If Stephen Tobolowsky looks familiar, it’s for good reason. The character actor has appeared on screen countless times, with credits ranging from the HBO comedy series “Silicon Valley” to “Spaceballs.” But his new project, “My Adventures With God” is more personal. The book is series of stories from Tobolowsky’s life that affected his relationship to Judaism. He chases water moccasins as a young boy in Texas, and almost dies while riding horseback on an active volcano. Tobolowsky joins us to talk about his acting career and the events that have shaped his relationship with God.
Voters in France head to the polls Sunday to choose among eleven presidential candidates in a first round of voting. Contenders include François Fillon, a conservative battling embezzlement charges, as well as populists from the far right and far left. If no one wins a majority, the two candidates with the most votes will move on to a run-off election on May 7. We discuss the results and their implications for the future of France and Europe.
On Monday, the winners of the 2017 Goldman Environmental Prize, known as the “Green Nobel,” will be announced in San Francisco. The six winners receive financial support and international attention for their work on behalf of endangered ecosystems, sustainability and environmental justice. We speak to two this of year’s winners about how they’re changing the world.
This Saturday, scientists and their supporters in San Francisco and cities across the country will hold a “March for Science” in response to the Trump administration’s policies on climate change and other issues. The unprecedented action has critics questioning whether scientists should play a role in politics, while supporters argue that scientists must take a strong stance in a time of intense polarization and “alternative facts.” In this hour of Forum, we discuss the upcoming march and hear from local scientists. Tell us what you think: should science and politics mix?
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The Centers for Disease Control estimates that one percent of the global population has autism spectrum disorder. And while events like Autism Awareness Month have raised the disorder’s profile, a Drexel University study found that about 40 percent of young adults with autism are unemployed. But some tech giants like SAP, Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard Enterprise are actively trying to hire employees with autism. In this hour, we’ll look how employers and employees can both benefit from closing the employment gap for those on the autistic spectrum.
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University of California President Janet Napolitano joins us this hour to discuss the UC system’s ongoing efforts to mitigate sexual misconduct by faculty, the possibility of an enrollment cap for out-of-state students and the newly-hired Chancellor of UC Berkeley. We’ll also talk to Napolitano about her recent trip to Mexico to promote academic partnerships. What is your question for the UC president?
“You fight the war with guns, you fight the peace with stories.” That’s from Omar El Akkad’s novel, “American War,” which takes readers 50 years into the future, where the effects of climate change and limited natural resources have caused a second Civil War and split America in two. El Akkad, a longtime journalist who covered Guantanamo Bay, the Arab Spring and the aftermath of Michael Brown’s killing in Ferguson, Missouri, joins us to talk about the novel and how his work as a journalist influences his fiction.
President Donald Trump signed his “Buy American, Hire American” executive order on Tuesday in an effort to prevent companies from choosing low-wage foreign workers over Americans. The order takes aim at the federal government’s H-1B visa program, which is supposed to help businesses hire highly-skilled, temporary workers from other countries. But critics of the program say it undercuts American workers and that most H-1B visas simply go to IT workers. But supporters say the program is vital to the tech industry, and argue that President Trump’s changes could hurt innovation. In this hour, we discuss President Trump’s order and how it could affect Silicon Valley.
Over a decade ago, mathematician Keith Devlin, also known as “The Math Guy” on NPR’s Weekend Edition, set out to research the life and legacy of Leonardo of Pisa, better known as Fibonacci. The Italian mathematician introduced the Hindu-Arabic numeral system and arithmetic to the Western world. “Finding Fibonacci” details Devlin’s journey to revive the long-forgotten mathematician and the people who devoted their lives to understanding his legacy.
Judge Thelton Henderson is retiring this year from his post as a U.S. District Court Judge in Northern California, saying that at 83-years-old he doesn’t have the stamina to do the job like he used to. The federal judge spent decades on the bench and was a staunch defender of civil rights, presiding over high-profile cases focused on abuse in California prisons and conduct within the Oakland Police Department. We’ll discuss Henderson’s career and legacy with Bob Egelko, legal affairs reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle. And we’ll also hear a recent interview guest host Scott Shafer conducted with Henderson in his chambers.
College acceptance letters have gone out and many families are now facing some tough choices. As we approach the deadline for graduating high school seniors to choose their next step, Forum looks at the best strategies for choosing the right school — and common mistakes to avoid.
The San Jose City Council is set to vote Tuesday on new rules that would prohibit landlords from evicting tenants from residential properties without just cause, such as failure to pay rent. Supporters say the rules are needed to prevent retaliatory and arbitrary evictions and to protect renters amid the region’s housing crisis. Landlords say the rules would make it too difficult to evict problematic tenants. If passed, San Jose would join San Francisco, Los Angeles and other California cities that ban so-called no-cause evictions. We take up the debate.