Michael Krasny, Ph.D., is host of KQED's award-winning Forum, a news and public affairs program that concentrates on the arts, culture, health, business, and technology. Forum is one of KQED's most-popular shows and the nation's most-listened-to locally produced public radio talk show.
Before coming to KQED Public Radio in 1993, Dr. Krasny hosted a night-time talk program for KGO Radio and co-anchored the weekly KGO television show Nightfocus. He hosted Bay TV's Take Issue, a nightly news analysis show, programs for KQED Public Television, KRON television, and NPR, and did news commentary for KTVU television. He has also served as host of NPR's Talk of the Nation.
Since 1970, he has been a professor of English at San Francisco State University and has taught at Stanford University and University of California, San Francisco. He is the author of Spiritual Envy: An Agnostic's Quest, being published in fall 2010, and "Off Mike: A Memoir of Talk Radio and Literary Life," coauthor of the textbook "Sound Ideas," and creator of the DVD presentation "Masterpieces of Short Fiction." He is a widely published scholar and literary critic, a fiction writer, and a guest and frequent interviewer on the City Arts & Lectures stage. He has worked widely as a facilitator and host in the corporate sector and as moderator for a host of major nonprofit events.
Dr. Krasny has interviewed many of the leading newsmakers and cultural icons of our time, including former President Jimmy Carter, Cesar Chavez, Noam Chomsky, Hilary Rodham Clinton, Francis Ford Coppola, Don DeLillo, Newt Gingrich, Vice President Al Gore, Norman Mailer, Toni Morrison, President Barack Obama, Rosa Parks, Nancy Pelosi, Robert Redford, Philip Roth, Salman Rushdie, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, John Updike, and countless others. He is the recipient of many awards and honors, including The S.Y. Agnon Gold Medal for Intellectual Distinction, The Eugene Block Award for Human Rights Journalism, The Inclusiveness in Media Award from The National Conference for Community and Justice, and a Koret Foundation Fellowship. He has also been named best talk show host by Focus magazine, a number of Bay Area newspapers, The San Francisco Publicity Club, and Citysearch.
Dr. Krasny received his B.A. (cum laude) and M.A. degrees from Ohio University, where he is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and his Ph.D. degree from The University of Wisconsin.
Mick LaSalle is the film critic for The San Francisco Chronicle and for the Hearst newspaper chain, which includes The Houston Chronicle, The Connecticut Post, The Albany Times Union and The San Antonio Express News. Between 1994 and 1999, he was the on-air film critic for the ABC-TV affiliate in San Francisco, KGO.
He is the author of Complicated Women: Sex and Power in Pre-Code Hollywood, a history/critical study of the actresses who worked during the pre-censorship "pre-Code'' era of 1929-1934. The book was published in September 2000 by St. Martin's Press and remains in print. Entertainment Weekly called it "sophisticated and provocative" and Liz Smith called it "a brilliant work." The book was praised in The New York Times, The New York Daily News, The Boston Globe, Variety, Time Magazine, Elle and other prominent publications. Film historians, such as David Thomson and Molly Haskell, unanimously lauded it. Scott Eyman called it "a breakthrough work of film scholarship." The book was named "Book of the Month" on Turner Classic Movies in October, 2000 and was the subject of a film series on that station.
LaSalle's follow-up book, Dangerous Men: Pre-Code Hollywood and the Birth of the Modern Man (St. Martin’s Press) was published in 2002. It was also named TCM's "Book of the Month.''
In 2003, LaSalle co-wrote and associate-produced the Complicated Women documentary for Turner Classic Movies, which debuted on that station in May of that year.
For several years, Mick LaSalle taught film courses at the University of California in Berkeley. Since 2004, he has taught at Stanford University. He has judged short films competitions in England. He has served on the Cinema for Peace jury and was a panelist at the 2009 Berlin Film Festival. He has been a panelist at the Venice Film Festival for six of the last eight years.
He has written introductions to several books, including The Enduring Star, Peter Cowie's biography of Joan Crawford (Rizzoli, 2009). LaSalle's The Beauty of the Real: What Hollywood Can Learn from Contemporary French Actresses was published by Stanford University Press in 2012. Of the Real, a study of today’s French actresses, will be published in the United States by Stanford University Press in 2011.