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Heroin and Harm Reduction

Feb 17, 2014
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The tragic death of actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman has brought both cultural and media attention to a recent spike in heroin deaths related to painkiller addiction.

We look at the impact of new forms of dangerous heroin, the effects on users, and overdose prevention efforts--particularly in San Francisco--that are saving lives … and money.

Guests:

Teaching Peace to San Quentin Prisoners

Feb 4, 2014

Host Joseph Pace explores the GRIP program at San Quentin (Guiding Rage into Power), which uses mediation and self awareness training to help prisoners create a new path towards peace and power. Guests are Jacques Verduin, founder of GRIP, along with a former San Quentin prisoner and a victim of violent crime.

Produced by Victoria Thorp

What's Next for CA High Speed Rail?

Jan 30, 2014

What does the future hold for California High Speed Rail? Host David Onek and guests review the latest legal, political and financial developments in the state's quest for a bullet train linking San Francisco and LA. We hear from the High Speed Rail Authority, the High Speed Rail Peer Review Group and citizen advocates.

Does San Francisco Have Enough Water?

Jan 21, 2014
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Does San Francisco have enough water?  California is experiencing a record-breaking drought, and Governor Jerry Brown is asking Californians to reduce their water usage by 20%. Host Joseph Pace and guests look at the Bay Area's water supply and explore what an even drier place - Las Vegas - can teach us about urban water conservation.

Producer:  Wendy Holcombe

 

 

If you've been to a Bay Area protest or community event, you've probably seen -- or even met those nuns in whiteface -- The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.

Devoted to human rights globally and locally, AIDS education, and respect for diversity, this controversial Order of Queer Nuns has long been a staple of San Francisco's cultural fabric. They join host Joseph Pace for the hour.

Guests:

Sister Mora Lee D'Klined, The Nun of Your Business

Sister Eden Asp, the Forbidden Fruit

Making Resolutions Last

Dec 30, 2013

How will you accomplish your resolutions this year? Whether you want to take on a hard goal such as losing weight, or something easy like flossing every night, you will need a game plan to stay on track. The good news is that researchers have new insights about behavior change and willpower that can help you finally reach your goals.

Real Estate Boom Squeezes SF's Nonprofits

Dec 11, 2013
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As commercial rents around the city continue to rise, are San Francisco's nonprofits at risk of displacement? City Visions host Joseph Pace and guests discuss how local social services, arts and faith-based organizations are coping with double digit rent increases -- and what can be done to help them remain in the communities they serve.


Why Are Girls Starting Puberty Early?

Nov 6, 2013

Researchers have new evidence that girls are starting puberty as young as 8 years old. What is behind the downward trend in maturation for girls of different races and ethnicities? And what are the environmental, social and nutritional issues that may be triggering the start of puberty for girls? On November 18th, guest host Victoria Thorp talks with Bay Area physicians and researchers who are involved with a leading national study of early onset of puberty in young girls, and explore the implications of this issue for parents and educators.

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Election Special 2013

Oct 31, 2013
http://www5.sfgov.org/

It's City Visions' annual pre-election special, with host Joseph Pace in conversation with USF politics professor Corey Cook. Share your views on San Francisco's Props B & C and the contested development project at 8 Washington St. -- and weigh in on some of the broader electoral issues facing our state, like voter turnout, partisanship, and redistricting.

Producer: Susie Britton

  

  

From Bean to Buzz--COFFEE!

Oct 1, 2013
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From beans, to barista, to buzz, coffee is a big, bold, and complex story.

  • What's brewing in the Bay Area?
  • What does it take to make a great cup?
  • Can you have it your way?
  • And what's up with those pods?

Join host David Onek and studio guests to ride the "3rd Wave" of coffee.  No attitude and no waiting in line!

 

Producer: Lisa Denenmark

 

In the studio with David are:

What's the Future for Families in San Francisco?

Sep 24, 2013

  With rising home prices, astronomical rents and crowded neighborhoods, it's no surprise that many San Francisco families are struggling to stay in the City. But at the same time, renewed job growth and improving public schools make San Francisco a place where more parents want to raise their children. What is the future for families in San Francisco? How are housing, employment and other forces impacting families in the City, and what lies ahead? What can policy makers and government leaders do to help families stay in San Francisco?

Forging a path from San Quentin to Silicon Valley

Sep 17, 2013
http://thelastmile.org/

 

Do you know a child who is undone by loud noises and crowds?  Or one who is impossibly picky about the texture of his food?  These children might be diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD).  What is SPD and why is it controversial?  Host David Onek and guests to examine the unorthodox treatments for SPD and UCSF's new use of brain imaging to help diagnose it.

Controversy and the DSM V

Sep 4, 2013
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Producer: Lisa Denenmark

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) has long been a Bible for mental health treatment.

Some clinicians say call the latest edition of the DSM a deeply flawed manual, but with a necessary common language for researchers and mental health professionals.

