A Box of Toys

A Box of Toys Music

12:00 am Tuesdays

A Box of Toys is a radio program dedicated to the mystery of obscure music. The sheer volume of new and original artists is utterly overwhelming and A Box of Toys endeavors to pluck these voices out of their dusty basements and onto the airwaves for your listening pleasure. It is the culmination of a quarter-century curation effort that brings attention to lost, forgotten, eclectic and unknown music the world needs to hear. Come dig around and revel in what we’ve found.

A Rude Awakening Culture

8AM Pacific Time: Fridays

A weekly update on climate change and it’s effects on a local, national and international level, with interviews and commentary. Hosted by Sabrina Jacobs.

About Health Culture

2:00 PM Pacific Time: Mondays

A program designed to give listeners an opportunity to talk directly with experts who understand traditional and non-traditional medicine, health, and well-being. If you have suggestions for programs or questions about KPFA, please contact Rona Renner, RN, at [email protected] or Dr. David Feldman, PhD, at [email protected]

Across the Great Divide

Across the Great Divide Music

11:00 AM Pacific Time: Sundays

Music among friends; folk and acoustic music; singers and songwriters. Familiar and new songs from home and across the sea. Stories of Life, Struggle, and Humor. Hosted by Kevin Vance.

Africa Today News

7:00 PM Pacific Time: Mondays

A weekly news program providing information and analysis about Africa and the African Diaspora, hosted by Walter Turner.

After Hours Music

1:00 AM Pacific Time: Sundays

Smooth Grooves, R&B, Soul Music, Smooth R&B, Smooth Jazz, Neo-Soul. All-around relaxing, chill, wind-down nightcap music. Hosted By Arek B. and E. Reed, with caller advice from Dr. Chill.

Against the Grain News

12:00 PM Pacific Time: Mondays to Wednesdays

In-depth analysis and commentary on a variety of matters — political, economic, social, and cultural — important to progressive and radical thinking and activism. Against the Grain is co-produced and co-hosted by Sasha Lilley and C.S. Soong.

Americas Back 40

Americas Back 40 Music

1:00 PM Pacific Time: Sundays

The hicks from coast to coast. Hosted by Mary Tilson.

APEX Express

APEX Express Culture

7:00 PM Pacific Time: Thursdays

APEX Express is a weekly magazine-style radio show featuring the voices and stories of Asians and Asian Americans from all corners of our communities. A collective of media makers, djs, and activists produce a show that airs each week on KPFA 94.1FM. APEX Express is committed to building a broader social movement for justice and collective liberation for all oppressed people, including poor and working-class people, people of color, women and queer people. We support grassroots organizing and cultural work that advance these goals. APEX is a space for building consciousness and promoting critical discussion about these efforts. As part...

B.A.J.A.B.A. on JaZzLine Music

11:00 PM Pacific Time: Saturdays

BAY AREA JAZZ AND BLUES ARTISTS (B.A.J.A.B.A) features and highlights Bay Area talent in all of the flavors of the Africa American Musical Diaspora or The Evolution of the Blues. The program also presents a monthly series called “BAJABA ShowCase,” a live performance in the KPFA Performance Studio.

Bay Native Circle

Bay Native Circle News

7:00 PM Pacific Time: Wednesdays

With regular hosts Janeen Antoine, Eddie Madril and Tony Gonzales and rotating hosts Vince Medina, Pennie Opal Plant, Isabella Zizi and special host Morning Star Gali bring you today’s Native issues, people, culture & events.

Bebop, Cubop and The Musical Truth

Bebop, Cubop and The Musical Truth Music

8:00 PM Pacific Time: Tuesdays

International Jazz, Latin Jazz + mas with Avotcja.

Behind the News News

12:00 PM (Noon) Pacific Time: Thursdays

Host Doug Henwood covers the worlds of economics and politics and their complex interactions, from the local to the global.

Blues By The Bay

Blues By The Bay Music

11:00 AM Pacific Time: Saturdays

For over 25 years, Chicago native Tom Mazzolini has hosted this popular blues radio show highlighting this Afro-American roots art form from its rural country roots to the urban manifestations and regional flavors that encompass the genre.


