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  • 57 minutes 41 seconds
    What Is The Carbon Cost of Our Digital Lives?

    The internet produces about a billion tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year, roughly the same as the aviation industry, according to one recent study. Every time you click a photo, like a post, or get an e-mail and it’s backed up in the cloud, it’s stored in a data center – a massive facility filled with thousands of computer servers. And these data centers are projected to double their energy consumption by 2026 as companies such as Google and Microsoft invest heavily in AI. We discuss our digital carbon footprint and whether we can make a difference.


    Andrew R. Chow, correspondent, Time; author of the forthcoming book "Cryptomania"

    Jonathan Koomey, Ph.D., researcher and scientist, Koomey Analytics; author of 'Turning Numbers into Knowledge: Mastering the Art of Problem Solving' and 'Solving Climate Change: A Guide for Learners and Leaders'

    Danny Cullenward, climate economist and lawyer focused on the design and implementation of scientifically grounded climate policy

    Malcolm Hawker, head of data strategy, Profisee

    11 July 2024, 7:14 pm
  • 57 minutes 53 seconds
    Environmentalists, Public Health Advocates Worry about Ability to Regulate Industry after Supreme Court’s Decision Overturning Chevron

    In one of many historic cases this term, the Supreme Court overturned the Chevron doctrine, which gave deference to federal agencies to interpret the laws they administer. Writing in dissent, Justice Elena Kagan, wrote that the Court’s decision would be a “massive shock to the legal system.” But what does this mean for the average citizen? Legal analysts predict that it could help big industry challenge regulations governing clean air and water or rules around how to bring drugs safely to market. We’ll talk to experts about this tectonic shift in the legal landscape and its consequences.


    Abigail Dillen, president, Earthjustice

    Rory Little, professor of constitutional law, UC School of Law, San Francisco

    Reshma Ramachandran, assistant professor, Yale School of Medicine; co-director, Yale Collaboration for Regulatory Rigor, Integrity and Transparency

    11 July 2024, 7:06 pm
  • 57 minutes 44 seconds
    On SongWriter Podcast, Musicians Transform Stories Into Songs

    Great songs capture our imaginations and reveal truths about the human experience, transmuting stories into sound. Ben Arthur explores this alchemy on his podcast SongWriter. Each episode, Arthur challenges a musician to compose one original song based on the writing of literary greats like George Saunders, Neil Gaiman and Joyce Carol Oates. Arthur and two California-based songwriters – Mexican-American singer Diana Gameros, and Hector Flores of the band Las Cafeteras – join us to talk about their creative process and the stories that resonate with them. And we hear from you: What’s a story or song that has inspired you?


    Diana Gameros, Bay Area singer/songwriter originally from Cuidad Juarez, Mexico

    Ben Arthur, singer/songwriter; creator, SongWriter

    Hector Flores, LA based artist; co-founder, "Las Cafeteras" the band

    10 July 2024, 7:13 pm
  • 57 minutes 48 seconds
    Pressure Grows on President Biden to Step Aside

    A defiant Joe Biden said Monday that he’s “firmly committed” to staying in the presidential race. Still, questions about Biden’s age and fitness have put the spotlight on alternatives like Vice President Kamala Harris and others, including California Governor Gavin Newsom. At least half a dozen Democratic lawmakers have called for Biden to step aside, but the party remains divided. If Biden does drop out, what would an open convention look like? We’ll discuss the growing pressure on the president, and the implications for the race.


    Marisa Lagos, politics correspondent, KQED; co-host, KQED's Political Breakdown

    Molly Ball, senior political correspondent, Wall Street Journal

    Richard Hasen, Gary T. Schwartz endowed chair in law, professor of political science, and director of the safeguarding democracy project at UCLA School of Law

    10 July 2024, 7:04 pm
  • 57 minutes 44 seconds
    John Ganz On the Decade that Changed the Republican Party

    According to political writer John Ganz, a sense of “national despair” emerged in the U.S. during the early 1990s due to an economic recession that shrank America’s middle class and a growing cynicism about politics. This despair was exploited by various figures – some well known and some fringe – who would later gain influence within the Republican Party. He connects the current rise of right-wing populism, exemplified by figures like Trump, back to this pivotal period in American history. We talk to Ganz about the rise in right wing populism, both in the US and abroad, and its influence on electoral politics.


    John Ganz, author, "When the Clock Broke: Con Men, Conspiracists, and How America Cracked Up in the Early 1990s"

    9 July 2024, 7:32 pm
  • 57 minutes 50 seconds
    Richmondside Launches to Fill Dearth of Coverage

    Richmond, Calif. is home to more than 115,000 residents and major corporations and refineries, including Chevron. But like many cities, Richmond had been left without a dedicated daily newspaper or consistent, independent news coverage. Now a new local publication, Richmondside, promises to bring residents more news about government, schools, public safety and local businesses. It’s part of Cityside, a journalism nonprofit that also runs Berkeleyside and Oaklandside. The founders spent about a year hearing from residents about the types of news they were missing. We’ll talk with them about their coverage plans and hear from you: What are the Richmond stories you want to read about?


