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KQED's Forum Podcast by Michael Krasny

KQED's Forum Podcast

by Michael Krasny

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KQED's live call-in program presents wide-ranging discussions of local, state, national and international issues, as well as in-depth interviews.

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  • Dan Pfeiffer Reflects on Obama White House and Rise of Trumpism in ‘Yes We (Still) Can’
    Mon, Jun 18, 2018

    Dan Pfeiffer, one of President Obama's senior advisors and a veteran of both his presidential campaigns, joins Forum to talk about his new memoir "Yes We (Still) Can." Pfeiffer says he began working on the book the morning after the 2016 election to process his own complicated emotions and understand the forces that helped elect Donald Trump. We'll talk to Pfeiffer about what he calls the radicalization of today's Republican party, his prescription for Democrats and his experiences as co-host of "Pod Save America."

  • Backlash Grows Against Trump Administration Family Separation Policy
    Mon, Jun 18, 2018

    As the debate intensifies over the Trump administration's policy of separating families at the border, we'll head to El Paso County, Texas, where KQED's John Sepulvado reports from a new detention center housing immigrant children. We'll also get the latest on competing immigration bills in Congress.

  • RFK, James Baldwin and America’s Unfinished Conversation about Race
    Fri, Jun 15, 2018

    On May 24th, 1963 Robert F. Kennedy sat down with James Baldwin in a New York City apartment to discuss the issues facing black America. Baldwin brought a group of friends that night including Lena Horne, Harry Belafonte, Lorraine Hansberry and Clarence Benjamin Jones. Michael Eric Dyson's new book, "What Truth Sounds Like: Robert F. Kennedy, James Baldwin, and Our Unfinished Conversation About Race in America," explores that historic meeting, what came out of it and asks us all to imagine: What would that meeting look like today?

  • Why You Should Care if the Advertising Industry Disappears
    Fri, Jun 15, 2018

    New Yorker media columnist Ken Auletta says that marketing and advertising — industries that power almost all media today — are under an “existential assault.” His new book, “Frenemies,” refers to the broken friendships and truces made by a sector in near-constant upheaval. As companies like Facebook and Google change the publishing and media landscape, … Continue reading Why You Should Care if the Advertising Industry Disappears ?

  • London Breed to Be the Next Mayor of San Francisco
    Thu, Jun 14, 2018

    Breed has pulled ahead in votes after a close race to become San Francisco’s next mayor.

  • ‘Frankenstein’ 200 Years Later: The Creature and Its Creator
    Thu, Jun 14, 2018

    The lasting impacts of the novel, its author and its creature.

  • Financier Bill Browder Takes on Russia
    Wed, Jun 13, 2018

    He was once the Russian president's number one fan. Now, he calls himself “Putin's number one enemy.” And he might be onto something. Last month, Bill Browder was arrested outside of his Madrid hotel room by Spanish authorities under an order from Russian Interpol. As the architect behind the Magnitsky Act, a U.S. law that places sanctions on corrupt Russian officials, it was not the first time Browder came under fire by the Russian government. Browder joins Forum totalk about how he went from being the largest foreign investor in Russia to being the country's biggest critic.

  • Previewing the Play and Politics of the 2018 World Cup
    Wed, Jun 13, 2018

    The 2018 World Cup kicks off on Thursday in Russia and it’s already proving to be one for the history books. Perennially dominant teams such as the Netherlands and Italy aren’t competing this year and neither will the United States after failing to qualify this past October. The tournament is also taking place amid ongoing … Continue reading Previewing the Play and Politics of the 2018 World Cup ?

  • When a Young Marriage Meets Mental Illness
    Tue, Jun 12, 2018

    Mark Lukach and his wife Giulia fell in love as college freshmen. After graduation, their lives were unfolding according to plan: married with burgeoning careers. That is until Giulia suffered a month-long psychotic break at age 27. Lukach's memoir, “My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward,” chronicles their relationship over three psychotic episodes in five years. Lukach joins Forum to discuss his memoir, the power dynamics between patients and their caregivers, and how Giulia's illness changed them — and their marriage — forever.

