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'Night at the Fiestas' Explores Sin and Redemption

Kirstin Valdez Quade remembers living in trailers and tents around the Southwest, following her geologist father from one dig site to the next. In her debut short story collection "Night at the Fiestas," she draws on her nomadic childhood and explores the fragile line between sin and redemption. The former Stegner Fellow at Stanford University joins us in the studio.

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Warriors Advance to NBA Finals

The Golden State Warriors advanced to the NBA finals for the first time since 1975, after defeating the Houston Rockets in game five of the Western Conference Finals on Wednesday night. The Warriors will face off against the Cleveland Cavaliers in a best-of-seven series that starts June 4.

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FDA Approves Ecstasy-Assisted Psychotherapy in Marin County

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given a Marin therapist the green light to study whether the illegal drug ecstasy, or MDMA, is effective in treating severe anxiety and depression when taken in conjunction with psychotherapy. A notorious party drug, ecstasy has previously shown promise as a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). We'll look at the latest MDMA studies and the increased medical interest in the drug, which was banned by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in 1985.

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Avoiding Common Health Care Mistakes as You Age

The number of people aged 65 and older will nearly double by 2050, according to the Pew Research Center. Yet there aren't nearly enough geriatric medical specialists to tackle this aging population. We'll address key topics in healthy aging, such as choosing the right physician, avoiding loneliness and navigating overmedication.

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Scientists Search for Cause of Bay Area Whale Deaths

A decapitated whale washed up on a Point Reyes beach on Tuesday, the apparent victim of a killer whale. It's the twelfth dead whale found on Northern California beaches since mid-April. Scientists are investigating various causes, from boat collisions to changing ocean patterns that drive the whales closer to shore. We'll discuss the recent whale deaths and what may be causing them.

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Santa Clara County Spends $520 Million a Year on Homeless

Santa Clara County has the seventh-largest homeless population in the United States, a problem that costs the county around $520 million each year, according to a new study. The report followed more than 104,000 homeless people over a five-year period, taking into account costs such as emergency room visits, mental health care and jail time. Advocates say the annual price tag makes the case for housing homeless people instead of paying for other related costs. We take a detailed look at the report and homelessness in Santa Clara County.

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Mark Bittman, UC Berkeley Team Up to Cover California Agriculture

New York Times columnist Mark Bittman is currently a visiting fellow at UC Berkeley's Food Institute. We'll talk to the "How to Cook Everything" author about his upcoming video series on California's changing agriculture and food production systems. We'll also hear what Bay Area food spots have become Bittman's favorites.

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Patriot Act Extension Fails to Pass Senate

The Senate voted early Saturday to reject a two-month extension of a controversial provision in the Patriot Act that expires at midnight on May 31. The Senate also rejected a bill that passed the House and received White House support, which would have ended the bulk collection of domestic phone data. Government agencies have used Section 215 of the Patriot Act to justify collecting the phone records of millions of Americans. While FBI officials claim the surveillance program has helped deter terrorism, critics say security should be balanced with protecting privacy.

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How a Goshawk Helped a Daughter Grieve

British author, poet and naturalist Helen Macdonald's new book is a memoir about her father's unexpected and sudden death. It's also a detailed look at how she learned to overcome her grief by training a goshawk, a bird with a reputation as "murderous, difficult to tame, sulky, fractious and foreign." Macdonald joins us to talk about her acclaimed book, "H is for Hawk."

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How to Get Kids Away From Screens and Into Nature

Paleontologist and "Dinosaur Train" host Scott Sampson says that the average American child spends about four to seven minutes a day outside. In his new book "How to Raise a Wild Child," Sampson calls on parents to become "nature mentors" and help their kids connect to the outdoors. We'll talk with Sampson about how to raise kids who love nature at a time when gratification is only a click away.

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