Shows & Podcasts
A Global Exploration of Sounds.
All the Presidents' Lawyers
Hosted by Josh Barro, Ken White
All presidents have legal issues. Some have more than others. In this special weekly series from Left, Right & Center, Josh Barro and former federal prosecutor and criminal defense attorney Ken White untangle the legal drama facing former President Trump and his associates, and the legal issues President Biden will encounter in his first term. Listen every week for a lively conversation about the law, executive power, defamation, and all the presidents' lawyers, good and bad.
All Things Considered
National Public Radio's weekday afternoon newsmagazine.
All Things Considered (Weekend)
National Public Radio's weekend afternoon newsmagazine.
Anne Litt hosts unexpected choices in progressive pop and new rhythms.
Hosted by Anne Litt
Intimate performances, fresh sounds, and candid conversations with a view.
Broken beats and soulful key chords, from yesterday's dusty drums to tomorrow's sounds.
Hosted by Hunter Drohojowska-Philp, Edward Goldman
Art reviews from art critics Edward Goldman and Hunter Drohojowska-Philp.
BBC World Service
The BBC World Service provides international news, analysis and information in English and 32 other languages.
Below the Ten: Life in South LA
Below the Ten: Stories of South LA is an ongoing series telling intimate stories about the people who live in the neighborhoods south of the 10 Freeway, including Watts, Jefferson Park, and Compton.
Bent by Nature
Hosted by Tricia Halloran
She was the most influential American DJ you’ve never heard of. Deirdre O’Donoghue was a vital force in the musical underground of the 1980s. Countless artists crammed into her studio to perform live on her late-night show, “SNAP!” on KCRW.
Hosted by Allison Behringer
Each episode of this documentary series begins with a medical mystery. Sometimes the sickness is in the body, and sometimes the sickness is in the system. Once you peel back the layers, more questions emerge. Created by Allison Behringer and supported by KCRW.
Hosted by Michael Silverblatt
Bookworm, a premier literary talk show providing intellectual, accessible, and provocative literary conversations. Hosted by Michael Silverblatt at KCRW.com.
Brave New Rave
Hosted by Moderna
Exploring Berlin's influence on Techno, Electro and left field culture, from KCRW Berlin.
Go behind the gates of America’s largest port complex for an intimate and unflinching look at the lives riding the waves of supply and demand.
Celestial Blood is a bilingual radionovela about love and secrets in the family of twins Sol and Mundo Lucero. It’s narrated by Mexican actress Kate del Castillo.
New releases in all genres.
Code Switch & Life Kit
Code Switch explores race and society creatively and head-on. Meanwhile, Life Kit shares tips, guidance, and resources for life’s challenges.
Hosted by Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson
The show tries to foster civil dialogue in Berlin and beyond, and its topics will range from local, including the inaugural episode, “Who is a REAL Berliner?” to transatlantic discussion on the U.S.
Whether you're a lifelong local or new to Southern California, there's always something new to discover. So what do you want to know? Curious Coast answers your questions about the region, its culture and the people who live here. Submit yours: KCRW.com/CuriousCoast .
Unearthing new discoveries, remixes and rarities, b-sides and lost classics.
David Lynch Theater Presents: Weather Report
Weather reporter David Lynch provides a daily update on Southern California's climate.
Design and Architecture
Hosted by Frances Anderton
Host Frances Anderton looks at design and architecture from a Los Angeles perspective.
Don't @ Me with Justin Simien
Hosted by Justin Simien
Join me, Justin Simien, each week for unfiltered conversations with the stars, artists and creators shaping our culture. If you’ve seen my show and film, Dear White People, you know we’re going to get into how race, gender, and sexuality impacts our lives and shapes our work. Beyond the knee-jerk reactions and Twitter hot takes, my guests and I get real and raw. Don't like what you hear? Don't @ Me.
KCRW's all-music channel Eclectic24, blending the collected talents and tastes of KCRW's DJs into a single voice. Free music streaming 24/7 at KCRW.com.
Hosted by Joe Morgenstern
The Pulitzer Prize-winning critic of The Wall Street Journal, Joe Morgenstern reviews films weekly in the paper and on KCRW.
Music to make you feel.
Hosted by Stephen J. Dubner
Stories that use the tools of economics to explore hidden side of everything, telling you things you always thought you knew but didn't, and things you never thought you wanted to know, but do.
