Weekly Program Highlights

Friday, 5/22/2015 to Friday, 5/29/2015

Friday 5/22

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…What is it like to be a student who has fought in a war? Producers at The Stanford Storytelling Project's podcast, State of the Human asked six Stanford students and recent alumni, all veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, to tell their stories about Returning Home. 

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…An unlikely combination of guitar and violin had a major impact on early jazz. Joe Venuti and Eddie Lang formed a partnership that perfectly melded their talents.


Saturday 5/23

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 broadcasting live from Vienna, Virginia from the Filene Center at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, where the wolves howl up on the big hill. You've heard their musical accomplishments as solo artists, but now singers Sara WatkinsSarah Jarosz, and Aoife O’Donovan will debut their knockout I’m With Her trio stateside after a much-lauded barnstorming tour through Europe. 


Sunday 5/24

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, writer George Saunders, teacher David McCullough Jr., the late writer David Foster Wallace, novelist Michael Chabon, and actor John C. Reilly.

10:00 – 11:00 AM

Radiolab… From medicine to the movies, the horrifying to the holy, and history to the present day — they consider the power and magic of the red liquid that runs through our veins. They meet an artist who opened his veins and got labeled a terrorist, douse ourselves in the meat and metaphors of blood in Shakespeare, wonder if clues to a gory fountain of youth could be lurking in the red blood cells of mice, and trace the complicated supply chain that gets blood from arms to operating tables.

11:00 – NOON

This American Life… It used to be that the American expats in China were the big shots. They had the money, the status, the know-how. But that's changed. What's it like to be an American living in China now? And what do they understand about China that we don't?

NOON – 1:00 PM

Sunday Baroque… These days we know King Frederick of Prussia best for his military career, but he would have preferred spending more of his time on artistic and intellectual pursuits. One of King Frederick’s favorite pastimes was music – listening, playing, and composing. This Memorial Day weekend Sunday Baroque will feature one of his compositions.

6:00 – 7:00 PM

Selected Shorts…Guest host Wyatt Cenac presents three stories about waiting too long. "The Dome," by Steven Millhauser, performed by Alec Baldwin, "Cretan Love Song," by Jim Shepard, performed by Joe Morton, and "Subsoil," by Nicholas Baker, performed by Thomas Gibson.


Monday 5/25

1:00 – 1:30 PM

Bioneers…Would you believe, here at the beginning of the 21st century, that every order of fast-food served with a slice of tomato is part of a system of slavery and labor abuse that exists right here in the United States? The intense demand for cheap food from the largest corporate buyers drives farm workers into the ground. The courageous labor organizer Lucas Benitez calls for reform at all levels of the food supply chain–from growers and buyers to fast-food corporations and organic grocery chains. And he includes everyone who eats, because we have the market power to demand better treatment of those who harvest their food. 

1:30 – 2:00 PM

IdeaSphere Scholars William Damon and Anne Colby examine the full range of research on moral choice. The Power of Ideals is a hopeful look at contemporary moral psychology on the scene today.

2:00 – 3:00 PM

The Splendid Table…Brian Wansink, author of Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think, is back to share the latest findings on why we eat what we do, beer expert Greg Engert explains the delicious world of spontaneous fermentation,Maryann Tebben joins us to talk about her book Sauces: A Global History and what makes man a man and an ape, an ape?  We get that answer from primatologist Richard Wrangham author of Catching Fire, How Cooking Made Us Human.

6:30 – 7:30 PM

Song Travels… French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet is one of the leading performers on today’s classical music scene. He has more than forty albums to his credit, including interpretations of the classical repertoire as well as music by George Gershwin, Duke Ellington, and Bill Evans. On this edition of Song Travels, Thibaudet brings his unique perspective to Alec Wilder’s “I’ll Be Around” and Gershwin’s “Embraceable You.”


Tuesday 5/26

1:00 – 2:00 PM

TED Radio Hour… Aging is inevitable.  We can slow it down a little, but could we ever bring it to a grinding halt? In this episode, TED speakers explore how we all might live longer and even better lives.

2:00 – 3:00 PM

A Conversation With The Reluctant Therapist… When it comes to our mental health and well-being, nurturing deep relationships is followed by finding meaningful work and a sense of purpose as foundations to a satisfying life.  Tune in for a conversation with internationally acclaimed surf photographer and recent TED Talk presenter, Chris Burkard, about his experiences "living the dream" and maintaining a work-life balance. Your calls with questions or comments will be welcomed and encouraged.


Wednesday 5/27

1:00 – 2:00 PM

Issues & Ideas…

  • KCBX Reporter Jordan Bell speaks with Ashley Payne, Executive Director of Partners in Caring out how they’re helping the elderly in several Central Coast communities.
  • Join Brian Reynolds with the San Luis Obispo County Library for a discussion of Bruce Lee, martial arts, elections and voting with new San Luis Obispo County Clerk Recorder Tommy Gong.

2:00 – 3:00 PM

On Being Argentinian composer Gustavo Santaolalla creates cinematic landscapes — movie soundtracks that become soundtracks for life. He has composed film scores for over a dozen features and won Academy Awards for "Brokeback Mountain" and "Babel". He remains steeped in a Latin American sensibility as he scores films that evoke the global contours of modern life. We experience Gustavo Santaolalla’s human and creative philosophy behind a kind of music that moves us like no other.

6:30 – 8:00 PM

KCBX in Concert… host Jill Anderson speaks with Jennifer Martin, director of the Cuesta College Wind Ensemble, and Brian Alhadeff, Artistic Director of Opera San Luis Obispo.  They will discuss their upcoming concert conducted by Maestro Alhadeff. It will feature opera excerpts: arias, duets and instrumental interludes.  And hear music from past concerts by the Wind Orchestra.


Thursday 5/28

1:00 – 2:00 PM

Central Coast VoicesFor most pregnant women, the labor and birth of a new child, can be a time of both fear and joy. Although most women have positive birth experiences, for those who have had a difficult or traumatic birth, and/or who suffer from postpartum depression, this usually joyful time can be filled with pain, depression, and loneliness. Join host Kris Kington-Barker and guests in a discussion on maternal health.

2:00 – 3:00 PM

This American Life… It used to be that the American expats in China were the big shots. They had the money, the status, the know-how. But that's changed. What's it like to be an American living in China now? And what do they understand about China that we don't?


Friday 5/29

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…We bring you to Alaska’s Tongass Forest, where the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act turned tribes into corporations and sparked a lengthy logging frenzy. In this radio adaptation of the documentary film, Walking in Two Worlds, we meet a Tlingit brother and sister, who are trying to heal both the forest and their native community.

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 Swing Era of the ‘30s comes to mind when we think of big band performance. However, orchestras had a huge impart on the formation of early jazz.