Programs A-Z

  • KALW’s weekly magazine of the performing arts in the Bay Area, featuring live interviews with musicians, choreographers, and actors, with occasional in-studio performances and ticket giveaways.  Produced by Niels Swinkels.

    (For segment...

  • 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  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...

  • 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. You can find more at their website.

  • The Peabody Award-winning investigative journalism program for public radio. Produced by The Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX, Reveal will present original work from CIR’s team along with various partners: stations, producers, web...

  • 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.  Prior to the meeting, educator Carol Kocivar presents an interview feature, "Looking at Education." (The...

  • 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. Learn more about this long running program here.

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

  • Tune in Monday nights for Shanghai Spring, an 8-part radio series that takes you to one of the most vibrant cities of the world today and gives you a front-row seat at one of the preeminent events in its cultural calendar – the...

  • Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene through the eyes and ears of local artists. Every week, host Jen Chien speaks with a different local artist about upcoming arts events in the Bay Area.

    Sights &...

  • 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.

  • Smart and spirited discussions about a wide range of popular music, from cutting-edge underground rock and hip-hop, to classic rock, R&B, electronica, and worldbeat. From WBEZ in Chicago.

  • An unusually diverse, genre-bending program that explores the bridges connecting various styles of music.  Tangents emphasizes world and roots music, and creative jazz hybrids, from Ry Cooder, Lhasa, Zakir Hussain, to The Blind Boys of Alabama....

  • A journey through fascinating ideas: astonishing inventions, fresh approaches to old problems, new ways to think and create. Based on Talks given by riveting speakers on the world-renowned TED stage, each show is centered on a common theme –...

  • True stories told live on stage without scripts, notes, props, or accompaniment.  Each hour mixes humorous and heartbreaking tales told with honesty, bravery, and wit.  

    Visit their website.

  • Host Jim Svejda reviews a wide variety of classical recordings and highlights renowned classical artists.  He provides listeners with guides to the best readily available recordings and creates sketches of the lives of some of the most famous...

  • The Spot is KALW’s weekly showcase for the best in public radio podcasts, including 99% Invisible, Blank on Blank,

  • The Stoop podcast airs frank, fun conversations about black identity with journalists Hana Baba and Leila Day. The project was selected for NPR's first-ever 

  • Weekly high-energy conversations on political, cultural, and global issues of particular relevance to African Americans. The Tavis Smiley Show website.

  • Garrison Keillor offers a daily poem and literary history almanac.

    Read the daily poem at the Writer's Almanac website here.

  • Ira Glass assembles eclectic, entertaining stories that reveal Americans in all shapes and forms.

  • The international lesbian & gay radio magazine.

  • The most listened-to Celtic music program in the world, hosted by Fiona Ritchie.

  • Fresh perspectives on cultural topics that shape today's world. More content available at their website.

  • "Time of Useful Consciousness" created by and hosted by Maria Gilardin, and speaking to the impact of big corporations on society.

  • Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! is NPR's weekly hour-long quiz program. Each week on the radio you can test your knowledge against some of the best and brightest in the news and entertainment world while figuring out what's real news and...

  • Saturday mornings are made for Weekend Edition Saturday, the program wraps up the week's news and offers a mix of analysis and features on a wide range of topics,...

  • San Francisco's "live radio program to the world" featuring engaging conversation with authors, musicians, and entertainers.

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  • Comedy quiz show with music and topical humor, featuring the Audience Quiz, the Small Town of the Week, and All the News That Isn't.  Originating from Madison, Wisconsin, the show travels to towns all around the country throughout the year.


  • Marty and guests discuss job & work issues and phone-in workovers:  415 841-4134.

    Find archived episodes at the show's website.

  • The BBC's International Call-In Program(me), presented one hour delayed. Find more at their website.

  • KALW's call-in show: Politics and culture, dialogue and debate. Join the conversation at 1-866-798-TALK or e-mail  Subscribe to the Your Call podcast on

  • San Mateo Deputy District Attorney Chuck Finney talks with experts on various legal topics, with listener participation: 415 841-4134