Bookwaves/Artwaves Culture

Bookwaves/Artwaves presents in-depth interviews with authors of fiction and narrative non-fiction, delving deeply into political and social issues, literary technique, and the life of the author, along with interviews devoted to theatre and film, and archive interviews from Bookwaves and Probabilities. Hosted by Richard Wolinsky.

Chocolate Beats Radio Music

1:00 AM Pacific Time: Sundays (Even Weeks)

Smooth and mellow, with uplifting vibes to rejuvenate the soul, featuring a unique blend of World Music, Soul, Gospel, Conscience Hip Hop, Electronica, Funk, Jazz, and Rare Grooves. In addition to interviews and highlights of music artists, Chocolate Beats Radio also features innovative programming in music, arts and cultural history, all hosted by Idris Hassan.

Con Sabor Music

9:00 PM Pacific Time: Saturdays

Explosive Salsa, Latin Jazz, Afro-Cuban and Afro-Caribbean music from the classics to the latest! Also featuring artist interviews, music news, community music calendar, ticket giveaways and more. Hosted by Luis Medina or Emiliano Echeveria.


CounterSpin News

6:30 PM Pacific Time: Sundays

CounterSpin provides a critical examination of the each week’s major news stories, and exposes what the mainstream media may have missed in their own coverage. Combines lively discussion and thoughtful critique. Produced by the national media watch group FAIR (Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting).

Cover to Cover Culture

A celebration of the art of poetry and prose with Jack Foley, Nina Serrano, Jovelyn Richards and Jennifer Stone

Dead to the World

Dead to the World Music

8:00 PM Pacific Time: Wednesdays

Dead to the World began life on KPFA as the Grateful Dead Hour. When host David Gans was offered a second hour in 1995, he agreed on the condition that he be allowed to play non-Dead music as well. “No problem,” said the management, and so Dead to the World was born. Tim Lynch began co-hosting the program in 2000, and took over as primary host in 2015.

Democracy Now

Democracy Now News

6:00 AM Pacific Time: Mondays to Fridays

Democracy Now! is a daily independent award-winning news program hosted by journalists Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez.

Democracy Now

Democracy Now News

9:00 AM Pacific Time: MONDAYS to FRIDAYs

Democracy Now! is a daily national independent award-winning news program, hosted by journalists Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez.

East Bay Yesterday

East Bay Yesterday Culture

1 pm to 2 pm

This series explores stories of culture, politics and nature from Oakland, Berkeley and other towns throughout Alameda and Contra Costa counties.

Economic Update

Economic Update News

10:00 AM Pacific Time: Fridays

Economics Professor Richard D. Wolff and guests discuss the current state of the economy, locally and globally. The program explores alternative ways to organize, markets, and government policies. Click Here to listen to the current episode of Economic Update with Richard D. Wolff.

Education Today

Education Today Culture

2:30 PM, Pacific Time: Even Week Fridays

Education Today is a radio show hosted by Kitty Kelly Epstein that alternates weekly and airs on Even weeks.

El Show de Andrés Soto Culture

10:30 AM Pacific Time: Fridays

A look at political and social issues in the Bay Area and beyond, hosted by Andrés Soto.

Flashpoints News

5:00 PM Pacific Time: Mondays To Fridays

An award winning front-line investigative news magazine focusing on human, civil and workers rights, issues of war and peace, Global Warming, racism and poverty, and other issues. Hosted by Dennis J. Bernstein.

Full Circle

Full Circle Culture

7:00 PM PST Fridays

Hard Knock Radio

Hard Knock Radio News


Hard Knock Radio is a drive-time Hip-Hop talk show on KPFA (94.1fm @ 4-5 pm Monday-Friday), a community radio station without corporate underwriting. Hosts Davey D and Anita Johnson give voice to issues ignored by the mainstream while planting seeds for social change.

I Had That Tape

I Had That Tape Music

Wednesdays 12:00 am to 1:00 am

A weekly show that plays Bay Area Rap Music from the 80’s & 90’s. From the turf rappers to the backpackers and conscious emcees, this show dives deep into one of Hip-Hop’s more prolific & diverse regions where the independent hustle reigns supreme, hosted by DJ Mike Biggz.

