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Ezekiel Emanuel was one of the architect's of the Affordable Care Act.

As Republican lawmakers conceded defeat Monday in their latest effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act, we’ll talk to one of the law’s architects about how it could be improved. In his new book, “Prescription for the Future,” bioethicist and oncologist Ezekiel Emanuel urges politicians and the health care industry to focus on reducing costs and improving patient care. We’ll talk to Emanuel about what makes an effective medical organization and we’ll find out about his multiple meetings with President Trump.

Ezekiel Emanuel,
bioethicist and oncologist; author, “Prescription for the Future: The Twelve Transformational Practices of Highly Effective Medical Organizations”

Anna Edney, Washington D.C. reporter, Bloomberg News

someone shooting up using a hypodermic needle

San Francisco is home to an estimated 22,500 injection drug users, according to the city’s Department of Public Health. Though many argue that number is inflated, injection drug use is becoming an increasingly visible problem in San Francisco as chronic homelessness rises and rapid development takes over users’ hiding spots. San Francisco Magazine calls the rising heroin and methamphetamine use the city’s “greatest public health crisis since the height of AIDS.” Forum talks with the magazine’s executive editor about its reporting on the injection drug epidemic, what San Francisco can do to address it and the magazines’ special report, “One City, Under the Syringe.”

Gary Kamiya,
executive editor, San Francisco Magazine; author, “Cool Gray City of Love: 49 Views of San Francisco”

Players for the Oakland Raiders and other NFL teams across the country staged protests Sunday in defiance of President Donald Trump, who lashed out Friday against athletes who kneel during the national anthem. The president’s comments were an obvious swipe at former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who refused to stand during the song last year to protest police treatment of minorities. Meanwhile, Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry says that it was “surreal” to find himself the target of a Twitter attack by President Trump on Saturday. Curry had expressed reservations about the team visiting the White House, prompting the president to say he was rescinding the invitation.

Harry Edwards,
professor emeritus of sociology, UC Berkeley; author, “The Revolt of the Black Athlete” cofounder, San Jose State’s Institute for the Study of Sport, Society and Social Change

The final edition of the Oakland Tribune is displayed in a newspaper rack on April 4, 2016 in Oakland, California. After a 142 years, the final edition of of the Oakland Tribune was printed today. The Bay Area News Group's flagship daily will be replaced with the East Bay Times, a consolidation of other Bay Area News Group papers. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Journalist Franklin Foer was ousted as the head of The New Republic when a Facebook co-founder bought the magazine and shifted the focus away from longform journalism. Foer says this is just one of many changes that signal a seismic shift to a media focused on “clickbait” and web traffic. In his new book, “World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech,” Foer digs into the ripple effects of technology on media and journalism. He also explores how Apple, Facebook, and Google spur online addictions, and says the companies’ focus on global networks push us away from individuality and our ability for deep thought and contemplation.

Franklin Foer, staff writer, The Atlantic; former editor of the New Republic; author, “World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech”

the launch of four ballistic missiles by the Korean People's Army (KPA) during a military drill

China and Russia urged caution and restraint as rhetoric between the U.S. and North Korea once again escalated. President Trump called North Korea leader Kim Jong-un “rocket man” in comments to the U.N. General Assembly and later a “madman” in a tweet. For his part, Jong-un called Trump a “dotard” and “mentally deranged.” We’ll get the latest developments on U.S.-North Korea relations and the dangerous war of words

Philip Yun,
executive director and chief operating officer, Ploughshares Fund; former vice president, the Asia Foundation; former senior policy advisor, U.S. State Department
Jeffrey Lewis, scholar, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey; host, Arms Control Wonk podcast

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks to the media following a meeting with Iranian leaders over the Iran nuclear deal on September 20, 2017 in New York City.

In an address to the United Nations last week, President Trump called the 2015 Iran nuclear deal “an embarrassment to the United States,” and over the weekend tweeted that Iran had test launched a ballistic missile. U.S. intelligence officials have since been unable to confirm the launch actually took place, saying that “as far as we can see, it did not happen.” Meanwhile, European diplomats, meeting Monday in Washington, said that the nuclear deal must not be renegotiated, and warned they’d retaliate if the United States tried to penalize European companies doing business with Iran. We discuss the future of the agreement and the status of U.S.-Iran relations.



Abbas Milani, director of Iranian studies, Stanford University; co-director of the Iran Democracy Project at the Hoover Institution
Suzanne Maloney, deputy director of the Foreign Policy program, the Brookings Institution; editor, Markaz,

Senator Lindsey Graham (2nd R), R-SC, stands with Senator Bill Cassidy (L), R-LA, Senator Dean Heller (2nd L), R-NV, and Senator Ron Johnson (R), R-WI, to announce their legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare through block grants on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on September 13, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Sources close to Milo Yiannopoulos say he plans to call off “Free Speech Week” at UC Berkeley, next week’s series of speakers organized by a conservative student-run publication. We get an update from the university.

Then for the rest of the hour: Republicans are making a last push to repeal and replace Obamacare before a congressional deadline at the end of this month. The Graham-Cassidy bill would shift money from states that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act to those that did not. If passed, California would be one of the hardest hit states, potentially losing tens of billions of dollars over the next 10 years. Forum talks about what’s in the bill, what it would mean for California and the politics behind it.

