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KQED’s live call-in program presents balanced discussions of local, state, national, and world issues as well as in-depth interviews with leading figures in politics, science, entertainment, and the arts.

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KQED’s live call-in program presents balanced discussions of local, state, national, and world issues as well as in-depth interviews with leading figures in politics, science, entertainment, and the arts.

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Thank you KQED for the consistently good Forum and for offering it as a podcast!

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359 Ratings
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254
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13

FYI to publisher No updates happening this week

By Gee_Astro - Nov 22 2019
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Almost always worthwhile

By Mytownnews - Oct 26 2018
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Thank you KQED for the consistently good Forum and for offering it as a podcast!
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KQED's Forum

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The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

Updated by OwlTail 6 days ago

Rank #1: Former ‘Emily Doe’ Chanel Miller on Why You Should “Know My Name”

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Before the sentencing of Brock Turner, the Stanford University Swimmer found guilty of sexual assault in the widely covered 2016 trail, the woman he attacked wrote a raw, searing victim impact statement that went viral and was read on the floor of Congress. At the time, she was only known as "Emily Doe." But now, Chanel Miller has come forward with her identity -- and her story, chronicled in her memoir, "Know My Name." Forum talks to Miller about how she reclaimed her identity and voice after a punishing trial and how the legal system can improve its handling of sexual assault survivors.

Oct 09 2019

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Rank #2: Republican Strategist Rick Wilson’s ‘Plot to Save America from Trump’

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Republican political strategist Rick Wilson has spent his career working to defeat Democrats in elections across the country. Now, the self-described "old school conservative" says he has the formula for a successful Democratic campaign against President Trump. His new book "Running Against the Devil" gives a chilling warning against a second term for Trump and provides a strategy to "save" the Democratic Party by encouraging a focus on winning rather than progressive ideology. Wilson joins Forum to talk about the book and his blueprint for a Democratic presidential victory in 2020.

Jan 20 2020

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Rank #3: ‘Super Pumped’ Looks at Rise, Fall of Former Uber CEO

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Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick stepped down from his role as chief executive in 2017, following company scandals over sexual harassment, privacy violations and driver mistreatment. New York Times technology reporter Mike Isaac covered Kalanick’s resignation, and his new book “Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber” analyzes how Silicon Valley’s reverence for founders allowed for Kalanick’s rise, and fall. Isaac talked to more than 200 current and former Uber employees, who described its hyper-masculine culture under Kalanick. We’ll talk with Isaac about Uber, Kalanick and what led to the ride-hailing company’s billions in losses after its initial public offering earlier this year.

Sep 10 2019

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Rank #4: Strengthening Marriage Through ‘Sleep Divorce’

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Whether for a better night's rest or because of conflicting schedules, some couples are choosing to sleep in separate beds or bedrooms — a phenomenon some call "sleep divorce." A 2019 survey of 3,000 Americans nationwide found that 30% of respondents would prefer to consistently sleep apart from their respective partners. We'll talk with experts about the benefits and disadvantages of co-sleeping. And we want to hear from you: do you share a bed with your partner? Why or why not?

Dec 13 2019

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Rank #5: Can the Bay Area Solve Its Affordable Housing Crisis?

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As high housing costs continue crippling Bay Area residents, demands are growing for more affordable housing. The challenge of providing housing for low-income people is a decades-long struggle that has only worsened because of higher construction costs, less government funding and more people in need. Forum checks in with experts about how the affordability housing crisis reached this boiling point and what what can be done to alleviate it.

Feb 06 2020

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Rank #6: Geographer Explores Resegregation and Inequality in Northern California

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More than 50 years after the civil rights movement, Northern California has become racially segregated in new ways, argues urbanist, planner and geographer Alex Schafran. Even while communities of color continue to suffer the effects of decades-old postwar housing discrimination, Schafran says there are new factors that have driven people of color out of cities, into the farther reaches of the Bay Area, resulting in long commutes, unstable finances and rising poverty. In his book, "The Road to Resegregation: Northern California and the Failure of Politics," Schafran strives to answer how an area with so much wealth and progressive politics has such great inequality.

Sep 04 2019

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Rank #7: California Hosts Final Presidential Debate of 2019

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As a historic week in U.S. politics comes to a close, the drama may not be over just yet. In the last presidential primary debate of 2019, seven candidates are set to face off Thursday night at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. We'll talk about what issues came up and how the candidates fared.

Dec 20 2019

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Rank #8: New Red Meat Study Confuses Consumers, Exposes Flaws in Nutrition Research

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Scientists have said eating less red meat is healthier for the body, but a new, controversial study is challenging that widely held recommendation. According to research published Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine, any health benefits from reducing the consumption of beef and pork are small and don't warrant a shift in eating habits. In this hour, we'll learn more about the study, what it means for nutritional guidelines and why some researchers are questioning the results.

Oct 03 2019

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Rank #9: The Decade in Dating

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In the past decade, we've gone from relying on meet-cutes and set-ups to "swiping right" in hopes of making a connection. The 2010s provided a renaissance in dating and opened up new opportunities for finding a mate — for better or worse. We'll talk to experts about the state of dating and relating to one another and we want to hear from you: what's your experience with dating and building relationships in the era of websites and apps?

