Special Programming

Special Programming

KCRW news, culture and arts programming that's not regularly scheduled.

Come be a part of the unveiling of KCRW’s TOP ALBUMS OF THE YEAR a whole 24 hours before the general public!

KCRW's Best of 2022

Come be a part of the unveiling of KCRW’s TOP ALBUMS OF THE YEAR a whole 24 hours before the general public!

On Saturday November 12 at 10 a.m. PST, hundreds of producers from around the world received a theme that launched the start of  KCRW’s 10th Annual 24-Hour Radio Race.

Here they are! The 2022 winners of KCRW’s 24-Hour Radio Race

On Saturday November 12 at 10 a.m. PST, hundreds of producers from around the world received a theme that launched the start of KCRW’s 10th Annual 24-Hour Radio Race.

KCRW DJ & Culture Producer Tyler Boudreaux follows the JSJ Photo Collective, a group of high school photographers, as they interview the local vendors at KCRW’s Summer Night at the…

KCRW’s Summer Nights: Local vendors carry our communities and our stories

KCRW DJ & Culture Producer Tyler Boudreaux follows the JSJ Photo Collective, a group of high school photographers, as they interview the local vendors at KCRW’s Summer Night at the…

Examining the complex histories, identities, and evolving narratives intersecting across a single block stretch of Fairfax Ave.

Exploring Africa in LA: A Little Ethiopia story (Part 2)

Examining the complex histories, identities, and evolving narratives intersecting across a single block stretch of Fairfax Ave.

Native Angeleno Shaka Mali Tafari explores immigration and his connection to the African diaspora through LA’s Little Ethiopia.

Exploring Africa in LA: A Little Ethiopia story (Part 1)

Native Angeleno Shaka Mali Tafari explores immigration and his connection to the African diaspora through LA’s Little Ethiopia.

Shaka Mali Tafari recorded over 15 hours of interviews as he explored Little Ethiopia. He shares some of his favorite exchanges.

Exploring Africa in LA: A Little Ethiopia story (Part 3)

Shaka Mali Tafari recorded over 15 hours of interviews as he explored Little Ethiopia. He shares some of his favorite exchanges.

The story behind the Republican Cherry is as rich and complex as the flavor itself.

The Blacker the Cherry: The abolitionist history of the Black Republican Cherry

The story behind the Republican Cherry is as rich and complex as the flavor itself.

In 1955, a boy from Chicago was murdered in rural Mississippi. Who his killers were was an open secret — but none were found guilty of the crime.

Un(re)solved - Episode 1: The List

In 1955, a boy from Chicago was murdered in rural Mississippi. Who his killers were was an open secret — but none were found guilty of the crime.

There’s no doubt that the 86-year-old institution that is Alcoholics Anonymous has helped millions of people around the world recover from alcoholism, but now, more than ever before,…

Color Me Sober: Can AA evolve to include its most marginalized members?

There’s no doubt that the 86-year-old institution that is Alcoholics Anonymous has helped millions of people around the world recover from alcoholism, but now, more than ever before,…

How the ocean continues to bring peace and healing to two women. Their similarities and differences unfold as they explore surf culture, gender, race, and the impact of the sea.

Mother Ocean

How the ocean continues to bring peace and healing to two women. Their similarities and differences unfold as they explore surf culture, gender, race, and the impact of the sea.

On November 13, hundreds of producers from around the world — from India to Ireland, London to Las Vegas, Sydney to Santa Monica — revved up their recorders to make an audio story…

It’s KCRW’s 2021 Radio Race winners!

On November 13, hundreds of producers from around the world — from India to Ireland, London to Las Vegas, Sydney to Santa Monica — revved up their recorders to make an audio story…

The 2021 Emmy Awards air Sunday, Sept. 19, but whether this year’s ceremony marks a return to business as usual for the Academy, the industry, and its audiences remains up in the air.

Emmys 2021 Special: The (small) screen’s gambit

The 2021 Emmy Awards air Sunday, Sept. 19, but whether this year’s ceremony marks a return to business as usual for the Academy, the industry, and its audiences remains up in the air.

Nice to Meet You Forever is the story of Shaka Mali Tafari and his best friend Gail, a 78-year-old Jewish woman who grew up attending theatre and opera on the Northside of Chicago.

Nice to Meet You Forever: The unlikely story of a cross-cultural, cross-generational friendship

Nice to Meet You Forever is the story of Shaka Mali Tafari and his best friend Gail, a 78-year-old Jewish woman who grew up attending theatre and opera on the Northside of Chicago.

KCRW's Independent Producer Project and Misha Euceph , founder and CEO of Dustlight Productions, hosted a discussion about podcasting and intellectual property Saturday, October 10.

How to negotiate podcast IP

KCRW's Independent Producer Project and Misha Euceph , founder and CEO of Dustlight Productions, hosted a discussion about podcasting and intellectual property Saturday, October 10.

Hundreds of producers all over the world — from Russia to the United Kingdom and the United States — made an audio story overnight as a part of    KCRW’s 8th Annual 24-Hour Radio Race …

KCRW’s 2020 Radio Race Winners!

Hundreds of producers all over the world — from Russia to the United Kingdom and the United States — made an audio story overnight as a part of KCRW’s 8th Annual 24-Hour Radio Race …

KCRW and the California African American Museum have co-commissioned artist Lynnée Denise’s art piece, “Feet Prayer,” and a contextual conversation with the artist, crunk-funk dancer…

CAAM + KCRW Presents: 'Feet Prayer' by Lynnée Denise

KCRW and the California African American Museum have co-commissioned artist Lynnée Denise’s art piece, “Feet Prayer,” and a contextual conversation with the artist, crunk-funk dancer…

From New York City to the San Francisco Bay area, these stories are about heroes who go to extraordinary lengths to save the local wildlife they love.

KCRW Podcast Spotlight: The Things We Do For Animals

From New York City to the San Francisco Bay area, these stories are about heroes who go to extraordinary lengths to save the local wildlife they love.

Best of the Best is a yearly ode to audio storytelling, taking listeners on a journey through the full breadth of what’s possible in stories made from sound.

“Best of the Best 2019”: Hour 2

Best of the Best is a yearly ode to audio storytelling, taking listeners on a journey through the full breadth of what’s possible in stories made from sound.

Best of the Best is an annual ode to audio storytelling, taking listeners on a journey through the full breadth of what’s possible in stories made from sound.

"Best of the Best 2019": Hour 1

Best of the Best is an annual ode to audio storytelling, taking listeners on a journey through the full breadth of what’s possible in stories made from sound.

The annual on-air presentation of KCRW’s Radio Race shares the five winning audio pieces.

KCRW’s 7th Annual Radio Race hits the airwaves

The annual on-air presentation of KCRW’s Radio Race shares the five winning audio pieces.