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Local Bay Area issues, with listener participation, every Monday at 7pm

Local Bay Area issues, with listener participation, every Monday at 7pm


San Francisco, CA


Local Bay Area issues, with listener participation, every Monday at 7pm






Protecting Jails From COVID-19 and Theater During Quarantine

What can be done to keep COVID-19 in check in county jails? And how are their needs different from those of state prisons? On tonight's show, we look at these high-risk environments, where social distancing is virtually impossible. We'll hear from the Director of Prison Health and at San Francisco Jail and a formerly incarcerated person who is now a criminal justice advocate. At the top of the hour, we'll have a coronavirus update from health and medical experts, and we'll also hear about...


Protecting Kids From Abuse; Quarantine Poetry by Kim Shuck

Child welfare experts are warning that school closures and shelter in place rules could mean a surge in unreported cases of abuse. We discuss how to keep children and families safe during the pandemic. We also also get an update on the covid crisis in the Bay Area and talk to SF poet laureate Kim Shuck about the verse she’s composing during quarantine. Wednesday at 9 PM. Guests: Erin Allday , health reporter, San Francisco Chronicle Peter Chin Hong , professor of medicine and infectious...


City Visions: What Does The COVID-19 Pandemic Mean For Our Mental Health?

Is COVID-19 impacting your mental health? You're not alone. Host Grace Won speaks to healthcare professionals about strategies to combat loneliness, anxiety and depression during this pandemic.


City Visions: Author Bonnie Tsui and Why We Swim

Described as "a love letter to water," Berkeley author Bonnie Tsui's new book "Why We Swim" takes a deep dive into the history, science and pleasures of swimming and its impact on her life.


City Visions: Schools Navigate Remote Learning; Novelist Vanessa Hua on Finding Joy in a Pandemic

Schools are closed, and Zoom is the new classroom for thousands of Bay Area students. We'll discuss how local school districts are handling distance learning, get tips from teachers and hear about what we can do to create equitable learning experiences for all. We'll also get a update on the lastest local pandemic developments and hear a specially composed reflection on life in the coronavirus era by Bay Area novelist Vanessa Hua. And we want to hear from you. Call us during the show with...


City Visions: Pandemic Takes Toll on Local Nonprofits

San Francisco Chronicle health reporter Erin Allday and UCSF infectious disease specialist Dr. Peter Chin-Hong discuss the latest coronavirus-related news. In the second half of the program, a panel of nonprofit leaders explore how COVID-19 is impacting local nonprofits. How can you help -- from home?


City Visions: What Makes Communities Resilient in Crisis?

Join us for a special edition of City Visions tonight from 9-10pm. We will have a brief update on the status of COVID-19 in the Bay Area from Erin Allday, health reporter from the San Francisco Chronicle. Then we will have a panel of experts discussing why some communities are especially resilient during crises and what we can learn from them. How is the Bay Area handling shelter-in-place? How is your community responding and how are you coping? How will we be changed by this experience?...


City Visions: What to Read, Watch and Listen to During Shelter-in-Place

Every day brings an avalanche of anxiety-inducing news: The spread of novel coronavirus, the reaction of the markets, the stress on the healthcare system, and the pending November elections. Singularly, each event is worrying. Collectively, it is hard to take it all in. Where can we find a moment of respite from all the news? Host Grace Won talks with a group of authors, artists and experts to hear how they are using art, music and literature to cope in these challenging times. What are you...


City Visions: ‘Fight of the Century’ celebrates 100 years of the ACLU

This year marks the 100th birthday of the American Civil Liberties Union, an organization dedicated to preserving the rights and freedoms guaranteed by our Constitution. Host Grace Won celebrates this historic event with the ACLU of Northern California, as well as Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman, local authors and the editors of the new book, Fight of the Century: Writers Reflect on 100 Years of Landmark ACLU Cases.


City Visions: Special Election Coverage

San Francisco heads to the polls Tuesday to choose the next Democratic nominee for President of the United States. Voters will also decide on important propositions ranging from funding renovations at City College and financing earthquake safety, to taxing vacant commercial properties.


City Visions: E.J. Dionne: How progressives and moderates can unite America

Will progressives and moderates feud as the country burns? Or will they unite to defeat President Trump and usher in a new era of reform?


City Visions: How do we pay for public education?

In the 1970s, California ranked 7th out of all states in per pupil funding. Now it's 41st in the nation according to Governor Gavin Newsom. The education budget line is robust, but most Californians think it is not enough. How does the state pay for public education, K through college? Will the new Prop . 13 , a $15 billion bond measure, change the landscape? What about efforts to reform the old Prop 13 , which restricted property taxes that were used to pay for schools?


City Visions: Lessons from Japanese internment camps

Host Joseph Pace and guests explore the history of discrimination against Japanese Americans and immigrants in the first half of the 20th century. What parallels can be drawn between their experiences and today’s debate over immigration and national security?


San Francisco: The decade in architecture

San Francisco's urban landscape has evolved significantly over the last decade. City Visions host Joseph Pace and our panel review some of the decade's most notable - and controversial - development projects.


City Visions: MacArthur 'Genius' sujatha baliga on the promise of restorative justice

Host Ethan Elkind sits down with sujatha baliga, director of the R estorative Justice Project at Oakland-based Impact Justice. sujatha is one of recipients of the 2019 MacArthur "genius" grants and joins us to discuss her work expanding access to survivor-centered restorative justice strategies.


City Visions: Therapy that's a click away

As affordable mental health care becomes harder to access, more people are downloading self-help and therapy apps to address problems as wide ranging as phobias, depression, procrastination, and anxiety. But do these apps actually work? In the brave new world of digitally delivered mental health care, will your next therapist be an algorithm? Guests: Elissa Chakoff, Clinical Implementation Manager, Recovery Record Christy Choy, Marriage and Family Therapist and Talkspace Provider C. Barr...


City Visions: Are lawyers to blame for inequities in our criminal justice system?

On tonight's show host Joseph Pace will examine the flaws in our legal system that have contributed to the mass incarceration of Americans, particularly impoverished Americans. The discussion will include San Mateo DA Steve Wagstaffe and lawyer Alec Karakatsanis, author of Usual Cruelty: The Complicity of Lawyers in the Criminal Injustice System, whose ideas often challenge our assumptions about justice, poverty, and opportunity in our country. Guests: Steve Wagstaffe, District Attorney of...


City Visions: After the blackouts: The Bay Area's energy future

PG&E's decision to cut power to hundreds of thousands of customers threw the Bay Area into disarray. Yet despite the blackouts, fires still raged, with people evacuating and in some cases losing homes.


City Visions: Are sugary drinks a public health hazard?

Last week, researchers at UCSF published a study showing that a ban on sugary drinks at work has significant positive health effects, from a smaller waist size to improved insulin resistance to lower cholesterol.


City Visions: What's on the San Francisco ballot?

October 28, 2019: Next Tuesday, San Francisco voters go to the polls to vote on a slate of city officials -- many of whom are running unopposed -- and ballot measures that address housing, campaign finance, e-cigarettes and taxes on Uber and Lyft rides.