Programming, Station Announcement

DnA On the Go: KCRW’s Monthly Show Becomes a Weekly Podcast

Hand Selected Design Journalists to Curate Local Design Series


SANTA MONICA, CA (March 19, 2013) – After ten solid years, DnA has undergone a major renovation. KCRW’s show exploring the world of design and architecture, will grow from a single monthly on-air program to a weekly podcast, a lively blog, and a team of design journalists, also known as “DJs,” to report on emerging design talent in LA and beyond. The LA art and design community gathered to celebrate the show’s relaunch last night, with a live discussion between host Frances Anderton and Tesla-founder Elon Musk at his Santa Monica store.

Frances Anderton continues in her role, which she’s held since 2002, as DnA’s host and executive producer. As the author of several books on Los Angeles and Las Vegas architecture, her diverse mix of editorial contributions include Dwell, the New York Times, and L.A. Architect. Anderton’s most recent contribution as producer on KCRW public affairs shows Which Way, LA and To The Point fostered her knowledge of politics and current affairs, giving her a unique vantage point on the broad impact architecture and design have on communities.

“LA is admired the world over for its innovation in architecture, fashion, entertainment design, and more. And, the design of our visual environment has a huge impact on how we live our lives,” says Frances Anderton. “I’m thrilled to that we will increase our coverage of, and participation in this creative community and the work that shapes our lives.”

Through DnA, Anderton will talk with designers, consumers and critics from Los Angeles and beyond about products, fashion, buildings and more. The stable of DnA DJs, handpicked by Anderton, showcase emerging designers in weekly podcast interviews,  the redesigned DnA blog and at regular public events.

A commissioned series of limited edition, one-of-a-kind art objects by up-and-coming designers will be available to KCRW supporters. The first feature item DnA will have for purchase is a porcelain socket, custom colorized in safety yellow by Commune.

The show’s updated online home will showcase interviews, featured articles by guest contributors, video reporting on buildings and products, and an interactive map of design landmarks recently discussed in DnA.

“Launching DnA out into the world – online – to build its own community of design and architecture fans, is part of our strategy for the future. At KCRW, we’ve never thought of ourselves as merely a local radio station,” says Jennifer Ferro, KCRW General Manager. “Frances is the right person to build what is sure to be national relevance to a national audience.”

Public events hosted by DnA and partners around the city, will allow KCRW listeners an opportunity to access some of the most interesting minds in design and architecture today. DnA will host its first public event on April 14, a celebration of design and architecture in LA with guests from MOCA, LACMA and The Getty at the Helms Bakery District. For more information and ticket sales visit:

For more information on DnA please visit the DnA Blog and DnA Show Page

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About DnA
KCRW’s DnA: Design and Architecture excplores who and what matters in our designed world – on air, online and at public events. Host Frances Anderton talks to designers, users and critics about products, fashion, buildings and more, in Los Angeles and beyond – revealing how we shape today’s world and how it shapes us. DnA broadcasts one monthly half-hour show and a weekly podcast. It updates design happenings almost daily on its blog and it reports on design issues for KCRW’s news shows Which Way, LA and All Things Considered. It also hosts public discussion about design issues. DnA is a participant in KCRW’s Independent Producer Project and will feature commentaries and stories by design journalist and personalities in LA and beyond.

About KCRW
KCRW 89.9FM is an NPR affiliate serving Southern California and licensed to Santa Monica College. The public radio station represents cutting edge radio at its best, presenting an eclectic mix of independent music, news, talk and arts programming. The terrestrial signal serves Los Angeles, Orange, and V entura counties, as well as parts of San Diego, San Bernardino, Kern, and Santa Barbara counties and the greater Palm Springs area. KCRW’ s programming is internationally renowned and available worldwide at KCRW offers an all-music channel, Eclectic24, an all news channel and on-air simulcast. . Podcasts and archives of our locally-produced programs and live band performances are available on our website, as well as on our smartphone apps for the iPhone, Android and Blackberry. KCRW’s acclaimed Music Mine app for iPad is dedicated to music discovery.

About Frances Anderton