Weekly Program Highlights

Saturday 3/11

10:00 – 11:00 AM

Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me!… is NPR’s weekly quiz program.  Host Peter Sagal and official scorekeeper Bill Kurtis lead a rotating panel of comedians, humorists, journalists, and celebrity guests through a comic review of the week’s news. 

11:00 – Noon

Radiolab… More often than not, a fight is just a fight... Someone wins, someone loses. But this hour, Radiolab has a series of face-offs that shine a light on the human condition, the benefit of coming at something from a different side, and the price of being right.

5:00 – 7:00 PM

A Prairie Home Companion… In a rebroadcast of their November 12 show at The Academy of Music in Philadelphia, Jason Isbell sings "Something More Than Free" and "Cover Me Up;" Angélique Kidjo gets everyone dancing with "Afirika" and "Orisha;" The Dover Quartet plays Barber's Adagio for Strings, and Billy Collins reads his poems, "On Rhyme" and "Only Child." Plus: Chris Thile and the band present the Song of the Week, "I Made This for You," and take on "Blackbird" for the Powdermilk Biscuits Instant Song Request, and staff critic Bertrand Falstaff Heine reviews Philly's famous cheese steaks.

Sunday 3/12

10:00 – 11:00 AM

Reveal... In 2015, French radio reporter Raphael Krafft was covering the refugee crisis. On the border with Italy, he met desperate families turned away by his country. Then, one family asked Krafft for his help crossing the border. As a journalist, he was supposed to be objective, but that was getting harder to do. So he followed his moral compass, which led him on the journey of a lifetime.

11:00 – NOON

This American Life… The brain! It's powerful! Hear the story of how one man's delusions lead him to a situation that's just as strange as the worst thoughts his mind is cooking up.

6:00 – 7:00 PM

MOTH Radio Hour… presents true stories told by the people who lived them. In this hour, a man whose mother never learned to read enrolls in law school; a recent graduate runs into familiar faces; an uber driver encounters an unruly passenger; a photo collage fails to capture the scope of a relationship; and a child's hair is shaved to save her life. 

7:00 – 9:00 PM

Global Spin… Explore music from around the world as Jim Dee and Andy Zink guide you on audio adventures to places far and near, playing traditional and contemporary international music every Sunday night.

9:00 – 11:00 PM

Speak Low... Tom di Santo will help you conjure April in Paris year round. You will hear a mélange of French pop, trip hop, modern and vintage jazz, and electronica, as well as independent international music from all around the Western Hemisphere. It’s an evening of eclectic music to help you reach your target heart rate.

Monday 3/13

1:00 – 1:30 PM

Bioneers… It’s only a matter of when, not whether, the world will change course on the scale of a wartime mobilization – this time to restore nature and human communities. Author and 350.org founder Bill McKibben, Transition U.S. leader Carolyne Stayton, community organizer Mary Gonzales, and retired Marine Colonel Mark “Puck” Mykleby show how people are building a national movement to create resilience from the ground up in local communities and regions.

1:30 – 2:00 PM

IdeaSphere In her book, On Behalf of the President, Dr. Lauren A. Wright documents the growing presence of the U.S. presidents’ wives. Wright delves into the debate about what makes presidents and presidential candidates likeable.

2:00 – 3:00 PM

The Splendid Table… New host Francis Lam talks to Adrian Miller about presidential politics and the influence of the chefs in the White House kitchen. His book is The President’s Kitchen Cabinet. Then, learn the surprisingly recent history of Vietnam’s signature dish, pho, with Andrea Nguyen. Her new book is The Pho Cookbook.

Tuesday 3/14

1:00 – 2:00 PM

TED Radio Hour… Whether you're choosing spaghetti sauce or a life partner, making decisions can be paralyzing. This hour, TED speakers explore how we make choices and how we learn to live with them.

2:00 – 3:00 PM

A Conversation with the Reluctant Therapist… Mental health is a state of wellbeing in which we realize our own potential, cope with the normal stresses of life, work productively, and make a contribution to our community. What’s the state of your mental health? The Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, is here to listen and offer simple tips for improving the quality of our lives Tuesday afternoons from 2-3.

3:00 – 4:00 PM

Fresh Air... Adam Alter, author of the new book, Irresistible, talks about how our digital devices are contributing to the rise of behavioral addictions, such as compulsive video game playing and online shopping. 

Wednesday 3/15

1:00 – 2:00 PM

A special Alternative Radio broadcast… Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg speaks about gender equality. Currently, the Supreme Court hangs in the balance with a 4-4 liberal-conservative split. One contentious issue is gender equality – the belief that everyone should receive equal treatment and not be discriminated against based on gender or sexual orientation. The Supreme Court made gender discrimination unconstitutional in 1972 in a case successfully argued by then-38 year old attorney Ruth Bader Ginsburg. (Issues & Ideas returns at this time next week.)

2:00 – 3:00 PM

On Being Through his longtime research and innovation in trauma treatment, the psychiatrist, Bessel van der Kolk, has come to see human memory as a sensory experience. He is learning how bodywork like yoga or the intriguing eye movement therapy, EMDR, can restore a sense of goodness and safety. And what he’s learning speaks to a resilience we can cultivate in the face of the overwhelming events that after all make up the drama of culture, of news, of life.

6:30 – 8:00 PM

KCBX in Concert... There are lots of exciting classical music concerts coming to the Central Coast in the coming months. Guest host Fred Friedman highlights some of the performers and music that we can expect to see on our local stages in the near future.

Thursday 3/16

1:00 – 2:00 PM

Central Coast Voices Join host Fred Munroe as he speaks with Jessica Lynn, activist, public speaker, and transgender woman; Chris Roney, Campus Representative with the New York Times and a Huffington Post contributor, as they discuss the importance of diversity on college campuses.  Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX and made possible through underwriting by Joan Gellert-Sargen. 

2:00 – 3:00 PM

This American Life… The brain! It's powerful! Hear the story of how one man's delusions lead him to a situation that's just as strange as the worst thoughts his mind cooks up.

Friday 3/17

1:00 – 1:30 PM

CounterSpin… Drawing on an international network of experts, analysts, activists, and artists, CounterSpin provides a critical examination of the major stories every week – combining lively discussion with a thoughtful media critique.

1:30 – 2:00 PM

Making Contact… Showcases voices and perspectives rarely heard in mainstream media to focus on the human realities of politics and the connections between local and global events, emphasizing positive and creative ways to solve problems.  Making Contact tackles a different topic each week, mixing down-to-earth interviews and produced pieces with commentaries that challenge listeners to think about our society in new ways.

2:00 – 3:00 PM

The Dinner Party Download…is an hour-long celebration of culture, food, and conversation designed to help you dazzle your friends at this weekend's get-together.  In every episode you'll learn a joke and a new cocktail inspired by an odd bit of history, meet an artist of note, learn the answers to your burning etiquette questions, savor an emerging food trend, and hear your new favorite song.

6:30 – 7:30 PM

The Club McKenzie… Ridin’ in Rhythm: Host Guy Rathbun takes you to the cusp of what became known as “The Swing Era” in this program with Duke Ellington, Benny Carter, and Fletcher Henderson.