City Visions

"RT @UC_Newsroom: Stopping #malaria 1 mosquito at a time. Genetic research by @UCIrvine & @UCSanDiego" by Kristin Luciani, used under CC license/ resized

Host Ethan Elkind and guests explore the social, ethical and legal implications of the CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing technology.

City Visions: Male brain, female brain

Jul 10, 2017
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Guest host Grace Won explores the difference between the male and female brain, and why this difference matters.  

June 12, 2017: Should San Francisco provide a clean, indoor, medically-supervised facility where drug users can safely and legally inject? 

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 Host Joseph Pace and New York Times best-selling author Deborah Tannen discuss her new book, You’re the Only One I Can Tell: Inside the Language of Women's Friendships.

City Visions: Are criminal justice reforms working?

May 8, 2017
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  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.

May Day update on the Bay Area labor movement

May 1, 2017

  May 1, 2017: A 40-hour work week and paid sick leave are benefits that many in today’s workforce expect - and take for granted. Organized labor is to thank for these and other hard-won protections, yet today only 1 in 10 American workers are unionized.

City Visions: Are we close to a cure for aging?

Apr 24, 2017
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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.  

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: 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? 

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

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

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.  

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

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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 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.

 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.

Guests:

-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.

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

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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.

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