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KQED’s Forum

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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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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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By No. California Moderate Dem. - Oct 24 2018
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Krazney is great

iTunes Ratings

312 Ratings
Average Ratings
224
39
28
11
10

Almost always worthwhile

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

Forum

By No. California Moderate Dem. - Oct 24 2018
Read more
Krazney is great
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KQED’s Forum

Updated 13 days ago

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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.

Rank #1: Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt Recalls Silicon Valley’s ‘Trillion Dollar Coach’

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The new book "Trillion Dollar Coach" examines the lessons and legacy of Bill Campbell, a football coach who went on to advise executives at companies including Apple, Intuit and Facebook. Co-author and former Google CEO Eric Schmidt was one of many Silicon Valley giants mentored by Campbell, who died in 2016. We'll talk with Schmidt and his co-authors about Campbell's insights and influence.
Apr 25 2019
52 mins
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Rank #2: Lori Gottlieb Examines Humanity’s Shared Fears in ‘Maybe You Should Talk to Someone’

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Psychotherapist Lori Gottlieb says that people come to her practice for many reasons, but their stories tend to share common themes, including emptiness, dislocation and death. Gottlieb’s new book “Maybe You Should Talk to Someone” explores her patients’ overlapping struggles. It also documents her own experiences in therapy when she seeks help after a sudden breakup. We’ll talk to Gottlieb about how she guides her patients through difficult moments and what it’s like to become a patient herself.
Apr 17 2019
52 mins
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Rank #3: Overtreatment, Lax Scientific Standards Raise Concerns in Dentistry

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Chances are a dentist has told you to floss more. But studies from the Cochrane Institute and the American Dental Association have found that many common oral health recommendations such as biannual cleanings, yearly x-rays and flossing have not been verified through scientific research. Forum discusses efforts to steer dentistry toward more evidence-based practices and we'll talk about challenges facing the field, including charges that many dentists overtreat their patients.
May 21 2019
52 mins
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Rank #4: The Benefits of Learning a New Language (According to Experts)

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Online language-learning programs like Duolingo, Babbel, and Rosetta Stone all claim to teach you a foreign language in record time. But do they deliver what they promise? We’ll get tips from linguists on how best to pick up a foreign tongue. And we want to hear from you: how has language fluency affected your world view?
May 09 2019
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Rank #5: Musicologist Nolan Gasser on What Determines Musical Taste

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Why do we love some musical styles and dislike others? And what does the music we love reveal about our personality? Nolan Gasser sets out to answer those and other questions in his new book "Why You Like It: The Science and Culture of Musical Taste." Gasser oversaw Pandora Radio’s Music Genome Project, which created an algorithm to recommend music for listeners based on the specific characteristics of the songs they played. His new book draws on psychology, sociology and musicology to explain the elements that dictate and inform musical preferences. We'll talk to him about his work, and we want to hear from you: what musical patterns, styles or genres move you?
May 23 2019
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Rank #6: New Haven Teachers Strike Enters Second Week

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Negotiations are expected to resume Wednesday afternoon in the New Haven teachers strike. Nearly 600 teachers, counselors, and nurses walked off the job on May 20th demanding higher pay, smaller classes and more support services for students. The district serves about 11,000 students from Hayward and Union City, most of whom have stayed out of school since the strike began. Representatives of the teachers' union and the school district met over the long weekend but ultimately could not reach an agreement. Forum takes a look at what's at stake for all involved.
May 29 2019
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Rank #7: Ruth Reichl on Gourmet Magazine’s Heyday and the Evolution of Food Journalism

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Ruth Reichl, who considers herself a writer with Berkeley-hippie sensibilities, initially turned down an offer to be Gourmet magazine's editor-in-chief, a corporate gig. But Reichl ultimately said yes to the job, in which she highlighted some of the world's most exclusive restaurants and wielded tremendous influence. In her memoir, "Save Me The Plums," Reichl describes lavish company trips and meals, her role in the magazine's most groundbreaking and controversial stories, and Gourmet's final collapse in 2009, at the end of a golden era of print journalism. Reichl joins us in the studio to discuss the book and the current state of food journalism. What do you want in food journalism -- reviews and recipes or something more? Share your thoughts.
Apr 09 2019
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Rank #8: Esmé Weijun Wang Explores the Psychotic Self in ‘The Collected Schizophrenias’

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Esmé Weijun Wang describes schizophrenia as "the archetypal disorder of lunacy," terrifying because it unmoors the afflicted from reality as the chaos of psychosis takes over. Wang was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder in 2013, after years of coping with bipolar disorder, depression, and hallucinations. We'll talk to Wang about her experiences with the disorder, which she documents in her book of essays "The Collected Schizophrenias." And we'd like to hear about your own experience: How has schizophrenia touched your life? We welcome your reflections and insights.
Apr 12 2019
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Rank #9: Empathy as a Radical Act

