Area 941 Podcasts
Area 941 Podcasts
It’s our ongoing mission to create and curate a unique mix of informed public affairs, culture and arts that provokes thought and reaction on a complexity of issues facing our listeners. Expanding KPFA’s digital footprint with more on-demand programming gives us the opportunity and space to offer new and compelling voices from the community. Please give a listen to our growing podcast network.
HKR audio collection of rare recordings
New and recent interviews focused primarily on local Bay Area theatre venues, with playwrights, actors, directors and artistic directors, hosted by KPFA theatre critic Richard Wolinsky. Podcasts also feature theatre reviews by Richard Wolinsky along with interviews conducted by KPFA associate theatre critic C.S. Soong. Dates of theatre reviews can be found at http://bookwaves.homestead.com/Theatre_Reviews.html
If you’re slogging through a California ballot packet, we’re here to help! We’ll be posting pro-con debates on high-stakes ballot propositions, interviews with candidates for offices that will shape the politics of the state, and special reports on everything from voting rules to money in politics. Subscribe with Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, TuneIn, or by pasting this link into any podcast player.
Many of our most interesting and informative conversations begin with the phrase “did you hear?” The “Did You Hear?” podcast seeks to be a source of that kind of thought-provoking information that you just can’t wait to share. “Did You Hear?” will cover news, politics, culture and the arts with curiosity and an eagerness to know and share information. A recurring segment on “Did You Hear?” will be “707 Corner.” It’ll be a periodic in-depth look at a fascinating issue happening in the North Bay — a special corner of our corner of the world – the “707 Corner.”
Welcome to Feral Visions, a decolonial feminist radio hour brought to you by Liberation Spring! Tune in for consciousness-raising, analysis, current affairs, and unlearning from some of the most provocative visionaries in our movements. Please donate at liberationspring.com! Feral Visions is produced by the We Rise cultural production collective. Find our other podcasts on Area941, Birth Bruja and We Rise.
Esteemed voices of our time from KPFA’s author event archive, speaking about the history and current manifestation of racial inequity in our society and steps forward toward change. Listen, learn and be inspired! Copy the link below to your podcast app: https://kpfa.org/area941/program/kpfa-abolishracismaudiocollection/feed/
A special compilation of in-depth interviews with noted thinkers about how to find meaning and fulfillment in everyday life. Host: C. S. Soong.
During the pandemic, a new podcast will go live every Sunday. A podcast featuring extended interviews and discussions from the Bookwaves and Arts-Waves programs on KPFA, and extended archive interviews from the Probabilities series over the past forty years. Literature, theater, film, the visual arts: in-depth interviews from a progressive and artistic viewpoint, with long-time KPFA/Pacifica host Richard Wolinsky.
Mike Davis is an American writer, political activist, urban theorist, and historian who has been a guest on KPFA many times. He is best known for his investigations of power and social class in his native Southern California. His books include City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles, Planet of Slums: Urban Involution and the Informal Working Class, Buda’s Wagon: A Brief History of the Car Bomb, Set the Night on Fire: L.A. in the Sixties, among many others.
Protectors and Allies of the Arctic and All Life. The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is known as “the sacred place where life began” to the indigenous Gwich’in people. Interviews with Dune Lankard, Sarah James, Carol Hoover, Subhankar Banerjee, Professor Rick Steiner, David Grimes, Michael Stocker, Judith Schwartz, and other allies dedicated to life.
A dozen conversations to change the way you think about the past. Pre-history: Geologist-Paleontologist Andrew Knoll on the first 4 billion years of Earth’s history. Archaeologist David Wengrow on the book he co-authored with the late David Graeber, The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity Anthropologist Brian Fagan on Climate Chaos: Lessons on Survival From Our Ancestors Science writer Annalee Newitz on her book Four Lost Cities: A Secret History of the Urban Age Mark Bittman on Animal, Vegetable, Junk: A History of Food, from Sustainable to Suicidal Native peoples and colonialism: Damon Akins on We Are the Land: A...
