City Visions

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

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City Visions host Joseph Pace talks to the curators of "Fertile Ground: Art and Community in California," a new exhibit of the Oakland Museum of California and SFMOMA.  The exhibit highlights four creative communities in the Bay Area that influenced the art world.  By weaving together the museums' holdings of California art and ephemera, "Fertile Ground" tells the stories of the artists and institutions that generated unique artistic innovation. 

The four key moments and communities featured are:

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How have Bay Area scientists and innovators influenced the study of astronomy, and how can Bay Area residents learn more about the mysteries of our extraterrestrial universe? City Visions host David Onek speaks with local award-winning astronomy educator Andrew Fraknoi about everything from where to view October's solar eclipse to the ongoing hunt for extraterrestrial life.

  

City Visions host Joseph Pace speaks with Bevan Dufty, Director of Housing Opportunities, Partnerships and Engagement, about what his office is doing to enhance homeless services -- and the complex challenges that persist in helping people to leave the streets.

Links:

San Francisco’s Ten Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness: Anniversary Report 2004 to 2014

Host David Onek speaks with the director of the San Francisco Zoo and its head of Animal Wellness and Behavior.

How has the Zoo's mission changed over the years?  How does it manage concerns over animal welfare?  And why is the Western Pond Turtle a focus of its conservation efforts?

Producer:  Wendy Holcombe

Guests:  

Port of SF

From Fisherman's Wharf to India Basin, what's next for San Francisco's waterfront? Host Joseph Pace and guests discuss the Port of San Francisco's newly released waterfront use plan. How does the plan address voter-imposed height limits? And how will future development contend with rising sea levels and other climate impacts?

Guests:

-Byron Rhett, deputy director of planning and development, Port of San Francisco

City Visions: Can Tech Be a Force for Good?

Aug 12, 2014

August 18, 2014:  City Visions' guest host Victoria Thorp talks with leaders who are drawing on tech knowledge to solve key problems in San Francisco and across the country:

Catherine Bracy from Code for America

Clara Brenner from Tumml

Rose Broome from Hand Up

Jake Solomon from Code for America

Produced by Victoria Thorp

On the August 4, 2014 edition:  Host David Onek and a panel of experts look at why childhood stress can impact long-term health.

What are the biochemical changes that occur because of early stress, and why can they reduce life expectancy?  What diseases are most commonly seen in adults who have experienced childhood trauma?  And what can doctors treating at-risk kids do to improve long-term health outcomes?

Producer:  Wendy Holcombe

Guests: 

City Visions: New Visions for Climate Justice

Jul 22, 2014

What does it mean to confront the growing Bay Area’s energy needs in a time of climate crisis? Can we have power without pollution? Host David Onek and guests discuss visionary community-based solutions and organizing in Richmond and beyond.

Guests:

  • Gopal Dayaneni: Movement Generation Justice & Ecology Project
  • Vivian Huang: Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN)
  • Andrés Soto: Communities for a Better Environment

Producer: Zara Zimbardo

City Visions: Exploring the Human Microbiome

Jul 14, 2014
Nature Magazine

City Visions for July 21, 2014: According to researchers, there are 100 trillion microorganisms living in the human body. But where does this 'human microbiome' come from? What do these microorganisms do for us and how are they related to chronic disease? And how can we keep our microbiome healthy?

City Visions host David Onek explores these questions and more with Bay Area leading researchers Katie Pollard of the Gladstone Institutes, Susan Lynch of UCSF, and Peter diLaura of Second Genome.

Produced by: Victoria Thorp

City Visions: Coit Tower, Restored

Jul 9, 2014
Image courtesy of Architectural Resources Group

What are the stories behind the newly completed restoration of Coit Tower and its famed murals? City Visions host Joseph Pace speaks with the architect, conservator and city officials responsible for the $1.7 million project, and explores the monument’s artistic, historical and social significance in San Francisco. 

Guests:

Cassandra Costello, Property Manager, San Francisco Recreation and Park Department

Tom DeCaigny, Director of Cultural Affairs, San Francisco Arts Commission

David Wessel, Principal, Architectural Resources Group

Innovations in Health Tech - How Will You Benefit?

Jun 17, 2014

 

On the June 23rd episode:

Are wireless devices really helping people lead healthier and longer lives?  Host Joseph Pace discusses the impact of current and future innovations in health tech.

As our bodies share rich data wirelessly, how can we be sure it will not be used to discriminate against those who have medical conditions or are predisposed to have them? 

 

What are the most important wireless devices in medicine's future?

 

Will they help reduce healthcare costs?

On the June 16th edition: Is hyperlocal journalism here to stay? David Onek speaks with some of San Francisco's citizen journalists about the stories they're breaking, the financial challenges they face, and life on the neighborhood beat.  

