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||Jacques Pepin Reflects on 60 Years in the Kitchen||At age 13, Jacques Pepin was an apprentice in some of Paris' most celebrated restaurants. Now he is the expert teacher, having shared his recipes, techniques and love for cooking with audiences for decades. Pepin joins us in studio to celebrate his final||10/12/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Bay Area Filmmaker Explores his Father's Holocaust Memories in "Surviving Skokie"||Jack Adler was a 10-year-old boy living in Poland when the Nazis invaded during World War II. The only member of his family to survive the Holocaust, Adler moved to the United States and ultimately settled with his family in Skokie, Illinois, where he was||10/12/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Federal Election Commission Chair Ann Ravel on Record Campaign Spending and Overcoming Gridlock||The 2016 presidential campaign may generate a record $10 billion in spending. At the same time, the Federal Election Commission, the 6-member bipartisan body charged with enforcing the nation's campaign finance laws, remains, according to FEC Chair Ann Ra||10/12/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Despite A's Recent Hire, Challenges Persist for Women in Coaching||Sports fans and champions of gender equality celebrated last month when the Oakland A's became the first major league baseball team to hire a female coach, naming Justine Siegal as a guest instructor. But while Siegal and a handful of other women coaches||10/9/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||New California Climate Law Mandates 50 Percent Renewable Power by 2030||Half of California's electricity must come from the sun, wind and other renewable sources by 2030, under a law signed by Governor Brown Wednesday. The legislation, known as SB 350, also doubles energy efficiency requirements for existing buildings and inc||10/9/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Sarah Silverman Gets Serious in 'I Smile Back'||Best known for her stand-up comedy, Sarah Silverman plays a suburban mother spinning out of control into addiction and risky behavior in the new movie, "I Smile Back." We'll talk with Silverman about the film, her own struggles with depression and why she||10/9/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Silicon Valley Ballet Premieres "Giselle" with a Cuban Twist||When prima ballerina Alicia Alonso had the chance to choreograph the legendary ballet "Giselle" she gave it a Cuban spin to celebrate her own heritage. The result, dubbed "The Giselle Project," will be performed for the first time on U.S. soil by the Sili||10/8/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||A Former Army MP Discusses the Draft, Avoiding Combat and Wartime Scars||In 1968, R.M. Ryan was an American trying to get out of the draft. He ended up in Germany working with the U.S. military police - away from the front lines in Vietnam but still embroiled in violence. Ryan tells his story in his autobiographical novel, "Th||10/8/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Niall Ferguson Biography Portrays Henry Kissinger as an Idealist||Niall Ferguson's "Kissinger: The Idealist, 1923-1968" paints a portrait of Henry Kissinger's youth in Bavaria and explores the former diplomat and Secretary of State's formative years in Washington. We'll talk with Ferguson about Kissinger's early life an||10/8/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Anne-Marie Slaughter Takes a New Approach to the 'Unfinished Business' of Work/Family Balance||Anne-Marie Slaughter's 2012 piece "Why Women Still Can't Have it All," is one of the most widely-read articles in The Atlantic's history. In her new book, "Unfinished Business," Slaughter continues the conversation about work-life balance but with a diffe||10/7/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Comprehensive Sex Ed Now Mandatory for California's Middle and High School Students||New legislation signed by Governor Jerry Brown requires California students in grades 7-12 to take sexual education classes unless excused by their parents. The new curriculum, set to go into effect on January 1, will include instruction on HIV prevention||10/7/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||From Fresno to the Presidential Election: A Conversation with The Atlantic's James Fallows||As a national correspondent for the Atlantic, James Fallows often focuses on subjects such as China, the Middle East and the United States military. But recently, Fallows, who grew up in California, has turned his attention to his home state. He joins us||10/6/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Physician-Assisted Suicide to Become Legal in California||Governor Jerry Brown signed the "End of Life Option Act" on Monday, granting terminally ill patients in California the right to end their lives with the help of a physician. The bill will take effect in 2016 and culminates a 23-year effort to legalize med||10/6/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Richard Dawkins Looks Back on a Life of Intellectual Adventure||Evolutionary biologist Richards Dawkins joins us to discuss his latest book, "Brief Candle In The Dark: My Life in Science." In this, the second volume of his autobiography, Dawkins presents a series of flashbacks of his life as a "public understanding" p||10/5/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||San Francisco's Prop. F Would Mean New Restrictions for Airbnb||Early voting begins Monday in San Francisco. One issue that's likely to drive people to the polls is Proposition F, which would impose restrictions on Airbnb and similar vacation rental sites. Prop. F would limit private rentals to 75 nights per year and||10/5/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Bay Area Lawmakers Push for Exoneration of Port Chicago 50||On July 17, 1944, explosions at the Port Chicago Naval facility near Concord killed 320 men, 202 of them African-Americans assigned to loading munitions onto cargo ships. Following the tragedy, white sailors were granted leave while African-American sailo||10/2/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||At Least 10 Dead in Mass Shooting at Oregon's Umpqua Community College||Charleston. Sandy Hook. Aurora. And now, Umpqua Community College in Oregon, where a 26-year-old shooter killed 9 people and wounded 7 others, before dying himself. We open the phones lines to get listener reactions to the Oregon tragedy and America's epi||10/2/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Internet Archive Founder Brewster Kahle on Preserving Knowledge and Affordable Housing||Brewster Kahle wants all knowledge to be accessible digitally. He has worked for over 25 years to make that dream a reality. Kahle is the founder of the Internet Archive, a free online library that preserves books, movies, music, software and even website||10/2/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||What the 'Leadership Industry' Gets Wrong||Management expert Jeffrey Pfeffer says "the leadership industry has failed." He believes that too many businesses collapse and too many employees disengage because of bad leaders and misguided advice. Pfeffer makes the case for reforming leadership evalua||10/1/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Report: No Crime Spike from California's Prison Overhaul||Four years ago, under a federal court order, California began to radically transform the way it sentences criminals by allowing non-violent offenders to serve their sentences in county jails rather than state prisons. At the time, critics worried that the||10/1/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Kevin McCarthy Under Fire for Benghazi Comments as He Pursues House Speakership||As Republican House Speaker John Boehner readies to leave his post, a battle is forming over who will take over the party's top spots in the House. California's Kevin McCarthy remains the front-runner for the speakership, although he came under sharp rebu||10/1/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Psychology of Extreme Altruism||Some people go to great lengths to help others, even when it comes at a high personal cost: the couple who adopts 20 orphans, the woman who donates a kidney to a stranger, the man who starts a leper colony. New Yorker staff writer Larissa MacFarquhar prof||9/30/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Syria Conflict Dominates Discussion at U.N. General Assembly||World leaders gathered in New York Tuesday for day two of the U.N. General Assembly ministerial meeting, known as the General Debate. Syria remained the hot topic, amid sharp divisions between the U.S. and Russia over support of Syrian President Bashar al||9/30/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Afghan Forces Fight to Retake Kunduz From the Taliban||Government forces retreated from Kunduz on Monday after the Taliban captured the provincial capital. A city of 300,000, Kunduz is a transport hub for northern Afghanistan and the biggest win for the Taliban since they were ousted in 2001. Meanwhile, conce||9/30/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||From Agent Orange to Artificial Intelligence, Inside DARPA, the 'Pentagon's Brain'||DARPA, or the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency was created during the depths of the Cold War to defend the United States against nuclear weapons. Today the agency's experiments with computer-brain interfaces and autonomous robots have given rise||9/29/2015||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!