Weekly Program Highlights

Friday, 11/21 to Friday, 11/28/2014

Friday 11/21

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… In September of 2014, Women rising radio rode the People s Climate train coast to coast, with over 200 activists heading to New York City to join the largest climate change march in history.

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… The Musical Brownies: “The Father of Western Swing,” is the title well earned by bandleader Milton Brown. He incorporated so much jazz into his sound, he even inspired Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grapelli, not to mention Bob Wills.


Saturday 11/22

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, live from The Town Hall on West 43rd Street in Manhattan, with vintage-pop singer Kat Edmonson, bandleader Vince Giordano, pianist and clarinetist Butch Thompson, and actress Kate Beahen. Plus, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors with The November Boys Orchestra, and the latest News from Lake Wobegon.


Sunday 11/23

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, Bob speaks with journalist Jeff Greenfield, public radio producers Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva. Then, Nathaniel Philbrick and musician Bruce Hornsby join Bob to close the show.

10:00 – 11:00 AM

Radiolab…What happens when there is no leader? Starlings, bees, and ants manage just fine. In fact, they form staggeringly complicated societies, all without a Toscanini to conduct them into harmony. This hour of Radiolab, they ask how this happens. They gaze down at the bottom-up logic of cities, Google, and even our very own brains with fire-flyologists, ant experts, neurologists, a mathematician, and an economist.

11:00 – NOON

This American Life…Stories about people and places that are fronting in order to hide the truth. We visit a bizarre store in Milwaukee called Fearless Distributing, government checkpoints scattered on highways out west, and a badass grandma in Malaysia.

NOON – 1:00 PM

Sunday Baroque… We may not think of the mandolin as a Baroque era instrument, but quite a few prominent baroque composers such as Domenico Scarlatti experimented with the relatively new instrument in some of their compositions.  You’ll hear a recent recording of one of Scarlatti’s Sonatas played on mandolin this weekend on Sunday Baroque.

6:00 – 7:00 PM

Selected Shorts… "Queens and Babies." Guest host Cynthia Nixon presents stories about extreme love. “Magic and Dread,” an excerpt from Jenny Offill's Department of Speculation, performed by Kaneza Schaal, and “The Tragic Queen of Carthage,” from the Aenaid by Virgil, translated by Robert Fagles, performed by BD Wong.


Monday 11/24

1:00 – 1:30 PM

Bioneers…Why does “corporate personhood” consistently override the legal rights of citizens? And what about the rights of nature? Join innovative environmental attorneys Thomas Linzey and Mari Margil for breakthroughs on the ground of democracy.

1:30 – 2:00 PM

IdeaSphere… Defending Beef: Lawyer, cattle rancher and vegetarian, Nicolette Hahn Niman, counters arguments we’ve heard for decades. That red meat is bad for us, and our environment. Her book is an indictment of many aspects of the modern diet and culture.

2:00 – 3:00 PM

The Splendid Table… This week on the Splendid Table, Adam Rapoport of Bon Appetit joins us to give us a head start on preparing the Thanksgiving feast, we talk to journalist Elizabeth Royte about her article for National Geographic on how we waste food, and actor and cook Stanley Tucci joins us with his cookbook The Tucci Table.

6:30 – 7:30 PM

Song Travels… Pulitzer prize-winning lyricist Sheldon Harnick has been a pillar of Broadway for over 50 years. His hit musicals include Fiorello!, Fiddler on the Roof , and The Phantom Tollbooth. On this Song Travels, Harnick takes us on a musical journey through his career with stories and song.


Tuesday 11/25

1:00 – 2:00 PM

TED Radio Hour… In this episode, we explore ways to find quiet in our busy lives. How can we step back and make time to reflect in an increasingly distracted and hurried world?

2:00 – 3:00 PM

A Conversation With The Reluctant Therapist…Holiday festivities require a great deal of planning, organization and effort to insure near flawless execution. You may spend hours, days or even weeks choosing gifts and decorations. But how much time do you spend thinking about your upcoming interpersonal experiences? Coming up with a communications "game plan" can make the difference between connection and discord at your next gathering.


Wednesday 11/26

1:00 – 2:00 PM

Issues & Ideas…

  • The Colleges and Universities that dot the Central Coast do far more than create an educated populace, they are also account for a major portion of the area’s economy.
    A recent study took a look at Cal Poly and found, when you tabulate all of the various economic interactions that the institution and its students, faculty and staff have with the surrounding area, the sum of those accounts for 12 percent of the entire county’s economic output. Mike Manchak with the Economic Vitality Corporation (EVC) and Bradford Anderson, the interim Vice President for Research and Economic Development at Cal Poly join News Director Randol White on this topic.
  • You would never know it by watching these playfully animated little guys, but California Sea Otters are a threatened species fighting for a right to life.  Their most staunch ally is the Friends of the Sea Otter Organization and Donna Cheek talks to the Advocacy Program Director, Jim Curland about the issues that jeopardize the Sea Otters in our area. 
  • Brian Reynolds talks with Elizabeth Ivanovich, Author of Going Coastal, Santa Cruz County and Beyond. The book is equal parts character study, travel guide, and cultural analysis, and reveals the California most visitors haven't seen.

2:00 – 3:00 PM

On Being Reza Aslan has a challenging and ultimately refreshing perspective on religion in the world, a long view of history and humanity that news cycles obscure. The story he sees, of how religions change across generations, and of Islam’s evolution now underway is something we all have a stake in grasping.

6:30 – 8:00 PM

KCBX in Concert... host Jill Anderson highlights the superstar choral ensemble, The Tallis Scholars, who will be performing in Santa Barbara on December 5th under the auspices of CAMA.  Featured will be sacred vocal music by the great Renaissance composers Josquin des Prez and William Byrd.  Tune in for an evening of mesmerizing, other-worldly, a cappella music.


Thursday 11/27

1:00 – 3:00 PM

The Splendid Table's "Turkey Confidential"... The Splendid Table host Lynne Rossetto Kasper and her top chef guests will answer your Thanksgiving dinner questions in a two-hour special that's quickly becoming a holiday tradition.  Past shows have included everything from a cross-country trucker cooking his Thanksgiving dinner on the manifold to a panicked first-time cook who didn't realize a turkey needs to be thawed.


Friday 11/28

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…In September of 2014, Women rising radio rode the People s Climate train coast to coast, with over 200 activists heading to New York City to join the largest climate change march in history.

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…For the Record: At the turn of the century, Thomas Edison came up with phonograph disc that spun at 80-revolutions per minute -- two revolutions faster than the industry standard of 78. Although it produced far better quality, he lost the game of mass production.