Hosted by Travis Holcombe
Lost un-classics, playful electronics, spine snapping breaks and a quirky selection of mind-melting grooves by the pound. Served fresh weekly.
KCRW Music brings you a new on-air series “Freeform Fridays” featuring mixes from special guests and KCRW DJs.
An international mix of future soul, deep dance, indie rock, and jazz.
Hosted by Evan Kleiman
Everything you wanted to know about good cooking, good eating, good food! From LA Chef, author, radio host, and restaurateur Evan Kleiman, at KCRW.com.
Good Food on the Road
Hosted by Jonathan Gold (1960-2018), Evan Kleiman
KCRW’s Good Food host Evan Kleiman talks with Pulitzer Prize-winning food writer Jonathan Gold of The Los Angeles Times about places you may not have tried yet, but ought to. Get Jonathan Gold's weekly restaurant suggestion sent to your phone. Text the "Good Food" to 69866 and get a text with the name, address and phone number of this week's restaurant.
Hosted by Steve Chiotakis
Host Steve Chiotakis connects you to the people and places of Southern California.
From Punk to Funk, musician, actor, television and radio host Henry Rollins presents alternative rock radio. Independent radio streaming on KCRW.com.
Here Be Monsters
Hosted by Jeff Emtman, Bethany Denton
An immersive series of audio documentaries that focus on the forgotten corners of our minds. Beautiful sounds and stories that explore fear, curiosity and the unknown.
Hosted by Matthew Belloni, Kim Masters
KCRW’s 'The Business' host Kim Masters breaks down Hollywood's top stories.
Hosted by Alix Spiegel, Lulu Miller, Hanna Rosin
Invisibilia is about the unseen forces that control human behavior -- things like ideas, beliefs, assumptions, and thoughts.
It's Been a Minute with Sam Sanders
Hosted by Sam Sanders
Each week, Sam Sanders interviews people in the culture who deserve your attention. Plus weekly wraps of the news with other journalists. Join Sam as he makes sense of the world through conversation. Tune in to KCRW, Saturdays at 10 a.m.
Featuring selections that range from carefully curated music from around the world with unique gems and quality tracks that will satisfy the needs of even the most discerning music aficionados. Find me on Twitter.
A Sonic trip through the past, present and future of Roots music.
Joe Frank: Return Engagement
“Radio noir,” selected from 230-plus hours of Frank's original programs. Each hour can contain a philosophical exploration, an intimate confession, an absurd comedy, a dark tragedy; all of which he takes to the farthest edge while bringing the listener along for the alternately emotional and/or enlightening ride...
Cosmic breaks, cinematic soundscapes and ethereal outtakes, dipping and weaving between the folds.
José Galván delivers an infectious harmony of varied sounds and pieces their relevance to each other. Language does not play a barrier in his musical selections, but rather uses the melody to create a bridge amongst cultures and genres.
KCRW's stories, special interviews, and in-depth reporting from the field. KCRW's features air on Morning Edition and All Things Considered.
KCRW Investigates is an ongoing series focusing on some of the most vulnerable workers and the industries that employ them.
KCRW Presents Zocalo Public Square
Zócalo Public Square connects people to ideas and to each other in an open, accessible, non-partisan and broad-minded spirit.
KCRW's Summer Club
Featuring an eclectic array of interactive virtual events to keep you entertained throughout the season. From music to improv, potlucks to trivia, wrestlers to rollergirls, there’s a summer full of KCRW fun in your future!
KCRW’s Global Beat
Hosted by Raul Campos, Andrew Khedoori
KCRW’s Global Beat is a new series highlighting artists from around the world. We are kicking the series off with our friends in Australia by partnering with The Australian Music Alliance and the Australian Music Radio Airplay Project. Support from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Hosted by Kevin Roderick
The week's top stories in LA media, politics and culture.
LA Theatre Works
Top name actors are recorded during live performances of plays, ranging from Shakespeare and Oscar Wilde to Arthur Miller and recent Tony winners.
