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||Privacy and the Internet of Things||Everyday objects -- watches, refrigerators and thermostats to name a few -- are becoming increasingly connected to each other and to us. The promise of "the Internet of things" is that we will be more efficient, healthier and ultimately happier. But so fa||7/11/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Convention Brings Gay Gamers to San Francisco||This weekend in San Francisco, LGBT people who love games -- video games, board games, role-playing games -- will gather for the second annual GaymerX convention. The convention aims to create a safe, accepting place for gay gamers who say they sometimes||7/11/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Water Wasters May Face $500-per-day Fine||California residents who overwater their lawns or hose down their cars without a shut-off nozzle may soon face a $500-per-day fine. The State Water Resources Control Board proposed new regulations on Wednesday to crack down on excess water use. The board||7/11/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Filipino Writer's Memoir Takes On Asian Male Stereotypes||Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Alex Tizon emigrated to the U.S. from the Philippines as a child in the 1960s. In his memoir, "Big Little Man: In Search of My Asian Self," Tizon reflects on the immigrant experience of shedding his language and culture i||7/10/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||San Francisco Mulls Changes to Chain Store Rules||When clothing retailer Jack Spade tried to open a store in San Francisco's Mission District last year, many local merchants and residents revolted. The company eventually dropped its plan to open in the neighborhood, but the battle rekindled a perennial d||7/10/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Should You Stop Googling Your Dates?||The Internet has long provided easy access to finding out all sorts of juicy tidbits about your date before you've even met face-to-face. But a recent article in New York Magazine claims more people are taking part in a new "abstinence" by refusing to Goo||7/9/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Should Headers Be Banned in Youth Soccer?||A group called Parents and Pros for Safer Soccer wants to disallow headers in youth soccer until age 14. They're concerned about the long-term effects of repeated hammering of the brain from the force of a ball. We'll discuss what we know about soccer hea||7/9/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Price Check: Making Health Costs Transparent||It's easy to comparison shop when you're in the market for a car or airline ticket. But good luck shopping around for a medical procedure. It's often impossible to get prices ahead of time, even for common procedures -- and costs can vary widely among pro||7/9/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Imported Seafood May Be Cheaper, But What's the Catch?||In his new book "American Catch," author Paul Greenberg reveals how the U.S. imports about 90 percent of the seafood we eat, even though we control more ocean than any other country in the world. Why is some of the best seafood caught in U.S. waters endin||7/8/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||SF Supervisors Set to Vote on Laura's Law||The San Francisco Board of Supervisors votes Tuesday on whether or not to implement the state's assisted outpatient treatment law, or Laura's Law. First enacted in California over a decade ago, the law allows courts to compel outpatient care for mentally||7/8/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||San Francisco Mime Troupe Spoofs Tech Boom||The San Francisco Mime Troupe started as an experimental actors' workshop in 1959. Since then, it has become a Bay Area institution, tackling social issues with its satire and pop culture spoofs. The latest production, "Ripple Effect," casts a critical ey||7/7/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||The State of the Arts in Silicon Valley||The San Jose Repertory Theatre closed its curtain for good last month, citing financial woes. The closure of the 34-year-old company has prompted some soul-searching in Silicon Valley over local support for arts organizations. We discuss the future of the||7/7/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||New System Spurs Local Debate Over School Funding||A year ago, the California Legislature approved far-reaching changes to public school funding, giving more power to local districts and additional resources for disadvantaged students. Now, as districts come up with plans to implement the new "Local Contr||7/7/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||San Francisco Poet Laureate Alejandro Murguia||In his inaugural address as San Francisco's poet laureate, Alejandro Murguia said, "never forget that San Francisco is the city of poets - therefore each and every one of you is a poet until proven otherwise." We talk with Murguia about the role of a poet||7/4/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Roz Chast on Channeling Loss Into Graphic Memoir||When New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast's elderly parents started down the slippery slope of dementia and hospital stays, she found herself dealing with difficult emotions, end-of-life paperwork and expensive nursing homes. She channeled her stress into prod||7/4/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Ramona Pierson: From Coma Patient to Silicon Valley Executive||Ramona Pierson was a 22-year-old Marine when she was hit by a drunk driver and landed in a coma. When she woke up 18 months later, she was blind and unable to walk or speak. She went on to become a champion cyclist and rock climber, while still blind. She||7/4/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||'Paying Till It Hurts'||Why does a hip replacement cost more than $40,000 on average in the U.S. and less than $8,000 in Spain? What about an angiogram, which costs more than $900 in the U.S. and only $25 in Canada? New York Times reporter and medical doctor Elisabeth Rosenthal||7/4/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||The History of Independence Day||The Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, proclaiming their freedom from Great Britain. We celebrate that day with fireworks and BBQs, but there's a deeper history to the men and women who crafted our nation's first begi||7/3/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Routine Pelvic Exams Unnecessary for Healthy Women||Do women need to undergo an annual pelvic exam? Maybe not, according to a new paper published this week by the American College of Physicians. The study concludes that annual screenings cause unnecessary pain and discomfort and are not effective in detect||7/3/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||State Urges Pregnant Women to Vaccinate Against Whooping Cough||Cases of pertussis, also known as whooping cough, are escalating across California and hitting Sonoma, Napa and Marin counties the hardest. Over 4,500 Californians have been infected so far this year, including three infants who have died, prompting state||7/3/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Young African Leaders Study in U.S. to Hone Leadership Skills||President Barack Obama launched the Young African Leaders Washington Fellowship last year to "give thousands of promising young Africans...the opportunity to come to the United States and develop [their] skills at some of our best colleges and universitie||7/2/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||FCC Considers Net Neutrality Rules||On Tuesday, a small group of protesters outside the Federal Communications Commission in Washington staged a mock tug-of-war between "The People" and "Big Telecoms." The demonstrators called on the FCC to enforce net neutrality, the notion that all digita||7/2/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Storytelling Under the Stars at Big Sur||Imagine you're lying on the ground in the middle of a redwood forest at night, bundled up in your blankets and looking up at the stars. Then you hear a voice floating in the darkness -- someone is telling a story, one of many you'll hear that night. The H||7/1/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||ISIS Declares a Caliphate in Iraq and Syria||The Islamist militant group ISIS declared Sunday that it is establishing a caliphate, or Islamic state, within the territories it controls in Iraq and Syria. The word is evocative of the rise of Islam during the Middle Ages when the Prophet Muhammad's fol||7/1/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Missing Israeli Teens Found Dead||The bodies of three Israeli teenagers missing since June 12 were found Monday close to the West Bank city of Hebron. Israel suspects two members of Hamas, but they remain at-large in spite of the arrest of over 400 Palestinians. Hamas has denied involveme||7/1/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Supreme Court Update: Hobby Lobby and Beyond||On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court dealt a defeat to the Obama administration, ruling that closely held companies cannot be forced to cover some types of contraceptives for their employees. Owners of Hobby Lobby, a chain of craft stores, had argued that th||6/30/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Coping with California's Record Drought||"Make it a Quickie." That's the slogan for the San Francisco water agency's new ad campaign promoting shorter showers, a response to the ongoing drought crisis. But a recent state survey suggests Californians aren't yet heeding Gov. Jerry Brown's call to||6/30/14||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!