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Top intellectual property and entertainment lawyer Peter Afrasiabi joins Suzanne Lang in conversation on his recent book Burning Bridges, America’s 20-year Crusade to Deport Labor Leader Harry Bridges. Bridges was an immigrant, a longshoreman, and a labor leader which was not a good combination in the 1930s. The imbalance of executive power in the federal government of that time resonates with our contemporary situation.

 Join us Sunday, October 1st at 4 pm.

We take it for granted that the majority calls the shots. But in one NY school district, that idea — majority rules — has led to an all-out war. School board disputes are pretty common, but not like this one. This involves multimillion-dollar land deals, lawyers threatening to beat up parents, felony criminal charges, and the highest levels of state government. Meanwhile, the students are caught in the middle.

The Political Reinvention of Richmond

Feb 6, 2017

In the past five years, one Bay Area city has placed a soda tax measure before its voters, passed a strong rent control measure, and rejected a big-money city council campaign from its biggest employer. And no, it wasn’t Berkeley.

The notable misstep by the Richmond Progressive Alliance, says writer Steve Early, was their backing of a hotly contested soda tax on the city’s ballot in 2012, a defeat that took down their two candidates as well.

"It's Working Out Very Nicely," - This week, This American Life talks to people whose lives were affected by the president’s executive order on immigration. And we ask: The chaos of the rollout, the vague language that left travelers in airports, people in refugee camps, and government officials confused about how to interpret the order—was this incompetence? Or was it intentional?

Bruce Robinson

  As the election season heats up, the Sebastopol Grange and the Farmer’s Guild took a different approach to hosting a candidate’s forum on April 12. With three candidates for the Fifth Supervisorial District on hand—Noreen Evans, Linda Hopkins and Tim Sergent—the evening was structured to be informal, and in a way, participatory, as you will hear in our recording of the event., which is hosted by KRCB News Director Bruce Robinson.

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  Fears that Social Security is about to run short of funds are unfounded, a trio of congressmen told a Santa Rosa gathering yesterday. But the 80 year old program has not been updated for 33 years, and is overdue for some adjustments to carry it into the next century.

Congressman Larson's Fact Sheet on HR 1391, the Social Security 2100 Act, can be read here. The full text of the measure is here.

An Insider’s View of the CIA—Then and Now

Sep 22, 2014
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A veteran CIA analyst says political agendas have corrupted his old office, driving whistle blowers like Edward Snowden to act outside of official channels in order to deliver truth to the public. 

  As a private citizen, Ray McGovern says he is still able to keep up on international and domestic events in much the same way he did while working at the CIA.

The rapid rise to prominence of the Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL) has, in some quarters, been called a failure of US intelligence gathering.  McGovern doesn’t see it that way.

Stronger Campaign Finance Disclosure Rules Approved

Feb 24, 2014

  Last week, the California legislature passed a pair of measures to require more detailed and timely reporting of campaign contributions. If signed by Governor Brown, they would be in effect for the coming November election. What exactly do they do? That’s the subject of today’s Exchange. 

Huge Beef Recall Questioned

Feb 13, 2014

  The sweeping order by the USDA earlier this week, demanding the recall of 8.7 million pounds of beef butchered by Petaluma’s Rancho Feeding Corporation—an entire year’s output—has sent shock waves through the North Bay’s meat producers. Many are customers of the respected Sonoma County facility, and deeply skeptical about the federal agency’s action.  On today’s Exchange, KRCB’s Bruce Robinson talks with one of them.

Trans-Pacific Trade Agreement Worries

Feb 9, 2014

  Remember NAFTA, The North American Free Trade Agreement? There was a lot of controversy surrounding its passage 20 years ago. Now a wider successor agreement is quietly moving toward approval, but it’s quite possible that there’s not much controversy this time, because many people don’t know much about it yet. Today’s Exchange segment may help correct that a bit.

Combatting Obesity

Jul 28, 2013

Nearly one of every three young people in the United States is overweight or obese—a huge and costly health issue for that generation and the nation. But some focused counter-measures are showing small signs of progress in key areas of California.

The recent move to shape land use planning and other governmental policies to help combat obesity represents a change in strategy, acknowledges Hannaveva Islas-Hooker of the Central California Regional Obesity Prevention Program. The new key is making it easier to make healthy choices.

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CA has 21 days to submit a plan to reach the 137% cap on prison population, or face contempt of court chages.

ALSO: A bill to prevent private college loan lenders from garnishing 25-percent of a student’s wages heads to CA Senate committee.


 

Wappo Indians, Then and Now

Apr 4, 2013

The biggest thing standing between the small Wappo tribe of North Bay Indians and their goal of regaining official recognition from the federal government could be a potential casino they’re not sure they would ever build.

  The devil is in the details when it comes to calculating benefits for veterans and other groups. So they are alarmed about a proposed change in the funding formulas they depend on. Lori Abbott takes a closer look.

You can see and use the AARP Chained CPI Calculator here.

The U.S. Navy’s ‘Green Fleet’

Mar 18, 2013

 Strong leadership in the development of renewable bio-fuels is coming from an unexpected branch of American government—the US Navy.

From sails to oil to steam to nuclear power, the US Navy has a history of adapting quickly to changes in energy systems. It’s something they are continuing today, in response to both climate change, and rising fuel oil costs. And not just at sea.

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• Few CA businesses plan to hire in 2013.

• New bill would protect gun permit holders' private information.