Dec 27 2019

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Rank #10: Getting College Students to the Finish Line

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More than 2 million high school graduates begin college every year. Yet only 60 percent of four-year college students finish their degree within six years, and less than 40 percent of community college students graduate or transfer to four-year institutions. UC Berkeley professor David Kirp, who details these issues in his latest book "The College Dropout Scandal," believes colleges and universities need to do a better job of retaining students, and that changes like redesigning big lecture classes and minigrants to juniors and seniors could help. Kirp joins Forum to discuss his book and more of his ideas for decreasing college dropout rates.

Aug 27 2019

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Rank #11: Kate Pickert Reports ‘Radical’ Truths of Breast Cancer

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Ninety percent of U.S. women do not know their risk of developing breast cancer, according to a study published in the journal "Cancer," and men are more likely to die of breast cancer than testicular cancer. And according to journalist Kate Pickert, the discourse surrounding breast cancer is overly focused on mammograms and early testing, even though research has called these methods' efficacy into question. Pickert joins us to talk about her new book "Radical: The Science, Culture, and History of Breast Cancer in America" as well as her own breast cancer diagnosis at age 35.

Jan 09 2020

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Rank #12: Holly George-Warren Explores Janis Joplin’s Blues

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In 1967, a 24-year-old singer from Bay Area band Big Brother and the Holding Company performed at the Monterey Pop Festival. Following that performance, the singer — Janis Joplin — became an international star. Joplin was an icon of 1960s counterculture, influencing a generation of musicians with her fiery performances and bluesy vocals. Music writer Holly George-Warren joins Forum to talk about her new biography, "Janis," which follows Joplin from her childhood as a blues-obsessed white girl in Texas to her tragic death at age 27.

Dec 26 2019

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Rank #13: Tensions Mount as Sonoma County Begins Addressing Homeless Encampment

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Sonoma County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved nearly $12 million in emergency funding late last month. The funds aim to locate housing alternatives for the roughly 200 members of a mile-long homeless encampment along Santa Rosa's Joe Rodota Trail. County officials are now considering temporary sites for relocating the camp, while nearby residents complain of worsening neighborhood conditions. We'll discuss the latest developments and we want to hear from you, especially if you're a Sonoma County resident: How should the county address its homeless encampment?

Jan 10 2020

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Rank #14: Update on Power Shutoffs, Weather and the Kincade Fire

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As the Kincade Fire continues its path across northeast Sonoma County forcing thousands of residents to flee and burning nearly 22,000 acres, PG&E revealed yesterday that it had a transmission line failure near the fire's origin. PG&E is planning for more widespread shutoffs of 17 counties over the weekend as forecasts are calling for more heat and high winds. We get an update on PG&E's plans for the weather forecast over the weekend.

Oct 25 2019

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Rank #15: Looking to the Future Through ‘The Optimist’s Telescope’

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In order to address issues like climate change, we need to learn how to do something that doesn't come naturally to us — plan for the long-term. That's according to former Obama senior climate adviser, Bina Venkataraman. In her new book, "The Optimist's Telescope: Thinking Ahead in a Reckless Age," Venkataraman argues that our society and economy reinforces our addiction to instant gratification by focusing on short-term market gains. Venkataraman joins Forum to talk about how we, as individuals, can inspire sweeping societal change by reframing the way we think about the future.

Aug 29 2019

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Rank #16: Study Highlights ‘The Costs of Code-Switching’ in the Workplace

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“Code-switching,” a term for adapting one’s style of speech, appearance or behavior to gain acceptance and make others feel more comfortable, is one of the core dilemmas black employees face at work. That’s according to a study published last month in the Harvard Business Review that looked at the experiences of black college-educated employees in the United States. While code-switching is often seen as necessary for professional advancement, the study finds there’s great psychological cost to those who feel they can’t truly be themselves at work. We’ll talk to the study’s lead author about the findings and what organizations can do to foster more inclusive workplaces. And we want to hear from you: do you code-switch at work? What’s been your experience?

Dec 10 2019

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Rank #17: Tips for a Dry January

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With the decadence of holiday festivities over, many New Year’s resolutions may revolve around health in 2020. For some, that can mean taking a dry January. Taking a break from alcohol for the first month of the year may facilitate weight loss and improve sleep, among other health benefits. We’ll talk about the pros and cons of going cold turkey on alcohol and offer tips on staying safe and sober when trying a dry January.

Jan 03 2020

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Rank #18: Paul Tough on ‘How College Makes or Breaks Us’

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Based on six years of reporting, Paul Tough's new book "The Years That Matter Most: How College Makes or Breaks Us" explores whether higher education in the U.S. still delivers on its promise of social mobility. Tough takes on the so-called "admissions industrial complex" that favors students from wealthier backgrounds and looks at why the most selective U.S. colleges have become the least socio-economically diverse. We'll talk to Tough about what he uncovered in over 100 interviews with students, parents, professors and admissions officers.

Oct 02 2019

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Rank #19: Is the California Dream Becoming a California Nightmare?

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As fires rage throughout the state and the cost of living skyrockets, many wonder if California is becoming unlivable. One in seven homes in the state are at high risk for wildfire, 130,000 Californians are homeless and housing prices continue to rise. We'll discuss the future of California in the face of unmitigated climate change and income inequality, as well as the feasibility of proposed solutions such as improving public transit and building housing.

Nov 01 2019

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Rank #20: How Climate Change Could Make Us All Sicker

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As our climate changes, so does our health. Health researchers are warning of serious risks that go along with a warming planet, including a longer, more intense allergy season, higher risk of disease from smoke and air pollution, and intensified mental health issues due to extreme heat and climate anxiety. Forum discusses the toll that climate change may have on our society's physical and mental health.

Oct 07 2019

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