In Your Ear Music

A cool fusion of jazz and Latin music, giving voice to musicians deserving wider recognition, and showing that jazz and Afro-Caribbean music are separate, but “branches of the same tree” as the late Afro-jazz pioneer Mario Bauza used to stress. Interviews with artists like John Gilmore of the Sun Ra Arkestra, Leroy Jenkins, Billy Bang, and Andy and Jerry Gonzalez are highpoints of Art’s radio career thus far. Hosted by Art Sato.

Indie Landscapes

Indie Landscapes Music

6:30 PM Pacific Time: Saturdays

Dedicated to sharing some of the most current Indie Rock and Electronic artists from around the world, in hope of introducing listeners to new music to enjoy, and pass along to a friend. With Host Greg Garza.

It's Going Down

It's Going Down News


Jazz Bar

Jazz Bar Music

3:00 AM Pacific Time: Mondays (odd weeks)

Jazz and more 3-5am every other week on Mondays, hosted by Spliff Skankin.

La Onda Bajita

La Onda Bajita Culture

8:00 PM Pacific Time: Fridays

La Onda Bajita is a bilingual, Xicano/a/x Indigenous collective and radio program on KPFA 94.1 fm in the SF Bay Area. Since the late 1970s we have held a strong, steadfast commitment to give voice to Spanish-speaking & native communities. We use the power of words as a tool for change. We also continue to bring that Lowrider soul. This long running lowrider cruising show continues to creep along with a mix of barrio oldies and raza knowledge.

La Raza Chronicles

La Raza Chronicles Culture

7PM Pacific Time: Tuesdays

A weekly Latino affairs magazine program with a local and international focus, highlighting the social, political and cultural events affecting the Latino community.

Let's Talk Music

Let's Talk Music Music

8:00 PM to 9:00 PM

D-Minor and Thomas J talk music, highlighting artists who have made an impact on Hip-Hop, R & B, and old school music. Let’s Talk Music will also feature special guests and live giveaways.

Let's Talk Music

Let's Talk Music Music

3:00 AM to 9:00 AM

D-Minor and Thomas J talk music, highlighting artists who have made an impact on Hip-Hop, R & B, and old school music. Let’s Talk Music will also feature special guests and live giveaways.

Letters and Politics

Letters and Politics News

10:00 AM Pacific Time: Monday-Thursday

Letters & Politics seeks to explore the history behind today’s major global and national news stories. Hosted by Mitch Jeserich.

Making Contact

Making Contact News

6:00 PM Pacific Time: First Sundays

Human stories, historical context and dissenting voices you won’t hear elsewhere. Covering movements fighting for important social justice issues of our time. Producers Monica Lopez, Anita Johnston, and Salima Hamirani, join with our community storytelling fellows and freelancers from around the world bring you nuanced, sound-rich radio. Let’s look behind the headlines to hear intersectional analysis, and stories of hope-filled grassroots community building from our people of color, queer, women and dissenters’ voices. Produced in Oakland and broadcast on 151 stations in the U.S. Canada and Australia. radioproject.org

Motown on Mondays

Motown on Mondays Music

10 pm PST to 1 am PST

Motown On Mondays (MOM) was born out of a love of Soul Music – plain and simple! MOM is arguably one of the largest weekly dance parties in the world. Now it is on KPFA-FM. Hosted by DJ Gordo Cabeza.

Music Department Showcase Music

12:00 AM (Midnight) Pacific Time: Thursdays

Rotating hosts: Al Glenn or Queen Jahneen.

Music of the World Music

Music of the World is an exploration of diverse and beloved music from all over. Music of the World Live airs first Saturdays of the month and features live music, often Indian classical or sound healing, interviews and a live studio audience from 10-11 AM. Joanna Manqueros hosts; Producer: Tawfic Halabi, Tony Ferro: engineer. David McBurnie features music of the World; Jose Ruiz rocks Latino sounds, Africa and the Middle East; Stephen Kent focuses on integrating sounds of every continent; Will Smith features rare traditional and acoustic sounds.

Night Magic Music

2:00 AM Pacific Time: Tuesdays

Non-fiction Music

Non-fiction Music Music

2:00 AM Pacific Time: Thursdays

A mix of jazz, folk, blues and more with Joel Sachs.

Off The Beaten Path

Off The Beaten Path Music

10:00 PM Pacific Time: Mondays

Eclectic show with Maneesh the Twister, Kush Arora, JBoogie, Juan G and Stephen Kent. Breaks, beats, and frequencies.


