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"Plowed", by Wendell, used under CC license/ resized and cropped

Host Ethan Elkind and guests explore the impact of new technologies on our agricultural industry.

99% Invisible: The Stethoscope

Jan 28, 2018

Imagine for a moment the year 1800. A doctor is meeting with a patient – most likely in the patient’s home. The patient is complaining about shortness of breath. A cough, a fever. The doctor might check the patient’s pulse or feel their belly, but unlike today, what’s happening inside of the patient’s body is basically unknowable. There’s no MRI. No X-rays. The living body is like a black box that can’t be opened.

Painter and Muralist Ira Watkins: Sights & Sounds

Oct 5, 2017

Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Ira Watkins, the new artist-in-residence at Hunters Point Shipyard Studios, will be showing his work on October 14 and 15 during the Shipyard's Fall Open Studios. He told KALW’s Jen Chien about three fantastic arts events happening around the Bay this week.

One way to get a bead on the future, on fields in which you might get in on the ground floor,  is to see what VCs and sophisticated types  are  investing in today.  So on the Nov. 11, 2016 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with  long-time Silicon Valley insider Sramana Mitra,  whom LinkedIn named a Top 10 Influencer.

Your Call: The 2016 Brower Youth Award Winners

Oct 12, 2016
Storyline Media


On the October 12 edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with three of this year’s Brower Youth Award winners.

Work with Marty Nemko: 6/12/16: The Inevitable

Jun 12, 2016

On the June 12, 2016 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with Kevin Kelly, author of The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 technological forces that will shape our future.

When Deborah Bevilacqua lost her leg in a motorcycle accident ten years ago, she had to get a prosthetic leg. It’s been functional she says, but it’s not pretty.

Thomas Walden Levy

The Spiritual Edge is a new reporting project from KALW that explores innovation in religious belief and practice in the Bay Area.  And as we plan the next stage of the project's development, we want your ideas and input.

By answering this brief survey, you'll discover the diverse stories that this project has already told, and help shape the future direction of The Spiritual Edge. Thank you!

Jen Chien

In a small room, inside a former sewing machine factory in the mid-Market district of San Francisco, Mitsuru Muraki is jamming on some unconventional percussion instruments: two round glass vases and a couple of pencils. He and another musician named Gabe Stern are writing a song together. As Muraki moves on to drumming on a metal bucket, a tall, dreadlocked young man pokes his head in the door.

With molecular biology and aerospace engineering degrees from MIT and an M.D.from Harvard, successful entrepreneur and philanthropist Peter Diamandis, founded the X-Prize Foundation to award up-to $10-million prizes to scientists that could make serious inroads into the world's greatest problems: poverty, energy, disease, etc. 

Not surprisingly, he has received all sorts of proposals. He has synthesized what he learned plus his current thinking and predictios in the just-published Simon & Schuster book, Abundance: The Future is Better than You Think.