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.

The Real Ambassadors: Dave Brubeck, Iola Brubeck and Louis Armstrong — A Rallying Cry for Integration, Cultural Exchange, and Social Justice

The Real Ambassadors is a poignant tale of anti-racism, cultural exchange, jazz history— and it’s a love story—between life-long husband and wife partners, Iola and Dave Brubeck and their vision for a better world. Produced by The Kitchen Sisters (Nikki Silva & Davia Nelson), and Brandi Howell. Mixed by Jim McKee During the late 1950s as […]

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Climate One – Molly Wood on Tech, Money and Survival

After a 20-year career as a tech reporter for CNET and the public radio program Marketplace, Molly Wood has come to see the climate crisis as an engineering problem requiring a lot more investment. In one of her last journalism projects, she produced the acclaimed documentary podcast  “How We Survive”  for Marketplace.  Among the many […]

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Is Cancel Culture Toxic?

You know the drill. Someone does, or says, something offensive. A public backlash — typically on Twitter — ensues. Then come the calls to “cancel” that person, brand, or institution. That usually means the loss of cultural cache, political clout, and often a job or career. While the term “cancelling” has roots in a misogynistic […]

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The Hidden Economics of Remarkable Women (HERO)

Host Reena Ninan – founder of Good Trouble Productions. She is a television journalist who has worked as a White House correspondent, foreign reporter, and news anchor for CBS, ABC, and Fox News. The program begins with Reena Ninan’s conversation with Kudret a Turkish Grameen Foundation/Kiva microcredit recipient about the impact microfinance has had on […]

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No Excuses: Race and Reckoning at a Chicago Charter School

Producer DJ Cashmere spent seven years teaching Black and brown students at a Noble Street charter high school in Chicago. Noble followed a popular model called “no excuses.” It required strict discipline but promised low-income students a better shot at college. After DJ left to become a journalist, Noble disavowed its policies–calling them “assimilationist, patriarchal, […]

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