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The Spot 8.28.14 Strange Fruit + "Thomassons"

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Gary Thomasson

This week on KALW's showcase for the best in public radio podcasts . . .

Radio Diaries: Strange Fruit - Voices of a Lynching” Poet and songwriter Abel Meeropol wrote “Strange Fruit” after seeing a photograph of two black teenagers hanging from a tree.  Decades later, a box of recordings was found in a basement containing the recollections of people who witnessed or took part in the events of that day.

99% Invisible: “Thomassons” Cities, like living things, evolve slowly over time. Buildings and structures get added and renovated and removed, and in this process, bits and pieces that get left behind.

Matt Martin was KALW’s general manager from 2006 through 2018. Under his leadership, KALW grew into one of the most productive and innovative stations in public radio. Programs launched at KALW during Matt’s tenure as GM include the award-winning local newsmagazine Crosscurrents, the design podcast 99% Invisible, and the Spanish-language narrative journalism program Radio Ambulante. He helped create the station’s Audio Academy, a year-long program aimed at developing new talents in public radio, and led the first broad-based strategic planning process in the station’s history.