Weekly Program Highlights


6/26/15 to 7/3/15



6:30 – 7:30 PM

the Club McKenzie…Early jazz was very democratic. If it sounded good, it was incorporated into the mainstream of music in the 1920s.

Saturday 6/27

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.  This week, astronaut and former space station resident Sunita Williams plays Not My Job.

5:00 – 7:00 PM

A Prairie Home Companion…From the Koussevitzky Music Shed at Tanglewood in Lenox, Massachusetts, Sarah Jarosz joins us with her arsenal of instruments for songs and duets with the host.  Rachel Manke is traveling light with her ukulele, and Peter Rowan adds some Old School bluegrass straight from the Big Mon tradition.  Sara Bareilles and Nadia DiGiallonardo team up to belt Broadway melodies out into the Berkshires, and radio drama abounds with The Royal Academy of Radio Actors — Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and sound effects man Fred Newman.  Rich Dworsky and the crisp quartet of Richard Kriehn, Jonathan Dresel, Larry Kohut and Chris Siebold will deliver summer stuff for the broadcast.

Sunday 6/28

6:00 – 8:00 AM

Bob Edwards Weekend…Hear a collection of Bob’s interviews with authors of best-selling children’s books.  Also, as an ex-felon, writer Jack Gantos might have seemed like an odd choice to win the 2012 Newbery Medal, the most prestigious award in children’s literature.  But Gantos has been writing acclaimed books for young people for years, including his popular Joey Pigza series.  Now he’s written two novels, Dead End in Norvelt and the sequel From Norvelt to Nowhere.  Gantos talks with Bob about these two almost-but-not-quite true books, as well as his own surprisingly true tales from his unusual past.

10:00 – 11:00 AM

RadiolabThis hour, we examine three very different kinds of black boxes—those peculiar spaces where it’s clear what’s going in, we know what’s coming out, but what happens in-between is a mystery.  From the darkest parts of metamorphosis, to a sixty year-old secret among magicians, to the nature of consciousness itself, we confront the stubborn gaps in our understanding.

11:00 – NOON

This American Life…A captain’s log is a simple thing: the date, the time, maybe the weather— and the current status of a long journey.  You wouldn’t know from the cryptic notations what weird worlds lurk beneath.  On this week’s show, stories behind those cryptic notations—including a concentration camp in China that housed groups of Girl Scouts.  Also, Aziz Ansari explains the significance of a Thanksgiving text message, and Etgar Keret destroys a marriage piece by piece.

NOON – 1:00 PM

Sunday Baroque…The Baroque era musician George Frideric Handel was born in Germany.  But the transplanted Englishman wrote much of his music for the King of England.  And coronations are high on the list of supremely English institutions.  Handel wrote several coronation anthems for King George II, including one that’s been used at every coronation since.  You’ll hear it this week on Sunday Baroque.

6:00 – 7:00 PM

Selected Shorts…Guest host Robert Sean Leonard presents two stories about finding your way in the dark:  “I Go Adventuring,” by Helen Keller, performed by Maggie Siff, and “The Secrets of Bats,” by Jess Row, performed by Heather Goldenhersh.

Monday 6/29

1:00 – 1:30 PM

Bioneers…A handful of global business leaders are blazing trails to a biologically based “eco-nomics.” They are fundamentally recalculating core assumptions to allow business to make a fine living without killing the planet.  Ray Anderson, leading-edge founder and CEO of Interface, the world’s largest modular carpet company, articulates his bold vision to operate the company to take from the Earth only that which the Earth can renew rapidly and naturally.  His mission is a zero footprint by the year 2020.  He calls on the entire industrial system to join him on the remarkable path to Mt. Sustainability.

1:30 – 2:00 PM

IdeaSphereGuy Rathbun talks with Professor Joel Westheimer, who critiques the current direction of school reform in his book, What Kind of Citizen? Educating Our Children for the Common Good.

2:00 – 3:00 PM

The Splendid Table…David Sedaris joins us with stories about eating with his family.  His latest book is Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls.  We look at an alternative and ancient way to bake—on the grill— with Paula Marcoux, author of Cooking with Fire.  Also, Steve Jones, the owner of Cheese Bar in Portland, Oregon, teaches us the art of pairing beer with cheese.

6:30 – 7:30 PM

Song Travels…Pianist, vocalist, and composer Jon Regen was an apprentice of the renowned pianist Kenny Barron.  He’s performed at venues worldwide, including a month-long stint at the Blue Note in Japan, and toured with Kyle Eastwood’s band.  On this Song Travels, Regen performs the title track from his 2015 album Stop Time and joins Michael Feinstein for a duet of “Young and Foolish.”

