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Hana Baba and Leila Day host "The Stoop" podcast.

Hana Baba and Leila Day are journalists in the Bay Area who often found themselves in the newsroom chatting about their black identities: Baba is Sudanese American and Day is African American. They’ve turned those conversations into a podcast called “The Stoop,” which explores the discussions black people have about what “it means to be black, and how we talk about blackness.” Baba and Day join us to discuss their project and the conversations that spurred it: everything from being told they “sound white” to whether wearing traditional African prints constitutes style or cultural appropriation.

Leila Day, co-producer and co-host, “The Stoop”
Hana Baba, co-producer and co-host, “The Stoop”

Proponents of net neutrality protest against Federal Communication Commission Chairman Ajit Pai outside the American Enterprise Institute before his arrival May 5, 2017 in Washington, DC.

The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to repeal net neutrality rules which regulate internet service providers. The Obama Administration rules barred broadband providers from blocking websites or charging for certain content or services. The Republican-led commission voted along party lines in the face of widespread protest and criticism. We’ll talk about what the repeal could mean for consumers and technology companies.

Anna Eshoo, U.S. Representative for California’s 18th congressional district
April Glaser, technology writer, Slate
Brian Fung, technology reporter, Washington Post
Chris Kelly, chairman, Fandor; former general counsel of Facebook

Nestled in San Francisco’s Mission District is Dandelion Chocolate, a small batch chocolate factory started by a couple of friends with a passion for the craft. Now, they’re bringing their bean-to-bar ethos to the home cook. Their new cookbook describes the process of sourcing, roasting, and grinding your own beans and features a few recipes for what to do with the chocolate once you’re done.  We’ll dive into the world of home chocolate making and taste the fruits of Dandelion’s labor.

Todd Masonis, co-founder and CEO, Dandelion Chocolate
Greg D’Alesandre, co-owner, vice-president of research and development, Dandelion Chocolate

A video board displays the closing numbers after the closing bell of the Dow Industrial Average at the New York Stock Exchange on December 6, 2017 in New York.

Donald Trump’s election was met with projections of gloom and doom from many market analysts. The conventional wisdom was that Trump’s anti-immigration and protectionist policies could trigger a global recession. But the stock market has defied predictions, soaring almost 25 percent since the presidential election. In this hour’s we’ll talk about what is behind this rapid rise…and whether we are due for a major correction.


  • Kenneth Jeffrey Marshall, teaches value investing at Stanford and asset management at UC Berkeley, author of “Good Stocks Cheap: Value Investing with Confidence for a Lifetime of Stock Market Outperformance”
  • Kate Warne, Investment Strategist, Edward Jones Investments

Republican leaders Wednesday reached a compromise deal for a sweeping tax overhaul. Under the plan, the corporate tax rate would get lowered to 21 percent and the top tax rate for individuals reduced to 37 percent. David Wessel, director of the Hutchins Center at the Brookings Institution, joins us to discuss the latest version and take your questions.

San Francisco City Hall

San Franciscans woke up Tuesday morning to stunning news: the passing of Mayor Ed Lee. But, as the city mourns, it also faces two mayoral races in under two years and the possibility of a profound change in city politics. We’ll take a look at the contenders for the seat, with the filing deadline for the June special election just weeks away. And, from housing to tech, for good or ill, Ed Lee made his mark on this city — how will his signature policies fare under a new administration?

After an intense campaign Alabama voters elected democrat Doug Jones in yesterday’s special election.  This is the first time a democrat has been elected to statewide office in more than two  decades and the win is being hailed by democrats as bell weather for 2018.  We’ll get the latest from the ground in Alabama and dive into the political implications of this vote…


  • Sean Walsh, GOP political consultant, Principal at Wilson Walsh George Ross
  • Clara Jeffery, editor in chief, Mother Jones
  • Leada Gore, Reporter, Alabama Media Group
  • Michael McBride, lead pastor, The Way Christian Center

Kristin Smith (center) reads with her two daughters, six-year-old Juliana Smith (left) and four-year-old Gabriella Smith (right) in the kindergarden classroom at Sankofa Academy in Oakland, California.

Oakland’s school board is set to vote Wednesday on a proposal to cut $9 million from the district budget. Oakland’s new school superintendent says the mid-year cuts are a result of years of financial mismanagement and overspending. Forum talks about how the cuts would affect Oakland’s already financially strapped schools, what caused the budget crisis, and what it would take for Oakland schools to recover.

Oakland Unified Proposing $9 Million in Midyear Budget Cuts to Schools (KQED News)

When author Joyce Maynard met Jim, a successful Bay Area lawyer, they fell in love, got married, planted olive trees, and went on long bike rides. Then Jim was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and less than three years after their wedding, he died. Maynard joins us to talk about “The Best of Us: A Memoir,” a reflection on how she got through the pain of final heartbreak.

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee died early Tuesday morning after he collapsed at a Safeway Monday night. The 65 year old former civil rights attorney was the city’s first Asian American Mayor. Board of supervisors President London Breed is now acting mayor. We discuss the life and legacy of Mayor Lee.


  • Scott Shafer, senior editor for KQED’s California Politics and Government desk
  • Jason McDaniel, assistant professor of political science, San Francisco State University
  • Michael Yaki, former San Francisco supervisor, and co-founder of the Run Ed Run campaign in support of Mayor Lee’s 2011 campaign
  • Jean Quan, former mayor, City of Oakland
  • Gordon Chin, former Director of San Francisco’s Chinatown Community Development Center
  • Mark Farrell, supervisor for District 2, City and County of San Francisco

A man with a cap and glasses.

Andy Weir self-published “The Martian” on his personal website in 2011. A publisher snapped up the rights, and his pet project made it to the New York Times best-seller list and went on to become an Oscar-nominated film. His new book “Artemis” looks at a fictional colony on the moon, where a female, black-market smuggler embarks on hijinks and adventure. Weir joins us to talk about “Artemis,” researching space exploration and his life since “The Martian” launched him to fame.


Andy Weir, author, “Artemis”

Minnesota Senator Al Franken’s resignation announcement is just the latest fallout from the multitude of sexual misconduct allegations leveled against powerful men in recent months. Forum talks with a panel of feminists about what this moment means for women. Does the increasing recognition of widespread harassment signal a more enlightened age, or are we veering toward a destructive backlash?

The San Francisco NAACP is calling on city officials to declare a state of emergency over the the achievement gap between black and white students. Seventy-four percent of African American students failed to meet 2016-17 state assessment standards in at least one subject area, according to the district. In this hour, we’ll talk with new San Francisco Superintendent Vincent Matthews about efforts to address the achievement gap. We’ll also hear about his plans for the district, and a proposed double-digit salary raise for the city’s teachers.


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