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Dore Stein

Host/Producer, Tangents

One of the most creative and versatile programmers in radio, Dore is an advocate for cross-pollinating music. He is producer/host of Tangents, a program that explores the bridges connecting various styles of music, including world and roots music, and creative jazz hybrids.

Dore also produces an in-depth political segment within Tangents called Gaza Corner. and assists Rebuilding Alliance, which acts on the ground in Palestine to rebuild villages and prevent illegal demolitions, in bringing U.S. Congressional staff to the West Bank and East Jerusalem to witness Palestinian life under military occupation.

Stein has also written news analysis regarding Turkey and Kurdistan for the online news source for independent commentary, Truthout.

Stein's unusual background bridges commercial and non-commercial radio, dating back to commercial free-form rock radio at legendary WQBK in Albany, New York. After several years, Dore transitioned into a short-lived career as a documentary producer. His television documentary "Nicaragua: Another Bay of Pigs?" was aired on PBS. Stein moved from New York to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1984 working as a video producer but was anxious to get back on the radio. The opportunity presented itself at Bay Area jazz outlet KCSM in 1985 and Tangents was born. While producing Tangents, Dore was Music Director at KKSF, where he was a five-time Gavin Award nominee. Stein brought Tangents to KALW (SF, 91.7fm, kalw.org) in 1995 and later to Paris-based Mondomix. In addition to KALW, Tangents is currently a webcast on Berlin-based Multicult.fm and Lisbon's CBF WebRadio.com. Beginning in 2005 a new chapter emerged as Dore began producing annual Tangents Turkey Music Tours. In a climate of ignorance and misperceptions regarding Islamic culture, Dore believes the best way to learn about other cultures is through travel and music. Dore arranged a full concert itinerary featuring a who's who of Anatolian artists including Sabahat Akkiraz, Taksim Trio, Cenk Erdogan, Okay Temiz, and the late Selim Sesler.

Due to dangerous conditions in Turkey and the government's crackdown on human rights, the Tangents Turkey Music Tour was discontinued after 2014.

Tangents Greece Music Tours started in 2017. The same concept applies to about 10 concerts in 17 nights featuring the cream of the Greek music scene as we travel throughout mainland Greece and Crete. Tangents Greece music tours were put on hold in 2020 due to COVID-19.

In addition to music and travel, Dore's other major passion is softball. He has played in the San Francisco Softball league for 25+ years. A resident of San Francisco's Portola neighborhood, Dore lives with his long-time girlfriend, poet Clara Hsu, and their feline companions Lou Sa and Calhoun.