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Opinion: Joe Biden's Lifetime Of Experience

A year ago, who would have thought 78-year-old Joe Biden would be sworn in this week as president? He had just finished fourth in the Iowa caucuses. He would soon finish fifth in the New Hampshire primary. He was derided as old, out-of-touch, an elderly, silvery centrist who said screwball things, as when he told a crowd, "Folks, I can tell you I've known eight presidents, three of them intimately." He'd run for president twice before and didn't come close. He served two terms as Barack Obama...

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A New Day, New Actions & The Possibilities Ahead

Jan 20, 2021



On this edition of Your Call, we're marking a new day in the US and discussing the possibilities ahead. A few hours after Joe Biden and Kamala Harris became the 46th President and Vice President, they signed 17 executive actions and presented a plan for their next 100 days.

Fog City Blues: Inauguration Day

Jan 20, 2021

At least one long national nightmare is over. Songs of Joe, Kamala, and the U.S. Presidency, 9-11 pm.

Sandip Roy

Social media has become our tool for validation. And we go to further and further extremes to get that validation rush.

Almanac - Wednesday 1/20/21

Jan 20, 2021

Today is Wednesday, the 20th of January of 2021...

EU Sighs With Relief As Biden Readies To Enter White House

Jan 20, 2021
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The European Union’s top officials breathed a sigh of relief on Wednesday that Joe Biden will be taking over as president of the United States, but they warned that the world has changed after four years of Donald Trump and that trans-Atlantic ties will be different in the future.

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are being sworn in as the president and vice president of the United States. Watch the ceremony, inaugural address and other celebratory events throughout the day.

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This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area Performing Arts in Times of Corona, we raise the virtual curtain of the Corona Radio Theater for the third part of The Machine Stops, a short story by E.M. Forster, presented by members of theater company Word for Word. Host David Latulippe checks in with founding artistic director and actor Susan Harloe; and he talks with video artists John Sanborn and Agnès Guillaume about All Roads Lead, their joint show at gallery 836M in San Francisco. Plus: reading suggestions for the new year, and a tribute to espionage novel author John le Carré by Open Air’s regular contributor Peter Robinson. 

Manny's on a Mission to Revive Civil Discourse

Jan 19, 2021
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Can we have civil civic discourse in these fractious times? Manny Yekutiel, activist and owner of the cafe, bookstore and civic events space Manny’s, passionately believes so and tells us why, 10 pm tonight (Tuesday) on Out in the Bay.

Manny opened his “people-powered and community-focused meeting and learning place” in San Francisco’s Mission District on Election Night 2018 to encourage civic engagement. He’s since hosted hundreds of events — initially in person, now virtually — on topics ranging from politics to climate change, criminal justice reform and LGBTQ rights.

San Francisco doctor and author Andrew Faulk reads from his memoir, "My Epidemic." It’s about his experiences as an HIV-positive physician treating HIV-positive patients.


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