#KPCCForum: 5 October events you can't afford to miss

Military personnel observe a nuclear weapons test in Nevada, the United States, in 1951.

Credit: US Government
Military personnel observe a nuclear weapons test in Nevada, the United States, in 1951. Credit: US Government
US Government

Learn about America's nuclear secrets, talk to the folks behind 3D bioprinting and enjoy rare appearances by Cheech Marin, Bill Hader and Jasper Redd. This October, KPCC's Crawford Family Forum is offering an assortment of thought-provoking interviews and conversations — we're even throwing a party! 

Here's what's coming up: 

1. Find out what the government kept from us during the '60s and '70s | 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7

What: Command and Control: Eric Schlosser with Mike Shuster on nuclear weapons and the illusion of safety | Get the story behind the U.S. biggest nuclear secrets.

Why you should go: Investigative journalist Eric Schlosser reveals declassified documents, including accounts of nuclear weapon accidents, near misses, heroism and technological breakthroughs.

Join in on social: Are we any safer from nuclear weapons now than we were in the 1960s? Tweet us @KPCCForum, or take our poll: Do you think nuclear weapons should be abolished entirely?

Price: Free | This event is almost at capacity, but you can catch the live video stream here.

2. Meet the faces behind the voices you love at our pledge party with Cheech Marin | 8 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8

What: Cheech & KPCC—It’s a Pledge Drive Party! |Live broadcast, Q&A and reception.

Why you should go: Hang with the ladies and gents behind the voices at 89.3. Off-Ramp’s John Rabe will host a live broadcast while KPCC news editor Oscar Garza chats with actor and Chicano art collector Cheech Marin (yes, the dude from "Cheech and Chong"). KPCC environment reporter Molly Peterson will take the stage, too, in KPCC's first-ever live pitching party. 

Join in on social: Tell us why you love KPCC using the hashtag #KPCClove on Twitter and Facebook. Got a question for Cheech? We're welcoming those, too! 

Price:  $15 using the promo code "PartyOn" | Buy tickets here 

3. What happens when a high school student goes homeless? | 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17

What: The Graduates/Los Graduados (Part 2) - Drop-Out Parents? | Movie screening and discussion on drop-out rates among Latino high school students. 

Why you should go: KPCC's senior education reporter Adolfo Guzman-Lopez will help us break down what happens when a Latino student drops out of high school. We'll also hear from Oscar E. Cruz, president and CEO of Families In Schools, and Dr. Adonay A. Montes, assistant professor for the School Counselor Preparation Program at the University of La Verne.

Join in on social: How would you grade schools in Southern California? A, B, C, D or F? Tweet us using the hashtag #TheGraduates or comment on our Facebook Page.

Price: Free | RSVP here | Missed the Part 1 of this discussion? You can catch the archive video and discussion here.

4. Can a 3D printer build you a liver? | 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22

What: NEXT: The Brave New World of 3D Bioprinting | Explore the hype and hyperbole surrounding the new field of biofabrication — that's right, printing body parts.

Why you should go: The future of biofabrication challenges our notions of reproducing human body parts. NEXT science series host Mat Kaplan will talk to the people in the field and find out how close we are to that reality.

Join on social: Should body parts be reproduced artificially using our own stem cells? A) Yes, it could save lives. B) Yes, but we should regulate the way we do so. C) No, it's unethical. D) No, people will take their health for granted. Share your answers on Twitter using the hashtag #KPCCNext or on our Facebook Page.

Price: Free | Can't make it in person? Catch the live video stream here.

5. Live interview with SNL's Bill Hader & Comedy Central's Jasper Redd on Bullseye | 8 to 10 p.m. Friday, October 25

What: KPCC presents “Bullseye LIVE” | A live-taping of Jesse Thorn's Bullseye with SNL's Bill Hader and Comedy Central's Jasper Redd. 

Why you should watch: Don't miss this rare live-taped interview as Bill Hader and Jasper Redd  give you an in-depth peek into their careers and lives. 

Join on social: Follow us on Twitter at @KPCCForum as we live-tweet this event.

Price: SOLD OUT | Catch the event via our live video stream here.

Want more? See a list of all KPCC events here

The Crawford Family Forum is located at 474 S. Raymond Ave. Pasadena, CA 91105. Click here for directions.