Weekly Program Highlights

Saturday 4/22

10:00 AM – 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, the Barefoot Contessa, Ina Garten, plays Not My Job.

11:00 – 12:00 PM

Radiolab… Some things are simply unknowable, from the pain another person feels to the reasons why they commit horrible acts. In this hour, meet people who are trying to measure and make sense of things they can’t quite grasp – from the quest to pin down a standard measurement for pain, to a pair of performers who, night after night, step on stage with absolutely no plan.

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

A Prairie Home Companion… looks back to February and their broadcast from the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Amos Lee sings "One Lonely Light" and "A Change is Gonna Come"; Jenny Lewis performs "Just One of the Guys" and "Heads Gonna Roll"; and Nate Bargatze shares a few thoughts about dog medicine, time travel, and friendship. Plus: host Chris Thile’s Song of the Week, "Falsetto"; Noam Pikelny joining in on "Waveland"; the story of country music legend Buddy Lee Bedford; and a message from their sponsor Le Poulet Chaud Cafe.

Sunday 4/23

10:00 – 11:00 AM

Reveal… exposes what it's really like to be gay in Russia and neighboring countries today, where hateful rhetoric against the LGBT community appears on a daily basis on TV and out of the mouths of politicians. See the roots of the anti-gay movement and how President Vladimir Putin uses this agenda to quash political dissent, exert influence on neighboring nations, and bash the West.

11:00 – NOON

This American Life… At first, it’s super annoying, getting told it’ll make sense when you’re older. Then, when you’re a teenager, hard lessons are learned, despite your best efforts to be too cool to care. By the time you’re actually old, you know a bunch of stuff – and you’re desperate to hold onto it. You might even wonder how you know all the things you know. Hosted by Chana Joffe-Walt and featuring SNL’s Sasheer Zamata.

6:00 – 7:00 PM

MOTH Radio Hour… presents true stories told by the people who lived them. In this hour, more stories from women across the world:

  • A group of daughters bear the weight of a family death.
  • A young girl is told to keep her religion quiet.
  • A doctor struggles to stay afloat.
  • A woman experiences a fairytale romance.


Monday 4/24

1:00 – 1:30 PM

Bioneers… In the face of global climate disruption, two billion people worldwide will be challenged by too much water, and nearly another two billion by not enough. When you fight nature, you lose, says Dutch water wizard and designer Henk Ovink. He’s dramatically demonstrating on large scales how to shift our relationship to nature and to culture and how to climate-proof our cities and coasts.

1:30 – 2:00 PM

IdeaSphere… In his book, The One Percent Solution, political economist Gordon Lafer turns his spotlight on corporate control. The largest corporations, he says, are now writing the laws.

2:00 – 3:00 PM

The Splendid Table… looks at what it means to feed your family, this week with host Francis Lam. They talk to Pableaux Johnson, a man who has been cooking red beans and rice in his house for guests every Monday night for more than 15 years. Molly Wizenberg and Matthew Amster-Burton from the podcast, Spilled Milk, muse about why we take what our kids will eat so very personally.

3:00 – 4:00 PM

Fresh Air… Rick Ankiel was a rookie sensation pitcher for the Saint Luis Cardinals, but after throwing one wild pitch during his first playoff game, his control vanished and wouldn’t come back. Ankiel talks about his pitching demons, his troubled childhood, and his new memoire. 

Fresh Air airs every weekday from 3 to 4 PM. (Sorry, only Monday's guest is available for this update.)

Tuesday 4/25

1:00 – 2:00 PM

TED Radio Hour... As machine learning surpasses human intelligence, where does that leave us? This hour, TED speakers explore ideas about the exciting and terrifying future of human-robot collaboration.

2:00 – 3:00 PM

A Conversation with the Reluctant Therapist… Our mental health is heavily influenced by our sense of self-worth, purpose, and ability to be a valued part of our community. For those who are disabled, maintaining good mental health also includes the challenge of finding your place in a community that can be largely dismissive, even afraid, of those who are seen as different. Tune in at 2 for a conversation about inclusion, acceptance, and finding our place in the world.

Wednesday 4/26

1:00 – 2:00 PM

Issues & Ideas...

  • Segment 1: Who knew that bread and wine were so important to daily life? Father Ian Delinger goes in search of bread and wine for Easter and discovers the emotional and existential connections Central Coast Californians have with Life's Basics: Bread & Wine.
  • Segment 2: Zach Vowell from the Cal Poly Library talks about digitally preserving historical and important documents for future generations.

2:00 – 3:00 PM

On Being… As an anthropologist on the frontier of seeing inside our brains, Helen Fisher explores the thrilling and sometimes treacherous realms of love and sex. In the research she does for Match.com and her TED talks, she wields science as an entertaining, if sobering, lens on what feel like the most meaningful encounters of our lives. And in this deeply personal conversation, she shows how it’s possible to take on this knowledge as a form of wisdom and power.

6:30 – 8:00 PM

KCBX in Concert... Craig Russell and Bettina Swigger host a weekly glimpse into the recording archives of San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Monterey County performing arts organizations. In addition to outstanding moments from concerts past, you’ll learn about upcoming events and hear from the people who make the music.

Thursday 4/27

1:00 – 2:00 PM

Central Coast Voices… Join host Fred Munroe as he speaks with Paul K. Chappell, the Peace Leadership Director of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, and peace advocate Ann Mbacke as they discuss the importance of being “peace literate,” how violence creates trauma and contributes to the creation of more violence, the need for compassion, and the misconception that nonviolence is weak and peace is naïve, among other important topics related to non-violence education.

2:00 – 3:00 PM

This American Life… At first, it’s super annoying, getting told it’ll make sense when you’re older. Then, when you’re a teenager, hard lessons are learned, despite your best efforts to be too cool to care. By the time you’re actually old, you know a bunch of stuff – and you’re desperate to hold onto it. You might even wonder how you know all the things you know. Hosted by Chana Joffe-Walt and featuring SNL’s Sasheer Zamata.

Friday 4/28

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… America in Motion: The world witnessed rapid technological transformation during The Jazz Age. As the U.S. set the pace, jazz composers honored the inventors of the day in their music.