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||‘Goon Squad’ Author Jennifer Egan Returns to Traditional Storytelling||Set in the Brooklyn Navy Yard during the Depression and second world war, Jennifer Egan's new book, "Manhattan Beach," is a 400-page historical novel, a major departure from her Pulitzer Prize-winning "A Visit from the Goon Squad.||10/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||North Bay Residents Return After Evacuation Orders Lifted||As firefighters continue to contain the devastating wildfires in Northern California, residents are returning to cities and towns that were under mandatory evacuation. Forum checks in with county officials about opening schools when many students and t...||10/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||President Trump Ends Affordable Care Act Subsidies, Disavows Iran Deal||Forum brings you analysis of the latest national news, including President Trump's decision to end subsidies that help low-income Americans receive insurance under the Affordable Care Act. We'll also discuss the President's announcement on Friday that ...||10/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Northern California Wildfire Update||We'll bring you the latest news on the wildfires that have been devastating communities in Sonoma and Napa counties and across Northern California.||10/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Coping with the Stress and Trauma of Natural Disasters||Losing a home or fleeing from a wildfire can be a traumatic event. And for many people, monitoring news about the North Bay wildfires and keeping track of loved ones is stressful as well. Forum discusses how to recognize the signs of burnout and trauma...||10/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||North Bay Legislators React to Wildfires, Response Efforts||In this hour, we’ll bring you the latest news on the wildfires burning across Northern California. We’ll also hear from elected officials about how their respective communities are faring, how they are providing for the North Bay's most vulnerable pop||10/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||SPECIAL COVERAGE: Fire Continues to Ravage North Bay||In this special presentation of Forum, we continue to take your calls and check-in with reporters and officials across Sonoma and Napa counties.||10/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Uncontained Wildfires Continue to Threaten Santa Rosa, Force Evacuations||Hundreds of people in Sonoma County remained unaccounted for Wednesday as devastating wildfires continued to burn throughout the region. In Santa Rosa, as forecasts predicted high winds late Wednesday, uncontrolled flames threatened homes and businesse...||10/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Mandatory Evacuations Expand as Fires Continue to Spread in Northern California||Twenty-one fires are now burning in Northern California and authorities worry that high winds on Wednesday night and Thursday morning will further spread destruction. On Wednesday officials issued a mandatory evacuation for Calistoga.||10/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Sonoma, Napa County Fires Expected to Have Devastating Economic Impact||Ongoing fires in Northern California have destroyed at least 2,000 homes and businesses including one of Napa's oldest wineries, White Rock Vineyards. The wine industry and tourism provide approximately 100,||10/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||How to Prepare for a Disaster||At least 15 people are reported dead due to the 16 fires raging across Northern California. The fires have burned over 100,000 acres and over 2,000 homes and structures. In this segment, we talk to a panel of experts about disaster preparedness and too...||10/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||SPECIAL COVERAGE: Fire Sweeps Through the North Bay||In this special presentation of Forum, we continue to take your calls and check-in with reporters and officials across Sonoma and Napa counties.||10/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Council on Foreign Relations’ Steven Cook on a ‘False Dawn’ in The Middle East||The U.S. and Turkey have mutually suspended visa services, effectively blocking travel between the two countries. The suspensions come after a U.S. consulate employee was arrested in Istanbul last week. Council on Foreign Relations Senior Fellow Steven...||10/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Wildfires Ravage Northern California||More than 1,500 homes and business have been destroyed and thousands of people have been evacuated from fires tearing across the North Bay. Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency in Napa, Sonoma and Yuba counties.||10/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Nobel Prize Winner Muhammad Yunus on Fixing Capitalism, Fostering Entrepreneurship||The man known for inventing microfinance, Muhammad Yunus, thinks that capitalism has grown too "greed-oriented.” Yunus won a Nobel Peace Prize in 2006 for his work lending money at low interest rates to budding entrepreneurs around the world.||10/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Napa And Sonoma Fire Update||A series of fires in five Northern California counties — totaling at least 25,000 acres — that began Sunday night are causing evacuations in Napa and Sonoma Counties. High winds are driving the fires which continue to blaze this morning,||10/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Zoë Quinn On Gamergate, Fighting Online Harassment||Zoë Quinn was trying to establish herself as a video game developer when she unwillingly became famous as the face of the Gamergate controversy in 2014. An ex-boyfriend published a blog post with false accusations that led Quinn and other feminists in ..||10/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Struggles of a Vietnamese Refugee Family Told in Illustrated Memoir||Thi Bui was only 3 years old when her family fled South Vietnam in the 1970s to start a new life in California. But Bui says she inherited some of the fear and trauma of her parents' experiences in the war. Bui's illustrated memoir,||10/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Las Vegas Massacre Heightens Concerns About Security at Outdoor Venues||New evidence emerged Thursday that gunman Stephen Paddock scouted other locations -- including the Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago -- before massacring 58 concertgoers in Las Vegas last weekend. As San Francisco prepares for several large outdoo...||10/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||San Francisco Adopts New Homeless Strategy||The San Francisco Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing this week announced a new plan, modeled after success in cities like Houston and Salt Lake City. Its goal is to cut the numbers of chronic homeless in half.||10/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Kristin Scott Thomas Talks Career, New Film ‘Darkest Hour’||Kristin Scott Thomas plays Winston Churchill’s wife Clementine in the upcoming film “Darkest Hour,” which examines Churchill’s first term as prime minister, as Britain faced an imminent Nazi invasion. Thomas,||10/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Ethics Expert Kirk Hanson On Data Breaches, Corporate Accountability||Sunnyvale-based Yahoo announced Tuesday that every one of its 3 billion account holders was compromised by a massive data breach in August 2013, three times the number the company initially reported in 2016.||10/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Stephen Greenblatt on the Enduring Influence of the Bible’s Adam and Eve||Many of us think we know the biblical story of Adam and Eve and its themes of original sin, temptation and exile. But the story has a complicated history, beginning as a Babylonian creation myth and later taking on literal meaning for medieval and Rena..||10/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||King Felipe of Spain Denounces Catalan Secessionists, as Mass Protests Continue in Barcelona||Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators flooded Barcelona's streets Tuesday, protesting police violence in the wake of Sunday's disputed vote in favor of Catalan independence. Calling for unity, King Felipe of Spain condemned the secessionists as acting...||10/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei Surveys The Global Refugee Crisis in ‘Human Flow’||Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei has evolved into a fierce and outspoken critic of human rights abuses in China and around the world. His new documentary, Human Flow, focuses on the growing worldwide refugee crisis.||10/4/2017||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.
Forum has been must-listen radio for me for years. Krasny is amazingly well-informed about an amazing array of subjects, but he's at his best and most perceptive when he's interviewing authors. Maybe it's his background as an English professor ... whatever the reason, he seems to really enjoy conversation with literary folks, and I'm delighted to have those conversations available to listen to at my convenience.
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!