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Drag queen Scarlett Letter performs on stage during the GX4 Kitty Powers Drag Show.

For decades San Francisco has embraced drag performance, while most of America shunned it as perverse. Now, drag is veering into the mainstream with the TV show “RuPaul’s Drag Race” earning an Emmy and a recent Fox remake of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” But in San Francisco, drag has remained subversive with a new wave of queens, to whom drag is more like punk performance art than glam dress-up. We’ll talk with San Francisco Chronicle style reporter Tony Bravo and local drag queens about the past and present of San Francisco’s drag scene.

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SF’s New Wave of Drag Queens Rebel Against Glam

This combination of pictures created on October 09, 2016 shows Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during the second presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri on October 9, 2016.

Republican nominee Donald Trump’s supporters are hoping Wednesday’s third and final presidential debate in Las Vegas will help him regain momentum against Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. We’ll analyze the debate and discuss the ongoing fallout of the Clinton campaign’s leaked emails and the continued allegations of sexual assault against Trump.

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Marcus Samuelsson poses for a portrait.

Chef Marcus Samuelsson’s background is a tableau of different tastes and experiences: Born in Ethiopia and raised in Sweden by adoptive parents, his culinary influences are a swirl of Ethiopian spices and smoked mackerel. When he moved to America and fell in love with Harlem, Samuelsson decided to mix those same flavors into the comfort food he cooked at his restaurant, Red Rooster. Sameulsson joins us to talk about the diverse influences on his cooking and about his new “Red Rooster Cookbook,” which features recipes alongside stories of Harlem’s past.


Twenty five years ago Wednesday, a small, mostly-extinguished grassfire was stoked by a hot, dry wind, that ignited a firestorm in the Oakland and Berkeley hills killing 25 people and destroying more than 3,400 homes. In this hour Forum invites listeners to share their memories from the fire and its aftermath and any lessons learned since the tragedy.

A fan holds a sign in the stands imploring the team to stay in Oakland during the NFL game between the Oakland Raiders and the Kansas City Chiefs at O.co Coliseum on December 6, 2015 in Oakland, California.

The tug of war over the Oakland Raiders continues. On Monday, the Nevada governor signed a bill approving a $750 million tax subsidy to help build a $1.9 billion stadium in Las Vegas, furthering the city’s bid to convince the Raiders to relocate. Raiders owner Mark Davis has already pledged to move the team to Las Vegas, pending approval by the NFL and a vote by team owners. Meanwhile, Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf says she is working to keep the team “where they belong.” We get an update on the Raiders’ status.

Cataract Falls on Mt. Tamalpais.

A first of its kind study of the ecological health of Mt. Tamalpais finds that while birds are thriving, Coho salmon, steelhead trout and some frog species are struggling. We’ll discuss the study, which also looked at the the impact of sudden oak death, invasive species, fires and floods. And we’ll hear what can and should be done to preserve and maintain this favorite destination for Bay Area bikers and hikers.

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Mt. Tam Health Report Yields Hope — And a Warning (KQED Science)

Measuring the Health of a Mountain

A vendor weighs buds for card-carrying medical marijuana patients attending Los Angeles' first-ever cannabis farmer's market at the West Coast Collective medical marijuana dispensary on July 4, 2014.

Twenty years ago Californians legalized the medicinal use of marijuana with Proposition 215. Now, voters are deciding whether to legalize the recreational use of the drug. Proposition 64 would make it legal for adults 21 and older to possess up to an ounce of marijuana. Residents could also grow up to six pot plants at home. The measure would impose taxes on the sale of pot, potentially bringing in hundreds of millions of dollars to the state, much of which would go to drug education programs. Supporters say Proposition 64 is a way to regulate a drug that is already widely used. Opponents, including many in the marijuana industry, say this ballot measure doesn’t go about legalization in the correct way.

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a teacher in front of a classroom with a student raising his hand

Almost two decades ago, California voters approved a law that required public schools to teach only in English. Proposition 58 would repeal that law and give teachers and parents the power to develop their own multilingual programs. Proponents say bilingual education reflects the state’s diversity and that knowing only one language puts students at a disadvantage in the global economy. Opponents of the proposition argue that English only classrooms help students grow more proficient in English and have improved standardized test scores across the state.

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Proposition 58 Explained

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In this combination of pictures taken on September 26, 2016, Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton face off during the first presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York.

On Wednesday presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump face off for the third and final presidential debate. In this half hour we’ll  preview that debate and discuss the newest turns in the saga that is the presidential race. This weekend Trump charged that the election is rigged, as members of his own party distanced themselves from that statement including Vice Presidential candidate Mike Pence.

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Yvon Chouinard poses for a portrait.

Yvon Chouinard calls himself a “reluctant businessman” – a surfer and blacksmith who went on to found the successful outdoor clothing company Patagonia. “I hate the idea of managing people,” he said. “I purposely try to hire people who are good at what they do, and then I just leave them alone.” The lifetime outdoorsman, who is more often scaling mountains or fly fishing than spending time inside a board room, joins us to talk about climate change, his new food line and and why he encourages customers to patch up their Patagonia jackets instead of buying new ones.

An inmate uses a mirror to look outside his cell at the Los Angeles Men's Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles, 19 May 2004.

In the past four years, with the state under court order to reduce prison overcrowding, California voters have passed ballot measures easing the state’s Three Strikes law and reducing many felonies to misdemeanors. Proposition 57, backed by Governor Jerry Brown, continues that trend by allowing some nonviolent felons early release and by expanding a “good time credit” program that allows shorter sentences for those in rehabilitation and education programs. Proposition 57 would also require that judges, instead of prosecutors, decide whether juveniles should be tried as adults. Forum debates the measure.

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Prop 57 Explained
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Sutter Brown, Governor Jerry Brown and wife Anne Gust’s pet corgi, has fallen critically ill. After an emergency surgery failed to fully remove the 13-year-old Pembroke Welsh corgi’s cancerous tumors, the Browns now face a dilemma familiar to many pet owners: the decision of when to euthanize a pet and coping with the grief that accompanies such a loss. In this half hour, we’ll get advice about how to handle the death of a pet.

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California’s First Dog, Sutter, Is Sick

Maureen Dowd poses for a portrait.

It’s been quite the week in politics and who better to help us make sense of it than New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd. Her new book, “The Year of Voting Dangerously,” explores the drama and dysfunction of the 2016 presidential election. We’ll talk with the Pulitzer-Prize winner about the ongoing fallout from Trump’s comments about grabbing and kissing women without their consent and discuss the Clinton emails released by Wikileaks.

Children in front of a Edythe Boone murals.

Teacher, painter and community activist Edythe Boone has worked at the intersection of art and community her entire life. Her work is featured in the “MaestraPeace” mural in the Mission District, the San Francisco AIDS mural and in the mural at People’s Park in Berkeley. Tackling issues such as poverty, racism, and violence, Boone uses paint to help distressed communities communicate their experiences. We’ll talk with Boone about her work and the death of her nephew, Eric Garner, at the hands of police. We’ll also meet local filmmaker Mo Morris and hear about her documentary “A New Color,” which spotlights Boone.

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