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The Spot: Instruments Everywhere

Robert Johnson & Pablo Casals with their instruments of choice

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

A Guitar, A Cello, and The Day That Changed Music” originally airing on Radio Diaries, November 2011.

From the archives of the Peabody-award winning podcast, Radio Diaries, here is a tale of two recordings made on the same day in 1936 -- by two separate musicians, in studios that were an ocean apart. 

Produced by Samara Freemark & Joe Richman
Edited by Deborah George and Ben Shapiro

You can find more from Radio Diaries, and their backlog of stories spanning 18 years, at RadioDiaries.org.


Everything Is An Instrument” produced by Daniel Gross, originally airing on Destination DIY, October 2014.

The Destination DIY team meet Ken Butler, an instrument-maker who derives inspiration from unconventional materials. You should really check out some of his incredible creations.

Are you into stories that are all about folks creating and making all on their own? If so, you’re going to love Destination DIY. You can subscribe to their podcast right now, right here


This week's episode featured music from: Black Moth Super Rainbow, New Order, Ivie Anderson with the Duke Ellington Orchestra, and Miles Davis.

If you have a suggestion for a podcast or an 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.