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Firefighters set a backfire to protect houses in Adobe Canyon during the Nuns Fire on October 15, 2017 near Santa Rosa, California.

The Bay Area had a light rain this past Thursday night. That’s great news for firefighting efforts, but it’s also a reminder that floods and mudslides pose a danger for fire-ravaged areas. Forum discusses possibilities for floods and mudslides when harder rains arrive, and we’ll also talk about whether toxic runoff from the fires could endanger water resources.

Mike Mierzwa,
lead flood management planner, California Department of Water Resources
Matt St. John, executive officer, North Coast Regional Water Board

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Protesters greet senators leaving Ronald Regan Washington National Airport in Terminal B on June 22, 2017 in Washington, DC

When President Obama appointed him in 2014, Vivek Murthy became America’s youngest-ever surgeon general. He says he was making progress on the fight against opioid and alcohol addiction when he was abruptly dismissed by President Trump in April. Since then, he’s continued to speak out against Obamacare repeal efforts and the ravages of gun violence and substance abuse. Murthy joins us in the studio to talk about his stint as “America’s Doctor” and his recent efforts to highlight loneliness and stress as major public health issues.

Vivek Murthy,
Physician and Former U.S. Surgeon General

Trump campaign CEO Steve Bannon exits an elevator in the lobby of Trump Tower, November 11, 2016 in New York City.

Steve Bannon, executive chairman of Breitbart News and former chief strategist for President Trump, will be a keynote speaker at the California Republican Party’s fall convention, a 3-day event opening Friday in Anaheim. We’ll preview the convention and talk about the future of the party in California, where less than 26 percent of registered voters are Republican.


Scott Shafer, senior editor for KQED’s California Politics and Government desk

Harmeet Dhillon, national committeewoman for California Republican National Committee; former vice-chair of the California Republican party

marijuana plants

The fires in Sonoma, Lake and Mendocino counties have hit the marijuana industry hard. Farmers along the North Coast were preparing for recreational marijuana’s California debut this January. Instead, an estimated one third of their crops have burned at the peak of harvest season. Federal restrictions on marijuana limit growers’ access to credit and insurance so many farmers saw their cash savings go up in smoke. We’ll discuss the damage and plans to bounce back.

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California Growers Association Wildfire Recovery Fund

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The political divide in the U.S. on such issues as the environment, immigration, race and the role of government is wider today than ever before, according a new study by Pew Research Center. A San Francisco project is seeking to bridge that divide and spur dialogue between those on the left and the right. We’ll hear about the project and talk to participants about their experiences connecting with people they might normally avoid.

Chris Collins, creator, Glide’s Bridging the Divide project
Catherine Montalbo, former leftist who now identifies as conservative
Winnie Fink, member Glide Church
Tom Canaday, member, Bay Area Conservatives

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Bridging the Divide

Smoke continues to rise from the Hilton Sonoma Wine Country on October 9, 2017 in Santa Rosa, California.

Though this week so far has brought some good news regarding the containment of the North Bay fires, business is far from usual. Early estimates put the region’s loss of economic output at $200 million, which is expected to rise. In this segment we’ll look at how the fires are affecting the region’s wine and tourism industries, which account for about one in four jobs in Sonoma, Napa and Solano counties.

Chris Canning, mayor, Calistoga
Karissa Kruse, president, Sonoma County Winegrowers
Jill Techel, mayor, Napa
Farida Jhabvala Romero, reporter, KQED News
Christopher Thornberg, founding partner, Beacon Economics

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Production executive Harvey Weinstein speaks on November 8, 2013 at the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC.

Accusations of sexual assault and harassment against producer Harvey Weinstein by some of Hollywood’s biggest names prompted thousands of women to post “#metoo” on social media, signaling that they too have been sexually assaulted, raped or harassed. The #metoo campaign has succeeded in highlighting how widespread the problem of sexual assault is, but what comes next? In this segment we’ll explore what constitutes harassment and assault, how companies and individuals can mitigate it and what it will take to turn momentum and awareness into change. And we would like to hear from you — if you posted #metoo, what kind of responses did you receive? What conversations did the post spur? Or if you didn’t post, why did you decide not to?

Adama Iwu, government affairs director
Debra Katz, partner, Katz, Marshall & Banks LLP
Audra Williams, writer
Wagatwe Wanjuki, social media specialist, Daily Kos; co-founder, Survivors Eradicating Rape Culture

Fire trucks drive by closed businesses on October 13, 2017 in Calistoga, California.

As firefighters continue to contain the devastating wildfires in Northern California, residents are returning to cities and towns that were under mandatory evacuation. Forum checks in with county officials about opening schools when many students and teachers are now homeless. We’ll also hear about the health concerns of returning to fire-stricken areas.

Scott Alonso, spokesperson, Sonoma County
Karen Relucio, public health officer, Napa County
Steve Harrington, superintendent of schools, Sonoma County
Robert Giordano, Sonoma County Sheriff
Terence Mulligan, president, Napa Valley Community Foundation
Tonya Mosley, correspondent, KQED News

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Jennifer Egan poses for a portrait.

Set in the Brooklyn Navy Yard during the Depression and second world war, Jennifer Egan’s new book, “Manhattan Beach,” is a 400-page historical novel, a major departure from her Pulitzer Prize-winning “A Visit from the Goon Squad.” Some critics describe “Manhattan Beach” as a present-day Victorian novel, which thrills Egan who says, “the novel then was so powerful and agile in ways I’m not sure it is now.” She joins us to discuss her new novel, her return to linear storytelling and her Bay Area roots.

Jennifer Egan, author, “Manhattan Beach”; won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for “A Visit from the Goon Squad”

Donald Trump speaks.

Forum brings you analysis of the latest national news, including President Trump’s decision to end subsidies that help low-income Americans receive insurance under the Affordable Care Act. We’ll also discuss the President’s announcement on Friday that he will decertify the Iran nuclear deal and new reports that Twitter deleted information related to Russian election interference.

Ron Elving, senior editor and correspondent on the Washington desk, NPR
Josh Meyer, senior investigative reporter, Politico
Shannon Pettypiece, White House correspondent, Bloomberg News
Scott Shafer, senior editor, KQED’s California Politics and Government desk

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