Left, Right & Center
Hosted by Josh Barro
Left, Right & Center is KCRW’s weekly civilized yet provocative confrontation over politics, policy and pop culture. Josh Barro, representing the Center, hosts a discussion of the week’s news and issues with thought leaders on the Right and Left, and expert guests. In today’s world, the lines between parties and ideologies seem distinct, but are they really? Hear how the other side thinks on the issues that matter most. From the news that dominates the headlines to the important topics below the fold, Left, Right & Center busts the opinion bubbles and echo chambers with genuine discussion and real talk. On the air since 1996, Left, Right & Center is consistently ranked among the top politics and news podcasts.
LeRoy Downs has been active in the jazz industry for the past twenty years, producing jazz radio programs, hosting festivals, and curating concerts.
Hosted by Jonathan Bastian
KCRW's Life Examined is a one-hour weekly show exploring science, philosophy, faith — and finding meaning in the modern world. The show is hosted by Jonathan Bastian.
Cosmic rock, scenic techno soul, dub disco-punk and classic party explosives from all over.
Lost Notes Presents: Bent By Nature
Hosted by Hanif Abdurraqib, Jessica Hopper, Solomon Georgio
A collection of the greatest music stories never told. This season the poet and cultural critic Hanif Abdurraqib explores a single year: 1980 - the brilliant, awkward and sometimes heartbreaking opening to a monumental decade in popular music.
A kaleidoscopic Dada dance party!
Business news with a global perspective from American Public Media.
Molly Wood is the host of Marketplace Tech, a weekday show that helps listeners understand the business behind the technology that's rewiring our lives.
Hosted by Rob Long
A wry take on real life in Hollywood.
Exploring the world's music from yesterday to tomorrow.
Hosted by Jason Bentley
Explore the hypnotic pulse of current & classic electronic dance music with Metropolis. A weekly Saturday night show from Jason Bentley, at KCRW.com.
Mexican Radio Radio Show
Berlin-based synth-punk band Mexican Radio hosts a one hour show featuring s ynth & post punk, Neue Deutsche Welle and New Wave artists.
Morning Becomes Eclectic
Hosted by Anthony Valadez, Novena Carmel
KCRW's signature music program features new releases, live performances, and artist interviews hosted by Anthony Valadez & Novena Carmel.
National Public Radio's morning newsmagazine.
Music Special Programming
Discover KCRW's exclusive artist interviews, live performances, original programming and streaming playlists. Our digital-first music programming is on-demand and updated weekly.
Indie found sounds, nostalgic guilty pleasures, and introspective piano solos to help you feel deeply and move freely through life.
News Special Programming
News Special Programming
Hosted by Vanessa Lowe
A sound-rich storytelling show that explores the night, the landscape of the unseen, and how thoughts, feelings and behaviors transform in the dark. Episodes are released monthly. Independently produced by Vanessa Lowe. While KCRW no longer distributes Nocturne, the show continues on with old and new episodes available wherever you listen to podcasts. More information at www.NocturnePodcast.org
Novena Carmel, your neighbor with the flavor, serves up a fresh sample platter of timely and timeless soul, global funk, and tasty multi-genre grooves, old and new.
NPR delivers breaking national and world news. Also top stories from business, politics, health, science, technology, music, arts and culture.
Off the Block
Hosted by George Lavender
A trip to jail, even a short stint, can upend many lives - the inmate, their loved ones, and their children among others. This series traces the path from city block to jail block and back.
One Year Later
Hosted by Jamil Smith
One Year Later is a special series that takes a new approach to the national political debate.
Opening the Curtain
Hosted by Anthony Byrnes
Musings on what Los Angeles theater is - and can be.
Orange County Line
Hosted by Gustavo Arellano
A weekly tour of the real Orange County, warts and all, with reporter Gustavo Arellano
Our Body Politic
Hosted by Farai Chideya
In a political media landscape dominated by white men, “Our Body Politic” will be a source of news by and for Black women and women of color.
Press Play with Madeleine Brand
Hosted by Madeleine Brand
Madeleine Brand hosts Press Play, examining the latest ideas and trends shaping our world and Los Angeles. Streaming & podcast daily at KCRW.com.
Raul Campos creates a mix of emerging artists and current favorites, bringing essential cuts from around the world and a little closer to home -- from soulful grooves and fresh remixes to Latin rhythms and indie rock.
Red State, Blue State
Hosted by Chery Glaser, Trey Kay
If you really listen, we sound like two different countries: Red America and Blue America. Then again, most of us are NOT listening. Heading into the midterms KCRW and WVPB are teaming up to try to change that. “Red State, Blue State” is a weekly conversation between Californians and West Virginians about the issues that divide us.
