The Spot: Climbing Trains & Trees

Jan 21, 2016

This week on KALW's showcase for the best stories from public radio podcasts and independent radio producers...  


Clean Trains,” reported by Ann Heppermann for 99% Invisible, June 2014.

In the 1980’s, New York City officials were fed up with the graffiti coating subway cars. 99% Invisible has the story of how they eventually cleaned them up, kept them clean, and how it all has impacted the global community of taggers.

Subscribe to 99% Invisible at their website. You can also hear more work from Ann Heppermann on her fiction podcast, Serendipity.

Randy & The Taggers,” produced by Jenny Ament for Random Tape, June 2012.

From high above the streets Rodney Bowman watches over Cabbagetown.

Just like tagging can be a lifestyle, so can hunting down and prosecuting taggers. 

On the podcast Random Tape, Radio Reporter David Weinberg produces short episodes that feature unique, found recordings discovered from lost cassette tapes; or quick, individual sounds he’s captured on the road while reporting; or random recordings sent in to him from other radio reporters. 

In this episode, Atlanta-based radio reporter Jenny Ament, shares some of her own random tape documenting a real-life cat and mouse chase.

This week's episode featured music from: Black Moth Super RainbowGrandmaster Caz, Funky Family, Sugar Pie DeSanto.

If you have a suggestion for a podcast or an audio project we should feature, please drop us a line at thespot@kalw.org.

Tune in next week for another episode of The Spot, only on KALW San Francisco.