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Understanding the Link Between Cannabis Use and Mental Illness

People who use cannabis daily are three times more likely to develop psychotic disorders like schizophrenia than those who have never used cannabis. That's according to a study published in March in The Lancet Psychiatry, which also found that daily users of high potency cannabis, defined as having THC concentrations of greater than ten percent, are five times more likely to develop psychosis. As more states join California in legalizing recreational cannabis, we'll talk about the latest research on the association between cannabis use and mental illness.

Hundreds of Thousands Protest in Puerto Rico, Call on Governor to Resign

Hundreds of thousands of protesters shut down a main highway in Puerto Rico Monday, demanding that Governor Ricardo Rosselló step down. Rosselló has been under fire for corruption and leaked chat room messages in which he disparaged victims of Hurricane Maria. In an interview with Fox News Monday, Rosselló said he hasn't resigned because of his "respect" for democracy and the rule of law. We'll discuss the latest developments.

Hundreds of Thousands Protest in Puerto Rico, Call on Governor to Resign

Boris Johnson Poised to Become UK's Next Prime Minister

Former London Mayor Boris Johnson has won the United Kingdom's conservative leadership vote and will take over as prime minister Wednesday afternoon. In his victory speech, Johnson vowed to withdraw from the European Union by the October 31 deadline, even if no deal is reached with the remaining EU countries. Forum looks at what this leadership change means for the UK and Brexit.

Richard Clarke on Cybersecurity Threat and What Can Be Done About It

While progress has been made in defending the U.S. against cyber attacks, significant threats continue to emerge like the takedown of power grids and election hacking seen in recent years. And former U.S. counter-terrorism officer Richard Clarke fears worse scenarios await–like the U.S. getting pulled into war against a cyber army capable of hacking the country's conventional weapons systems. Just how prepared is the United States for cyberwar? Clarke joins us to discuss that, and his new book "The Fifth Domain: Defending Our Country, Our Companies, and Ourselves in the Age of Cyber Threats."

National Political News in Review

Forum reviews, analyzes and answers your questions about the latest from Washington, D.C.

FaceApp Prompts Calls for Federal Investigations Over National Security, Privacy Concerns

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called on the FBI and the FTC Wednesday to investigate FaceApp, the popular photo-aging mobile tool. Schumer, echoing concerns by digital privacy advocates, said that FaceApp could use its customers' photos and names publicly without their consent. He also said that FaceApp, which is based in Saint Petersburg, Russia, could share U.S. citizens' data with hostile foreign governments. If you've used FaceApp or similar tools, how concerned should you be? We'll take up the issues.

FaceApp Prompts Calls for Federal Investigations Over National Security, Privacy Concerns

Johnny Funcheap on the Best of the Bay Area's Free Summer Events

From gallery crawls to canine happy hours to ice cream giveaways, the Bay Area abounds with free and low-cost events this summer. We'll hear from Johnny Hayes, publisher of funcheap.com, about his picks for adults and kids alike. And we want to hear from you: what's your favorite free (or almost free) local summer activity?

Trump Tweets and Rally Chants Renew Conversation on US Racism

President Trump's racist tweets last Sunday telling four progressive congresswomen of color to "go back" to their home countries appear to have galvanized Trump's base, and sparked a larger conversation on racism in America. At a rally in North Carolina on Wednesday night, crowds chanted "send her back!" about Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, a naturalized U.S. citizen since 2000. Forum discusses the resurgence of this racist trope, and the state of American identity and race with Atlantic staff writer, Adam Serwer, author of the article, "What Americans Do Now Will Define Us Forever." And we want to hear from you: Has the news of Trump's tweets and chants affected you? Have you ever been told to "go back"?

Want to Do Something about Information Overload? Try Nothing

From the grind of the gig economy to the hustle for "likes" on social media, there is always something to do, and a constant pressure to do it. The best way to resist these productivity pressures of capitalism? Do nothing, says Bay Area artist and writer Jenny Odell. In her book "How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy," Odell champions resisting the lure of online commerce and social media, and taking more time to experience our immediate environments. Odell joins us to discuss the book and what's possible when we shift our attention and actually stop to smell the roses.

Crowd Chants "Send Her Back" as Trump Continues Attacks on Rep. Omar

In a rally in North Carolina yesterday, President Trump doubled down on his attacks on four Democratic Congresswomen. As the crowd chanted "Send her back! Send her back!" Trump railed against "hate-filled extremists who are constantly trying to tear our country down." Forum talks about the rally and what it portends for the upcoming 2020 Presidential election.

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