Forum (KQED)

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KQED Forum with Mina Kim and Alexis Madrigal
GenreTalk radio
Running timeca. 105 min.
Country of originUnited States
Home stationKQED-FM
Sirius Satellite Radio
Hosted byMina Kim and Alexis Madrigal
Created byKevin Pursglove
Produced byJudy Campbell
Tina Laurberg
Irene Noguchi
Senior editor(s)Daniel Zoll
Recording studioSan Francisco, California
Original release1990 – present
Audio formatStereophonic
Opening theme"Peter Pan" by Mike Marshall
PodcastKQED Podcasts

Forum is a two-hour live call-in radio program produced by KQED-FM, presenting discussions of local, state, national and international issues, and in-depth interviews. The program began in 1990 as a politics-oriented talk show, created and hosted by Kevin Pursglove.[1] From 1993 to 2021, it was hosted by scholar, author, professor, and former KGO Radio host Michael Krasny, who broadened the program's scope to a cross-section of current events.[2][3] After hosting the show for nearly 30 years, Krasny announced his retirement effective February 2021.[4] A number of guests hosted the show in the months following, before Alexis Madrigal was selected as the new co-host along with Mina Kim, who had already held that post since July 2020. [5][6]

The format of Forum varies from show to show, but generally involves an in-person interview followed by public Q&A via phone or email with one or more subjects, often nationally prominent authors and scholars.[7] The program airs for two hours on weekday mornings, with an hour repeated in the evening.


  1. ^ "About KQED:History". KQED. Archived from the original on 2008-01-17. Retrieved 2008-01-22.
  2. ^ "The Krasny Show, KQED Forum, is our site of the day". California Progress Report. 2006-04-11. Archived from the original on 2007-10-27. Retrieved 2008-01-22.
  3. ^ Joel Selvin (2003-02-11). "A voice of calm amid the chatter: Ever erudite, Michael Krasny marks his 10 years as a KQED talk-show host". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2007-11-09.
  4. ^ Whiting, Sam. "'Forum' host Michael Krasny announces his retirement from KQED". SF Chronicle. Retrieved 18 August 2021.
  5. ^ Cavagnaro, Peter. "Alexis Madrigal Joins KQED's Forum as Co-host". KQED. Retrieved 18 August 2021.
  6. ^ "KQED's Forum Expands: Mina Kim to Share Daily Host Duties". KQED. Retrieved 18 August 2021.
  7. ^ Liberatore, Paul (2007-10-22). "Krasny: The thinking person's talk host". Marin Independent Journal. Archived from the original on 2016-10-31. Retrieved 2021-09-18.

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