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||CleanBike Advocates Demand City Increase Safety Following Hit-and-Runs||Bicycle advocates in San Francisco expressed outrage about last week's hit-and-run fatalities at a City Hall meeting on Thursday, demanding the city do more to make streets safer. Two women were killed on the same night in separate incidents last week ...||6/30/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanSummertime at the Movies||Whether it's Jason Bourne kickboxing his way through assailants, female Ghostbusters donning proton packs, or a fish who sounds a lot like Ellen DeGeneres searching for her parents, there is no shortage of Hollywood blockbusters this summer.||6/30/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanLarry Bogad: Using Pranks and Stunts for Political Activism||Imagine this: A row of riot police stand decked out in tactical gear. Then an army of clowns appear, using rainbow feather dusters to clean off the policemen's combat boots and drawing smiley faces on their shields.||6/29/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanActor Alan Cumming Bares It All While Singing Sappy Songs||While many may recognize actor Alan Cumming as the conniving campaign manager Eli Gold from TV's "The Good Wife," the Scotsman is also an award-winning showman who netted a Tony for "Cabaret" and starred in a number of films,||6/29/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanTurkey Observes National Day of Mourning After Airport Attack Kills 42||Turkey declared a national day of mourning after a terrorist attack hit Istanbul's Ataturk airport on Tuesday, killing 42 people, including 13 foreign nationals. Early indications are that Islamic State is responsible,||6/29/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanIn My Experience: Homeless in the Bay Area||Over 6,600 people are homeless in San Francisco, according to a 2015 count by the city. That includes not just people living on the streets, but those residing in shelters, cars, and other temporary locations.||6/28/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanSearching for the Hows, Whats and Whys of Homelessness||As part of SF Project Homeless, a week of coordinated media coverage on homelessness in the Bay Area, KQED asked our listeners what questions they have about homelessness. We received more than 1,200 responses,||6/28/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanMother Jones’ Shane Bauer Goes Undercover as a Private Prison Guard||In December 2014 Mother Jones senior reporter Shane Bauer took a job as a corrections guard at a Louisiana prison run by the country's second largest private prison company -Corrections Corporation of America (CCA).||6/27/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanSan Francisco Creates New Department to Address Homelessness||This Friday, the city of San Francisco will launch a new Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing with Jeff Kositsky at the helm. Kositsky, who has advocated for homeless rights for more than twenty years,||6/27/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanChicken Guns and Chili Grenades: Mary Roach Explores Unexpected Science of the Military World||Have you ever heard of weaponized ghost peppers? That's a "chili grenade" that uses one of the world's hottest peppers to burn the eyes and skin of its targets. It's just one of the military inventions that Mary Roach encountered while working on her n...||6/24/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanSupreme Court Strikes Down Texas Abortion Law||In a major decision, the United States Supreme Court on Monday struck down restrictions on Texas clinics that threatened to make abortions more difficult for women to access. The court ruled that the limits were an undue burden on women’s constitutiona.||6/24/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanSan Francisco Pride Tightens Security in Wake of Orlando Shooting||This weekend, for the first time, there will be metal detectors at all entry points to San Francisco's Pride celebration. This comes as a result of increased security concerns after 49 people were shot at a gay nightclub in Orlando earlier this month.||6/23/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanU.K. Votes to Leave E.U., Prime Minister Cameron Resigns||Yesterday, Britain stunned the world by voting to leave the European union. Prime Minister David Cameron resigned and will step down in October. The news sent financial markets into a tailspin. In this hour, we’ll talk about the historic vote,||6/23/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanSenior White House Advisor Valerie Jarrett Talks Gun Legislation and the ‘State of Women’||Before entering into national politics, Valerie Jarrett served as deputy chief of staff for a Chicago mayor and was CEO of a major real estate development company. Now, as a Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama,||6/22/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanPolitical Roundup: Campaign Trail Attacks Intensify, House Dems Hold Gun Control Sit-In||Donald Trump delivered a scathing attack on Hillary Clinton in a speech on Wednesday, calling her a "world class liar" who "gets rich making you poor." Trump's supporters hope the new offensive will help shift the narrative away from that of a campaign...||6/22/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanPG&E Agrees to Close Diablo Canyon, California’s Last Nuclear Plant||Pacific Gas and Electric Co. announced Tuesday it will close Diablo Canyon, California's last nuclear plant, in 2025, putting an end to the state's nuclear era. As part of an agreement with several environmental groups,||6/22/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanForum on the Road: San Rafael’s Homeless Plan Stirs Debate||A nonprofit serving San Rafael's homeless has set off a community wide debate about what services should be provided to Marin County's homeless population and where. The Ritter Center has reached an agreement with city officials to move its services,||6/21/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanForum on the Road: Traffic Woes Rankle Marin County||From bottlenecks on Highway 101 to gridlock on Sir Francis Drake, Marin County residents are increasingly frustrated by the region's traffic conditions. Proposed fixes include adding toll lanes, widening freeways,||6/21/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||Clean‘The Course Of Love’ is Disappointment … and That’s Okay||After a 23-year hiatus from writing novels, philosopher Alain de Botton is back with a new work of fiction that explores the challenges of long term relationships. "The Course of Love" follows Kirsten and Rabih from their passion-fueled beginning as a ...||6/20/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanHow the U.S. Became Embroiled in ‘The Forever War’||Since 9/11, the United States has been led by presidents with a firm mandate to quash terrorism. But according to UC Berkeley professor Mark Danner, America's wars in the Middle East have spiraled out of control: worldwide deaths attributed to terroris...||6/20/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanThree Hundred Years, Two Families and One Forest: Annie Proulx Discusses Her New Novel ‘Barkskins’||Annie Proulx, the Pulitzer-Prize winning author of "The Shipping News," revisits the harshness of the natural world in her new novel, "Barkskins." The book begins with the arrival of two French indentured servants in 17th century Canada and follows the...||6/19/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanA Disappointing Ending to the Warriors’ Record-Breaking Season||The NBA finals return to Oakland on Sunday for a winner-take-all 7th game. Can Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors bounce back after two blowout losses? Or will LeBron James lift the Cleveland Cavaliers to a historic victory after being down 3-...||6/17/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanThe Week in News: California’s Budget, Chaos at OPD and a Renewed Push for Gun Control||The California Legislature approved Governor Jerry Brown's $122.5 billion general fund state budget on Wednesday, boosting funds for affordable housing and child care. Meanwhile in Oakland, Interim Police Chief||6/16/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanChinaka Hodge on Love, Hip Hop and the Changing Face of Oakland||Chinaka Hodge has two big passions: hip hop and her native Oakland. As a teen, Hodge co-founded her own music group called "The Getback" and established herself as a spoken word performer with Oakland's Youth Speaks and HBO's Def Poetry Jam.||6/16/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||Clean‘Brexit’ Vote a Turning Point for Britain and European Union||British voters will go to the polls next week to decide whether their country should remain in the European Union. The vote has come to be known as the "Brexit" -- shorthand for Britain's possible exit from the EU -- and will be a crucial turning point...||6/15/2016||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!