From computer programs that help the blind “see” using sound to the ability to regenerate amputated limbs, new technologies have opened a new world of possibilities for the human body. But as scientists ask how much we can augment, enhance and push the human form, this new world contains a host of ethical issues. Journalist Adam Piore, author of the new book “The Body Builders,” takes us inside pioneering projects of bioengineering and the moral concerns facing the field.
“President Trump has accomplished more in his first 100 days than any other President since Franklin Roosevelt.” That’s according to the White House, which credits the President for rolling back environmental regulations, stepping up immigration enforcement, and taking military action in Syria. But critics counter that the Administration remains enmeshed in controversy and has failed to pass any major legislation. We discuss the President’s actions and agenda so far.
A federal judge ruled in favor of Santa Clara and San Francisco County on Tuesday, temporarily halting President Trump’s executive order to freeze federal funding for sanctuary cities. In a special broadcast from Contra Costa College, situated at the border of Richmond and San Pablo, both sanctuary cities, we’ll discuss the ruling and what it means going forward for the Trump administration, U.S. immigration policy and Bay Area communities.
The Ryse Center’s upcoming production of “Richmond Renaissance” brings to life one of the legendary blues clubs or “juke joints” that thrived in north Richmond during the 1940s. The play explores the cultural scene that grew alongside the shipyards that famously built America’s fleet of WWII Liberty ships. In this segment, we’ll talk to two of the show’s young producers and a historian about the city’s early economic prosperity and rich cultural heritage.
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More than half of the veterans who use their education benefits at a California public school do so at a community college. Enter Contra Costa College’s Veteran Resource Center, which aims to help students navigate the transition from military life to student life. In this hour, we’ll hear from three veterans about the challenges they face at school — everything from accessing their G.I.benefits to bonding with other students to the lingering effects of brain injuries.
A month after the 2016 election, Ezra Levin tweeted out a Google Doc titled “Indivisible: A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda.” Fast forward five months and the document has become a movement, with almost 6,000 Indivisible groups registered across the country. In this hour, we’ll talk to two of the architects behind the guide, Levin and Leah Greenberg, about how their experience as Congressional staffers shaped the document, how it borrows from the Tea Party, and the future of the “Indivisible” movement.
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Award-winning chef, author, and teacher Jacques Pépin has been delighting PBS audiences for decades. He’s now the subject of a new documentary, “Jacques Pépin: The Art of the Craft,” to be broadcast next month as part of PBS’ American Masters series. Pépin joins us to talk about his career and how he has shaped the way America cooks.
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If Stephen Tobolowsky looks familiar, it’s for good reason. The character actor has appeared on screen countless times, with credits ranging from the HBO comedy series “Silicon Valley” to “Spaceballs.” But his new project, “My Adventures With God” is more personal. The book is series of stories from Tobolowsky’s life that affected his relationship to Judaism. He chases water moccasins as a young boy in Texas, and almost dies while riding horseback on an active volcano. Tobolowsky joins us to talk about his acting career and the events that have shaped his relationship with God.
Voters in France head to the polls Sunday to choose among eleven presidential candidates in a first round of voting. Contenders include François Fillon, a conservative battling embezzlement charges, as well as populists from the far right and far left. If no one wins a majority, the two candidates with the most votes will move on to a run-off election on May 7. We discuss the results and their implications for the future of France and Europe.
On Monday, the winners of the 2017 Goldman Environmental Prize, known as the “Green Nobel,” will be announced in San Francisco. The six winners receive financial support and international attention for their work on behalf of endangered ecosystems, sustainability and environmental justice. We speak to two this of year’s winners about how they’re changing the world.