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Radiolab host Robert Krulwich on how he made it official with KALW. Join him in supporting the station in our September campaign.

Olivia Henry

Thanks to the generosity of listeners, we are now less than $9,000 from our goal of $375,000 for KALW's September campaign.  This is our last on-air fundraiser until May 2017 --  and it's significant for the future of KALW.  Make your donation now!

John Lucas, used under CC attribution / cropped

The KALW News team is looking for three experienced radio reporters to cover beats for our daily news magazine Crosscurrents and to produce spots for our new daily newscasts.

Enrollment now open for the KALW Audio Academy!

KALW is calling for applicants for our 9-month radio journalism training program based at KALW public radio, an NPR and BBC affiliate station in San Francisco. This program is designed to give you a professional audio production education, tuition-free.

Bekah Pollard, The La La

At Crosscurrents, we are big fans of Heben Nigatu, Tracy Clayton, and their podcast “Another Round with Heben and Tracy”.  Unfortunately, the love isn’t always reciprocated.  We have heard them talk about how public radio doesn’t always do it for them.

“I just assume that everything [on public radio] is going to be so straight laced and academic and just sort of boring,” said Tracy Clayton on one of their episodes.

On this week's episode of 99% Invisible:

The “driveway moment.” It’s when a story is so good that you can’t leave your car. Inside of a driveway moment, time becomes elastic–you could be staring straight at a clock for the entire duration of the story, but for that length of time, the clock has no power over you.

But ironically,  inside the machinery of public radio–the industry that creates driveway moments–the clock rules all.

Enrollment now open for the 2014-2015 KALW News Audio Academy

Mar 25, 2014

Enrollment now open for the KALW News Audio Academy 

KALW is calling for applicants for our 10-month radio journalism training program based at KALW public radio, an NPR and BBC affiliate station in San Francisco. This program is designed to give you a graduate level audio production education, tuition-free.

We’re looking for creative thinkers who are great writers and storytellers with a passion for covering diverse communities, and ideally have some knowledge of the Bay Area.

Radio Ambulante is a new Spanish-language podcast based at KALW. Crosscurrents host Hana Baba speaks with the host and co-founder of Radio Ambulante, local novelist Daniel Alarcón, about what inspired him to create a show that would bring new voices, new perspectives, and a new language to public radio:

This Bay Area Life

Sep 6, 2012

This edition of Crosscurrents is a special one-hour show dedicated to an interview with This American Life host Ira Glass by Hana Baba in KALW studios, and stories from his show that were based in the Bay Area. In that spirit, we’re calling this show This Bay Area Life (in which Hana tries to pull off a subtle imitation of Glass).

Check out's new feature on Roman Mars and 99% Invisible, the tiny show about design that started at KALW, has since had more than 2 million downloads on iTunes, and is currently in the midst of a hugely successful Kickstarter fundraising campaign.