Martina Castro

News Managing Editor

Martina Castro is the Managing Editor of KALW News.  She started her career in journalism as an intern at National Public Radio in Washington D.C., and worked with NPR as a producer, trainer, and freelancer before coming to KALW.  Martina's independent work has been featured nationally on NPR's Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Day to Day, as well as the online radio magazine The [Un]Observed.

On KALW’s Crosscurrents, Martina has produced stories gauging the impact of the recession on the Bay Area, and also has focused on the arts like in her series The Audiophiles, a wide-range of conversations with creative people working in sound around the Bay.  She also edited and produced The Fault Lines, an award-winning series about the roots and solutions to violence in Oakland.  Martina likes to work in audio even in her free time – she makes radio in Spanish as senior producer of the new podcast Radio Ambulante, is a sound artist and designer for local art installations, and she sings with the San Francisco Latin rumba reggae band Makrú.  She’s also known to go out for an occasional surf. 



Tue August 20, 2013
Health, Science, Environment

Getting behind the science of fear

Jaimal's Yogis' new book The Fear Project

Jaimal Yogis is the author of the book The Fear Project: What Our Most Primal Emotion Taught Me About Survival, Success, Surfing . . . and Love. In it he takes an experiential approach to getting over some of his own fears, by confronting them head on. He tells stories of swimming with sharks, forcing himself to do public presentations, and surfing giant waves. Along the way, he also spoke with researchers about the science behind our fears.

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Wed July 31, 2013
Cops & Courts

WEB EXTRA: Former SHU inmate Danny Murrillo shares his story

Exercise yard for SHU inmates at Pelican Bay State Prison
Nancy Mullane

Danny Murrillo grew up in Los Angeles county and was still a minor when he was sentenced to fourteen years in prison. He spent seven of those years in Security Housing Units, or SHUs. You can hear about the conditions he experienced there in this interview with KALW's Nancy Mullane about the ongoing hunger strike protesting SHU conditions and indeterminate segregations. 

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Wed July 31, 2013
Cops & Courts

A look inside the Security Housing Units in California state prisons

Hallway of SHU cells at Corcoran

Today is day 24 of the prison hunger strike in California. It started off with thousands of prisoners refusing meals, protesting the conditions in the Security Housing Unit, or what’s also been called solitary confinement. The number of strikers has now come down to several hundred, and last week one of them, inmate Billy Sell, died in the SHU at Corcoran State Prison. He had been there for 24 years. The CDCR has issued a statement that his death a suicide, but mediators are calling for an independent investigation to see if he had received proper care during his hunger strike.

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Thu June 20, 2013
Arts & Culture

Audiophiles: Music for the heart at the Chapel of the Chimes

Martina Castro recording "The Heart Chant" at the Chapel of the Chimes
Photo by Julie Caine


Thu June 13, 2013

Diana Diaries, Part 4: Graduation Day

High School Graduation
Under CC License from Flickr User Michael B.

Today is the last day of school for students in the Oakland Unified School District, and it also marks the end of a long year for student teacher Diana Arbas. We’ve been listening in on her radio diaries all week, as she struggled with classroom management and learned how to take better care of herself so she'd be prepared to help her 9th graders pass her class.

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