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Mike Birbiglia

Comedian Mike Birbiglia, known to This American Life fans for his stories about sleepwalking and his cat’s showdown with a mouse, brings his one-man-show to the Bay Area. “The New One” is consistent with Birbiglia’s particular brand of comedy, which relies more on smart storytelling than one liners. Birbiglia joins us in studio to talk about his show, returning to the Bay Area and his career in comedy.

Mike Birbiglia,
author, filmmaker; his show “Mike Birbiglia: The New One” is playing at Berkeley Repertory Theatre

Imagine if once you clocked out of work, your next job was trying to find a place to shower and sleep. According to San Francisco’s 2017 Homeless Count and Survey, about 13 percent of San Francisco’s nearly 7,500 homeless people have part- or full-time work. As part of KQED’s weeklong coverage of homelessness in the Bay Area, we talk with homeless individuals who are employed and trying to find stable housing. If you’ve experienced homelessness, please share your insights and experiences.

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Daeshane Moore, four years homeless, works at Civicorps
Rocheall Pierre, two years homeless, works two part-time jobs (caterer & Uber driver)
Dominic Griffin, three months homeless, seeking employment
Kenyatta, 10 years homeless, does on-call work

An illustration of a brain under a microscope.

Despite over $1 billion spent on research in the past decade, Alzheimer’s disease has no known cure. But that may soon change, according to neurologist Dale Bredesen. Recent evidence suggests that a broad-based therapeutic approach including diet, brain stimulation and pharmaceuticals may help halt or even reverse progression of the disease. We’ll discuss Bredesen’s research and his book, “The End of Alzheimer’s.”

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioner Ajit Pai testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee's Privacy, Technology and the Law Subcommittee hearing on 'Examining the Proposed FCC Privacy Rules' on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on May 11, 2016.

On Tuesday, the Federal Communications Commission revealed its plan to fully overturn Obama-era net neutrality rules. The FCC tweeted that this will “remove heavy-handed, utility-style regulation of the Internet.” But critics of the new plan say deregulation will open the door for telecom heavyweights like Comcast, AT&T and Verizon to favor certain websites and charge companies for speedier delivery of their content. We’ll discuss the proposal that will be presented at the FCC commissioners’ meeting in December.

Tony Romm, senior editor of policy and politics, recode
Larry Downes, project director, Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy; author, “Unleashing the Killer App” and “Big Bang Disruption”
Kit Walsh, staff attorney, Electronic Frontier Foundation

Charles Manson died Sunday at the age of 83, 48 years after he masterminded a string of murders that horrified the nation. But at 14, Dianne Lake had a very different take on Manson — she was in love with him and was the youngest member of the Manson family, as his followers were known. Lake joins us to discuss her relationship with Manson, what life was like inside the cult and her new memoir, “Member of the Family.”

Dianne Lake,
co-author with Deborah Herman of “Member of the Family: My Story of Charles Manson, Life Inside His Cult, and the Darkness that Ended the Sixties”

Margaret Vinci, manager of the Seismological Laboratory at California Institute of Technology (Caltech) points to a shake alert user display on a laptop screen, set for a limited release on June 1, 2017 at the Caltech Seismological Laboratory in Pasadena, California, where they addressed the elimination of federal funding for the West Coast Earthquake early Warning system, also known as ShakeAlert, in President Trump's FY2018 budget.

California’s earthquake risk is well-documented. Less known is the significant risk that Salt Lake City, Boston and New York City face, leaving those and other major cities across the U.S. under-prepared for a major tremor. In “Quakeland: On the Road to America’s Next Devastating Earthquake” journalist Kathryn Miles examines the myth that earthquakes are a West Coast phenomenon and discusses how Americans can step up their quake preparedness.

Kathryn Miles,
journalist; author of “Quakeland: On the Road to America’s Next Devastating Earthquake”

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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks about North Korea at a meeting with administration officials on the opioid addiction crisis at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, on August 8, 2017.

On Monday, President Trump officially placed North Korea back on the United State’s list of state sponsors of terrorism. The move reverses President George W. Bush’s 2008 decision to remove North Korea from the list. The Treasury Department also plans to add new sanctions against Pyongyang, bringing U.S. sanctions against North Korea to their highest level ever. In this hour, Forum discusses rising diplomatic tensions between the two countries and President Trump’s efforts to curb North Korea’s nuclear aspirations.

