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Sandip Roy # 364: Feluda

Dec 16, 2020
Sandip Roy

The new paper strip test for COVID-19 in India is called “Feluda.” Why such a name? Sandip Roy sleuths out the answer.  

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The short story collection Berkeley Noir shows a dark side to the college town with tales of deceit and murder. In this interview, co-editors Jerry Thompson and Owen Hill talk about the book and why they love the noir genre.

Ying Liu doesn’t just tell ghost stories, she shows them. Liu is creator of the documentary series "The Haunted Bay," where she and her team investigate haunted places around the Bay Area from gay bars to old ships.

Photo provided courtesy of Derek Zemrak

Like other businesses, small movie theaters are also fighting to survive in the age of COVID. Derek Zemrak knows first hand. He owns the Orinda Theatre, which turns 80 next year. Derek talks about the future of the film industry and movie theaters.

Regal Cinemas, the second-largest movie theater chain, recently announced they were temporarily closing all 536 of their U.S. theaters this week due to the pandemic. Derek is trying to keep the Orinda Theatre afloat with fundraisers and virtual events.

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Philosophy Talk: Adorno and the Culture Industry

Sep 4, 2020

Is truly great art possible under a capitalist system, or is capitalism destined to produce cultural crap?

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The dogs that wander the streets in Kolkata are not strays, but part of an extended family, cared for and fed by many of the cities lesser known individuals.


Pariah Dog the movie is now available on Apple TV, iTunes and Amazon Prime  

Philosophy Talk: The 2020 Dionysus Awards

Jul 7, 2020

Looking for summer movie options? Here are some from the past year (or so) that challenged our assumptions and made us think about things in new ways.

Sandip Roy

Actor Irrfan Khan wasn’t the biggest star in Bollywood, but he was unique.

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After watching “Tales of the City” on Netflix, Sandip reflects on his own tale of the city.

Made By  Iconic Polish Artist Lech  Majewski
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"..if someone has to smoke brown sugar on aluminum foil, then you need a uniform flame for a uniform smoke."

Courtesy of Legion M

The entertainment startup Legion M is taking fan power to another level and giving them the opportunity to financially invest in film, TV and digital projects. The founders are based in Emeryville, and making big changes in Hollywood.

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Can your golden years truly be golden? Josh Kornbluth thinks so, but he says it starts with how you think about aging. The actor explains this in the video “Age without Ageism.” It’s part of his web series Citizen Brain.


Last year, Oakland became Hollywood north. The Town was featured prominently in three mainstream movies: "Blindspotting," "Sorry to Bother You," and, of course, "Black Panther."

How Are Young Journalists, Filmmakers, And Writers Shaping The Media?

Aug 15, 2019


On this edition of Your Call, we'll have a conversation with young media makers from YR Media, the Bay Area Video Coalition, and 826 Valencia about the representation of young people in the media.

Sandip Roy says goodbye to Peter Mayhew. Also known as Chewbacca  

The San Francisco International Film Festival is in full swing, featuring films inspired by the spirit and values of the Bay Area.  One documentary showing this week is called “Unsettled: Seeking Refuge in America.” It introduces us to four young LGBTQ refugees who came to San Francisco from the Congo, Angola, and Syria.

Ty Tha Artist

This Friday, filmmaker Jordan Peele’s highly anticipated new horror movie “Us” is being released in theatres. The film’s trailer has gotten a lot of attention, especially here in the Bay Area for featuring the song “I Got 5 on It,” which was a hit in the mid-90s for the Oakland rap group The Luniz.

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Sandip Roy has his annual date with America.

Philosophy Talk: The 2019 Dionysus Awards

Feb 17, 2019

What movies of the past year challenged our assumptions and made us think about things in new ways?  

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Sandip Roy misses a piece of India that can only be had in in San Francisco.

Philosophy Talk: Movie Special

Jul 27, 2018

What are some recent movies that challenged our assumptions and made us think about things in new ways? 

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The history of home ownership in the US is a complicated one, but a look at that history can help shed light on why today’s housing economy is the way it is —especially if you go back to post-World War II America.

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Did E.T. really come from Calcutta, India?

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Filipino filmmaker HP Mendoza’s first movie, Colma: The Musical, is an indie hit turned cult favorite. Mendoza's newest movie just premiered this month at the Center for Asian American Media’s film festival, or CAAMFEST. The film is called "Bitter Melon." It’s a tragicomedy set in San Francisco’s mission district that follows a Filipino-American family plotting a murder.

SF International Film Festival


April 2, 2018: The San Francisco International Film Festival starts April 4th. Over 200 works will screen over two weeks. In a time when more people are watching movies on their devices than in theatres, what is the future of film? Will the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements change who's making films and whose stories get told?

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The long shadow of Sir Churchill.

Sandip Roy remembers the iconic Indian actress Sridevi, who died unexpectedly on Feb. 24, 2018. Age 54.  

Tenderloin Museum's Katie Conry: Sights & Sounds

Feb 22, 2018
Tenderloin Museum

Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. The Tenderloin Museum's executive director Katie Conry told KALW’s Jen Chien about three fantastic arts events happening around the Bay this week.

Philosophy Talk: The 5th (Mostly) Annual Dionysus Awards

Feb 20, 2018

What movies of the past year challenged our assumptions and made us think about things in new ways?

99% Invisible: Money Makers

Feb 16, 2018

TV and movies are full of characters who come across suitcases full of cash. It’s a fun plot device—what will the characters do with all this easy money?