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People react as U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris holds a town hall at Holman United Methodist Church on April 21, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

A month after the 2016 election, Ezra Levin tweeted out a Google Doc titled “Indivisible: A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda.” Fast forward five months and the document has become a movement, with almost 6,000 Indivisible groups registered across the country. In this hour, we’ll talk to two of the architects behind the guide, Levin and Leah Greenberg, about how their experience as Congressional staffers shaped the document, how it borrows from the Tea Party, and the future of the “Indivisible” movement.

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Jacques Pépin behind the scenes of "Jacques Pépin: Heart & Soul" series.

Award-winning chef, author, and teacher Jacques Pépin has been delighting PBS audiences for decades. He’s now the subject of a new documentary, “Jacques Pépin: The Art of the Craft,” to be broadcast next month as part of PBS’ American Masters series. Pépin joins us to talk about his career and how he has shaped the way America cooks.

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Actor Jim Tobolowwsky poses for a portrait.

If Stephen Tobolowsky looks familiar, it’s for good reason. The character actor has appeared on screen countless times, with credits ranging from the HBO comedy series “Silicon Valley” to “Spaceballs.” But his new project, “My Adventures With God” is more personal. The book is series of stories from Tobolowsky’s life that affected his relationship to Judaism. He chases water moccasins as a young boy in Texas, and almost dies while riding horseback on an active volcano. Tobolowsky joins us to talk about his acting career and the events that have shaped his relationship with God.

A man passes by campaign posters for the French presidential election, on official billboards on April 21, 2017 in Lyon, ahead of the first round of the French presidential election which will take place on April 23.

Voters in France head to the polls Sunday to choose among eleven presidential candidates in a first round of voting. Contenders include François Fillon, a conservative battling embezzlement charges, as well as populists from the far right and far left. If no one wins a majority, the two candidates with the most votes will move on to a run-off election on May 7. We discuss the results and their implications for the future of France and Europe.

Winners of the 2016 Goldman Environmental Prize take a bow.

On Monday, the winners of the 2017 Goldman Environmental Prize, known as the “Green Nobel,” will be announced in San Francisco. The six winners receive financial support and international attention for their work on behalf of endangered ecosystems, sustainability and environmental justice. We speak to two this of year’s winners about how they’re changing the world.

Environmental activists protest outside the Carrie Gosch Elementary School during a visit by U.S. EPA Adminstrator Scott Pruitt on April 19, 2017 in East Chicago, Indiana.

This Saturday, scientists and their supporters in San Francisco and cities across the country will hold a “March for Science” in response to the Trump administration’s policies on climate change and other issues. The unprecedented action has critics questioning whether scientists should play a role in politics, while supporters argue that scientists must take a strong stance in a time of intense polarization and “alternative facts.” In this hour of Forum, we discuss the upcoming march and hear from local scientists. Tell us what you think: should science and politics mix?

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Scientists Take to California Streets This Saturday (And Ask You to Join Them) (KQED Science)

Analyst Corey Weiss, who was disgnosed with Autism as a young boy, works at Mindspark on August 24, 2016 in Santa Monica, California.

The Centers for Disease Control estimates that one percent of the global population has autism spectrum disorder. And while events like Autism Awareness Month have raised the disorder’s profile, a Drexel University study found that about 40 percent of young adults with autism are unemployed. But some tech giants like SAP, Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard Enterprise are actively trying to hire employees with autism. In this hour, we’ll look how employers and employees can both benefit from closing the employment gap for those on the autistic spectrum.

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University of California President Janet Napolitano is seen at an event on expanding college opportunity on January 16, 2014 in Washington, DC.

University of California President Janet Napolitano joins us this hour to discuss the UC system’s ongoing efforts to mitigate sexual misconduct by faculty, the possibility of an enrollment cap for out-of-state students and the newly-hired Chancellor of UC Berkeley. We’ll also talk to Napolitano about her recent trip to Mexico to promote academic partnerships. What is your question for the UC president?

Author Omar El Akkad poses for a portrait.

“You fight the war with guns, you fight the peace with stories.” That’s from Omar El Akkad’s novel, “American War,” which takes readers 50 years into the future, where the effects of climate change and limited natural resources have caused a second Civil War and split America in two. El Akkad, a longtime journalist who covered Guantanamo Bay, the Arab Spring and the aftermath of Michael Brown’s killing in Ferguson, Missouri, joins us to talk about the novel and how his work as a journalist influences his fiction.

President Donald Trump signs an executive order to try to bring jobs back to American workers and revamp the H-1B visa guest worker program during a visit to the headquarters of tool manufacturer Snap-On on April 18, 2017 in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

President Donald Trump signed his “Buy American, Hire American” executive order on Tuesday in an effort to prevent companies from choosing low-wage foreign workers over Americans. The order takes aim at the federal government’s H-1B visa program, which is supposed to help businesses hire highly-skilled, temporary workers from other countries. But critics of the program say it undercuts American workers and that most H-1B visas simply go to IT workers. But supporters say the program is vital to the tech industry, and argue that President Trump’s changes could hurt innovation. In this hour, we discuss President Trump’s order and how it could affect Silicon Valley.

Stanford mathematician and NPR Weekend Edition contributor Keith Devlin.

Over a decade ago, mathematician Keith Devlin, also known as “The Math Guy” on NPR’s Weekend Edition, set out to research the life and legacy of Leonardo of Pisa, better known as Fibonacci. The Italian mathematician introduced the Hindu-Arabic numeral system and arithmetic to the Western world. “Finding Fibonacci” details Devlin’s journey to revive the long-forgotten mathematician and the people who devoted their lives to understanding his legacy.

Thelton Henderson in his chambers during an interview with KQED's Scott Shafer.

Judge Thelton Henderson is retiring this year from his post as a U.S. District Court Judge in Northern California, saying that at 83-years-old he doesn’t have the stamina to do the job like he used to. The federal judge spent decades on the bench and was a staunch defender of civil rights, presiding over high-profile cases focused on abuse in California prisons and conduct within the Oakland Police Department. We’ll discuss Henderson’s career and legacy with Bob Egelko, legal affairs reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle. And we’ll also hear a recent interview guest host Scott Shafer conducted with Henderson in his chambers.

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The San Jose City Council is set to vote Tuesday on new rules that would prohibit landlords from evicting tenants from residential properties without just cause, such as failure to pay rent. Supporters say the rules are needed to prevent retaliatory and arbitrary evictions and to protect renters amid the region’s housing crisis. Landlords say the rules would make it too difficult to evict problematic tenants. If passed, San Jose would join San Francisco, Los Angeles and other California cities that ban so-called no-cause evictions. We take up the debate.

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