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Radio Broadcasts

Programs can be heard on KQED 88.5FM or three times throughout the week: Sundays at 1pm, Tuesdays at 8pm, and Wednesdays at 2am. Schedule below shows the date of the Sunday broadcast.

In addition to our local KQED broadcast, City Arts & Lectures is carried by over 130 public radio affiliates nationwide. Check out the full list to find a station near you. If a station streams live on their website, we’ve linked it.

We are excited to announce that programs are now also available directly on our website and on our podcast, from the Sunday of their original radio broadcast onward. The podcast is called City Arts & Lectures, and is available on iTunes, Stitcher, SpotifyGoogle Play, and TuneIn.


(broadcast date/event/original event date)

4/5/20 Dolores Huerta & Alice Waters (webcast 4/3/2020)
4/12/20 Namwali Serpell & Carmen Maria Machado (webcast 4/9/20)
4/19/20 Boys & Sex with Peggy Orenstein (webcast 3/19/20)
4/26/20 Oliver Sacks tribute with Temple Grandin (webcast 4/17/20)
5/3/20 Miranda July (webcast 4/20/20)
5/10/20 Femail: The Art of Sustainable Fashion (webcast 4/29/20)
5/17/20  Addicted to Tech with Tristan Harris (webcast 4/30/20)


(broadcast date/event/original event date)

3/29/20 Robert Reich (live 3/23/20)
3/22/20 Ocean Vuong (live 2/3/20)
3/15/20 Ottessa Moshfegh (live 1/13/20)
03/8/20 Dan Pfeiffer (live 2/27/20)
03/01/20 Sally Rooney (recorded 2/12/20)
2/23/20 Adam Mansbach and W. Kamau Bell (live 1/6/20)
2/16/20 Raphael Bob-Waksberg (live 12/16/19)
2/9/20 Eating Alone in My Car (live 12/11/19)
2/2/20 Ibram X. Kendi (live 12/12/19)
1/26/20 Ben Lerner (live 11/21/19)
1/19/20 Mo Rocca (live 11/18/19)
1/12/20 Gloria Steinem (live 11/13/19)
1/05/20 Chris Hughes (live 11/7/19)
12/29/19 Liz Phair (live 10/21/19)
12/22/19 André Aciman with Andrew Sean Greer (live 11/6/19)
12/15/19 John Lithgow with Calvin Trillin (live 10/30/19)
12/8/19 Zadie Smith (live 10/16/19)
12/1/19 Ta-Nehisi Coates (live 10/15/19)
11/24/19 Pico Iyer (live 10/10/19)
11/17/19 Sontag: Her Life and Work (live 10/2/19)
11/10/19 Governor Jerry Brown and Miriam Pawel (live 10/25/19)
11/3/19 Patti Smith (live 10/7/19)
10/27/19 Demi Moore (live 9/27//19)
10/20/19 Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey (live 10/11/19)
10/13/19 Rachel Maddow (live 10/6/19)
10/06/19 Malcolm Gladwell (live 9/19/19)
09/29/19 RE-BROADCAST: Ear Hustle (live 03/29/19)
09/22/19 RE-BROADCAST: Marlon James (live 02/19/19)
09/15/19 RE-BROADCAST: James Forman, Jr. (live 12/13/18)
09/08/19 RE-BROADCAST: Nadine Burke Harris (live 12/03/18)
09/01/19 RE-BROADCAST: BJ Miller (live 01/22/19)

Our past 33 seasons of programming have been digitally archived at the Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley. Those wishing to hear the archived programs can make a personal visit to the library. A list of shows can be viewed on the UC Berkeley Web Catalog.

City Arts & Lectures - Live and on Public Radio