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, Everything Sounds, Fugitive Waves, Life of the Law, The Memory Palace, The HeartRadio Ambulante, Stanford Storytelling Project, Tiny Spark, and Youth Radio... just to name a few.

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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.

Thursday at 5:30pm.

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