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Medicare: 50 Years and Counting

Medicare was created 50 years ago as a health insurance program for seniors and people with disabilities. Today it has over 5.6 million enrollees in California alone. We'll discuss how the entitlement program has changed the face of health care in America. And we'll examine its accomplishments and ongoing challenges, including how to pay for the extra 10,000 baby boomers who become eligible for the program each day.

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SF Bicycle Activists Want to Yield (Not Stop) at Stop Signs

If you're riding a bike on a street in Idaho, it's legal to treat a stop sign like it's just a yield. One San Francisco bicycle activist group named the Wigg Party wants that to become the law here, too. The group says local police are overzealous about ticketing cyclists who don't come to a full stop. When police announced they would step up enforcement, cyclists staged a protest earlier this week. Should cyclists yield or come to a full stop at stop signs?

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Report: Rising Sea Levels Threaten $21 Billion Development Plans

A new special report from the San Francisco Public Press says there are $21 billion worth of planned real estate developments along the Bay's waterfront that could be in jeopardy if sea levels rise. According to the report, waters would "most likely" rise three feet, with some models predicting as high as eight feet, along thousands of acres of shoreline. The Press also warns that policy changes, which might stem the development tide, are inching along and may not be fast enough to affect any projects currently in the pipeline.

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How UC Berkeley Physicist Ernest Lawrence Helped Launch the Era of 'Big Science'

In 1931, UC Berkeley scientist Ernest Lawrence invented the cyclotron, which transformed nuclear physics, earned him a Nobel Prize and paved the way for the devastating bombs that helped win World War II. We'll talk with LA Times reporter Michael Hiltzik about his new book "Big Science," which outlines Lawrence's contributions to the Manhattan Project and the rise of the military-industrial complex.

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Killing of Cecil the Lion Resurrects Trophy Hunting Debate

The killing of a popular Zimbabwean lion named Cecil by a Minnesota dentist on a hunting trip has reignited the debate over big-game trophy hunting. Cecil the lion was reportedly lured outside the protected area of Hwange National Park, and was hunted by bow-and-arrow and rifle, then left skinned and headless outside the park. The dentist, who paid $50,000 to hunt the lion, says he relied on local guides and thought the hunt was legal. But the killing has sparked a global backlash against him. We discuss trophy hunting, and why some hunters and conservation groups say it helps with protecting animals in the long run.

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Android Flaw Leaves 950 Million Phones Vulnerable to Hacks

A San Francisco mobile security firm uncovered a bug that leaves about 80 percent of the world's smartphones vulnerable to hacks via text message. The computer flaw, nicknamed "Stagefright," affects Android phones and is being called one of the worst security holes to date for the mobile operating system. The hacker only needs to know a cell phone number to send a malware-infected text message, giving the hacker access to data and photos, and the ability to hijack the phone's camera and microphone, among other things. Some victims might not even realize they have received a message. What are the implications for Android users?

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Former Sen. Gary Hart Condemns America's 'Massively Corrupt' Politics

Former U.S. Senator Gary Hart ran for president twice, rejecting political action committee (PAC) money both times. Now the Colorado Democrat is asking candidates for the 2016 presidential race to do the same. In his new book "The Republic of Conscience," Hart writes that donations from corporations and other special interests are corrupting the democratic process more than ever before.

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Turkey Gets NATO Support as Attacks Escalate

NATO offered its support to Turkey after a recent bombing killed dozens in a Turkish town near the Syrian border. The bombing, thought to be perpetrated by members of the Islamic State, highlights how Turkey is now grappling with conflicts on two fronts: from ISIS forces along the border and from Kurdish militants domestically. Some experts say Turkey's announcement that it can't continue talks with Kurdish militants marks the end of a three-decades-long peace effort. We take a closer look at the latest from the region.

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Tina Seelig on How the 'Invention Cycle' Can Bring Great Ideas to Fruition

Can creativity be taught? Yes it can, according to Tina Seelig, who runs Stanford's Technology Ventures Program. In her most recent book "Insight Out," Seelig clarifies the relationship between imagination, creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship. She also introduces readers to a model she calls the "Invention Cycle." Seelig joins us to discuss her book and to give some insight on how to move your ideas from imagination to implementation.

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Report: Richmond's Unorthodox Anti-Crime Program Works

A new report out this week says Richmond's Office of Neighborhood Safety is helping to reduce violent crimes in the city. The program seeks out the city's most vulnerable members using data mining to offer mentoring and a paid fellowship. Now, Richmond is seeing an uptick in crime so far in 2015. We discuss what's working and ask why crime may be rising in recent months.

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