Joyce Carol Oates' 'The Sacrifice' Revisits Themes of Tawana Brawley Rape Case
Joyce Carol Oates' new novel "The Sacrifice" is loosely based on the real-life case of Tawana Brawley, the African-American teenager from New York who gained notoriety in the late 1980s when she falsely claimed to have been gang raped. Going beyond the 25-year-old headlines, Oates engages readers in a contemporary dialogue about race, sexual abuse, and the nature of truth. She joins us to talk about her book and her prolific career.
Google Proposes Expanding Mountain View Headquarters
On Friday, Google announced plans to expand its headquarters in Mountain View. The design, which would add about 2.5 million square feet to its existing campus, includes moveable biosphere-like canopies made of metal and glass, as well as parks and cafes that will be open to the public. We look at the impacts of the expansion on housing, jobs and traffic in Mountain View and the surrounding region.
What do you say when your child asks, "Are we rich?" or "Do you make more money than Daddy?" or the dreaded, "Why don't we have a fill-in-the-blank?" In his book, "The Opposite of Spoiled," New York Times columnist Ron Lieber offers tips for answering kids' questions about money and raising socially aware and fiscally smart adults. He'll also explain why he thinks allowance should never be tied to chores.
Tobacco Ban Proposed for All California Baseball Fields
Baseball and tobacco have long been linked. But this relationship might soon be a thing of the past, at least in California's five Major League Baseball parks. This week, Assemblymember Tony Thurmond proposed a statewide ban on smokeless tobacco products such as chewing tobacco and e-cigarettes at all baseball venues. In San Francisco, a supervisor proposed a similar citywide ban.
Trial Highlights Venture Capital Firm's Treatment of Women
A sex discrimination lawsuit brought by Ellen Pao, a former junior partner of the venture capital giant Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers, went to trial in San Francisco this week. Pao, who is now the interim CEO of Reddit, alleges that the firm illegally passed her over for promotion, excluded her from key meetings and retaliated against her when she ended an affair with a colleague. The firm claims poor performance led to her failure to advance. We discuss the trial and gender politics in Silicon Valley.
Sandip Roy's Novel Explores an Indian Family's Hidden Secrets
Author and journalist Sandip Roy's novel "Don't Let Him Know" explores the inner lives of Indian immigrants living in the United States. It's a world he knows well. The former KALW radio host was born in India, spent years in San Francisco and recently returned to live in Kolkata. We talk with Roy about secrets both fictional and real, family, sexuality and his journey back to his country of birth.
Homeland Security Shutdown Looms as Lawmakers Clash Over Immigration
Following a weeks-long impasse, the Senate is expected to pass a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security. The bill, which leaves intact President Obama's executive actions on immigration, faces Republican opposition and an uncertain fate in the House. With the department's funding set to expire Friday at midnight, we look at the potential impacts of a shutdown and the politics behind it.
The Atlantic's Graeme Wood on 'What ISIS Really Wants'
Journalist Graeme Wood opens his article in the March issue of The Atlantic with these questions: "What is the Islamic State? Where did it come from, and what are its intentions?" In examining ISIS's philosophy, Wood writes, "The reality is that the Islamic State is Islamic. Very Islamic." We'll talk to Wood about the piece and get his response to critics who say he overstates ISIS's religious motivations.
Study: Exposing Infants to Peanuts May Prevent Peanut Allergies
Early exposure to peanuts may reduce an infant's likelihood of developing a peanut allergy, according to a major new medical study. The research is expected to change the way doctors advise parents. We'll discuss the study and learn how "exposure therapy" is used to treat food allergies.
How to Find the Elusive 'Sweet Spot' of High Productivity and Low Stress
Complaining about being busy has become a badge of honor in this age of compulsive multitasking. But doing too many things at the same time has been shown to hurt productivity and mental health. In her new book "The Sweet Spot: How to Find Your Groove at Home and Work," UC Berkeley sociologist Christine Carter outlines how adopting micro-habits and strategically saying "no" can decrease stress and increase efficiency.