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. 

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3:55pm

Mon April 23, 2012
Arts & Culture

From anarchist to informant: documentary follows Brandon Darby

The San Francisco International Film Festival is now in full swing, with over 200 films from all over the world screening in the coming weeks. One of the Bay Area filmmakers featured this year is Jamie Meltzer. His documentary, Informant, follows the evolution of radical activist Brandon Darby who was involved in the high-profile arrest of two fellow activists during the 2008 Republican National Convention.

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3:40pm

Mon March 5, 2012
Arts & Culture

A peek into the secret world of girls

Imagine for a moment that you could go back in time and talk to your younger self, say at about age nine. What would have been your biggest dreams? Favorite color? Best friends? What would you hope to never forget as a grown up? These are just a few of the questions that KALW’s Martina Castro posed to three 4th grade girls, all friends and classmates at the Park Day School in Oakland. They attend an after school art and mindfulness class at Honey Moon Studios.

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5:50pm

Mon January 30, 2012
Arts & Culture

The Audiophiles: Exploring the magic of RadioLab with Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich

RadioLab hosts and creators, Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich.
Photo courtesy of http://www.wnyc.org/press/radiolab-peabody/

Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich are hosts of the popular NPR science program RadioLab. They’re two of the most innovative, daring, and brilliant storytellers on the radio today.

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12:05pm

Thu January 12, 2012
Cops & Courts

Domestic violence and wrongful convictions: Turning a movie into a movement

Deborah Peagler is the subject of the documentary “Crime After Crime”

California is home to the largest U.S. women’s prison, located in Chowchilla. Women represent the fastest growing sector of the prison population nationwide and in the state. And the Habeas Project says about two-thirds of women behind bars report they are survivors of domestic abuse. One of those women was Deborah Peagler.

Peagler says her boyfriend started abusing her shortly after they began dating at age 15. She says he was upset with her because she refused to prostitute herself.

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3:15pm

Thu January 5, 2012
Politics

The musical side of social protest

Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine played Zuccotti Park on Day 28 of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Under CC license from David Shankbone. http://www.flickr.com/photos/shankbone/6242246860/

The sound of the Occupy movement, from Wall Street to the West Coast, has been captured in angry chants. But give a listen to protests of the past, and you’ll find musicians making themselves heard in many different ways. KALW’s Martina Castro spoke with Latin jazz percussionist John Santos about the role of music in social protest and the Occupy movement.

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