OTM Culture

9:00 PM

OTM is anchored by three Bay Area natives: Chris Riggins, a professional comedian; Paris Warr aka Computr Blu, a sex educator and cultural worker; and DJ Sake One, a professional DJ. The show incorporates analysis of current events and trends, both local and national, using humor and popular culture to deepen and broaden appeal. The show’s ultimate goal is to transform how our listeners interpret and understand the world, while infusing humor and culture into current pop culture and political discourse.

Over the Edge Culture

12:00 AM (Midnight) PST: Fridays

Themed mixes are made live and spontaneously on the air from a variety of formats and equipment. There is a plan and there is no plan. The mix consists of found sound of many kinds and from many sources, old and new, put together on the run as the continuous audio collage continues. OTE sometimes employs “Receptacle Programming,” which means you.

Panhandle Country Music

3:00 PM Pacific Time: Sundays

Traditional Country, Bluegrass, Cajun, Western Swing, Old Time String Band, Country Jazz. Recorded music, interviews, specials and live music, hosted by Tom Diamant. [email protected]

Pig In A Pen Music

3:00 PM Pacific Time: Sundays

Traditional Country, Bluegrass, Cajun, Western Swing, Old Time String Band, Country Jazz. Recorded music, interviews, specials and live music. Hosted by Ray Edlund

Point of Departure

Point of Departure Music

2:00 PM Pacific Time: Saturdays

Timeless music “sometimes conveniently described as jazz.” Miles, Mingus, Monk, Duke, Sun Ra, Coltrane and beyond. Hosted by Horace Mansfield Jr.

Project Censored

Project Censored News

1:00 PM Pacific Time: Fridays

The Project Censored Show is a weekly public affairs program that airs Fridays from 1-2 P.M. Pacific time on KPFA Pacifica Radio. The program is an extension of the work Project Censored began in 1976 celebrating independent journalism while fighting media censorship and supporting a truly free press. The program focuses on The News That Didn’t Make the News. Each week, co-hosts Mickey Huff and Peter Phillips conduct in depth interviews with their guests and offer hard hitting commentary on the key political, social, and economic issues of the day with an emphasis on critical media literacy. The program began...

Pushing Limits

Pushing Limits Culture

2:30 PM Pacific Time on Fridays: Odd weeks

A half-hour radio show providing critical coverage of disability issues and bringing the insight of the grassroots disability movement to the general public. Pushing Limits advances the voices of people who live with disabilities. It is produced by a collective of media makers and activists who themselves live with disability and airs on Odd Weeks.

Puzzling Evidence

Puzzling Evidence Culture

3:00 AM Pacific Time: Fridays

Deranged “edits” segue into a cascade of echoing glossolaliac madness, the voicing of lyric ruminations from the free-falling brains of disintegrating personalities.

Rising Up With Sonali

Rising Up With Sonali News

5:00 AM PT: Monday-Friday

A daily digest of independent news analysis, investigation, education, artistic expression, and activism in the public interest, emphasizing the connection between global issues and those in local communities. Hosted by Sonali Kolhatkar.

Rising Up With Sonali

Rising Up With Sonali News

3:00 PM PT: Monday-Friday

A daily digest of independent news analysis, investigation, education, artistic expression, and activism in the public interest, emphasizing the connection between global issues and those in local communities. Hosted by Sonali Kolhatkar.

Ritmo Music

7:00 PM Pacific Time: Saturdays

Music from the Americas and beyond, Brazil to the Caribbean to Latin America, with a little roots and some occasional mariachi and blues for the soul, with rotating hosts Adalia, Vylma V, Jose Ruiz, Pedro Arroyo and Miguel Guerrero.

Rock en Rebelión

Rock en Rebelión Music

5:00 PM Pacific Time: Sundays

Latin Alternative Music and Public Affairs in Spanish. Un programa de radio cuyo propósito es la difusión de música y cultura alternativa. Nuestro objetivo es crear un espacio informativo y musical, que se aleje de los esquemas, estereotipos y resulte dinámico!