    Tasneem Raja, editor-in-chief, The Oaklandside; former interactive editor, Mother Jones

    Kari Hulac, editor-in-chief, Richmondside; editor, The Hayward Daily Review; features editor, The Oakland Tribune

    Joel Umanzor, city hall reporter, Richmondside

    9 July 2024, 7:28 pm
  • 57 minutes 41 seconds
    Are You Debating Renting or Buying?

    Rising housing costs are pushing more middle-class families in California to rent rather than buy. The average cost of ownership payments for a mid-tier house in California are currently double the cost of renting a similar home. And compared to January 2020, the combined monthly cost of mortgage payments, taxes and homeowners insurance has jumped by 80%, according to the state Legislative Analyst’s Office. Some tenants rent because they can’t afford a down payment, but others prefer the greater flexibility and savings they can get from renting. To meet demand, corporate homebuilders are developing more “build-for-rent” constructions, which is raising concerns for some state lawmakers. This hour on Forum, we’ll ask if the American dream of homeownership is dying in the Golden State. And we’ll hear from you: Are you debating between renting or buying?


    Liam Dillon, statewide housing affordability and neighborhood change reporter, Los Angeles Times

    Erin Baldassari, senior editor of housing affordability, KQED

    Adam Briones, CEO, California Community Builder

    8 July 2024, 7:17 pm
  • 57 minutes 50 seconds
    Your Houseplant is Smarter Than It Looks

    There has been a sweeping reevaluation of animal intelligence over the last decade as we’ve realized that all kinds of organisms are smarter than we thought. A similar movement is occurring in the study of plants. Botanists have been discovering that plants have remarkable abilities to communicate, adapt, behave socially, act on stored memories and trick animals among other intelligent behaviors. We talk with author Zoë Schlanger about her new book, “The Light Eaters: How the Unseen World of Plant Intelligence Offers a New Understanding of Life on Earth”.


    Zoë Schlanger, staff writer, The Atlantic; author, "The Light Eaters: How the Unseen World of Plant Intelligence Offers a New Understanding of Life on Earth"

    8 July 2024, 7:16 pm
  • 57 minutes 40 seconds
    Forum From the Archives: Tiffany Haddish Wants to ‘Curse You With Joy’

    You may know actor and stand-up comedian Tiffany Haddish best for her riotous performance in the 2017 film "Girls Trip." Or for her Emmy Award-winning turn as host of Saturday Night Live...or for her voicework in “The Lego Movie 2” and other animated films. But her successes came hard-won against a backdrop of childhood trauma and mental health challenges. “I know what it feels like to hurt and what it feels like to see other people hurt,” she writes in her new memoir "I Curse You with Joy." We talk to Haddish about her career, her life and what's bringing her joy right now.


    Tiffany Haddish, author, "I Curse You with Joy"; stand-up comedian; actress, "Girls Trip," "Night School," "Nobody's Fool" and more.

    5 July 2024, 7:30 pm
  • 57 minutes 42 seconds
    Forum From the Archives: 'Jazz Hero' Jesse 'Chuy' Varela on the History of Latin Jazz in the Bay Area and Beyond

    Radio host, journalist, musician, and musicologist Jesse “Chuy” Varela has been a treasured fixture of the Bay Area jazz scene for more than 40 years. When the Jazz Journalists Association honored him with their “Jazz Hero” award last year they wrote that “his deep knowledge of Latin American and Caribbean music has nurtured the boundaryless nature of the Bay Area’s scene, in which musicians prominently collaborate across the jazz/Latin jazz divide.” The KCSM program and music director will join us to talk about the history of Latin Jazz, including the Bay Area’s role…and play some of his favorite tunes.


    Jesse "Chuy" Varela, program and music director, KCSM JAZZ 91.1; host, "The Latin Jazz Show” on Sundays at 2 PM

    5 July 2024, 6:30 pm
  • 57 minutes 41 seconds
    Forum From the Archives: Rebecca Boyle on How the Moon ‘Made Us Who We Are’

    Ever since our moon formed roughly 4.6 billion years ago, it has “conduct(ed) the symphony of life on Earth.” That’s according to lifelong moon enthusiast and science journalist Rebecca Boyle, who says that the moon has influenced modern science, reproduction, migration, religious rituals and even possibly the blood in our veins. Boyle’s new book is “Our Moon: How Earth’s Celestial Companion Transformed the Planet, Guided Evolution, and Made Us Who We Are,” and she joins us to talk about how the moon has inspired and guided human history and to share the pleasure of looking up at the night sky.

    4 July 2024, 7:30 pm
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