KQED's Perspectives show

KQED's Perspectives

Summary: Perspectives is KQED Public Radio's series of daily commentaries by our listeners. Essays cover a broad range of social and political issues, cultural observations and personal experiences of interest to KQED's Northern California audience.

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Podcasts:

 Paul Wolber: Phone Banking | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2:13

While phone banking this election season, Paul Wolber connects not just with voters but with real people struggling in difficult times.

 Ali Shah: A Bridge Too Near | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2:18

These days we all need a bridge to another side. And for Ali Shah that bridge over troubled waters was his dog, Wally.

 Michael Ellis: Alcatraz | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:57

Michael Ellis explores the surprising story of how San Francisco's top tourist attraction got its name.

 Adan Barrera: First Time Voter | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:55

We’re days from the election, and for new voters like Y-R Media’s Adan Barrera, casting a ballot is as intimidating as it is exciting.

 Jim McClellan: Broken Places | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:59

Jim McClelland turns to an ancient Japanese art for hope that a broken country can be repaired, and better for it.

 Christine Schoefer: Momento Mori | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2:11

Christine Schoefer doesn't need Halloween to remind her that we are mortal. She wears that reminder on her wrist.

 Richard Swerdlow: Zoom In the Classroom | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2:13

Zoom has become as integral to the classroom as blackboards and chalk once were, and Richard Swerdlow says everyone is trying to get used to it.

 Marilyn Englander: Aphorisms for Tough Times | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2:15

Times are tough and Marilyn Englander finds some solace in aphorisms that stand the test of time.

 Grace Jones: Youth and Climate Change | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:59

Fourteen-year old Grace Jones says climate change is motivating her generation to political action.

 Andrew Lewis: Night Offices | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2:18

Andrew Lewis' work to protect the vote this year reminds him of a Trappist monk tradition of performing "night offices."

 Matthew Vernon: Social Distancing While Black | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2:10

Matthew Vernon says African Americans are all too familiar with racially motivated social distance.

 Sara Alexander: Fire Keeps Coming | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2:16

For Sara Alexander, the reality of rampant wildfires is getting ever closer.

 Jonathan Slusher: It Gets Better | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2:15

Jonathan Slusher was raised to be a tough guy, so he didn’t need help to overcome trauma. Until he knew that he did.

 Debbie Duncan: Going Silver | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2:13

The pandemic is changing the way we live, and for many women like Debbie Duncan it's even changing the way they look.

 Peggy Hansen: Going West | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2:12

Peggy Hansen wonders whether the very idea of the West is losing its hold on the American imagination.

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