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.
At Least 10 Dead in Mass Shooting at Oregon's Umpqua Community College
Charleston. Sandy Hook. Aurora. And now, Umpqua Community College in Oregon, where a 26-year-old shooter killed 9 people and wounded 7 others, before dying himself. We open the phones lines to get listener reactions to the Oregon tragedy and America's epidemic of deadly mass shootings.
Internet Archive Founder Brewster Kahle on Preserving Knowledge and Affordable Housing
Brewster Kahle wants all knowledge to be accessible digitally. He has worked for over 25 years to make that dream a reality. Kahle is the founder of the Internet Archive, a free online library that preserves books, movies, music, software and even websites via its Wayback Machine. Today, Kahle is also trying to apply open source principles to ease the Bay Area housing crisis. He joins us as part of our First Person series, which highlights the leaders and innovators who make the Bay Area unique.
Management expert Jeffrey Pfeffer says "the leadership industry has failed." He believes that too many businesses collapse and too many employees disengage because of bad leaders and misguided advice. Pfeffer makes the case for reforming leadership evaluation and training in his new book, "Leadership BS: Fixing Workplaces and Careers One Truth at a Time."
Report: No Crime Spike from California's Prison Overhaul
Four years ago, under a federal court order, California began to radically transform the way it sentences criminals by allowing non-violent offenders to serve their sentences in county jails rather than state prisons. At the time, critics worried that the plan, known as realignment, could increase crime and overwhelm counties. But a recent report from the Public Policy Institute of California finds that realignment has significantly reduced the prison population with few negative consequences. Still, projected cost savings have not materialized and recidivism rates remain high. We look at the effects of realignment and discuss the current state of the California justice system.
Kevin McCarthy Under Fire for Benghazi Comments as He Pursues House Speakership
As Republican House Speaker John Boehner readies to leave his post, a battle is forming over who will take over the party's top spots in the House. California's Kevin McCarthy remains the front-runner for the speakership, although he came under sharp rebuke Wednesday by Democrats who say he admitted that the House Benghazi investigation was created to discredit Hillary Clinton. At the same time, the race for majority leader remains open, as reports emerged that Boehner encouraged Rep. Trey Rowdy to announce his candidacy. We discuss Boehner's political and legislative agenda in his final month on the job, and what a McCarthy-led House could look like.
Some people go to great lengths to help others, even when it comes at a high personal cost: the couple who adopts 20 orphans, the woman who donates a kidney to a stranger, the man who starts a leper colony. New Yorker staff writer Larissa MacFarquhar profiles these extreme "do-gooders" and others like them in her book, "Strangers Drowning." We'll hear about what drives these rare individuals and consider, with MacFarquhar, how much we can and should help others.
Syria Conflict Dominates Discussion at U.N. General Assembly
World leaders gathered in New York Tuesday for day two of the U.N. General Assembly ministerial meeting, known as the General Debate. Syria remained the hot topic, amid sharp divisions between the U.S. and Russia over support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Separately, President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro met on the sidelines, and Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko blasted Russia's call for an international antiterrorism coalition. We discuss the meeting's highlights and what may emerge from it.