In his new book, UC Berkeley economist Enrico Moretti examines why places like the Bay Area, Boston and Austin have become "brain hubs," attracting creative workers and higher-paying jobs while other regions -- such as those once dominated by traditional manufacturing -- are languishing.
A new edition of the most widely used psychiatric guide to mental disorders -- "The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders" -- was released this past weekend in San Francisco at a meeting of the American Psychiatric Association. The manual has a big impact on public health, including what insurance companies will cover, the drugs that regulators will approve, and even which children will receive special education services. But critics say that the manual is outdated and question the validity of several new diagnoses.
Journalist Jon Mooallem noticed that his young daughter was always surrounded by wild animals: butterflies on her pajamas, a stuffed toy owl, and beavers in her bedtime stories. But these romantic portrayals, he says, hid a harsh reality. Scientists estimate half of all species could be gone by the turn of the century. So he embarked on his own journey to track down three endangered animals, and discovered the extreme -- even futile -- lengths humans go to save them. Jon Mooallem discusses his book, "Wild Ones," and the complex intersections of man and nature.
Travel writer Paul Theroux has taken his readers on adventures across Europe, India and the Middle East by railroad. His latest book, "The Last Train to Zona Verde," details his journey to the heart of Africa, the continent he knows and loves the best. He joins us in the studio.
From the ongoing investigation into a purported Benghazi cover-up, to the IRS targeting right-wing groups, to the Justice Department secretly collecting journalists' phone records, it has been a tough week for the White House. We review the week's news and assess the potential political fallout from the scandals.
The editors of the first anthology of Iranian-American fiction say there is a maturing literary voice emerging from the Iranian-American community. Many Iranian immigrants came to the U.S. after the Shah was overthrown in 1979, and roughly half of them live in California. We talk with Bay Area editors and authors of "Tremors: New Fiction by Iranian-American Writers" about their stories, culture and community.