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A San Francisco Bay Area call-in show that covers local public affairs.

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City Visions: Course Correcting Climate Change, Part 2
On September 17, 2018: For Part 2 of our 3-Part Series on Course Correcting Climate Change, City Visions co-host Ethan Elkind reports on the highlights of the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco. Among the major announcements were California's commitments to a 100% clean energy grid and to carbon neutrality by 2045. As the largest emitter of greenhouse gases in California, how will the transportation industry respond to the challenge to become fossil free? How will your commute change? Join the conversation with co-hosts Joseph Pace and Ethan Elkind and our panel of guests. Guests : Sam Arons , Director of Sustainability at Lyft Holly Gordon , Sustainability Group Manager at BART Ellen Greenberg , Deputy Director for Sustainability at Caltrans Jonathan Levy , VP of Strategic Initiatives at EVgo Produced by: Anne Harper


City Visions: What's it take to run a restaurant?
July 13, 2018: Restaurants are big business in San Francisco. The city boasts 55 Michelin starred restaurants and has more restaurants per resident than any other major metropolitan area in the United States. This town loves to eat out, and its chefs are often celebrities in their own right. But what are the challenges of running a restaurant in San Francisco? Guests: Gwyneth Borden, Golden Gate Restaurant Association. Charles Bililies, Founder and Owner, Souvla. Resources: www.ggra.org www.souvla.com


City Visions: Course correcting climate change, part 1
September 10, 2018: What will it take to course correct climate change? Nothing short of a worldwide commitment, which is why California Governor Jerry Brown is co-chairing the Global Climate Action Summit this week in San Francisco. The Summit will highlight achievements from around the world as policymakers, businesses leaders and grassroots organizations share the ways they’re working together to achieve the goals of the 2015 Paris climate agreement.


City Visions: Why teens don't get enough sleep
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? Producer: Max Solmssen, with assistance from Wendy Holcombe Guests: Dr. Jamie Mark Zeitzer - Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine. Julia Russell Eells - Head of San Francisco University High School. Dr. Michael Tompkins - Author of the Insomnia Workbook for Teens . He is co-director of the San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy and assistant clinical professor at the University of California, Berkeley.


City Visions: Could universal basic income work in California?
What would you do with an extra $500 every month? Host Joseph Pace and guests explore the promise of universal basic income in California.


City Visions: What's it take to run a restaurant?
August 13, 2018: 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.


City Visions: California's poverty problem
July 30, 2018: With the 5th largest economy in the world and an unemployment rate near 4%, why are 40% of Californians living at or near the poverty level? Joseph Pace and our panel of experts explore this issue. GUESTS: SUZAN BATESON , Executive Director of the Alameda County Community Food Bank. CAROLINE DANIELSON , Policy Director and Senior Fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California. DAVID GRUSKY, Stanford University Professor, Senior Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, Director of the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality, and author of Inequality in the 21st Century. SA RA KIMBERLIN, Senior Policy Analyst with the California Budget and Policy Center. PRODUCED BY: ANNE HARPER


City Visions: Will the Hunters Point Shipyard ever be habitable?
Have residents of the Bayview been lied to about the remaining toxity of the Hunters Point Shipyard?


City Visions: How to travel ethically
July 16, 2018: Summer is a time to explore new places, but have you ever considered what it means to travel ethically? Global tourism is an $8.27 trillion business, and your traveling dollars can have a positive impact. Listen in as host Grace Won interviews Jeff Greenwald of Ethical Traveler to learn more about destinations that are working to make the world a better place. Guest: Jeff Greenwald, travel journalist and founder of Ethical Traveler. Resources: Ethical Traveler Ethical Traveler Podcast


City Visions: Will psychedelics transform mental health care?
Psychedelics are making a comeback. Is America ready? Host Ethan Elkind and guests explore the history and new therapeutic applications of psychedelic drugs.