Roots Kommunikations

Roots Kommunikations Music

2:00 AM Pacific Time: Saturdays

Roots Kommunikations on (Occupied) Turtle Island with Selekta Lapulapu aka DJ “BRUDDAH BRUDDAH” aka DJ “BRUDDAH K” and the KRU. Reggae, Soul, Dub, World Musika, & more

Setting the Standard Music

1:00 AM Pacific Time: Mondays

Setting the Standard has been around 8-10 years, and was originally started by Maya Rise. We kept it going, and continues to evolve into many platforms. We are a all volunteer crew, and bring you information, poetry, music, and much more. You can tune in online at kpfa.org or on the radio at 94.1fm KPFA, 89.3 KPFB in Berkeley, and 88.1fm in Fresno. As part of being on the airwaves we make sure to include community events, issues, and resources as well.

Setting the Standard 2 Music

3:00 AM Pacific Time: Mondays (even weeks)

A mix of la raza, reggae, jazz and politically conscious music.

Sing Out

Sing Out Music

10:00 PM Pacific Time: Wednesdays

A showcase of the world’s ever-changing music realm, or as much as can fit in two hours, hosted by Larry Kelp.

Sunday Classics Music

6:00 AM Pacific Time: Sundays

Explorations deep into the language of music. There’s a lot that’s Bach, and a lot that’s not. Hosted by Sherry Gendleman and Larry Kelp.

Sunday Show News

9:00 AM Pacific Time: Sundays

Hosted by Philip Maldari, topics range from current political events, author interviews (usually non-fiction), world history, and science, to gardening.

Talk-It-Out Radio

Talk-It-Out Radio Culture

Sundays 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

This is a collaborative program where skilled hosts welcome guests and callers to practice empathy, awareness, and authentic and effective communication. Our intention is to provide skills, knowledge, and resources that empower listeners to effectively connect across differences so that we can all work together to create a world that works for life. Hosted by Nancy Kahn, Timothy Regan, and Marlena Willis.


Talkies News

11:00 AM Tues - Thurs

The Talkies showcases the wealth of authors, artists, activists, theater and music in the Bay Area and beyond through interviews, call-ins, and readings. Hosted by one of KPFA’s best known programmers, Kris Welch has lived and worked in the Bay Area for a good portion of her adult life. Kris is a natural storyteller, seasoned communicator and a master of the art of radio. She is excited to be host to a variety of stories emanating from the Bay Area scene along with National and Regional stories with local reverberations. The Talkies seeks to help us get to know each...

Terra Verde News

2:00 PM Pacific Time: Fridays

A weekly public affairs show that delivers news and views about the most critical environmental issues across California and globally. From agriculture and wildlife to energy and climate change, industrial pollution to design solutions, Terra Verde brings you stories of struggle and triumph that will determine the future of our planet.  

The Bonnie Simmons Show

The Bonnie Simmons Show Music

8:00 PM Pacific Time: Thursdays

Bonnie Simmons presents a unique mix of singer/songwriter folk, rock, soul, country, and R&B. As often as possible she presents interviews and live performances from the KPFA Performance Room during her show.

The Gospel Experience

The Gospel Experience Music

6:00 AM Pacific Time: Saturdays

One of the longest running gospel music shows in the Bay Area, featuring spirituals, vintage gospel, modern and contemporary gospel music to inspire, uplift and educate all people worldwide.

The Hear and Now

The Hear and Now Music

10:00 PM Pacific Time: Thursdays

A freeform mix of music, ranging from singer-songwriter folk and surprising back-catalog rock ’n’ roll to avant-garde jazz and improvisation, with unexpected forays into everything in between and beyond. Bits of comedy, international sounds, and contemporary and postmodern classical composition crop up now and then, and local and touring musicians stop by frequently for conversations and fully produced in-studio concerts. Hosted by Derk Richardson.

The Herbal Highway

The Herbal Highway Culture

1:00 PM Pacific Time: Tuesdays

The Herbal Highway enhances the community’s knowledge of herbal medicine and alternative choices to standard medical practices for healing. In order to have balanced life, The Herbal Highway actively supports and promotes Indigenous land rights, protection of sacred sites and the sustainability of the Earth as integral parts of individual, community and global healing. Follow us on Instagram @theherbalhighway. Hosted and produced by Karyn Sanders and Sarah Holmes. Additionally hosted by Emiliano Lemus and Renee Camila.

