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    Report: Academy of Art Leaves Students with Crushing Debt

    Report: Academy of Art Leaves Students with Crushing Debt

    San Francisco-based Academy of Art University bills itself as a launching pad for a variety of creative careers. Many former students, however, are left with mountains of debt and little career success to show for it, according to a recent report in the San Francisco Chronicle. Less than a third of the school's students graduate within eight years. We talk with reporter Nanette Asimov about the school's lackluster results and what's at stake.

    • 28 min
    Former 49’ers Owner DeBartolo Pardoned, Questions Arise Over Exploitation of Pardon Power

    Former 49’ers Owner DeBartolo Pardoned, Questions Arise Over Exploitation of Pardon Power

    On Tuesday President Trump pardoned Edward DeBartolo Jr., a former owner of the San Francisco 49ers. In a major sports history scandal of the time, DeBartolo was convicted in 1998 of gambling fraud. We discuss the DeBartolo pardon, how the recent spate of presidential pardons fits into the history of pardons, and why the pardon exists.

    • 23 min
    Linguistics Scholar Dennis Baron Looks at History of Pronoun Use ‘Beyond He and She’

    Linguistics Scholar Dennis Baron Looks at History of Pronoun Use ‘Beyond He and She’

    Discussions about gender neutral pronouns may seem new, but according to linguistics scholar Dennis Baron, they started at least 200 years ago. In his book "What's Your Pronoun: Beyond He & She," Baron documents this history, including a number of terms such as "xe," zie," and "hir," coined by various amateurs and experts looking to solve the pronoun problem. He also notes that Shakespeare, Chaucer and Jane Austen were all known to liberally use the singular pronoun "they" in their time. Baron joins us in studio to break down the debate over nonbinary pronouns and why we shouldn't fear the prospect of change.

    • 52 min
    Journalist Conor Dougherty on ‘Fighting for Housing’ in the Bay Area and Beyond

    Journalist Conor Dougherty on ‘Fighting for Housing’ in the Bay Area and Beyond

    For decades, people dubbed “homevoters” have ruled California’s housing market with a tight fist. Years of zoning and tax policies that favored single-family housing created a market that rewards the rich who can afford homes and punishes renters and young people. The Bay Area is the epicenter of the crisis, according to New York Times reporter Conor Dougherty, author of the new book “Golden Gates: Fighting for Housing in America." We'll talk with him about the book and about the Bay Area innovators battling to reverse the trends.

    • 52 min
    Artificial Intelligence Rules the World in Gish Jen’s ‘The Resisters’

    Artificial Intelligence Rules the World in Gish Jen’s ‘The Resisters’

    In her latest novel, “The Resisters,” Gish Jen creates a futuristic world where machines use artificial intelligence to control, track, and predict human behavior. In it, a baseball prodigy navigates a society that puts people in strict categories and functions. Machines do most of the jobs, which turns employment into a luxury. Those with jobs live on high ground that has not been flooded while the jobless live on 3-D printed houseboats. Jen joins us to discuss how she crafted a distant -- or perhaps not too distant -- future where humans automated humanity for convenience but which becomes a nightmare.

    • 51 min
    Bloomberg Rises in Polls Amid Controversy Over Past Policies, Remarks

    Bloomberg Rises in Polls Amid Controversy Over Past Policies, Remarks

    Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg now ranks third in the Democratic presidential primary race, with 15% support among Democrats and Democratic-leaning independent voters, according to a recent Quinnipiac University poll. Bloomberg’s candidacy already faced challenges with his late entrance to the race. Now he faces more scrutiny due to recent audio recordings of him defending his past stop-and-frisk policy and asserting that ending redlining, a racist housing practice, caused the 2008 financial crisis. We’ll discuss Michael Bloomberg’s campaign and the surrounding controversies.

    • 51 min

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