Seth Samuel

Producer & Engineer

Though Seth Samuel was born in Georgia, he does not have a southern accent. (He wishes he did).  Seth received a degree in music composition from Oberlin Conservatory ('07) and a Masters in Scoring for Film from New York University ('09).  He  joined KALW's Crosscurrents team in January 2010.  According to Facebook, Seth likes 56 things.

Here are three of his favorite radio creations:

Film Fatale

Who needs a guitar to be a rock star?

Don’t Let Your Ears Deceive You: On the art of ventriloquism


Ways to Connect

9/22 - HIV and Stigmas

Sep 22, 2015

What it's like to live with HIV in prison; a conversation with a leading public health researcher about the current state of HIV/AIDS in San Francisco; a personal story about an HIV patient who hoped to raft the Grand Canyon; a short episode of My Mixtape  that might make you dance; and local band Sister Chief.

A KALW  News presentation of REVEAL: Rape on the Night Shift.

The contested sainthood of Junípero Serra; If the Warriors build it, will the fans, the victories, and the passion come too?; Navigating San Francisco’s pretzel bureaucracy; and Little Opera: Behind the scenes of a children’s theater company.

A special hour-long edition of Crosscurrents featuring Death, Sex & Money's Anna Sale!

The stories:  Chaz Ebert on Life Without Roger; The Specialist: Match Maker; and Not your mother's Moby Dick: How one bookstore is putting an unexpected twist on the classics.

9/15 - Al Letson

Sep 15, 2015

A special hour-long edition of Crosscurrents featuring Al Letson.

The stories: Reveal investigates the toxic cost of tech in America; Errthang: Big Brother Almighty!; and Teens putting down phones and picking up dice.

A special edition of Crosscurrents featuring Oakland's Jinho Ferreira!

The stories: Lorin Benedict: physics cat who can scat; Oakland's Zena one of few women kora masters; and Musician Diana Gameros sings about life in two worlds.

9/10 - How it works!

Sep 10, 2015

Water rights, Chicken coops, Municipal bonds + Robert Smith!!

9/9 - Another Round

Sep 9, 2015

The real history behind Mary Ellen Pleasant, San Francisco's Voodoo Queen; a conversation with Another Round's Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton; and The Top 5 reasons why KALW is cooler than your average public radio station.

9/8 - Whales

Sep 8, 2015

The hidden afterlife of a sperm whale skeleton; What the health of whales and porpoises can tell us about the health of our bay and ocean; The Audiophiles: The mysterious language of blue whales; and Radiolab: Did this whale say thank you?

Robotic seals comfort dementia patients but raise ethical concerns; a conversation with Jerry Kaplan on new robotic technologies; Robots for humanity: how technology is changing the life of one Bay Area man; and local band Charming Hostess.

A Visit to San Quentin Museum; the price that kids pay when their parents are in prison; and talking about teenagers and comics with author Ariel Schrag.

Crosscurrents in Stereo! 

The Specialist: "Noise Police"; Inside San Francisco’s Secret SoundLab; and The World According to Sound: "Mud Pots".

The quest to be Oakland’s next Youth Poet Laureate; Mortified: An interview with Scott Lifton; introducing Spice-C; and local band We Became Owls.

Bridging the generational gap in Japantown;  a conversation with Janice Nimura, author of "Daughters of the Samurai";  The Hamlin School - a place of tradition and innovation; and local soul band Otis.

Richmond Thinking Outside the Box; 3D printed prosthetics are fashion statements for amputees;  Storycorps: A soldier returns from Iraq; and local band the T Sisters.

photo courtesty of Tom Arthur

The Bay Area is home to one of the world’s most famous animated film production companies: Pixar. They’ve taken us into the worlds of rebellious toys, struggling superheros, lonely old men, wandering fish, brave young redheads.

But the worlds they create depend greatly on the sounds that exist there.

For that step, Pixar sends their animated films to Skywalker Ranch in Marin.  That's where sound designer Tom Myers works his sonic magic, bringing animated characters to life. 

A Crosscurrents Special: Sex In The City.

Two men and a baby: Navigating parenting and partnership in a two-dad family; Three Cheers for San Francisco’s Official Cheerleaders; and this week's Audiograph answer revealed!

Everything you always wanted to know about Bay Area minimum wage, but were afraid to ask. 

Julie Caine

All week long, we've been playing this sound, and asking you to guess what exactly it is and where exactly in the Bay Area we recorded it.

After Warriors' championship win, a celebration in the streets; Where kids take flight in Bayview; Old Skool Cafe addresses new school problems; StoryCorps: Keeping family traditions alive; and local band American Nomad.

A neighborhood history tour aims to strengthen Bayview-Hunters Point; The Upshot: Fire on the 57 Bus in Oakland; and Bay Area Beats: Antique Naked Soul.

Cohabitation Show!

Monarch butterflies and the Mona Lisa; saving wild nature in San Francisco with Amber Hasselbring; and frogs in danger of croaking: fighting a fungal epidemic. Plus, local soul singer Goapele.

Disasters often befall the Golden Gate Bridge. You know, in the movies.

This story originally aired on September 18, 2014.

It's The Beasts and Disasters Show!

Imagining the giant hippos, monstrous sharks, and sea beasts of an underwater Silicon Valley; The Life and Death of The Golden Gate Bridge (In Movies);  what could actually collapse the Golden Gate Bridge; and 99% Invisible: Episode 110: Structural Integrity. Plus, local band HowellDevine.

The Spiritual Edge: At a ranch in Cazadero, it's sheep, spirituality, and science; A rancher fights for her farm; and this week's Audiograph answer revealed!

When the NUMMI auto plant in Fremont closed five years ago, thousands of people lost their jobs. Some workers had decades of experience — but it wasn’t easy to get work. A new car company moved in, but it was … different.

Did Robert Louis Stevenson have the world's weirdest honeymoon?; "Scurrilous and scandalous": subversive humor at the SF Public Library; and two Book Reports: Maggie Tokuda-Hall and Cara Black.

A special Gettin' Around! edition of Crosscurrents with guest host Mr. Geoffrey!

A special How To Do Things edition of Crosscurrents featuring guest host D'Arcy Drollinger! -- Witching to find water; How to be transgender in prison; A visit with the string whisperer; and the Art of grocery bagging.