Weekly Program Highlights

Friday, 9/19 to Friday, 9/26/2014

Friday 9/19

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… “Shh!: Life in a State of Surveillance" …an encore episode.

Who's watching you? Nowadays it seems everyone, from the FBI to the welfare department, to some of the country's biggest retailers, wants to get their hands on our personal data. On this edition, they take a closer look at the world of surveillance.

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… A Bag of Sleepers: This program makes the rounds with the musicians who had a huge impact on jazz, but maintained a low profile.


Saturday 9/20

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…This week, a brand new season kicks off with a live broadcast from the Fitzgerald Theater in Saint Paul, Minnesota, followed by the annual Meatloaf Supper and Street Dance. With special guests, pioneering bluegrass quartet Hot Rize, and many more. Plus, the latest news from Lake Wobegon.


Sunday 9/21

6:00 – 8:00 AM

Bob Edwards Weekend… Doyle McManus, Washington columnist for the Los Angeles Times, joins Bob to discuss the latest political news. Then, we’ll hear from Daniel Pinkwater. Public broadcasting’s Tavis Smiley takes a close look at the final year of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life in his new book Death of a King. And Bob talks with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, David Kinney, about his new book Dylanologists, about fans with an unreasonable obsession with Bob Dylan.

10:00 – 11:00 AM

Radiolab… Everyone laughs. But it turns out humor has very little to do with it. In this hour of Radiolab, they ask what makes us laugh. And along the way, they tickle some rats, listen in on a baby's first giggle, and travel to Tanzania to investigate an outbreak of contagious laughter.

11:00 – NOON

This American Life…Origin Story 2014: Bringing you little-known and surprising stories of how all sorts of institutions began. It’s an updated version of a 2009 episode.

NOON – 1:00 PM

Sunday Baroque… The European Community Baroque Orchestra is a training ensemble founded in 1985. Its members are talented instrumentalists who are newly graduated from music conservatories and on the path to professional careers in music. Every year it’s a completely new group selected by audition from all over Europe to train and perform. Sunday Baroque will feature one of their performances this weekend.

6:00 – 7:00 PM

Selected Shorts… Guest host Robert Sean Leonard presents two stories, one about an odd couple, the other about an odd school.  “Feathers,” by Raymond Carver, is performed by Robert Sean Leonard, and “The School,” by Donald Barthleme, is performed by Laura Esterman.


Monday 9/22

1:00 – 1:30 PM

Bioneers…“Art is not a mirror held up to reality, but a hammer with which to shape it,” as Bertolt Brecht said. Shoot the rapids of art and social change with talk and performance by visionary spoken word duo Climbing PoeTree, and John Densmore, drummer of the legendary Doors and longtime social change artist.

1:30 – 2:00 PM

IdeaSphere… Divorced with Children: Karen Bonnell, provides an insightful look at the challenges of raising children in two homes. Bonnell and co-author, Kristin Little, address parents’ questions about the emotional impact of separation, conflict grief and recovery. Their book, The Co-Parents’ Handbook.

2:00 – 3:00 PM

The Splendid Table… This week a conversation with chef Dan Barber about ethical eating. His book is The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food. We meet Von Diaz, a woman cooking her way through Cocina Criolla, the Puerto Rican Joy of Cooking, and The Kitchen’s Faith Durand brings us the best in vegetable slow-cooker recipes.

6:30 – 7:30 PM

Song Travels… Pianist Thomas Lauderdale is a co-founder of the celebrated orchestral ensemble Pink Martini, which bridges classical, jazz, world music and old-fashioned pop. On this Song Travels, Lauderdale brings along a few of his musical collaborators, including NPR's Ari Shapiro, who proves to be as good a singer as he is a journalist. Lauderdale solos on "Malagueña" by Ernesto Lecuona, and plays a duet with Feinstein on George Gershwin's "The Man I Love."


Tuesday 9/23

1:00 – 2:00 PM

TED Radio Hour… Are we simply the sum of our experiences? Or can we choose our own path? In this hour, TED speakers share stories of undergoing remarkable transformations despite extraordinary challenges.

2:00 – 3:00 PM

A Conversation With The Reluctant Therapist…What can we do about the college sexual assault epidemic? Sexual assault on college campuses, can create higher rates of anxiety, depression, eating disorders and isolation for victims. In response to recent disturbing statistics, President Obama has formed a task force to combat sexual assault on campus. Tune in Tuesday at 2 p.m. for A Conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett.

8:00 – 10:00 PM

Pickin' Up the Tempo...The Nashville-based Texas singer-songwriter Mare Wakefield has been compared with Patty Griffin, Shawn Colvin and Natalie Merchant. The award winning performer is on tour, and will stop by the KCBX studios to play some songs and chat with Rob Kimball.


Wednesday 9/24

1:00 – 2:00 PM

Issues & Ideas

  • A ‘Pet Trust’ will guarantee your pet’s well being once you’re gone. Leaving instructions in your estate plan, oftentimes is not enough to insure your pets are taken care of in a manner they’re used to. A conversation with Donna Cheek and local attorney A.J. Fudge about the benefits of a detailed pet trust and the peace of mind that it can bring.
  • Cal Poly President, Jeffrey Armstrong, sits down with News Director, Randol White, to talk about the state of the University as a new school year gets underway.
  • KCBX Travel Expert Tom Wilmer has been delivering his insight into local customs, foods, attractions and places for a full quarter century. We'll hear from him about his 25 years as a public radio reporter and share some of his favorite Central Coast travel tips.

2:00 – 3:00 PM

On Being… In this second episode of our “American Consciousness” series, it’s Richard  Rodriguez, one of America’s great writers on self and society. He sees the racial categories of previous generations re-forming in what he calls the “browning” of America. He’s also been searching to understand his kinship, as a Roman Catholic, with Muslims in the post-9/11 world. In his life and mind, Richard Rodriguez straddles left and right, religious and secular, immigrant and intellectual.

6:30 – 8:00 PM

KCBX in Concert... Join host, Craig Russell, as he interviews piano virtuoso, Alex Kato-Willis, delving into the myriad of styles one finds in Mozart’s piano sonatas and fantasies. They’ll also explore Webern’s adventuresome piano variations, Bach’s “overture” from his French Suite, and one of Dr. Kato-Willis’s own compositions, “Notre Amour.”


Thursday 9/25

1:00 – 2:00 PM

Central Coast Voices… The battle with illicit drug abuse among teens, as well as the non-medical use of prescription and over-the-counter medicines continues across our country. Host Fred Munroe is joined by guests from the Atascadero School District and Police Department to discuss this serious issue.

2:00 – 3:00 PM

This American Life…Origin Story 2014: Bringing you little-known and surprising stories of how all sorts of institutions began. It’s an updated version of a 2009 episode.


Friday 9/26

9:00 – NOON

The Morning Cup…Proxima Parada will be performing live on The Morning Cup, Thursday September 25th at 11a.m. This week they are celebrating the release of their brand new album "Songs Of Music" with a show at SLO Brew on Friday and this performance on the Morning Cup on Thursday.

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… One in three women will have an abortion in her lifetime, yet in pop culture accurate portrayals of real people’s stories are rare. In this show we hear about representations of abortion and reproductive decision-making in popular culture, and why those stories really matter.

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…Belle Waters: The career of vocalist, Ethel Waters, spanned several decades from her recordings of the 1920s to the movies of the ‘40s and ‘50s. This show is devoted to her early years.