Gordon Chang,
author, “Nuclear Showdown: North Korea Takes On the World”
Sam Yoon, executive director, Council of Korean Americans

Yalom Irvin

Stanford psychotherapist Irvin Yalom has built a career trying to understand the minds of other people. But in his new memoir, he turns the lens on himself. Yalom joins us to talk about his new book “Becoming Myself: A Psychiatrist’s Memoir” and about his groundbreaking work in group psychotherapy.

Irvin Yalom,
professor emeritus of psychiatry, Stanford University; author most recently of “Becoming Myself”

U.S. President Donald Trump prepares to welcome President Klaus Iohannis of Romania to the White House for a 'working visit' June 9, 2017 in Washington, DC.

Forum discusses the latest political news including movement on the Republican tax plans, and the ongoing sexual misconduct scandals rocking Congress.

Kenneth Walsh, Chief White House correspondent, U.S. News & World Report; author, “Ultimate Insiders: White House Photographers and How They Shape History”

Olivia Nuzzi (ISDN: Washington DC)
Title: Washington correspondent, New York Magazine

Indonesian police display a pair of elephant tusks recovered from a recent raid in Aceh Tamiang on November 16, 2017

The Trump administration has reversed an Obama-era ban on importing the heads and tusks of elephants killed in Zimbabwe and Zambia. The  U.S Fish and Wildlife Service says allowing these trophies as part of legal, well-regulated sport hunting will help fund efforts to conserve elephants. But critics say the move could undermine efforts to curb poaching.


Oliver Milman, environment reporter, The Guardian US
Frank Pope, CEO, Save the Elephants

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Janet Napolitano behind a podium.

In a closed-door meeting Thursday, UC regents scolded UC President Janet Napolitano for agreeing to a plan that led to her top aides improperly interfering in a state audit of her office. The officials had interfered by asking UC campuses not to “air dirty laundry” in an audit survey and warned each other to keep communications “off of email.” Napolitano’s approval “reflected poor judgment and set in motion a course of conduct that the Board of Regents finds unacceptable,” chairman George Kieffer said. Also UC Berkeley students are calling for the resignation of UC Regent Norm Pattiz, after a recording surfaced of him asking a female comedian if he could hold her breasts. When asked if he would resign, Pattiz replied, “Not on your life.” We discuss the latest news out of the UC system.


Teresa Watanabe, education reporter, Los Angeles Times

Author Sarah Lacy

Journalist and mother Sarah Lacy says working moms face a number of challenges in the workplace, from lower pay to the so-called “Maternal Wall” that hinders career mobility. “When I had children, I was stunned because I had spent my entire adult life being told that having children would make me distracted and weak and a worse employee.” But she says, her experience as a working mom was much different. In her new book, “The Uterus is a Feature, Not a Bug: The Working Woman’s Guide to Overthrowing the Patriarchy,” she explains how working mothers can regain power in their careers. Lacy also joins us to talk about being targeted by Uber, sexism in the tech industry and navigating the workplace as a woman.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), speaks to reporters about the proposed Senate Republican tax bill, after attending the Senate GOP policy luncheon, at US Capitol on November 14, 2017 in Washington, DC.

Republican members of both chambers of Congress are hustling this week to reach an agreement on a tax plan. But major differences remain between the Senate and House bills, especially the repeal of the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate. We’ll get the latest on Republican efforts to pass a tax plan.

Peter Morici,
professor, Smith School of Business at University of Maryland; former chief economist, U.S. International Trade Commission
Robert Reich, professor at the Goldman School of Public Policy, UC Berkeley
Amanda Becker, congressional correspondent, Reuters

For the past decade Deb Perelman has been cooking meals in the tiny kitchen of her New York apartment and sharing them on her popular blog, The Smitten Kitchen. Pereleman has now published her second cookbook, “Smitten Kitchen Every Day.” We’ll talk to Perelman about squeezing good cooking into busy lives and we’ll get her tips, and take your questions, about what to serve for the holidays.

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