City Visions

  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.  

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.

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