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||The Music of War||Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria was assassinated 100 years ago as of this June -- an event that triggered a domino effect leading to World War I. It was one of the deadliest wars in history, and yet it was also a time of great creativity and musical i||3/7/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Rival Buys Safeway for Over $9 Billion||The parent company of Albertsons is buying its rival Pleasanton-based Safeway for more than $9 billion, in a deal that experts say would reshape the supermarket industry. We get the latest on the sale, and what it means for competitors and consumers.||3/7/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Artists, Galleries Displaced Amid Tech Boom||Soaring rents have hit art galleries in downtown San Francisco hard. Last month, several long-established Geary Street galleries were evicted to make way for a software firm. Meanwhile, individual artists are also struggling. As part of our Priced Out ser||3/7/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||BPA-Free Plastics Linked to Adverse Human Health Effects||A new investigation by Mother Jones magazine finds that plastics free of the controversial additive bisphenol-A (BPA) may actually be more harmful to humans than those containing it. Meanwhile, scientists continue to debate what doses of the chemical are||3/6/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Lessons on Good and Evil from the Animal Kingdom||Author and animal rights advocate Jeffrey Masson has long written about the emotional life of animals. In his new book, "Beasts: What Animals Can Teach Us About the Origins of Good and Evil," Masson examines human behavior in comparison with other animals||3/6/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||American Muslim Men Speak Out on Love, Sex, and Intimacy||Following the success of "Love, InshAllah: the Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women," editors Ayesha Mattu and Nura Maznavi got a flood of responses from American Muslim men wanting to share their side of the story. In "Salaam, Love: American Muslim||3/5/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||What's Killing the Starfish?||Last summer, researchers started noticing large numbers of starfish dying off along the Pacific coast. So far, nobody knows exactly what is causing the syndrome, known as sea star wasting disease. We talk to some of the scientists who are trying to get to||3/5/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Oakland Shrinks Scope of Controversial Surveillance Center||At about 1 A.M. on Wednesday, Mayor Jean Quan made the tie-breaking vote at the Oakland City Council meeting to scale back the reach of the Domain Awareness Center, a planned 24-hour surveillance hub that has stirred protests and privacy concerns among re||3/5/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Has the U.S. Undermined Peace in the Middle East?||Historian Rashid Khalidi's latest book, "Brokers of Deceit," examines the U.S. role in negotiating peace between the Palestinians and Israelis during three key periods. Khalidi argues that, despite presenting itself as an honest broker, the U.S. was promo||3/4/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Cokie Roberts||NPR news analyst Cokie Roberts joins us to discuss the Ukraine crisis and other recent political developments. We'll also talk to her about her new children's book "Founding Mothers," which she adapted from her 2004 bestseller of the same title.||3/4/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Ambassador Michael McFaul on the Conflict in Ukraine||U.S. ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul stepped down last week, and returned to his position as political science professor at Stanford University. In his two years in the post, McFaul witnessed what many have called the most sizable shift in East-West r||3/4/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||The 2014 Oscar Winners and Losers||We recap Sunday's 86th Academy Awards ceremony, including who won, who was snubbed, and if Ellen DeGeneres' charm was enough to see her through a second Oscars hosting gig.||3/3/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Michio Kaku on 'The Future of the Mind'||In his new book, "The Future of the Mind," theoretical physicist Michio Kaku explores how the next century of scientific innovation will expand the brain's abilities. Kaku joins us to discuss the latest in neurological research, how the brain resembles a||3/3/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||San Francisco's Grammy-Winning Pacific Mambo Orchestra||The Bay Area-based Pacific Mambo Orchestra snagged a Grammy in January, beating out singer Marc Anthony for Best Tropical Latin Album, even though the group had no major-label recording contract. The 19-piece band, founded by pianist Christian Tumalan and||2/28/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Digging up Treasure Island's Radioactive Past||A story published on Tuesday by the Center for Investigative Reporting looks at recent findings of radioactive contamination on Treasure Island, and examines the legacy of radioactive materials used by the U.S. Navy. The report also questions whether the||2/28/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||SFPD Officers Federally Indicted for Theft, Drug Dealing and Other Crimes||A federal grand jury has indicted five San Francisco police officers and one former officer on charges including extortion, drug dealing and theft. The indictments follow a broad federal investigation initiated after San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Ada||2/28/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Rachel Kushner on 'The Flamethrowers'||Author Rachel Kushner rode motorbikes and sported red streaks in her hair during her days at UC Berkeley -- not too different from the heroine of her latest novel, "The Flamethrowers." Kushner joins us to talk about the book, whose protagonist is a 20-som||2/27/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Life After Guantanamo||BBC reporter Dawood Azami is likely the first Afghan journalist to visit Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba, where about 220 Afghans have been held by the U.S. military, making them the largest single nationality detained there. In a new BBC documentary, Azami||2/27/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||U.S. Prepares for Total Troop Withdrawal From Afghanistan||President Obama has formally ordered the Pentagon to prepare for a full withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan by the end of the year, if Afghan President Hamid Karzai or his successor do not sign America's proposed security pact. Many experts are concerne||2/27/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||What's the Best Way to Treat Back Pain?||More than one in four adults in the U.S. say they have recently suffered from low-back pain. Americans spend at least $50 billion a year trying to make their backs feel better, but research has raised questions about the effectiveness of common medical ap||2/26/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Ethics of Cybersecurity||The cybersecurity trade show known as the RSA conference kicked off in San Francisco this week. The conference begins two months after revelations that the RSA Corporation allegedly accepted $10 million from the National Security Agency to engineer a "bac||2/26/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Physicist Argues Reality is Simply a Mathematical Structure||Scientists have long pondered why it is that mathematics so effectively explain how the world works. M.I.T. physicist Max Tegmark has a theory -- he argues that the universe is actually a mathematical structure. Tegmark joins us to discuss that theory, hi||2/25/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Former Governors Fight to Speed Up California Executions||Former California governors George Deukmejian, Pete Wilson and Gray Davis are backing a proposed ballot initiative to streamline the death penalty process. The proposal would put a five-year limit on death penalty appeals and make other changes to the way||2/25/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||On a Meat Mission: Marin Rancher David Evans||On Thursday, Pt. Reyes cattle rancher David Evans announced that his company would purchase Rancho Feeding Corp., the embattled Petaluma slaughterhouse that recently recalled nearly 9 million pounds of beef. Evans, founder of Marin Sun Farms and a fourth-||2/24/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Proposed Gas Tax Would Alter Climate Law||Last Thursday, state Senate President Darrell Steinberg proposed a carbon tax on gas and other fuels. The tax would start at 15 cents per gallon and eventually reach 24 cents in 2020, raising an estimated $3.6 billion in the first year. Some environmental||2/24/14||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!