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.
While phone banking this election season, Paul Wolber connects not just with voters but with real people struggling in difficult times.
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 explores the surprising story of how San Francisco's top tourist attraction got its name.
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 McClelland turns to an ancient Japanese art for hope that a broken country can be repaired, and better for it.
Christine Schoefer doesn't need Halloween to remind her that we are mortal. She wears that reminder on her wrist.
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.
Times are tough and Marilyn Englander finds some solace in aphorisms that stand the test of time.
Fourteen-year old Grace Jones says climate change is motivating her generation to political action.
Andrew Lewis' work to protect the vote this year reminds him of a Trappist monk tradition of performing "night offices."
Matthew Vernon says African Americans are all too familiar with racially motivated social distance.
For Sara Alexander, the reality of rampant wildfires is getting ever closer.
Jonathan Slusher was raised to be a tough guy, so he didn’t need help to overcome trauma. Until he knew that he did.
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 wonders whether the very idea of the West is losing its hold on the American imagination.