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||‘The Dakota Winters’ Recreates 1980s New York City||Tom Barbash joins Forum to discuss his new novel “The Dakota Winters.”||12/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||‘Flyover Country’ Explores Rural Life, Modern Day Violence||Austin Smith draws together the abstract and the intimate in his new book of poetry “Flyover Country.” The collection explores what rural life, violence and belonging mean in today’s world through subjects as diverse as barn cats,||12/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Monday Political News in Review||Forum reviews, analyzes and answers your questions about the latest news from Washington.||12/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Musical ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ Takes on Teen Suicide, Alienation||"Dear Evan Hansen" took Broadway by storm last year, winning 7 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The show explores themes such as teenage depression, suicide and the struggle to find authentic connection in the age of social media.||12/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Muni Bus Driver Shortage Worse Than Previously Disclosed||According to a new report by San Francisco's Budget and Legislative Analyst, the Muni driver shortage is worse than SFMTA officials previously estimated. The agency has 411 fewer full-time bus and train operators than it currently needs to operate,||12/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||New Revelations in Russia Investigation Expected Friday||Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team has until Friday to file documents detailing why it believes former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort lied to investigators and violated his plea agreement. Friday's also the deadline for Mueller and federal pr.||12/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Exploring California’s African-American History||This Thursday marks the 153rd anniversary of the ratification of the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery. Forum marks the occasion by talking about the Bay Area and California's rich, but often overlooked, African-American history.||12/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||‘There There’ Author Talks Success, Native American Experience and Oakland Roots||“There There” is the debut novel of Oakland native Tommy Orange. The story follows multiple generations of Native Americans living in and around the East Bay, exploring how place and culture can influence the complex legacies and identities of Nativ||12/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Wisconsin GOP Weakens Powers of Incoming Democratic Governor, Attorney General||Amid statehouse protests, Wisconsin’s Republican-controlled legislature passed bills Wednesday to strip key powers of Democratic Governor-elect Tony Evers and Attorney General-elect Josh Kaul. The plan, which Democrats called a power grab,||12/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||San Jose City Council Approves Parcel Sale, Clearing Way for Google Campus||San Jose City Council was expected to vote Tuesday night to greenlight a Google development on more than 10 acres of public land adjacent to the Diridon Station. Supporters of the project say it will bring an estimated 25,000 jobs to the city.||12/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Stanford’s Francis Fukuyama on the Root of ‘Identity’ Politics||Stanford scholar Francis Fukuyama believes America’s increased political polarization can be traced back to a universal desire for recognition. His latest book, “Identity,” digs into the factors that gave rise to President Trump,||12/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Task Force Outlines Plan to Cut Childhood Poverty in California by 50 Percent||According to the State Poverty Task Force, one in five children in California lives below the federal poverty line. In a new report, the task force provides a detailed plan for how to end extreme childhood poverty,||12/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||UCSF Study: Fentanyl Suppliers Behind Spike in Opioid Deaths||Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid 30 to 40 times more potent than heroin, caused more than 29,000 overdose deaths in the United States last year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We'll discuss what's driving the fentanyl crisis a.||12/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||PG&E Faces Renewed Scrutiny After Devastating Camp Fire||Emotions flared at last week's California Public Utilities Commission meeting in San Francisco as many people expressed anger at the possibility of another PG&E bailout. The commission renewed a call by CPUC President Michael Picker to open a new inqui.||12/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Housing Emergency Persists for Paradise Evacuees||More than 90 percent of Paradise housing stock was destroyed by the Camp Fire in Butte County, creating a housing emergency that is far from resolved. FEMA said last week that as many as 2,000 trailers could soon be available to provide temporary housi.||12/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Mueller Probe Casts Shadow Over Trump’s G-20 Trip||President Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen lied to Congress about plans to build a Trump Tower in Moscow, according to court documents filed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Thursday. Cohen’s guilty plea contradicts statements made b||12/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Taylor Mac’s Irreverent Take on Christmas||Taylor Mac loves Christmas music but hates the lyrics. The MacArthur Genius-winning playwright, singer, actor and drag artist has opened an extravagant new show, "Holiday Sauce," which reframes traditional Christmas songs to highlight the dysfunction o.||11/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||SF Supervisor Wants ‘Zuckerberg’ Taken Off SF General||Earlier this week San Francisco Supervisor Aaron Peskin asked the city attorney to look into the possibility of removing the "Zuckerberg" name from Prescilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital.||11/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||What’s Next for the California Republican Party?||California Democrats crushed state Republicans in the recent midterm election, reducing the GOP to seven of the state's 53 seats in the House of Representatives. We'll talk with California republicans about how the party plans to move forward.||11/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Study: 1 in 40 Kids Has Autism Spectrum Disorder||Estimates of the number of Americans diagnosed with autism have increased from about 1 in 1000 in the 1960s, to about 1 in 40 today. Despite its prevalence, misinformation about autism persists, says Bryna Siegel,||11/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Report: China is Trying to Influence American Politics and Society||A group of experts on China-U.S. relations have released a report detailing what they say are China's expanding attempts to meddle in American democracy. The report says, "except for Russia, no other country's efforts to influence American politics and.||11/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Oakland A’s Release New Stadium Plan||On Wednesday, the Oakland A's announced their plan to build a new baseball stadium at the Port of Oakland’s Howard Terminal, north of Jack London Square. In conjunction, they are also planning to redevelop the Coliseum site in Oakland with housing,||11/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Does Intermittent Fasting Live up to the Hype?||Intermittent fasting is gaining attention, with followers of diets like the the 5:2 plan crediting calorie restriction with increased energy, smaller waistlines, and better overall health. Some in Silicon Valley say fasting leads to higher productivity.||11/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Scientist’s Claim of Genetically-Edited Babies Renews Ethics Concerns||A scientist in China announced this week that he had created the world's first genetically-edited human babies. In an announcement that shocked many, including scientists and ethicists, He Jiankui said he altered a gene in the embryos of twin girls to.||11/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Activist Randy Shaw Takes on San Francisco and Urban America’s Housing Crisis||San Francisco has become the "poster child for urban unaffordability," Randy Shaw declares in the opening pages of his new book, "Generation Priced Out." Shaw, the longtime director of San Francisco's Tenderloin Housing Clinic,||11/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
If there's a rock star of Bay Area public radio interviews, Krasny is it, and now he's web-wide. He's highly informed, and he takes on relevant and complex topics from local to international. Every segment delivers real information and expertise. So happy that I can get Forum whenever I want it now.
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I haven't lived in the Bay Area for over a decade, but I still listen to forum whenever I can. Even though it is on NPR in the liberal bastion of San Francisco, this is the most balanced interview show you will find anywhere (I'm a Republican-Libertarian). Even more importantly, Krasny is probably one of the most intelligent and certainly most well informed interview host on the radio/internet waves. From politics, to art, and to wine, I'm continually impressed by every show I hear. It puts Talk of the Nation to shame.
Krasny is time-tested, and universally praised.
I first heard Michael Krasny on KGO-AM where he stood out in the AM world with an intelligent, intellectual show that was unfortunately hampered by the commercial medium. Now he's on NPR, and things couldn't be better. He is one of the best hosts anywhere, and his guest list is terrific. He interviews with insight and knowledge and gets the most from his guests. Check him out! You, like me, will become a regular listener.