A series featuring the leaders, innovators and other compelling characters who make the Bay Area unique.
Forum | Wednesday, Nov 27, 2013, 10:00 AM
Christopher Ategeka lost both parents to AIDS by the age of seven. He went on to raise his four younger siblings in Uganda, before generous donations brought him to California, where he graduated from UC Berkeley and gave his engineering department's commencement speech. Today, he runs two nonprofits, one that provides bikes to rural Ugandans. Ategeka joins us as part of our "First Person" series on the people who make the Bay Area unique.
Forum | Tuesday, Aug 13, 2013, 10:00 AM
In 2005, then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger surprised many fellow Republicans when he appointed Susan Kennedy -- a former aide to Governor Gray Davis and one-time executive director of the California Democratic Party -- as his chief of staff. The Los Angeles Times has called Kennedy "the most enduring force in state government of the last decade." She joins us in-studio, as part of our "First Person" series of interviews with the leaders, innovators and others who make the Bay Area unique.
Forum | Tuesday, Aug 06, 2013, 10:00 AM
Saul Griffith is an inventor whose designs look like they're straight out of science fiction: wind turbines that float like kites, and inflatable robots that resemble walking animal balloons. The San Francisco-based co-founder of Squid Labs talks about his latest creations, his comic book for inventive kids, and his vision for the future of renewable energy. It's part of Forum's "First Person" series where we talk to the leaders and thinkers who make the Bay Area unique.
Forum | Wednesday, Jul 31, 2013, 10:00 AM
Before "Borat" and "The Daily Show," there was "Coyle and Sharpe." The 1960s San Francisco radio comedy team of Mal Sharpe and Jim Coyle helped to pave the way for today's prankster comedians with their absurdist "man on the street" interviews for KGO radio. We talk with Sharpe about the art of the put-on, his long career in Bay Area broadcasting, and his Dixieland band Big Money in Jazz. He joins us as part of our "First Person" series on the leaders, innovators, and others who make the Bay Area unique.
Forum | Friday, Mar 22, 2013, 10:00 AM
Susan Wojcicki is a central player in the origin story of Google. In 1998 she rented her Menlo Park garage to Sergey Brin and Larry Page to start the company. She became Google's 16th employee and now, as the head of the company's advertising products, she brought in $43.7 billion last year - 95 percent of Google's revenue. As part of our First Person series profiling notable leaders in the Bay Area, we talk with Susan Wojcicki about the changing world of digital advertising, and about raising four children and a flock of chickens while holding one of the most powerful business positions in the world.
Forum | Thursday, Mar 21, 2013, 10:00 AM
Rose Pak has been called the most powerful woman in San Francisco. Many credit the Chinatown political activist with being the kingmaker behind Mayor Ed Lee's election, and the person most responsible for the increasing political power of Asian-Americans in the city. Pak joins us as part of our First Person series, profiling the leaders, innovators and others that make the Bay Area unique.
Forum | Monday, Mar 11, 2013, 10:00 AM
For more than six decades, San Franciscan Aileen Hernandez has been working to make American society more equal. A native New Yorker born of Jamaican parents, she moved to California to work for the International Ladies Garment Workers Union. She went on to become the only woman appointed by President Johnson to the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and, soon after, helped found the National Organization for Women (NOW). She became NOW's second president, where she worked for more inclusion of women of color in the women's rights movement.
Forum | Monday, Feb 11, 2013, 10:00 AM
Performer, teacher and theater director Rhodessa Jones has spent her rich and varied career merging social activism and theater. In the late 1980s she founded the widely acclaimed Medea Project: Theater for Incarcerated Women, which in recent years has been exploring the stories of women living with HIV. Jones was recently presented with the San Francisco Mayor's Art Award. We talk with Rhodessa Jones as part of our First Person series on the leaders, innovators and others who make the Bay Area unique.
Forum | Thursday, Jan 31, 2013, 10:00 AM
Kevin Grant knows about life on the streets. He used to be an Oakland gang member, and did time in and out of prison for robberies and selling drugs. Now he's back on the streets at night, but in a different role. He's breaking up fights before they escalate into violence or murder in Oakland -- and he's talking young people into putting down their guns. Grant won the California Peace Prize for his work in November. He joins us to talk about breaking the cycle of violence and retaliation in one of California's deadliest cities.
Forum | Monday, Oct 22, 2012, 10:00 AM
San Francisco's Omega Boys Club is marking 25 years helping at-risk kids lead lives free from violence and incarceration, succeed academically and make positive contributions to society. Omega has provided academic and life skills support to more than 1,300 boys and girls, and its violence prevention programs have reached more than 15,000 students. Co-founder and Executive Director Joe Marshall joins us as part of our First Person series on the leaders, innovators and others who make the Bay Area unique.
Forum | Friday, Sep 21, 2012, 10:00 AM
Honeybee expert and former UC Davis professor Norman Gary spent 40 years moonlighting as a "bee wrangler" for TV shows and Hollywood films like "Fried Green Tomatoes," "The X Files" and "Candyman." Gary is also listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for having 109 bees in his mouth for 10 seconds. He joins us to discuss his career as well as colony collapse disorder, the rise of urban beekeeping and his book "The Honey Bee Hobbyist."
Forum | Friday, Aug 31, 2012, 10:00 AM
Jen Pahlka founded Code for America, a Bay Area non-profit working to reshape the way government works through the use of technology and public service. She joins us in the studio as part of our "First Person" series on the leaders, innovators and other compelling characters that make the Bay Area unique.
