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, Rendered, Everything Sounds, Fugitive Waves from the Kitchen Sisters, Life of the Law, The Memory Palace, One with Farai, Radio Ambulante, 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 thespot@kalw.org.  Thanks!

  

99% Invisible: “Holdout”  Around 2005, a Seattle neighborhood called Ballard started to see unprecedented growth.  Developers offered a woman named Edith Macefield $750,000 for her small house.  Macefield turned down the money, and developers went ahead and enveloped her house on three sides with a shopping mall.

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Youth Radio Podcast: “Prescription Drug Abuse In College”  Correspondent Cyrus Abusaba explores the lethal trend of recreational prescription pill usage among college students.

This week on KALW's showcase for the best in public radio podcasts . . .Radio Diaries: Strange Fruit - Voices of a Lynching” Poet and songwriter Abel Meeropol wrote “Strange Fruit” after seeing a photograph of two black teenagers hanging from a tree.  Decades later, a box of recordings was found in a basement containing the recollections of people who witnessed or took part in the events of that day.

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Radio Ambulante Unscripted:  "Building Bridges and Smuggling Books"  Daniel Alarcón speaks with writer and activist Tony Diaz, - a.k.a. Librotraficante - one of the leaders of a nation-wide movement in favor of Mexican-American and Ethnic Studies.

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One with Farai "Hacking Race & Technology" Technologist Kimberly Bryant talks with Farai about why she founded the nonprofit Black Girls Code.

Radio Ambulante Unscripted: "Riding The Beast" Host Daniel Alarcón talks to investigative journalist Oscar Martinez about his experience riding the "The Beast," the infamous train that takes migrants through Mexico on their way to the United States.

99% Invisible: "Duplitecture"  The best knock-offs in the world are in China. There are plenty of fake designer handbags and Rolexes but China’s knock-offs go way beyond fashion. There are knock-off Apple stores that look so much like the real thing, some employees believe they are working in real Apple stores.  And then there are entire knock-off cities.

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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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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.

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.

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.

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"

Youth Radio podcast: "An on-line challenge turns deadly"  An online drinking challenge made popular in the UK and Australia has already been responsible for five deaths of men under 30 years old. Youth Radio’s Rafael Johns and his friends have been monitoring this trend on YouTube wondering if it will hit in the US.

99% Invisible: “Call Now” The subtle, possibly endless civil war over how attorneys should advertise their services (and whether they should advertise at all).

VoiceBox: "Auctioneering"  Inside the rhythm, art and sport of the live auction, with Colorado Auctioneers Hall of Famer Steve Linnebur and Tennessee auctioneer Justin Ochs.

Theory of Everything: When You're Lonely, Life is Very Long.  After moving to New York, writer Olivia Laing discovered the truth about loneliness. She says it is a gift.  Eric Klinenberg explains why more and more people are choosing to live alone and why cities like New York must invest in housing stock that singletons actually want to live in, the type of housing they have in Scandinavian countries.

Stanford Storytelling Project: "How Not to Give" The story of an entrepreneur who wanted to give one million t-shirts to Africa.

Youth Radio podcast: “A Critical Look at MOOCs -- Massive On-Line Courses”

The State We’re In: “Do the Right Thing” In Mexico, investigative journalism can be a life-threatening profession. Sergio Haro is a veteran reporter for the muckraking Mexican weekly, Zeta.

Life of the Law: “Bad Constitution”  Alabama has the longest constitution, not just in the country, but in the world, with 885 amendments and counting.  Hear why it got that way, and how it affects everything in the state from school desegregation to pig farms.

Theory of Everything: "F is for Fake": To bot or not?  Host Benjamen Walker talks to data scientist Gilad Lotan about "fake followers" and online reputations, and Jason Q Ng, author of the book Blocked on Weibo, tells us why the Chinese government hates on-line bots.

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Theory of Everything: "Artifacts (2 of 2)"  The unpredictable, unfolding implications of the transition from analog to digital photography -- and why we're all "animals of code" now.

The Memory Palace: "Harriet Quimby" Remembering a pioneering aviator.

The best in public radio podcasts, Thursday at 5:30pm.

Fugitive Waves: "Edison" The Kitchen Sisters explore the ups and downs (and ups and downs and ups) in the life of the great American inventor.  Fugitive Waves is one of the shows featured in Radiotopia, the new podcast network from PRX.

Life of the Law:  "School DisciplineAs the number of law enforcement officers on school campuses has gone up, so have the number of arrests. This month the Obama Administration issued recommendations for alternative forms of discipline -- but as the story of Kyle Thompson demonstrates, in the real world of schools, the issues are tricky.

99% Invisible "New Old Town" The rebuilding of post-war Warsaw.

The Memory Palace "Shadowboxing" The stories that were told about legendary boxer John L. Sullivan, and the stories he told about himself.

Youth Radio podcast:  Civic Education for a New Generation

Contrary to popular belief, nearly 90 percent of high school students take a civics class. But what's the quality of those classes? This week's Youth Radio podcast looks at how racial and political diversity in the classroom affects what young people learn about politics and society.

99% Invisible:  Symphony of Sirens

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