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Franklin E. Zimring poses for a portrait.

An estimated 1,000 Americans are killed by police each year. Of those 1,000 only 600 are armed with a gun, black men are killed at a rate double their proportion of the U.S. population, and only one officer will be convicted of a felony. In his new book “When Police Kill,” Berkeley criminologist Franklin Zimring argues that increasing the conviction rate of police won’t prevent unnecessary killings and that reform efforts should focus on new leadership and placing restrictions on when police shoot. In this hour, we’ll talk with Zimring about his analysis of the use of lethal force and discuss how killings by police can be reduced while still protecting the lives of enforcement officers.

Kevin de Leon, California State Senator, speaks during Day 1 of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 25, 2016.

Kevin de León, President pro tem of the California state Senate, says he’s “lost a lot of sleep” thinking about the impact of Donald Trump’s presidency on the state’s progressive policies. The Los Angeles Democrat pressed the White House Monday for information about recent immigration raids, and introduced legislation last week to stave off what he sees as dangerous rollbacks of federal environmental rules. But some of his legislative priorities have met sharp criticism, including his “California Values Act,” which Republican lawmakers say will turn California into a sanctuary state. Senator de León joins Forum to talk about his agenda for this legislative session.


An artist's rendering of what the surface of the exoplanet TRAPPIST-1f, located in the TRAPPIST-1 system in the constellation Aquarius could look like.

Astronomer Andrew Fraknoi joins us to talk about the latest space news, including NASA’s discovery of seven earth-sized planets orbiting a dwarf star, three of which are in the habitable zone, the area around a parent star where a rocky planet is most likely to have water. We’ll also talk about SpaceX’s plans to send two “space tourists” around the moon in 2018 and other upcoming celestial events.

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President Trump waves to the crowd at CPAC.

From President Trump rescinding federal protections for transgender students to new immigration policies to protests at town halls, this past week was a busy one in politics. In this hour, we’ll discuss the latest political news, including this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference and the election of a new Democratic National Committee chair over the weekend.

A Caltrain train pulls into the Palo Alto station.

Arguing that the South Bay’s transportation system is breaking down, the urban planning think tank SPUR released an ambitious proposal for the region Thursday. In its Caltrain Corridor Vision Plan, SPUR proposes improvements to Highway 101 and calls for Caltrain to quintuple its ridership, expand service into downtown San Francisco and upgrade infrastructure. The SPUR report follows the Trump Administration’s decision last week to suspend $647 million in funds for Caltrain’s electrification, a move the rail agency says will hinder its ability to make needed improvements. We discuss the future of Caltrain.

The Caltrain Corridor Vision Plan (Spur.org)

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrives for a joint press conference with Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray (out of frame) at the Foreign Ministry building in Mexico City on February 23, 2017.

On Thursday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly traveled to Mexico to meet with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto. The visit comes on the heels of rising tensions between the two countries over a border wall that President Trump insists Mexico pay for, a renegotiation of NAFTA and most recently, a tightening of U.S. deportation rules.

Donald Trump speaks during a rally in San Jose, California on June 02, 2016.

President Donald Trump has had a busy first three weeks in office, signing executive orders to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, to construct a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and to ban refugees from seven countries. We’ll talk with Bay Area Trump supporters to get their take on the president’s first few weeks in the White House. We’ll also hear what it’s like to be conservative in a predominantly liberal region.  And we want to hear from you: If you voted for Donald Trump, what grade would you give the president so far and why?

Interim chair of the Democratic National Committee, Donna Brazile delivers remarks on the second day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 26, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

After a bruising defeat in November, the Democratic National Committee heads to Atlanta this week to elect a new chair. It’s a key position: The winner will help rebuild the fractured party in preparation for the 2018 midterm elections. We’ll talk with California-based supporters of the two frontrunners for DNC chair, former labor secretary Tom Perez and Representative Keith Ellison.

Floodwaters surround vehicles on February 22, 2017, in San Jose, California.

After being hit by what’s being called the worst flooding in 100 years, San Jose officials called for the mandatory evacuation of about 14,000 residents on Tuesday and Wednesday. The flooding came after another round of heavy rain on Monday caused Coyote Creek, which runs through the heart of the city, to overflow unexpectedly. Some residents had to be rescued from the floodwaters by boat. City officials say the creek is now stable and no longer rising, and the areas under mandatory evacuation have reduced in size. We’ll bring you the latest on the flooding and discuss why residents in San Jose weren’t warned about the threat sooner.

Rep. Ro Khanna poses for a portrait.

Freshman Rep. Ro Khanna is not wasting any time becoming vocal in D.C. The first-generation American has said that he would risk arrest to help prevent the deportation of undocumented immigrants in his district. And Khanna called Ajit Pai, the new Federal Communications Commission Chairman,”the poster child for everything that’s wrong with Washington” for scaling back a program that helps low-income households access broadband. Khanna joins us to discuss his priorities for California’s 17th District, why he thinks the Democratic Party’s future lies in a Bernie Sanders-style populism and President Trump’s new immigration rules.

Detained immigrants are questioned after being captured by U.S. Border Patrol agents on August 16, 2016 in Roma, Texas.

The Department of Homeland Security issued new rules Tuesday broadly expanding the authority of customs and border agents to detain and deport undocumented immigrants. The rules, which implement executive orders signed by President Trump in January, prioritize removal of immigrants who have committed serious crimes as well as those who have been merely charged with crimes. The rules also prioritize deporting immigrants who have defrauded a government agency or anyone who an immigration officer thinks poses a threat to public safety. The rules also direct Immigration and Customs Enforcement to hire 10,000 more officers and expand detention facilities. We discuss the new rules and their potential impacts.

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