City Visions

Mondays at 7pm

Local Bay Area issues, with listener participation, every Monday at 7pm

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 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.  

Courtesy of East Bay Maker Faire

  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? 


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."  

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.

What Difference Can a Summer Make?

Jul 12, 2016
Jackson Ronald

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  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

  June 27, 2016:  The mass shooting in Orlando has raised uncomfortable questions about Islam and homophobia.  We look at what it's like to be Muslim and gay.  

  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.

City Visions: Special Presidential Primary Coverage

Jun 1, 2016

June 6, 2016: 

 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. 


Mark DiCamillo, Director of The Field Poll


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.

City Visions: How to Raise an Adult

May 10, 2016

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

Produced by: Anne Harper

City Visions, May 9, 2016:  How have increasing fears about terrorism and Islamic extremism impacted Bay Area Muslims?

Let's Talk Trash: Waste-to-Energy in California

Apr 27, 2016

On May 2, 2016 on our program we were talking trash. Garbage that is. 

April 25, 2016: 

  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?

Producer: Wendy Holcombe


April 4, 2016 host Ethan Elkind and guests discuss new reports indicating that sea levels may be rising at a faster pace than predicted. 

The Bigger Picture

On March 28, 2016  City Visions addresses how Bay Area youth are changing the conversation about the Type 2 diabetes epidemic.

City Visions: New Rules for Dogs in the GGNRA

Mar 15, 2016
Photo credit: Victor Barajas

City Visions host Joseph Pace explores the controversial dog management plan proposed for the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. 

March 14, 2016:   Host Joseph Pace dives into proposals to eliminate both the 4th and Mission rail yard and the end of I-280.  

March 7, 2016.  As Bay Area commuters push public transit to its limits and traffic in the region intensifies, is it time for the Bay Area to consider constructing a second transbay BART crossing? 

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On February 29, 2016 host Joseph Pace and guests explore the ways Bay Area companies are incorporating mindfulness into the workplace. 

City Visions: Are We Overmedicating Our Kids?

Feb 16, 2016

February 8, 2016: City Visions host Joseph Pace examines the "Work in Progress:  Investigations South of Market" exhibit at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.  

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.  

Photo Credit: American SPCC

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.

Photo: Andrew Grinberg/Clean Water Action

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.