Tuesday 6/30

1:00 – 2:00 PM

TED Radio Hour…Imagine never being alone, ever again.  Imagine sharing your innermost thoughts with your best friend...a robot.  Next time on the TED Radio Hour, we’ll hear from TED speakers who believe this new technology is starting to change who we are as humans—but not all of them feel it’ll change us for the better.  Join host Guy Raz as he explores the promise and the peril of our relationship to technology.

2:00 – 3:00 PM

The Reluctant Therapist…Sometimes, the best medicine for what ails us is a good old-fashioned heart-to-heart with someone who is able to just listen and offer love.  Tune in for a conversation with Dr. Annamarie Fidel-Rice about her work as a psychotherapist and how she balances her life and her passion for helping others.

Wednesday 7/1

1:00 – 2:00 PM

Issues & Ideas…

·         Correspondent Tom Wilmer visits the Inn at Morro Bay following the completion of a major restoration.

·         On Ears on Art, Crissa Hewitt goes to Los Osos to visit with Susan and Ed Chandler, two of the artists in the ADA Art Show.  She is a quilter, and he draws and paints.  The exhibit opens with a reception July 3 from 6-9 at The Community Foundation at 550 Dana St. in San Luis Obispo.  The exhibit features works created by local artists with disAbilities (that is how they spell it) in a variety of media including sculpture, painting, photography, and drawing.  The show runs through July 30.  Hours are Mon-Fri 9:00-5:00.

2:00 – 3:00 PM

On Being“Race is a little bit like gravity,” John Powell says: experienced by all, understood by the few.  He is an esteemed legal scholar and thinker who counsels all kinds of people and projects on the front lines of our present racial anguish and longings.  Race is relational, he reminds us.  It’s as much about whiteness as about color.  And it largely plays out, as we’re learning through new science, in our unconscious minds.  John Powell is steeped in this new learning and offers it to us, as a form of everyday power, to animate our belonging to others that is already real.  But we must claim it.

6:30 – 8:00 PM

KCBX in Concert...Host Craig Russell begins with Francis Poulenc’s Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra featuring soloists Terry Spiller and Susan Azaret Davies with the Cal Poly Symphony.  Then, a performance by the San Luis Obispo Symphony reveals the links between Hungarian and Moldavian folk music in the works of Bartok.  Also, you’ll hear Terry Spiller’s rendition of Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 23, the “Appassionata.”

Thursday 7/2

1:00 – 2:00 PM

Central Coast VoicesHow can Homer’s Odyssey help incarcerated youth?  The Odyssey Project is a collaborative theater process.  It takes youth from a juvenile detention facility in Santa Barbara County and pairs them with undergraduate students from UC Santa Barbara.  Together participants gather on the University campus to explore the mythic elements in their lives in order to reconstruct the epic poem in their own voices.  The project is designed to honor youth in identifying their heroic life mission and map a course of action.  It employs theater arts as a strategy for inspiring life affirming choices.  The culmination of the journey is a public performance at a local theater.  Join host Fred Munroe as he speaks with Professor Michael Morgan with the Department of Theater and Dance at UC Santa Barbara and Director with the Odyssey Project; Raven Skye, Community Coordinator; and youth participating in the Odyssey Project as they discuss this creative journey and how everyone can learn to become a hero or heroine in their own story.

2:00 – 3:00 PM

This American Life…A captain’s log is a simple thing: the date, the time, maybe the weather—and the current status of a long journey.  You wouldn’t know from the cryptic notations what weird worlds lurk beneath.  On this week’s show, stories behind those cryptic notations—including a concentration camp in China that housed groups of Girl Scouts.  Also, Aziz Ansari explains the significance of a Thanksgiving text message, and Etgar Keret destroys a marriage piece by piece.

Friday 7/3

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…When journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates set out to write about police killings he went to visit Mable Jones.  Back in 2000, Jones’ son, a friend of Coates from their time at Howard University, was shot and killed by police in Virginia.  He was twenty five years old.  Written in the form of a letter to his own teenage son, Coates’ book Between the World and Me puts police shootings in a wider context.

2:00 – 3:00 PM

Capitol Steps: Politics Takes a Holiday...It’s the most wonderful time of the year when presidential candidates emerge from their political slumbers and proclaim themselves fit to rule this nation.  The singing political comedians, the Capitol Steps, will take on Jeb Bush, Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz, Bernie Sanders, and all the other “76 Unknowns” who have thrown their hat—and your money—into the ring.  It’s time to “Mock the Vote” in 2015!  So relax and celebrate your country by helping the Capitol Steps make fun of it.

6:30 – 7:30 PM

the Club McKenzie…The Hotsy Totsy Gang: It may have been a silly sounding name for a band, but they were loaded with talent, and surprises.