Weekly Program Highlights



Friday 7/24

6:30 – 7:30 PM

The Club McKenzie…Here are the young men and women whose voices distinguished the sounds of a decade. You’ll hear the best from Bessie Smith to Bing Crosby and many more.

Saturday 7/25

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 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. This week’s guest is Surgeon General of the United States, Dr. Vivek Murthy.

5:00 – 7:00 PM

A Prairie Home Companion… is looking back to June 2002 and a broadcast from the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, California. Blues maestro Taj Mahalplays “Queen Bee,” Western songwriter Stephanie Davis sings “June is Bustin’ Out All Over,” and showbiz soprano Marni Nixon joins Garrison on “Wouldn’t it be Loverly,” and more. At Lake Wobegon, Sally Emmett gets married on the condition that it involves no Lutheranism whatsoever.

Sunday 7/26

6:00 – 8:00 AM

Bob Edwards Weekend… 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.

10:00 – 11:00 AM

Radiolab Stories of what motivates us; our drives, our loves and losses. Producer Molly Webster tells us the story of life, near-death and what happens when your heart starts to work against you. Then a visit with Dr. Oliver Sacks to reflect on his life, his loves and his endless sense of wonder.

11:00 – NOON

This American Life… We head to some of the happiest places on Earth: Amusement Parks! Jonathan Goldstein revisits one he worked at as a teen, Ira takes us behind the scenes at Worlds of Fun in Kansas City, where the staff so loves their jobs they make music videos and other videos.

NOON – 1:00 PM

Sunday Baroque… The age-old advice given to writers is to “write what you know.” But maybe composers don’t get the same instructions. By all rights, Johann Sebastian Bach knew nothing about England, and Sylvius Leopold Weiss knew little about Italy. But the curious composers knew about the music of those countries, and they aspired to copy it. You’ll hear one of Bach’s English Suites and Weiss’s “Italian Spirit” on Sunday Baroque this week.

6:00 – 7:00 PM

Selected Shorts… Guest host Robert Sean Leonard presents two pieces about food, one contemporary, one classic. “The Occasional Pignoli Tart,” by Ann Hood, performed by Amber Tamblyn and “A Mad Tea Party,” from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll, performed by Christopher Lloyd.

Monday 7/27

1:00 – 1:30 PM

Bioneers…Women are coming together to heal in community, with hands in the soil, in one of the most broken places on the planet, the Democratic Republic of Congo. Playwright and feminist Eve Ensler’s life-and-death struggle with cancer transformed her. At the heart of it was her reconnection with nature. She expanded her work to end violence against women and girls to include restoring nature and our relationship with nature. With master permaculturist Brock Dolman, she tells the hopeful story of the Congo’s V-Day Farm.

1:30 – 2:00 PM

IdeaSphere Each year, an estimated thirty thousand adolescents age out of the foster care system without being adopted. This is the intimate story of one survivor, Ashley Rhodes-Courter, and how she has come to terms with her past.

2:00 – 3:00 PM

The Splendid Table… This week on the Splendid Table, we check in with the hilarious blogger Jolie Kerr about keeping kitchens clean. She is the author of My Boyfriend Barfed in my Handbag … and Other Things You Can’t Ask Martha. The duo behind The Perennial Plate takes us to Ethiopia for a look at the super grain teff, and we get a sense of modern Greek food with Maria Elia, author of Smashing Plates.

6:30 – 7:30 PM

Song Travels… Vocalist Hilary Gardner made her debut on Broadway in Twyla Tharp's musical "Come Fly Away," singing solos and duets with Frank Sinatra. In 2014, she released her debut solo album, "The Great City," a love letter to New York City. On this "Song Travels," Gardner evokes memories of another time and place with her take on Tom Waits' ballad "Drunk on the Moon."

Tuesday 7/28

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… Divorce is never easy, pretty or one-sided, and it is only after the shock, anger and heartache fade - that the real healing begins. Tune in Tuesday for a Conversation about owning our part of the dance that lead to divorce and how to find your way out of the dark when a marriage ends. Your calls with questions and comments will be welcomed and encouraged.

Wednesday 7/29

1:00 – 2:00 PM

Issues & Ideas…

·         Meet the Candidates: the third in our series of interviews of those seeking the 24th District Congressional seat in November 2016. This week, hear from William Ostrander of San Luis Obispo. He’s a sustainable farmer and director of the non-profit Citizens Congress

·         A special from the California Report— Reporter Lisa Morehouse explores dry farming on the Central Coast.

·         Hear from the CEO of the North County Boys and Girls Club about their summer offerings and the latest with the chapter.

2:00 – 3:00 PM

On Being Elizabeth Alexander was the fourth poet in American history to contribute to a U.S. presidential inauguration, the first of Barack Obama in 2009. She shares how the words we use can demean or elevate us – and why this becomes more relevant in complicated times.

6:30 – 8:00 PM

KCBX in Concert…Dr. Craig Russell takes us through the history of the Chaconne, a fascinating musical form dating back to the sixteenth century, and popular in the Baroque era.  Craig plays various early music recordings and a few newer composers who have explored the form.  The program builds in energy, leading up to Scott Yoo’s performance of the Bach “Chaconne” as the show’s culminating work. 

Thursday 7/30

1:00 – 2:00 PM

Central Coast Voices A Promotora is a lay Hispanic/Latino community member who is offered special training so that they can provide basic health education in their community. Join in a discussion of how Promotores Collaborative works to develop a sustainable, diverse, and comprehensive culture that promotes equal access to community resources and services among all members of the Hispanic community in San Luis Obispo County.

2:00 – 3:00 PM

This American Life… We head to some of the happiest places on Earth: Amusement Parks! Jonathan Goldstein revisits one he worked at as a teen, Ira takes us behind the scenes at Worlds of Fun in Kansas City, where the staff so loves their jobs they make music videos and other videos.

Friday 7/31

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… Showcasing voices and perspectives rarely heard in mainstream media, Making Contact focuses on the human realities of politics and the connections between local and global events, emphasizing positive and creative ways to solve problems.

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… Male vocalists of the 1920s dominated the jazz scene. You’ll hear Fats Waller, Bing Crosby, Cliff Edwards, and more, demonstrate the art of vocal syncopation.