As a print journalist, Barbara Kraft has written and reported on a variety of subjects, ranging from the arts to business, computers, education, law, religion and medicine.  She has also written and produced commentaries and documentaries and conducted interviews with leading figures in the arts for radio.


  •  Time
  • USA Today
  • The Washington Post
  •  Los Angeles Times
  • Los Angeles Daily News
  • L.A. Weekly
  • Architectural Digest
  • People


KCRW (award-winning National Public Radio station, Santa Monica) KPFK (Pacifica Radio, Los Angeles)

Transforming OC

Written, produced and narrated for KCRW, Transforming OCis a two-part documentary on the 2006 opening of the new Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa.  The first part of the hour-long documentary traces the dynamic changes in culture and commerce that occurred in Orange County over the first half of the 20th century; the final segment celebrates the September 2006 opening of the new Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall.

The program is available as a CD premium from KCRW and is the station’s salute to the commitment of the visionary developer Henry Segerstrom and his family. 

Transforming OC: The Best of Everything. Click here to listen/watch show.


As guest host for KCRW Barbara Kraft’s interviews include those with Los Angeles Opera Music Director James Conlon on two of his recent productions:

Recovered Voices – A Lost Generation’s Long Forgotten Masterpieces, project. Click here to listen/watch show.

The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny. Click here to listen/watch show.

Memorial program on Alfred Kazin, the ‘last public intellectual’ with Lee Siegal of The New Republic,  Ann Fadiman, The American Scholar, and Morris Dickstein, Distinguished Professor of English at City University New York and director of CUNY’s Center for the Humanities. Click here to listen/watch show.

Katharine Graham, owner and publisher of The Washington Post, on the publication of her biography Personal History. Click here to listen/watch show.
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Karen Stabliner on the publication of All Girls: Single-Sex Education and Why It Matters. Click here to listen/watch show.

Thomas Hoving, director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Ronald Brownstein, the Los Angeles Times political reporter, on the publication ofThe Power and the Glitter.

Harlow Robinson, professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the State University of New York, Albany, on the publication of Sergei Prokofiev A Biography.

Henry Miller Related Programs

Written and produced for KCRW

An Open Letter to Henry Miller on the occasion of Henry Miller’s 85th birthday (1976)

A Conversation with Henry Miller –“Writer Barbara Kraft talks to Miller about love and sex, spirituality, astrology and art as part of KCRW’s special programming on the occasion of the artist’s 88thbirthday.” (1979)

Henry Miller: The Eternal Round a memorial program following the writer’s death at the age of 89 (1980)

A Conversation with Henry Miller, Michigan Quarterly, Spring 1981

As guest host for KPFK, Barbara Kraft’s interviews include the following:
The Art of Marilyn Horne, a two-part interview with the internationally renowned mezzo-soprano opera star

A Tribute to Anais Nin: interviews with James Leo Herlihy, Judy Chicago, Rupert Pole and Ruth Seymour following the death of the celebrated diarist in 1977.