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City Visions: College success without the scandal

Apr 15, 2019
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The recent college admissions scandal highlighted the extreme, and in some cases, illegal efforts that wealthy parents will take to get their children into college. But what is the college admissions landscape like for students who don't have tutors or private admissions counselors? How do you afford college when tuition costs as much as $68,000 per year? Is college no longer attainable?

City Visions: Indie Films and Hollywood Stars

Apr 2, 2019
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The 62nd annual San Francisco International Film Festival opens this week. With 163 films from 52 countries, the Bay Area will be bursting with cinematic and live performances reflecting the social and cultural issues of our time. Host Ethan Elkind talks to festival producers and filmmakers about how they tackle critical topics like immigration, wealth inequality and redemption. Find out which celebrated musicians and Hollywood stars are in town for the festivities.

City Visions: Why has juvenile crime declined?

Apr 1, 2019
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Tonight we continue our series on Criminal Justice in the Bay Area, this time with a focus on the juvenile justice system.

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One year after legalization, has California's cannabis business been booming as people hoped or is it a bust? What are the challenges of doing business in an industry that had a thriving black market, but is now highly regulated? 

Host Joseph Pace and guests explore the ways in which artificial intelligence (AI) will impact US healthcare.  

City Visions: How to Protect Your Digital Privacy

Mar 8, 2019
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Do you shop online? Use social media, dating apps or free email? Then personal information – like your address, your clothing size, even your politics and dating preferences - isn’t private.

  

Joseph Pace sits down with the co-founders of Oakland-based Re:Store Justice, Alex Mallick and Adnan Khan, who was recently released from San Quentin after 16 years.

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In a city where the cost of living is rising, the San Francisco Public Library remains a free and open public space.

City Visions: What can be done about PG&E?

Feb 4, 2019
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Host Ethan Elkind does a deep dive into PG&E.  

City Visions: Twitter activism

Jan 14, 2019
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Host Ethan Elkind speaks with the founders of Grab Your Wallet and Sleeping Giants to learn how two Bay Area residents took to Twitter to metabolize the confusion and anger they felt around the 2016 election and in the process created two different and very successful grassroots campaigns -- one a boycott of companies doing business with Trump and his affiliates and the other aimed at advertisers on Breitbart, an alt-right website.  

City Visions: After the midterms, what next?

Dec 3, 2018
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Now that the historic midterms are over, it is time to ask, “What’s next?”

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While the 2018 Midterm Elections are widely seen as a referendum on President Trump, Bay Area voters have plenty to focus on right here at home. 

 

Is the gas and vehicle tax increase approved last year too much for Californians with tight budgets?  Or is it a much-needed source of funding for the state’s transportation infrastructure?

City Visions: Why teens don't get enough sleep

Aug 27, 2018

Research from local clinics and medical studies show that 87% of teenagers get less than the recommended amount of sleep on the average night. What role do the internet and social media play in this wide-scale sleep deprivation? What are the effects that play out in the daily life of our youth? And how is this problem being addressed by parents, teachers, and schools?

City Visions: What's it take to run a restaurant?

Aug 13, 2018
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San Francisco is home to more restaurants per person than any other major U.S. city. The city boasts 55 Michelin-starred restaurants, and its chefs are often celebrities. What does it take to run a restaurant? Join us for a behind the scenes look at the joys and challenges of being a chef and restauranteur.

Have residents of the Bayview been lied to about the remaining toxity of the Hunters Point Shipyard?

City Visions: How to travel ethically

Jul 16, 2018
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Summer is a time to explore new places, but have you ever considered what it means to travel ethically? 

City Visions: Is recycling enough?

Jun 25, 2018
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The Bay Area has been a nationwide leader in recycling, but is it a victim of its own success? 

City Visions: What to do about the teacher shortage?

Jun 18, 2018

How bad is the teacher shortage in Bay Area schools?  

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We hear about it in the news every day - smart, successful people caught up in violent personal relationships. So is it surprising that those most vulnerable are barely old enough to drive? 

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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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.

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.

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