Weekly Program Highlights

Friday, 3/27/2015 to Friday, 4/3/2015

Friday 3/27

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…It’s the second most-traded commodity in the world after oil, but how much do you think about your cup of coffee?  From coffee farmers in Colombia to the trash produced by your single-cup coffee machine, Making Contact and Green Grid Radio team up to count the costs of your morning cup o’joe.

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, create a new cocktail inspired by an odd bit of history, and then wash it down with a themed cocktail, 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…By George - Part 1 features the music of prolific composer George Gershwin.


Saturday 3/28

11:00 AM – NOON

Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me…is NPR’s weekly quiz program.  Host, Peter Sagal, and official scorekeeper, Bill Kurtis, lead this week’s panelists, Roxanne Roberts, Brian Babylon, and Moshe Kasher through a review of the week’s news.  Also, Mad Men creator, Matthew Weiner, plays Not My Job

5:00 – 7:00 PM

A Prairie Home Companion… This week: a May 2013 rebroadcast from the Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Virginia. Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver play “Blue Train (Of the Heartbreak Line),” the U.S. Fleet Forces Band performs “The Klaxon,” Robin and Linda Williams and Joe Newberry sing “Rocky Island,” Rob Fisher and The DiGiallonardo Sisters perform “Jeepers Creepers,” and Howard Levy joins The Guy’s All-Star Shoe Band for “Rhumba Flamenca.” In Lake Wobegon, Sarah Peterson worries her parents by becoming successful.


Sunday 3/29

6:00 – 8:00 AM

Bob Edwards Weekend…

  • Bob spends some quality time with Carol Kaye and her bass guitar.  Kaye was THE session bassist of the 1960s and 70s, playing on dozens and dozens of hits for the likes of The Beach Boys, Ritchie Valens, Simon & Garfunkel, The Supremes, Ray Charles and the Monkees.  Kaye and her bass are also responsible for the distinctive bass notes of the Mission Impossible theme and for many other film scores and TV themes.
  • Two weeks after Catherine “Kitty” Genovese was brutally murdered in 1964, the New York Times published a detailed account of what happened: For more than half an hour 38 respectable, law-abiding citizens in Queens watched a killer stalk and stab a woman in three separate attacks. Not one person telephoned the police during the assault; one witness called after the woman was dead. Five decades later, Kevin Cook takes a closer look at the details of the case in a book titled Kitty Genovese: The Murder, the Bystanders, the Crime That Changed America.
  • Then, Bob talks with director Alex Gibney about his documentary called The Human Behavior Experiments which explores persistent questions about why we commit deeply unethical acts under certain social conditions. 

10:00 – 11:00 AM

Radiolab… In this episode we ride along on New York City's poop train to find out what happens to poop once it's, well, pooped. Then, we travel to Kenya where legions of athletes, sports gurus, and scientists have tried to figure out why a specific tribe has long-dominated long-distance running.  And lastly, we ask why quicksand -- once a real fear -- no longer scares an 8-year-old.  Ride along as we ask three wildly different questions with equally wild, and sometimes downright terrifying, answers.

11:00 – NOON

This American Life…Even when you're not trying to get one over on someone, it can be useful to keep the truth to yourself. Or conversely, to not know why people are lying to your face all the time. This week we'll tell you the whole truth about not telling the whole truth. Including the story of a guy who learned to lie for the first time in his life at age 29.

NOON – 1:00 PM

Sunday Baroque…In 1732, a Hamburg newspaper published an announcement that, “Music lovers can expect in the following year a great instrumental work called Table Music, penned by Telemann.” It was offered by subscription, and more than 200 people signed up to receive installments.  You don’t have to sign up to hear some of Telemann’s Table Music this weekend on Sunday Baroque.

6:00 – 7:00 PM

Selected Shorts…Guest host BD Wong presents three stories about identity and transformation:  “Reeling for the Empire,” by Karen Russell, performed by Kaneza Schall; “The Dodo,” by Ben Loory, performed by Andre Holland; and “The Secretary,” by Deborah Willis, performed by Arian Moayed.


Monday 3/30

1:00 – 1:30 PM

Bioneers… The Original Instructions represent the ancient empirical wisdom of Traditional Ecological Knowledge earned over generations and millennia by people living closely with the land and each other.  They also comprise disarmingly simple counsel: be thankful, enjoy life and attend to the inner pollution that results in outer pollution.  Indigenous leaders Winona LaDuke, John Trudell, and Evon Peter voice these ancient instructions, which hold the keys to our survival as a species in the historic transition to a truly sustainable world

1:30 – 2:00 PM

IdeaSphereEnding Extreme Inequality: Economic justice is a cornerstone of America’s democracy, but, as Dr. Scott Myers-Lipton observes, our country is far from that ideal.

