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Lindy West isn’t shy about speaking out on difficult subjects. A popular blogger, West has written frankly on topics ranging from her own abortion to why she couldn’t wait to be “a fat bride.” West brings the same candor to her first book “Shrill: Notes From a Loud Woman.” We’ll talk to West about her book, the role popular culture plays in feminist politics and taking the power back from internet trolls.

Three years before the Stonewall riots in New York, there was a much lesser known uprising for LGBT rights in San Francisco. In one of the first known acts of collective transgender resistance in the United States, transgender customers at Compton’s Cafeteria in the Tenderloin district fought back against police harassment and arrests. This summer marks 50 years since the riots. Forum talks to the makers of “Screaming Queens,” an Emmy-winning documentary that introduces viewers to the drag entertainers, community activists and police officers of 1960’s San Francisco and examines the role the Compton Cafeteria riots played in launching the LGBT movement.

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California wildlife has been offering a lot of surprises lately. Humpback whales have been wowing onlookers along the San Francisco Bay with their spectacular leaps. Several gray wolves have been seen along the Oregon border and California’s only known wild wolverine was spotted in the Tahoe National Forest. Naturalist and adventure travel guide Michael Ellis joins Forum to talk about natural happenings, local and global. Ellis is just back from from Brazil’s Pantanal where he saw elusive jaguars and endangered giant river otters. He’ll also share stories of his recent travels in Tanzania, Bhutan and Ecuador.

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On Tuesday, Twitter banned Breitbart tech editor Milo Yiannopoulos from its platform in response to an ongoing barrage of racist and sexist comments directed against “Ghostbusters” star Leslie Jones. In a statement, Twitter said, “No one deserves to be subjected to targeted abuse online, and our rules prohibit inciting or engaging in the targeted abuse or harassment of others.” Yiannopoulos, who gained notoriety when he wrote in defense of gamers during the Gamergate controversy, accused Twitter of waging a culture war that he claimed would infringe on free speech and conservative voices.

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In Wake Of Shootings, Facebook Struggles To Define Hate Speech (NPR.org)



Between 2014-15 and 2015-16 the number of California public school students diagnosed with autism went up by seven percent, according to the most recent data from the state’s Department of Education. The increase means that more than one in every sixty-five kindergartners in California has an autism diagnosis. We’ll talk about how families and schools are dealing with the growing numbers of autistic students.

Jessi Klein won an Emmy in 2015 for her work as the head writer of the popular comedy show “Inside Amy Schumer.” But while everyone else fled to the glamorous Emmy after-parties, Klein found herself backstage, pumping breast milk for her newborn. Her memoir “You’ll Grow Out Of It” looks at the challenges women face juggling family, work and social conventions and her struggles growing up as an awkward tomboy.

Do you wonder why you keep dating people who can’t commit? Or whether you should admit your affair to your spouse? Or whether you should stick with that dead end job or pursue life as an artist? These are dilemmas that Heather Havrilesky constantly ponders in her advice column, “Ask Polly” for New York Magazine. The columnist isn’t shy about dishing out tough medicine or admitting her own flaws as a mother. She talks about her new book, “How To Be A Person in the World: Ask Polly’s Guide Through the Paradoxes of Modern Life.”

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The killing of three law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge on Sunday set a somber mood at the first day of the Republican convention, which focused on public safety and national security. House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate leader Mitch McConnell, Trump family members and various celebrities are among those expected to speak. But missing will be other leading Republicans, who have decided to skip the meeting, highlighting some tensions within the party. We’ll preview the 2016 GOP convention.

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Three law enforcement officers were shot dead in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Sunday, with three more injured. The gunman, identified as Gavin Long, was subsequently shot dead by police. The murders come just weeks after an African-American man, Alton Sterling, was killed by Baton Rouge police and after the July 7 killings of 5 police officers in Dallas. We’ll open the phone lines to get listeners’ reactions to the latest deadly shooting, the violence of the past several weeks and rising racial tension across the country.

Zio Ziegler’s tribal-pattern murals of giant humans, tigers and dragons have been splashed across many different surfaces, from the sides of buildings in the Tenderloin to the offices of Facebook. One journalist likened his murals to “tattooing the skin of San Francisco” with “contemporary urban cave art.” But Ziegler, a Mill Valley artist who often paints while listening to books on tape, says murals are just one of many forms of storytelling for him. He joins us to talk about his latest projects, including one with SFJAZZ, his book “Collaborate with Zio” and why he’s so heavily influenced by hieroglyphics and authors like William Gaddis and Don DeLillo.


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Mural by Zio Ziegler (Courtesy of Zio Ziegler)
Mural by Zio Ziegler (Courtesy of Zio Ziegler)
Mural by Zio Ziegler (Courtesy of Zio Ziegler.)

Sarah Shourd knows firsthand what it’s like to live in a prison cell. She spent 410 days in isolation in an Iranian prison, after she and two fellow Americans were detained while hiking along the Iranian border in 2009. Her play, “The Box,” looks at the impact of life inside four walls, and features firsthand perspectives from immigrants, children, and prisoners sentenced to life in jail. We discuss the play and the effects of solitary confinement.

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Inside ‘The Box’: New Play Explores Life in Solitary (KQED Arts)

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