From Steve Bannon’s departure to President Trump’s Monday evening announcement about the war in Afghanistan, there’s a lot of news coming out of Washington. And things haven’t been quiet in Sacramento either: With the state legislature back in session, California’s GOP Assembly leader Chad Mayes is facing a bid to oust him after he supported Democratic climate legislation. In this hour of Forum, we discuss the latest political news, from Sacramento to D.C.
Callum Borchers, politics and media reporter, the Washington Post Marisa Lagos, reporter, KQED’s California Politics and Government Desk Jon Fasman, Washington correspondent, The Economist
If you compulsively refresh your news feeds, check your Facebook likes or maintain Snapstreaks, it’s probably not your fault. According to design ethicist Tristan Harris, today’s smartphones and apps are deliberately designed to interrupt your thoughts, redirect your attention and keep you scrolling for as long as possible. Harris joins Forum to talk about how a handful of tech companies are steering the thoughts of billions, and how consumers can liberate themselves from their phones.
As part of Forum’s series featuring Bay Area members of Congress, Jared Huffman, who represents California’s 2nd district along the northern coast, joins us in-studio to discuss his legislative priorities, the latest news from Washington and what’s next for the Affordable Care Act. We’ll also hear about the former environmental lawyer’s legislative proposals involving climate regulation and public land protections.
Southern California Congressman Adam Schiff joins Forum to discuss the fallout over President Trump’s response to last weekend’s violence in Charlottesville and talk about the latest news out of Capitol Hill. We’ll also ask the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee about the ongoing investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Adam Schiff, Congressman representing California’s 28th District
The far right-wing group Patriot Prayer hopes to stage a rally at San Francisco’s Crissy Field on August 26, an event that is expected to draw armed sympathizers and white supremacists. Fearing violence, state and city lawmakers have called on on the National Park Service to rescind the group’s permit. We discuss how San Francisco and other cities are preparing for rallies by far right wing and white nationalist groups, and how citizens, civil rights groups and counterprosters are planning to respond.
Seth Brysk, central pacific regional director, Anti-Defamation League Jim Dudley, retired deputy chief of patrol, San Francisco Police Department; co-host of “Policing Matters” podcast John Sepulvado, host, The California Report Karissa Lewis, executive director, Center for Third World Organizing; member of the BlackOUT Collective and Black Lives Matter
When Pendarvis Harshaw was growing up in Oakland, he and his friends looked up to the “OGs” – the older black men known as “original gangstas.” He started asking them, “What advice do you have for young black men like me?” Harshaw would walk up to anyone who caught his eye – domino players, businessmen, shoe shiners – and get their advice on everything from women to education. Harshaw gathered all that wisdom in a website and book, “OG Told Me.” Harshaw joins us in the studio to talk about the project and share what he learned.
Chef Daniel Patterson and perfumer Mandy Aftel join us to talk about “The Art of Flavor,” their new book that explains how ingredients can be manipulated to create tastes that are greater than the sum of their parts. The book outlines four basic rules that drive flavor and “seven dials” that can be tweaked for fine-tuning. From roasted carrots with curry and lime to chocolate pots de creme with ginger and rose-cardamom, Patterson and Aftel share their secrets to enhancing flavor and creating new dishes.
Mandy Aftel, perfumer and owner of Aftelier Perfumes; co-author, “The Art of Flavor”; author, “Fragrant: The Secret Life of Scent”
Daniel Patterson, chef and owner, Coi; co-author of “The Art of Flavor”
With democratic supermajorities in both wings of the state legislature, California has strengthened its role as a leader in progressive policy, pushing back against the Trump administration on issues like immigration and climate change. But a hotly-contested election for the chair of California’s Democratic Party has led to infighting between longtime California democrats and a more progressive, Bernie Sanders-influenced wing. In this hour of Forum, we look at divisions within the state’s Democratic Party and explore how it might reflect a schism at the national level.
Marisa Lagos, reporter, KQED’s California Politics and Government Desk Katie Merrill, partner, BaughmanMerrill Christine Pelosi, chair, California Democratic Party Women’s Caucus
The New York Times reports that the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, has been taking “extraordinary measures to conceal his actions” as he quietly works to roll back Obama-era regulations. According to EPA employees who requested anonymity, Pruitt’s team asked employees not to keep records of changes they were ordered to make on a water quality rule and have removed over 1,900 agency webpages on items like climate change. The New York Times’ Eric Lipton joins us to discuss his reporting and the current state of the EPA.
President Trump on Tuesday defended his delayed response to last weekend’s violence in Charlottesville, Virginia and said that there was culpability on both sides. We discuss the President’s latest controversial remarks.
Ron Elving, senior editor and correspondent on the Washington desk, NPR
Rashad Robinson, executive director, Color of Change
Technology entrepreneur Garrett Johnson has called Silicon Valley a “liberal echo chamber.” His organization, Lincoln Network, was set up to promote conservative and libertarian values in the tech sector. As part of our “First Person” series, we’ll talk to him about his efforts to bridge the political divides in the industry. And we’ll get his take on Google’s controversial firing of an employee for his comments on women in tech.
Garrett Johnson, co-founder and executive director, Lincoln Network
Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick made headlines last August when he refused to stand for the national anthem during a preseason game. His gesture, he later explained, was an act of protest against police violence and the oppression of people of color. A year later, preseason games have begun, and Kaepernick is out of work. NFL officials say he’s unsigned because he’s not good enough or wants too much money. But supporters within and outside of the sports world say that Kaepernick would have a job but for his acts of protest. We’ll discuss why the NFL has sidelined Kaepernick and the role of protest in sport.
Dave Zirin, sports editor, The Nation
Ann Killion, sports columnist, San Francisco Chronicle
One in eight American adults suffers from alcoholism, according to a study published in the medical journal JAMA Psychiatry this month. The study found that rates of high-risk drinking and alcohol use disorder have increased substantially since 2001 and constitute a public health crisis. We discuss what may be driving Americans to drink more, what treatments are most effective and who’s most at risk.
Bridget Grant, senior epidemiologist, National Institute on Alcohol and Alcoholism; study author
Anna Lembke, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford University Medical Center
Bruce Lee Livingston, executive director and CEO, Alcohol Justice
In her new book “The Heart of the Mission: Latino Art and Politics in San Francisco,” Cary Cordova explores a cultural renaissance that started in the Mission District in the late 1960s and continued through the ‘90s. The art, then as now, mixed with politics often. Early iterations of the now-popular Día de los Muertos procession mourned victims of AIDS and wars in Central America. A popular 1974 mural critiqued its own corporate sponsor, while other muralists worked with the Black Panthers. Cordova joins us to discuss the book, and how the Mission of today is responding to the rise of the tech industry, a shortage of affordable housing and rapid gentrification.
Cary Cordova, author, “The Heart of the Mission: Latino Art and Politics in San Francisco”