Hard Knock Radio Archives

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Welcome to the Hard Knock Radio Archives..

For those who are unfamiliar, Hard Knock Radio (HKR) is a daily drive time radio show that originated in spring of 2000 on the Bay Area on Pacifica’s KPFA 94.1FM.. The original team was Weyland Southon, Tsadae Abeba Neway, Anita Johnson and Davey D… Today the team consists of Davey D, Anita Johnson, Greg Bridges and the good folks from Poor News Network who are featured every other Thursday.

HKR features in-depth interviews and profiles with elected officials, community leaders, activists, authors, Hip Hop artists and musicians. We give voice to community concerns and offer a unique forum to explore issues relevant to the Hip Hop/urban community. We take very seriously, our commitment to give access to community groups and activists who are trying to make a difference and bring about meaningful social change.

We’ve covered everything under the sun ranging from The Black Lives Matter/Police accountability Movement to The War on Terrorism and the current domestic surveillance state to the Prison Industrial to school privatization to Domestic Violence, Teen pregnancy and the Middle East Crisis to name a few. This is on top of our the in-depth coverage we provide to artists and new music and key issues are Hip Hop music and culture..

In this day and age of media consolidation HKR strives to be a voice for the community. If you have ideas for show topics or recommendations for guests feel free to drop us an email at: HardKnock@kpfa.org


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Bay Area Rapper Lyrics Born |
Poor News Network


Tribute to Freedom Fighter Grace Lee Boggs


Filmmaker Stanley Nelson on new Black Panther documentary |
Speech from Grace Lee Boggs


The Banning of African Drums at Lake Merrit in Oakland



The Death of Private LeVena Johnson


Mali Born Artists Fatoumata Diawara


Makani Themba on Jackson Rising Conf |
Intv w/ Oakland Singer Jennifer Johns


Dave Zirin on LA Clippers Racism| Intv w/

Louis Rodriguez as he Runs for California Gov



Greg Bridges Talks w/ Poet Jessica Care Moore


Ramona Africa on Mumia’s 60th Birthday |

Intv w/ rap artist Jean Grae


A conversation w/ Educator Pedro Noguera


Minimum Wage Fight, Empire of Slavery Book &

The Fight to Save Ethnic Studies


Boston Marathon Tragedy -One Year Later |

Rubin Hurricane Carter Passes


04-18-14:Vinyl Museum in Oakland| Intv w/ Kenny Latimore 04-18-2014

04-17-14: Dalit Women March for Self Determination

04-16-14: Legal Analyst Lisa Bloom Speaks on Trayvon Martin & Her Book ‘Suspicion Nation’

04-15-14:KPFA 65th Anniversary Special