Forum | Thursday, Aug 09, 2012, 10:00 AM
Oakland's Glynn Washington beat out more than 1,000 competitors five years ago in an "American Idol"-type national talent search for a new public radio host. Washington created and hosts the NPR/PRX program "Snap Judgment" out of Oakland. He joins us as part of our First Person series on the leaders, innovators and other compelling characters that make the Bay Area unique.
Forum | Wednesday, Jun 20, 2012, 10:00 AM
Nearly half a century ago, Rev. Cecil Williams took over as the minister of a small Methodist church in San Francisco's Tenderloin. He went on to transform Glide into a diverse institution committed to inclusiveness and devoted to serving the poor and marginalized. Today, with a budget of over $15 million, Glide provides free meals, health care and other services to thousands of people each day.
Forum | Friday, Jun 08, 2012, 10:00 AM
Jim Fruchterman started his Silicon Valley-based company Benetech because he wanted to merge two things: the ambition of the tech industry with the ongoing needs of the disenfranchised. And so far, it seems to be working. As part of our First Person Series, we talk with Fruchterman about how he turned his inner geek into outer good.
Forum | Thursday, May 31, 2012, 10:00 AM
Philip Kaufman, the San Francisco-based director of critically acclaimed films such as "The Right Stuff," "The Unbearable Lightness of Being" and "Henry and June" joins us in the studio. We look back at Kaufman's career and discuss his newest release, an epic film for HBO about the marriage of writer Ernest Hemingway and journalist Martha Gellhorn.
Forum | Tuesday, Apr 24, 2012, 10:00 AM
Marin resident Peter Coyote may be best-known as an actor, film narrator and voice of the Academy Awards. But Coyote was also a major countercultural figure during the 1960s, a former chair of the California State Arts Council and a published author.
Forum | Thursday, Feb 02, 2012, 10:00 AM
Aboriginal people in Australia are better at finding their way around because they use compass directions instead of simply describing things as to the left or right. That's just one of several findings from Stanford psychologist Lera Boroditsky, who claims language greatly influences our thoughts and perceptions. It's a radical departure from modern linguistic theory.
Forum | Friday, Nov 11, 2011, 10:00 AM
Mitch Altman may be best known for inventing a one-button universal remote control called TV-B-Gone, used for turning off TVs in public places. But he's also the co-founder of Noisebridge, a hacker-space in San Francisco. He joins us as part of our "First Person" series featuring the leaders, innovators and other compelling characters who make the Bay Area unique.
Forum | Tuesday, Oct 18, 2011, 10:00 AM
Celebrated hip-hop performance artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph joins us as part of our "First Person" series, profiling the leaders, innovators and other compelling characters who make the Bay Area unique. A national poetry slam champion, Joseph is artistic director of San Francisco-based Youth Speaks.
Forum | Monday, Aug 22, 2011, 10:00 AM
We talk with Berkeley-based film maven Tom Luddy, co-founder and co-director of the prestigious Telluride Film Festival. We'll find out about the festival, his early work as curator of Berkeley's Pacific Film Archive and his three decades of collaboration with Francis Ford Coppola's American Zoetrope.
Forum | Friday, Aug 12, 2011, 10:00 AM
We continue our "First Person" series featuring the leaders, innovators and other compelling characters who make the Bay Area unique. Host Dave Iverson checks in with social entrepreneur Maurice Lim Miller, founder of the Oakland-based Family Independence Initiative, a national center for anti-poverty innovation.
Forum | Friday, May 20, 2011, 10:00 AM
Fifteen years ago, James Kass founded Youth Speaks in San Francisco to introduce poetry and creative writing to young people. Since then, the group has helped tens of thousands of young people nationwide express themselves -- and it's helped launch a vibrant youth poetry movement.
Forum | Tuesday, May 17, 2011, 10:00 AM
From what she sees at her clinic in San Francisco's Bayview district, Dr. Nadine Burke has come to believe that childhood stress, trauma and poverty can lead to physical changes and illness in adulthood. Burke joins us to talk about her practice -- and her groundbreaking theories -- as part of our "First Person" series on the leaders, innovators and others who make the Bay Area unique.
Forum | Tuesday, Apr 26, 2011, 10:00 AM
Some studies suggest that recess and physical education are on the decline in many school districts. But Oakland-based social entrepreneur Jill Vialet is working to keep play in the nation's school playgrounds.
Forum | Monday, Jan 24, 2011, 10:00 AM
Social Justice advocate Angela Glover Blackwell joins us as part of our "First Person" interview series, profiling the leaders and innovators who make Northern California unique. For almost 35 years, Blackwell has been promoting public policies aimed at advancing opportunities for disadvantaged and impoverished communities. She's the founder of PolicyLink, an Oakland-based non-profit.
Forum | Friday, Jan 14, 2011, 10:00 AM
Berkeley Rep has been "on fire" in recent years, in the words of the New York Times, sending a stream of shows to Broadway and beyond. We continue our "First Person" series of conversations with local leaders with Berkeley Repertory Theatre's artistic director, Tony Taccone.
Forum | Friday, Jan 07, 2011, 10:00 AM
We continue our "First Person" series of one-on-one interviews with the local innovators, leaders and notable characters who make our region unique. Dave Iverson talks with Craig Hartman, the architect behind such high-profile local projects as the SFO International Terminal, the St. Regis Hotel and the towering Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland.
Forum | Monday, Dec 27, 2010, 9:00 AM
Forum launches a new series, "First Person," a local interview feature spotlighting community leaders, unsung heroes and world-class innovators who make our region unique. In our inaugural program, we speak with Tony Serra, the legendary civil rights attorney who has represented members of groups as diverse as the Black Panther Party, the Hell's Angels, and Earth First! in high-profile cases.