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A U.S. Army helicopter flies outside of Camp Shorab on a flight to Camp Post on September 11, 2017 at Camp Shorab in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Steve Coll’s new book “Directorate S” illustrates the political actors and motivations of America’s post-9/11 military efforts in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Coll describes muddled combat strategies, diplomatic failures and military miscalculations in what has become the United States’ longest running war. He joins us in the studio to discuss the global implications of the war and whether a military solution is possible.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to the press in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC on February 9, 2018.

In this hour, we’ll get two perspectives on the latest political news. First,  Republican National Committee spokesperson Kayleigh McEnany joins Michael Krasny on the program. Then at 9:30, we will check in with former California Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer.


Kayleigh McEnany, national spokesperson, Republican National Committee; author, “The New American Revolution: The Making of a Populist Movement”

Barbara Boxer, Former Democratic U.S. senator from California


Two people share bread and vegetables over a wooden table.

Healthy foods like yogurt, brown rice and tofu were not always the familiar staples in the American diet that they are today. In his new book “Hippie Food” Jonathan Kauffman provides a narrative history of how the fringe and counterculture movements of the ‘60s and ‘70s made whole foods part of the mainstream. Kauffman chronicles the transition from the preserved and processed products born post-WWII to the modern diet rich in vegetables and grains. And we want to hear from you: Did you grow up eating “hippie foods”? How did they shape your childhood?

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How Carob Traumatized a Generation (The New Yorker)

ichelle Mead, Warning Coordination Meteorologist National Weather Service and Courtney Obergfell, General Forecaster National Weather Service assist Frank Gehrke Chief of the California Cooperative Snow Surveys Program with the second snow survey of the 2018 snow season at Phillips Station in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

More than two months into what’s supposed to be California’s wettest season, the state’s snowpack stands at 27 percent of its historical average, according to the Department of Water Resources. We’ll explore whether the dry conditions may portend another drought. We’ll also discuss the state’s decision to scale back Waterfix, the controversial, multibillion dollar water distribution project in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

Surfers ride waves in front of an oil rig off Huntington Beach, California on July 31, 2015.

On Thursday, the Trump administration will hold its only California public comment hearing on the proposal to vastly expand offshore oil drilling. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says the expansion is needed to cement America’s energy independence. Environmentalists plan to protest at Thursday’s hearing and state officials said Wednesday that they will block transportation of petroleum from any new rigs. We’ll discuss the proposal and California’s reaction.

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San Francisco plans to open supervised drug injection sites this July, becoming the first city in the country to do so. Public health officials estimate 22,000 city residents use intravenous drugs and hope these sanctioned facilities will prevent overdoses and save the city upwards of $3 million in medical costs. Epidemiologist Alex Kral, a member of the Safe Injection Services Task Force, joins us in the studio to discuss the science behind this initiative.

In this photograph illustration a ten-year-old boy uses an Apple Ipad tablet computer on November 29, 2011 in Knutsford, United Kingdom.

As technology increasingly dominates the lives of children, there remains a dearth of conclusive evidence about best practices for parents. Last month, Facebook released Messenger Kids, sparking outrage among child health advocates. Currently, two Apple shareholders are pushing for the company to reprogram the iPhone and iPad to allow for greater parental controls. In “The Art of Screen Time” Anya Kamenetz pieces together scientific research and personal experience to help families navigate their relationships to screens in a digital world. She joins us to discuss the book’s major takeaways.

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Charles Darwin in the year 1859 or 1860.

In his book “Darwin’s Backyard,” James Costa gives readers a new view of Charles Darwin’s experimentation in evolutionary biology. Costa’s book presents a different scientist than the one who famously sailed aboard the Beagle to study wildlife in the Galapagos. Costa instead reveals a Darwin who enlisted his family to help run experiments on everything from potatoes to earthworms. We’ll talk to Costa about his book, about what life looked like in the Darwin country home and how to recreate his backyard experiments.

Mother Isamar holds her baby Saniel, 9 months, at their makeshift home, under reconstruction, after being mostly destroyed by Hurricane Maria in San Isidro, Puerto Rico.

More than four months after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, nearly one-third of the island’s residents lack power and thousands more remain displaced. The hardships persist as its poverty rate exceeds 40 percent and the debt-ridden island struggles to navigate its way out of bankruptcy. We’ll discuss what needs to be done to improve conditions in Puerto Rico and address recent reports of FEMA’s alleged mishandling of contracts during relief efforts.

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Virtual reality (VR) is supposed to fully immerse a user in an alternate reality — a football field, a precarious cliff or an exotic locale. The technology could significantly change everything from teleconferencing to treating phobias. Stanford professor Jeremy Bailenson predicts that within 5 years, VR will be almost indistinguishable from real life. Bailenson joins us to talk about his new book, “Experience on Demand,” and the promises and dangers of an increasingly realistic virtual reality.

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Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on February 5, 2018 in New York City.

The Dow Jones industrial average plunged 666 points on Friday followed by a startling 1,175 point drop on Monday. As international markets follow suit, analysts are wondering if we’re at the beginning of a global economic downturn. Forum dives into what’s behind this latest stock market downturn, how it will affect overall economic health and whether President Trump, who took credit for the economy’s strength, will suffer from its decline.

Fields of carrots are watered near where the California Aqueduct flows through Kern County.

California farmers have long had an uneasy relationship with water, but that hasn’t stopped crops like almonds, grapes and pistachios from spreading across Kern County. Stewart Resnick, a self-described East Coast Jew, turned himself into America’s largest farmer – despite never having driven a tractor in his life. We’ll explore Resnick and the land and water use issues surrounding his farming empire with journalist Mark Arak, who profiled Resnick for February’s issue of California Sunday Magazine.

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A Kingdom from Dust

George Saunders poses for a portrait.

Since placing his first story in the New Yorker in the early 90’s, George Saunders’ collections of short stories and essays have taken home more than a dozen high-profile awards. His first novel, “Lincoln In The Bardo,” a fictionalized account of Abraham Lincoln mourning the death of his young son, won the 2017 Man Booker prize. Saunders joins us to discuss the novel, now out in paperback. We’ll also hear his thoughts on recent calls to remove American authors from Booker Prize eligibility.

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