Weekly Program Highlights

Friday, 1/30/2015 to Friday, 2/6/2015

Friday 1/30

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… Making Contact is a weekly, 29-minute international public-affairs program that is available free to all public radio stations. Listeners hear from people who share experiences and insights, not the conventional wisdom.

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…Trumpeter Roland Bernard Berigan, otherwise known as Bunny, was in top form in the early 1930s. In this program, he’s heard in his earliest setting.


Saturday 1/31

11:00 AM – NOON

Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me…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.  Test your knowledge against some of the best and brightest in news and entertainment while figuring out what’s real news and what’s made up.

5:00 – 7:00 PM

A Prairie Home Companion… is sticking around unseasonably warm Saint Paul, Minnesota for another live broadcast from the Fitzgerald Theater, with special guests country songwriter and singer Robbie Fulks, Oklahoma’s own John Fullbright, and singer and actress Kate Beahen. Plus, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, musical director and pianist Richard Dworsky with The Exchange Street Quartet, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon. 


Sunday 2/1

6:00 – 8:00 AM

Bob Edwards Weekend… is a two-hour interview showcase, in which celebrated host Bob Edwards highlights the life and work of interesting people, from newsmakers, historians, and authors to artists, actors, and regular folks too. This week, Bob’s guests include: historian Pete Daniel, filmmaker Scott Hicks, music producer Mark Johnson, musicians Clarence Bekker, Jason Tamba and "Grandpa" Elliott Small.

10:00 – 11:00 AM

Radiolab…Chatbots, robot therapists, robots that learn and furbies. This hour of Radiolab, they talk to machines.

11:00 – NOON

This American Life…host Ira Glass was never into William Burroughs. Didn't get why people love his writing so much. Then he heard this radio story that changed all that, partly because it wasn't very reverential about Burroughs. For Burroughs 101st birthday, we hear that story.

NOON – 1:00 PM

Sunday Baroque… British cellist and conductor Julian Lloyd Webber was meant for a life in music; his big brother is composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, their father William was an organist and composer, and their mother Jeanne was a piano teacher. Julian Lloyd Webber’s latest recording is a collaboration with his cello-playing wife. You’ll hear a selection from it on Sunday Baroque this weekend.

6:00 – 7:00 PM

Selected Shorts…David Sedaris hosts a tribute to David Rakoff, who performs “Cryptology,” by Leonard Michaels and “Gomez Palacio,” by Roberto Boleno


Monday 2/2

1:00 – 1:30 PM

Bioneers…The current industrial system generates 94 percent waste. It all lands somewhere, often ultimately in our bodies. A society that wastes its resources also wastes its people. Why are low-income communities and communities of color the perennial human sacrifice zones? 

1:30 – 2:00 PM

IdeaSphere…Bestselling author Dr. Norman Doidge explores advances in the treatment of brain injury and illness in his new book, The Brain’s Way of Healing.

2:00 – 3:00 PM

The Splendid Table…A talk with Kat Kinsman, Editor in Chief of Tasting Table, about the modern day ethics of food journalism. We turn to Michael Ruhlman, author of How To Roast about the essentials of that primary cooking technique and meet Azalina Eusope, a fourth generation street vendor from Malaysia setting San Francisco’s food scene on fire.

6:30 – 7:30 PM

Song Travels… British conductor, arranger, and scholar John Wilson serves as conductor for numerous orchestras throughout the UK, including his own, which has a reputation as an ensemble of world-class musicians. On this Song Travels, Wilson describes his project to reconstruct the lost film scores of iconic MGM films, such as Singin’ in the Rain, An American in Paris, and The Wizard of Oz. Musical selections include “High Society Overture” and “Les Girls.”


Tuesday 2/3

1:00 – 2:00 PM

TED Radio Hour…In this hour, TED speakers explore what it means to be afraid, and how we calm ourselves down, or don’t, when we’re terrified.

2:00 – 3:00 PM

A Conversation With The Reluctant Therapist… Mental health is a state of well being in which we realize our own potential, cope with the normal stresses of life, work productively and fruitfully, and make a contribution to our community. The Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett is here to listen and offer simple tips for improving the quality of our lives Tuesdays at 2.


Wednesday 2/4

1:00 – 2:00 PM

Issues & Ideas…

  • Central Coast Public Radio's Randol White speaks with the local politician who introduced a "Right to Die" bill in Sacramento recently. Hear why State Senator Bill Monning believes now is the right time to get this passed, and how the law would work.
  • Travel Correspondent, Tom Wilmer, speaks with Don George, travel writer and Editor at Large for National Geographic Traveler and the editor of the BBC Travel column Words and Wanderlust.
  • Ears On Art visits with Jennifer Stang Eickemeyer, an artist who makes never-seen-before sculptures out of broken glass. Using her own carved wood core, the shards of glass are attached to create a surface that shows off the form and catches light. The sculptures are depictions of nature including animals and plants. 

2:00 – 3:00 PM

On BeingSocial researcher Brené Brown compiled data on vulnerability and courage that shook the perfectionistic ground beneath her own feet. She also discovered a stark gulf between what we want to be true, and what is true, in vulnerability between men and women. And she exquisitely uncomfortably describes the difference between making our children happy or raising brave, engaged human beings.


Thursday 2/5

1:00 – 2:00 PM

Central Coast Voices At the most basic level transgender is a term for a person who doesn’t clearly fit into society’s standards of what we believe a woman or a man is supposed to look or act. Host Kris Kington-Barker is joined by guests to discuss transgender issues on the Central Coast, including the significant barriers and discrimination, as well as resources available for support, and how we can become a more inclusive community for everyone.

2:00 – 3:00 PM

This American Life… host Ira Glass was never into William Burroughs. Didn't get why people love his writing so much. Then he heard this radio story that changed all that, partly because it wasn't very reverential about Burroughs. For Burroughs 101st birthday, we hear that story.


Friday 2/6

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… Before it was legal in the United States, some doctors would risk arrest to provide women with access to safe abortions. When that wasn’t possible, some sought abortions from unsafe providers, often with deadly consequences.

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…Alto saxophonist Don Redman arrived in Harlem in 1931 with a satchel full of ideas. It didn’t take him long to have star billing at the best place in town, Connie’s Inn.