about the challenges California may face under President Trump and the Assembly's priorities for this term.

Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon on 'Fighting for California' Under President Trump

Sound Editor Walter Murch Looks Away from the Big Screen and Looks Towards the Stars

Prolific film editor and sound designer Walter Murch has been in Hollywood for over half a century, working on such films as "Apocalypse Now," "The Godfather" and "The English Patient." But the three time Oscar-winner has another hobby: astrophysics. In his spare time, Murch steps away from the big screen and tries to prove Bode's Law, a 240-year-old theory on the spacing of the planets in the solar system. Murch joins us to discuss his work in astrophysics and the connections he sees between astronomy and sound editing.

Sound Editor Walter Murch Looks Away from the Big Screen and Looks Towards the Stars

Open Phones: How Did You Meet Your Valentine?

How did you meet your partner? Did you swipe right? Was it a case of mistaken identity? Or maybe you were set up as part of an arranged marriage? From the uplifting to the downright hilarious, we want to hear your relationship origin stories. Join us in a Valentine's Day celebration by sharing your love story.

National Security Advisor Michael Flynn Resigns

Michael Flynn resigned as President Trump's national security advisor on Monday night amid allegations that he misled Vice President Mike Pence on conversations he had with the Russian ambassador about American sanctions in December — before Trump's inauguration. Trump has named Lt. Gen. Joseph Kellogg acting national security advisor. Forum discusses Flynn's resignation and its national security implications as Democrats demand a broader investigation into Russian ties.

National Security Advisor Michael Flynn Resigns

Over 100,000 Evacuated From Oroville Dam Emergency

Evacuations of 180,000 people near Oroville Dam remained in effect Monday, as engineers worked to repair damage to an emergency spillway that threatened to send torrents of water into nearby towns. State officials say that the 770-foot dam itself is not in danger and the threat of flooding lessened Monday as Lake Oroville's water level dropped. But more storms are expected this week, prompting officials to continue to drain water from the lake. We discuss the state of the dam, the ongoing impacts on surrounding communities and the condition of the California's water infrastructure.

Over 100,000 Evacuated From Oroville Dam Emergency

George Saunders Explores Love, Death and Purgatory in 'Lincoln in the Bardo'

Award-winning author George Saunders joins Forum to talk about his debut novel, "Lincoln in the Bardo." Set in a graveyard at the outset of the Civil War, the story centers on Abraham Lincoln as he grieves for his son Willie, who died of typhoid was he was eleven years old. "Bardo" refers to the Tibetan concept of purgatory, a state Lincoln finds himself in as he mingles with spirits and tries to make sense of his son's death. We'll talk to Saunders about the novel, its Buddhist themes and what inspired it.

George Saunders Explores Love, Death and Purgatory in 'Lincoln in the Bardo'

The Atlantic's David Frum on 'How to Build an Autocracy'

In the March issue of The Atlantic, senior editor David Frum imagines an America under President Donald Trump four years from now, when protests have foundered, the media have allied with the President and a weary public has grown indifferent to the loss of individual liberties. Frum says that all of this and worse could come to pass unless people exercise their "duty to resist" President Trump's authoritarian tendencies. We speak to Frum, who was a speechwriter for President George W. Bush, about the vulnerabilities of democracy under the current administration and what we can do to protect it.

The Atlantic's David Frum on 'How to Build an Autocracy'

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