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Studies Indicate Young People Are Having Less Sex. But Why?

Adolescents and people in their early twenties are becoming sexually active later and are having sex less often than previous generation, according to several recent studies. Kate Julian delves into the the possible reasons behind this reported dip in sexual activity for December's issue of the Atlantic. Forum talks with Julian and other guests about changing sexual practices and notions of intimacy. And we'd like to hear from you — if you're having less sex these days, tell us why. Related Links: Why Are Young People Having So Little Sex? (The Atlantic)

General Stanley McChrystal on Leadership

Retired four-star General Stanley McChrystal, who was in charge of U.S. and allied forces in Afghanistan, joins us to discuss his new book, "Leaders: Myth and Reality." The book profiles 13 famous figures throughout history who took unconventional paths to becoming successful CEO's, politicians, or revolutionaries. McChrystal joins Forum to lay out the sometimes surprising traits that make up a great leader.

Update on California Wildfires and Bay Area Air Quality

We'll get the latest news on efforts to contain the Camp Fire and an update on search and rescue efforts. Then we'll also discuss the Bay Area's air quality, which has caused many schools to close and weekend events to cancel. Tell us: How is the smoke affecting you? How are you coping? And please, share your tips for avoiding cabin fever and entertaining kids indoors!

Psychiatrist's Novel Takes on WWI, Love and History of PTSD

Daniel Mason's new novel, "A Winter Soldier," follows Lucius, a 22-year-old medical student who finds himself performing emergency surgeries in a field hospital during World War I. When he gets a patient who is so shell-shocked he can only communicate by drawing pictures, Lucius struggles to find a cure. Forum talks to Mason about his third novel, balancing writing with practicing psychiatry, and about the history and treatment of PTSD.

Camp Fire Continues to Burn as Search and Rescue Efforts Continue

The Camp Fire in Butte County has killed at least 56 people with more than 100 still missing. In this segment, we'll get an update on efforts to contain the fire and hear how the community is faring, as evacuees pitch tents and park RV's in various parking lots around Chico. Resources Mentioned on Air How To Help Camp Fire Victims (KQED News) Advice From One Wildfire Survivor to Another (KQED) Oroville Hope Center AirBnB Open Homes Program

The Tragedy of Jonestown, 40 Years Later

Forty years ago this week, more than 900 people died at Jonestown, a settlement in Guyana created by the Peoples Temple church. Until 9/11, it was the largest loss of U.S. civilian life in a deliberate act. Victims, many from the Bay Area, were drawn to Jonestown by leader Jim Jones and his promise of a utopian society with racial and gender equality . Forum talks about the Jonestown tragedy, new information about the event from FBI records and the profound impact the mass death had on the Bay Area.

Wildfire Smoke, Air Quality and Your Health

Even for healthy adults wildfire smoke can cause problems. Symptoms include coughing, airway irritation and difficulty breathing. The threat of smoke pollution is much more serious for the young, elderly and chronically ill who may be more susceptible to bronchitis or pneumonia. In this segment, we'll find out what to do when the air is smoky and get a better understanding of the air quality index. We'll also discuss what the newest research tells us about toxins in wildfire pollution.

How Climate Change Helped Create California's 'Fire Siege'

Last year was California's most destructive fire season. That is, until this year. And while climate change cannot be blamed for individual fires like those currently burning at both ends of the state, scientist Daniel Swain says climate change is a "threat multiplier," creating conditions that will lead to more large, fast-moving and dangerous wildfires. It's a trend which Governor Jerry Brown has dubbed "the new abnormal." Swain joins us to talk about what he calls "an astonishing multi-year fire siege" and what steps can be taken to address the risks.

Trailblazer Jo Anne Wallace Looks Back on Five Decades in Public Radio

KQED is one of the most-listened-to public radio stations in the country. A large part of that success is due to Vice President and General Manager Jo Anne Wallace's leadership and vision. Wallace joined KQED in 1990 from NPR and immediately began to grow the station's news department by extending Forum to two hours in the morning and creating The California Report. Earlier at NPR, she played a key role in bringing shows like Car Talk and Fresh Air to national audiences. This month, after nearly 50 years in public radio, Jo Ann Wallace is retiring. We'll talk with her about her career and get her thoughts on the future of public media.

As Key Races Remain Undecided, Trump Calls Florida Ballots "Massively Infected"

Results in some critical races were still too close to call on Monday, a week after the 2018 midterm elections. In Florida, machine recounts were underway in both the senate and gubernatorial contests, prompting President Trump to claim Monday that an "honest vote" is not possible in the state. Meanwhile, Georgia's secretary of state ordered county officials to count additional absentee ballots as it seeks to certify the results of its governor's race by Tuesday. We'll talk about the state of the races and their potential effects on the balance of power in Washington.

As Key Races Remain Undecided, Trump Calls Florida Ballots "Massively Infected"

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