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Cases of syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia reached a 20-year high in California in 2015, according to a report released Tuesday by the state health department. The report, which came on the heels of newly released CDC data tracking rising STD rates nationally, found the highest rates of infection among young people aged 15-24, African-Americans and men who have sex with men. Health officials attribute the rise in STDs to declining condom use and lack of access to clinics and testing. We discuss what can be done to reduce the STD rate in California and nationwide.

Steve Young

Bay Area football fans remember Steve Young as the Hall of Fame quarterback who led the San Francisco 49ers to a Super Bowl victory in 1995, throwing a record-setting six touchdown passes. Young was the most valuable player of that game, and of the season. But less well known are Young’s struggles with anxiety, which he writes about in his new memoir “QB: My Life Behind the Spiral.” Young joins us in the studio to talk about his life in football, his Mormon faith, and the concussion that ended his career at age 37.


With 17 propositions on the state ballot this year, California voters have plenty to research. So it’s no surprise that they might not be familiar with the candidates for superior court judges or know whether they want to retain an incumbent judge. In this hour, Forum talks about how California elects its judges and what voters can do to become better informed about judicial candidates. We’ll also examine the question of whether the state would be better off with an appointment system.

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Judging by its popularity with presidential candidates, pop stars and journalists, Twitter seems to be alive and well. But according to a recent Bloomberg report, the San Francisco-based company is preparing to layoff several hundred employees as soon as this week after failing to find a buyer. In this hour of Forum, we’ll discuss the future of the company, which is set to release its earnings on Thursday morning.

In this photograph illustration a ten-year-old boy uses an Apple Ipad tablet computer on November 29, 2011 in Knutsford, United Kingdom.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has updated its recommendations for children’s use of digital media. The new guidelines relax the earlier recommendation that kids under 2 shouldn’t have any exposure to TV or computer screens. The new guidelines recommend avoiding media for children under 18 months, after which it can be introduced in small doses with a lot of parental oversight. Forum discusses the impact of screen time on kids.

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High tech network hub with blue patch cables

On Friday a massive cyberattack shut down dozens of major web sites including Twitter, Spotify and SoundCloud.  The Department of Homeland Security is still investigating who may be responsible. Security experts say the attackers used a network of easy-to-hack, internet-connected devices like home security cameras, smart TVs and refrigerators to overwhelm Dyn, one of the biggest internet management companies in the country. Forum discusses the security challenges raised by the ubiquity of smart devices found in our homes and what consumers and companies can do to protect themselves.

Chancellor Timothy P. White poses for a portrait.

Half of bachelor’s degree recipients in California come out of the California State University system, but the state is projected to be short 1.1 million college graduates by 2025. One problem is completion rates: 57% of its freshmen take six years to graduate. In September, the CSU launched an initiative to improve those rates. We talk with Chancellor Timothy White, who oversees 23 campuses and 475,000 students, about those goals and the future of the system.

Tom Hayden poses before signing copies of his book, 'Ending The War in Iraq' at Book Soup June 24, 2007 in Los Angeles, California.

Activist Tom Hayden died Sunday night in Santa Monica of complications from a stroke he suffered a year and a half ago. Hayden was a civil rights advocate who rode with the Freedom Riders in the South during the 60s. He became most famous as an anti-war activist and founder of Students for a Democratic Society, and for his marriage to actress Jane Fonda. Hayden was very active in California politics serving in the California Assembly and Senate and mounting a failed bid for the Governor’s office. Joining us to remember Tom Hayden is Todd Gitlin, Professor of Journalism and Sociology at Columbia University. Gitlin succeeded Hayden as president of Students for a Democratic Society.

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A man dressed up as Uncle Sam on Super Tuesday.

Although they may not be voting in it, people outside America are keeping a close eye on who becomes our next president. In this hour, we talk with foreign journalists about how the election is being perceived outside the U.S. and what impact our next president might have on foreign policy, human rights, trade and other policies of particular interest to the international community.

an illustration of a red elephant and a blue donkey butting heads

Discussing politics with friends and family always has the potential to be awkward, but this political season, it can feel absolutely treacherous. In this hour, we want to hear how the election is affecting your relationships — have you sworn not to discuss politics with certain friends? Have you had to delete family members from your Facebook feed? We’ve gathered a panel to share their stories and offer advice on how to handle political differences in personal relationships.

David Adjaye poses for a portrait.

British-Ghanaian architect David Adjaye has designed buildings and structures all over the world. His recent work, the new National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C., is a long-awaited monument whose design itself brims with historic import. Adjaye has also been tapped to transform San Francisco’s Hunters Point Naval Shipyard. We’ll speak to Adjaye about his designs, past and present, and on becoming the “starchitect” of his time.

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