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Thank you supporting KALW's September campaign!

Independent journalism, local arts & music, and a living democracy. Your support makes it all possible at KALW. A big thanks to the listeners who have already donated $235,000 toward our campaign goal of $375,000. All contributions that come in until Wednesday count toward our goal -- help us reach it with your contribution today!

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Media Roundtable: Former banker Nomi Prins says central bankers are still rigging the economy

On this edition of Your Call, former investment banker Nomi Prins discusses her new book, Collusion: How Central Bankers Rigged the World.

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Paul Griffiths as well as Jim Bruno drop by today to sing a set of songs before their gig tonight at The Lost Church. You can hear them on the radio between 5 and 6:30 today on A Patchwork Quilt.

Photo courtesy of Ed Ritger/modified from original

Despite our differences, we can find connections that bring us together.

Philosophy Talk: Jean-Paul Sartre

Sep 21, 2018

What exactly is existentialism? How are we condemned to be free? And what’s so hellish about other people?   

99% Invisible: The Age of Algorithm

Sep 21, 2018

Computer algorithms now shape our world in profound and mostly invisible ways. They predict if we’ll be valuable customers and whether we’re likely to repay a loan. They filter what we see on social media, sort through resumes, and evaluate job performance. They inform prison sentences and monitor our health, and most of these algorithms have been created with good intentions ...

Happy Birthday and THANK YOU to Chuck Jones (1912-2002) !

Today is Friday, September 21, 2018, the 264th day of the year with 101 days remaining.

  • Sunrise: 6:57am   
  • Sunset: 7:08pm

...giving us 12 hours and 11minutes of daylight.  83% of the waxing moon will be visible, rising at 5:44pm.

On this edition of Your Call, former investment banker Nomi Prins discusses her new book, Collusion: How Central Bankers Rigged the World.

SPECIAL LIVE EPISODE: Glynn Washington and Anna Sale

Sep 20, 2018

Snap Judgment's Glynn Washington and Death, Sex, and Money's Anna Sale joined Hana Baba in studios in a public radio smackdown for our membership drive.

Hey Area: Where is East Oakland? It's more than geography
Hot Dates: "I'm Supposed to Be Certain" (from Death, Sex, and Money)
Counted: An Oakland Story (from Snap Judgment)

Jeneé Darden / KALW News

For the past year, KALW has focused in on East Oakland. We've hosted live community events and took our collaborative journalism project Hey Area there to answer your questions about East Oakland. One of the most popular questions we’ve received is: What are the boundaries of East Oakland? KALW’s Oakland reporter Jeneé Darden went searching for the answer.

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Proposition 12 has to do with the caging of farm animals.


Back in 2008, Californians passed an initiative to ban the practice of confining farm animals in extremely small cages. The measure said that animals had to be kept in cages that were large enough for them to turn around in and to stretch their limbs or wings. But the measure didn’t specify exactly how big those cages had to be.


Religious studies scholar Reza Aslan explores how believers have conceptualized the idea of God from the early origins of religion through present day, and why and how they tend to anthropomorphize the divine. His latest book is God, A Human History.


Our wonderful food donors

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!

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