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||CleanEast Bay Mayors Ask for State Help to Stop Freeway Shootings||The California Highway Patrol arrested five suspects Thursday in connection with a recent spate of highway shootings. There have been 28 shootings on five East Bay freeways since November, killing four people and injuring 12. Mayors from Hercules,||5/26/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanRaising a Pint to the Bay Area Beer Scene||The Bay Area beer scene is booming with a burst in craft breweries and beer gardens popping up all over the Bay Area. In this hour we talk about the latest trends, the increased popularity of new varieties such as sour beer and tips for home brewing.||5/25/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanCongress Set to Pass New Regulations on Environmental Toxins||Congress is set to pass the first new regulations on toxic chemicals in 40 years. The law means that some 64,000 chemicals, many of them ingredients in household products, will be tested for the first time. The new federal regulations could also||5/25/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanUC Berkeley’s Dacher Keltner on ‘How We Gain and Lose Influence’||UC Berkeley psychologist Dacher Keltner makes the case that a person's ability to empathize is what helps him or her reach a position of authority. However, leaders lose empathy and related qualities like generosity and openmindedness||5/24/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanMeasure AA Seeks Parcel Tax to Protect Bay Area from Rising Seas||On June 7, voters in the nine Bay Area counties will decide whether or not to pass a $12-a-year parcel tax aimed at combating the effects of rising sea levels in the region. Opponents of the tax don't like that it charges individual homeowners the same...||5/23/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanMassive Redevelopment Underway for Treasure Island||Construction has begun to bring 8,000 new housing units to San Francisco's Treasure Island, along with hotels, park lands, new infrastructure and a ferry service. At the same time, billionaire filmmaker George Lucas is reportedly in talks with the city...||5/23/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanForeign Workers at Tesla Spotlight a Visa System Vulnerable to Fraud||A recent San Jose Mercury News investigation accused Tesla Motors of using grossly underpaid, overworked, foreign laborers to build a new facility. The report has exposed the potential abuse of simple business visas,||5/23/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanCalifornia Youth, Latino Voter Registration Surging as Monday’s Deadline Looms||California voters have until Monday to register or to change party affiliation for the June 7 presidential primary. The primary contest has sparked a sharp increase in new voter registrations, especially among Democrats, Latinos and youth,||5/20/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanRo Khanna Challenges Eight Term Incumbent in 17th Congressional District||As part of Forum's Election 2016 coverage, we'll talk with Ro Khanna, candidate for the California's 17th district in the U.S. House of Representatives which includes Silicon Valley. This is the second time Khana, who served in||5/20/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanJournalist William Finnegan’s Pulitzer Prize Winning Surfing Memoir||New Yorker journalist William Finnegan has covered armed conflicts in Africa and urban poverty in the United States. But for decades he shied away from writing about his personal passion: surfing. Last year, Finnegan published a memoir,||5/20/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanSFPD Police Chief Greg Suhr Resigns Amid Protest||At a press conference Thursday, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee announced that he asked Police Chief Greg Suhr to resign. Suhr's resignation came just hours after an unarmed black woman was fatally shot by San Francisco police.||5/19/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanCongresswoman Loretta Sanchez Draws on Capitol Hill Experience in Race for U.S. Senate||Loretta Sanchez has represented parts of Orange County for ten terms in the United States Congress. As Sanchez battles Democratic front-runner Kamala Harris for Barbara Boxer's Senate seat, Sanchez has highlighted her work on sexual assault and human t...||5/19/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanEl Cerrito’s Arhoolie Records Goes to Smithsonian Folkways||Smithsonian Folkways, the museum and record label that preserves significant works, is acquiring El Cerrito-based Arhoolie Records and its vast archive of roots, blues and rural music. Arhoolie founder Chris Strachwitz was||5/19/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanEgyptian Activist Ahmed Salah on his Odyssey from Revolutionary to Exilee||In 2011, Ahmed Salah stood in Cairo's Tahrir Square alongside thousands of other protesters he helped organize against the autocratic regime of Hosni Mubarak. It was a joyous moment for Salah, who had endured years of arrests,||5/18/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanSouth Asian Community Split Over Language for California’s Textbooks||A proposed revision to California textbooks has sparked a debate about how to tell the history of a region that includes present-day Nepal, Pakistan, India, and Sri Lanka. The California Department of Education has proposed altering middle school||5/18/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanNew Mapping Project Documents Development of the American West||Every 2 1/2 minutes a piece of Western land the size of a football field is lost to human development, according to a new project from the Center for American Progress and the Conservation Science Partners. The study is part of a||5/18/2016||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!