Alexis Madrigal, KQED Public Media

Alexis Madrigal

KQED Public Media

Oakland, CA, United States

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Past articles by Alexis:

How to Practice Gratitude Even When It’s Hard

Practicing gratitude seems straight forward: think of the good things about your life and be thankful for them. Studies show this simple practice can have major mental, emotional and physical health benefits. But gratitude is complicated in a consumer-driven society that encourages people to want more and more. In this week of giving thanks, we → Read More

US Poet Laureate and Sonoma Writer Ada Limón on Writing

KQED Forum host Alexis Madrigal sat down with Ada Limón to talk poetry, writing and her most recent book, 'The Hurting Kind.' → Read More

Genetically-Modified Mosquitos Could Soon Be Released in California

Millions of genetically-modified, non-biting mosquitoes may soon be set loose in California after federal regulators gave the green light to a study aimed at preventing transmission of diseases like Zika and dengue. British biotech firm Oxitech says its technology alters male mosquitos to only produce viable male offspring, leading to population declines as females die → Read More

Gonzo the Great on the Creativity and Collaboration Behind Jim Henson’s Muppets

In the early 1970s, Dave Goelz was an industrial designer working for Hewlett-Packard by day and obsessing over the puppets on Sesame Street in his spare time. Fifty years later, Goelz still has the dream job he left Silicon Valley to pursue. He’s the Muppet performer bringing life to Gonzo, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, Waldolf, Zoot → Read More

Getting Back to Normal Is Only Possible Until You Test Positive

I was ultracareful for 18 months. Then I got COVID. → Read More

McSweeney’s “Audio Issue” Experiments With Storytelling Across Mediums

McSweeney’s, the idiosyncratic San Francisco publishing company, releases a literary journal, McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, with no fixed format. The quarterly has been published in a variety of artistic, unusual forms from an oblong edition to a bundle of mail delivered to the wrong address. Its new “Audio Issue” may be the most elaborate yet. It’s → Read More

Oakland Museum Reopens with 'Mothership: Voyage to Afrofuturism' Exhibition

In the Oakland Museum of California’s new exhibition “Mothership: Voyage into Afrofuturism,” artists of all mediums imagine the world through a Black cultural lens. As such, “Afrofuturism” is represented in many different visuals, sounds and ideas throughout the exhibition, with one striking quote printed on a wall stating, “In Afrofuturism, science, magic, and the divine → Read More

'A Critical Part of Our Infrastructure': How California Plans to Bolster Child Care

'This is about fundamental infrastructure — the human capital — that’s as important as roads and bridges,' said Gov. Gavin Newsom. → Read More

The Threat That COVID-19 Poses Now

After a year of waves and surges, the pandemic is entering a “tornado” phase in America. → Read More

America’s Coronavirus Catastrophe Began With Data

The pivotal failure of the coronavirus crisis has never been addressed. → Read More

A Simple Rule of Thumb for Knowing When the Pandemic Is Over

At some point—maybe even soon—the emergency phase of the pandemic will end. But what, exactly, is that magic threshold? → Read More

A Simple Rule of Thumb for Knowing When the Pandemic Is Over

At some point—maybe even soon—the emergency phase of the pandemic will end. But what, exactly, is that magic threshold? → Read More

The U.S. Has Passed the Hospital Breaking Point

A new statistic shows that health-care workers are running out of space to treat COVID-19 patients. → Read More

Hospitals Can’t Go on Like This

22 percent of American hospitals don’t have enough workers right now. → Read More

The Worst Day of the Pandemic Since May

COVID-19 hospitalizations are now at an all-time high — 40% higher than two weeks ago. → Read More

A Dreadful New Peak for the American Pandemic

The country recorded more than 100,000 coronavirus cases today—the highest single-day total since the pandemic began. → Read More

Analysis: Now What?

Donald Trump says he tested positive for the coronavirus. → Read More

Fauci to a Meddling HHS Official: ‘Take a Hike’

The nation’s top public-health expert addresses political interference in the COVID-19 response, but urges Americans to focus on the winter ahead. → Read More

The Fog of the Pandemic Is Returning

Millions of coronavirus tests may be happening without their results being made public. → Read More

A New Era of Coronavirus Testing Is About to Begin

A newly authorized test promises to double America’s monthly testing capacity, thanks in part to a huge purchase by the Trump administration. Can the test deliver? → Read More