Each week KCPW brings you an insightful and refreshing hour of analysis of the world around you. Sometimes, this is a special documentary produced in our studios, sometimes it’s a collaboration with our community partners and sometimes it’s a hand-picked piece, produced by an outside source. Regardless of the source, the piece is always thought provoking. Every Friday at 10 am and 8 pm.

KCPW Presents: “Polk Street Stories” (6/22/18)

Public Historian Joey Plaster spent over a year gathering more than 70 interviews from people experiencing Polk Street’s transition from a working class queer neighborhood to an upscale entertainment district.  This hour contains stories from the alleys and bars, churches, shelters and clubs.  It is an oral history of a place invented by those who had no […]

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KCPW Presents: “Smackdown: City Hall vs Big Oil” (6/15/18)

Richmond California is a working class town that grew up in the shadow of a Chevron refinery. The company ran both the economy – and the local government – for more than a century. But times are changing. Climate champions have flipped City Hall to their side. What happens when an oil company decides to […]

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KCPW Presents: “Making Obama: Part 2”

From WBEZ Chicago, Making Obama tells the story of Barack Obama’s climb from the South Side of Chicago to the national stage. Host Jennifer White talks with Obama’s key advisors, mentors, rivals, and the former President himself. Part Two covers Obama’s ill-advised run for Congress in 2000 to the moment he arrived on the national […]

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KCPW Presents: “Making Obama: Part 1” (6/1/18)

From WBEZ Chicago, Making Obama tells the story of Barack Obama’s climb from the South Side of Chicago to the national stage. Host Jennifer White talks with Obama’s key advisors, mentors, rivals, and the former President himself. Part One covers Obama’s years as a community organizer to his first elected office in Springfield, Illinois. This […]

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KCPW Presents: “Mine Enemy: The Story of German POWs in America” (5/25/18)

When captured German soldiers showed up to work the Camlin family farm in South Carolina, World War II entered the family’s life in a direct and intimate way. Suddenly the enemy was there on the farm, planting tobacco, building fences, and even sitting down for meals at the kitchen table. Some 400,000 captured German soldiers […]

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