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KQED's live call-in program presents balanced discussions of local, state, national, and world issues as well as in-depth interviews with leading figures in politics, science, entertainment, and the arts.

    The Surprising History of Fast Food’s Rise in Black America

    The Surprising History of Fast Food’s Rise in Black America

    The fast food industry is often called out for its harmful impact on low-income communities and communities of color -- from perpetuating food deserts to contributing to increased rates of obesity to paying low wages to workers. But there is a surprising history in fast food becoming one of the biggest generators of black wealth in America. In her new book, "Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America," historian Marcia Chatelain traces the story of how the fast food industry, black entrepreneurs, civil rights leaders and the federal government all cooperated to ensure fast food was here to stay. Chatelain joins us in studio to discuss the book and how fast food "became black."

    • 28 min
    Democratic Candidates to Face Off in South Carolina

    Democratic Candidates to Face Off in South Carolina

    Seven democratic candidates are poised to take the stage in South Carolina Tuesday evening for the tenth presidential debate. We'll review the key moments and take your questions.

    • 23 min
    San Francisco Declares Coronavirus State of Emergency

    San Francisco Declares Coronavirus State of Emergency

    There are 10 confirmed coronavirus cases in California with none in San Francisco. But that didn't stop Mayor London Breed on Tuesday from declaring a state of emergency so the city can better prepare for a potential outbreak. Also Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned that the virus is likely to spread across the United States. In this hour, we’ll get the latest news on the virus, what you need to know if you’re traveling abroad, and hear how San Francisco is preparing for a potential outbreak.

    • 51 min
    How Kids Can Stop Fearing the Future and Tackle Climate Change

    How Kids Can Stop Fearing the Future and Tackle Climate Change

    When a kid is anxious or depressed about what climate change means for their future, how can parents address those fears and give kids tools to take action? In her book, "The Parents Guide to Climate Revolution," author Mary DeMocker provides 100 practical ways to do without fossil fuels, empower kids, and help ease anxiety about the future. We talk to DeMocker and check in with a local teen working to stop global warming.

    • 51 min
    As Trump Loyalist Takes Reins as National Intelligence Chief, What’s Next for US Spy Agencies?

    As Trump Loyalist Takes Reins as National Intelligence Chief, What’s Next for US Spy Agencies?

    Last week, President Trump abruptly fired acting National Intelligence Director Joseph Maguire and replaced him with Richard Grenell, a staunch loyalist and the current ambassador to Germany. Grenell, who reportedly gave his staff a mandate to "clean house," has drawn sharp criticism from democratic lawmakers, who say he's unqualified for the job. We'll talk about what's next for the nation's intelligence agencies.

    • 51 min
    Election 2020: Immigration Policy

    Election 2020: Immigration Policy

    Between the travel ban and family separation to the promise to “build the wall”, U.S. immigration policy has shifted dramatically under President Trump. While democrats strongly oppose these policies, there are key differences in the presidential candidates’ platforms on immigration. Some, including Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer, and Elizabeth Warren, have committed to repealing the criminal statute for entering the country without permission. Others, like Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, and Amy Klobuchar, oppose eliminating criminal border crossing penalties. We break down where each candidate stands and how these differences might impact the 2020 election.

    • 51 min

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