West Coast Live!
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Sedge Thomson's West Coast Live brought its unique radio show to the Exploratorium. The live broadcasts from the McBean Internet Theater provided an opportunity for audience members in the theater and around the globe to explore the places where science and entertainment intersect. Browse the archives of past shows.


December 5, 1998
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  • Kevin Kelly of Wired Magazine
  • Lawrence Weschler, author of "Seeing is Forgetting the Name of Thing One Sees"
  • The Canadian Brass Ensemble
  • Lynda Williams - Physics Chanteuse
  • More guests to be announced.

October 10, 1998
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  • Singer-songwriter John Gorka.
  • Bert Grant, founder of Grant's Brewery.
  • A view from the studio of artist Meredith Tromble.
  • Radio improvisation from True Fiction Magazine.
  • Plus, suprise guests.

October 3, 1998
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  • Ethan Canin, author of "For Kings and Planets".
  • Exploratorium artist Brenda Hutchinson.
  • Michael Dibdin, author of the Aurelio Zen mysteries.
  • Cajun accordion dynamo Geno Delafose.
  • Singer-songwriter Deborah Pardes.
  • Radio improvisation from True Fiction Magazine.


"Memory Show,"  May 23, 1998

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  • Online radio tour of the Exploratorium's Memory Exhibition.
  • Sprockets Ensemble - Animated jazz from a tight musical combo.
  • Josh Kornbluth - Ben Franklin Unplugged.
  • Art Shimamura- Memory expert


May 16, 1998
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Click to listen to the 5/16/98 West Coast Live! show.

  • Jill Tarter - The director of the SETI Institute on the search for life.
  • Sprockets Ensemble - Animated jazz from a tight musical combo.



Sedge Thomson's West Coast Live brought its unique radio show to the Exploratorium. The live broadcasts from the McBean Internet Theater provided an opportunity for audience members in the theater and around the globe to explore the places where science and entertainment intersect.

Broadcast live in San Francisco on KALW 91.7 FM, again Sunday afternoons 1-3 p.m., West Coast Live reaches myriad cities coast-to-coast via the Public Radio Satellite and now extends worldwide as part of the Armed Forces Radio Network and via the Internet.