City Visions

  May 14, 2018:  At the end of March, three electric scooter companies deposited over 2,000 scooters onto San Francisco streets.  While scooters represent a good alternative to private cars or Uber or Lyft to some, to others they are an under-regulated nuisance that will negatively impact our streets and sidewalks and detract from public transportation.

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Host Ethan Elkind and guests explore the impact of new technologies on our agricultural industry.

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Tonight's City Visions is a rebroadcast of our November 2016 show on the nation's opioid crisis.

According to the CDC, three out of four people addicted to heroin started out on a prescription opioid. Host Joseph Pace addresses the perils of opioid use - and abuse - with Dr. Anna Lembke of Stanford University School of Medicine, author of the book Drug Dealer, M.D.

Significantly more people now die of overdoses than car accidents.  How did well-meaning doctors - and well-meaning public policies - help fuel the opioid epidemic?

Producer: Wendy Holcombe

Guest:  Anna Lembke, M.D., Chief of Addiction Medicine and an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine;  Author, Drug Dealer, M.D.

In the next installment of our ongoing series on sustainable food production, host Ethan Elkind focuses on water.  What does uncertainty around water supplies mean for California farmers?  

Last Wednesday, California's water officials announced water allocations based on snow pack measurements, reviving concerns about the environment, urban vs. agricultural water needs, and the need to prepare for a future with a less reliable water supply. 

Does water scarcity put our agricultural industry at risk?  Is there legislation that can help?

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Ethan Elkind and guests discuss the alternative meat industry, the first of our series on sustainable food production.  

SF International Film Festival

  

April 2, 2018: The San Francisco International Film Festival starts April 4th. Over 200 works will screen over two weeks. In a time when more people are watching movies on their devices than in theatres, what is the future of film? Will the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements change who's making films and whose stories get told?

March 17, 2018:  Do your genes determine your weight?  Will personalized diets lead to a slimmer, healthier population?  

Host Grace Won delves into a Stanford study that provides new answers about the interaction between genes, diet and overall health.  Low-carb diets are more popular than low-fat diets these days, but are they healthier?  Can you eat the same number of calories as someone else but have different outcome? 

 

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Micia Mosely joins Joseph Pace for a conversation about how to speak with Bay Area youth - and adults - about race.  

City Visions: Aging in Place

Mar 5, 2018

    

 March 5, 2018:  Aging Baby Boomers are an exploding demographic, and by 2060 that population is expected to double in size as people are living longer.  What options and opportunities are available to seniors who wish to age in place?  

  February 12, 2018: Host Grace Won talks to Nigel Poor and Jody Lewen, both of whom work at San Quentin State Prison, often in active collaboration with inmates, and as such have a unique window into a world most of us never see.

 

Nigel Poor is the co-host and co-producer of Ear Hustle, a podcast that features prisoners sharing their experience of prison life.  Nigel is also a visual artist and professor of photography.

Host Ethan Elkind and guests discuss the Federal Communications Commission’s December repeal of Obama-era net neutrality rules, regulations designed to ensure a free and open internet. 

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Host Joseph Pace and guests discuss how trolling and “doxing” or, posting someone’s personal information online, are increasingly being used as weapons to intimidate and harass.

City Visions: Curbing the cost of prescription drugs

Dec 17, 2017
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Host Joseph Pace and guests explore how California is addressing the price of prescription medicines. 

  December 4, 2017:  A discussion of the intersection of pro football, politics, and culture, both in the past and in the present.  

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It's been almost a year since Donald Trump was elected president, and on issues from immigration to climate change, California's been putting up a fight. Host Joseph Pace and guests look at how our state has been influencing national law and policy, the limits of resistance, and the future of California's relationship with Washington.

Guests:

 

-Carla Marinucci, California Playbook reporter, Politico; former senior political writer, San Francisco Chronicle

 

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Host Ethan Elkind and guests discuss rebuilding sustainable, fire-resilient communities in the North Bay.

City Visions: Homelessness experts talk solutions

Oct 23, 2017

  San Francisco spends over $275 million a year on homelessness, but is progress being made?  A walk through San Francisco's streets might suggest our homelessness problem is worse than ever.  

On October 2, 2017: 

  Did you know that workforce development, pothole repair, tree planting and public toilets all fall under the mantle of San Francisco's Department of Public Works? 

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Host Joseph Pace delves into the Mission District’s colorful political, cultural and artistic history with author, professor and San Francisco native, Cary Cordova.

City Visions: Silicon Valley actor Matt Ross

Sep 11, 2017
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  September 11, 2017:  Host Ethan Elkind sits down with actor, director, writer - and Berkeley resident - Matt Ross.

 

Innovations in supporting survivors of violent crime

Aug 28, 2017

August 28, 2017: Survivors of violent crime often suffer from the lingering effects of trauma for the rest of their lives. 

Zeroing in on safe streets - does SF measure up?

Jul 24, 2017

July 24, 2017: 

   San Francisco ranks worst of all California counties for walking injuries related to traffic accidents. 

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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.  

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