Silicon Valley Ballet Premieres "Giselle" with a Cuban Twist
When prima ballerina Alicia Alonso had the chance to choreograph the legendary ballet "Giselle" she gave it a Cuban spin to celebrate her own heritage. The result, dubbed "The Giselle Project," will be performed for the first time on U.S. soil by the Silicon Valley Ballet later this month. We talk to the company's artistic director Jose Manuel Carre?o and board chair Millicent Powers about the innovative performance, crossing cultural divides and how the group is moving forward after near-bankruptcy.
A Former Army MP Discusses the Draft, Avoiding Combat and Wartime Scars
In 1968, R.M. Ryan was an American trying to get out of the draft. He ended up in Germany working with the U.S. military police - away from the front lines in Vietnam but still embroiled in violence. Ryan tells his story in his autobiographical novel, "There's A Man With a Gun Over There." We talk to the author and poet about his wartime experience and the writing that emerged from it.
Niall Ferguson Biography Portrays Henry Kissinger as an Idealist
Niall Ferguson's "Kissinger: The Idealist, 1923-1968" paints a portrait of Henry Kissinger's youth in Bavaria and explores the former diplomat and Secretary of State's formative years in Washington. We'll talk with Ferguson about Kissinger's early life and criticism that the authorized biography overlooks Kissinger's reputation as a war monger and jaded practitioner of realpolitik. We'll also find out about Ferguson's decision to leave Harvard and take a full-time senior fellowship at Stanford's Hoover Institution.
Anne-Marie Slaughter Takes a New Approach to the 'Unfinished Business' of Work/Family Balance
Anne-Marie Slaughter's 2012 piece "Why Women Still Can't Have it All," is one of the most widely-read articles in The Atlantic's history. In her new book, "Unfinished Business," Slaughter continues the conversation about work-life balance but with a different approach. This time around Slaughter de-emphasizes gender and instead focuses on policies that promote caregiving. We'll talk to Slaughter about how the response to her popular article changed her thinking and what she sees as the way forward for working families.
Comprehensive Sex Ed Now Mandatory for California's Middle and High School Students
New legislation signed by Governor Jerry Brown requires California students in grades 7-12 to take sexual education classes unless excused by their parents. The new curriculum, set to go into effect on January 1, will include instruction on HIV prevention, sexual assault, intimate partner violence and sex trafficking. It will also require educators to "affirmatively recognize that people have different sexual orientations." We discuss what the new law will mean for teachers, parents and students.
From Fresno to the Presidential Election: A Conversation with The Atlantic's James Fallows
As a national correspondent for the Atlantic, James Fallows often focuses on subjects such as China, the Middle East and the United States military. But recently, Fallows, who grew up in California, has turned his attention to his home state. He joins us to talk about issues facing California, the potential of high-speed rail, the presidential election and what Fresno gets right.
Physician-Assisted Suicide to Become Legal in California
Governor Jerry Brown signed the "End of Life Option Act" on Monday, granting terminally ill patients in California the right to end their lives with the help of a physician. The bill will take effect in 2016 and culminates a 23-year effort to legalize medically-assisted suicide in the state. Supporters say the legislation will give people who are dying a legal alternative to a painful and prolonged death. Opponents of the law fear it will lead to unnecessary or even coerced deaths.
Richard Dawkins Looks Back on a Life of Intellectual Adventure
Evolutionary biologist Richards Dawkins joins us to discuss his latest book, "Brief Candle In The Dark: My Life in Science." In this, the second volume of his autobiography, Dawkins presents a series of flashbacks of his life as a "public understanding" professor, the controversy surrounding the publication of his landmark book "The Selfish Gene" and his own evolution into a public intellectual.
San Francisco's Prop. F Would Mean New Restrictions for Airbnb
Early voting begins Monday in San Francisco. One issue that's likely to drive people to the polls is Proposition F, which would impose restrictions on Airbnb and similar vacation rental sites. Prop. F would limit private rentals to 75 nights per year and require hosts to file quarterly reports with the city. Proponents say the regulations are needed to protect the city's limited housing stock, while opponents say the initiative compromises privacy and encourages lawsuits between neighbors.
Bay Area Lawmakers Push for Exoneration of Port Chicago 50
On July 17, 1944, explosions at the Port Chicago Naval facility near Concord killed 320 men, 202 of them African-Americans assigned to loading munitions onto cargo ships. Following the tragedy, white sailors were granted leave while African-American sailors were ordered to return to duty at Mare Island Naval Shipyard. Fifty sailors mutinied, refusing to work in the same hazardous conditions that caused the explosion. The Navy convicted the "Port Chicago 50," as the group came to be known, and sentenced them to up to 15 years hard labor. After serving two years, the group was granted clemency. Today, Bay Area lawmakers are urging Obama to go beyond clemency and offer these men exoneration.