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A conversation with novelist Daniel Alarcón

Daniel Alarcón"

Daniel Alarcón is a novelist who lives in San Francisco. But there’s more to him than that. His identity reaches across many borders. And his storytelling traverses multiple media.

His latest book, At Night We Walk in Circles, was a finalist for this year's PEN/Faulkner award. His feature story "The Contestant" was part of the first edition of the California Sunday Magazine. And you may have heard his show Radio Ambulante – a Spanish-language podcast that airs Thursday nights on KALW that is often compared with This American Life.

This Sunday, Alarcón is expanding his broad horizons even further, hosting a live Radio Ambulante event in San Francisco at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. The show is called Outsiders and will feature multimedia storytelling from Cuba, Chile, Mexico, and the United States.

Daniel Alarcón sat down with KALW's Ben Trefny to talk about his varied career and his identity as a citizen of the world.

ALARCON: "Alarcon: In some ways, I think the future of journalism is live. Because it’s harder and harder to get people to pay for anything."

To listen to the entire interview click the audio player above.

Credit Radio Ambulante

To hear Radio Ambulante's : The Ballad of Daniel D. Portado click here.

Ben handles daily operations in the news department, overseeing the editorial and sound engineering teams, delivering daily newscasts, producing the nightly news and culture show Crosscurrents, and supervising special projects including KALW's Audio Academy training program.