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A worker stands on the roof of a home under construction at a new housing development on November 17, 2016 in San Rafael, California.

The Bay Area added thousands of jobs in June, according to a report released last week by the California Employment Development Department. But some economists warn that the region’s job growth could soon stall as high housing prices and weak transportation infrastructure make it hard for companies to recruit the workers they need. We look at current economic trends in the Bay Area and who is — and is not — benefiting from the region’s robust economy.

Chris Thornberg,
founding partner, Beacon Economics
Micah Weinberg, president, Economic Institute at the Bay Area Council

When Bay Area primary care doctor Vanessa Grubbs discovered that her boyfriend wasn’t getting the donated kidney that he desperately needed, she decided to give him one of her own. During the process, Grubbs discovered racial disparities in the way donated kidneys are allocated: Approximately 1 in 3 transplant candidates are African American, but they receive only 1 in 5 of all donated kidneys. Grubbs joins us in studio to tell the story of her journey from kidney donor to, ultimately, kidney doctor. We’ll also hear about the dialysis industry and why critics think it is overly aggressive and in need of further regulation. We’ll also check in with a Washington Post reporter about the latest with the health care debate on Capitol Hill.

Vanessa Grubbs,
associate professor of medicine and a nephrologist, University of California San Francisco; author, “Hundreds of Interlaced Fingers: A Kidney Doctor’s Search for the Perfect Match
Mike DeBonis, congressional reporter, Washington Post

President Donald Trump reacts with Vice President Mike Pence (R) after Republicans abruptly pulled their health care bill from the House floor, in the Oval Office of the White House on March 24, 2017 in Washington, DC

The Washington Post reported last week that White House lawyers were researching President Trump’s pardoning authority in light of the investigation into his campaign’s connections with Russia. Administration officials have downplayed the story, but the issue was clearly on the president’s mind on Saturday. He tweeted that he had “complete power” to grant pardons. How far does the president’s pardoning authority go? Could he, for example, pardon himself? We’ll delve into those legal and political questions in this hour. We’ll also get the latest on the Russia sanctions deal working its way through Congress.

Josh Meyer, senior investigative reporter, Politico
Brian Kalt, professor of law, Michigan State University
Jennifer Epstein, White House reporter, Bloomberg

The gas-powered Valley Generating Station is seen in the San Fernando Valley on March 10, 2017 in Sun Valley, California.

Over 10 years ago, Al Gore starred in the documentary “An Inconvenient Truth,” a fervent call to curb climate change. Now, the former vice president is back with “An Inconvenient Sequel,” which chronicles Gore’s efforts to keep the fight against global warming front and center. Filmmakers Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk join us to talk about the film. And later in the hour, we’ll hear from Al Gore.

Bonni Cohen,
co-director, “An Inconvenient Sequel”
Jon Shenk, co-director & cinematographer, “An Inconvenient Sequel”
Al Gore, former vice president; Nobel Prize Winner; author, “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power”

More Information:
An Inconvenient Sequel website

a summer salad

Zucchini ribbon salads, gazpacho and ice cream tacos … such is the bounty of summer! In this hour we talk with local chefs and food writers about their favorite summer recipes and find out what they serve when the vegetables are abundant and the heat makes cooking unappealing. And we want to hear from you: What cooking challenges do you face during the summer months? What is overtaking your garden that you need to use up? And of course, we welcome your go-to summer recipes.


Elaine Johnson, senior food editor, Sunset Magazine

Nick Balla, chef-owner, Duna; former chef, Bar Tartine

Ellen Fort, editor, Eater SF

Further Reading:

President Donald Trump (C) delivers remarks on health care and Republicans' inability thus far to replace or repeal the Affordable Care Act, during a lunch with members of Congress in the State Dining Room of the White House on July 19, 2017 in Washington, DC. Also in the picture (L to R); Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV), Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK).

It has been a busy week in politics. Bloomberg News reported that Special Investigator Robert Mueller is looking into President Trump’s personal financial dealings — something the President warned would be crossing a “red line” and outside the scope of Mueller’s investigation into Russian election interference. That warning came during an interview with the New York Times in which President Trump also said that we would never have appointed Attorney General Jeff Sessions if he knew Sessions were going to recuse himself from the Russia investigation. Also, after a week where Senate Republicans failed to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the Congressional Budget Office reports that about 32 million people would lose health insurance over the next decade under the Senate’s most recent plan to repeal the ACA. Our round table of reporters and experts discuss the latest news from Capitol Hill.

