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KQED's live call-in program presents wide-ranging discussions of local, state, national and international issues, as well as in-depth interviews.

Most Recent Episodes

What's the Recipe for a Democratic Win in 2020?

As the number of Democratic presidential hopefuls grows, so does an ongoing debate within the party: What is the key to defeating the Republicans in 2020? Should the party seize the energy of its progressive wing and embrace policies like the Green New Deal and Medicare for All? Or should Democrats move to the center in hopes of picking up disaffected Republicans? We'll take up the debate.

Crashed Boeing Jets Lacked Optional Safety Features

The Boeing jets that crashed in Ethiopia and Indonesia both lacked safety features that Boeing charged an extra fee to install. That's according to a New York Times report that says the optional features could have helped pilots detect the problem that led to the crashes. Forum discusses the latest updates on the Boeing 737 Max crashes and whether the Federal Aviation Administration met its responsibility to ensure the safety of the planes.

Thousands Still Awaiting Rescue in Mozambique a Week After Cyclone Idai

At least 1,000 people are feared dead and thousands await rescue amid flooding caused by Cyclone Idai, which struck Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi last week. Over 1,800 acres of land are underwater, and food, medical supplies and fresh drinking water are increasingly scarce. We'll talk about relief efforts underway and discuss the impact of the natural disaster on a region already facing steep economic, infrastructure and political challenges. Related Links: Here's How You Can Help People Devastated by Cyclone Idai

Animals Experience Complex Emotions, According to Primatologist

Ask a pet owner if animals have emotions, writes primatologist Frans De Waal and they'll say, "of course!" But ask a University professor, and they'll squirm. While the leading theories in science only recognize basic emotions in animals such as anger, happiness and fear, De Wall argues that animals share all emotions with humans, including complex ones like hope, disappointment, guilt and empathy. Frans De Waal joins Forum to discuss his decades of research on the behavior and social intelligence of primates and his new book, "Mama's Last Hug: Animal Emotions and What they Tell Us about Ourselves."

New York Times' Ross Douthat on Trump, Meritocracy and the 'Future of Catholicism'

New York Times opinion writer Ross Douthat's recent columns have covered topics ranging from the college admissions bribery scandal to anti-semitism to what he calls the Democrats' "culture problem." A Catholic and a self-described conservative, Douthat joins us to share his thoughts on the latest political news and the ongoing crisis in the Catholic Church.

New York Times' Ross Douthat on Trump, Meritocracy and the 'Future of Catholicism'

A Portrait of Los Angeles in Letters and Diaries

Opinions on Los Angeles tend to be strong. To Albert Einstein it was like a paradise, "Always sunshine and clean air, gardens with palms and pepper trees and friendly people who smile at one and ask for autographs." Not so for Truman Capote who said, "It's redundant to die in Los Angeles." David Kipen, Los Angeles Times critic-at-large, has assembled centuries of thoughts on the city, by those who lived there, in his book, "Dear Los Angeles: The City in Diaries and Letters, 1542 to 2018." Kipen joins Forum to talk about what seven years gathering material about L.A. taught him about his hometown. Tell us: what's your take on Los Angeles?

San Francisco Proposes Ban on All E-Cigarettes

San Francisco officials introduced legislation on Tuesday that would outlaw the sale of e-cigarettes in the city and prevent e-cigarette companies from occupying city-owned property going forward. The bills would also prevent e-cigarettes from being mailed to addresses within San Francisco. Juul, which is headquartered at Pier 70, and is directly targeted by the legislation, says they don't want to see tobacco products in the hands of youth, but believes the adult market should still have access. Critics of e-cigarettes maintain that the products are addicting a new generation to nicotine and that this regulation, which builds on the city's ban of kid-friendly flavors of nicotine, is another step in the right direction. What do you think of the proposals?

Marin Communities Split Over Putting the Brakes on E-Bikes

Since 2011, electric bikes have not been permitted on Mount Tamalpais fire trails, with exceptions made for cyclists with disabilities. But this week, the Marin Municipal Water District will discuss loosening those regulations. Environmentalists warn that e-bikes will damage trails already crowded with hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians. Others argue that not all e-bikes are equal, and that the slowest group, Class 1, travel at a maximum speed of 20 mph and can assist bike riders who need or want extra help. We want to hear from you: should Marin County allow e-bikes on its trails?

San Francisco Poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti Turns 100

Publisher, activist, and mentor to many iconic figures of the Beat Generation, San Francisco's first poet laureate Lawrence Ferlinghetti celebrates his 100th birthday on March 24. Ferlinghetti's 65-year-old City Lights Books is hosting a series of birthday events, including a book release for his new novel, "Little Boy." And Mayor London Breed has declared March 24th "Lawrence Ferlinghetti Day." Join us as we discuss the ways in which Ferlinghetti has — and continues — to influence and reflect San Francisco. Tell us, how has his work affected you? Related Links: Literary Icon Lawrence Ferlinghetti Marks His 100th Birthday With New Work (KQED Arts)

Nation Eyes California's Halt on the Death Penalty

Some analysts are predicting that Governor Gavin Newsom's moratorium on executions in California could usher in the end of the death penalty nationally. Forum will discuss the impact Newsom's move could have on the rest of the country and we'll talk about the politics of his order, which comes just two years after voters rejected a ballot measure ending the death penalty. And we'll discuss what the moratorium means for the active court cases for the 737 inmates on California's death row. What questions do you have?

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