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The Spot: Kinged & Clipped

Clippers hanging at Champs Barbers & Grooming in London.

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

"Crown the King: Red Takes Black" produced by Adam Kampe. Winner of the 2012 Third Coast International Audio Festival's ShortDocs Challenge.

Credit Peggy Fleming Photography
The Capital Pool Checkers Club

Radio Producer Adam Kampe lives one block from the meet-up spot of the Capitol Pool Checkers Club. Each week, men with nicknames like the Razor, the Hammer, and the Pressure Man, gather to trash talk over heated games of checkers. 

Kampe had the chance to record several of the players from the club, and created this sonic portrait. 

You can find more selections from the Third Coast International Audio Festival on their website, or via their podcast


"Cuts & Bruises" produced by Steve Urquhart, August 2013.

Ian Hoyos, is a barber as well as a boxer – and he treats his two lifelong passions with the same level of skill and reverence. Radio Producer Steve Urquhart spent time with Ian at his London-based shop, Champs Barbers & Grooming, and also ringside at his the gym, while he prepared for his first fight in years. 

This story was produced with support from In The Dark's Sound Bank grant scheme. Grant winning pieces have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 (UK), RTE(Ireland), KCRW, and Third Coast Festival (USA) and Third Ear (Denmark). You can listen to more stories from their backlog at InTheDarkRadio.org


"Interview:Jim O’Brien on Violence and Its Aftermath" produced by Brock Winstead, originally airing on The Eastern Shore , October 2014. 

The Eastern Shore is podcast focused on all things Oakland. The show’s host, Brock Winstead, talks to people who are tackling big issues facing the city, as well as others who are helping to tell & understand the story of Oakland. Show topics range from local food politics, to pedestrian safety, and even what it takes to make a living wage as an artist.

In this episode, Brock sits down with the Oakland-based writer, Jim O’Brien, who has spent the past four years reporting on the effects of violent crime in Oakland. They talk about the violence prevention community Jim has reported on, why he started this work, and his thoughts on the intersection of violent crime and city politics. 

You can hear more interviews from The Eastern Shore by visiting TESpodcast.org


This week's episode featured music from: Black Moth Super RainbowDjango ReinhardtKid KoalaJazz Dazzlers, Oakland Soul Legend Darondo, and James Brown.

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.