Some are outright rejecting it, saying that the new edition -- the DSM V -- is just a tool for the psychiatric drug industry to create more patients and prescribe more drugs.

Is it time for the DSM to go?  

A Conversation with the SFUSD School Board

Aug 22, 2013
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What's ahead for San Francisco public schools this year? City Visions explores the issues facing San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD),  

such as the Common Core Standards, new formulas for school funding, a changing school nutrition program and ongoing questions about student assignment. Listen for David Onek's conversation with SFUSD School Board members Rachel Norton and Matt Haney.

 

Producer: Victoria Thorp

 

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court's landmark decision guaranteeing all criminal defendants the right to an attorney, regardless of their ability to pay for one. City Visions host Joseph Pace speaks with San Francisco public defender Jeff Adachi about the challenges that persist in ensuring justice for the poor and what his office is doing to keep vulnerable populations out of the system.

Producer: Susie Britton

Bay Area Muslim Women Have Their Say

Aug 5, 2013

What are the differences between media representations of Muslim women and reality?  City Visions speaks with a panel of Muslim women artists from the Bay Area to learn how they are challenging stereotypes - through their art and in how they live.  

Benefit corporations, also known as “B corps,” are changing what it means to be a socially responsible business. 20 states have passed laws that recognize benefit corporations as businesses that make a commitment to 

doing good while still making a profit. And in April 2012, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved a measure that gives benefit corporations an incentive to apply for city contracts.

A conversation with San Francisco DA George Gascón

Jul 17, 2013

  

DA George Gascón is on a mission to make San Francisco the safest large city in the country.  The DA talks with host Joseph Pace about how he intends to achieve that.  Additionally, he discusses alternative sentencing, anti-truancy efforts and more.

A Powerful New Weapon in the Fight Against Cancer

Jul 9, 2013

Actress Angelina Jolie recently surprised the world when announced she had an elective double mastectomy to prevent breast cancer.  By having her genes tested, she learned she is a carrier of BRCA 1, a "faulty" gene that dramatically increases her risk of ovarian and breast cancers. 

Hear from pioneering Bay Area doctors who are using gene sequencing as a tool in the fight against cancer.  Which cancers are most impacted by advances in gene sequencing?  How can you or someone you love benefit?  How much does it cost and who pays?

Violence: Preparing for the Unexpected

Jul 1, 2013

Bridging the Opportunity Divide in the Bay Area

Jun 18, 2013

What happens to young people in the Bay Area with no college degree? How can they navigate a labor market that demands high tech skills without adequate education or training? Producer and guest host Victoria Thorp and guests explore new strategies for addressing the opportunity divide in the Bay Area.

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How can we forge connections through food? How do the meals we share with our families reflect our politics and values? Host Joseph Pace speaks with four Bay Area contributors to the new anthology The Cassoulet Saved Our Marriage: True Tales of Food, Family and How We Learn to Eat.


A Better Path for At-Risk Mission Youths

Jun 4, 2013

City Visions examines what happened when two San Francisco police officers, tired of cycling Mission teens in and out of jails, reached out to Supervisor David Campos, inspired business owners, and former gang members to find better opportunities for at-risk Mission District kids. This team started Family and Education Over Everything  to encourage middle-school kids to stay in school and out of gangs. They are also finding jobs for older teens willing to make the commitment.  

Take Me Out: Homophobia and Transphobia in Sports

May 28, 2013

City Visions kicks off Pride month by exploring homophobia and transphobia in sports. Have conversations about out LGBTQ athletes in the Bay Area changed since Jason Collins and Brittney Griner came out publicly? Since Giants pitcher Jeremy Affeldt apologized for his homophobic past? How do intersections of race, class and gender impact the experiences of LGBTQ athletes? In K-12 education, does Race to the Top include LGBTQ athletes? And why do many people still question whether it is easier for women to come out than men?

How to Reduce the Carbon Footprint of Pets

May 14, 2013

The amount of dog waste generated in North America each day is the equivalent to the size of 153 blue whales, or 55,845 blue whales a year, according to the recent Canadian film "Dog Dazed."  On the next City Visions, host Joseph Pace will examine the innovative uses of this dog waste, the critically important but lesser known reasons to keep cats indoors, the perils of pet obesity and more.  What do you need to do be a more environmentally aware pet owner?  

Driverless Cars in California

May 7, 2013
http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2013/05/02/is-it-legal-to-take-a-nap-in-your-self-driving-car/

Google's self-driving cars have been seen all over Bay Area roads for several years, but now that California has passed SB 1298, autonomous vehicles could become a reality here much faster than many people have predicted. Will these 'driverless' cars prevent some of the 5 million motor accidents in the United States by eliminating human error and distraction? How will manufacturers resolve the safety and liability issues related to autonomous vehicles? What about the privacy concerns about the data that self driving cars will collect?

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