We Rise brings you stories, interviews, and music to nourish our imaginations in service of collective liberation. Guided by Toni Cade Bambara’s call to make the revolution irresistible, each show explores the practice of solidarity in today’s freedom movements. Brought to you by We Rise Production. www.weriseproduction.com
Dr. Joy DeGruy, the author of Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome process the Texas, and New York shootings the latest examples of targeted racial violence in America. She explored race, the rise of violence, and the loss of humanity.
Tim Wise gives a talk on racism and white privilege in America. The conversation was recorded in Oakland, California in 2017.
In a speech from back in 1973 that continues to be all too relevant today, Gloria Steinem, feminist and co-founder of Ms. Magazine, speaks about deep-seeded sexism and racism in America at the College of Marin. She instructs the audience on the importance of organizing, discusses the origins of political subjugation of women, and encourages … Continued
On April 19th, San Francisco finishes voting on who will fill the vacant assembly seat representing its eastern half. Both candidates in the runoff are veterans of the progressive wing of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors with *very* similar policy positions–so we dig into how they’re different. Music credits: “T Shirt Weather” by … Continued
Andrew Knoll, Fisher Professor of Natural History at Harvard, discusses A Brief History of Earth: Four Billion Years in Eight Chapters
Former Black Panther Party member Kathleen Cleaver and former United States Representative, Cynthia McKinney discussing COINTELPRO at the Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Conference.
Davey D speaks with Questlove. Ahmir Khalib Thompson, known professionally as Questlove, is an American musician, songwriter, disc jockey, author, music journalist, and film director.
Watch the video below, or download*/watch on Vimeo here. A recorded Trickster Training, at New Living Expo 2014 – yet completely pertinent to now! Themes of Trickster Ingenuity, crafting blessings, and partnering with what we love. “Oh spirit of the Compassionate Trickster Sacred Clown within each one of us, open the pathway before us that … Continued
Long time Flashpoints contributor and troubadour, Francisco Herrera, along with words by Dennis Bernstein brings us the song Free Julian Assange.
Watch Video Replay on Vimeo Saturnalia – a festival of dedication to wise leadership within and without. Inward dedication magnetizes outward opportunity. “Deliberate celebration of the change of season stirs the creative powers of the Psyche.” (Nor Hall) *Caroline W Casey For Bodhisatva Coyote Astro*Mytho*politico guiding narrative with *Seán Pádraig O’Donoghue For Celtic … Continued
Penn professor Paul Goldin discusses the Chinese philosophical text “Lao-Tzu,” also known as the “Tao Te Ching,” which has inspired and intrigued readers for more than two millennia. (June 21, 2021)
We speak with Marcella Runell and Martha Diaz about education.
On the heels of ‘Strike-tober’, more than 100,000 workers in the so called “United States” either participated in or prepared for strikes in one of the largest increases of organized labor in the twenty-first century. Striketober began amidst the Great Resignation, when people started to quit jobs due to low wages and oppressive working conditions … Continued
Autumnal Equinox Council with Caroline W. Casey & Deborah Felmeth & Seán Pádraig O’Donoghue. Middle Eastern-Celtic-Sufi Voudoun syncretism plant lore, astro*mytho*guiding narrative, poetry, song… Where there be too much heat (uninitiated Mars hyper-yang death frenzy, war on life, war on Venus) – let’s align with Venus, with Mars providing back-up Woof! So that we may … Continued
Compilation of Pryor’s poetry and comments made during the Attica prison rebellion. | RICHARD PRYOR ON ATTICA / produced by Alan Farley. – Compilation of Pryor’s poetry he wrote about the Attica uprising and comments he made in one of his nightclub acts (recorded at Mandrake’s in Berkeley) and the comedy album he produced with … Continued
[This interview was recorded in 2019] Here in California, we are surrounded by the world’s most elaborate system for moving water from the places nature puts it, to the places it will make the most money. Mark Arax started a book on that topic trying to resolve a basic question: why, in the midst of … Continued
Mike Davis, author of City of Quartz, presents his analysis of the relationship between how Los Angeles is organized geographically to the relation of various racial and ethnic groups. At the center of the city lie banks and financial institutions. In the next ring property values decline dramatically, with working families occupying the third ring. … Continued
In this speech, Edward Said professor of literature at Columbia University and public intellectual explains how Israel cannot defeat the idea of Palestine. This was recorded, at the Town Hall in New York City, July 25, 1982. Professor Said describes the idea of Palestine as a desire for a community of people to be able … Continued
Malcolm X, James Baldwin and Leverne McCummins discuss the position of the Black Muslims. Broadcast in New York on WBAI, 25 Apr. 1961.
