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Robin Lakoff speaks into a microphone.

Influential UC Berkeley Professor Emerita Robin Lakoff has studied and written about linguistics for more than 40 years. Her latest book, “Context Counts: Papers on Language, Gender and Power,” assembles Lakoff’s key work, with analysis from other linguists, early-career essays and personal reflections. Lakoff joins us to discuss “Context Counts,” and how politics and gender continue to color American political discourse under President Trump.

Guests:

Robin Lakoff, professor emerita, Department of Linguistics, UC Berkeley

Two people walk past an apartment with a "For Rent" sign.

Tuesday is the final day for San Francisco residents to rent some or all of their homes through sites like Airbnb or HomeAway without registering with the city, and the companies are already feeling the effects. Only a fraction of Airbnb hosts have met city requirements, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Other sites have seen their rolls slashed by far more. One city official said there are so few listings on FlipKey that it looks like a “massacre.” Forum discusses how fewer short term rentals and added regulations will affect the city’s housing crisis, and the people who depend on extra income from home sharing sites.

Guests:

Carolyn Said, staff writer, San Francisco Chronicle

A janitor works at the Ronald Reagan National Airport in Washington, DC, on March 4, 2013.

The #MeToo movement has captured the nation’s attention with allegations of sexual harassment and abuse of women in high profile industries. Less attention has been paid to the sexual abuse women suffer in working class jobs. A team of reporters from KQED and other media outlets has checked back in on its 2015 investigation, “Rape on the Night Shift,” about the sexual abuse of immigrant women janitors. They found women organizing, and learning how to fight back.

Guests:

Sasha Khokha, host, The California Report Magazine, KQED

Bernice Yeung, reporter, Reveal, from the Center for Investigative Reporting

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“Rape on the Night Shift” is a collaboration of Reveal, from the Center for Investigative Reporting, Frontline, Univision, the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley and KQED.

 

Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA) listens during a news conference to discuss the rhetoric of presidential candidate Donald Trump, at the U.S. Capitol, May 11, 2016, in Washington, DC

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced last week that his office had reached a $102 million settlement with the British oil company BP. The lawsuit claimed that the company overcharged government facilities for almost a decade. This is not the only story putting Becerra in headlines. He’s also one of several attorneys general suing the Trump Administration over the fate of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients, a suit that got a boost last week when a judge temporarily blocked the Trump administration’s plan to end the program. We’ll check in with California’s top law enforcement officer.

Author Amy Tan arrives at a State Dinner in honor of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore at the White House in Washington on August 2, 2016.

For Amy Tan, author of the “Joy Luck Club,” the past is never far away nor fully laid to rest. In her new book, “Where the Past Begins: A Writer’s Memoir” she explores the depths of the Chinese-American experience and shares harrowing childhood memories, including her emotionally-complex relationships with her suicidal mother and Baptist-minister father growing up in Oakland, California. Tan joins us in the studio to discuss her latest work.

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with President Sauli Niinistö of Finland at the White House in Washington, DC, on August 28, 2017.

The slur heard round the world: Lawmakers, nations and much of the American public are condemning the news that President Donald Trump disparaged African nations as “shithole countries” and questioned why the U.S. would want to admit immigrants from Haiti. The President is denying the reports of his language but Senator Dick Durbin stands by his account of yesterday’s meeting. In this half hour of Forum, we get your reaction to this latest news.

machinery in place to clear debris after mudlsides in a residential area

At least 17 people have died and 43 remain missing after heavy rain caused massive mudslides in Santa Barbara County on Tuesday. The slides also destroyed at least 50 homes and damaged 450 more in Santa Barbara County. We’ll get the latest on the disaster and find out how burned out areas of the North Bay can avoid a similar catastrophe.

a teacher helps her students at a table

Recent research suggests that a child’s first years are critical to neurological development. And some education experts view preschool as a prime opportunity to close the educational gap faced by children from lower-income households. With so much riding on the first few years, early childhood education warrants attention … and some say – more funding. A recent article in the New York Times Magazine explored the many issues surrounding how to craft effective early childhood education…In this hour, we’ll talk to the author of that article and explore topics such as increasing teacher pay and training, and talk to experts about how to foster quality early education.

Read the article, “Why Are Our Most Important Teachers Paid The Least

Daniel Ellsberg

Former military strategist Daniel Ellsberg, famous for releasing the Pentagon Papers, a top-secret study of U.S. involvement in Vietnam, calls the United States’ nuclear weapons policy “dizzyingly insane and immoral.” In his new memoir, “Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner,” Ellsberg chronicles his years spent as a nuclear policy analyst, which included the near miss of the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. Ellsberg joins us to discuss his new book and why he calls for more risk-reduction measures around nuclear weapons. We’ll also get his thoughts on the new movie, “The Post,” which dramatizes the Washington Post’s decision to publish the Pentagon Papers in 1971.

Governor Jerry Brown emphasized investing in transportation, education and growing the state’s rainy day fund as part of his new $190 billion budget proposal, released Wednesday. In this hour, we’ll talk about the state budget, Congressman Darrell Issa’s decision to not seek reelection and San Francisco’s mayoral race with KQED’s Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos. We’ll also talk to them about the launch of their new radio show and podcast, Political Breakdown, which explores politics from a California perspective.

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ap of Mexico as it was in 1794 is displayed as young immigrants and their supporters rally in support of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in Los Angeles, California on September 1, 2017

A federal judge in San Francisco has temporarily blocked the Trump Administration’s plan to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and ordered the government to start accepting renewal applications. Judge William Alsup said ending the program was based on a flawed legal premise and creates undue hardship for so-called Dreamers. The Justice Department says they’ll continue to press their case, which could mean going to the U.S. Supreme Court to have the order lifted. We’ll discuss Tuesday’s ruling.

Dick Cavett

Talk-show host Dick Cavett is being honored this week at a SF Sketchfest tribute marking 50 years since “The Dick Cavett Show” debuted on ABC. While best known for his TV show, Cavett also authored four books and appeared in dozens of films including “Beetlejuice” and “Forrest Gump.” Cavett got his start as a writer for talk-show host Jack Paar, and then soon began sitting in for fellow-Nebraskan Johnny Carson on “The Tonight Show.” Cavett joins us to discuss his life and career –what do you want to ask him?

A bill that would repeal California’s law limiting rent control is getting a public hearing on Thursday after languishing in committee for nearly a year. The Costa-Hawkins Act allows landlords to increase rent to market value between tenants and forbids rent control on buildings built after 1995, the year the act was passed. AB 1506, would repeal Costa-Hawkins and could have wide-ranging affects on rental markets statewide. What do you think — should Costa-Hawkins be repealed? Is rent control the key to overcoming the Bay Area’s housing crisis?

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