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Hey Area: What help is there for Oakland businesses impacted by bus rapid transit?

A massive, multi-year transit project is transforming International Boulevard in Oakland — and financial aid for local businesses affected by the project is tangled up in red tape.

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When will the US acknowledge missing and murdered Indigenous women?

On this edition of Your Call, we discuss missing and murdered Indigenous women and the fight to raise awareness about this crisis. Why do these women and girls get so little recognition in the US?

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Drag Queen Black Benatar: Sights & Sounds

Apr 12, 2018

Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Drag queen Black Benatar (aka Beatrice Thomas) told KALW’s Jen Chien about three spectacular arts events happening around the Bay this week.

Binah: Helen Epstein and Elizabeth Rosner

Apr 12, 2018

Writers Helen Epstein and Elizabeth Rosner talking about the intergenerational aftermath of genocide, and how their families’ pasts shaped their own lives and the writers that they became.

Radio Poets 2018: Xiomara Trejo, "My Heart"

Apr 12, 2018

My Heart is made of cotton candy

You can hear the sound of waves

I’ll bring my heart everywhere

To the Sun


and family

The sun is light

the moon is dark

and my family is life

Almanac - Thursday 4/12/18

Apr 12, 2018

Thursday, 12th of April of 2018 is the 102nd day of the year.

There are 263 days remaining until the end of the year

70 days until summer begins...

From a whisper to a roar, Youth Speaks empowers young people worldwide

Apr 12, 2018
Courtesy Youth Speaks


On this edition of Your Call, we're celebrating National Poetry Month by speaking with two young poets and the senior program manager from Youth Speaks, a San Francisco based organization that teaches young poets how to use their words to express themselves, shape their place in the world, and build community.



Liza Veale


If you’ve heard of Proposition 13, you probably know that it cut property taxes back in 1978, which reduced funding for public schools and other services. It also has a lot to do with the state’s shortage of housing and, many argue, the fact that rents are so darn high.

Photo couresty of Liam Dillon

Liam Dillon covers state politics and policy for the LA Times. He spoke with KALW's Ben Trefny about the split roll campaign to reform Proposition 13 — which was just postponed to the 2020 ballot — and how that reform fits in with other proposed initiatives to address the state's housing crisis. 

FSFSF: Comedy from Ian Bagg and Matt Braunger

Apr 11, 2018

Ian Bagg is performing Thursday (04/12/2018) through Sunday (04/15/2018) at the San Jose Improv in San Jose, California. Find tickets here.

Matt Braunger is performing Friday (04/13/2018) through Sunday (04/15/2018) at Cobb's Comedy Club in San Francisco. Find tickets here.

Edward Miller

This week on Open Air, KALW’s weekly radio magazine for the Bay Area performing arts, host David Latulippe talks with members of Dimensions Dance Theater (DDT), the oldest continuously operating African American dance company on the West Coast. Founding Artistic Director Deborah Vaughan, and choreographer Latanya Tigner join us in the studio to share details about Kick High, Turn Fast, a program with two world premieres, marking DDT’S 45th anniversary.

Fog City Blues: Moonshine Jelly

Apr 11, 2018

Power-house acoustic duo Moonshine Jelly consists of violinist and vocalist Lee Corbie-Wells, and guitarist and banjo player Kent Kessinger.


KALW's Spring 2018 Program Guide

Click here for a PDF of the Spring 2018 program guide.

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Applications are now being accepted for KALW's Audio Academy.

Almanac - Wednesday 4/18/18

Today is Wednesday, the 18th of April of 2018 is the 108th day of the year. There are 257 days remaining until the end of the year...

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