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 thespot@kalw.org.  Thanks!

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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"

7:47am

Thu April 3, 2014
Arts & Culture

The Spot 4.3.14 Racial profiling, neknomination, and Kurt Cobain

Kurt Cobain

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.

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6:43am

Thu March 27, 2014
Arts & Culture

The Spot 3.27.14 Pitchmen

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.

10:04am

Thu March 20, 2014
Arts & Culture

The Spot 3.20.14 When You're Lonely, Life is Very Long

Edward Hopper: The Hotel Room (1931)

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.

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