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||Progressives Challenge Incumbent Libby Schaaf in Oakland Mayoral Race||Oakland voters will choose from 10 mayoral candidates this November, including activist Cat Brooks and incumbent Mayor Libby Schaaf. After a difficult first term that saw the tragic Ghost Ship fire and a sexual misconduct scandal at the Oakland Police .||10/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Election 2018: Prop. 12, The Farm Animal Confinement Initiative||Proposition 12 lays out specific minimum dimensions for the living space allotted to farm animals raised or sold in California. Voters passed a similar law in 2008, but that proposition did not include specific measurements.||10/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Trump Blames California for Wildfires, Threatens to Cut Federal Assistance||In a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, President Trump blamed California forestry management for its catastrophic wildfires, and threatened to withhold future funding. Trump said that California needs to “get their act together and clean up their forests,||10/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Octavio Solis on Growing Up on the U.S.-Mexico Border||Located just minutes from the U.S.- Mexico border, El Paso, Texas is a city divided by race. That divide loomed large in playwright Octavio Solis' childhood and is recounted in his new coming-of-age memoir, “Retablos.||10/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Hundreds of Sea Lions Hit with Deadly Disease||A surge of disease is affecting Northern California's coastal sea lion population, causing an already high death toll and worrying biologists. The outbreak of leptospirosis, a pathogen that causes liver failure,||10/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||New Study Points to Uber, Lyft as Major Contributors to San Francisco Traffic||A recent report released by the San Francisco County Transportation Authority found that ride-service firms were responsible for about half of the increased congestion on city streets between 2010 and 2016.||10/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Election 2018: Prop 10 Would Repeal Costa-Hawkins, Allow Rent Control to Expand||Proposition 10 would repeal the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act and allow cities and counties in California to enact more comprehensive rent control laws. Currently, the 15 counties in the state with rent control are not allowed to place limits on sin.||10/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Michael Imperioli on Writing, Lou Reed and Life After ‘The Sopranos’||Michael Imperioli is well-known for his Emmy-winning portrayal of Christopher Moltisanti on HBO's "The Sopranos." Imperioli's latest pursuit, a novel titled "The Perfume Burned His Eyes," follows a teenage boy growing up in 1970s New York who finds an .||10/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Election 2018: Proposition 11 Would Require Paramedics to be On-Call During Breaks||If passed, Proposition 11 would require private sector paramedics and EMTs to respond to calls even when they're on a meal or rest break. Proponents of the measure say it merely codifies existing practice. Opponents argue that emergency responders need.||10/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Historian Michael Beschloss Explores Burden, Power of Wartime Presidents||In his new book, "Presidents of War," Michael Beschloss writes about nine commanders-in-chief who have faced the heavy burden of war. But as much as Beschloss describes the mental and physical toll war takes on individual presidents,||10/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Proposition 1 Would Authorize $4 Billion in Bonds for Affordable Housing||This November, California voters will decide whether to authorize a $4 billion infusion to existing affordable housing programs for veterans and low-income residents. Supporters of Proposition 1 say it will help address the state's housing crisis.||10/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Election 2018: Proposition 2 Would Use Revenue from ‘Millionaire’s Tax’ to Fund Homeless Housing||California's Proposition 2 would finance a $2 billion bond for homeless housing using revenue from California's "millionaire tax" passed in 2004 to fund mental health services. Advocates of the proposition argue that many mentally ill people also face.||10/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Election 2018: U.S. Senate Candidate Kevin de León||As part of our Election 2018 coverage, we meet U.S. Senate candidate Kevin de León, who hopes to beat incumbent Dianne Feinstein on November 6th. As a senator in the California Legislature, de León authored the sanctuary state bill and set a goal for||10/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Great Expectations for the Warriors’ Final Season in Oakland||In June, the Golden State Warriors swept the Cleveland Cavaliers to win a third NBA Championship in four years. Can the Dubs do it again? The team opens its new season on Tuesday and fans have good reason to be optimistic: starters Stephen Curry,||10/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Lawsuit Alleges Suppression of Minority Voters in Georgia||Civil rights groups are suing Georgia's Secretary of State and Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp for allegedly suppressing thousands of minority voters. According to an AP report, the state's use of a controversial verification system has p.||10/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Election 2018: Bay Area to Vote on Cannabis Taxes||This November, voters across California will decide how cannabis will be taxed in their cities and counties. Although taxes on marijuana have not brought in as much revenue as projected, supporters of local taxes still think they could be a source of f.||10/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Trump and Congress Clash Over Suspected Murder of Saudi Journalist||President Trump said Thursday that the U.S. would help investigate the suspected murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khahoggi but that he would not stop arms deals with Saudi Arabia or take other punitive actions.||10/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||How Ronald Reagan’s ‘Journey’ Transformed U.S. Politics||A new biography traces Ronald Reagan’s rise from humble midwest beginnings to B-grade movie star to president of the United States. Author Bob Spitz’s “Reagan: An American Journey” includes new details about Reagan’s private life,||10/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Lawsuit in Mario Woods Shooting Can Proceed, As Video Throws SFPD Account into Question||Forum discusses a newly unsealed video that casts doubt on statements made by San Francisco police officers about the deadly 2015 police shooting of Mario Woods.||10/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Election 2018: Lt. Gov. Candidate Ed Hernandez||Lieutenant governor candidate Ed Hernandez joins Forum to discuss his priorities for California.||10/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||National Review’s Reihan Salam Argues Against Open Borders||Conservative political commentator Reihan Salam joins Forum to discuss his new book “Melting Pot or Civil War?"||10/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Rebecca Traister Validates Women’s Anger in ‘Good and Mad’||Hundreds of women protested the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, disrupting the judicial hearings to express their fury. This anger is nation-shaping, argues journalist and best selling author Rebecca Traister in her new book “Good a||10/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||UN Panel Issues Dire Report on Climate Change, Calls for Urgent Action||Forestalling the most devastating effects of climate change will “require rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society.” That’s according to a new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change,||10/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Forum on the Road: One Year After the Fires, Are We More Prepared?||One year ago, when deadly fires ripped across Sonoma County, emergency response officials were disorganized and ill prepared, according to a report from California’s Office of Emergency Services. Many residents were not informed that they should evacu||10/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Forum on the Road: Rebuilding Santa Rosa||Santa Rosa was in the midst of a housing crisis even before the devastating Tubbs fire destroyed 5 percent of the city's housing stock -- around 2,900 homes. On the first anniversary of the North Bay fires,||10/9/2018||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.
Forum has been must-listen radio for me for years. Krasny is amazingly well-informed about an amazing array of subjects, but he's at his best and most perceptive when he's interviewing authors. Maybe it's his background as an English professor ... whatever the reason, he seems to really enjoy conversation with literary folks, and I'm delighted to have those conversations available to listen to at my convenience.
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!