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When author Joyce Maynard met Jim, a successful Bay Area lawyer, they fell in love, got married, planted olive trees, and went on long bike rides. Then Jim was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and less than three years after their wedding, he died. Maynard joins us to talk about “The Best of Us: A Memoir,” a reflection on how she got through the pain of final heartbreak.

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee died early Tuesday morning after he collapsed at a Safeway Monday night. The 65 year old former civil rights attorney was the city’s first Asian American Mayor. Board of supervisors President London Breed is now acting mayor. We discuss the life and legacy of Mayor Lee.


  • Scott Shafer, senior editor for KQED’s California Politics and Government desk
  • Jason McDaniel, assistant professor of political science, San Francisco State University
  • Michael Yaki, former San Francisco supervisor, and co-founder of the Run Ed Run campaign in support of Mayor Lee’s 2011 campaign
  • Jean Quan, former mayor, City of Oakland
  • Gordon Chin, former Director of San Francisco’s Chinatown Community Development Center
  • Mark Farrell, supervisor for District 2, City and County of San Francisco

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Andy Weir self-published “The Martian” on his personal website in 2011. A publisher snapped up the rights, and his pet project made it to the New York Times best-seller list and went on to become an Oscar-nominated film. His new book “Artemis” looks at a fictional colony on the moon, where a female, black-market smuggler embarks on hijinks and adventure. Weir joins us to talk about “Artemis,” researching space exploration and his life since “The Martian” launched him to fame.


Andy Weir, author, “Artemis”

Minnesota Senator Al Franken’s resignation announcement is just the latest fallout from the multitude of sexual misconduct allegations leveled against powerful men in recent months. Forum talks with a panel of feminists about what this moment means for women. Does the increasing recognition of widespread harassment signal a more enlightened age, or are we veering toward a destructive backlash?

The San Francisco NAACP is calling on city officials to declare a state of emergency over the the achievement gap between black and white students. Seventy-four percent of African American students failed to meet 2016-17 state assessment standards in at least one subject area, according to the district. In this hour, we’ll talk with new San Francisco Superintendent Vincent Matthews about efforts to address the achievement gap. We’ll also hear about his plans for the district, and a proposed double-digit salary raise for the city’s teachers.


SFUSD: The ​First ​Ninety ​Days ​- ​Listening ​and ​Learning ​Report

Light clouds in a clear, blue sky, with a view of the Western Wall and the golden Dome of the Rock Islamic shrine on December 6, 2017 in Jerusalem, Israel. U.S. President Donald Trump announced his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital on Wednesday.

President Trump honored a campaign promise on Wednesday by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The United States is the only country to do so. A Palestinian representative called the decision a “kiss of death” for the two-state solution, while the human rights group Amnesty International condemned the move as “undermining the international rule of law.” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the decision, which he called “courageous and just.”


Greg Myre, national security correspondent, National Public Radio

Panelist Swanee Hunt speaks onstage at The Stories You Haven't Heard: Modern Day Slavery in America and Abroad' panel during the Visionary Women Salon: Stories and Solutions at Montage Hotel on February 11, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. In this photo, she wears a red shirt and sits in front of a black background.

A new book by former U.S. ambassador to Austria Swanee Hunt profiles 90 women who were key figures in rebuilding Rwanda after the 1994 genocide. From entrepreneurs to lawmakers, “Rwandan Women Rising” highlights females who upend the narrative that women in war zones are only victims. Hunt joins us to discuss her book, and how Rwanda became one of Africa’s most stable countries.


Swanee Hunt, author, “Rwandan Women Rising”; founder, Inclusive Security

Former CBS news anchor Dan Rather has interviewed every president since Dwight Eisenhower, and he says the state of the current presidency is not normal. Now 86, Rather reflects on America’s founding principles in his new book of essays, “What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism.” Rather’s latest media venture, News and Guts, posts stories on Facebook that reach upwards of 25 million people. He joins us in studio to talk about politics, why he thinks the free press is facing a “state of crisis” and what he’s done since leaving CBS in 2005 due to flawed reporting about then-President George W. Bush’s military service during the Vietnam War.

A man works on his laptop as he sits on a temporary lawn that takes up a metered parking space while participating in (park)ing day September 18, 2009 in San Francisco, California.

In an effort to increase the availability of parking spaces in San Francisco, city officials voted Tuesday to expand surge pricing to each of the city’s parking meters. The program currently covers about 7,000 meters. Rates will range from 50 cents to $8 an hour, according to the Municipal Transportation Agency. We’ll discuss the program, which makes San Francisco the only U.S. city to utilize demand-based rates for all of its parking meters. But first, we’ll get an update on the fires in Southern California.


Michael Cabanatuan, transportation writer, San Francisco Chronicle
Tom Maguire, director of the Sustainable Streets Division, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency

California State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon stands in front of a white building.

On Monday two women accused California Assemblyman Matt Dababneh of sexually harassing them. This comes on the heels of Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra’s resignation after multiple accusations of sexual misconduct. State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon said the Assembly “will keep working to change the climate in the Capitol to stop sexual harassment and abuse.” Rendon joins us to talk about the Assembly’s moves to address sexual harassment, and other issues, including how the repeal of DACA and the Republicans’ new tax plan will affect California. He recently tweeted that the tax plan “puts the screws to California — plain and simple.”


Anthony Rendon, assemblyman and speaker, California State Assembly


A pedestrian walks by a display of candles outside of a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) station honoring two BART workers who were struck and killed by a BART train over the weekend while servicing tracks near the Walnut Creek station on October 21, 2013 in Oakland, California.

Up to 3,000 Oakland city workers went on strike Tuesday morning to demand pay raises and protest what they say are unfair labor practices. Librarians, sewer workers, building inspectors and other city employees crowded the front of City Hall with picket signs. Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf says the strike is unlawful, since the city and the union are still undergoing negotiations. But Service Employees International Union Local 1021 says the strike is legal, since the contract expired at the end of June. Schaaf issued a statement saying Oakland offered a six-percent raise, but “cannot spend more than we can afford.” We’ll find out more about the dispute between the city and its employees.


  • John Sepulvado, host, KQED’s The California Report
  • Robert Szykowny, chief negotiator, Service Employees International Union Local 1021
  • Kimberly Veklerov, staff writer, San Francisco Chronicle

UC Berkeley Professor Matthew Walker is the author of “Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams.” In this headshot photo, Walker sits before a blue-green background. He has blond hair and blue eyes.

UC Berkeley Professor Matthew Walker has consulted for the NBA, the NFL and Pixar — all on sleep. Sleep can impact everything from food cravings to the likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Yet human beings are the only species that “deprive themselves of sleep for no sound reason,” Walker says. Walker joins us to talk about the impact of sleep deprivation, how to improve your sleep cycle and his new book “Why We Sleep.”


Matthew Walker, professor of psychology and neuroscience, UC Berkeley; author, “Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams”


Khizr Khan, father of deceased Muslim U.S. Soldier Humayun S. M. Khan, holds up a booklet of the US Constitution as he delivers remarks on the fourth day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 28, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

At the 2016 Democratic National Convention, Khizr Khan held a copy of the constitution and spoke out against then-candidate Donald Trump’s proposal to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. Trump criticized Khan soon after. Khan is a U.S. citizen and Gold Star father: His son, Capt. Humayun Khan, was killed in Iraq by a suicide bomb attack. Khan joins us in-studio to discuss how his altercation with Trump catapulted him to fame, and his new memoir “An American Family.”


Khizr Khan, author,  “An American Family: A Memoir of Hope and Sacrifice”

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