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Invited guests watch the film 'Black Panther' in 3D which featuring Oscar-winning Mexico born Kenyan actress Lupita Nyongo during Movie Jabbers Black Panther Cosplay Screening in Nairobi, Kenya, on February 14, 2018.

In a recent article for The New York Times Magazine, Oakland-based writer Carvell Wallace describes the significance of Ryan Coogler’s “Black Panther.” The film depicts the mythical African country of Wakanda and was inspired by ideas of the continent as a place of self-realization for Black Americans. Wallace joins us in the studio to discuss how the film challenges conventional representations of race in the media and why, as he writes, the movie “must also function as a place for multiple generations of black Americans to store some of our most deeply held aspirations.”

Why ‘Black Panther’ Is a Defining Moment for Black America (New York Times)

Betty Reid Soskin poses for a photo.

Betty Reid Soskin’s lectures at Richmond’s Rosie the Riveter Museum have garnered her national attention, including a visit with President Obama in 2015. Soskin’s talks reflect on the oft-overlooked African-American wartime experience and how opportunities for black women have changed throughout her lifetime. Now the 96-year-old has written a memoir, “Sign My Name to Freedom,” documenting her history as a political activist, musician and entrepreneur. A longtime resident of the East Bay, Soskin illustrates how the Bay Area laid the groundwork for the national civil rights movement.

Emily Chang poses for a portrait.

In “Brotopia,” Bloomberg journalist Emily Chang digs deep into Silicon Valley’s boys’ club atmosphere, rife with company sex parties, workplace harassment and elitism. Chang argues that while women have historically made critical contributions to the field of computer science, the technology industry regards them as second-class citizens, at best. She describes an industry that simultaneously prides itself on its progressive politics yet treats women with hostility. We’ll talk to Chang about the implications of this paradox for a world increasingly shaped by the Valley’s inventions.

Max Boot poses for a portrait.

Military historian Max Boot left the Republican party the day after Donald Trump was elected and is a sharp critic of the current administration. Boot joins us to discuss the latest political news and his new book, “The Road Not Taken.” The book profiles a relatively unknown CIA operative named Edward Lansdale, who pioneered “hearts and mind” diplomacy during the Vietnam War era. We’ll talk to Boot about Lansdale and the lessons he holds for today’s politicians.

U.S. President Donald Trump (2nd L) speaks during a meeting with congressional members at the Cabinet Room of the White House February 14, 2018 in Washington, DC.

President Trump’s infrastructure proposal is getting a cool response from Bay Area transportation and business leaders. The plan calls for $200 billion in federal spending over ten years. We’ll talk to Randy Rentschler with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the Bay Area Council’s Sean Randolph about the proposal, how much of the $200 billion might make its way to the Bay Area and to which projects it could be allocated.

David Cay Johnston poses for a portrait.

In “It’s Even Worse Than You Think” David Cay Johnston chronicles the unprecedented actions — many covert — that President Trump has taken to upend the structures of American government. Johnston argues that the administration’s attempts to alter federal policies, from immigration to education, threaten modern democracy. Johnston joins us to discuss the potential long-term effects of Trump’s presidency.

A woman rejects a man's offer of flowers and candy.

Most of us have thought about the traits we desire most in a romantic partner, but what about the character flaws, beliefs or annoying habits that make for relationship non-starters? In this segment, we’re talking about petty deal breakers, those little non-negotiables that move people from a potential mate to someone you wouldn’t even date. What are your relationship deal breakers? Are you paired with someone despite their once fatal flaws? Tell us about it!

What’s Your Petty Deal Breaker in a Relationship? (KQED Arts)

A woman holds a paper heart cut out.

Around Valentine’s Day hearts are everywhere, but do you know where the symbol originally came from? This Valentine’s Day, we talk with scholar Marilyn Yalom about her new book, “The Amorous Heart.” Yalom follows heart imagery throughout history, from the origins of its two-lobed shape to how it became a worldwide emblem of romantic longing, lust and loss.

Terese Mailhot poses for a photo.

Terese Marie Mailhot’s debut book, “Heart Berries,” recalls a childhood darkened by abuse, addiction and abject poverty. “Indigenous identity is fixed in grief,” writes Mailhot, who grew up on the Seabird Island Indian Reservation in British Columbia. Mailhot joins us to discuss her memoir and how her identity as a native woman influences her work.

The homeless camp of Jarrett Keesling and Kelli Lengele, whom are among the hundreds of homeless Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) interacted with as it conducts its annual count of homeless county residents Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017 in Contra Costa County.

State Senator Scott Wiener has proposed a bill to broaden state conservatorship laws as a way to help get severely mentally ill and drug-addicted people off the streets and into treatment. SB-1045 contains few details, but aims to expand the definition of “gravely disabled” and the current 72-hour hold limit for chronically homeless people. Homeless advocates say that the bill does nothing to address the root causes of homelessness and that cities should expand psychiatric outreach programs instead. We’ll take up the debate.

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