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Charles Manson died Sunday at the age of 83, 48 years after he masterminded a string of murders that horrified the nation. But at 14, Dianne Lake had a very different take on Manson — she was in love with him and was the youngest member of the Manson family, as his followers were known. Lake joins us to discuss her relationship with Manson, what life was like inside the cult and her new memoir, “Member of the Family.”

Guests:
Dianne Lake,
co-author with Deborah Herman of “Member of the Family: My Story of Charles Manson, Life Inside His Cult, and the Darkness that Ended the Sixties”

Margaret Vinci, manager of the Seismological Laboratory at California Institute of Technology (Caltech) points to a shake alert user display on a laptop screen, set for a limited release on June 1, 2017 at the Caltech Seismological Laboratory in Pasadena, California, where they addressed the elimination of federal funding for the West Coast Earthquake early Warning system, also known as ShakeAlert, in President Trump's FY2018 budget.

California’s earthquake risk is well-documented. Less known is the significant risk that Salt Lake City, Boston and New York City face, leaving those and other major cities across the U.S. under-prepared for a major tremor. In “Quakeland: On the Road to America’s Next Devastating Earthquake” journalist Kathryn Miles examines the myth that earthquakes are a West Coast phenomenon and discusses how Americans can step up their quake preparedness.

Guest:
Kathryn Miles,
journalist; author of “Quakeland: On the Road to America’s Next Devastating Earthquake”

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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks about North Korea at a meeting with administration officials on the opioid addiction crisis at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, on August 8, 2017.

On Monday, President Trump officially placed North Korea back on the United State’s list of state sponsors of terrorism. The move reverses President George W. Bush’s 2008 decision to remove North Korea from the list. The Treasury Department also plans to add new sanctions against Pyongyang, bringing U.S. sanctions against North Korea to their highest level ever. In this hour, Forum discusses rising diplomatic tensions between the two countries and President Trump’s efforts to curb North Korea’s nuclear aspirations.

Guests:
Gordon Chang,
author, “Nuclear Showdown: North Korea Takes On the World”
Sam Yoon, executive director, Council of Korean Americans

Yalom Irvin

Stanford psychotherapist Irvin Yalom has built a career trying to understand the minds of other people. But in his new memoir, he turns the lens on himself. Yalom joins us to talk about his new book “Becoming Myself: A Psychiatrist’s Memoir” and about his groundbreaking work in group psychotherapy.

Guests:
Irvin Yalom,
professor emeritus of psychiatry, Stanford University; author most recently of “Becoming Myself”

U.S. President Donald Trump prepares to welcome President Klaus Iohannis of Romania to the White House for a 'working visit' June 9, 2017 in Washington, DC.

Forum discusses the latest political news including movement on the Republican tax plans, and the ongoing sexual misconduct scandals rocking Congress.

Guests:
Kenneth Walsh, Chief White House correspondent, U.S. News & World Report; author, “Ultimate Insiders: White House Photographers and How They Shape History”

Olivia Nuzzi (ISDN: Washington DC)
Title: Washington correspondent, New York Magazine

Indonesian police display a pair of elephant tusks recovered from a recent raid in Aceh Tamiang on November 16, 2017

The Trump administration has reversed an Obama-era ban on importing the heads and tusks of elephants killed in Zimbabwe and Zambia. The  U.S Fish and Wildlife Service says allowing these trophies as part of legal, well-regulated sport hunting will help fund efforts to conserve elephants. But critics say the move could undermine efforts to curb poaching.

Guests:

Oliver Milman, environment reporter, The Guardian US
Frank Pope, CEO, Save the Elephants

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Janet Napolitano behind a podium.

In a closed-door meeting Thursday, UC regents scolded UC President Janet Napolitano for agreeing to a plan that led to her top aides improperly interfering in a state audit of her office. The officials had interfered by asking UC campuses not to “air dirty laundry” in an audit survey and warned each other to keep communications “off of email.” Napolitano’s approval “reflected poor judgment and set in motion a course of conduct that the Board of Regents finds unacceptable,” chairman George Kieffer said. Also UC Berkeley students are calling for the resignation of UC Regent Norm Pattiz, after a recording surfaced of him asking a female comedian if he could hold her breasts. When asked if he would resign, Pattiz replied, “Not on your life.” We discuss the latest news out of the UC system.

Guests:

Teresa Watanabe, education reporter, Los Angeles Times

Author Sarah Lacy

Journalist and mother Sarah Lacy says working moms face a number of challenges in the workplace, from lower pay to the so-called “Maternal Wall” that hinders career mobility. “When I had children, I was stunned because I had spent my entire adult life being told that having children would make me distracted and weak and a worse employee.” But she says, her experience as a working mom was much different. In her new book, “The Uterus is a Feature, Not a Bug: The Working Woman’s Guide to Overthrowing the Patriarchy,” she explains how working mothers can regain power in their careers. Lacy also joins us to talk about being targeted by Uber, sexism in the tech industry and navigating the workplace as a woman.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), speaks to reporters about the proposed Senate Republican tax bill, after attending the Senate GOP policy luncheon, at US Capitol on November 14, 2017 in Washington, DC.

Republican members of both chambers of Congress are hustling this week to reach an agreement on a tax plan. But major differences remain between the Senate and House bills, especially the repeal of the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate. We’ll get the latest on Republican efforts to pass a tax plan.

Guests:
Peter Morici,
professor, Smith School of Business at University of Maryland; former chief economist, U.S. International Trade Commission
Robert Reich, professor at the Goldman School of Public Policy, UC Berkeley
Amanda Becker, congressional correspondent, Reuters

For the past decade Deb Perelman has been cooking meals in the tiny kitchen of her New York apartment and sharing them on her popular blog, The Smitten Kitchen. Pereleman has now published her second cookbook, “Smitten Kitchen Every Day.” We’ll talk to Perelman about squeezing good cooking into busy lives and we’ll get her tips, and take your questions, about what to serve for the holidays.

A man walks past an armored personnel carrier that's stationed by an intersection as Zimbabwean soldiers regulate traffic in Harare on November 15, 2017.

Zimbabwe’s military placed its president Robert Mugabe under house arrest, took over state TV and filled the streets of the capital with military tanks. While it is being deemed a coup, the military has avoided calling it one. Successors have been vying for the elderly 93-year-old Mugabe’s seat, with some experts saying the military may try to replace him with his fired deputy, Emmerson Mnangagwa. We get the latest on the takeover.

Guests:

Andrew Meldrum, assistant Africa editor, Associated Press
James Robbins, diplomatic correspondent, BBC
Horace G. Campbell, chair of African studies at the Institute of African Studies, University of Legon, Ghana

Customers buy marijuana products at the Perennial Holistic Wellness Center which is a medicinal marijuana dispensary in Los Angeles, California on March 24, 2017.

Time is running out for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to reach an agreement on marijuana dispensaries, as the sale and purchase of recreational cannabis becomes legal on January 1. While 74 percent of the city’s voters last year backed legalizing recreational use of the drug, some city residents want to limit where pot stores can be placed, keeping them 1,000 feet from schools or daycare centers. Still other neighborhoods want the right to ban dispensaries altogether. We’ll get the latest on where and how recreational marijuana will be sold in San Francisco after the new year.

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