Live report from China on coronavirus as deaths surpass SARS; Plus, election debate: San Jose’s Measure E, an affordable housing transfer tax

0:08 – Diane Ravitch (@DianeRavitch), research professor of education at New York University, discusses her new book, Slaying Goliath: The Passionate Resistance to Privatization and the Fight to Save America’s Public Schools.

0:36 – We turn to the South Bay for our next local elections debate on San Jose Measure E, a real property transfer tax on properties worth $2 million or more to fund affordable housing. Deputy Director of Silicon Valley at Home Michael Lane (proponent) debates Board Member of Silicon Valley Taxpayers Association Pierluigi Oliverio (opponent).

0:51 – Voters in Sonoma and Marin prepare to vote on extending a sales tax to help subsidize the SMART train. KPFA’s Kate Iida (@kiida26) reports.

1:08 – The Chinese government has confirmed more than 40,000 cases of the coronavirus in China. As the virus continues to spread, we speak with reporters who have been tracking the response to the outbreak. Michael Standaert (@mstandaert) is a Shenzhen-based freelance journalist and special correspondent writing for The Guardian, Al Jazeera, and Bloomberg Environment among others. He is currently covering the outbreak from Sichuan province and is on lock down in his compound. Stu Woo (@stuwoo) is a Wall Street Journal reporter based in Beijing.

1:34 – KPFA’s Bee Soll (@SollElizabeth) talks storytelling with comedian, writer and actor Kevin Allison, who is the creator of the weekly uncensored storytelling podcast RISK!.

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