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San Francisco-based Aaron Davidman was 25 years old when he first visited Israel in 1992. The experience resonated deeply with him, he says, as a progressive American Jew trying to wrap his head around the Israeli- Palestinian conflict. That struggle was the basis of his 2014 play “Wrestling Jerusalem,” a one-man show starring Davidman as 17 different characters from various sides of the conflict. The play, which Davidman wrote, was recently turned into a film and premieres this month at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival.

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A California wildfire has scorched over 23,000 acres and continues to spread in the mountains along the northern end of the Big Sur coast. The Soberanes fire has destroyed 20 homes and forced the evacuation of 300 people so far, according to CAL FIRE. We’ll get the latest on the blaze and check in with some experts on what’s being done to contain it.

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Smoke From Big Sur Fire Prompts 3rd Straight Spare the Air Alert (KQED News)


Public hearings began Tuesday on Governor Jerry Brown’s $14.9 billion proposal to construct two 35 -mile tunnels below the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Supporters say the project, officially named “California WaterFix,” will stabilize water delivery across the state. But opponents argue the tunnels are too costly and will harm the estuary. We’ll get an update on the controversial project.

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The Oakland City Council will vote Tuesday on whether to put the establishment of a police oversight commission on the November ballot. The measure comes in response to a number of scandals within the Oakland Police Department, the most recent being the handling of a sexual misconduct case involving several officers and the teenage daughter of a police dispatcher. Supporters say that the proposed panel will have strong oversight powers, but some argue that last-minute changes made to the ballot measure have weakened the commission’s independence. We’ll discuss the proposal and its likelihood of passing. But first, we’ll check in with KQED’s reporters at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.


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Federal Monitor: Police Crisis Could Be Most Trying Time in OPD’s History (KQED News)

VIDEO: Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf Defends Handling of Police Scandals  (KQED Newsroom)

Ursus arctos horribilis, the grizzly bear, roamed California in large numbers until the early 1900s, when Gold Rush settlers decimated the population. Now, an environmental group is circulating a petition asking California’s Fish and Game Commission to study the feasibility of reintroducing the bear into remote parts of the Sierra Nevadas. We’ll discuss what the proposed return of the grizzly bear could mean for the state’s ecology and for its residents. We’ll also hear from experts about the history and current status of the endangered animal, which can run as fast as 35 miles per hour despite weighing over 400 pounds.

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After a major leak of Democratic National Committee emails raised questions about the party’s impartiality in the primary election, DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz said on Sunday that she would resign following this week’s party convention in Philadelphia. The leak comes at a bad time for Hillary Clinton, who is set to become the first female presidential nominee of a major party but who hopes to win over supporters of her primary rival Bernie Sanders. Some progressives were already unhappy with Clinton’s pick of Virginia Senator Tim Kaine as a running mate, which she announced on Friday. In this hour, we’ll discuss the ongoing fallout from the DNC leak, analyze the Kaine pick, and preview the convention.

People often see negotiating as an adversarial process, says Stanford Business professor Margaret Ann Neale. But that’s wrong, she says. In her new book, “Getting (More of) What You Want,” Neale suggests that the best negotiators focus on problem solving and building relationships. She joins us in-studio to offer strategies for negotiating in the workplace and at home, whether it’s getting a raise, selling a company or just figuring out who should put the kids to bed.

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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.

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Pump Up the Volume: With ‘Shrill,’ Lindy West Drowns Out the Trolls (KQED Arts)

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)



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