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Nearly a year after Japan was struck by a huge earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011, tune in Wednesday and Thursday at 5:30pm for a special two-part report from the BBC on radioactive fallout, health effects, decontamination efforts, and government response to the Fukushima disaster.

Bullseye: Key & Peele

Mar 1, 2012

Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele are actors, comedians, and the creators and co-stars of the new Comedy Central sketch show Key & Peele

On February 29, 1932, the BBC launched its Empire Service on shortwave – 80 years later, you know it as the World Service, and hear it throughout the day on KALW. 

On the next Voicebox, hear Stanford Music Professor Stephen Hinton discuss the vocal music of Kurt Weill and the singers who have helped to seal the German composer’s reputation over decades. 

Weill's Voices on Voicebox, Friday, February 24, from 10-11pm at 91.7FM or www.kalw.org.

 

 Daniel Handler delves into his memories of young love and high school frustrations to pen the novel Why We Broke Up -- the twist?

The Syrian city of Homs has seen some of the worst violence in the government's crackdown against opposition activists and armed fighters in the country. BBC reporter Paul Wood and his team managed to slip into Homs as the bombardment of the city was getting underway. Tune in to KALW Thursday at 5:30pm to hear a special report in which Paul tells the story of his four days in Homs - how the story unfolded; how he reported it and what life is like for residents of a city under fire. 

Movies play a large role in modern life. We enjoy watching them; we idolize the actors and actresses who appear in them; we analyze the directors. But how well do movies tackle bigger philosophical questions?  With the help of listeners and special guests, Philosophy Talk hosts John Perry and Ken Taylor turn a philosophical eye to the past year's cinematic offerings, and present their 4th annual Dionysus Awards for the most philosophically-rich films of the past year.

Listen anytime via KALW's Local Music Player.  Host Devon Strolovitch celebrates five years on KALW with a special night on Fog City Blues featuring cameo appearances by Elvin Bishop, Quinn Deveaux, Carmen Getit of Steve Lucky & the Rhumba Bums, and Mark Hummel.  Devon will also be giving away tickets to Mark's Blues Harmonica Blowout at Yoshi's Oakland.  Wednesday night at 9pm.

Video Promo: Fog City Blues 5th Anniversary Special

Photo by Timmy Wheelan

Listen this week anytime via KALW's Local Music Player.  One of the leading, living exponents of the New York/Sligo fiddle style, DeMarco will perform live accompanied by Richard Mandel on guitar.  Saturday, January 21 at 3pm on KALW.

On this week's This American Life, a Planet Money special on the economic crisis in Europe. If you're like us, when the words European Debt Crisis pop up in the news these days you feel a little worried, and a little like taking a nap. Turns out, there's a story behind this story. One that's filled with guilt, and drama, and betrayal, and 100-year-old dreams come true.

On this week's This American Life, a Planet Money special on the economic crisis in Europe. If you're like us, when the words European Debt Crisis pop up in the news these days you feel a little worried, and a little like taking a nap. Turns out, there's a story behind this story. One that's filled with guilt, and drama, and betrayal, and 100-year-old dreams come true.

Mike Daisey was a self-described "worshipper in the cult of Mac." Then he saw some photos from a new iPhone, taken by workers at the factory where it was made. Mike wondered: Who makes all my crap? 

He traveled to China to find out -- hear the story of what he learned on this week's This American Life, Wednesday at Noon.

Bullseye: Episode 1

Jan 5, 2012

Jesse Thorn's talk show featuring "all that's good in popular culture" returns to KALW in 2012 with a new name and a new time. Formerly known as The Sound of Young America, it's now called Bullseye and you can hear it on Sundays at 4pm on 91.7FM.