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||Rebroadcast: Bottom Up Governance||"I guess we'll just have to do it ourselves." That's a growing sentiment in many communities where individuals are tired of waiting for government to act. In this hour, live from the Night of Ideas festival in San Francisco,||2/18/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Rebroadcast: Future of Cities in a Changing Climate||With climate change comes rising seas, flooding and increased natural disasters. And those effects may be felt most acutely in cities. In this hour, broadcast live from the Night of Ideas festival at San Francisco's Main Library,||2/18/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||‘Maid’ Pulls Back the Curtain on Life in Low-Wage America||Stephanie Land struggled to make ends meet while working as a maid for $9 per hour. In her new memoir, “Maid,” she writes about the physically taxing labor and the difficulties she faced as a single mother living in poverty,||2/15/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||President Expected To Sign Spending Bill, Declare National Emergency||The Senate passed a compromise spending and border security bill Thursday that provides significantly less than the $5.7 billion in southern border wall funding that President Trump sought. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the President will.||2/15/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Julie Gottman on the ‘Eight Dates’ Every Couple Should Go On||“Eight Dates,” by relationship experts Julie and John Gottman outlines conversation-based outings designed to rekindle connection in established couples and weed out mismatches in new ones. The recommended dates include an outing centered around con||2/14/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Gov. Newsom Dims Jerry Brown’s Grand Vision of California High Speed Rail||Governor Newsom has put the grand vision of high-speed rail between San Francisco and Los Angeles on hold. The announcement came in Tuesday's State of the State address, where Newsom committed to 119-miles of high-speed rail between Merced and Bakersfi.||2/14/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||UC Research Shows Hummingbirds Fight for Nookie not Nectar||A new UC Berkeley study utilizing high speed video reveals that some hummingbirds have evolved with an eye toward fighting, not feeding. The video shows how hummingbirds stab, spar and push each other in battles over territory and that some birds have .||2/13/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Atmospheric River to Bring Heavy Winds, Potential Flooding||A “Pineapple Express” storm is expected to batter the Bay Area for two days, starting late Tuesday. The storm is an atmospheric river heading toward the West Coast from the tropics south of Hawaii. Caltrans plans to close Highway 1 south of Big Sur||2/13/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||San Francisco Struggles to Respond to Methamphetamine Epidemic||San Francisco health officials are struggling to deal with a resurgance in methamphetamine use. In the past five years meth-related deaths have doubled, hospitalizations have spiked and nearly half of of the psychiatric emergency visits at Zuckerberg S.||2/13/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Newsom Prepares for State of the State Speech, Recalls National Guard from Border||In his first State of the State address on Tuesday, Governor Gavin Newsom is expected to explain his decision to recall hundreds of National Guard members from the Mexican border, in defiance of President Trump.||2/12/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||‘Exiled’ Describes Plight of Cambodian Refugees Facing Deportation||An estimated 10,000 Cambodians live in the Bay Area, many of whom came here as children. In her recent book, "Exiled," journalist Katya Cengel follows four refugee families who fled the Pol Pot regime in the 1970s.||2/12/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Disagreement Over ICE Detention Bed Numbers Could Lead to Another Government Shutdown||Another partial government shutdown is starting to appear likely, after weekend talks between Democrats and Republicans hit a new sticking point: funding for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention beds.||2/12/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||From Facebook Investor to Vocal Critic: Roger McNamee on Getting ‘Zucked’||Venture capitalist Roger McNamee has not always been an outspoken critic of Facebook. He was an early investor in the company and a mentor to founder Mark Zuckerberg. In his new book, "Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe,||2/11/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||What’s the Deal with ‘The Green New Deal’?||President Trump is mocking it on Twitter. Democratic 2020 presidential candidates are rushing to embrace it. But what's really in the "Green New Deal"? Late last week, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.||2/11/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Navigating the Casual Carpool||Casual carpool, a cross between hitchhiking and carpooling, has been moving Bay Area commuters since the 1970s. The phenomenon, which is particularly popular in the East Bay, has no official rules or guidebook,||2/8/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||First Person: Nite Yun and Her Mission to Popularize Cambodian Food||Nite Yun was born in a Cambodian refugee camp in Thailand, where her parents fled from the Khmer Rouge. Now, Nyum Bai, Yun's cheerful restaurant in Oakland's Fruitvale district, has been named one of the 10 best new restaurants in the country by Bon Ap.||2/8/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||President Trump’s Family Separation Policy Under Renewed Scrutiny||On Thursday, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee held the first of three congressional hearings to assess the practice of separating immigrant families at U.S. borders. The hearing comes on the heels of a report that found administration officia.||2/8/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Concrete Falls from Upper Deck of Richmond-San Rafael Bridge||The Richmond-San Rafael Bridge was closed in both directions on Thursday after repeated incidents of concrete falling from the upper deck onto the lower deck. No injuries were reported and Caltrans officials said the falling concrete was caused by norm.||2/8/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Mining the Mystery of Why We Dream||In her new book "Why We Dream," science writer Alice Robb argues that dreams are not "silly little stories" but rather help us form memories, manage anxiety and spark creativity. We'll discuss the latest science behind dreams with Robb and Harvard psyc.||2/7/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Racist History and Role of Blackface in America||Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring on Wednesday admitted that he wore blackface while he was in college at a party in the 1980s. This comes amid increased calls for the resignation of Virginia Governor Ralph Northam over his admission that he wore .||2/7/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Citing FEMA Funding, Paradise Disallows RVs on Uncleared Property||Paradise officials have rescinded an emergency ordinance that allowed property owners to temporarily live in trailers or RVs on their burned-out land. The move came after the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) warned that the town risked losing.||2/7/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Anorexia Treatment Hasn’t Improved in 40 Years, UCSF Study Finds||A recent study from UCSF revealed flaws in the way anorexia nervosa, the deadliest psychiatric disorder, is currently treated. Based on 40 years of data, the analysis found that commonly used treatments, including medicine and cognitive behavioral ther.||2/6/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||President Trump Delivers His Second State of the Union Speech||We'll get analysis and reaction to President Trump's State of the Union address. And we want to hear from you. What did you think of President Trump's speech?||2/6/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Marion Nestle Exposes Corporate Manipulation of Nutrition Science in ‘Unsavory Truth’||You've splurged on Maine wild blueberries for their reputed power to boost immunity, and you've stocked up on avocados, sources of "healthy" fats. But, as Marion Nestle details in her new book "Unsavory Truth,||2/5/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Oakland Teachers Vote to Authorize Strike||Oakland's 3,000 member teachers union has authorized a district-wide strike. Among the union's demands are a 12 percent raise over three years and reduced class sizes. The school district, which has offered a 5 percent pay raise,||2/5/2019||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.
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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 is time-tested, and universally praised.
I first heard Michael Krasny on KGO-AM where he stood out in the AM world with an intelligent, intellectual show that was unfortunately hampered by the commercial medium. Now he's on NPR, and things couldn't be better. He is one of the best hosts anywhere, and his guest list is terrific. He interviews with insight and knowledge and gets the most from his guests. Check him out! You, like me, will become a regular listener.