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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.

    Covid-19 Cases On the Rise Among U.S. Children

    Covid-19 Cases On the Rise Among U.S. Children

    According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, more than 97,000 Americans aged 18 and younger tested positive for Covid-19 in the last two weeks of July, representing a 40% increase in total pediatric cases in the U.S. Infected children are usually asymptomatic or have only minor symptoms, but the CDC reports that a small percentage may become severely ill. The CDC also reports that hospitalization rates among Black and Latinx children are, respectively, nearly eight times and five times the rates of white children. We'll discuss the CDC's findings and how best to keep kids -- and those around them -- safe.

    • 52 min
    Kamala Harris Chosen as Biden’s VP

    Kamala Harris Chosen as Biden’s VP

    In a long awaited decision, democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has selected California Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate. Harris will be the first woman of color to appear on a major party's presidential ticket. A Bay Area native, Harris drew on her childhood experience of being bused across Berkeley for school as part of a pointed attack against then-rival Joe Biden during her presidential bid last year. Forum will talk about what her record as a senator, prosecutor and as California’s attorney general will bring to the Democratic ticket, the politics of the pick and what it could mean for California.

    • 52 min
    How Climate Change Could Cause Massive Global Migration

    How Climate Change Could Cause Massive Global Migration

    In the next 50 years, more than a million climate migrants could come to the United States from Central America if nothing is done to curb carbon emissions. That’s according to a new model that predicts where refugees from regions decimated by decreased crop productivity, water shortages and rising sea levels may move.  The model, developed by ProPublica and The New York Times Magazine, finds that climate change will likely cause “the greatest wave of global migration the world has seen.”  Forum talks with ProPublica environmental reporter Abrahm Lustgarten about future climate migration and the experiences of those who have already left their homes because of the changes caused by a warming planet.

    • 28 min
    UCLA Study: Less Snow and More Rainfall Spell Trouble for California

    UCLA Study: Less Snow and More Rainfall Spell Trouble for California

    By the 2070s, climate change will reduce snowpack and increase extreme rainfall in the Sierra Nevada and California’s reservoirs will likely be overwhelmed. That’s according to a new study by UCLA climate scientists, who predict that run-off during so-called atmospheric rivers  will increase by nearly 50 percent, leading to widespread flooding across the state. We’ll talk about the impact of climate change on Sierra weather patterns and what it all means for the state’s water supply.

    • 23 min
    Pulitzer Prize-winning Author Isabel Wilkerson Examines America’s Caste System

    Pulitzer Prize-winning Author Isabel Wilkerson Examines America’s Caste System

    In her new book, “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents,” Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson presents an examination of what she sees as America’s often disguised, but very real, caste system. The book compares America’s system with those in India and Nazi Germany, and delves into how America betrays its ideals of meritocracy by instead cultivating an insidious hierarchy based on race. “Caste” is a much anticipated follow up to Wilkerson’s 2011 book “The Warmth of Other Suns,” which detailed the decades-long migration of black people from the South to other regions of the country. Wilkerson joins Forum to discuss her new book and how America’s past relates to its future. 

    • 52 min
    Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman on How to Sustain ‘Big Friendship’

    Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman on How to Sustain ‘Big Friendship’

    A close friendship can be one of the most fulfilling, and most challenging, relationships of our lives. In their book “Big Friendship: How We Keep Each Other Close,” writers and longtime friends Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman share their honest and humorous account of what it really takes to maintain a meaningful bond -- from moments of being totally in sync to painful disagreements and everything in between. We'll talk to Sow and Friedman about the lessons they've learned together and hear your stories of big friendships that transcend life phases.

    • 52 min

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410 Ratings

Borat4Ever ,

I’m #TeamGiggle

Idk what crawled up Larry’s posterior. Keep doing your thing and giggling, Mina

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Mina giggle girl!

Don’t listen to Larry mansplaining!
Hey Larry it’s just your opinion, man!

Larry in Contra Costa County ,

Mina GIGGLING

Great example of what you’re prone to, Mina. Listen to the Elizabeth Warren episode you so capably steered. Serious issues, and an appropriately sober tone during the first 2/3 of the broadcast. And THEN. When you laugh during the question you’re asking, it communicates a lot, and all that laugh-borne signaling is bad for the content, quality, and direction of the discussion. You’re laughing at yourself, with yourself, and it tends to demean the topic.
It is humble, granted. And human. But it quickly becomes excessive. You’re way too committed to your craft and prepared for your work to let things slip like this.
My hunch is that no one around you brings up this weakness and the opportunities it presents for improving upon your excellence and your command. Because if you get the message on this, you’re sure to be more intent on overcoming it than any mere listener like myself might readily understand. Relax, sure. Be personable with guests and callers, definitely. But in the end, neither of those worthy ends is served by giggling.

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