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Exploring our changing cities. One street corner at a time. This season we are going to Burning Man. From KALW 91.7FM in San Francisco.Find us online at and on Twitter @IntersectionFM

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September 5th, 2023


As the media portrays 2023's Burning Man as a hellscape, THE INTERSECTION at Burning Man revists the work of a group of Burners at the 2019 event. They felt that the overwhelmingly white community wasn't living up to …


September 4th, 2020


One of the principles guiding Burning Man is "Radical Inclusion." Basically, all are welcome. But, the temporary city that Burners build in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert has never been racially diverse. Just 1% of Black …

S03 E08 - PRESENT meets PAST at Burning Man

September 1st, 2020


Burning Man is known for a lot of things: The art. The parties. The wooden man that’s set on ablaze every year. But most Burners don’t know much about the history of the land or its original inhabitants: the Pyramid …

S03 E07 - REVELRY meets REVERENCE at Burning Man

August 31st, 2020


Deep in the Black Rock Desert, way beyond the theme camps and the effigy that gives Burning Man its name, there’s another elaborate wooden structure: it blends art and architecture, inside and out. And, arguably, it’s …

S03 E06 - DESERT meets DEFAULT at Burning Man

February 5th, 2020


Burning Man is known for its massive, Instagram-friendly art installations that are a stark contrast to the beige, desert backdrop. There are also many smaller projects, labors of love that can easily get lost. In this …

S03 E05 - PARTY meets PRAYER at Burning Man

January 8th, 2020


Burning Man is pagan at its core with a hell-ish aesthetic. It's understandable that many evangelical leaders condemn the event. But why do so many devout Christians attend each year? And what do they do once they're …

S03 E04 - WILL meets WAY at Burning Man

December 11th, 2019


Burning Man is guided by the so-called "10 Princples," one of which is radical inclusion. What does that mean for people with disabilities? Especially at an event that spans seven-square miles of cracked desert, and the …

S03 E03 - CHAOS meets CONTROL at Burning Man

November 27th, 2019


1996 was a turning point for Burning Man. It was also the last year co-founder John Law attended. Two people were run over in their tents. And …

S03 E02 - ART meets MOTION at Burning Man

November 13th, 2019


We begin where art meets motion. Burning Man hasn’t officially started but there’s plenty going on: Camps are being set up, art is being erected and a family of first-time art car makers is hustling to finish up their …

S03 E01 - PAVEMENT meets PLAYA at Burning Man

October 30th, 2019


Host David Boyer has been going to Burning Man since 1996. This time, he's heading back with a mission: to capture the event before it's over or loses all connection to its origins. In this episode, we enter the …


October 11th, 2019


The city is temporary and the intersections are conceptual. We are heading to Burning Man — deep in the Nevada desert.

Are you ready for a new season of THE INTERSECTION? NStarting October 28, we'll meet a desert filled …

S02 E08 - The Future of Googleville

March 12th, 2018


What will Googleville look like in 2030? And why did it take almost a decade for Mountain View's city council to decide? In the season finale, we explore how a city crafts a plan for the future while dealing with a …

S02 E07 - You Don't Fight Googzilla

January 15th, 2018


When Google bought the land under the Sports Page Bar, the property tax skyrocked from less than $10K to more than $100K. And, technically, it's the bar owner's responsibity. What happens next just may shape the future …

S02 E06 - Is this Mountain View or Googleville?

January 5th, 2018


Google accounts for 1 in 5 jobs and owns more land than anyone else. So, is Mountain View a new version of the old company town? In this episode we …

S02 - HOLIDAY SPECIAL 02 - Marlena's at Hayes & Octavia (2013)

December 26th, 2017


We'll head back to Googleville in the New Year. But first, THE INTERSECTION has a gift for you. It's the story of a San Francisco drag bar known for two things: owner Marlena (a.k.a. Gary) and her Christmas display of …

S02 - HOLIDAY SPECIAL 01 - A Look Back at 3rd & Jerrold in Bayview

December 18th, 2017


This week, while you're buzzing all over the country, THE INTERSECTION is digging into our archive and presenting the story of a corner that …

S02 E05 - Homeless in Googleville

December 11th, 2017


Home, Sweet...RV? More than 100 Mountain View residents are living in their vehicles. Meet three of them, who are parked just steps away from our …

S02 E04 - The Sea Also Googleville

December 6th, 2017


Global warming may have some hyper-local consequences at our intersection. Journalist Kevin Stark writes about the impact of climate change on the San Francisco Bay, especially low-lying areas in Silicon Valley that are …

S02 E03 - Don't Call it a Trailer Park

November 28th, 2017


It's Googleville's only housing. And it's a mobile home park built 50 years ago. Here, Googlers live alongside their blue-collar neighbors, new …

S02 E02 - Before it was Googleville

November 19th, 2017


a.k.a. The twisted history of this corner. 

Before it was Silicon Valley, this area was known as the Valley of Heart's Delight. The farms eventually gave way to nondescript office parks. And on this corner, the office …

S02 E01- Getting to Googleville

November 6th, 2017


We're spending this season at North Shoreline Boulevard and Space Park Way in the middle of Google's HQ in Mountain View. But first we have to get …

PREVIEW - S02 - Welcome to Googleville

October 11th, 2017


Googleville awaits. This season, we're heading to a corner in the middle of Google's headquarters in Silicon Valley: North Shoreline Blvd & Space Park Way. Starting November 7, we'll connect the dots between the …

SUMMER SPECIAL - Haight & Ashbury (1967)

June 30th, 2017


Many assume the Summer of Love was the pinnacle of the Hippie movement. But the reality is a lot more complicated. KALW and THE INTERSECTION’s David …

S01 E06 - Coda - Magic Wand

February 25th, 2016


"What would you do with a magic wand on this corner?" In the last of episode of the season, we ask folks passing through Golden Gate Ave and …

S01 E05 - Change

February 19th, 2016


The G word. Gentrification. This week, we look at change on the corner of Golden Gate Avenue and Leavenworth Street in San Francisco's Tenderloin. …

S01 - Sound Portrait - Carolynn

February 11th, 2016


Meet Carolynn, a 69-year-old, who is just one of the more than 4000 senior citizens living in the Tenderloin. We're met a lot of amazing people at …

S01 E04 - Drugs

February 4th, 2016


There's an open-air drug market on the corner. This episode of THE INTERSECTION looks at it from many different perspectives: the dealers, the …

S01 E03 - Labor

January 28th, 2016


"It's the home of the American Dream...right here on the corner of Golden Gate and Leavenworth." The hospitality union has been here for 40 years. …

S01 E02 - Family

January 21st, 2016


Most people don't think of kids when they think of San Francisco's Tenderloin. But there are more than 3000 children in the neighborhood. This episode of THE INTERSECTION explores what it's like to grow up here and to …

S01 E01 - Home

January 14th, 2016


Welcome to THE INTERSECTION and to the corner of Golden Gate Ave and Leavenworth St in the Tenderloin. While the neighborhood has the highest density …

PREVIEW - S01 - The Tenderloin

December 9th, 2015


Check out a 3-minute teaser for THE INTERSECTION — a new podcast from David Boyer and KALW. The podcast launches Thursday, January 14. But you can subscribe now on iTunes at

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