Hosted by Al Letson
Reveal is a new investigative program from The Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX. It's hosted by Al Letson, the recipient of multiple journalism awards for his original series, State of the Re:Union.
Ro "Wyldeflower" Contreras
A soulful rhythmic journey through time and space... sonic love notes from cities to mountain tops, to the heart of the tropics and into the cosmos.
Hosted by Anna Scott
Los Angeles County is spending hundreds of millions of dollars a year to combat homelessness. Yet the problem is getting worse. Why? Well, part of the answer is simple: LA's severe shortage of affordable housing. But that's not all there is to it.
Amor. Mentiras. Una receta secreta. Acompaña a Kate del Castillo y sigue las aventuras de los gemelos Sol y Mundo Lucero mientras tratan de descubrir la verdad acerca de su padre muerto Arturo. Pista: está en el infierno.
Santa Monica City Council
Live coverage of the Santa Monica City Council meetings. The Santa Monica City Council regularly meets at 5:45pm, on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month, and holds additional special meetings, as needed. (KCRW coverage of the meetings airs 8pm-midnight.) All City Council meetings are open to the public, and members of the public may comment on any item listed on the agenda. For additional information, go to www.SMGov.net .
Hosted by Robert Scheer
Scheer Intelligence features thoughtful and provocative conversations with "American Originals" -- people who, through a lifetime of engagement with political issues, offer unique and often surprising perspectives on the day's most important…
A one world celebration - truly global grooves from all decades and all corners of the earth.
Hosted by Michael Schneider, Josef Adalian
Screengrab is a new KCRW commentary segment hosted by veteran TV journalists Michael Schneider and Joe Adalian.
Hosted by Michael Wilkes
An examination of medical ethics and the practioners who define them.
House, disco, trip hop, oldies and all of the deep cuts in between.
It's your city. What do you hear? KCRW looks at the sounds and people that make Los Angeles unique. Submit yours at SoundsLA@kcrw.org.
KCRW news, culture and arts programming that's not regularly scheduled.
State of the Re:Union
Al Letson travels the country to find compelling stories of community, and tell them with honesty, perspective, and deep curiosity.
Since 2005, StoryCorps has collected the memories of people from all fifty states and every imaginable walk of life, identity group, age, and state of mind.
Hosted by Sumi Somaskanda, Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson, Erik Kirschbaum
Studio Berlin is KCRW Berlin’s weekly show that brings together local journalists, lawmakers and experts to provide you with context and analysis around the issues shaping the news locally and nationally.
TED Radio Hour
Hosted by Guy Raz
The TED Radio Hour takes you on a journey through fascinating ideas, astonishing inventions and new ways to think and create. Based on riveting TEDTalks from the world's most remarkable minds.
Hosted by Jonathan Bastian
The stories shaping California's Central Coast, hosted by Jonathan Bastian.
The Bear on KCRW Berlin
Hosted by Sylvia Cunningham
Berlin's favorite storytelling show: personal, true stories, told live in German and English.
The Big Pond
Stories from the Big Pond, a U.S.-German listening series from the Goethe Institute in Washington DC.
Hosted by Kim Masters
The Business, an in-depth look inside the business of entertainment. Hosted by editor-at-Large of the Hollywood Reporter Kim Masters, at KCRW.com.
The Coronavirus Chronicles
The first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic is ending in Germany and elsewhere in Europe, where governments are trying to figure out how best to restart public life and work. So how are people managing this “new normal”?
Hosted by Michael Barbaro
The Daily focuses on just one or two stories each weekday, offering listeners a 30-minute, deep, textured portrait of the characters and human stakes driving the news.
Hosted by Matt Holzman
The Document is KCRW's new kind of mashup of documentaries and radio - telling addictive, real life, right now stories. The show goes beyond documentary clips and interviews, working with filmmakers to mine great stories from the raw footage of films present, past and in-progress. These aren’t based on a true story, they are the true story.
The Fink + Forty Show
Hosted by Fin Greenall, Sven Fortmann
Two of Berlin's most informed tastemakers take us on a weekly journey soundtracked by what is rocking the hippest city on earth right now.
A roundtable of music experts.
