August 29, 2016: City Visions Host Ethan Elkind explores the pros and cons of legalizing the recreational use of marijuana in California. Prop 64 is on the ballot this November and California voters will need to decide. What can we learn from Washington, Oregon and Colorado? Who will reap the benefits of legalization? What are the downsides? Join the conversation this Monday night at 7 pm.
August 1st, 2016: Recent police shootings of Black men have sparked outrage and a national movement against police brutality. Despite women playing a dominant role in the leadership of Black Lives Matter, police violence against Black women has largely been ignored.
July 18, 2016: How can a summer experience change a young person's life? Guest host Anne Harper explores this topic with a panel of speakers who know first hand how the right summer program can change the trajectory of someone's life, from Hunter's Point to Harvard Business School.
The Oakland Police Department remains in upheaval following reports that at least 14 officers sexually exploited a minor and the sudden resignation of three department chiefs in June. City Visions host Joseph Pace and guests discuss the cultural issues underlying the scandal and what's next for the department.
-John Burris, lead partner, John L. Burris Law Offices; specializes in civil rights and police misconduct cases
On June 20, 2016: San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee has proposed a budget for the new fiscal year, which starts on July 1. At a staggering $9.6 billion, it is equal to that of the entire state of Arizona and $2 billion more than the annual budget of Afghanistan.
Hundreds of thousands of people have registered to vote in California's Presidential primary on Tuesday, June 7. Will voters turn out? What impact could California have on the Presidential race? What effect will new voters have on state and local races and other measures on the ballot? City Visions host Ethan Elkind and guests cover California's Presidential Primary Election.
What will it take to reduce the country's prison population -- now numbering 2.3 million? Monday on City Visions host Joseph Pace and guests discuss the bipartisan #cut50 initiative, which aims to shrink the number of Americans behind bars by 50% in 10 years. We'll also look at the progress California has made under realignment and Prop 47 in keeping its inmate population down, and what more needs to be done.
Host Joseph Pace interviews Julie Lythcott-Haims about her new book, How to Raise an Adult. As the Stanford University Dean of Freshmen, Julie spent over a decade encountering helicopter parents and an alarming number of students who were poorly equipped to handle the demands of adult life. How do we ensure that the next generation can take charge of their own lives?
Guest: Julie Lythcott-Haims, author of How to Raise an Adult
City Visions host Joseph Pace interviews former FDA Commissioner and New York Times best-selling author, Dr. David Kessler. For decades, Dr. Kessler has studied the question of why people lose control when it comes to tobacco, food, and drugs. In his new book, Capture: Unraveling the Mystery of Mental Suffering, he identifies the one underlying mechanism of a broad range of human suffering. This phenomenon - capture - is the process by which our attention is hijacked and our brains are commandeered. Why does this happen and what can we do about it?
April 18, 2016: Nearly 50 years after In re Gault, the landmark Supreme Court case that gave youth accused of crimes the same due process rights as adults, City Visions examines the current state of California's juvenile justice system.
City Visions: Host Joseph Pace examines the tensions between free speech and University of California anti-discrimination policies.
Last month, the UC Regents approved a document condemning "anti-Semitic forms" of anti-Zionism. Does a document like this effectively curb free speech, or is it a necessary check against discrimination? What is happening on UC campuses to make the Regents feel this mostly symbolic gesture is necessary?
The shooting of Mario Woods in the Bayview by police officers in December embroiled San Franciscans in the conversation about police confrontations with people of color that has been carried out in cities across the nation over the last year.
City Visions explores new ways Bay Area high schools are addressing teen anxiety and depression, following student suicides in several local communities. Host Joseph Pace and guests look at teen suicide risk factors, new school-based mental health interventions, and the impact of the culture of success on kids' lives.
January 11, 2016: City Visions guest host Anne Harper and her panel of experts explore whether California is doing enough to protect its dwindling groundwater supplies from the toxic chemicals used in fracking and drilling for oil and gas.
On this show, City Visions turns to San Francisco's "sick poor" and to Laguna Honda hospital, one of the last almshouses in the country. Host Joseph Pace sits down with former Laguna Honda doctor Victoria Sweet to discuss her book God's Hotel. Her book struck a chord with doctors, nurses, and patients hungry for a more personal approach to the business of health care.
December 14, 2015. These are tough times for fishermen in California. Unsafe toxin levels have postponed Dungeness crab season indefinitely, and state officials warn that the winter-run Chinook salmon is on the brink of extinction. Host Joseph Pace speaks with guests about these issues and explores whether global warming is to blame and what can be done to address them.
Last November California voters passed Proposition 47, which downgraded some non-violent offenses from felonies to misdemeanors. Supporters say the measure has reduced incarceration and will save the state more than $150 million. But critics say it has caused crime to rise in some cities.