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Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin.

By vote of the City Council last week, Berkeley became the first sanctuary city in the country…for marijuana. The resolution, proposed by Mayor Jesse Arreguin, forbids city employees from assisting in the enforcement of federal cannabis laws. Mayor Arreguin joins us to talk about the resolution and other issues affecting Berkeley, including homelessness and rising rents and home prices. What do you want to ask Mayor Arreguin?

Crowds line up outside the U.S. Supreme Court to attend the day's session on December 4, 2017 in Washington, DC.

The United States Supreme Court will hear arguments Monday in Janus vs. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, a case likely to have major ramifications for California public employee unions. A decision in favor of the challenger would forbid such unions from charging “fair share” fees for workers who don’t want to join but still might benefit from collective bargaining agreements. This would cost California labor organizations thousands of members, millions of dollars and possibly significant political clout. We discuss the implications of Janus vs. AFSCME for California.

A screen shows the countdown to the moment a simulated 7.8 magnitude earthquake hits at the Command Center during a functional exercise for first responders in a simulated earthquake drill on March 21, 2013 at the Office of Emergency Management in Los Angeles, California. This year's exercise featured the California Integrated Seismic Network's Earthquake Early Warning Demonstration System, as seen on screens pictured here.

Despite bipartisan support, the Trump administration slashed funding for the federal earthquake early warning program in its budget proposal last week. The U.S. Geological Survey’s warning system, known as “ShakeAlert,” has been in the works for years, but it’s tens of millions of dollars from completion. We’ll discuss what the loss of funding could mean for earthquake preparedness across the country and in California.

FBI agents are seen behind yellow crime scene tape outside Rancho Tehama Elementary School after a shooting in the morning on November 14, 2017, in Rancho Tehama, California.

After the shooting that killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida last week, Forum discusses measures that schools can take before, and during, a crisis to keep students, teachers and employees safe.


Kenneth Trump, president, National School Safety and Security Services

Franklin Zimring, professor, UC Berkeley School of Law; author, “When Police Kill”

A border patrol car drives past a border fence.

Between 2008 and 2012 Francisco Cantú worked as a border patrol agent in the deserts of New Mexico, Arizona and Texas. “I don’t think you have to become soulless in order to do the work,” he said of the job, “but I do think it is work that endangers the soul.” Cantú describes his experiences in his new book “The Line Becomes a River.” He joins us to talk about the migrants and border agents he met, the rise of human smuggling and how enforcement policies may be reformed.


Francisco Cantú, author, “The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches From the Border”

A damaged mosque, seen from a distance.

Military clashes involving Israel, Syria and Iran earlier this month fell short of drawing those nations into war, but tensions in the region remain high. On Sunday, Iran’s foreign minister said Israel’s “myth of invincibility” was shattered after the Syrian military shot down an Israeli fighter jet. We’ll talk about growing instability in the region, and how Iran’s so-called “axis of resistance” is developing.


Abbas Milani, director of Iranian studies, Stanford University

Carl Anthony and Paloma Pavel of Earth House Center.

Environmental and social justice activist Carl Anthony draws on decades of experience as an architect in his new book, “The Earth, the City, and the Hidden Narrative of Race.” The book, part memoir and part tutorial, grapples with questions of urban democratization and sustainability in the context of shifting social norms and changing environmental realities. Anthony joins us to discuss his life’s work and strategies for enhancing equity in a changing world.

Invited guests watch the film 'Black Panther' in 3D which featuring Oscar-winning Mexico born Kenyan actress Lupita Nyongo during Movie Jabbers Black Panther Cosplay Screening in Nairobi, Kenya, on February 14, 2018.

In a recent article for The New York Times Magazine, Oakland-based writer Carvell Wallace describes the significance of Ryan Coogler’s “Black Panther.” The film depicts the mythical African country of Wakanda and was inspired by ideas of the continent as a place of self-realization for Black Americans. Wallace joins us in the studio to discuss how the film challenges conventional representations of race in the media and why, as he writes, the movie “must also function as a place for multiple generations of black Americans to store some of our most deeply held aspirations.”

Why ‘Black Panther’ Is a Defining Moment for Black America (New York Times)

Betty Reid Soskin poses for a photo.

Betty Reid Soskin’s lectures at Richmond’s Rosie the Riveter Museum have garnered her national attention, including a visit with President Obama in 2015. Soskin’s talks reflect on the oft-overlooked African-American wartime experience and how opportunities for black women have changed throughout her lifetime. Now the 96-year-old has written a memoir, “Sign My Name to Freedom,” documenting her history as a political activist, musician and entrepreneur. A longtime resident of the East Bay, Soskin illustrates how the Bay Area laid the groundwork for the national civil rights movement.

Emily Chang poses for a portrait.

In “Brotopia,” Bloomberg journalist Emily Chang digs deep into Silicon Valley’s boys’ club atmosphere, rife with company sex parties, workplace harassment and elitism. Chang argues that while women have historically made critical contributions to the field of computer science, the technology industry regards them as second-class citizens, at best. She describes an industry that simultaneously prides itself on its progressive politics yet treats women with hostility. We’ll talk to Chang about the implications of this paradox for a world increasingly shaped by the Valley’s inventions.

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