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An arial view of the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at UC Davis.

Last month UC Davis celebrated the opening of the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art on its campus. The 50,000 square foot museum features pieces by Wayne Thiebaud, Manuel Neri and Ruth Horsting, among others. One of the museum’s premier exhibits, “Out Our Way,” showcases works by the first artists hired to teach at UC Davis in the 1960s. We’ll hear how a school known for its agricultural sciences came to house one of the newest visual arts collections in Northern California and what the museum hopes to accomplish with its first exhibitions.

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Fireworks fill the night sky above Oceti Sakowin Camp as activists celebrate after learning an easement had been denied for the Dakota Access Pipeline near the edge of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation on December 4, 2016 outside Cannon Ball, North Dakota.

In a win for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and environmental activists, the federal government on Sunday denied a permit that would have allowed completion of the last 1,100 feet of a 1,200 mile oil pipeline across the Midwest. The stretch in question, which the tribe says would contaminate their water supply and disturb sacred sites, would cross a Missouri River reservoir. The decision to deny the permit has come under fire from supporters who say the pipeline is a key energy project. President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team reiterated on Monday that it supports the pipeline, raising serious questions about how long the decision will stand.

The inside of a warehouse where a fire claimed the lives of at least thirty-six people is seen on December 5, 2016 in Oakland, California.

A candlelight vigil was held at Lake Merritt in Oakland Monday night for the victims of the fire at the Ghost Ship warehouse art collective in East Oakland. Thirty-six people are confirmed dead so far. In this hour, we remember the victims of the fire, talk about Oakland’s underground arts community and take calls from those affected by the blaze. If you have loved ones who are missing or who died in the fire, or if you attended events at the Ghost Ship and have memories to share, we’d like to hear from you.

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Firefighters and police at the scene of an overnight fire that claimed the lives of at least 33 people at a warehouse in the Fruitvale neighborhood on December 3, 2016 in Oakland, California. The warehouse was hosting an electronic music party.

A blaze tore through a two-story converted warehouse in Oakland’s Fruitvale neighborhood on Friday night, claiming the lives of at least 36 people attending a late night party there. The warehouse, known as the “Ghost Ship,” was home to a community of artists and had been under investigation for a range of permit and safety violations. We’ll bring you the latest updates on the tragedy and discuss its impact on the Bay Area art scene.

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Daniel Levitin

Facebook came under fire last month when critics claimed that fake news circulating on its site may have tipped the election in favor of Donald Trump. But neuroscientist Daniel Levitin says it’s easy to fall for falsehoods because our brains are hard wired to cling to past beliefs, even in the face of overwhelming proof to the contrary. “We can reform the way we think, but we have to want to,” he said. In his new book, “A Field Guide to Lies,” Levitin talks about the crucial role of critical thinking and seeking out the truth in today’s media landscape.

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C.W. Nevius

San Francisco Chronicle columnist C.W. Nevius is leaving the paper after 36 years of entertaining, informing and sometimes infuriating Bay Area residents. Forty years ago, Nevius left a career as an English teacher to cover high school sports for a small Colorado paper. He later landed at the Chronicle, first as a sports writer and then as a columnist who was a frequent irritant to San Francisco’s progressive politicians and activists for his stances on the homeless and other issues. We’ll talk to Nevius about his career, leaving journalism and what it’s like for a guy who would be considered liberal in most cities, to be thought of as San Francisco’s staunch conservative.

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders

As the Democratic Party faces an uncertain future following November’s election, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders may be the party’s best hope for regaining prominence. The longest serving Independent in congressional history, many are looking to Sanders to play a crucial role in holding President-elect Trump accountable. Bernie’s new book, “Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In” looks back on his presidential campaign and provides a blueprint for a new progressive agenda.

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President-elect Donald Trump jokes with the press before his meeting with Bob Woodson, president of the Center for Neighborhood Enterprise, at Trump International Golf Club, November 19, 2016 in Bedminster Township, New Jersey.

In the past week, president-elect Donald Trump has tweeted that anyone who burned a U.S. flag should, perhaps, be stripped of citizenship or thrown in jail. He also tweeted that millions of people voted illegally in the recent election, which is not true. Both tweets received lots of news coverage but Trump’s comments have also stirred a debate: Should news outlets cover everything the President-elect tweets, even if it is untrue? Is this an unprecedented era where the old journalism rule book doesn’t apply? Forum discusses the multiple approaches news outlets are taking to covering the President-elect and his relationship with the press.

Articles Mentioned on Air
We Can’t Afford to Ignore Donald Trump’s Tweets (Dahlia Lithwick’s piece for Slate)

A More Detailed Guide to Dealing with Trump’s Lies (James Fallows’ article for The Atlantic)

Trump has Already Defeated the News Media. And It’s Unclear What We Can Do About It. (Paul Waldman’s article for The Washington Post)

Andy Cohen attends the 15th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Benefit on November 2, 2016 in New York City.

Andy Cohen is used to drama. Before he hosted his own Bravo TV show, he produced the “Real Housewives” reality series where he managed mascara-streaked meltdowns on and off camera. In his latest book, “Superficial,” he turns the lens on himself, sharing his diary entries about loneliness and his search for a relationship. The host of “Watch What Happens Live” gives us the scoop on the behind-the-scenes drama of reality TV and his own offscreen life.

The US Supreme Court Building is seen in this March 31, 2012 photo on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

The Supreme Court is hearing arguments Wednesday over whether immigrants can be detained indefinitely while awaiting deportation hearings. Approximately 400,000 people a year are detained by federal immigration officials, some for more than a year, while fighting their deportations. The American Civil Liberties Union says that’s unconstitutional and filed a class action lawsuit requiring bond hearings to be held within six months. The case is being watched especially close because the outcome could limit President-elect Trump’s immigration policy.

An exterior of the state capitol is shown on January 5, 2006 in Sacramento, California.

California Democrats have regained a supermajority in both houses of the state legislature with Fullerton Democrat Josh Newman winning the 29th Senate District late Monday. Newman’s win gives Democrats control of 27 of the state’s 40 senate districts. Though some political analysts say that a supermajority is overrated, it could in theory make it easier for Democrats to raise taxes, override a governor’s veto or place measures on the ballot. Democrats last held a supermajority in the California legislature in 2012.


The American Enlightenment is often viewed as a singular era bursting with new ideas as the U.S. sought to assert itself as a new republic free of the British monarchy. In her book, “American Enlightenments: Pursuing Happiness in the Age of Reason,”Stanford historian Caroline Winterer says the myth and romanticization of an American Enlightenment was invented during the Cold War to calm fears about totalitarianism overseas. We talk to Winterer about her theory and hear her thoughts on what she views as America’s multiple periods of enlightenments in fields ranging from farming to religion.

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