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The Spot: Taking a Chance

This week on KALW's showcase for the best stories from public radio podcasts and independent radio producers...

"Author 54" by Hana Walker-Brown, originally airing on Short Cuts, October 2014. 

Adele and Phil’s story reminds us that when it comes to meeting people, you never know just where a leap of faith will take you.

This is just one story from the recent Short Cuts' episode "Rabbit Holes." Listen to the full episode here, subscribe to their podcast, and also check out the incredible work by the show's producers at Falling Tree Productions


Big Jim cashin' in

"Big Jim & Smokey Joe" by Lea Thau, originally airing on KCRW's Strangers, March 2012.

A Hollywood waitress, a former bomber pilot, and a retired railroad engineer from the Midwest embark on the trip of a lifetime. Story told by Jennefer Ludwigsen.

For photographic evidence of Jim and Joe's adventure, check out the Strangers' website.

Subscribe to the Strangers podcast here.


"Recent, Relevant, Random" by Benjamen Walker, originally airing on Benjamen Walker's Theory of Everything, July 2014

In this recent episode of TOE, Benjamen explores the power that randomness can have on the selections we make, particularly in a time when we’re able to automate the curation of the music we listen to, the people we meet, and especially the books we read. 

We’ve selected one part of “Recent, Relevant, Random,” featuring Benjamen’s interview with Author Phyllis Rose.


Strangers and Benjamen Walker's Theory of Everything are both a part of the podcast network, Radiotopia. Right now, they're raising funds to make their network not only bigger, but give more sustainability to the shows that you already listen to, like 99% Invisible, Love + Radio, Kitchen Sisters' Fugitive Waves, and more. Check out their Kickstarter campaign, and if you appreciate what they do, make sure to kick in a few bucks. It goes a long way.

This week's episode featured music from: Black Moth Super RainbowHank Jacobs, and Django Reinhardt.

If you have a suggestion for a podcast or audio project we should feature, please drop us a line at thespot@kalw.org.

Tune in next week for a whole new episode of The Spot, only on KALW San Francisco.