Guests:

-Todd Lappin, founder and editor, Bernalwood

-Rose Garrett, managing editor, Hoodline

-Kevin Montgomery, founder and editor, Uptown Almanac

The FBI has identified the Bay Area as one of the biggest 'hot spots' for this crime across the country.  Outcry over the prevalence of child sex trafficking led to the successful passage of Prop 35 in 2012, which strengthens prosecution for criminals. Host Joseph Pace discusses the impact of Prop 35 with expert local guests. 

A One-on-One with DPH Head Barbara Garcia

May 27, 2014

Why does San Francisco still need a public health plan now that the statewide health care exchange is open?  How proactive should government be in discouraging unhealthy behaviors?  Should it be curbing soft drink sizes, now that almost a third of all California hospital patients are obese?

Host David Onek sits down with Barbara Garcia, head of the San Francisco Department of Public Health, to discuss these questions and more.

Guest:  Barbara Garcia, Director of Health for the City and County of San Francisco.

Producer:  Wendy Holcombe

YBCA's Deborah Cullinan

May 14, 2014

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) was founded in 1993, out of an expressed need for an accessible, high-profile San Francisco venue devoted to contemporary visual art, performance, and film/video representing diverse cultural and artistic perspectives.

YBCA, seen by many in the Bay Area as a catalyst for local and regional artistic activity and as a leader in arts ecology and in the community, is making a push to get more art on the street and to support artists in different ways.

Your rooftop solar questions answered

May 8, 2014
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As rooftop solar development in the Bay Area takes off, what does the consumer need to know? Host Joseph Pace and guests discuss the risks and rewards of going solar and the ongoing debate among advocates and utilities over how solar customers should be compensated for the power they produce.

Producer: Susie Britton

  Guests:

- Steve Weissman, Director of the Energy Program, Center for Law, Energy & the Environment, Berkeley Law

- Cal Broomhead, Manager of the Climate and Energy Program, San Francisco Department of the Environment

Creating a Privacy Zone for Student Data

Apr 29, 2014
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Schools are using software to manage all kinds of information about children, from grades, to test scores to classroom behavior. But as these programs proliferate, how can schools be sure this student data is secure? And what do parents need to know to keep their children's information safe? City Visions explores the effort to create a "School Privacy Zone" to protect student data.

Guests: Crista Stumanik, Common Sense Media; Tony Porterfield, engineer and parent advocate and Ann Duncan, Palo Alto School District.

Bay Area Cities Tackle the Minimum Wage Debate

Apr 22, 2014
California Budget Project

Will raising the minimum wage reduce economic inequality in the Bay Area?  Or will businesses respond by employing fewer workers, as critics claim?

Support Your Local Sex Worker

Apr 15, 2014

As the St. James Infirmary campaign says, "Someone you know is a sex worker."

Escorts, street and survival sex workers, personal companions, adult film actors, porn models, nude models, body work providers, exotic dancers, phone sex operators, and sexological surrogates are all sex workers.

For some people, those jobs might be part survival or a career path -- one that is often fraught with stigmatization, criminalization, and the fight for primary health care and social services.

Plug-in vehicles edge toward the mainstream

Apr 3, 2014

Are electric vehicles poised for a renaissance? As Tesla talks of gigafactories, San Francisco develops new public charging stations and the state moves forward with its zero emission vehicle plan, is it time for consumers to go electric? Host David Onek and guests discuss the benefits and challenges associated with EVs.

Producer: Susie Britton

Guests:

-Marc Geller, writer, advocate and co-founder of Plug-In America, a non-profit group that promotes the use of electric vehicles. He appeared in the 2006 film "Who Killed the Electric Car."

San Francisco Grapples With a Widening "Wealth Gap"

Mar 25, 2014

Can San Francisco become more affordable?  According to the Brookings Institute, San Francisco's "wealth gap" has widened at a faster rate than that of any other city in the United States.  Host Joseph Pace and a panel of experts explore the implications of the accelerating economic division in San Francisco.

Who's a Feminist?

Mar 18, 2014
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More than 160 years since Sojourner Truth asked, "Ain’t I a Woman?", 30 after Geraldine Ferraro's vice-presidential run, and 23 years after Anita Hill testified to Congress about sexual harassment, women are still dealing with violence and social, political, and economic inequality.

How are powerful female pop icons, such as Beyoncé and Janet Mock, changing the way women talk about strength, community, and sexuality?

Who are the next generation of political and professional leaders an dhow are they reshaping feminism?

Guests:

Teaching Mindfulness to At-Risk Kids

Mar 13, 2014
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How can mindfulness training address the negative effects of growing up in poverty? City Visions talks with educators and researchers about an innovative program at Stanford that is helping kids address stress through mindfulness and yoga.

What's it like to have an alternative to PG&E? Host David Onek and guests explore why more and more cities and counties in our region are choosing greener electricity for their residents, and why San Francisco remains, at least for now, a one-utility town.

Producer: Susie Britton

Guests:

-Dawn Weisz, Executive Officer of Marin Clean Energy, a public agency and renewable electricity provider.


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
Eric Luebenhusen / U.S. Department of Agriculture

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

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