The History Of Funk

The History Of Funk Music

10:00 PM Pacific Time: Fridays

Two hours of the strongest, stankiest, uncut funk anywhere on the airwaves, hosted by Rickey Vincent.

The Jazz Intersection

The Jazz Intersection Music

4:00 AM to 6:00 AM

A showcase devoted to the Jazz pioneers, past and present. and everything in between with host, Jaz Sawyer.

The KPFA Evening News (Saturday) News

6:00 PM Pacific Time: Saturday

Comprehensive coverage of the day’s news with a focus on war and peace; social, environmental and economic justice.

The KPFA Evening News (Sunday) News

6:00 PM Pacific Time: Sunday (odd weeks)

Comprehensive coverage of the day’s news with a focus on war and peace; social, environmental and economic justice.

The Late Night Hype

The Late Night Hype Music

1:00 AM Pacific Time: Wednesdays

Latin and Reggae mix with Pedro Reyes and Guests.

The Pacifica Evening News, Weekdays

The Pacifica Evening News, Weekdays News

6:00 PM Pacific Time: Mondays to Fridays

The Pacifica Evening News is a collaboration of KPFA and KPFK in Los Angeles and KFCF in Fresno. The hour-long newscast airs on all three stations each weeknight at 6:00 PM. KPFA News broadcasts news headlines throughout the day at 5:55, 7:00, 7:30, 8:00, 10:00, 12:00 and 4:00. Comprehensive coverage of the day’s news with a focus on war and peace; social, environmental and economic justice.

The Ralph Nader Radio Hour

The Ralph Nader Radio Hour News


Ralph Nader talks about what’s happening in America, what’s happening around the world, and most importantly what’s happening underneath it all.

The Reggae Express Music

10:00 PM Pacific Time: Tuesdays

Go with the flow reggae music mix. Traditionally the program begins with the Bob Marley Roadblock, a live recording of Marley music because you know anywhere you went to see B.M. there was going to be a roadblock. Hosted by Spliff Skankin and Tony Moses (alternating weeks) with DJ Ivier.

The Visionary Activist Show

The Visionary Activist Show Culture

2:00 PM Pacific Time: Thursdays

Dedicated to “anything we need to know to have a democracy”: Democratic Animism, Pragmatic Mysticism, Applied Divination, Renaissance of Reverent Ingenuity. Hosted by Caroline Casey. Her guests are allies contributing to a culture of reverent ingenuity. Critique and Solution.

Thinkbeat Radio Music

2:00 AM Pacific Time: Saturdays

Every final friday night/ saturday morning from 2am-4am (PST) with your host Wonway Posibul & Dion Decibels playing hip hop and all that good stuff… Always tons of special guests, freestyles, beats, & talking…

Transitions On Traditions Music

8:00 PM Pacific Time: Mondays

A Soul-sonic rhapsody of word, sound and power that comes your way Monday nights, hosted and produced by Greg Bridges. Transitions On Traditions is Jazz and spoken word based, while also presenting other forms of African and African American music from around the world, as well as conversations with many of today’s music makers, community activists and renowned visual artists, authors and more.


UpFront News

7:00 AM PT: Monday-Friday

UpFront delivers a mix of local, state, and international coverage through challenging interviews, civil debates, breaking updates, and in-depth discussions with authors. Pitch us at [email protected]

Voices of the Middle East and North Africa

Voices of the Middle East and North Africa News

2:00 PM Pacific Time: Wednesdays

The richly diverse and fascinating world of culture and politics of the Middle East and North Africa, exploring the complex web of class, gender, ethnic, religious and regional differences which separate and distinguish the ways of life and political and ideological perspectives of people in that part of the world. Co-hosted by Malihe and Mira.

WHAP (Where Hits Are Played)

WHAP (Where Hits Are Played) Music

12:00 AM (Midnight) Pacific Time: Saturdays

Spinning the best from Vintage to New School Hip Hop music with Exclusive Interviews of artists from all over the globe. Contests and Ticket Giveaways to the hottest events in and outside of the Bay Area. Exclusive Rap Battles, and the latest in Entertainment News. Produced and Hosted by DJ Chill Statis

Womens Magazine

Womens Magazine Culture

1:00 PM PST: Mondays

This hour long radio program presents and discusses women’s lives and issues globally and locally from a radical, multiracial, feminist, mujerist, womanist perspective.

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