Weekly Program Highlights

Saturday 2/18

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.  This week, best-selling romance novelist, Nora Roberts, plays Not My Job.

11:00 – Noon

Radiolab… Are You Sure: walk the tightrope between doubt and certainty and ask if there's a way to make yourself at home on that razor's edge between definitely...and not so sure. You’ll meet a geologist whose life is rocked by a crisis of faith and a gambler who's made a name (and millions) by embracing what she can't know.  Plus, find out how a series of decisions and convictions turned one woman's certainty into a deeply troubling question about just how certain is certain enough.

5:00 – 7:00 PM

A Prairie Home Companion… is on stage at the Fitzgerald Theater in Saint Paul for their season finale with host Chris Thile and guests: The Avett Brothers, Jesca Hoop, and comedian Jen Kirkman. Plus, one more Song of the Week from Chris and the band (singers Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O'Donovan, pianist and music director Richard Dworsky, Stuart Duncan on fiddle, bassist Alan Hampton, guitarist Julian Lage, and Ted Poor on drums); our Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Serena Brook, Tim Russell, and Fred Newman; and the Powdermilk Biscuit Instant Song Request.

Sunday 2/19

10:00 – 11:00 AM

Reveal... School Haze: Across the country, thousands of public schools are within 500 feet of pollution-choked roads like highways and truck routes. Reveal investigates the high levels of exhaust surrounding U.S. schools and how the bad air is affecting the millions of children who are breathing it in.

11:00 – NOON

This American Life… Grand Gestures: stories of people going to very extreme measures to demonstrate their feelings. Elna Baker makes a questionable trip to Africa, and a guy in Key West commits an outrageous crime in the name of love. Then, Ira also goes to a high school where kids go all out when asking dates to a dance.

6:00 – 7:00 PM

MOTH Radio Hour… from Lincoln Center in New York City, in partnership with The World Science Festival, Adam Gopnik and Jay Allison host an hour of true stories told by the people who lived them, including...

·         ...an astronaut who gets his swimming legs.

·         ...a scientist who becomes a human-guinea pig.

·         ...and a marine biologist who shatters a glass ceiling.

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 on from 7:00 to 9:00 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 2/20

1:00 – 1:30 PM

Bioneers… If the rate of destruction doesn’t change, by the year 2020, most of the Amazon ecosystem will be destroyed or irreparably damaged – but not if these visionary leaders can help it. Amazon Watch founder Atossa Soltani has supported local Indigenous peoples to protect the rainforest and their lifeways. Also, legendary rainforest champion Marina Silva, Brazil’s past Minister of the Environment and Presidential candidate, offers deep wisdom and vision.

1:30 – 2:00 PM

IdeaSphere The Big Stick: Former State Department counselor Eliot A. Cohen argues that hard power is an essential part of American foreign policy in his book, The Big Stick: The Limits of Soft Power & the Necessity of Military Force.

2:00 – 3:00 PM

The Splendid Table… This week, Francis Lam talks to legendary chef Jacques Pepin about the lessons learned in a well-roasted chicken. Journalist Kurt Soller talks about the Silicon Valley quest for the perfect vegan all-American ground-beef patty. Contributor Melissa Clark checks-in with Dan Pashman, host of the podcast "The Sporkful," about the lunch order that changed the world.  And America’s Test Kitchen introduces the New Jersey Crumb Bun.

Tuesday 2/21

1:00 – 2:00 PM

TED Radio Hour… Where do stereotypes come from? Why do some perceptions persist, and is there any truth or value to the assumptions we make? In this hour, TED speakers examine the consequences of stereotypes.

2:00 – 3:00 PM

A Conversation with the Reluctant Therapist…

25 years ago Daniel Quinn published the novel, Ishmael. This revolutionary book was awarded the 1991 Turner Tomorrow Fellowship, which was established to encourage authors to seek "creative and positive solutions to global problems." Quinn's  message has transformed the lives of millions of readers who feel inspired to share the story with family, friends, neighbors and acquaintances. Tune in Tuesday at 2 for a conversation with Daniel Quinn about Ishmael, writing and where we go from here.

Another show from the road with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett.

Wednesday 2/22

1:00 – 2:00 PM

Issues & Ideas…

·         Join us for a discussion on bilingual education with expert Lisa Vallejos from the San Luis Obispo County Office of Education and parents from Pancheo Elementary. 

·         Everyone loves a burrito. But are they really Mexican? Fr Ian talks and tastes burritos all along Hwy 101 and discovers that the history is more about the outside than the inside!

2:00 – 3:00 PM

On Being A passionate translator of the beauty and relevance of scientific questions, Margaret Wertheim is also wise about the limits of science to tell the whole story of the human self. Her Institute For Figuring in Los Angeles reveals evocative, visceral connections between high mathematics, crochet and other folk arts, and our love of the planet. 

6:30 – 8:00 PM

KCBX in Concert... Host Craig Russell explores Felix Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 5, the “Reformation” symphony, digging into its roots in Bach and the nationalistic symbolism of Martin Luther to 19th-century Germany. Also: some Mozart and some Renaissance harp music played by Jennifer Sayre, the Central Coast’s Baroque harp virtuoso.

Thursday 2/23

1:00 – 2:00 PM

Central Coast Voices Join host Kris Kington Barker as she speaks with three remarkable business owners from NAWBO, the National Association of Women Business Owners:

·         Amy Ackerman, president of the Santa Barbara chapter and owner of Sinfonietta Financial.

·         Mary Cravets, member of the national board and owner of Mary Cravets Business Development in Atascadero.

·         Jamila Haseeb, corporate chair of the Central Coast California chapter and owner of Apexx Consulting in San Luis Obispo.

They’ll discuss how women business owners are creating strong networks and influencing policymakers in Washington DC, Sacramento, and locally.

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… Grand Gestures: stories of people going to very extreme measures to demonstrate their feelings. Elna Baker makes a questionable trip to Africa, and a guy in Key West commits an outrageous crime in the name of lovethe. Then, Ira also goes to a high school where kids go all out when asking dates to a dance.

Friday 2/24

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… The mid-West was more than just an isolated stopover for traveling musicians. Bustling Kansas City spawned several major jazz instrumentalists and vocalists.  Hear their music and learn their stories from host Guy Rathbun on The Club McKenzie.