Dan Mogulof, assistant vice chancellor of public affairs, UC Berkeley
April Dembosky,
 health reporter, KQED’s The California Report
Susan Davis, congressional reporter, NPR
Grace Marie Turner, president, Galen Institute
Mark Herbert, California director, Small Business Majority

Caitlin Broknick

When comedian Caitlin Brodnick found out she carried a gene that gave her an 82 percent chance of getting breast cancer, she made the tough decision to “break up” with her breasts. Like actress Angelina Jolie, who also has the BRCA1 genetic mutation, Brodnick underwent a double mastectomy. Brodnick’s book, “Dangerous Boobies: Breaking Up with My Time-Bomb Breasts,” comes out this month. She joins us in studio to talk about her book, her difficult decision to have surgery and life post-mastectomy.

Caitlin Brodnick,
comic and author, “Dangerous Boobies: Breaking Up with My Time-Bomb Breasts”

More Information:
BRCA1 Fact Sheet(

BRCA1 and BRCA2 Genes and Gene Mutations (Susan G. Komen Foundation)

Millions of people are currently feeling the effects of Hurricanes Maria, Irma and Jose. And millions more are vulnerable, according to UC Santa Cruz professor Gary Griggs. He says that approximately 61 million people live in Gulf and South Atlantic coastal communities that are susceptible to hurricanes. Griggs joins us to discuss the recent spate of storms, sea level rise and other threats to coastal communities and environments that he explores in his new book, “Coasts in Crisis.”

Gary Griggs, distinguished professor of earth sciences, UC Santa Cruz; author “Coasts in Crisis: A Global Challenge”

a u-haul truck is parked in the parking lot of an apartment building in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Fifty six percent of California voters surveyed in a UC Berkeley poll say they have considered moving to escape rising housing costs. A quarter of respondents said that they would most likely leave the state if they were to relocate. In this segment, Forum talks about California’s affordability crisis and what it means for the future of the state. And we want to hear from you: have you considered leaving California because of housing costs? Why or why not? And if you have already left, how is life outside the Golden State?

Mark DiCamillo, director, Berkeley Institute for Governmental Studies (IGS) Poll
Jim Wunderman, president and CEO, Bay Area Council

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The Berkeley IGS Poll

a bart train

A $4.4 billion Bay Area transportation plan, which awaits Governor Jerry Brown’s signature, would raise Bay Area bridge tolls by as much as $3. Revenue generated by Senate Bill 595 would go toward a variety of projects, including expanding the fleet of BART trains, a Caltrain extension into downtown San Francisco and a new inspector general position to oversee BART. If approved, the measure will go before Bay Area voters next year. We’ll discuss the plan and we’ll hear about a new Metropolitan Transportation Commission report on the Bay Area’s worst commutes. But first we’ll get an update Tuesday’s 7.1 magnitude earthquake in Mexico City.

Dan Brekke, editor and reporter, KQED News
Mark DeSaulnier, United States Congressman representing California’s 11th district
Timothy Grayson California State Assemblyman representing Assembly District 14
Mike McGuire, California State Senator representing District 2; co-author of Senate Bill 595

Lenora Chu was an American journalist working in Shanghai when she decided to enroll her three-year-old son in China’s state-run public schools. Chinese students have some of the top science and math scores in the world and her son did well academically. But Chu says she also noticed a strict rigor to “teacher knows best” classrooms and troubling signs of obedience. She started to investigate the Chinese education system at all levels and and discovered both admirable and disturbing practices. Chu joins us to talk about her new book, “Little Soldiers: An American Boy, a Chinese School, and a Global Race to Achieve.”

Lenora Chu, author, “Little Soldiers: An American Boy, a Chinese School, and the Global Race to Achieve”

Young fans wait for autographs from Coco Crisp #4 of the Oakland Athletics before the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at the Oakland-Alameda Coliseum on July 22, 2016 in Oakland, California.

The Oakland A’s would like to build their new stadium within walking distance of downtown Oakland, next to Lake Merritt. The A’s say the location, on Peralta Community College District land, is “uniquely Oakland” and well-served by public transportation. The proposal is drawing cheers from many fans after decades of the team trying to move out of the city. But critics of the plan worry the new stadium will destroy existing neighborhoods and affordable housing as well as speed gentrification. Forum talks with A’s president Dave Kaval about the proposed stadium plan and the A’s future in Oakland.

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Dave Kaval,
president, Oakland A’s
Nina Thorsen, producer, KQED News and the California Report
Robert Gammon news editor, East Bay Express

US President Donald Trump listens during a meeting on United Nations Reform at the UN headquarters on September 18, 2017 in New York City. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

For the first time since taking office, President Trump will address the 193-country General Assembly of the United Nations on Tuesday. In comments at the U.N. on Monday, Trump said the organization is too costly and needs to better define its global mission. We’ll discuss Trump’s speech, including what was said about North Korea, the deterioration of democracy in Venezuela, and climate change.

Somini Sengupta,
United Nations bureau chief, New York Times; author, “The End of Karma: Hope and Fury Among India’s Young”
Stewart Patrick, senior fellow and director of the program on International Institutions and Global Governance at the Council on Foreign Relations; author, “The Sovereignty Wars: Reconciling America with the World”
David Rennie Washington bureau chief, The Economist

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