Weekly Program Highlights

Friday, 1/23/2015 to Friday, 1/30/2015

Friday 1/23

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… On the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28th 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered one of the most famous speeches of all time. But it nearly didn't happen. On this special edition of Making Contact for MLK Day, Gary Younge, author of “The Speech” talks about Martin Luther King Junior's “Dream” and the story behind it. 

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…Chicago jazz piano pioneer Tiny Parham and the music of the Windy City of the 1920s.


Saturday 1/24

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…live from the Fitzgerald Theater in downtown Saint Paul, Minnesota, with special guests singer-pianist-activist Nellie McKay, friends Robin and Linda Williams, and Minnesota poet Kirsten Dierking. Plus, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Rich Dworsky and The Exchange Street Quartet, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.


Sunday 1/25

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. This week writer, Melissa Fay Greene, ethnomusicologist, Marion Jacobson and cognitive scientist Daniel Levitin.

10:00 – 11:00 AM

Radiolab…dives into the messy mystery in the middle of us. What's going on down there? And what can the rumblings deep in our bellies tell us about ourselves?

11:00 – NOON

This American Life…The Internet is the one place where it’s safe to say whatever you want, nobody will know it’s you. But the same protections that make commenters invulnerable are what make the Internet scary, even downright dangerous, for the commented upon. In this week’s show, what happens when the Internet turns on you?

NOON – 1:00 PM

Sunday Baroque… The art of porcelain-making was being perfected in the 18th century in Dresden, Germany. The art of music-making was also thriving there and some of the best musicians belonged to the outstanding Dresden Orchestra. You’ll hear a concerto by one of them on Sunday Baroque this weekend.

6:00 – 7:00 PM

Selected Shorts… Stories about people and things that are lost and sometimes found. “Where are You Going, Where Have You Been?”, by Joyce Carol Oates, performed by Christine Baranski, “Havahart,” by Belle Boggs, performed by Merritt Wever, and “Sticks,” by George Saunders, performed by Anthony Rapp.


Monday 1/26

1:00 – 1:30 PM

Bioneers… “The future may depend on our remembering that everything has in it a dream of itself. That the seeds of wholeness and the seeds of needed change are already present in all events and all people and every one of us. That the wholeness of the world can only be restored one heart at a time.” So says doctor and healer Rachel Naomi Remen.

1:30 – 2:00 PM

IdeaSphere… Author Kathryn Miles tells the story of Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath, as well as the failure leading up to the storm. Her new book is Superstorm: Nine Days Inside Hurricane Sandy.

2:00 – 3:00 PM

The Splendid Table… This week on the Splendid Table, we’ve a look at regional Thai food with chef Andy Ricker author of Pok Pok, chef Jenn Louis of Portland’s Lincoln brings on some inspiration for winter salads, and what exactly is a meal like in space? Astronaut Chris Hadfield author of An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth fills us in.

6:30 – 7:30 PM

Song Travels… The husband and wife team of Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr. met as members of the iconic ’60s group The Fifth Dimension. They went on to perform as a successful duo and to host their own television show. More than forty years later, their music and mutual love and respect are still going strong. Performances include “Mona Lisa” and “Here’s That Rainy Day.”


Tuesday 1/27

1:00 – 2:00 PM

TED Radio Hour… Who should get to keep secrets, and who should demand to know them? In this hour, TED speakers talk about the damage secrets can do, and the shifting roles we play when we keep, or share them. 

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 1/28

1:00 – 2:00 PM

Issues & Ideas

  • In light of the recent string of sexual assaults in the Cal Poly community, reporter Jordan Bell speaks with two students about campus life and college party culture.
  • Wildlife Biologist, Rocky Thompson shares with Donna Cheek the importance of eliminating attractants, how to hike safely, and other ways we can all become more “bear aware.”
  • Brian Reynolds speaks with Odell Bennett Lee, local Author of The Formative Years of an African-American Spy: A Memoir la lead into Black History Month at San Luis Obispo County Libraries.

2:00 – 3:00 PM

On Being… Zen master and poet Thich Nhat Hanh, together with a police officer, on finding buoyancy and “being peace” in a world of conflict.

6:30 – 8:00 PM

KCBX in Concert... Host Craig Russell interviews maestro Michael Nowak, exploring the upcoming February 7 concert of the San Luis Obispo Symphony and then delving into three Hollywood films where Maestro Nowak conducted the film score including King Kong, The Kite Runner, and The Life of Pi. 


Thursday 1/29

1:00 – 2:00 PM

Central Coast Voices… The deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner have reignited a debate about race in our country. Although many consider these incidents isolated, and racism overcome, data suggests otherwise. Join host Fred Munroe and guests about the resilience of racial and ethnic bias in everyday life.

2:00 – 3:00 PM

This American Life… The Internet is the one place where it’s safe to say whatever you want, nobody will know it’s you. But the same protections that make commenters invulnerable are what make the Internet scary, even downright dangerous, for the commented upon. In this week’s show, what happens when the Internet turns on you?


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.