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ingredients on a wooden table

Chef Daniel Patterson and perfumer Mandy Aftel join us to talk about “The Art of Flavor,” their new book that explains how ingredients can be manipulated to create tastes that are greater than the sum of their parts. The book outlines four basic rules that drive flavor and “seven dials” that can be tweaked for fine-tuning. From roasted carrots with curry and lime to chocolate pots de creme with ginger and rose-cardamom, Patterson and Aftel share their secrets to enhancing flavor and creating new dishes.


Mandy Aftel, perfumer and owner of Aftelier Perfumes; co-author, “The Art of Flavor”; author, “Fragrant: The Secret Life of Scent”

Daniel Patterson, chef and owner, Coi; co-author of “The Art of Flavor”

An exterior of the state capitol is shown on January 5, 2006 in Sacramento, California.

With democratic supermajorities in both wings of the state legislature, California has strengthened its role as a leader in progressive policy, pushing back against the Trump administration on issues like immigration and climate change. But a hotly-contested election for the chair of California’s Democratic Party has led to infighting between longtime California democrats and a more progressive, Bernie Sanders-influenced wing. In this hour of Forum, we look at divisions within the state’s Democratic Party and explore how it might reflect a schism at the national level.

Marisa Lagos,
reporter, KQED’s California Politics and Government Desk
Katie Merrill, partner, BaughmanMerrill
Christine Pelosi, chair, California Democratic Party Women’s Caucus

The New York Times reports that the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, has been taking “extraordinary measures to conceal his actions” as he quietly works to roll back Obama-era regulations. According to EPA employees who requested anonymity, Pruitt’s team asked employees not to keep records of changes they were ordered to make on a water quality rule and have removed over 1,900 agency webpages on items like climate change. The New York Times’ Eric Lipton joins us to discuss his reporting and the current state of the EPA.


Eric Lipton, reporter, The New York Times

Scott Pruitt Is Carrying Out His E.P.A. Agenda in Secret, Critics Say (New York Times)

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.

President Trump on Tuesday defended his delayed response to last weekend’s violence in Charlottesville, Virginia and said that there was culpability on both sides. We discuss the President’s latest controversial remarks.


Ron Elving, senior editor and correspondent on the Washington desk, NPR

Rashad Robinson, executive director, Color of Change

Lanhee Chen, research fellow, Hoover Institution; policy director, Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign

David French, senior fellow, National Review Institute

Technology entrepreneur Garrett Johnson has called Silicon Valley a “liberal echo chamber.” His organization, Lincoln Network, was set up to promote conservative and libertarian values in the tech sector. As part of our “First Person” series, we’ll talk to him about his efforts to bridge the political divides in the industry. And we’ll get his take on Google’s controversial firing of an employee for his comments on women in tech.


Garrett Johnson, co-founder and executive director, Lincoln Network

Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers watches Blaine Gabbert #2 play quarterback during their game against the Atlanta Falcons at Levi's Stadium on November 8, 2015 in Santa Clara, California.

Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick made headlines last August when he refused to stand for the national anthem during a preseason game. His gesture, he later explained, was an act of protest against police violence and the oppression of people of color. A year later, preseason games have begun, and Kaepernick is out of work. NFL officials say he’s unsigned because he’s not good enough or wants too much money. But supporters within and outside of the sports world say that Kaepernick would have a job but for his acts of protest. We’ll discuss why the NFL has sidelined Kaepernick and the role of protest in sport.


Dave Zirin, sports editor, The Nation

Ann Killion, sports columnist, San Francisco Chronicle

A close view of a man drinking a dark brown beer.

One in eight American adults suffers from alcoholism, according to a study published in the medical journal JAMA Psychiatry this month. The study found that rates of high-risk drinking and alcohol use disorder have increased substantially since 2001 and constitute a public health crisis. We discuss what may be driving Americans to drink more, what treatments are most effective and who’s most at risk.


Bridget Grant, senior epidemiologist, National Institute on Alcohol and Alcoholism; study author

Anna Lembke, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford University Medical Center

Bruce Lee Livingston, executive director and CEO, Alcohol Justice

Colorful murals and a woman carrying groceries in Balmy Alley in San Francisco.

In her new book “The Heart of the Mission: Latino Art and Politics in San Francisco,” Cary Cordova explores a cultural renaissance that started in the Mission District in the late 1960s and continued through the ‘90s. The art, then as now, mixed with politics often. Early iterations of the now-popular Día de los Muertos procession mourned victims of AIDS and wars in Central America. A popular 1974 mural critiqued its own corporate sponsor, while other muralists worked with the Black Panthers. Cordova joins us to discuss the book, and how the Mission of today is responding to the rise of the tech industry, a shortage of affordable housing and rapid gentrification.


Cary Cordova, author, “The Heart of the Mission: Latino Art and Politics in San Francisco”

A row of demonstrators hold hands across a freeway as police look on.

One person died and at least 19 others were injured after violence at a rally of white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday. James Alex Fields Jr., 20, was arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder and other charges after driving his car into a crowd of counter-protesters. Authorities identified 32-year-old paralegal Heather Heyer as the woman killed in the attack. President Trump condemned the hatred and violence “on many sides” but faced heavy criticism for failing to strongly denounce white supremacy by name. Demonstrators marched in Oakland and San Francisco over the weekend to protest the violence and the president’s response. We’ll talk about the incident, the white supremacist movement and how the Bay Area is reacting.


Eva Paterson, president and co-founder, Equal Justice Society

Peter Simi, professor of Sociology, Chapman University,  author, “American Swastika: Inside the White Power Movement’s Hidden Spaces of Hate”

Sahil Kapur, national political reporter, Bloomberg News

Bert Johnson, contributor, KQED News


The author Margaret Wilkerson Sexton is an African-American woman with dark hair and glasses.

In her new novel “A Kind of Freedom,” Bay Area author Margaret Wilkerson Sexton explores the three-generation long descent into poverty of an upper middle class black family in New Orleans. Sexton joins us in studio to discuss her novel, the importance of her New Orleans roots and how her career as a lawyer informs her writing.


Margaret Wilkerson Sexton, author, “A Kind of Freedom”

Judge Abby Abinanti

Imagine a courtroom where the judge is someone who grew up with your parents and who sits down at the table to talk with you like a longtime friend. That’s the approach Judge Abby Abinanti takes when she rules on cases for the Yurok Tribe in Northern California. Abinanti and Claudette White, who is the chief judge for the Quechan Tribe in Southern California, are the focus of a new documentary, “Tribal Justice.” The film examines the two judges’ use of restorative justice in their courtrooms. We talk to Judge Abinanti and filmmaker Anne Makepeace.

Anne Makepeace,
filmmaker, “Tribal Justice”
Abby Abinanti, chief judge, the Yurok Tribal Court; retired commissioner, San Francisco Superior Court

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