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Californians are still sorting out what this bill means for them. Has the tax code been simplified, as Republicans contend?  Who will be paying less tax?  

 

City Visions: Curbing the cost of prescription drugs

Dec 17, 2017
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Host Joseph Pace and guests explore how California is addressing the price of prescription medicines. 

Keeping the faith: religion in the Bay Area

Dec 11, 2017
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  What is the state of organized religion in the Bay Area?  A pair of 2015 surveys found that Americans increasingly identify as "spiritual but not religious" and that San Francisco is the nation's second most religiously unaffiliated metro area.  

  December 4, 2017:  A discussion of the intersection of pro football, politics, and culture, both in the past and in the present.  

City Visions: State Senator Scott Wiener

Nov 22, 2017

On November 27, 2017: Host Ethan Elkind sits down with State Senator Scott Wiener to discuss the housing crisis, homeless youth, LGBT rights and California's efforts to resist President Trump. Want to know what's going on in Sacramento? Tune in.

Ride-sharing in SF - boon or bust?

Nov 13, 2017

On November 13, 2017

City Visions with host Ethan Elkind discusses the impact of companies like Uber and Lyft on Bay Area traffic and transit. 

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It's been almost a year since Donald Trump was elected president, and on issues from immigration to climate change, California's been putting up a fight. Host Joseph Pace and guests look at how our state has been influencing national law and policy, the limits of resistance, and the future of California's relationship with Washington.

Guests:

 

-Carla Marinucci, California Playbook reporter, Politico; former senior political writer, San Francisco Chronicle

 

"Napa Fire", by Casino Connection, used under CC license/ resized

Host Ethan Elkind and guests discuss rebuilding sustainable, fire-resilient communities in the North Bay.

City Visions: Homelessness experts talk solutions

Oct 23, 2017

  San Francisco spends over $275 million a year on homelessness, but is progress being made?  A walk through San Francisco's streets might suggest our homelessness problem is worse than ever.  

Kristi Boazman

Too many young women experience rape or other forms of sexual assault during college. Can universities do more to prevent this from happening? Once there’s an allegation, can both the rights of the victim and the accused be protected? And when everyone wants students to be safe on campus, why is this issue now so political? Join the conversation as host Joseph Pace and guests explore the problem of sexual assault and the politics of how it is handled on the college campus.

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On October 2, 2017: 

  Did you know that workforce development, pothole repair, tree planting and public toilets all fall under the mantle of San Francisco's Department of Public Works? 

Urban Habitat

While our region is  one of the most diverse in the nation, both data and anecdotal evidence indicate that the area’s extraordinary economic growth in recent years has led to growing inequality. 

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Host Joseph Pace delves into the Mission District’s colorful political, cultural and artistic history with author, professor and San Francisco native, Cary Cordova.

City Visions: Silicon Valley actor Matt Ross

Sep 11, 2017
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  September 11, 2017:  Host Ethan Elkind sits down with actor, director, writer - and Berkeley resident - Matt Ross.

 

Innovations in supporting survivors of violent crime

Aug 28, 2017

August 28, 2017: Survivors of violent crime often suffer from the lingering effects of trauma for the rest of their lives. 

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Since 1991, teen pregnancies have declined by 67% in the United States. However, rates remain higher in the US than in other industrialized nations, and teen pregnancies have significant social and economic repercussions.

This summer, both San Francisco and Oakland welcomed new superintendents.  Both individuals were educated in the district they will now be running.  As leaders of high profile school districts that have had their share of problems in the past, these superintendents are under a great deal of pressure to succeed.  

City Visions: How can we waste less food?

Aug 2, 2017
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August 7, 2017: Did you know that 40% of all food grown in the United States each year winds up in the trash? Why is so much food wasted when nearly 1 in 5 children in California goes to bed hungry? What can we do differently on farms and in restaurants, grocery stores and our own homes to reduce the amount of food wasted? Host Ethan Elkind and guests explore the topic of food waste and what several Bay Area organizations are doing about it. 

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Zeroing in on safe streets - does SF measure up?

Jul 24, 2017

July 24, 2017: 

   San Francisco ranks worst of all California counties for walking injuries related to traffic accidents. 

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Host Ethan Elkind and guests explore the social, ethical and legal implications of the CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing technology.

City Visions: Male brain, female brain

Jul 10, 2017
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Guest host Grace Won explores the difference between the male and female brain, and why this difference matters.  

June 12, 2017: Should San Francisco provide a clean, indoor, medically-supervised facility where drug users can safely and legally inject? 

Vimeo

Is America undergoing a sleep revolution?  Entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley are betting that sleep is the health craze of the moment, investing time and money to develop devices they claim will monitor and improve the quality of our rest.  

The Alcalde

  On June 19, 2017: Each year hundreds of foster care children in California shelters are sent to juvenile hall for offenses as minor as throwing books or blankets. One county shelter called the police an average of 9 times a day last year. Why are kids as young as 8 being arrested for behavioral issues? Joseph Pace and guests delve into the San Francisco Chronicle's excellent investigative reporting on the criminalization of foster care kids in California. 

Guests:

Karen de Sa, Investigative Reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle

"Girls Whispering" by Kevin Shorter, used under CC license / resized and cropped.

 Host Joseph Pace and New York Times best-selling author Deborah Tannen discuss her new book, You’re the Only One I Can Tell: Inside the Language of Women's Friendships.

Does racism persist today because of the bigotry of individuals or hate groups or are racist policies actually embedded in American law? What role have  local, state and federal governments played in promoting segregation and protecting white privilege? Joseph Pace and guests explore the topic of Institutional Racism and how government policies have promoted segregated neighborhoods, schools and communities, and in turn, restricted equal access to education and employment opportunities. 

Guests:

Tabitha Soren


Gen X'ers know Tabitha Soren as the young college student who burst onto the scene in the early days of MTV.  But today, Tabitha spends most of her time looking through the lens of a camera. 

City Visions: Are criminal justice reforms working?

May 8, 2017
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  Host Ethan Elkind moderates a debate on criminal justice reforms in California.  Two bills that would eliminate bail are headed for the state legislature, championed by advocacy groups seeking to reduce incarcerations and to make sentencing laws more flexible and equitable.

City Visions: Are we close to a cure for aging?

Apr 24, 2017
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What if we could end aging and prevent age-related diseases? Joseph Pace and guests explore recent advances in aging and longevity research. 

As the Bay Area grapples with skyrocketing housing costs and choking traffic, what is Governor Jerry Brown and the state government doing to help?  Ethan Elkind is one-on-one with Ken Alex, senior adviser to Governor Brown and head of the state's Office of Planning and Research, the agency that helps set land use policy.  

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