Weekly Program Highlights

Friday, 10/10 to Friday, 10/17/2014

Friday 10/10

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.  Making Contact tackles a different topic each week, mixing down-to-earth interviews and produced pieces with commentaries that challenge listeners to think about our society in new ways.

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, create 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…Mills Style: The Mills Brothers came onto the jazz scene in the 1920s, and fostered a brand new harmonizing style.  They became the standard bearers for decades to come.

Saturday 10/11

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, it’s a fundraising special edition, featuring Sa Bush, Howard Levy, Los Texmaniacs, Jearlyn & Javetta Steele, Iris Dement, The Wailin' Jenny's in addition to Guy Noir, Fred Newman's sound effects, the Lives of the Cowboys and the News from Lake Wobegon.

Sunday 10/12

6:00 – 8:00 AM

Bob Edwards Weekend… Northeastern University scholar, Carla Kaplan, joins Bob to discuss her book, Miss Anne in Harlem: The White Women of The Black Renaissance, about these unconventional women and her own interest in cultural studies. Then, Bob visits with Ben Eldrige and Dudley Connell of the iconic bluegrass band The Seldom Scene. He talks with popular music scholar Phil Furia, about his book, America’s Songs. Lastly, Bob speaks with Ken Emerson about seven pairs of songwriters working in New York City in the 1950s and 60s.

10:00 – 11:00 AM

Radiolab… Could parasites be the shadowy hands that pull the strings of life? This week, they explore nature's moochers, with tales of lethargic farmers, zombie cockroaches, and even mind-controlled humans (kinda, maybe). And they’ll examine claims that some parasites may actually be good for you.

11:00 – NOON

This American Life… A bank robber on an undercover mission. A teenage girl with the powers of a tiger. A vigilante seeking vengeance in Ciudad Juarez. All have secret identities. But not all of them chose those identities for themselves. 

NOON – 1:00 PM

Sunday Baroque… Canada is famous for its great maple syrup and ice hockey, but it’s also a flourishing environment for musicians. In honor of Canada’s Thanksgiving celebration on the second Monday of October, the spotlight shines on a few of the country’s wonderful performers playing baroque music this weekend on Sunday Baroque.

6:00 – 7:00 PM

Selected Shorts… Guest host Jane Curtin presents three stories about chance encounters at night.  “Clair de Lune,” by Steven Millhauser, performed by James Naughton;  “Night People,” by Sherman Alexie, performed by Wyatt Cenac; and “Luck,” by Richard Bausch, performed by Campbell Scott.

Monday 10/13

1:00 – 1:30 PM

Bioneers… The visionary primatologist and conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall revolutionized primatology by showing how close our kinship is with the animal ‘kin-dom.’ “Dr. Jane” has inspired the world to save the rapidly dwindling chimpanzee populations and their habitats. Her compelling vision to restore people, animals and planet is delivering real hope.

1:30 – 2:00 PM

IdeaSphere… According to Dr. Richard Deyo, the multi-million dollar back pain industry may be doing more harm than good. Deyo’s book, Watch Your Back, discusses how the back pain industry is costing people more and how to become informed about the industry.

2:00 – 3:00 PM

The Splendid Table… This week on the Splendid Table, we have a conversation between Michael Ruhlman, author of The Book of Schmaltz, and celebrity chef Andrew Zimmern about cooking with fat. The Sterns join us with their take on the best of regional American pizza, Bon Appetit’s Adam Rapoport teaches us a simplified duck confit recipe, and travel and food writer Anya Von Bremzen talks about her new memoir, Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking.

6:30 – 7:30 PM

Song Travels… Three-time Emmy Award winner Elaine Stritch (February 2, 1925 – July 17, 2014) became a star on Broadway before going on to play acclaimed film and TV roles, including Colleen on the hit sitcom 30 Rock. After a career spanning almost 70 years, Stritch retired to Michigan. She passed away at age 89. In one of her final interviews before her retirement, Elaine joined host Michael Feinstein for a candid talk about her life on the stage and off, along with some delightful musical highlights.

Tuesday 10/14

1:00 – 2:00 PM

TED Radio Hour… Visions of the future don’t just have to come from science fiction. There’s very real technology today giving us clues about how our future lives might be transformed. So what might our future look like? And what does it take for an idea about the future to become a reality? In this hour, TED speakers make some bold predictions and explain how our future lives might look.  

2:00 – 3:00 PM

A Conversation With The Reluctant Therapist… In spite of emerging research exposing the negative impacts of too much technology in our lives, the onslaught of high tech tools are not going away any time soon. How can we learn to interact with our screens in ways that enhance and improve our lives instead? Tune in Tuesday at 2 p.m. for A Conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett. Your calls with questions, comments and concerns are welcomed and encouraged during this interactive hour of lively discussion.

6:00-8:00 PM

Pickin' Up the Tempo...Rob Kimball welcomes local singer-songwriter Dasha Novotny. Dasha is 15 years old and already playing shows at SLO Brew, the Libbey Bowl in Ojai, and other prominent local venues.  Tune in to hear this talented young musician play a few songs and chat about her music.

Wednesday 10/15

1:00 – 2:00 PM

Issues & Ideas

  • UCSB started school earlier this month. KCBX Reporter, Jordan Bell, met with members of the university’s Counseling and Psychological Services program to discuss what it has been like to return to school since May’s mass killing in Isla Vista.
  • We're headed to Cal Poly for an alternative photography exhibit at the University Art Gallery featuring modern photographic digital technologies combined with historical processes. We'll hear from several of the exhibits presenters and how they're inspired to create their work.
  • Brian Reynolds talks with representatives from the Air Pollution Control District of San Luis Obispo County about the state of our local air quality, the issues we face with the air we breathe on the Central Coast, and what we can do individually to help improve our air quality.

2:00 – 3:00 PM

On Being… In this final part of our American consciousness series, we explore the wisdom of Nathan Schneider, a millennial generation public intellectual, on the emerging spiritual, technological and communal fabric of human identity.

6:30 – 8:00 PM

KCBX in Concert...Host Craig Russell interviews the piano virtuoso from Denmark and Templeton, Torsten Juul-Borre. The two chat about Torsten’s forthoming concert in November at the Cass Winery, which will be a fundraiser for the Symphony of the Vines.  On the show, Torsten will play pieces by Grieg, Balasz, Liszt, Chopin, Brahms, and Rachmaninoff.

Thursday 10/16

1:00 – 2:00 PM

Central Coast Voices… Host Kris Kington-Barker is joined by guests Jenna Smith, Executive Director of Central Coast Grown, and Rachel Cohen, Associate Planner of Rincon Consultants, and board members of Central Coast Grown to discuss their vision of a sustainable, regional food system, their progress and other local food news.

2:00 – 3:00 PM

This American Life… A bank robber on an undercover mission. A teenage girl with the powers of a tiger. A vigilante seeking vengeance in Ciudad Juarez. All have secret identities. But not all of them chose those identities for themselves. 

Friday 10/17

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 tackles a different topic each week, mixing down-to-earth interviews and produced pieces with commentaries that challenge listeners to think about our society in new ways.

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…Shortly after his hot recordings sessions with Bix Biederbecke, Frankie Trumbauer formed his own orchestra with a unique branding. He cut a number of commercially successful sides in 1929 and 1930.