Jennifer Steinhauer,
congressional reporter, New York Times
Phil Ewing, national security editor, NPR
David Mark, executive editor, Morning Consult

The corner of Haight and Ashbury marks the center of the famous Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco, California, 16 June 2007.

Fifty years ago about 100,000 people came to San Francisco to take part in the musical and cultural revolution known as the Summer of Love. That year brought us familiar and enduring hits like the Beatles’ “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” and the “A Whiter Shade of Pale” by Procul Harum. But what ever happened to songs like “I Was Kaiser Bill’s Batman” by Whistling Jack Smith, which reached number 20 on the Billboard charts? We’ll look back at the musical legacy of the Summer of ’67, including some of the then-popular tunes that have been lost to history.

Further Reading:

Emmanuel Hapsis,
editor and writer, KQED Pop; cohost, The Cooler, KQED’s Pop Culture podcast

Joel Selvin, San Francisco-based music journalist; author, “Altamont: The Rolling Stones, the Hells Angels and the Inside Story of Rock’s Darkest Day”

half burned real estate sign stands on the side of the road during the Detwiler Fire on July 19, 2017 in Mariposa, California.

The Detwiler Fire burning west of Yosemite National Park has forced the evacuation of about 5,000 people and burned over 70,000 acres since it started on Sunday. On Tuesday, Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in Mariposa County. We talk about the fire and efforts to contain it with KQED Central Valley reporter Vanessa Rancano. We’re also joined by “Megafire” author Michael Kodas, who looks at what firefighters and scientists are doing in California and nationwide to prevent and manage wildfires.

Michael Kodas,
deputy director, Center for Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado Boulder
Vanessa Rancano, Central Valley reporter, The California Report

Donald Trump Jr. talks with reporters during the 139th Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House April 17, 2017 in Washington, DC.

The U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee is requesting interviews with Donald Trump Jr. and others involved with President Trump’s campaign about their June 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer who promised to provide damaging information about Hillary Clinton. Media outlets revealed Tuesday that an eighth guest was at the meeting: Ike Kaveladze, an American-based executive at a company run by a Russian real estate oligarch with ties to Vladimir Putin. The meeting also included Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort, and a Russian-American lobbyist, among others. We discuss the revelation of Kaveladze’s presence and its implications for the ongoing investigations into Russian election interference. We’ll also discuss the news that President Trump had a previously undisclosed, private meeting with Putin at the G20 summit in Germany.

Tamara Keith, NPR White House correspondent

Devlin Barrett, The Washington Post national security reporter

Eric Bates, The New Republic editor

Related Articles:
Timeline Of Trump And Russia In Mid-2016: A Series Of Coincidences Or Something More? (NPR)

Trump’s Russian Laundromat (The New Republic)

Jill Tarter has devoted more than 40 years to searching for extraterrestrial life as cofounder of the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute. At a time when women were discouraged from pursuing the sciences, Tarter studied engineering at Cornell and astronomy at UC Berkeley. Tarter joins us in studio, along with journalist Sarah Scoles, who’s new book, “Making Contact: Jill Tarter and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence,” explores the history and science behind Tarter’s on-going search for alien life.

Jill Tarter, former director and current Bernard M. Oliver chair, Center for SETI Research
Sarah Scoles, journalist and author, “Making Contact: Jill Tarter and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence”

Read an Excerpt of “Making Contact” at

Mentioned on Air:
Greetings, E.T. (Please Don’t Murder Us.) (New York Times Magazine)

Cars drive along a damaged street in west Mosul on July 12, 2017, a few days after the government's announcement of the 'liberation' of the embattled city from Islamic State (IS) group fighters

A week after Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared victory in a grueling, nine-month offensive to retake Mosul from ISIS, the city is still reeling. Nearly 900,000 people have been displaced and the UN estimates it will cost more than a billion dollars to repair basic infrastructure. The victory comes without a political agreement between Iraq’s two largest communities: Sunni and Shiite Arabs. Forum discusses Iraq’s fight against ISIS and the future of Mosul.

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