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Revisiting MLK's Fight Against Poverty

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we focus on the issue the civil rights leader championed before his death: the plight of poor people in America. Stanford Professor Clayborne Carson, editor of the King Papers and author of "Martin's Dream: My Journey and the Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.," joins us to speak about King's legacy and the Poor People's Campaign, then and now.

California Senator Kamala Harris Announces Presidential Bid

Senator Kamala Harris, the California Democrat and prosecutor who is the second black woman to serve in the United States Senate, declared her candidacy for president today. Harris picked quite a day to enter the race, on this holiday celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Harris has been a dynamic presence among Senate Democrats during her short tenure there. The question now is whether she'll be able to win over Democrats outside of Washington DC and ... should she win the primary ... American voters. Guests: Scott Shafer, Politics and Government editor, KQED News

Major Housing Plan Gets Approval from MTC, Association of Bay Area Governments

Since the summer of 2017, the Committee to House the Bay Area, known as CASA, has been tasked with creating a broad legislative package to address the Bay Area's housing crisis. The committee's ten-point plan has now been endorsed by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG). While not law, the group hopes its recommendations will drive major action by the California State Legislature. The plan calls for a cap on rent increases, more housing near public transit and a new regional agency with the power to tax, among other things. We'll hear from supporters and critics of the plan.

Major Housing Plan Gets Approval from MTC, Association of Bay Area Governments

State Poised to Set New Rules on "Gig Economy" Jobs

Last year, a California Supreme Court ruling made it harder for companies like Uber and Lyft to label workers independent contractors. Now, several bills that would define independent contractors have been proposed in Sacramento. But some labor groups fear that lawmakers will water down the court's intent. Related Coverage: Can Gavin Newsom Broker a Deal Between Gig Workers, Tech and Unions?

Report: President Trump Directed Michael Cohen to Lie to Congress

President Trump personally directed his lawyer Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about a proposed Moscow development project, according to a BuzzFeed report Thursday. Meanwhile, a new report from the Health and Human Services Department's Office of the Inspector General found the Trump Administration may have separated thousands more migrant children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border than previously thought. We'll discuss both reports. President Trump Directed His Attorney Michael Cohen To Lie To Congress About The Moscow Tower Project (BuzzFeed)

California Monarch Butterfly Population at Lowest Numbers Ever Recorded

Conservationists are alarmed at a huge drop in the number of western monarch butterflies that spend the winter in California. Scientists think pesticides, habitat loss, and fewer native plants — like milkweed where the monarch lays eggs — are causing the more than 95 percent decline since the 1980's. We'll hear why this colorful butterfly is crucial to our ecosystem, and what can be done to help bring up the population. Related Links: Save The Western Monarchs (Xerces Society) California Monarch Butterfly Population Down 86 Percent in One Year

As Government Shutdown Continues, California's Federal Workers Suffer

The federal government has been partially closed for nearly a month now, as President Trump continues to insist on funding for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. For some 800,000 federal employees, that's meant weeks of being furloughed or working without pay. In this segment, we'll hear from government workers in the Bay Area about how the shutdown is affecting their lives and the local economies. If you or your business are being affected by the government shutdown, please tell us how. Related Links: As Shutdown Hits Coast Guard Workers, Bay Area Food Banks Step in to Help

Two Months On, Chico Struggling to Accommodate More Than 20,000 Displaced by Camp Fire

After the Camp Fire devastated the town of Paradise, many evacuees sought shelter in the nearby city of Chico. As traffic accidents spike and classrooms overflow, we'll examine how Chico is coping with more than 20,000 additional residents. We'll also get the latest on where 657 evacuees will go as the Red Cross shelter at the Chico fairgrounds closes at the end of the month. Related Links: In The Aftermath Of The Camp Fire, A Slow, Simmering Crisis In Nearby Chico Shutdown Threatens To Stall Recovery In Wildfire-Ravaged Paradise, Calif.

Two Months On, Chico Struggling to Accommodate More Than 20,000 Displaced by Camp Fire

Oakland Teachers to Stage 'Sickout' on Friday Over Pay, Class Size

Some Oakland teachers will take to the streets instead of their classrooms on Friday for a "sick out" rally to call for higher wages and smaller class sizes. The Oakland Unified School District's teachers have been without a contract for 18 months. The sick out, which is not sanctioned by the local union, comes in the midst of a strike by teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District, the second largest public school district in the nation. Related Links: Oakland Considers 'Opportunity Ticket' to Funnel More Minority Students Into Top Schools (KQED News)

UCSF's Dean Ornish on How to 'Undo' Chronic Diseases

In their new book, "Undo It!," Dean and Anne Ornish outline lifestyle changes that they say can help prevent, and even reverse, the effects of chronic diseases like cancer, diabetes and depression. Dr. Dean Ornish joins us in studio to share what he sees as the components of a healthy diet, explain why meaningful relationships matter and discuss how going vegan can turn the tide on heart disease. Resources Mentioned on Air: Ornish.com

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