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The fires in Sonoma, Lake and Mendocino counties have hit the marijuana industry hard. Farmers along the North Coast were preparing for recreational marijuana’s California debut this January. Instead, an estimated one third of their crops have burned at the peak of harvest season. Federal restrictions on marijuana limit growers’ access to credit and insurance so many farmers saw their cash savings go up in smoke. We’ll discuss the damage and plans to bounce back.

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California Growers Association Wildfire Recovery Fund

More KQED Wildfire Coverage at kqed.org/wildfires

The political divide in the U.S. on such issues as the environment, immigration, race and the role of government is wider today than ever before, according a new study by Pew Research Center. A San Francisco project is seeking to bridge that divide and spur dialogue between those on the left and the right. We’ll hear about the project and talk to participants about their experiences connecting with people they might normally avoid.

Guests:
Chris Collins, creator, Glide’s Bridging the Divide project
Catherine Montalbo, former leftist who now identifies as conservative
Winnie Fink, member Glide Church
Tom Canaday, member, Bay Area Conservatives

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Bridging the Divide

Smoke continues to rise from the Hilton Sonoma Wine Country on October 9, 2017 in Santa Rosa, California.

Though this week so far has brought some good news regarding the containment of the North Bay fires, business is far from usual. Early estimates put the region’s loss of economic output at $200 million, which is expected to rise. In this segment we’ll look at how the fires are affecting the region’s wine and tourism industries, which account for about one in four jobs in Sonoma, Napa and Solano counties.

Guests:
Chris Canning, mayor, Calistoga
Karissa Kruse, president, Sonoma County Winegrowers
Jill Techel, mayor, Napa
Farida Jhabvala Romero, reporter, KQED News
Christopher Thornberg, founding partner, Beacon Economics

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More of KQED’s wildfire coverage at kqed.org/wildfires
VisitNapaValley.org
SonomaCounty.com

Production executive Harvey Weinstein speaks on November 8, 2013 at the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC.

Accusations of sexual assault and harassment against producer Harvey Weinstein by some of Hollywood’s biggest names prompted thousands of women to post “#metoo” on social media, signaling that they too have been sexually assaulted, raped or harassed. The #metoo campaign has succeeded in highlighting how widespread the problem of sexual assault is, but what comes next? In this segment we’ll explore what constitutes harassment and assault, how companies and individuals can mitigate it and what it will take to turn momentum and awareness into change. And we would like to hear from you — if you posted #metoo, what kind of responses did you receive? What conversations did the post spur? Or if you didn’t post, why did you decide not to?

Guests:
Adama Iwu, government affairs director
Debra Katz, partner, Katz, Marshall & Banks LLP
Audra Williams, writer
Wagatwe Wanjuki, social media specialist, Daily Kos; co-founder, Survivors Eradicating Rape Culture

Fire trucks drive by closed businesses on October 13, 2017 in Calistoga, California.

As firefighters continue to contain the devastating wildfires in Northern California, residents are returning to cities and towns that were under mandatory evacuation. Forum checks in with county officials about opening schools when many students and teachers are now homeless. We’ll also hear about the health concerns of returning to fire-stricken areas.

Guests:
Scott Alonso, spokesperson, Sonoma County
Karen Relucio, public health officer, Napa County
Steve Harrington, superintendent of schools, Sonoma County
Robert Giordano, Sonoma County Sheriff
Terence Mulligan, president, Napa Valley Community Foundation
Tonya Mosley, correspondent, KQED News

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Jennifer Egan poses for a portrait.

Set in the Brooklyn Navy Yard during the Depression and second world war, Jennifer Egan’s new book, “Manhattan Beach,” is a 400-page historical novel, a major departure from her Pulitzer Prize-winning “A Visit from the Goon Squad.” Some critics describe “Manhattan Beach” as a present-day Victorian novel, which thrills Egan who says, “the novel then was so powerful and agile in ways I’m not sure it is now.” She joins us to discuss her new novel, her return to linear storytelling and her Bay Area roots.

Guests:
Jennifer Egan, author, “Manhattan Beach”; won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for “A Visit from the Goon Squad”

Donald Trump speaks.

Forum brings you analysis of the latest national news, including President Trump’s decision to end subsidies that help low-income Americans receive insurance under the Affordable Care Act. We’ll also discuss the President’s announcement on Friday that he will decertify the Iran nuclear deal and new reports that Twitter deleted information related to Russian election interference.

Guests:
Ron Elving, senior editor and correspondent on the Washington desk, NPR
Josh Meyer, senior investigative reporter, Politico
Shannon Pettypiece, White House correspondent, Bloomberg News
Scott Shafer, senior editor, KQED’s California Politics and Government desk

An out of control wildfire approaches Gundlach Bundschu winery on October 9, 2017 in Sonoma, California

We’ll bring you the latest news on the wildfires that have been devastating communities in Sonoma and Napa counties and across Northern California.

Guests:
Bill Dodd, California state senator, district 3
Michael Kodas, deputy director, Center for Environmental Journalism, University of Colorado; author, “Megafire: The Race to Extinguish a Deadly Epidemic of Flame”
Molly Peterson, reporter on assignment, KQED News
Sarah Stierch, Sonoma-based freelance writer

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A firefighter watches smoke billow as flames approach a residential area in Sonoma in California on October 10, 2017. Firefighters battled wildfires in California's wine region on Tuesday as the death toll rose to 15 and thousands were left homeless in neighborhoods reduced to ashes.

In this hour, we’ll bring you the latest news on the wildfires burning across Northern California. We’ll also hear from elected officials about how their respective communities are faring, how they are providing for the North Bay’s most vulnerable populations and what type of support their constituents need.

Guests:
John Garamendi,
U.S. Representative, California’s 3rd district, Former CA Lt. Governor
James Gore, member of the board of supervisors for Sonoma County’s 4th district
Jared Huffman, U.S. Representative, California’s 2nd district
Mike Thompson, U.S. Representative, California’s 5th district

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Homeowner Martha Marquez looks over her burned home in Santa Rosa, California on October 10, 2017.

Losing a home or fleeing from a wildfire can be a traumatic event. And for many people, monitoring news about the North Bay wildfires and keeping track of loved ones is stressful as well. Forum discusses how to recognize the signs of burnout and trauma, methods for taking care of yourself and the mental health services being offered at evacuation centers as wildfires continue to burn.

Guests:
Michael Kennedy,
behavioral health director, Sonoma County Department of Health Services
Alan Siegel, psychologist and associate clinical professor, UC Berkeley
Alexa Stone, mental health clinician, Sonoma County Department of Mental Health

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