The Spot

Thursdays at 5:30pm

The Spot is KALW’s weekly showcase for the best in public radio podcasts, including 99% Invisible, Blank on Blank, Destination DIY, Everything Sounds, Fugitive Waves from the Kitchen Sisters, Life of the Law, The Memory Palace, One with Farai, Radio Ambulante, the Stanford Storytelling Project, The State We're In, Theory of Everything, Tiny Spark, and Youth Radio.

If you listen to a great public radio podcast you think belongs on The Spot, please e-mail kalw@kalw.org with the subject line “The Spot”.  Thanks!

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2:53pm

Mon July 14, 2014
Arts & Culture

The Spot 7.17.14 A Woman, A Writer, A Wit

Anna Holmes
Anna Wolf

  

One with Farai: “A Woman, A Writer, A Wit”  Farai Chideya speaks with New York Times Book Review columnist Anna Holmes, who applies her wit to questions of everything from womanhood, children in New York, and her former job as the editor of Jezebel.com.  From PRI's SoundworksThursday at 5:30pm.

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2:45pm

Mon July 14, 2014
Cops & Courts

The Spot 7.10.14 Jailhouse Lawyers + Stiletto Heels

Hector Oropeza
Nancy Mullane

Life of the Law: “Jailhouse Lawyers” 

 

In California, there are hundreds if not thousands of people practicing criminal law though they’ve never passed a bar exam. They’re inmates who pursue the equivalent of a lawyer’s education and who work as lawyers from within prison walls.

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8:53am

Wed April 23, 2014
Arts & Culture

The Spot 4.24.14 Privacy Issues + Investigating the Soccket

Life of the Law: Privacy Issues  Mike Katz-Lacabe is a normal, taxpaying, married, father of two. And yet, the San Leandro police department has what amounts to a family photo album of him and his car.  If you drive a car and live in an American city, your local police department probably has an album of you, too.

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3:25pm

Wed April 16, 2014
Arts & Culture

The Spot 4.17.14 Integrity

Johnny Cash

99% Invisible: “Structural Integrity”  When it was built in 1977, Citicorp Center was the seventh-tallest building in the world.  But it’s the base of the building that really makes the tower so unique. The bottom nine of its 59 stories are stilts. 

Blank on Blank: "Johnny Cash on the Gospel" "I just hope and pray I can die with my boots on." A previously unheard interview recorded in 1996.

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11:06am

Thu April 10, 2014
Arts & Culture

The Spot 4.10.14 Title TK + 400,000 Stars

"Pickering's harem"
Harvard College Observatory Collection of Astronomical Photographs

99% Invisible "Title TK" The name is important. It’s the first thing of any product you use or buy or see. The tip of the spear.  Only the names that are most interesting and most pleasant on the tongue can survive in your memory. So it’s no surprise that companies—especially large ones like Sony or Procter & Gamble—hire naming companies.

The Memory Palace: "400,000 Stars"

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