Weekly Program Highlights


Friday 8/14

6:30 – 7:30 PM

the Club McKenzie… A look at the musicians of the latter 1920s, who began to experiment with new ideas: Louis Armstrong, Adrian Rollini, and Don Redman are among the list of innovative performers.

Saturday 8/15

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 country legend and star of Crank and Crank II: High Voltage, Dwight Yoakam.

5:00 – 7:00 PM

A Prairie Home Companion… from the St. Augustine, the Nashville Bluegrass Band pick a little on Buddy Miller’s “Little Darlin’,” Jacksonville native JJ Grey shows off his soulful side on “Lochloosa,” and Andra Suchy joins Garrison and the band for a Florida-centric take on “Sloop John B.”

Sunday 8/16

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, author and Woodstock attendee Greg Walter, historian and author John Fricke, and musician and actor Steve Martin.

10:00 – 11:00 AM

Radiolab… hear from a kid whose voice was disguised from himself, relive a surreal day in the life of a young researcher hijacked by her own brain, and try to keep up with an ultra-athlete who, after suffering terrible seizures, gained extraordinary abilities by removing a chunk of her brain.

11:00 – NOON

This American Life… When is too soon for that celebrity comeback; that joke that is either brilliant or full-on repugnant; that parent-child conversation? This week: stories about a fallen man trying to kickstart his career with a reality show, and an awkward moment between a mom and a daughter.

NOON – 1:00 PM

Sunday Baroque… It’s Summertime, when the living is easy!17th century Italian composer Giovanni Antonio Guido was one of many who wrote musical depictions of the Four Seasons, and his Summer Suite is one highlight of Sunday Baroque this week.

6:00 – 7:00 PM

Selected Shorts…Guest host Hope Davis presents three modern takes on fairy tale and fantasy:  “The Mast Year,” by Diane Cook, performed by Hope Davis, “The Frog Prince,” by Robert Coover, performed by Parker Posey, and “Mermaid in a Jar,” by Sheila Heti, performed by Rita Wolf.

Monday 8/17

1:00 – 1:30 PM

Bioneers…Categories such as race, class, nation, religion and even many gender roles are human constructs. Yet the world is riven by exploitation and violence driven by these perceived divisions at an epic moment of demographic change toward the U.S. becoming a majority minority nation. john a. powell, Director of U.C. Berkeley's Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, and Manuel Pastor, Director of the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity at University of Southern California, show how to build effective movements to overcome these divisions and come together to solve the planetary emergency that threatens our common home.

1:30 – 2:00 PM

IdeaSphere… Race, Nation, and Human Rights: Sociologist Eve Spangler provides a framework for better understanding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. She argues that human rights standards have never been used as a basis on which the conflict should be resolved.

2:00 – 3:00 PM

The Splendid Table… Long before Detroit was known for its cars or music, it was famous for its frog legs!  Frog leg salad, frog leg pie, frog leg ravioli -- local, sustainable -- so what happened?  Well that story, and so much more, this week on the Splendid Table.

6:30 – 7:30 PM

Song Travels… Grammy Award-winning bandleader, composer, and pianist Arturo O'Farrill is the son of the late Chico O'Farrill and has carried on his father's legacy as director of the Chico O'Farrill Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra. He is also the founder and artistic director of the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, which has performed worldwide. On this "Song Travels," Arturo O’Farrill brings his own interpretation to "Not Now, Right Now" by Papo Vazquez along with a performance of his original tune "Siboney."

Tuesday 8/18

1:00 – 2:00 PM

TED Radio Hour… What does it take to survive, even thrive, when you're a complete amateur? This hour, TED speakers share stories of plunging - or being plunged - into new situations and emerging as experts.

2:00 – 3:00 PM

A Conversation With The Reluctant Therapist…Anxiety is the most common mental health complaint and challenge for adults and children. With the new school year approaching how will you help your child to cope with anxiety and fear? And how will you manage your own?

Wednesday 8/19

1:00 – 2:00 PM

Issues & Ideas…

Meet the Candidates: the fourth in our series of interviews of those seeking the 24th District Congressional seat in November 2016. This week, hear from Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider.

2:00 – 3:00 PM

On Being Rex Jung is a neuropsychologist investigating the differences and the interactions between intelligence, creativity and personality. In this interview from 2012, he unsettles some old assumptions and suggests some new connections between creativity and family life, creativity and aging, and creativity and purpose.

6:30 – 8:00 PM

KCBX in Concert…Craig Russell delves into the wonderful and inexplicably gorgeous works that Felix Mendelssohn wrote between the ages 14 and 16, with the program culminating in a Festival Mozaic performance of Mendelssohn’s Octet in E-flat for strings, Opus 20, that he dashed off with apparent ease in 1825, before his 17th birthday.

8:00 – 10:00 PM

Classical Showcase…Host Rob Kimball welcomes Michael Nowak to the KCBX studios to share some music and talk about his latest film score sessions.  Then
Inga Swearingen joins in to chat about their upcoming concert together with the Labor Day Pops Orchestra at the Madonna Expo Center.

Thursday 8/20

1:00 – 2:00 PM

Central Coast Voices Join host Fred Munroe as he speaks with the Central Coast Writers Conference newest Director, Teri Bayus, as well as inspiring authors as they discuss how this year’s upcoming conference can assist writer’s take their writing to the next level.

2:00 – 3:00 PM

This American Life… When is too soon for that celebrity comeback; that joke that is either brilliant or full-on repugnant; that parent-child conversation? This week: stories about a fallen man trying to kickstart his career with a reality show, and an awkward moment between a mom and a daughter.

Friday 8/21

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 August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina ripped through the Southern Gulf Coast. Ten years later, it's estimated there are nearly 100,000 fewer African Americans living in the city of New Orleans. Drawn by reconstruction work, the number of Latino immigrants has nearly doubled. But the influx of migrant workers also increased immigration crackdowns. On this edition of Making Contact, we talk to residents about how the city has transformed since Hurricane Katrina and the resulting friction.

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…A look at four more musicians of the latter 1920s, who began to experiment with new ideas: Fletcher Henderson, Duke Ellington, Coleman Hawkins and Frankie Trumbauer.