City Visions: Is recycling enough?
June 25, 2018: The Bay Area has been a nationwide leader in recycling, but is it a victim of its own success? Residents are doing a better job than ever at sorting their trash and separating their recyclables. Yet last month San Francisco announced it wouldn’t meet its goal of zero waste by 2020. How did we get off track, what will it take to hit our target – and what does China have to do with it?


City Visions: What to do about the teacher shortage?
How bad is the teacher shortage in Bay Area schools?


City Visions: Kelly Corrigan
On June 11, 2018 City Visions guest host Anne Harper interviews the hilarious and insightful best-selling author, Kelly Corrigan. Kelly talks about her latest book, Tell Me More , a collection of stories about the hardest, yet most important things people can say to one another. The right words at the right moment can change everything.


City Visions: Election eve special
So much of the political news has been focused on Washington, but tomorrow, California, which has the world's 6th largest economy, with a GDP of 2.5 trillion dollars, opens its polls. All statewide offices are up for grabs, five propositions are on the ballot, and the question many are asking is: As California goes, so will the nation? And here in San Francisco, much attention has been given to the mayor's race and the role of ranked choice voting. But there are other issues on the ballot and elected offices to be considered. On this show, we looked at the issues facing California and San Francisco as voters go to the polls. If all politics are local, what does this election mean for the Bay Area? Producer: Grace Won Guests: Jason McDaniel , Associate Professor of Political Science at San Francisco State University and an expert on urban politics and voting behavior. Joe Eskenazi , managing editor of Mission Local, and a former staff writer at the SF Examiner Sean Walsh , Principal of


City Visions: How teens are helping teens end relationship abuse
May 21, 2018: 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? Sixteen to 24-year-olds are three times more likely to find themselves in a relationship with an abusive partner. In its first year in the Bay Area, the One Love Foundation is educating teens to teach teens the early warning signs of a dangerous romance. Host Joseph Pace speaks with members of One Love about their nationwide movement to combat the odds. Can they help break the cycle?


City Visions: Scooters and the future of urban personal mobility
May 14, 2018: 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. What is certain is that scooters have sparked a conversation in our city around various modes of personal transportation, such as electric bikes, electric skateboards, hoverboards, and others. Their numbers are increasing, and they seem quintessentially "Bay Area" in some respects - melding technology, innovative ideas, environmental concerns, a belief in individual agency, and a desire to reduce congestion. Are city official and the scooter companies in agreement about sensible regulations? Do scooters and other new modes of urban personal mobility solve more problems than they create? Producer: Wendy Holcombe Guests: Cheryl Brinkman -


City Visions: Tech and the future of smart, sustainable farming
H ost Ethan Elkind and guests explore the impact of new technologies on our agricultural industry.


City Visions: How Virtual Reality Could Change Your Reality
April 30, 2018: Could virtual reality change the way we work, play and interact with other people? Although the technology is still in its infancy, some say it will upend every industry and touch every aspect of our lives, especially our relationships with other people. City Visions host Joseph Pace interviews Peter Rubin, author of Future Presence, and explores how virtual reality could transform how we experience intimacy. Guest : Peter Rubin, Senior Editor at WIRED and author of Future Presence: How Virtual Reality is Changing Human Connection, Intimacy, and the Limits of Ordinary Life Produced by: Anne Harper


Tonight on City Visions: How Doctors Fueled the Opioid Epidemic [Rebroadcast]
Tonight's City Visions is a rebroadcast of our November 2016 show on the nation's opioid crisis. 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 . Significantly more people now die of overdoses than car accidents. How did well-meaning doctors - and well-meaning public policies - help fuel the opioid epidemic? Producer: Wendy Holcombe Guest: Anna Lembke, M.D., Chief of Addiction Medicine and an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine; Author, Drug Dealer, M.D .


City Visions: Does water scarcity threaten California's agricultural industry?
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? Producer: Wendy Holcombe Guests: Ellen Hanak , Director and Senior Fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California . Ashley Boren , Executive Director of Sustainable Conservation . Cannon Michael , President and CEO of Bowles Farming Company .



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