The Legal Eagle Files
Hosted by Madeleine Brand
Is that even legal? Journalist Madeleine Brand and law professor Jessica Levinson deliver a smart and witty take on the legal issues of the day — and how they affect you.
Steve Chiotakis talks to Los Angeles journalists about the week's leading news stories.
The Moth Radio Hour
Storytellers stand alone, under a spotlight, with only a microphone and a roomful of strangers, and take the audience on a high-wire act of shared experience which is both terrifying and exhilarating.
The New Yorker Radio Hour
Hosted by David Remnick
The New Yorker Radio Hour is the program you will look forward to curling up with every weekend. David Remnick, the editor of The New Yorker, is joined by the magazine's award-winning writers in a weekly hour of radio that will both delight and inform.
Hosted by Andrew Leland
Take a weird, thoughtful and pleasurable journey into literature, music, art, philosophy, the internet, language, and history with McSweeney's and KCRW. This unconventional arts-and-culture magazine features contributors and guests like Miranda July, George Saunders, Lena Dunham, Tig Notaro, and Sarah Silverman.
Hosted by Josef Adalian, Michael Schneider
Hosted by TV journalists Michael Schneider and Joe Adalian, KCRW's The Spin-off is the podcast that takes you inside the television industry. Twice a month we feature in-depth conversations with people who are changing what and how we watch.
Hosted by Tanzina Vega
The Takeaway, hosted by Tanzina Vega is a one-hour daily news show that reveals unexpected insights into the day’s news, fills a need for greater context, and interacts with audiences in a way that no other public radio news program offers.
Hosted by Elvis Mitchell
In-depth interviews with the most innovative & influential people in entertainment, art, and pop culture. Hosted by film critic Elvis Mitchell, at KCRW.com.
Hosted by Marco Werman
A weekday mix of news, features, interviews and music from around the globe.
There Goes the Neighborhood
Hosted by Saul Gonzalez
Los Angeles is having an identity crisis. City officials tout new development and shiny commuter trains, while longtime residents are doing all they can to hang on to home. This eight-part series is supported by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.
This American Life
Hosted by Ira Glass
There's what happened, and there's the story that gets told about what happened. Sometimes the two things don't match up very well.
To the Point
Hosted by Warren Olney
A weekly reality-check on the issues Americans care about most. Host Warren Olney draws on his decades of experience to explore the people and issues shaping – and disrupting - our world. How did everything change so fast? Where are we headed? The conversations are informal, edgy and always informative. If Warren's asking, you want to know the answer.
Today's Top Tune
Today's Top Tune is a weekday download of standout songs, including advance releases, exclusive live tracks, remixes, and new artists, at KCRW.com.
Tom Schnabel's Rhythm Planet
Hosted by Tom Schnabel
Tom Schnabel features the latest and best in jazz and international music, with an emphasis on new Brazilian, European, African, and Tropical Latin music.
A balanced diet of indie grooves, modern psych, alternative R&B and straight up rock and roll.
Hosted by Bob Carlson
Unbelievably true stories of chance encounters that changed the world. A pair of mail-order shoes that led to the film The Outsiders. A secret road to a California paradise. The day LA and smog first met. Stories that will stick in your head like a memory. It’s UnFictional, hosted by Bob Carlson.
Fasten your rocket seat belts - you will be going on a cosmic sonic adventure... From house and electro to world rhythms and beyond, Valida’s mixes are seamless as she takes her listeners on a sonic journey around the world and beyond...
Weekend Edition Saturday
Hosted by Scott Simon
NPR's Saturday morning news program.
Weekend Edition Sunday
Hosted by Lulu Garcia-Navarro
NPR's Sunday morning news program.
Welcome to LA
Hosted by David Weinberg
Los Angeles is a city carved out of the desert — a conjured image of paradise. Award-winning journalist David Weinberg returns with stories of people who learn what lies beyond the dream.
Which Way, L.A.?
Hosted by Warren Olney
KCRW's signature local public affairs program has expanded to include today's top national and international news, as well as local issues.
Hosted by Jad Abumrad, Robert Krulwich
Experiments with sound and style that allow science to fuse with culture and information to sound like music...
Zócalo's Connecting California
Hosted by Chery Glaser
Every week, Zócalo columnist and fourth-generation Southern Californian Joe Mathews talks to Morning Edition host Chery Glaser about 21st-century California's people, politics, trends and idiosyncrasies.