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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.

a building on fire in Oakland

Last month, a massive four-alarm fire in Oakland consumed a building under construction near Lake Merritt, displacing nearly 700 residents. That blaze comes less year than a year after the deadly Ghost Ship fire, which killed 36 people. According to an investigation by the East Bay Times, of the 879 buildings flagged as unsafe since 2011, Oakland’s Bureau of Fire Prevention only followed up on 183 — only 21 percent. In this segment, Forum talks with Pulitzer-Prize-winning reporter Thomas Peele about why so many Oakland buildings remain unchecked.

Thomas Peele,
investigative reporter, Bay Area News Group

More Information:
‘Huge failure’: 80 Percent of Oakland Firefighter Warnings of Unsafe Buildings Go Unchecked (Mercury News)

man sitting infront of computer

Responding to email, preparing for that meeting, tidying up the kitchen. Why is it tasks like those are often put aside for things like watching tv and surfing the internet? Bay Area psychologist Mary Lamia joins us to discuss her new book, “What Motivates Getting Things Done: Procrastination, Emotions, Success.” We’ll talk to Lamia about why people procrastinate, what emotions are at play when they do, and how to improve productivity.


Mary Lamia, Clinical Psychologist in private practice, author, What Motivates Getting Things Done: Procrastination, Emotions and Success

A painting with swirling images in black, white, yellow and green.

The Transatlantic slave trade and the Jim Crow era made deep and irreversible marks in American history. But despite the segregation and racial barriers of those times, African Americans with little or no formal training produced a wide range of musical traditions and visual art. A new exhibit at the de Young Museum titled “Revelations: Art from the African American South” presents work from contemporary African American artists inspired by this cultural heritage. 


Timothy Anglin Burgard, curator of American Art, de Young Museum

Belva Davis, vice president, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco Board of Trustees, former host, This Week in Northern California

Some Examples from the Show:

"Noah's Ark" a piece of art made from found wood, nails and paint, 18.75 x 68.75 x 14.5. inches.
Ralph Griffin (1952-1992), “Noah’s Ark,” ca. 1980. Found wood, nails, paint, 18.75 x 68.75 x 14.5 in.Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, museum purchase, American Art Trust Fund, and gift of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation from the William S. Arnett Collection. Artwork: © Estate of Ralph Griffin. (Photo: Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco)
Installation view of “Revelations: Art from the African American South” at the de Young museum. (Photo: Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco)
Installation view of “Revelations: Art from the African American South” at the de Young museum. (Photo: Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco)

Google doled out hundreds of thousands of dollars to researchers who wrote papers supporting the company’s market dominance, the Wall Street Journal reported last week. The Silicon Valley company funded about 100 papers directly, and another 100 indirectly through Google-funded organizations. Not all of the researchers disclosed Google’s sponsorship, and some sent advance copies to Google before publishing. Brody Mullins of the Wall Street Journal joins us to discuss the story.


Brody Mullins,  investigative reporter, Wall Street Journal

Ryan Calo, law professor, University of Washington

A police officer stands with a police dog next to a BART train in Oakland, Calif.

BART Police Chief Carlos Rojas said at a press conference on Thursday that crime on BART trains, and in the stations, is on the rise. Rojas added that he will investigate ways to improve the system’s crime reporting. The statement comes after critics, including some BART board members, said the agency’s new system for reporting crime data is less transparent. Crime levels on BART have been under scrutiny after robberies where groups of youths swarmed trains and stole cell phones from passengers.

BART Crime: How Much Should The Agency Be Telling Us? (KQED News)


Dan Brekke, editor and reporter, KQED

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