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San Quentin Prison Report: Surviving prison

Imagine a person's first day at a maximum-security prison. How do you wrap your mind around coming from the everyday world to the violent and chaotic environment of prison life? Reporter Greg Eskridge introduces us to men who will take us on their journey of survival through their first day of incarceration.
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10/6: From Bullets to Balance Sheets

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10/07 - Bass Derby

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Tomorrow on Crosscurrents: Meet, angle and eat the underwater residents of the Sacramento River. How to paint murals for social justice . Experience a piece of Americana without leaving your car . Plus—the hip hop music of Alphabet Rockers.  Tune in at 5 p.m. Audio will be uploaded after the show. 

Photo courtesy of Pirkle Jones and Ruth-Marion Baruch

The Black Panthers started in North Oakland in the fall of 1966. Their very visible public presence marked a change of pace during the Civil Rights movement - from giving out free breakfast to children to entering the California State Assembly with loaded rifles, shotguns and pistols.

Radio Diaries: Going from dodging bullets to balancing sheets

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Over the past decade Richmond police have been trying different strategies for lowering crime, from trying to strengthen bonds between officers and local communities, to offering stipends to young men to stay out of trouble.


Astrology is still a hit

Chances are that at some point in your life you’ve been asked, “What’s your sign?”  That phrase is both a terrible pickup line and proof that astrology is still a big thing in popular culture. And the most popular manifestation of astrology? The horoscope.

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This is Audiograph--the Bay Area’s sonic signature.

Each week, we’ll play you a sound recorded somewhere in the Bay Area. Your job? Listen to the sound (in the player above), figure out where it was recorded, and what  it is, then call us to let us know.

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Here is what is happening in the Bay Area as curated by KALW News:

Right to die: California Gov. Jerry Brown signs law //San Jose Mercury News

“Granting terminally ill patients the right to end their lives with a doctor's help, Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed the End of Life Option Act, a measure that triggered personal and passionate conflict across the state -- and in the conscience of the governor himself.

This week on FSFSF we spotlight comedy from Casey Ley and Ngaio Bealum.

The Best of Out In The Bay: Chana Wilson

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Wilson grew up in the 1950s with a suicidal mother. She learned in adulthood that her mother had been a closeted lesbian given psychiatric treatments - including electroshock - to “cure” her. Mother and daughter developed a deep bond when both came out as lesbians in the women’s and gay liberation movements of the late 1960s and ’70s. There's much more to this touching, fascinating story in "Riding Fury Home," Chana’s memoir. Marilyn Pittman hosts.  Thursday, October 8, 2015.

Mark Tuschman

On the Oct 6th edition of Your Call we'll have a conversation with Mark Tuschman about his new book “Faces of Courage: Intimate Portraits of Women on the Edge.” 


Join Rose Aguilar, Ron Davis and Wanda Johnson for a special screening of 3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets

Join Rose Aguilar at The Roxie Theatre in San Francisco on Wednesday, October 7th at 7pm for a special screening of the award-winning documentary 3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets, featuring a Q&A with Jordan Davis's father Ron Davis and Oscar Grant's mother Wanda Johnson. Tickets now available at The Roxie's website.
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The New York Times calls W. Kamau Bell “the most promising new talent in political comedy in many years.” And now, Kamau is teaming up with KALW to create KAMAU RIGHT NOW! a live radio and social media event that will transform the political and cultural conversation of the moment into what Kamau calls “a three-ring circus of relevance.” Tune in for KAMAU RIGHT NOW! at 7pm on Thursday, October 29th – or be part of the live experience at The Freight and Salvage in Berkeley. Tickets at...
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KALW's Fall Program Guide

Click here to see KALW's latest program guide.
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