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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
Rightoncrime.com

  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
"Fountain of Youths", by Brandon Chambers, used under CC license / resized and cropped.

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.  

Confronting Tech's Gender Problem

Apr 9, 2017


City Visions host Ethan Elkind speaks with guests about the struggles faced by women in the technology sector.  

City Visions: Why the Summer of Love Matters

Apr 3, 2017

  Fifty years ago this summer, 100,000 young people flooded San Francisco in what was called "The Summer of Love."  Guest host Grace Won revisits this era with those charged with commemorating it.  From psychedelic rock posters, to fringed leather jackets, to the music of local bands like the Grateful Dead, we will cover the art, music, and politics of the counterculture.

Why was San Francisco the epicenter of this countercultural movement?  What is its legacy?

California braces for deep environmental cuts

Mar 27, 2017

March 27, 2017:

The budget proposal released by the Trump Administration earlier this month outlines deep and unprecedented cuts across many federal agencies. At the top of the list is the Environmental Protection Agency, slated for a 31% cut. 

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Joseph Pace and guests explore the San Francisco Chronicle's VisionSF, a program honoring Bay Area leaders in social justice and innovation.

City Visions: California Hate Groups on the Rise

Mar 7, 2017

  On March 13, 2017: In 2016, California acquired the dubious distinction of having the most hate groups of any state in the country.  Hate group activity is clearly on the rise in 2017, with bomb threats against Jewish organizations and white supremacists recruiting on college campuses as never before.  Host Joseph Pace and guests explore what's fueling the rise in hate group activity here in California and across the country. 

Guests:

Seth Brysk, Central West Coast Director of the Anti-Defamation League

Reuters Media


  Host Ethan Elkind and guests discuss the new landscape of immigration under the Trump administration.

City Visions: The Year in Architecture

Feb 27, 2017

  Host Joseph Pace and a panel of experts look at San Francisco's changing urban landscape and the most notable - and most controversial - development projects of 2017.  Are any of these new buildings architecturally significant?  Can architecture be used to help the city's social problems?  And how is all this new construction fitting in with San Francisco's existing architectural ecosystem?

 Ethan Elkind and guests explore America's escalating distrust in the media. How are the economics of journalism, “fake news”, politicians and partisan news sources undermining our trust in the press? 

City Visions: Citizen Science in Action

Jan 24, 2017

On January 30, 2017: With rates of extinction accelerating, ordinary people are taking part in extraordinary scientific efforts. Joseph Pace interviews Mary Ellen Hannibal about her latest book, Citizen Scientist: Searching for Heroes and Hope in an Age of Extinction and Allen Fish, Director of the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory. Learn about citizen science projects going on in your neck of the woods - no science degree required!

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City Visions: Is our democracy in danger?

Jan 22, 2017
The Blue Diamond Gallery

  When he took the oath of office on Friday, Donald Trump swore to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America to the best of his ability.  But what about our democracy?  

The emergent "Yes In My Backyard" (or YIMBY) movement and its well-established opposition both come out of the progressive left.  

"Sugar" by Lea Lovora, used under CC license /resized and cropped

29 million Americans are living with diabetes, and more than one-third of US adults are obese.  The question is why?

City Visions: Celebrating 25 Years in San Francisco

Dec 9, 2016

On December 12, 2016, host Joseph Pace and guests celebrate City Visions' 25th anniversary and discuss the most defining trends and moments of San Francisco history over the past 25 years. What was happening when City Visions debuted in December 1991? Well, San Francisco was in the thick of the AIDS epidemic and effective therapies were years away, incumbent Mayor Art Agnos had just been defeated by former Police Chief Frank Jordan and the average rent for a two-bedroom apartment in San Francisco was a whopping $1000 a month. Trends over the past 25 years include rising costs of housing, increasing income inequality, progress toward marriage equality and physical improvements to San Francisco's waterfront, among other topics.

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Even though Bay Area voters chose Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump by a huge margin, on January 20th Donald Trump will become president of all of America, including California.  

City Visions: How doctors fueled the opioid epidemic

Nov 28, 2016

According to the CDC, three out of four people addicted to heroin started out on a prescription opioid.

California hasn’t always been the Democratic stronghold it is now.  In fact, between the years of 1952 and 1988, Republican candidates won the state in nearly every presidential election.  City Visions host Ethan Elkind and guests discuss the future of the Republican Party in California.  

What Will California Voters Decide?

Nov 2, 2016

November 7, 2016: While the Presidential race has dominated the headlines, Bay Area ballots brim with 17 State propositions, in addition to the U.S. Senate, House and California State races. Host Joseph Pace and guests provide special coverage of the 2016 Election and explore the biggest decisions facing California voters on Election Day.

Guests

Mark DiCamillo, Director of The Field Poll

Joe Garofoli, San Francisco Chronicle Senior Political Writer

  

City Visions host Ethan Elkind talked to Dan Richard, Chair of the California High-Speed Rail Authority, about where things stand with the big infrastructure project that Californians have been squabbling over since approving it in 2008.  

 Host Ethan Elkind and guests investigate the origins of San Francisco’s 25 local ballot measures.  Is direct democracy in San Francisco broken?  

Sarah Pattinson

September 19, 2016.  Driverless cars are already prowling Bay Area streets doing trial runs.  Host Ethan Elkind and our panel discuss the remaining technical challenges and questions raised by the proliferation of these autonomous vehicles, including  how we might benefit and how autonomous vehicles might change our landscape.  

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  Host Joseph Pace will be in conversation with Kirk Lombard about his new book The Sea Forager’s Guide to the Northern California Coast.  

August 29, 2016: With our panel of experts, 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, Alaska, Oregon and Colorado? Who will reap the benefits of legalization? What are the downsides? 

Guests

August 22, 2016: Award-winning science journalist and New York Times bestselling author Steve Silberman discusses his book NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity.  

On the August 15, 2016 City Visions:  In May, a leading earthquake scientist reported that the southern San Andreas fault is "locked, loaded, and ready to roll."  

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