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Are we born with a certain level of empathy? Stanford psychology professor Jamil Zaki explores that question in his new book, “The War for Kindness,” which looks at the declining level of empathy in society. He argues that, like a muscle, empathy must be trained or it can atrophy. Cris Beam, author of “I Feel … Continue reading Empathy as a Radical Act →
Aug 06 2019
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Rank #10: Robert Alter Shares the ‘Art of Bible Translation’ After Translating the Entire Hebrew Bible

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Armed with a Cross mechanical pencil and thin-lined paper, UC Berkeley professor and translator Robert Alter spent almost a quarter-century translating the entire Hebrew Bible into English. His completed work, which includes commentary, aims to preserve the style and rhythm of the original Hebrew prose and poetry. Now, Alter has written a book about the process called "The Art of Bible Translation." He joins us in studio to discuss his vision, and why the world needed a new translation of its most translated book.
Apr 03 2019
28 mins
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Rank #11: I Was Your Biggest Fan: What Happens When Your Favorite TV Show Disappoints

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The highly-anticipated series finale of HBO’s Game of Thrones airs Sunday and disgruntled fans are already calling for a do-over. A petition calling for the network to redo the final season has surpassed 500,000 signatures, with many fans asserting that writers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have compromised a number of the show’s beloved, previously … Continue reading I Was Your Biggest Fan: What Happens When Your Favorite TV Show Disappoints →
May 17 2019
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Rank #12: Armistead Maupin and Laura Linney Share New ‘Tales of the City’

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In 1974, Armistead Maupin's "Tales of the City" premiered in the Pacific Sun, depicting a naive, Midwestern young woman who becomes immersed in San Francisco's LGBTQ scene. The serialized story, featuring 1970s San Francisco, would go on to become nine novels and three TV miniseries. Mary Ann, Anna, et al., are back again, this time in a Netflix series starring many of the original cast. We'll talk with Maupin and Linney about the legacy and newest iteration of "Tales of the City." And we want to hear from you: has "Tales of the City" represented your own San Francisco experience? Why or why not?
Apr 11 2019
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Rank #13: Proposed Homeless Navigation Center in Embarcadero Community Sparks Opposition, Dueling Fundraisers

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Residents of San Francisco’s waterfront neighborhoods are pushing back on a plan by Mayor London Breed to build a 225-bed navigation center for the homeless on the Embarcadero. In public meetings about the proposal last month, opponents cited public safety concerns with having a center in such a housing-dense, tourist-heavy area. A coalition of residents called “Safe Embarcadero for All” launched an online fundraising campaign for legal costs to block the center. A counter coalition also launched, quickly out-fundraising the navigation center’s opponents. Forum hears from both perspectives on the city’s plan.
Apr 03 2019
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Rank #14: Responding to the Rise of Antibiotic-Resistant ‘Superbugs’

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Deadly “superbugs,” or microbes that can resist antibiotics, are on the rise and killing hundreds of thousands of people annually. Pharmaceutical companies, however, are typically slow to invest in the search for new drugs for financial reasons. That’s according to infectious-disease doctor Matt McCarthy, who chronicles this conflict in his new book, “Superbugs: The Race … Continue reading Responding to the Rise of Antibiotic-Resistant ‘Superbugs’ →
Jul 09 2019
52 mins
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Rank #15: ‘From the Frontlines of PTSD Science,’ Psychiatrist Shaili Jain Talks New Treatments for Trauma

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Over the past 20 years, Stanford School of Medicine psychiatrist Shaili Jain has seen many traumas that can prompt post-traumatic stress disorder, from family violence, to a close escape from a major accident or fire, to being robbed. Dr. Jain joins us to talk about new treatments for PTSD, which affects an estimated 6 million … Continue reading ‘From the Frontlines of PTSD Science,’ Psychiatrist Shaili Jain Talks New Treatments for Trauma →
Jun 07 2019
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Rank #16: Jennifer Eberhardt’s ‘Biased’ Explores Everyday Prejudice, Police Bias

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A day before completing her doctorate at Harvard, social psychologist Jennifer Eberhardt was pushed against her car, handcuffed and arrested during a traffic stop. Eberhardt, a Stanford professor and MacArthur "genius" grant recipient, now consults with city police departments to address racial bias in everyday interactions. Her new book "Biased” synthesizes psychology research and police body camera data to illuminate how prejudice manifests itself, and how it can be countered. Eberhardt joins Forum to share her findings.
Apr 19 2019
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Rank #17: Study: Monterey Bay Infested by Microplastic Pollution

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Monterey Bay is a marine sanctuary hiding a dirty secret: microplastics. Beneath the beautiful blue waters is a sea of tiny, plastic bits of debris in concentrations comparable to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, according to new research. The study, published Thursday by the Monterey Bay Research Institute and the Monterey Bay Aquarium, finds that this type of plastic pollution appears to be everywhere in the world’s oceans. Forum explores the issue of plastics pollution and what can be done about it.
Jun 07 2019
23 mins
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