2:00 – 3:00 PM

The Splendid Table...We look at the hard ecological truth around our love of almonds. They've surpassed peanuts in popularity, but at a great cost. Also, Jane and Michael Stern tell us about a Pennsylvania regional treasure, the Zep.

6:30 – 7:30 PM

Song Travels…Canadian vocalist and songwriter Lily Frost launched her career with her band The Colorifics, which packed cubs up and down the West Coast of the US and Canada for years. She’s since made the jump to solo artist and songwriter.  Her musical mentor, the late Ray Condo, inspired her album “Lily Swings,” and her style has been compared to Regina Spektor Feist.  On this Song Travels, she performs her original song “Forest Fire” along with a few old favorites.


Tuesday 3/31

1:00 – 2:00 PM

TED Radio Hour…Children are encouraged to play, but what about adults? Social science shows we withdraw from play as we grow up… even though play is a fundamental for cognitive, social, and creative development.  Host Guy Raz talks with TED speakers about the necessity of play, and how it can transform us.

2:00 – 3:00 PM

The Reluctant Therapist… A spirituality for the 21st Century with theologian and author Dr. Matthew Fox: According to Theologian and author Dr. Matthew Fox, we need a spirituality which brings wisdom back to our relationship with nature, to our work, to our educational systems and to "all our relations."  Tune in for a conversation about a new vision for spirituality– one that speaks to the "aching hearts" of the younger generation.  Your calls with questions and comments will be welcomed and encouraged.  Caring talk for the Central Coast.

8:00 – 10:00 PM

Pickin' Up the Tempo...Tune in for the raw, powerful voice and thoughtful songs of Amber Cross, who will stop by the studio to play her music live and chat with Little Robbie Kimball about her latest projects.


Wednesday 4/1

1:00 – 1:30 PM

Issues & Ideas...is a radio magazine of issues, people, and events in our community.

1:30 – 2:00 PM

Ears On Art...celebrates our sixteenth anniversary this month with a visit to husband-and-wife clay artists Michael Miller and Peggy Vrana.  They create wheel-thrown works individually and in collaboration.  Their work can be seen at Amphora Gallery in Cambria, a business that they own with two other clay artist couples.

2:00 – 3:00 PM

On Being From the moment of his diagnosis with ALS, Bruce Kramer began writing — openly, deeply, and spiritually — about his struggle, as he puts it, to live while dying. He died on March 23, 2015, while we were in production on this show.  His words hold abiding joy and beauty, and reveal an unexpected view opened by this disease.

6:30 – 8:00 PM

KCBX in Concert...Host Craig Russell interviews percussion superstar Dr. John Astaire.  They explore John’s colorful recitals as well as his work as featured soloist with orchestras and wind ensembles.  They discuss John’s work as the conductor of Cal Poly’s Polyrhythmics and as timpanist for the San Luis Obispo Symphony.  Then Craig chats with invited guests in the upcoming production of Franz Lehar’s opera, The Merry Widow.


Thursday 4/2

1:00 – 2:00 PM

Central Coast VoicesChild abuse and neglect can be found in families across the social and economic spectrum.  Social isolation, financial stress, poverty, substance abuse, and domestic violence are all factors that can lead to adults abusing children.

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, established in 1983, to acknowledge and encourage families and communities to work together to prevent child abuse.  It’s time to recognize we each play a part in promoting the social and emotional well-being of children and families in our communities, and can make a difference to support families year round to prevent abuse.

Join host Kris Kington-Barker as she speaks with Lisa Frasier, Executive Director with the Center for Family Strengthening, as they discuss how child abuse can be prevented by strengthening families and fostering the healthy development of children.

2:00 – 3:00 PM

This American Life…Even when you're not trying to get one over on someone, it can be useful to keep the truth to yourself. Or conversely, to not know why people are lying to your face all the time. This week we'll tell you the whole truth about not telling the whole truth. Including the story of a guy who learned to lie for the first time in his life at age 29.


Friday 4/3

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…Nicaragua plans to build a $50 billion canal to connect the Caribbean and Pacific.  Supporters argue it will create more than 250,000 jobs, but small farmers and environmentalists say the project will destroy Lake Nicaragua.  On this edition, we’ll take a look at the economic, political, and environmental controversies surrounding the Nicaragua canal.

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, create 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…“By George - part 2” continues a celebration of the music of composer, pianist, and painter George Gershwin.