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Courtesy of London Breed

 

When Mayor Ed Lee unexpectedly passed away last December, London Breed became acting mayor — the first African American woman in that position.

Hana Baba

For the first time in nearly a decade, Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley is running against an opponent.

Courtesy of Pamela Price

Pamela Price is an African American civil rights attorney who says she wants to create change in Alameda County's criminal justice systems.

Philosophy Talk: The Ethics of Drone Warfare

May 25, 2018

Do drones herald a more sanitized and efficient form of war, or do they represent the dystopian reign of uncaring technologies? 


Ben Trefny

Today is the last day Californians can register to vote for the next election. Election Day is Tuesday, June 5th. And in San Francisco, as you probably know, we’re electing a new mayor.

Jenee Darden

If you’ve ever been to Oakland’s Fruitvale neighborhood, chances are that you’ve seen Cesar Chavez’s name somewhere.

Bo Walsh

 

Last week Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr attended a town hall meeting at Newark Memorial High School to talk about  gun control. Kerr and the Warriors have been part of the current rise of activism in American professional sports.

 

Philosophy Talk: The Power and Peril of Satire

Mar 20, 2018

Does freedom of speech guarantee the right to poke fun at anyone and anything we want?


Philosophy Talk: Science and Politics – Friends or Foes?

Mar 6, 2018

Is there such a thing as objective, value-neutral science, or is science always infused with values?


Philosophy Talk: Why Propaganda Matters

Feb 1, 2018

Why is propaganda more effective than rational persuasion?


Should there be limits to violence in the service of liberation?


Philosophy Talk: 2017 – The Examined Year

Dec 28, 2017

Because the unexamined year is not worth reviewing. 


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 A work of art sparking protest is nothing new, but Padmavati takes the art of taking offence to another level.

Philosophy Talk: When Democracies Torture

Nov 28, 2017

What's wrong with a little torture between sworn enemies?


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Philosophy Talk: Democracy in Crisis

Nov 14, 2017

Government shutdowns, gerrymandered voting districts, unfettered campaign spending -- are these the inevitable outcomes of our nation's founding principles?


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More women than ever are raising their hands to run for office. But what does it actually take to to win? 

Philosophy Talk: Race Matters

Oct 27, 2017

What could be controversial about a movement insisting that Black lives matter too?  


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70 years after Independence it sometimes feels as if Indians are still to develop a funny bone.

Philosophy Talk: Cyber-Activism

Sep 15, 2017

What are the biggest challenges for activists in the digital age?


Do we really need to be governed by a formal state, or is that merely something the state has convinced us we need?

  

While Donald Trump’s outrageous tweets and speeches make headline news, his administration is fundamentally reshaping US health, safety, and environmental rules. A New York Times series explores the “reshaping of regulations under the Trump administration.” Every week, Politico reports on “5 things Trump did while you weren’t looking.”

Photo courtesy of Sandip Roy

Chickens cannot fly.  That’s according to Air India, India’s national airline. 

Philosophy Talk: Habermas and Democracy

Jun 23, 2017

Could rational communication really be the foundation of democracy?   


Sandip Roy: The Sellout

Jun 21, 2017

Almost every week when I open the newspaper in Kolkata I see something about Donald Trump on the first page. It might be trivial like covfefe, but more often that not it feels unreal.

Philosophy Talk: Queerness

Jun 2, 2017
"Gender" by Sara Yasi used under CC license

Is queerness just a marker of sexual orientation, or is it a political and social identity?


Philosophy Talk: Machiavelli

May 2, 2017

Was Machiavelli an unscrupulous theorist and advisor, or one of the most widely misunderstood political philosophers ever?


Representative Ro Khanna jumps into the fray

Apr 26, 2017
RESIZED AND CROPPED

Ro Khanna is the freshman representative for California’s 17th district. A former college educator from Fremont, he was appointed by former President Obama to work with the U.S. Department of Commerce. He ran for Congress and lost to Mike Honda in 2014, but ran again and defeated Honda last November.

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President Donald Trump is unlike any president in modern times. We often hear that his behavior and his statements are unprecedented. While that may be true on the national stage, there was a prominent figure in San Francisco in the 1870s who Trump could have used as a role model.

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Perhaps an unwelcoming America is not such a bad thing for the rest of the world.

Philosophy Talk: 2016 – The Examined Year

Jan 9, 2017

John and Ken present their annual look back at the ideas and events of the past year that have challenged our assumptions and made us think about things in new ways.


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