Weekly Program Highlights

Friday, 2/27/2015 to Friday, 3/6/2015

Friday 2/27

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… visits squats in Venezuela and the Phillipines, and find out why squatters around the world aren’t just tolerated. They are crucial to the growth of major cities and national economies.

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… At one time, the style of piano known as “stride” was an influential exponent in jazz. This program follows the work of James P. Johnson, and Fats Waller, to the modern elements explored by Dick Hyman and others.


Saturday 2/28

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 review of the week’s news.  This week, legendary drummer and pasta sauce magnate, Marky Ramone, plays Not My Job.  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

Prairie Home Companion... is on stage at the State Theatre in Minneapolis with folk-rock singer and songwriter Brandi Carlile.  Plus, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Fred Newman; musical director and pianist Richard Dworsky with The Steady Shovellers; and host Garrison Keillor with latest News from Lake Wobegon.


Sunday 3/1

6:00 – 8:00 AM

Bob Edwards Weekend

  • Political reporter Jesse Holland seeks to answer a big question about notable tourist attractions in the nation’s capital - “Where’s the Black history?”
  • MIT history professor Craig Steven Wilder has documented a shocking history of Ivy League universities.  Not only were they funded by slave-owners and built by slave labor, many actually had slaves working on the campus – and had their endowments enriched by the slave trade.  Wilder’s book is titled Ebony and Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities. 
  • In the 1930’s, Rosetta Tharpe started singing at the southern Pentecostal church with her preacher mother, but soon Tharpe crossed over to rock-and-roll and was filling stadiums with thousands of  fans. She was Americas first female “stadium rocker.”  Bob talks to Gayle Wald, author of the biography titled Shout, Sister, Shout! The Untold Story of Rock-and-Roll Trailblazer Sister Rosetta Tharpe.
  • Grammy award-winning composer and conductor Eric Whitacre is one of the few living composers who has topped the classical charts.  Best-known for his “Virtual Choir” projects on YouTube, Whitacre is a musician who pushes the boundaries of music and still finds popular acclaim.  He talks with Bob about his collaborative online work and about the spiritual music from his album Water Night.

10:00 – 11:00 AM

Radiolab…Jad and Robert set out in search of order and balance in the world around us and ask how symmetry shapes our very existence – from the origins of the universe, to what we see when we look in the mirror.  Along the way, they look for love in ancient Greece, head to modern-day Princeton to peer inside our brains, and turn up an unlikely headline from the Oval Office circa 1979.

11:00 – NOON

This American Life…presents stories of people who are put into positions they’re completely unqualified to handle but who try to make it work anyway, including one story of a tough group of soldiers who attempt to save lives through the power of show tunes.

NOON – 1:00 PM

Sunday Baroque...Although Johann Friedrich Fasch’s father was NOT a professional musician, his uncle helped connect him with musicians who brought out his talents.  When Fasch’s son came along he passed along his love and talent for music.  You’ll hear music by both generations of the Fasch family, and a few of their musical friends on Sunday Baroque.

6:00 – 7:00 PM

Selected Shorts...Guest host Jane Kaczmarek presents two stories with characters who survive against the odds.  “At the Round Earth’s Imagined Corners,” by Lauren Groff, is performed by Amy Ryan, and “How To Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America: A Remembrance” by Kiese Laymon, is performed by Brandon J. Dirden.


Monday 3/2

9:00 – noon

Morning Cup...Jim Dee fills in for Neal Losey.

1:00 – 1:30 PM

Bioneers…Labor leader César Chavez helped ban DDT.  Truckers are helping address appalling asthma rates at the filthy port of Los Angeles.  And inner-city clergy, not suburbanites, led the latest victory against the big-box WalMart stores sprawling over community open space.  Environmental justice and labor leaders show how, in a truly sustainable economy, everybody is an environmentalist—and a healthy environment depends on economic justice.

1:30 – 2:00 PM

IdeaSphere…The Elder Boom Challenge:  America is about to experience an “elder boom” that will affect all generations.  Activist and author Ai-jen Poo says that, to enable all of us to age with dignity and security, our society must learn to value the care of our elders.  But her book, The Age of Dignity, isn’t just about dignity for older generations, it’s also about greater consideration for the care givers.

2:00 – 3:00 PM

The Splendid Table…looks at the most successful cross-species relationship of all time – between humans and chickens – with Andrew Lawler, author of Why Did the Chicken Cross the World?  We are taste-testing California olive oils, and, in honor of our 20th anniversary, we’re revisiting an interview with the groundbreaking American winemaker, David Lett, of Eyrie Vineyard.

6:30 – 7:30 PM

Song Travels…Vocalist, composer, and actress Nellie McKay brings a comedic flair to her stage shows, including Nellie with a Z, in which she plays a cabaret veteran three times her age! Her music also has been featured on the television series Weeds, Grey’s Anatomy, and Boardwalk Empire. On this Song Travels, McKay and host Feinstein team up for “Pennies from Heaven” and “The Nearness of You,” and she performs her original “Beneath the Underdog.”


