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Former US Senator Russell Feingold joins John Perry and Ken Taylor for a conversation about Corporations and the Future of Democracy. Its free and open to the public Thursday, March 15th at 7pm at Cubberly Auditorium on the Stanford campus. The US prides itself on the strength of its democratic institutions and considers itself a leader in the promotion of democratic values around the globe. But can we consistently maintain this self-image in the face of the growing power of corporations ?...

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. For months, clouds of radioactive fallout from damaged nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi power station spread across heavily-populated areas many kilometres from the plant. The government and power...

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 . They met during their years as cast members on MADtv; you might also recognize Jordan from Adult Swims Childrens Hospital or perhaps you caught them both as commune-dwelling hippies in the new film Wanderlust. In their new show, Keegan and Jordan go from stand-up, to sketches about Scrabble, to a top-notch presidential impersonation. Their new series...

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 Wednesday, to mark the anniversary, the World Service will have a day of special programming that looks back at its history, and opens up todays BBC to listeners around the world. If youre a BBC fan, you can prepare yourself for the big day with this timeline of major dates in World Service history and by listening to this...

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 composers reputation over decades. Weills 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? He writes the girls side of the story. Nico Muhly is a classical composer whos worked with a wide range of musicians, from high-profile composer Philip Glass, to Icelandic singer-songwriter Bjork to indie rockers Grizzly Bear. Jason and Randy Sklar, known collectively as the Sklar Brothers, are comedians best known for their ESPN show Cheap Seats. And theyre all on...

The Syrian city of Homs has seen some of the worst violence in the governments 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 years cinematic offerings, and present their 4th annual Dionysus Awards for the most philosophically-rich films of the past year. Send your nominations to...

Listen anytime via KALWs 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 Marks Blues Harmonica Blowout at Yoshis Oakland. Wednesday night at 9pm. Video Promo: Fog City Blues 5th Anniversary Special Wednesday

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Listen this week anytime via KALWs 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 weeks This American Life , a Planet Money special on the economic crisis in Europe. If youre 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, theres a story behind this story. One thats filled with guilt, and drama, and betrayal, and 100-year-old dreams come true. Alex Blumberg guest-hosts as Planet Money brings you the story of the Euro as youve never heard it. Hear This American Life on...

On this weeks This American Life , a Planet Money special on the economic crisis in Europe. If youre 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, theres a story behind this story. One thats filled with guilt, and drama, and betrayal, and 100-year-old dreams come true. Alex Blumberg guest-hosts as Planet Money brings you the story of the Euro as youve never heard it. Hear This American Life on...

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 w here 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 weeks This American Life, Wednesday at Noon.

Bullseye: Episode 1

Jan 5, 2012

Jesse Thorns talk show featuring all thats 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 , its now called Bullseye and you can hear it on Sundays at 4pm on 91.7FM. In this first episode, Thorn speaks with the Baltimore-based musician Dan Deacon , members of the cast of the costume drama Downton Abbey , and the Australian comedian Chris Lilley . Also, hear this weeks pop-culture picks from the AV Club . Click here...