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The lethal injection chamber at San Quentin State Prison.

California voters last month rejected a measure to repeal the death penalty and narrowly passed one that will speed up the process for executing inmates. California hasn’t carried out an execution in a decade because of issues with its legal injection method. A new protocol is pending approval by the end of the year. Forum discusses the state of the death penalty in California and how soon executions may resume.

Sprinklers on an urban farm

On Thursday the U.S. House of Representatives passed a water projects bill that has split California Democrats and is worrying some environmentalists. The 360-61 vote pitted Senator Dianne Feinstein, who negotiated the California-focused items, against Senator Barbara Boxer, who strongly opposed them. The House bill offers millions for California water storage projects and eases limits on moving water to San Joaquin Valley farms. The $558 million water package now goes to the Senate for a vote.

Cleve Jones poses for a portrait.

Cleve Jones has been at the center of the Bay Area’s LGBTQ movement since the 1970s. He worked closely with Harvey Milk, co-founded the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and conceived of the historic NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt. Jones now works as an organizer with the hospitality workers’ union, UNITE HERE. His new book, “When We Rise,” traces his life in activism and is the inspiration for an upcoming ABC mini-series.

First-time novelist Yaa Gyasi says she was a voracious reader growing up, and "never turned down a trip to the library."

While traveling to Ghana on a Stanford research fellowship, Yaa Gyasi visited the Cape Coast Castle, where she learned about the role Africans played in perpetuating the trans-Atlantic slave trade. This knowledge became the impetus for her debut novel “Homegoing,” which chronicles the lives of two Ghanaian sisters and their experiences of slavery. We speak with Berkeley-based Gyasi about the novel, which has been named a New York Times notable book for 2016.

Book Review: ‘Homegoing’ by Yaa Gyasi (KQED Arts)

President-elect Donald Trump speaks to workers at Carrier air conditioning and heating on December 1, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

A UCLA Anderson Forecast report published Tuesday predicts an economic boost for California and the Bay Area as military spending increases under a Trump administration. But the shift in deportation policy for undocumented immigrants could heavily impact the state’s agriculture sector where an estimated half of the workers are undocumented. We’ll take apart the report’s findings for California and the nation.

UCLA Anderson Forecast: The New Economy Under a New Administration

Mayor Libby Schaaf (C) speaks at a media event following a warehouse fire that has claimed the lives of at least thirty-three people on December 4, 2016 in Oakland, California. The fire took place during a musical event late Friday night.

After a fire killed 36 people at an Oakland warehouse and artists’ collective known as the ‘Ghost Ship’ on Friday, the union representing Oakland and Alameda County firefighters has criticized the city for not having enough fire inspectors. An Alameda County civil grand jury report from 2014 shows the fire department failed to inspect over one-third of the city’s 11,000 commercial properties, and couldn’t gain access to a quarter of those they were sent to inspect. A recent staffing report shows four fire inspector positions, while funded, remain unfilled. Forum discusses the issues surrounding fire inspection in light of the deadly Ghost Ship fire.

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A homeless man sleeps in front of his tent along Van Ness Avenue in downtown San Francisco, California on June, 27, 2016.

Veteran homeless advocate Jeff Kositsky has been at the helm of the new San Francisco Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing since last summer. While nationally the homeless population is down by 14 percent, the city is facing growing numbers of homeless, up to an estimated 6,996 this year. As part of the SF Homeless Project, Forum talks with Kositsky about what strides the city has made in solving homelessness. We’ll also get an update on the nontraditional shelters called “navigation centers,” and hear why he has come out in support of safe injection sites for addicts and wet housing for alcoholics.

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Thomas Friedman

In his new book, “Thank You for Being Late,” Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman examines the social and economic challenges posed by a world where everything is getting faster. He writes about workers’ anxiety as machines perform increasingly sophisticated tasks, and shares his prescription for more sustainable economic growth.  We speak with the longtime foreign affairs columnist about the book and what a Trump administration might mean for the global economy.

An arial view of the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at UC Davis.

Last month UC Davis celebrated the opening of the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art on its campus. The 50,000 square foot museum features pieces by Wayne Thiebaud, Manuel Neri and Ruth Horsting, among others. One of the museum’s premier exhibits, “Out Our Way,” showcases works by the first artists hired to teach at UC Davis in the 1960s. We’ll hear how a school known for its agricultural sciences came to house one of the newest visual arts collections in Northern California and what the museum hopes to accomplish with its first exhibitions.

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Fireworks fill the night sky above Oceti Sakowin Camp as activists celebrate after learning an easement had been denied for the Dakota Access Pipeline near the edge of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation on December 4, 2016 outside Cannon Ball, North Dakota.

In a win for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and environmental activists, the federal government on Sunday denied a permit that would have allowed completion of the last 1,100 feet of a 1,200 mile oil pipeline across the Midwest. The stretch in question, which the tribe says would contaminate their water supply and disturb sacred sites, would cross a Missouri River reservoir. The decision to deny the permit has come under fire from supporters who say the pipeline is a key energy project. President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team reiterated on Monday that it supports the pipeline, raising serious questions about how long the decision will stand.

The inside of a warehouse where a fire claimed the lives of at least thirty-six people is seen on December 5, 2016 in Oakland, California.

A candlelight vigil was held at Lake Merritt in Oakland Monday night for the victims of the fire at the Ghost Ship warehouse art collective in East Oakland. Thirty-six people are confirmed dead so far. In this hour, we remember the victims of the fire, talk about Oakland’s underground arts community and take calls from those affected by the blaze. If you have loved ones who are missing or who died in the fire, or if you attended events at the Ghost Ship and have memories to share, we’d like to hear from you.

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