In March, the Washington Post reported that at least 250 new voter restriction bills were proposed in 43 states across the country. Now in April, the ACLU reports the number of bills has increased. Today over 350 voter restriction bills are in consideration. This wave of legislative action by the GOP follows in the wake … Continued
Part I of this newly digitized event recorded by KPFA on February 13th, 2000, in support of Leonard Peltier including: Winona LaDuke, Mumia Abu Jamal, Lawrence Ferlinghetti reading a selection from Ramsey Clark‘s preface to Leonard’s book, Prison Writings, Peter Coyote also reading from Prison Writings, Joy Harjo, Bobbie Castilo, Bear Lincoln, Agnus Patak, Brian Tripp, Gerald … Continued
Tune in to our sequel episode “Grieving, Zombies, & Power” with Dr. Lewis Gordon. Dr. Gordon is Professor and Head of the Department of Philosophy at UCONN-Storrs; & Honorary President of the Global Center for Advanced Studies. He previously taught at Brown University, where he founded the Department of Africana Studies, and Temple University, where … Continued
Yvette Buigues will be Caroline’s guest today as we honor Flora Fauna and deepen our participatory animism…. that we may be worthy of our kin… as all chauvinism and human cruelty, war on life, are on trial now. Whatever our rogue species does to our kin, will happen to our community – So let’s renew … Continued
Albert Hofmann in America: Celebration 50 years of Consciousness Research Dr. Albert Hofmann was a Swiss chemist who first synthesized LSD, lysergic acid diethylamide. Part 1 of this event features talks by Terence McKenna, Stanley Krippner, Dr. Andrew Weil and John Lilly exploring the goals of the Albert Hofmann Foundation in raising human consciousness through … Continued
On the complicated history of African-American and Latinx distrust of vaccines with Dr. Greg Carr (@AfricanaCarr), Associate Professor of Africana Studies and Chair of the Department of Afro-American Studies at Howard University.
Micah Nilsson, of Al-kemi, joins Caroline in “Stirring the Cauldron to conjure the Trickster Gods of Accountability!” That she may proffer the Al-Qemi of plant, mushroom allies to support the qualities most necessary for navigating now with aplomb. Click here for companion pdf with Micah Nilsson
Flowering Watering on The Buddhist Path, recorded and produced by Jane Heaven at the Berkeley Community Theater, 1993. In this talk, Thich Nhat Hahn discusses aspects of the Buddhist approach to life, explaining that the seeds of consciousness are made of peace, joy, hate, and war. These aspects grow when touched by positives and negatives. … Continued
Caroline welcomes the return of Eyak Native, and mega-effective advocate for Mother Ocean, Dune Lankard, with collaborative ally Bren Smith, executive director of Green Wave. Dune Lankard, Founder, President & Executive Director of Native Conservancy An Eyak Athabaskan Native of the Eagle Clan, Dune grew up in Cordova, in southcentral Alaska. Born into a … Continued
With the election over, it’s the perfect time to get the reliably candid response of one of our few great journalists. “Chris Hedges has been telling truth to (and against) power since his earliest days as a radical journalist. He is an intellectual warrior who confronts American empire in the most incisive, challenging ways. The … Continued
Alice Walker introduces a conversation between the Studs Terkel and Howard Zinn, produced by the brilliant Bob Baldock. Enjoy and thank you for your support!