  • Up to One Million Fans Expected at Warriors Victory Parade in Oakland
    Tue, Jun 12, 2018

    Last Friday, The Golden State Warriors defeated The Cleveland Cavaliers in a four game sweep to win their third NBA Championship in four years. On Tuesday, they will parade the championship trophy through downtown Oakland, celebrating their win with an estimated crowd of one million fans. We'll preview the festivities.

  • President Trump to Hold Nuclear Talks with Kim Jong-un
    Tue, Jun 12, 2018

    President Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un will hold talks in Singapore on Monday night, the first time a sitting U.S. president has agreed to meet with a North Korean leader. President Trump, who has said he wants "normalization" with the North, is expected to discuss U.S. demands for long-term denuclearization. We'll discuss the summit and what's at stake for peace on the Korean peninsula.

  • PG&E Equipment Caused Several NorCal Wildfires, Cal-Fire Says
    Mon, Jun 11, 2018

    State fire officials on Friday shed new light on the causes of the deadly October wildfires in Northern California. And they are blaming PG&E equipment for many of them. Twelve of the fires were caused by electrical problems, officials said. The Cal-Fire findings cover The Redwood Fire in Mendocino County, which killed nine people, and the Atlas Fire in Napa County, which killed six. But the cause has not yet been announced for the blaze that caused the greatest loss of life and the most property damage -- the Tubbs Fire. We'll also hear about a report from the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors that says the county's emergency response was understaffed, its workers undertrained, and its emergency alerts not up to “public expectations.

  • ‘Hard Truths’: An Inside Look at U.S. Intelligence with James Clapper
    Mon, Jun 11, 2018

    James Clapper served as director of national intelligence from 2010 to 2017, longer than all three of his predecessors combined. The Obama appointee was at the helm during the intelligence community's highest profile and arguably, most controversial, moments: the raid on Osama bin Laden, Edward Snowden's revelations on NSA surveillance, the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi and Russian interference in the 2016 election. Clapper joins the program to discuss why he's finally decided to share his personal story and why he believes the world ofintelligence needs to become more transparent.

  • Lawsuit Challenging Family Separation at Border Can Go Forward
    Fri, Jun 08, 2018

    A federal judge in San Diego refused to dismiss an ACLU lawsuit challenging the government's practice of separating children from parents when they arrive at the U.S. border seeking asylum. Last month, Attorney General Jeff Sessions enacted a "zero tolerance policy" directing the Justice Department to criminally prosecute anyone who illegally crosses the southern border. In a break from previous practice, kids traveling with those immigrants are now being taken to different detention facilities than their parents, often in other states. We'll discuss the legality of the policy and its impact on children.

  • ‘Bad Blood’ Traces Theranos’ Fall from Silicon Valley Grace
    Fri, Jun 08, 2018

    In October of 2015, John Carreyrou, Pulitzer Prize winning investigative reporter for the Wall Street Journal, wrote an article exposing the troubling and deceptive business practices of Theranos, the blood testing start-up many believed would upend healthcare. The lure was driven by enigmatic founder Elizabeth Holmes, a Stanford dropout who was only 31 at the time of the expos?. Carreyrou's story initiated the precipitous fall of the $9 billion company and Holmes herself. He joins us to discuss his new book "Bad Blood and how he exposed a Silicon Valley story that was too good to be true.

  • Volcanic Eruptions Wreak Havoc in Guatemala
    Thu, Jun 07, 2018

    As of midday Wednesday, almost 200 people were missing and 75 confirmed dead in Guatemala after the Volcan de Fuego-- or "Volcano of Fire"--erupted on Sunday and again Tuesday. We get the latest news from Guatemala, and hear about how Bay Area Guatemalans are responding to the disaster.

