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Tommy Caldwell

In 2015, Tommy Caldwell and his climbing partner Kevin Jorgeson made history when they completed the first continuous free climb of the Dawn Wall face of El Capitan in Yosemite. Outside Magazine dubbed the granite face “arguably the most difficult ascent in the history of rock climbing,” and one reporter likened the feat to climbing plate glass. In his new memoir, “The Push,” Caldwell talks about growing up small and uncoordinated, how his dad helped shape him into an extreme athlete, and how he was once kidnapped by armed rebels.

Marvin Mutch served 41 years in prison for a murder he was convicted of when he was 19 years old.

In 1975, when he was 19 years old, Marvin Mutch was convicted of murder. He didn’t leave prison until 41 years later. It took the efforts of students working on a wrongful conviction project and a series of lawyers to finally win his release. A new KQED News documentary, “The Trials of Marvin Mutch,” looks at the circumstantial evidence that landed Mutch behind bars, his life in prison and what his case reveals about the parole system. Co-producers and reporters Adam Grossberg and Alex Emslie join us to talk about the film and what Marvin’s life is like now that he’s free.

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A jail cell

A 14-year-old held in juvenile hall for fours days for poking a caregiver with a candy cane. A youth who spent the night in jail for clinging to a staff member’s leg and not letting go. According to a new San Francisco Chronicle investigation, in 2015 and 2016 California’s foster youth shelters funneled hundreds of children into the criminal justice system for minor incidents that rarely caused serious injury. We discuss the investigation, and the prevalence and effects of the shelters’ reliance on law enforcement in dealing with troubled youth.

Read the Series at SFChronicle.com

Guests:
Karen de Sá, investigative reporter, San Francisco Chronicle

Climate change denialism, the anti-vaccine movement and the spread of fake news are all symptoms of a growing problem: America’s distrust of experts. That’s according to author and Naval War College professor Tom Nichols. He’ll join us-in studio to talk about his new book, “The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters.”

Guests:
Tom Nichols, author, “The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters”; professor of national security affairs, U.S. Naval War College

Gideaon Rachman poses for a portrait.

The surging economic power of China and other Asian nations, coupled with the West’s diminishing influence, is redefining the world order, according to Financial Times commentator Gideon Rachman. He sees events like Brexit and the election of Donald Trump as signs that the West is adapting to — as opposed to shaping — the global economy. Rachman joins us to talk about America’s loosening grip on world affairs and his book “Easternization: Asia’s Rise and America’s Decline From Obama to Trump and Beyond.” We’ll also talk to Rachman about current U.S. economic and foreign policy as President Trump embarks on his first overseas trip.

a man bends over in pain

The cost of treating back pain in the U.S. exceeds $100 billion each year — and a good chunk of that money gets spent on worthless treatments. That’s according to journalist and investigative reporter Cathryn Jakobson Ramin, who suffers from chronic back pain herself. Ramin’s new book, “Crooked,” pulls back the curtain on the back pain industry and provides strategies for navigating the plethora of treatment options. What questions do you have?

Cathryn Jakobson Ramin’s Website (mentioned on-air)

When filmmaker Mira Nair shot “Monsoon Wedding,” she didn’t realize the 2001 movie about an Indian family preparing to celebrate an arranged marriage would become a cult classic. Nair has turned the film into a musical, currently playing at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre. The director, whose credits include “Mississippi Masala,” “The Namesake” and “Queen of Katwe” joins us to talk about her career and her decision to re-imagine “Monsoon Wedding” for the stage.

Hundreds gather for a Black Lives rally outside Los Angeles Police Department headquarters on July 12, 2016 in Los Angeles, California, where people demonstrated following recent police shootings in the US of civilians amid concerns of frayed relations between police and minority communities.

Zeynep Tufekci has been studying and participating in global social movements for more than a decade. Nowadays, she says, a tweet can unleash a global awareness campaign, and a Facebook post can mobilize millions. But, she argues, the political achievements of many modern social movements, such as Occupy, are not proportional to the energy and crowds they inspired. Tufekci, a ‘techno-sociologist’ and author of the new book “Twitter and Tear Gas,” joins us to talk about networked social movements and why some fail where others succeed.

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller III testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee during a oversight hearing on Capitol Hill December 14, 2011 in Washington, DC.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Wednesday announced that the Department of Justice has named former FBI director Robert Mueller special counsel for its investigation into Russian election tampering. The announcement comes amid controversy over President Trump’s firing of FBI director James Comey, who according to the New York Times, wrote a memo stating that Trump asked him to shut down the investigation into former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn’s Russia ties. Mueller, who served as FBI chief from 2001 to 2013, is “authorized to prosecute federal crimes” arising from the Russia probe, according to the DOJ order. We bring you the latest updates and take your legal questions.

Guests:
Emily Bazelon, staff Writer, New York Times Magazine; co-host, Slate Political Gabfest

David Alan Sklansky, professor of law and co-director of the Stanford Criminal Justice Center, Stanford Law School

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