On his seventh day in office, President Donald Trump issued an executive order banning travel from certain Muslim-majority countries. While the order resulted in protests and lawsuits across the country, for Abdi Soltani, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California, the order had another effect. According to Soltani, whose parents are Iranian immigrants, “It joined my life as an Iranian-American with my life as an ACLU director. They coalesced. And they became one.” As the new administration toughens immigration enforcement and cracks down on sanctuary cities, Soltani joins us to talk about the ACLU’s work and his personal story.
Surrounded by coal miners, President Donald Trump signed a broad executive order Tuesday directing federal agencies to revise or withdraw key regulations aimed at restricting greenhouse
gas pollution. The order takes particular aim at the Clean Power Plan, the Obama Administration’s far-reaching set of rules designed to reduce carbon emissions from power plants. Environmental advocates say the order effectively halts federal action on climate change, while coal industry supporters say it will bring back jobs. We discuss the order and its potential impacts.
While death is inevitable, many of us choose not to think about our own mortality or that of our loved ones. This is not true of Frank Ostaseski, cofounder of San Francisco’s Zen Hospice Project, who has accompanied more than 1,000 people through the intimate process of dying. From a bedside vantage point he has listened to countless regrets and revelations, lessons that he passes on in his new book, “The Five Invitations.” Ostaseski joins us in the studio to talk about what death can teach us about living full lives.
NFL owners approved the Oakland Raiders’ move to Las Vegas in a 31-1 vote Monday, ending a years-long effort by the city of Oakland to retain the team. The Raiders will play at the Oakland Coliseum for the 2017 season, and possibly longer, while a 65,000-seat, $1.9 billion stadium to be shared with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas is built. The vote comes just two months after the Golden State Warriors broke ground on a new arena in San Francisco. We discuss what the relocation of both teams means for the Bay Area and how Raiders fans are responding to news of the NFL vote.
When Joe Di Prisco was 10 years old, cops swarmed his relative’s home looking for his father. His dad was a gambler, a bookmaker and an FBI informant, rubbing shoulders with mob associates in a Brooklyn neighborhood reminiscent of ‘Goodfellas.’ But Di Prisco says his father was also a mystery – a man later afflicted with Alzheimer’s whose life Di Prisco pieced together through FBI transcripts. In his latest memoir, ‘The Pope of Brooklyn,’ the Lafayette writer reflects on his father’s narrative and his own parallel path into gambling, drugs and a run-in with the FBI.
In this hour, Forum brings you analysis of all the latest political news. We’ll hear reactions to the last minute decision to pull the vote on the GOP healthcare bill and discuss the state of the House Intelligence Committee’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
The late rapper and actor Tupac Shakur will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April. Tupac recorded his best-known songs for Death Row Records in Los Angeles, but he spent some of his formative years in the Bay Area and continued to claim Oakland after he left the city because, as he put it, “that’s where I got the game at.” Tupac lived in a Marin City public housing complex known as “The Jungle,” attended Tamalpais High School and debuted as a rapper with the Oakland hip-hop group Digital Underground. Before his murder in 1996, Tupac had become one of hip-hop’s most charismatic and controversial figures. His music addressed issues of inequality, police brutality and racism, but also espoused the gangster lifestyle and a personal code of ethics he called “thug life.” In this hour we talk about Tupac’s life and legacy, and his ties to the Bay Area.
A Hong Kong movie star forced to return home to Oakland after a sex scandal. A boy from Mexico reunited with his parents in San Francisco, only to find his family splitting apart. An obedient Korean-American daughter who failed to get into Stanford and fakes her way onto campus. These are the characters in Vanessa Hua’s debut collection of short stories, “Deceit and Other Possibilities,” which centers around the lies people tell themselves and others. The San Francisco Chronicle columnist joins us to talk about her fiction writing and breaking away from stereotypes of first- and second-generation immigrants.
Over 60 percent of people in California jails haven’t been convicted of a crime, but are in custody awaiting trial. That’s led some state lawmakers and civil rights advocacy groups to push for reforms to the state’s bail bonds system. Those pushing for change say that people shouldn’t be detained simply because they can’t afford bail and that the state’s exorbitant bail rates push low-income defendants to accept plea bargains. But bail agents and district attorneys argue that such reforms could destroy a system that ensures people show up for trial and saves taxpayers money. Meanwhile in Santa Clara County, law enforcement has been cracking down on illegal bail bonds operations, where longtime inmates use the promise of cheap bail to funnel incoming inmates to certain bail bonds companies. In this hour of Forum, we discuss the current state of California’s bail system and debate potential reforms.
A new exhibit at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art explores the relationship between two artists who never met: the Bay Area figurative artist Richard Diebenkorn and the French postimpressionist Henri Matisse. Although Diebenkorn was born 50 years after Matisse, he had an enduring fascination with the older painter. Diebenkorn incorporated Matisse’s techniques, style and use of color into his paintings, and often traveled as far as St. Petersburg and Paris to view Matisse’s work. SFMOMA curator Janet Bishop joins us to talk about these two artists and how, side-by-side, their work tells a story of study and inspiration.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes claimed Wednesday that intelligence agencies collected and “widely disseminated” information about members of President Trump’s transition team. In response, Representative Adam Schiff, the Committee’s top Democrat, denounced Nunes for not first sharing the information with other members. Meanwhile, House Republicans remain deadlocked over the GOP bill to replace the Affordable Care Act, and new revelations about the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia surface. We discuss the latest political controversies.
In the latest drama at Uber, company president Jeff Jones announced his resignation this week after only six months on the job. Jones’ departure comes as the San Francisco ride-hailing company grapples with a raft of lawsuits and scandals, including recent sexual harassment allegations. Also this week, Uber announced plans to significantly scale back its planned expansion to Oakland after buying space in the new Warriors arena project at Mission Bay. We’ll discuss what these newest developments mean for the company, the Bay Area and for the tech community.