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||Catching the Big Waves with Surf Photographer Sachi Cunningham||When big wave surfers tackle waves, Sachi Cunningham is often right behind them, bobbing in the ocean with nothing but a camera and a wetsuit. The water photographer and San Francisco State University professor has traveled the world, capturing images of||8/28/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Unspoken Rules of Emojis||Nowadays, it's hard to find a text message conversation that doesn't include emojis, the popular Japanese icons. Feeling happy? Smiley face, sunshine, flowers! Sad over a breakup? Crying face, broken heart, woman. We look at the unspoken rules of emojis a||8/28/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||State Looks on as San Jose Reaches Watered-Down Pension Deal||San Jose City Council passed a new pension deal with police and firefighter unions this week, essentially gutting the pension reform measure that San Jose voters passed overwhelmingly in 2012. We?ll discuss the deal and why the action could have repercuss||8/28/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||More Migrants Found Dead as Hundreds of Thousands Flee to Europe||At least 50 migrants were found dead in the hold of a boat off the shores of Libya Wednesday, the latest asylum seekers to die attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea. So far this year, more than 2,000 people have died attempting the crossing. But Europ||8/27/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Duck's Breath Mystery Theatre Reunites for Last Onstage Shows||Newsweek once called the San Francisco comedy troupe Duck's Breath Mystery Theater "an American Monty Python" for its unique brand of sketch comedy, satire and theatrics. The group regularly contributed to NPR's "All Things Considered" during the 1980s. T||8/27/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||UC Berkeley Study: Gentrification Crisis is "Not Yet Half Over"||A team of University of California, Berkeley researchers has more bad news about rising prices in the Bay Area: We're not halfway through the gentrification and displacement we're likely to experience. That's according to the Urban Displacement Project, w||8/27/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Silicon Valley's Naatak Theater Company Celebrates 20 Years||Since 1995, Naatak has been staging plays in the South Bay. The theater company identifies itself as the "largest Indian theater in the U.S." Its latest musical production, "Vrindavan," takes a closer look at the politics and social ills behind the city o||8/26/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||UC Berkeley's Namwali Serpell Wins Caine Prize, Africa's Prestigious Short Story Award||Namwali Serpell is the 2015 winner of the Caine Prize, given annually to one African writer of short stories in English. The UC Berkeley associate professor chose to celebrate by sharing her $15,000 prize with the four other finalists. The Zambian writer||8/26/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||China Cuts Interest Rates as Ripple Effects of 'Black Monday' Continue||Global markets remained volatile Tuesday, even as China cut key interest rates to boost its slumping stocks. The move came as other signs -- like a shrinking manufacturing sector and weaker consumer spending -- pointed to a slowing Chinese economy. Will t||8/26/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Steve Silberman Explores the Forgotten History of Autism||Today, one in 68 children is on the autism spectrum, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Yet despite decades of research, there is much we don't know about the disorder. We discuss the evolving definition, hidden history and publi||8/25/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||California, Bay Area School Districts Scramble to Hire Teachers||Nationwide, school districts can't find enough teachers to fill their classrooms. And the teacher shortage has hit California particularly hard. Between 2008 and 2012, the state lost 82,000 school jobs to budget cuts, according to the Labor Department. No||8/25/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Gerontologist Ken Dychtwald Reflects on His Own Aging Process||A longtime expert on aging and its related issues, gerontologist Ken Dychtwald says he now finds himself confronting the aging process firsthand after turning 65. Dychtwald is the founder of Age Wave, a company focused on the Baby Boomer generation. We ta||8/24/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Congresswoman Barbara Lee on Representing the East Bay||U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Lee recently helped launch an economic initiative aimed at keeping minority and women-owned businesses in Oakland. As a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, she has also taken up issues of social justice, affordable housing||8/24/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Buying Into Bay Area Manufacturing||A growing number of businesses are betting their futures that Bay Area consumers are willing to pay more for goods produced locally. As recently as 1996, Gap and Levis Strauss were among the San Francisco-based garment companies that employed some 14,000||8/21/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Questions Persist Following FDA's Approval of OxyContin for Kids||The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved the painkiller OxyContin for patients aged 11 years and older who suffer from severe, long-term pain. Supporters of the FDA's move say it will ease the suffering of children who have no other treatme||8/21/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Toxic Algae Bloom Poisons Marine Life From California to Alaska||Scientists report that an algae bloom spreading from California to Alaska is poisoning marine life and has quickly become one of the most toxic blooms they've ever seen. Abnormally warm water temperatures are allowing the bloom, which produces a dangerous||8/21/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||NewsHour's Jeffrey Brown Reflects on 'The News' in Debut Book of Poetry||Jeffrey Brown is best known for being an arts correspondent for the PBS NewsHour, for which he has interviewed cultural luminaries like poet W.S. Merwin and fashion photographer Richard Avedon. Brown is also a poet. In his debut collection, "The News," he||8/21/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The South Napa Earthquake: One Year Later||A year ago Monday, the largest earthquake to hit the Bay Area since Loma Prieta in 1989, struck at the heart of the Bay Area's wine country. The magnitude 6.0 earthquake centered six miles outside of the city of Napa killed one person, injured more than 2||8/21/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The ABC's of 'Rad Women'||One wouldn't necessarily expect to see Angela Davis, Carol Burnett and Patti Smith featured in the same book, let alone a children's book. But that's partly the goal of Kate Schatz's "Rad American Women A -Z," which celebrates radical women of all stripes||8/20/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Study: Picky Eating Linked to Social Anxieties, Depression||About 20 percent of kids are picky eaters, snubbing their nose at all but a select list of foods. For most kids, it's simply a phase they'll grow out of, but for some it can be an indication of larger mental health issues. A recent study of kids ages 2 to||8/20/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Growing Field of Men's Studies||Students at Stony Brook University in New York will soon be able to earn a masters degree in "masculinities studies." The new program symbolizes increased attention to how masculinity is treated across cultures and disciplines. At the recent International||8/18/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Report Reveals Amazon's Punishing Workplace Culture||Amazon can be a brutal place to work. That's according to a New York Times report that described employees crying at their desks, backstabbing co-workers and a "rank and yank" practice to cull staff. But some within the company say that the practices keep||8/18/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||From Climate Change to Marijuana: Lawmakers Prepare for Final 2015 Session||California lawmakers are back at the state Capitol for the final weeks of the 2015 legislative session. Among the issues to be debated: funding Medi-Cal, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and repairing transportation infrastructure. John Myers, senior edi||8/18/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Microaggressions and Trigger Warnings 101: Scholarship in the Age of Emotional Sensitivity||There's a growing concern on college campuses that scholarship is suffering at the hands of emotional sensitivity. Critics argue that trigger warnings and avoiding microagressions are taking precedent over intellectual discourse. Still, others say that fe||8/17/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Many Public Schools More Segregated Now Than in '70s||As kids across the country head back to school, many will be entering classrooms that are more racially segregated than they were in the 1970s. In San Francisco, nearly one-fourth of the city's public schools are racially isolated. We'll talk about what t||8/17/2015||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.
Listen and Learn Something
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's a reliable chap
Krasny is a facile interviewer and a genial host. He is highly knowledgeable and handles both callers and guests with equal aplomb. His voice might initially lead you to believe he's a milquetoast, but there's steel behind that soft voice. Most subject matter and guests are interesting and engaging, but there is the occasional dud. Highly recommended!