Tuesday 3/3

1:00 – 2:00 PM

TED Radio Hour…How do we define success?  Success has become synonymous with how much money we make and how high we climb the career ladder.  But how can we begin to define success beyond those boundaries?  TED speakers talk to host Guy Raz about what makes up an accomplished life.

2:00 – 3:00 PM

The Reluctant Therapist…The Other Side of Cannabis: Negative Effects of Marijuana on Our Youth is a documentary film by local artist/activist Jody Belsher which explores the dark side and dangers of use on the developing mind and body from a very personal perspective.  Tune in Tuesday for a conversation with Ms. Belsher about the film, her research, and efforts to bring this issue to a larger audience, beginning with a showing at the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival.  Your calls with questions and comments are welcomed and encouraged. Caring talk for the Central Coast on your public radio station KCBX.


Wednesday 3/4

1:00 – 2:00 PM

Issues & Ideas

  • March is National Nutrition Month and the Coastal Tri Counties Dietetic Association is spreading the word this month.  Members of the organization speak with KCBX’s Jordan Bell about their outreach efforts and how nutrition affects communities.
  • This month, Ears On Art re-airs our two part interview with nationally known sculptor Bella Feldman from Berkeley.  This spring, she will be the juror for the locally sponsored “California Slam” a statewide sculpture competition which will be exhibited at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art.  For more information about the exhibit or for the PDF application, please visit the SLOMA website.
  • Join correspondent, Tom Wilmer in Helena, Arkansas, at the King Biscuit Blues Festival where he visits with blues artist, Kenny Neal.  Born in New Orleans and raised in Baton Rouge, Neal was introduced to the blues tradition by his father, Raful, who was a singer and harmonica player and close friends with Lazy Lester, Buddy Guy, Slim Harpo, and other blues legends.  Neal has won numerous industry awards, including the Monterey Bay Blues "Artists of the Year", Louisiana Music Hall of Fame, West Coast Blues Hall of Fame, a four-time Grammy nominee, and recipient of a "World Award" for starring on Broadway. Kenny will be a headliner at the Santa Barbara Blues Society birthday bash at the Carrillo Recreation Center, March 21st at 8 p.m.
  • Marisa Waddell chats with Michael Nowak, the music director of the San Luis Obispo Symphony, about the orchestra's upcoming "Subscriber's Choice" concert, the return of renowned pianist Jeffrey Kahane, the symphony's educational outreach efforts, and more.

2:00 – 3:00 PM

On Being…In life as in song, Joe Henry says “we’re really called not to dispel mystery but to abide it, to engage it.”  He brings an inward wisdom to the art and craft of making music. Cherished by fans and fellow musicians alike, he’s produced a dozen albums of his own and for an array of artists, including Ani DiFranco, Elvis Costello, Bonnie Raitt, and Billy Bragg. And, he’s written songs together with Rosanne Cash and Madonna.  With Joe Henry, we probe the mystery and adventure of discovering life through music.

6:30 – 8:00 PM

KCBX in Concert...Host Jill Anderson welcomes her colleague and co-conductor, Cricket Handler of Canzona Women’s Ensemble, to the studio.  They’ll play a variety of choral music that will be featured on Canzona’s March 15 concert at Mission San Luis Obispo.  Featured will be accompanied and unaccompanied songs from previous concerts, as well as music the group will perform at the Tapestry Celebration of Women’s Choirs in Vancouver in May.  If you love choral music, you won’t want to miss it!


Thursday 3/5

1:00 – 2:00 PM

Central Coast Voices… Host Kris Kington-Barker is joined by guests Douglas McCauley, Assistant Professor at UCSB in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology, as well as Crow White and Dean Wendt, both professors at Cal Poly in the Biological Sciences Department.  Dean Wendt is also the Director of the Center for Coastal Marine Sciences and Executive Director of SLOSEA.  They’ll discuss the consequences of climate change, industrialization, and overfishing on ocean health and marine ecosystems.  Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX and made possible through underwriting by Joan Gellert-Sargen.

2:00 – 3:00 PM

This American Life…presents stories of people who are put into positions they’re completely unqualified to handle but who try to make it work anyway, including one story of a tough group of soldiers who attempt to save lives through the power of show tunes.


Friday 3/6

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…follows Dr. Ann Aurelia Lopez as she shows us the reality of farm workers’ lives in the United States and Mexico.  Dr. Lopez founded the Center for Farmworker Families in Watsonville, California.

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…Break a Leg: The 1920s musicals incorporated jazz into their offerings. George and Ira Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Lorenz Hart and Richard Rodgers are among the featured artists.