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||Building ‘Age-Friendly’ Cities for the Elderly||An effort is underway to make the Bay Area more "age friendly," by enhancing cities with infrastructure and services that better enable the elderly to remain active participants in their communities. Ten of the fifteen cities in Santa Clara County are ...||7/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||President Trump Bans Transgender Americans from Military Service||On Wednesday President Donald Trump announced a ban on transgender people from serving in the U.S. military in any capacity. The ban reverses a decision under President Barack Obama that allowed them to serve.||7/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Bay Area Troop Leaders React to President Trump’s Speech at National Boy Scout Jamboree||President Donald Trump spoke at the annual Boy Scout National Jamboree in West Virginia Monday night. For 80 years, presidents have been invited to speak at the jamboree, traditionally avoiding politics. But Trump dove into politics anyways - talking a...||7/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||North Korea Could Launch Nuclear-Capable Missile Against U.S. By 2018||The Pentagon’s Defense Intelligence Agency has determined that North Korea will be able to field a “reliable, nuclear-capable” intercontinental ballistic missile by next year, the Washington Post reported Tuesday.||7/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||UCSF Doctor Chronicles Her Journey from Kidney Donor to Kidney Doctor||When Bay Area primary care doctor Vanessa Grubbs discovered that her boyfriend wasn’t getting the donated kidney that he desperately needed, she decided to give him one of her own. During the process, Grubbs discovered racial disparities in the way d.||7/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Bay Area Adding Jobs Despite Housing, Transportation Challenges||The Bay Area added thousands of jobs in June, according to a report released last week by the California Employment Development Department. But some economists warn that the region’s job growth could soon stall as high housing prices and weak transport.||7/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Al Gore Spotlights New Climate Challenges with ‘An Inconvenient Sequel’||Over 10 years ago, Al Gore starred in the documentary "An Inconvenient Truth," a fervent call to curb climate change. Now, the former vice president is back with "An Inconvenient Sequel," which chronicles Gore's efforts to keep the fight against global...||7/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||President Trump Declares ‘Complete Power’ To Grant Pardons||The Washington Post reported last week that White House lawyers were researching President Trump’s pardoning authority in light of the investigation into his campaign’s connections with Russia. Administration officials have downplayed the story,||7/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||From Anchovies to Zucchini: What to Cook this Summer||Zucchini ribbon salads, gazpacho and ice cream tacos ... such is the bounty of summer! In this hour we talk with local chefs and food writers about their favorite summer recipes and find out what they serve when the vegetables are abundant and the heat...||7/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||‘Red Lines’ and the Repeal That Wasn’t: A Look at the Week in Politics||It has been a busy week in politics. Bloomberg News reported that Special Investigator Robert Mueller is looking into President Trump's personal financial dealings -- something the President warned would be crossing a "red line" and outside the scope o...||7/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Soundtrack of the Summer of Love||Fifty years ago about 100,000 people came to San Francisco to take part in the musical and cultural revolution known as the Summer of Love. That year brought us familiar and enduring hits like the Beatles' “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” and the “A||7/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Detwiler Fire Near Yosemite Forces Evacuation of 5,000||The Detwiler Fire burning west of Yosemite National Park has forced the evacuation of about 5,000 people and burned over 70,000 acres since it started on Sunday; On Tuesday, Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in Mariposa County.||7/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Pioneering Astronomer Jill Tarter on ‘Making Contact’ with Alien Life||Jill Tarter has devoted more than 40 years to searching for extraterrestrial life as cofounder of the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute. At a time when women were discouraged from pursuing the sciences,||7/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Scrutiny Intensifies Over Trump Campaign’s Russia Connections||The U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee is requesting interviews with Donald Trump Jr. and others involved with President Trump's campaign about their June 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer who promised to provide damaging information about Hillary Cli...||7/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Psychology of Procrastination and Productivity||Responding to email, preparing for that meeting, tidying up the kitchen. Why is it tasks like those are often put aside for things like watching tv and surfing the internet? Bay Area psychologist Mary Lamia joins us to discuss her new book,||7/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Report: Oakland Failed to Investigate Almost 80% of Buildings Flagged by Fire Department||Last month, a massive four-alarm fire in Oakland consumed a building under construction near Lake Merritt, displacing nearly 700 residents. That blaze comes less year than a year after the deadly Ghost Ship fire, which killed 36 people.||7/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Mosul Faces Major Challenges After Victory Declared Against ISIS||A week after Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared victory in a grueling, nine-month offensive to retake Mosul from ISIS, the city is still reeling. Nearly 900,000 people have been displaced and the UN estimates it will cost more than a billion...||7/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||‘Travel Addict’ Tom Lutz on the Draw of Remote Places||In his solitary travels, Tom Lutz seeks out places where he doesn’t know anyone, or speak the language. His latest book, “Drinking Mare’s Milk on the Roof of the World,” depicts encounters with people across the globe,||7/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||‘Revelations’ of Southern African American Art at De Young||The Transatlantic slave trade and the Jim Crow era made deep and irreversible marks in American history. But despite the segregation and racial barriers of those times, African Americans with little or no formal training produced a wide range of musica...||7/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||BART Crime Reporting Method Under Scrutiny||BART Police Chief Carlos Rojas said at a press conference on Thursday that crime on BART trains, and in the stations, is on the rise. Rojas added that he will investigate ways to improve the system’s crime reporting. The statement comes after critics,||7/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Google Pays Researchers for Favorable Academic Research||Google doled out hundreds of thousands of dollars to researchers who wrote papers supporting the company’s market dominance, the Wall Street Journal reported earlier this week. The Silicon Valley company funded about 100 papers directly,||7/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Best Podcasts for Your Summer Road Trip||Ah, summertime. The perfect time of year for vacations and long, winding road trips through forests, deserts and… traffic from everybody else trying to get out of town. But extra time in the car means extra time to catch up on your favorite podcasts.||7/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||New Senate GOP Health Care Plan Faces Uncertain Future||Senate Republicans released their updated plan to repeal and replace Obamacare on Thursday. The bill, so far, has failed to unite the GOP. At least two Republican senators are expected to vote against it, and two other Republican senators released an...||7/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||President Trump Meets with French President Emmanuel Macron||President Trump traveled to Paris on Wednesday, two days before Bastille Day, the French national day. Trump will participate in a joint news conference in Paris with French President Emmanuel Macron where Trump will likely be asked about the revelatio...||7/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Hate Crimes on the Rise in California||Hate crimes in California increased more than 11 percent last year, according to a California Department of Justice report released this month. Race-related hate crimes - mostly against African Americans and Latinos -- accounted for the majority of the...||7/12/2017||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!