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US pop star and entertainer Michael Jackson preforms before an estimated audience of 60,000 in Brunei on July 16, 1996.

If you’re on Facebook, you’ve likely seen an infiltration of posts that start off with “10 Bands I’ve Seen (One of them is a lie) … Guess which one?”. All that talk about concerts has us reflecting on the shows we’ve seen and the sets that are burned into our psyches. So tell us: what’s the best concert you’ve ever seen and why? For reals. No lies.

Torange Yeghiazarian

When Torange Yeghiazarian [Yag-ya-zarian] moved to America as a teenager, the Iran hostage crisis dominated American airwaves, yet she says only one of her neighbors actually knew where Iran was. Closing that knowledge gap about her native country has loomed large in Yeghiazarian’s career as a playwright. For the past 20 years, she has run Golden Thread Productions, a San Francisco theater company that explores the issues and culture of the Middle East with talent from Egypt, Iran, Syria and other countries. Yeghiazarian joins us as part of our First Person series, which features the local innovators, leaders, and notable characters who make the Bay Area unique.

Customers use a Wells Fargo ATM at one of their bank branches on September 9, 2016 in Miami, Florida.

Last year, San-Francisco based Wells Fargo admitted to creating up to 2 million fraudulent accounts to meet aggressive sales goals. As investigations into the company’s wrongdoing continue, a lawsuit filed in San Francisco against the company’s top executives on Wednesday alleges that the bank’s wrongdoing may have run deeper. According to the lawsuit, Wells Fargo specifically targeted undocumented day laborers and factory workers for the false accounts, in possible violation of identity-verification requirements. We’ll discuss the latest accusations against Wells Fargo.

When Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold decided in early 2016 to look into whether then-presidential candidate Donald Trump had made a $1 million donation to veterans groups, he thought he’d be “through with the story in a day or two.” But over the course of the next nine months, his modest inquiry morphed into a full-scale, crowd-sourced investigation of Trump’s charitable giving and the questionable activities of the Trump Foundation. This month, Fahrenthold won a Pulitzer Prize for that reporting. We’ll find out how he developed the story and what he learned about President Trump as he covered the election.

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Adam Piore

From computer programs that help the blind “see” using sound to the ability to regenerate amputated limbs, new technologies have opened a new world of possibilities for the human body. But as scientists ask how much we can augment, enhance and push the human form, this new world contains a host of ethical issues. Journalist Adam Piore, author of the new book “The Body Builders,” takes us inside pioneering projects of bioengineering and the moral concerns facing the field.

U.S. President Donald Trump signs the Education Federalism Executive Order that will pull the federal government out of K-12 education, in the Roosevelt Room at the White House, on April 26, 2017 in Washington, DC.

“President Trump has accomplished more in his first 100 days than any other President since Franklin Roosevelt.” That’s according to the White House, which credits the President for rolling back environmental regulations, stepping up immigration enforcement, and taking military action in Syria. But critics counter that the Administration remains enmeshed in controversy and has failed to pass any major legislation. We discuss the President’s actions and agenda so far.

Department of Homeland Security John Kelly and Attorney General Jeff Session speak to the media during a tour of the border and immigrant detention operations at Brown Field Station on April 21, 2017 in Otay Mesa, California.

A federal judge ruled in favor of Santa Clara and San Francisco County on Tuesday, temporarily halting President Trump’s executive order to freeze federal funding for sanctuary cities. In a special broadcast from Contra Costa College, situated at the border of Richmond and San Pablo, both sanctuary cities, we’ll discuss the ruling and what it means going forward for the Trump administration, U.S. immigration policy and Bay Area communities.

The cast members of Richmond Renaissance, a production of RYSE Center.

The Ryse Center’s upcoming production of “Richmond Renaissance” brings to life one of the legendary blues clubs or “juke joints” that thrived in north Richmond during the 1940s. The play explores the cultural scene that grew alongside the shipyards that famously built America’s fleet of WWII Liberty ships. In this segment, we’ll talk to two of the show’s young producers and a historian about the city’s early economic prosperity and rich cultural heritage.

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An American flag on a uniform

More than half of the veterans who use their education benefits at a California public school do so at a community college. Enter Contra Costa College’s Veteran Resource Center, which aims to help students navigate the transition from military life to student life. In this hour, we’ll hear from three veterans about the challenges they face at school — everything from accessing their G.I.benefits to bonding with other students to the lingering effects of brain injuries.

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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