Previously on Forum

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

a man wearing a tie yells at a man at a desk

Robert Sutton specializes in dealing with difficult people. Specifically, working with them–or around them. In “The Asshole Survival Guide: How to Deal with People Who Treat You Like Dirt,” his sequel to the bestselling “The No Asshole Rule,” Sutton provides tips on how to outsmart bullies and how to stifle one’s “inner jackass.” The Stanford professor of management science and engineering joins us in studio.

Robert Sutton,
professor of management science and engineering, Stanford; author, “The Asshole Survival Guide: How to Deal With People Who Treat You Like Dirt” and “Good Boss, Bad Boss: How to Be the Best and Learn from the Worst”

Katy Tur is the author of "Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History."

When NBC News and MSNBC correspondent Katy Tur was assigned to cover the Trump presidential campaign, her editors assured her it would be short-term–no more than six weeks. Forty states and a year and a half later, Donald Trump was elected president. Now, Tur has published “Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History,” replete with campaign trail gossip and stories of being singled out by Trump at campaign rallies. Tur joins us in studio to discuss her experiences trailing Trump, today’s media landscape and the latest political news.

Katy Tur,
correspondent, NBC News; Anchor, MSNBC Live; author, “Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History”

Supporters of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) hold signs during an event on health care September 13, 2017 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Sen. Sanders held an event to introduce the Medicare for All Act of 2017.

On Wednesday, Senator Bernie Sanders presented his “Medicare for All” bill to promote single-payer health care. We’ll discuss Sanders’ bill, the arguments for and against the single-payer system and the plausibility of it ever coming to fruition in the United States. We’ll also discuss the larger topic of health care markets with medical doctor and Kaiser Health News editor Elisabeth Rosenthal.


Elisabeth Rosenthal, medical doctor and editor-in-chief, Kaiser Health News; author of “An American Sickness: How Healthcare became Big Business and How You Can Take it Back”

More Information:

Here’s What’s in Bernie Sanders’ ‘Medicare For All’ Bill (NPR)

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