Programs A-Z

99% Invisible is a tiny radio show about design, architecture & the 99% invisible activity that shapes our world. The 99% Invisible podcast recently reached #2 in the iTunes...

Music from Celtic & American traditions, plus talks with singers & songwriters.

Hear the latest broadcast via our Local Music Player page.  And

Musical gems from Africa and the African diaspora that will revive your weary soul. Vintage and contemporary sounds from Abidjan to Zimbabwe, the Caribbean, Latin America, and beyond.

NPR's signature afternoon magazine, with live news headlines from Washington and London.  KALW's broadcast includes a BBC News update at 4:01, the following day's San Francisco school lunch menu at 3:17 (during the school year), A "Dispatch...

Alternative Radio, established in 1986, is a weekly one-hour public affairs program offered free to all public radio stations in the US, Canada, Europe and beyond.  AR provides information, analyses and views that are frequently...

News and information from a Canadian perspective.  Includes the Marketplace Tech Report with John Moe at half-past the hour.

Visit the As It Happens website here.

Historians Ed Ayers, Peter Onuf, and Brian Balogh tear a topic from the headlines and plumb its historical depths. Over the course of the program, they are joined by fellow historians, people in the news, and callers bringing historical...

BBC's flagship program from London, that provides the latest news and interviews with newsmakers, eyewitnesses, correspondents, and analysts. Includes NPR news headlines at 2:01.

Midnight - The World Today; 12:30 - Business Daily; 12:50 - Witness; 1:00-  The Documentary; 1:30 - Outlook; 2:00 -  World Update with Dan Damon; 3:00 - World Have Your Say (early edition) with Chloe Tilley; 3:30 - Discovery; 3:50 - Witness; 4...

Science Radio for Thinking Species: Top scientists explore the science that makes life possible. From the SETI Institute in Mountain View, California. 

Visit their website here.

Creative Voices from the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco.

Visit their website here for more information. 

Traditional and contemporary bluegrass, usually thematically-based and often featuring Bay Area musicians, in an eclectic mix. Includes a weekly calendar of regional bluegrass concerts and events, often with musical previews.

Produced and hosted by blues musician Mark Naftalin. Learn more about Mark on the "Blues Power Hour" Producer Page and keep up with his activities on

With the passing of Book Talk's host, Alan Farley, in October of 2012, this program is no longer being produced.  Archived shows will be made available for on-line listening in the near future.  Selected broadcasts are available here.<...

With a keen editorial eye, Bullseye sifts the wheat from the chaff, and brings you hot culture picks, in-depth interviews with the most revered and revolutionary creative people and...

Tom & Ray Magliozzi talk cars.

What would happen if Car Talk and the TED Radio Hour decided to host a picnic at a food truck park... and you were invited?  Answer:  Chew On This:  Fresh Ideas Made To Order.  Host Lisa Rothman takes a challenge...

Local Bay Area issues, with listener participation, every Monday at 7pm

Call in line: 415-841-4134.

Email your feedback and show ideas to cityvisions@kalw.org.

A critical examination of the major stories of the week, exposing what the mainstream media might have missed.  Produced by FAIR (Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting.)

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Crosscurrents is the daily news magazine from KALW Public Radio. We are part of KALW's Public Interest Reporting Project, which began in 2003 with the goal of expanding local in-depth reporting – at a time when most news organizations...

Songs from the Great American Songbook, interwoven with commentary from host Michael Lasser.

The best in contemporary folk, traditional, and original music from America, England, Ireland, Scotland, and other parts of the world.

More information about the show and playlists at their website.

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Interviews & reviews from contemporary culture and newsmakers. Plus, Garrison Keillor's "Writer's Almanac" at 9:01.

From the Commonwealth Club, programs recorded exclusively for KALW that provide a forum for young people to access the best informed, most involved, and brightest minds – be they politicians, business gurus, thought leaders, trendsetters or...

Compelling Stories. Inspiring Playwrights. Headline Actors.

June 6 & 13

“Arcadia” by Tom Stoppard

directed by John Rubinstein, and starring Kate Burton,...

Host Maria Hinojosa brings depth of experience, on-the-ground connections, and knowledge of current and emerging issues impacting Latino and other people of color, with stories about diversity, culture, civic dialogue and how people live and...

Harry Shearer offers a comedic and sardonic look at today's headlines.

Visit Harry's website here.

Provocative, up-to-the-minute, alive and witty, from KCRW, this weekly confrontation over politics, policy and popular culture proves those with impeccable credentials needn't lack personality.

Moderator Dana Rodriguez and panelists challenge each other and KALW's audience on the Bay Area's favorite quiz show.  Call-in phone: (415) 841-4134.

NPR's signature morning show, with news updates from the BBC at the top of each hour.  Also, a local daily almanac at 5:49 and 8:49, what's for lunch in the San Francisco public schools at 6:49 (during the school year), and daily commentary...

New and unusual music by innovative composers and performers around the world.

Find them online here.

The timeless world of contemplative and ambient music from around the world.

In-depth perspectives on the physical, mental, and spiritual well being of the planet.

KALW’s weekly magazine of all things - Culturally - considered, hosted by David Latulippe. 

Out in the Bay - Gay Radio from San Francisco    

Queer histories, herstories, personalities and issues are explored with humor, insight, and sensitivity each week on Out in the Bay.  We've been called “the gay Fresh...

The program that questions everything...except your intelligence.

All episodes are not archived at kalw.org.  For a comprehensive listing of recent and upcoming programs and various listening options, visit the

Roman Mars is your guide for this compilation of the best from the Public Radio Exchange, unique. Remix sounds like the best of public radio on shuffle with smart, creative spoken-word programs, amazing podcasts, cool ideas, fascinating...

Radio Ambulante is a Spanish-language podcast showcasing compelling stories from around Latin America and the United States. It is produced at KALW 91.7fm in San Francisco, and our fiscal sponsor is the Foundation for National Progress.

The curious minds of Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich are back to explore the boundaries that blur science, philosophy, and human experience. 

Classical & contemporary music with in-studio guests, commentary, live performances, and occasional sharing of classical vinyl.

Live gavel-to-gavel broadcast of the San Francisco Unified School District board meetings from 555 Franklin Street in San Francisco.  While the Board is in closed session, educator Carol Kocivar presents an interview feature, "Looking at...

Sandip Roy, former host of Your Call and  New America Now, is back on KALW, bringing you a little bit of the story of the new India every week – a letter home from his other home.

A lot has been written about...

A celebration of the short story, read by professional actors from stage and screen. From Symphony Space in NYC. 

Upcoming broadcasts:

June 15 ~  Illusions

GUEST HOST: NEIL GAIMAN

“Miracle Polish” by Steven...

KALW broadcasts the Superintendent's remarks from the bi-monthly meetings of the San Francisco School Board.

The second hour of "The Tavis Smiley Show" is now "Smiley & West", with the dynamic bi-coastal duo of Tavis Smiley and Cornel West.

Host Glynn Washington, one of the winners of the Public Radio Talent Quest, explores decisions that define lives, taking listeners on an addictive narrative that walks a mile in someone else's shoes.

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