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Fire trucks drive by closed businesses on October 13, 2017 in Calistoga, California.

As firefighters continue to contain the devastating wildfires in Northern California, residents are returning to cities and towns that were under mandatory evacuation. Forum checks in with county officials about opening schools when many students and teachers are now homeless. We’ll also hear about the health concerns of returning to fire-stricken areas.

Guests:
Scott Alonso, spokesperson, Sonoma County
Karen Relucio, public health officer, Napa County
Steve Harrington, superintendent of schools, Sonoma County
Robert Giordano, Sonoma County Sheriff
Terence Mulligan, president, Napa Valley Community Foundation
Tonya Mosley, correspondent, KQED News

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Jennifer Egan poses for a portrait.

Set in the Brooklyn Navy Yard during the Depression and second world war, Jennifer Egan’s new book, “Manhattan Beach,” is a 400-page historical novel, a major departure from her Pulitzer Prize-winning “A Visit from the Goon Squad.” Some critics describe “Manhattan Beach” as a present-day Victorian novel, which thrills Egan who says, “the novel then was so powerful and agile in ways I’m not sure it is now.” She joins us to discuss her new novel, her return to linear storytelling and her Bay Area roots.

Guests:
Jennifer Egan, author, “Manhattan Beach”; won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for “A Visit from the Goon Squad”

Donald Trump speaks.

Forum brings you analysis of the latest national news, including President Trump’s decision to end subsidies that help low-income Americans receive insurance under the Affordable Care Act. We’ll also discuss the President’s announcement on Friday that he will decertify the Iran nuclear deal and new reports that Twitter deleted information related to Russian election interference.

Guests:
Ron Elving, senior editor and correspondent on the Washington desk, NPR
Josh Meyer, senior investigative reporter, Politico
Shannon Pettypiece, White House correspondent, Bloomberg News
Scott Shafer, senior editor, KQED’s California Politics and Government desk

An out of control wildfire approaches Gundlach Bundschu winery on October 9, 2017 in Sonoma, California

We’ll bring you the latest news on the wildfires that have been devastating communities in Sonoma and Napa counties and across Northern California.

Guests:
Bill Dodd, California state senator, district 3
Michael Kodas, deputy director, Center for Environmental Journalism, University of Colorado; author, “Megafire: The Race to Extinguish a Deadly Epidemic of Flame”
Molly Peterson, reporter on assignment, KQED News
Sarah Stierch, Sonoma-based freelance writer

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A firefighter watches smoke billow as flames approach a residential area in Sonoma in California on October 10, 2017. Firefighters battled wildfires in California's wine region on Tuesday as the death toll rose to 15 and thousands were left homeless in neighborhoods reduced to ashes.

In this hour, we’ll bring you the latest news on the wildfires burning across Northern California. We’ll also hear from elected officials about how their respective communities are faring, how they are providing for the North Bay’s most vulnerable populations and what type of support their constituents need.

Guests:
John Garamendi,
U.S. Representative, California’s 3rd district, Former CA Lt. Governor
James Gore, member of the board of supervisors for Sonoma County’s 4th district
Jared Huffman, U.S. Representative, California’s 2nd district
Mike Thompson, U.S. Representative, California’s 5th district

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Homeowner Martha Marquez looks over her burned home in Santa Rosa, California on October 10, 2017.

Losing a home or fleeing from a wildfire can be a traumatic event. And for many people, monitoring news about the North Bay wildfires and keeping track of loved ones is stressful as well. Forum discusses how to recognize the signs of burnout and trauma, methods for taking care of yourself and the mental health services being offered at evacuation centers as wildfires continue to burn.

Guests:
Michael Kennedy,
behavioral health director, Sonoma County Department of Health Services
Alan Siegel, psychologist and associate clinical professor, UC Berkeley
Alexa Stone, mental health clinician, Sonoma County Department of Mental Health

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an aerial view of a burned neighborhood in Santa Rosa, California

Hundreds of people in Sonoma County remained unaccounted for Wednesday as devastating wildfires continued to burn throughout the region. In Santa Rosa, as forecasts predicted high winds late Wednesday, uncontrolled flames threatened homes and businesses and forced evacuations of thousands. The fires have already destroyed entire city neighborhoods, including Coffey Park and Fountaingrove. We’ll discuss the fire’s catastrophic impact on Santa Rosa and its residents.

Guests:
Chris Coursey, mayor, Santa Rosa
Ted Goldberg, morning editor, KQED News 
Gabe Meline, online editor, KQED Arts; Santa Rosa resident
Farida Jhabvala Romero, reporter, KQED News
Tara Scott, program director, Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency

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Homeowner Phil Rush looks at the remains of his home destroyed by wildfire in Santa Rosa, California, on October 11, 2017. Rush said he and his wife and dog escaped with only their medication, a bag of dog food when flames overtook their entire neighborhood on October 9.

Twenty-one fires are now burning in Northern California and authorities worry that high winds on Wednesday night and Thursday morning will further spread destruction. On Wednesday officials issued a mandatory evacuation for Calistoga. Forum brings you an update on the status of the fires in Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino and other Northern California counties affected by the fires and how those communities are coping.

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Ongoing fires in Northern California have destroyed at least 2,000 homes and businesses including one of Napa’s oldest wineries, White Rock Vineyards. The wine industry and tourism provide approximately 100,000 jobs to Sonoma and Napa counties and generate about $13 billion annually for each county, according to 2014 figures. In this segment, we’ll discuss the economic costs of the fires and hear from some of those affected.

Guests:
Robert Eyler,
professor of economics; dean of the School of Extended and International Education, Sonoma State University
Tawnie Logan, board chairperson, Sonoma County Growers Alliance

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A resident goes through personal belongings in a parking lot next to a fire damaged Arby's restaurant on October 9, 2017 in Santa Rosa, California.

At least 15 people are reported dead due to the 16 fires raging across Northern California. The fires have burned over 100,000 acres and over 2,000 homes and structures. In this segment, we talk to a panel of experts about disaster preparedness and tools for communication during an emergency. And we would like to hear from you: what questions do you have about preparing for a disaster?

Guests:
Barry Pilger,
lost his home in the Oakland Hills fires in 1991; served on Citizens Advisory Committee of the Wildfire Prevention Assessment District
Paul Rogers, managing editor, KQED Science
Sarah Reith, reporter, KZYZ
Lise Ann St-Denis, research scientist, University of Colorado, Boulder
Kevin Van Leer, Wildfire Product Manager, RMS

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