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KALW Presents...June 2019

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Father and son Ellis and Wynton Marsalis backstage at the Blue Note, New York, June 1990.

Every Saturday at 1 p.m., KALW Presents...airs an eclectic mix of historical, seasonal, and timely specials with voices you might not hear anywhere else in the Bay Area.

June 8: Nancy: A Different Kind of Coming Out 

Coming out means taking a risk and sharing something deeply personal with another person. In this hour-long episode of Nancy, the critically acclaimed podcast about the queer experience, hosts Tobin Low and Kathy Tu bring you three stories about different kinds of coming out. You'll hear from two gay men of different generations about what it's like to disclose an HIV diagnosis; a young woman who tracks down the queer role model she didn't know she needed; and a young man trying to save his father's life, even if it means a painful confrontation.

June 15: When Is Father's Day? 

From “Ol’ Man River” to “Papa Was a Rolling Stone,” we turn to the American songbook for portraits of fatherhood, both kindly and cautionary, from down-home country to down-with-the-man rock’n‘roll and soul. We talk to New Orleans jazz patriarch Ellis Marsalis about family life and raising four career musicians—Wynton, Branford, Jason and Delfeayo.

June 22: The Arts Hour on Tour in Nashville, Tennessee 

Across the American Heartland, the songs played on country radio stations reflect the stories the country is telling itself. But with controversy over songs like Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road" and Kacey Musgraves' "Follow Your Arrow," what songs can be sung and broadcast? We meet artists and high-profile figures from the local scene to explore what 'country music' really means in Nashville right now.

June 29: Remembering Afghanistan's Elvis 

With his dark shock of hair, sultry voice and overwhelming stage presence, Ahmad Zahir more than earned the nickname 'The Afghan Elvis.' He remains Afghanistan's most beloved musician, even though he died in 1979 after a short, dazzling career. Monica Whitlock hears how a new generation of musicians interpret some of Zahir's classics.