  • How to Talk with Kids about Pot (Now that it’s Legal)
    Thu, Jun 07, 2018

    Recreational marijuana became legal in California earlier this year. That is, unless you are under under 21. But with easier access and aggressive advertising, children’s exposure to weed will inevitably increase. And with so many methods of consumption, a wide range of potency, and obscure vernacular, it can be a complicated topic to broach with … Continue reading How to Talk with Kids about Pot (Now that it’s Legal) ?

  • ‘Pictures of a Gone City’ Shows the Dark Side of Bay Area Prosperity
    Thu, Jun 07, 2018

    The Bay Area is often thought of as a bastion of progressive thought and lifestyle. It's also home to the tech revolution, producing technologies that affect billions of people. But what are the costs of progress and who gets left behind? UC Berkeley geography professor Richard Walker's new book, "Pictures of a Gone City," provides a wide-ranging account of Bay Area economic history and the dark side of the tech boom.

  • What the U.S. Can Learn from the History of Guns in Britain
    Wed, Jun 06, 2018

    In "Empire of Guns," Stanford history professor Priya Satia offers a new perspective on Britain's gun trade and its role in the industrial revolution and imperial expansion. Satia joins us to discuss her book, which uses the life of British gunmaker Samuel Galton to explore firearms' longtime role as economic and cultural linchpin. We'll also get Satia's thoughts on gun culture in the U.S., diversifying university faculty and the importance of highlighting overlooked narratives from the past.

  • California’s Primary Election Results
    Wed, Jun 06, 2018

    On Tuesday, California voters took to the polls. Residents narrowed down a large field of gubernatorial candidates to the top two and voted on issues ranging from bridge toll hikes to flavored tobacco. KQED's Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos join us to talk about the results of the election, what they mean for the state and the lead up to the November election.

  • Can the President Pardon Himself?
    Tue, Jun 05, 2018

    President Trump's recent assertions that he can pardon himself have many wondering whether the president legally can and what it could mean for U.S. politics. University of Virginia law professor Saikrishna Prakash joins Forum to discuss the history of presidential pardons as well as the political nature of impeachment in the context of today's political climate. Join us with your questions.

  • Survey: 46% of Bay Area Voters Will ‘Likely Leave in the Next Few Years’
    Tue, Jun 05, 2018

    In a recent survey by The Bay Area Council, 46 percent of voters said they are likely to move out of the Bay Area in the next few years.The reasons given for wanting to leave: the housing crisis, traffic and homelessness. Forum discusses the poll's findings and we want to hear from you: are you considering leaving the Bay Area? Why or why not? And if you were to leave, where would you go?

  • From Parties to PowerPoint: How to Design Better Gatherings
    Tue, Jun 05, 2018

    As a veteran facilitator trained in conflict resolution, Priya Parker has participated in peace processes in the Arab world and led meetings with everyone from college students to U.S. federal officials. Her new book, "The Art of Gathering," draws on those experiences and research into meet ups as varied as flash mobs and funerals to offer tips for adding meaning to gatherings -- both the quotidian and once in a lifetime. Parker joins Forum to discuss why risk taking and exclusion are keys to better meetings and what you can do to add a sense of purpose to your get-togethers.

  • Michael Pollan on What We Can Learn From Psychedelics
    Mon, Jun 04, 2018

    In his new book, "How to Change Your Mind," Michael Pollan turns his attention from food systems to the history, and current renaissance, of psychedelics. A growing body of research suggests that psychedelics may in fact have health benefits and help people cope with depression, anxiety and addiction. Pollan joins Forum to discuss his journey into the world of psychedelics and what studying them has taught him about the power of the human mind.

  • U.S. Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren Talks Immigration, Net Neutrality
    Mon, Jun 04, 2018

    Democratic Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren represents California's 19th Congressional District, which includes most of San Jose and Santa Clara County. Lofgren joins Forum to discuss recent developments on net neutrality and "zero-tolerance" immigration policies, as well as the latest news from Capitol Hill.

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    • Published: 2002
    • Product ID: K007139