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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 Sara Alexander: Annoying Resolutions | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2:14

It is the beginning of a new year which means that friends, even my very best friends, who should know by now how much I distaste making resolutions, are sending me emails with titles like this: “Resolutions For a Life Worth Living: Attainable Aspirations Inspired by Great Humans of the Past (including Seneca, Baldwin, Whitman, … Continue reading Sara Alexander: Annoying Resolutions →

 Nirmy Kang: College Applications Conflicts | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2:16

Nirmy Kang's son is applying to college and she doesn't like what she sees.

 Rachel Averbuck: Small, Local Retailers Need You | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2:13

Rachel Averbuck's small shoe shop is battling the huge online retailers and need you this holiday season.

 Michael Ellis: Menopause | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 178

Michael Ellis says that in certain species females who can no longer have babies become more important, not less, to their social units.

 Evan Ho: A Mesmerizing Bar Mitzvah | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 160

Although not a member of the Jewish faith, Evan Ho was deeply moved by his first experience of a Bar Mitzvah.

 Joan Cardellino: The Democracy Jigsaw Puzzle | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 176

Joan Cardellino wonders if we can put back together the many pieces of our democracy jigsaw puzzle.

 Brian Smith: Pet The Dog | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 173

Sometimes, it's just you versus you. When that happens, Brian Smith has a way to dispense with the negativity.

 Paul Staley: The Pursuit of Happiness | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 174

Paul Staley says the Declaration of Independence asserts the right to pursue happiness, not attain it.

 Risa Nye: A Safe and Supportive Abortion | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 180

Risa Nye believes all women seeking an abortion deserve as safe and supportive experience as she had, many years ago. 

 Steven McMoyler: Winds of Change | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 179

A large water tower in the South Bay is not only the object of a fantastical tale handed down through generations of Steven McMoyler’s family; it’s a monument to the winds of change.

 Holly Hubbard Preston: Seeing Grace | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 181

Every morning, Holly Hubbard Preston's newspapers are delivered by someone she's never met. She decided to change that.

 Hanna Hart: A Sanctuary of Pots and Pans | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 180

Every church has and is a sanctuary. To Hanna Hart, it's the church kitchen.

 Rana Barar: My Abortion Story | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 172

Rana Barar says her decision to have an abortion was not hard, not tragic and more common that you’d think.

 Catherine Marshall-Smith: Schools, Firearms and Teachers | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 177

The onslaught of mass shootings in schools has forced teachers to learn and teach skills they never imagined. Catherine Marshall-Smith has this Perspective.  

 Audrey La Jeunesse: Sewing for the Future | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 162

Y-R Media’s Audrey La Jeunesse started sewing her own clothes and altering secondhand clothing years ago — learning more about overconsumption and developing her own style.


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