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Philosophy Talk: Does Science Over-reach?

11 hours ago

Are there questions that science is powerless to answer?

Bay Area Beats: DJ QBERT

Jul 19, 2018
Bo Walsh


Richard Quitevis is better known as DJ QBERT. He's been a pioneer in the art of DJ turntablism for close to 30 years.

Thank you to all the local businesses who provided food and drink during KALW's May membership campaign.   Take a moment to see who they are, and if you have the opportunity, please thank them for supporting Local Public Radio!

Binah: Lillian Faderman with Michelle Tea

Jul 19, 2018

LGBT scholar Lillian Faderman examines the life and legacy of Harvey Milk, from his Jewish childhood on Long Island to his final years as one of the most revolutionary politicians of the 20th century.

Almanac - Thursday, July 19, 2018

Jul 19, 2018
Photo by John Flannery / Via Wikimedia Commons

Today is Thursday, July 19, 2018. It is the 200th day of the year, there are 165 days remaining in 2018.

The sun will rise today at 6:02 AM

And will set at 8:28 PM

There will be 14 hours and 26 minutes of daylight

Today is a first quarter moon

It will rise at 1:26 PM

Today’s first high tide was at 12:45 AM

The next high tide will be at 1:28 PM

The first low tide is at 7:25 AM

The next low tide will be at 7:59 PM

Courtesy of Josiah Luís Alderete

Josiah Luís Alderete will tell you he is “a full-blooded Pocho Indio who refries his beans and poesia in Spanglish.”

Finding a personal relationship with God in jail

Jul 18, 2018
Courtesy of Oscar


Our ongoing series The Spiritual Edge occasionally spotlights stories about how people have found their own personal religious beliefs. Today’s story profiles an Uber driver named Oscar from Napa. He didn’t grow up particularly religious, but during a months-long incarceration, he found the Bible that would change his life.

That's right. The Spot is taking an indefinite break.

Jim Cox

This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area performing arts, guest host Renee Kemp talks with actresses Denmo Ibrahim and Nadine Malouf from the cast of A Thousand Splendid Suns, which runs through July 29 at A.C.T.’s Geary Theater.

Fog City Blues: Fog Swamp

Jul 18, 2018

Fog Swamp is a San Francisco-based assemblage of first-call musicians that performs original swamp rock.

Almanac - Wednesday 7/18/18

Jul 18, 2018

Today Wednesday, the 18th of July of 2018 is the 199th day of the year.

There are 166 days remaining until the end of the year.

66 days until autumn begins...

  Dana Rodriguez hosts the Bay Area's favorite radio quiz show.

Dan Soder performs Thursday (07/19/2018) through Saturday (07/21/2018) at the Punch Line in San Francisco. Find tickets here.

Ron Funches performs Friday (07/20/2018) through Sunday (07/22/2018) at Cobb’s Comedy Club in San Francisco. Find tickets here.











Pictured:  the inimitable music of PDQ Bach...happy birthday Peter Schickele!


Today is Tuesday, July 17, 2018, the 198th day of the year with 167 days remaining.

City Visions: How to travel ethically

Jul 16, 2018
© 2018 by Jeff Greenwald / All rights reserved

July 16, 2018: Summer is a time to explore new places, but have you ever considered what it means to travel ethically? Global tourism is an $8.27 trillion business, and your traveling dollars can have a positive impact. Listen in as host Grace Won interviews Jeff Greenwald of Ethical Traveler to learn more about destinations that are working to make the world a better place. 


Jeff Greenwald, travel journalist and founder of Ethical Traveler.


Ethical Traveler 

Truc Nguyen


Almost 60 years ago, the City of San Francisco named a unique street Brotherhood Way. On the south-side of Brotherhood Way, there’s a row of churches and faith-based institutions.

Almanac - Monday 7/16/18

Jul 16, 2018

Today is Monday, the 16th of July of 2018, the 197th day of 2018.

There are 168 days left in the year.

68 days until autumn begins...

avlxyz via flickr

Today Friday, the 13th of July of 2018, is the 194th day of the year.

There are 171 days remaining until the end of the year.


The sun will rise in San Francisco at 5:59 am

and sunset will be at 8:32 pm.

We will have 14 hours and 33 minutes of daylight.

There is only one high tide today, at 11:43 pm

The first low tide is at 5:46 am

and the next low tide at 5:35 pm.


There is a new Moon today, a supermoon

What would happen if instead of being privately owned, productive goods were continually put up for auction?

Binah: Kingdom of Olives and Ash

Jul 12, 2018

On today’s encore edition of Binah, we feature writers Ayelet Waldman, Michael Chabon and Fida Jiryis, contributors to Kingdom of Olives and Ash, a collection of essays on the human cost of fifty years of Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, and Yehuda Shaul of the Israeli NGO Breaking the Silence. They’re joined in conversation by Daniel Sokatch of the New Israel Fund.

Almanac - Thursday 7/12/18

Jul 12, 2018

Today is Thursday, July 12, the 193rd day of 2018.

There are 172 days left in the year.

72 days until autumn begins...

Courtesy of Kev Choice

Pianist, composer, and MC Kev Choice represents Oakland hard. He started learning the piano in seventh grade at Westlake Junior High near Lake Merritt and recently composed a piece for the Oakland Symphony. Though he’s done stints in Illinois, New Orleans, and Atlanta, he considers the Town his artistic and spiritual home.

Folk Music & Beyond: String Wizards Live

Jul 11, 2018

Join us this Saturday 3 pm on "Folk Music & Beyond" for the crème de la crème—string wizardry at its finest, starting first with members of the Shasta String Celebration.  Cellist Tristan Claridge leads the celebration, along with champion Texas-style fiddler Matthew Hartz and guitarist Sean Watkins (co-founder of Nickel Creek).  At 4 pm, renowned fingerstyle guitarist Peppino D'Agostino returns to the KALW studios, performing what he humbly calls his "minestrone" music.  

Almanac - Wednesday 7/11/18

Jul 11, 2018

Today Wednesday, 11th of July of 2018 is the 192nd day of the year.

There are 173 days remaining until the end of the year.

73 days until autumn begins...

Jes Tom performs this Thursday (07/12/2018) as part of 'Verdi Wild Things Are' at the Verdi Club in San Francisco. Find tickets here.

Melissa Villaseñor performs Thursday (07/12/2018) through Saturday (07/14/2018) at The Punch Line in San Francisco. Find tickets here.

Philosophy Talk: Spinoza

Jul 10, 2018

What made Baruch Spinoza one of the most influential and beguiling thinkers of all time?

Almanac - Tuesday 7/10/18

Jul 10, 2018

Today Tuesday, 10th of July of 2018 is the 191st day of the year.

There are 174 days remaining until the end of the year.

74 days until autumn begins...

The White House / Samantha Appleton

For more than 50 years, Pete Escovedo’s Latin Jazz sound has reached people around the world — but it all started here in the Bay Area.

Almanac - Monday 7/9/18

Jul 9, 2018

Today Monday, 9th of July of 2018 is the 190th day of the year.

There are 175 days remaining until the end of the year.

75 days until autumn begins...

Host Dana Rodriguez is joined this week by technical editor Kira Pace and the San Francisco Chronicle's Music Critic, Joshua Kosman.