The old Limerick that says, “Damn! For it certainly seems that I‘m a creature who moves in determinate grooves. I’m not even a bus I’m a tram”, is usually applied to the problem of fate and free will. It is equally applicable to another problem says Alan Watts which is the problem of searching for … Continued
The speech by Pastor Mike McBride was given the day the DA in Louisville Kentucky announced the Grand Jury ruling around the Breanna Taylor case. Pastor Mike was not only speaking about the case but talking directly to elected officials who refused to pass laws to reign in rogue police. This speech was part of … Continued
Thank you for supporting KPFA on our 73rd Birthday! Enjoy this historic recording of Paul Robeson interviewed by KPFA program director Elsa Knight Thompson & Harold Winkler (president of the Pacifica Foundation), on his life and work from 1958. Robeson speaks candidly with them about his life and work, growing up in Princeton, New Jersey … Continued
We begin the year with inspiring, effective kick butt protection of life, as Caroline welcomes the return of indefatigable, dedicated ally – Diane Wilson, Sea Drift Texas fisher-woman-activist, recently triumphant, “This feels like Justice!” legal victory over Formosa Plastics! “TRLA said the $50 million settlement is the largest in U.S. history involving a private citizen’s … Continued
Jack Hirschman (December 13, 1933 – August 22, 2021) Nina Serrano presents Jack Hirschman’s inaugural address as poet laureate of San Francisco at the San Francisco Public Library on April 4th, 2006. In this address, Hirshman recounts his life history. In the 1950s and 60s, Hirschman taught at Dartmouth College and the University of California, Los Angeles. The Vietnam War, … Continued
Herbie Hancock is an internationally famous American pianist, keyboardist, bandleader and composer. As part of Miles Davis’s Second Great Quintet, he was one of the primary creators of the “post-bop” sound. Hancock has combined a unique blend of jazz, blues, modern classical music (like Debussy and Ravel), and sheer funk. Throughout his explorations, he has … Continued
After the events that took place over the course of 2020, America remains more divided than ever. When faced with a global health crisis and widespread cries for racial justice, leadership crumbled and the Republican Party suffered defeat in the 2020 election. According to Keith Boykin, Republican leaders have responded with inciting white Americans in a last-ditch race against … Continued
A special program exploring the need for and examples of coalition and cooperation between the Asian and Black communities in neighborhoods where there might have been conflicts in the past. This panel includes Renard Monroe, founder and executive director of Youth 1st, a year-round after-school and summer program located in San Francisco’s District 11, and president and a founding member of Invest Black, a … Continued
Winter Solstice 2001 – Yet one of the best collaborative talks Caroline has ever conjured. With Stephen Kent on didgeridoo, and Ida Maxim singing- moaning beauty into the world. The beginning of the Scheherezade series – completely pertinent to now.
Instead of one long story, the 25th episode of East Bay Yesterday features four shorties. In one interview, a man reminisces about using very unusual bait while fishing with his grandpa at the Berkeley pier. In another, a longtime Oakland postal employee recalls his close calls with stray gunfire. From underground circuses to sideshows, this … Continued
We’ve all heard the story’s of refugees fleeing war and violence from their home countries into the West … but what happens to those who survive the dangerous journey away from home? The stories and experiences are as diverse the people seeking refuge themselves. Some are settled fairly quickly especially when they have family or … Continued
We Heal and Avert Disaster by Considering Beauty. Welcoming back Lily Yeh, among my favorite humans, and most inspiring radio guests, that Beauty be honored as the sine qua non of culture. ‘Tis art that weaves relationship into structure, that allows everything replenishing to then fill the community. Lily works with the broken parts of … Continued