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||Former Sen. Gary Hart Condemns America's 'Massively Corrupt' Politics||Former U.S. Senator Gary Hart ran for president twice, rejecting political action committee (PAC) money both times. Now the Colorado Democrat is asking candidates for the 2016 presidential race to do the same. In his new book "The Republic of Conscience,"||7/29/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Turkey Gets NATO Support as Attacks Escalate||NATO offered its support to Turkey after a recent bombing killed dozens in a Turkish town near the Syrian border. The bombing, thought to be perpetrated by members of the Islamic State, highlights how Turkey is now grappling with conflicts on two fronts:||7/29/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Tina Seelig on How the 'Invention Cycle' Can Bring Great Ideas to Fruition||Can creativity be taught? Yes it can, according to Tina Seelig, who runs Stanford's Technology Ventures Program. In her most recent book "Insight Out," Seelig clarifies the relationship between imagination, creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship. She||7/28/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Report: Richmond's Unorthodox Anti-Crime Program Works||A new report out this week says Richmond's Office of Neighborhood Safety is helping to reduce violent crimes in the city. The program seeks out the city's most vulnerable members using data mining to offer mentoring and a paid fellowship. Now, Richmond is||7/28/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Stanford Project Unearths Personal Histories of Chinese Railroad Workers||The Transcontinental Railroad has been dubbed a feat of 19th century engineering and has been credited with opening California up to trade. Despite the importance of the project, little is known about the individual lives of the 12,000 Chinese immigrants||7/27/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Study Questions Aggressive Cancer Treatments for Terminal Patients||A new study suggests that chemotherapy given to terminal cancer patients who aren't expected to live beyond six months may do more harm than good. We'll discuss the pros and cons of chemotherapy for terminal patients, especially when weighed against the e||7/27/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||New Documentary Examines the Role of 'White People' in Race Dialogue||A new documentary from by MTV titled "White People" asks white millennials to take a closer look at how they view race. "I don't think we can have a conversation about race in America anymore and not include white people in the conversation," said journal||7/24/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Richmond Approves California's First Rent Control Ordinance in 30 Years||The Richmond City Council voted this week to enact eviction protection and rent control rules that will limit rent increases to that of the Consumer Price Index for the region, or about 2 percent annually. Supporters say the rules, which will go into effe||7/24/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Travel Writer Pico Iyer's Advice for Adventure: Stay Still||"In an age of constant movement, nothing is so urgent as sitting still." That is Pico Iyer's conclusion in his new book "The Art of Stillness." The longtime travel writer, who has trekked to countries as far-ranging as North Korea and Ethiopia, is now mak||7/23/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||David Gergen on Political Gridlock and the 2016 Presidential Campaign||CNN political analyst David Gergen was an adviser to Presidents Nixon, Ford, Reagan and Clinton. He joins us to discuss the 2016 presidential race, including why, or perhaps how, Donald Trump can be holding the lead in Republican polls, the on-going polit||7/23/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Kids of Working Moms Are All Right||If you're a working mom who feels guilty for being away from your kids, there's good news. A recent Harvard Business School study shows that women who had mothers in the work force are more likely to have jobs, supervisory responsibility and earn higher w||7/22/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||'The Really Big One' That Will Hit the Pacific Northwest||There's a fault line that should strike greater fear in your heart than the San Andreas or the Hayward. The Cascadia Subduction Zone runs off the U.S. West Coast from Cape Mendocino in California north to Vancouver Island in Canada. The 700-mile fault zon||7/22/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Activists, Residents Fight Plan to Ship Coal Through Oakland||Environmentalists and city leaders are fighting a proposal to let a planned cargo terminal on a portion of the old Oakland Army Base become a way station for coal. Those who oppose the plan cite concerns about air quality and the effects of coal burning o||7/22/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Steven Anthony Jones Brings Legendary Supreme Court Justice to Life in 'Thurgood'||Thurgood Marshall was a game-changer in many ways. The great-grandson of a slave, he grew up to argue the historic desegregation case "Brown v. Board of Education" and eventually became the first African-American to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. His st||7/21/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Paula Poundstone on Pixar, Public Radio and Her Life in Comedy||Although she now lives in Santa Monica, Paula Poundstone has deep roots in San Francisco's comedy scene. In the 1980s, she was a fixture in local clubs, where she caught the attention of fellow stand-up Robin Williams, who she says helped propel her onto||7/21/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Entrepreneur Pledges $100M to UC Berkeley's Search for Extraterrestrial Life||Russian Internet investor Yuri Milner is funding a $100 million project to search for life beyond Earth. The project, Breakthrough Listen, is the biggest effort of its kind. The search for extraterrestrial life, often referred to as SETI, started in 1960||7/21/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Philip Zimbardo Revisits the Stanford Prison Experiment||In the summer of 1971, Stanford researcher Philip Zimbardo hired a group of students to act as prisoners and guards in a fake prison set up in the school's psychology building. The results were surprising - even violent - and shed light on the human psych||7/20/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Should Chattanooga Shooting Be Called 'Terrorism'?||The FBI is investigating the motivation behind the attack on two military centers in Chattanooga, Tennessee, that left four Marines and a Navy seaman dead. The gunman, who also died, was a Kuwaiti-born U.S. citizen. We'll get the latest on the shooting an||7/20/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Google's Laszlo Bock on Strategies for Hiring and Managing Employees||Google's Laszlo Bock, head of what the company refers to as "people operations," argues that companies ought to invest more science and rigor into how they hire and deal with their employees. He joins us to share insights from his book "Work Rules!" inclu||7/17/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||UCSF Launches Decades-Long LGBT Health Study With New App||A groundbreaking longitudinal study focusing on LGBT health -- all powered by an iPhone app -- launched last month. UCSF's PRIDE Study, an acronym for "Population Research in Identity and Disparities for Equality," hopes to follow its participants across||7/17/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Couple's Court Fight Over Frozen Embryos Could Set Precedent||One divorced San Francisco couple's fight over the fate of frozen embryos could set a legal precedent in California for how to deal with fertility technology. Mimi Lee and Stephen Findley created five embryos and froze them after she was diagnosed with ca||7/17/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||It All Started With a 'Howl': City Lights Publishers Celebrates 60 Years||Back in the 1950s, a thin book of poetry sparked a police raid of a San Francisco bookstore and a landmark court trial over selling "obscene" material. That book, "Howl & Other Poems" by Allen Ginsberg, put City Lights Publishers and its owner, Lawrence F||7/16/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Nabokov's Love Affair With America||In 1940, Vladimir Nabokov fled the Nazis and landed in America, where he would go on to write three novels. The author of "Lolita" fell in love with the United States as he and his family road tripped across the country. In his new book "Nabokov in Americ||7/16/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Reddit's Image Problem||The recent departure of Reddit CEO Ellen Pao and another high-profile employee following the termination of a popular site moderator raises questions about the future of the self-proclaimed "front page of the Internet." Fans say the online community forum||7/16/2015||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!