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||Philosopher John Searle on 'Seeing Things As They Are'||UC Berkeley philosopher John Searle is no stranger to challenging authority. After all, he was the first tenured professor to join Berkeley's Free Speech Movement. Today he is one of our leading philosophers and in his new book "Seeing Things As They Are,||4/20/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||San Francisco's Goldman Prize Honors Six Environmentalists With 'Green Nobel'||Every year, activists from six continents are awarded the San Francisco-based Goldman Environmental Prize. Known as the "green Nobel," winners each receive $175,000 for their commitment to the environment. We talk to three of this year's recipients about||4/20/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Discipline for Officers in SFPD Texting Scandal Hits Roadblock||San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr's efforts to hold officers accountable for racist and homophobic text messages may be in jeopardy. Suhr has said he would fire eight officers over the offensive texts. But on Friday, the San Francisco Chronicle reporte||4/20/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Navigating the 'Blurred Lines' Between Musical Inspiration and Theft||Last month, a jury ordered artists Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams to pay Marvin Gaye's family $7.3 million. The duo had been accused of ripping off Gaye's 1977 hit "Got to Give It Up" for their song "Blurred Lines." Now, hip-hop mogul Jay Z faces his||4/17/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Report Uncovers Flaws in California's Oversight of Foster Youth Group Homes||More than half the investigations of group homes for foster youth in California go unresolved, according to a new report from ProPublica. Between 2009 and 2014, the state's Department of Social Services left complaints as serious as physical abuse, improp||4/17/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Homophobia Still Alive and Well in U.S., Warns 'Queer in America' Author||Public support for same-sex marriage is rising in all 50 states, even in states where it is banned, according to a new UCLA poll. By that and other measures, American society appears to be more accepting of gays and lesbians than in decades past. But in h||4/16/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Report: Airline Performance Continues to Slide||Confirming what many air travelers already know, more planes were late, more bags were lost and more passengers were bumped from flights in 2014 than the previous year. That's according to the annual Airline Quality Rating report released this week, which||4/16/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||In Drought-Stricken California, How Much Water Does Agriculture Use?||Agriculture consumes about 40 percent of the state's water, or 80 percent of water available for human use. Critics question the viability of growing water-intensive crops like almonds and rice, but others argue the state's water woes are too complex to p||4/15/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||How to Maximize Your Social Security Benefits||Are you getting everything you are entitled to from Social Security? PBS Newshour journalist Paul Solman was not. But after getting a tip from his economist friend Laurence Kotlikoff a few years ago, Solman collected nearly $50,000 in spousal benefits he||4/15/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||How a Goshawk Helped a Daughter Grieve||British author, poet and naturalist Helen Macdonald's new book is a memoir about her father's unexpected and sudden death. It's also a detailed look at how she learned to overcome her grief by training a goshawk, a bird with a reputation as "murderous, di||4/14/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||2016 Presidential Race Heats Up With Clinton, Rubio Announcements||U.S. Senator Marco Rubio jumped into the presidential fray on Monday, saying he would be a leader for "a new American century." The Florida Republican is the third GOP candidate to enter the race, along with fellow senators Ted Cruz and Rand Paul. Rubio's||4/14/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||T.C. Boyle Takes a Hard Look at Violence in America||Bestselling author T.C. Boyle has written 25 books and shows no sign of losing steam. The Los Angeles Times calls his latest, "The Harder They Come," "a full-throated Harley Davidson of a novel." The book begins with Sten Stensen, a Vietnam veteran who is||4/13/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Scott Simon on Life Lessons Learned at His Mother's Deathbed||"I'm getting a life's lesson about grace from my mother in the ICU." That's what NPR host Scott Simon tweeted from his mother's deathbed to over 1.2 million followers. In sharing an incredibly private moment so publicly, Simon sparked a groundswell of sup||4/13/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Jazz Trumpeter Terence Blanchard Brings His New Orleans Tribute to SFJAZZ||When he was a kid, Terence Blanchard played trumpet with Wynton Marsalis at music camp. As an adult, the Grammy Award-winning trumpeter and composer has toured with everyone from Lionel Hampton to Art Blakey. Currently, Blanchard is an artistic director a||4/10/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Public Shaming in the Age of Social Media||In 2013, public relations executive Justine Sacco tweeted an offensive AIDS joke before boarding a flight to South Africa. By the time she landed, she had been denounced around the world, and lost her job soon after. Did Sacco deserve her public humiliati||4/10/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Poor Kids vs. Batkid: Ethicist Peter Singer on How to Choose a Charitable Cause||In 2013, San Francisco transformed itself into Gotham City to raise the spirits of Miles Scott, a 5-year-old Batman fan with leukemia. Coverage of the Make-a-Wish Foundation event went viral, garnering attention around the globe. But according to ethicist||4/9/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||California Supreme Court Hears Challenge to San Jose Affordable Housing Law||Like many California communities, San Jose requires developers to include affordable units when constructing new market-rate housing. But industry groups have sued to block San Jose's law, saying it is unconstitutional. On Wednesday, the California Suprem||4/9/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Rwanda Tries to Heal and Rebuild 21 Years After the Genocide||This week marks the anniversary of the Rwandan genocide. Over a period of 100 days in 1994, an estimated one million people were slaughtered, as extremists from the Hutu ethnic group turned on Tutsi civilians. In the 21 years since, Rwanda has tried to mo||4/8/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Traffic Fines Disproportionately Hurt California's Poor||The inability to pay court fees and fines for traffic violations has resulted in approximately 4 million license suspensions in the State of California. These suspensions often make getting to work more difficult for the state's poorest residents, which i||4/8/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Bay Area Fans Gear Up for Baseball Season, NBA Playoffs||With baseball season now underway and the Golden State Warriors preparing to enter the NBA playoffs with the league's best record, it's an exciting time to be a Bay Area sports fan. Will the defending world champion San Francisco Giants stick to their eve||4/7/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Cow's Milk Found in Breast Milk Sold Online||A study published this week found that 10 percent of human breast milk purchased online is tainted with cow's milk. The report illuminates the intense demand for breast milk by families who are unable to produce milk of their own and whose babies may be s||4/7/2015||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!