Weekly Program Highlights

Friday, 4/3/2015 to Friday, 4/10/2015

Friday 4/3

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…Nicaragua plans to build a $50 billion canal to connect the Caribbean and Pacific.  Supporters argue it will create more than 250,000 jobs, but small farmers and environmentalists say the project will destroy Lake Nicaragua.  On this edition, we’ll take a look at the economic, political, and environmental controversies surrounding the Nicaragua canal.

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…“By George - part 2” continues a celebration of the music of composer, pianist, and painter George Gershwin.


Saturday 4/4

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. This week, they explore the U.S. deal with the Iranians and they’ll discuss Jeremy Piven’s great success having moved to England to play an American who moves to England to find success. They ask, “does this really count as acting?”

5:00 – 7:00 PM

A Prairie Home Companion… It’s the last of the spring rebroadcasts, originally from April 2013 at the City Bank Auditorium in Lubbock, Texas. The Flatlanders perform “Not That Much Has Changed” and Ashley Monroe sings “Morning After,” and Garrison chats with Travis Holley and Peggy Sue Gerron about Lubbock’s own Buddy Holly. In Lake Wobegon, Donny Krebsbach ventures onto the lake in search of early spring ice fishing.


Sunday 4/5

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. This week, a re-broadcast of the 2008 series of interviews marking the anniversary of Martin Luther King's assassination in Memphis in 1968 and more!

10:00 – 11:00 AM

Radiolab…When we gaze into the eyes of a wild animal, or even a beloved pet, can we ever really know what they might be thinking? Is it naive to assume they're experiencing something close to human emotions? Or is it ridiculous to assume that they aren’t feeling something like that? In this hour of Radiolab, stories of cross-species communication.

11:00 – NOON

This American Life… Jan Brady is not the only one who hated being in the middle. This week we have stories about how it sucks to be in limbo or be the mediator, but we also hear from a man who absolutely loves being in that uncertain and boring middle most of us dread — on hold, listening to hold music.

NOON – 1:00 PM

Sunday Baroque… This weekend you can experience uplifting voices in an English church, take a quirky walk along the city of Hamburg’s waterfront, and be energized by an Italian Double Trumpet Concerto. Those are just a few highlights of Sunday Baroque’s weekly tour of the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, and you can jump on board to join us this weekend.

2:00 – 4:00 PM

Concerts from the Library of Congress...Sunday Serenade is taking the day off, so we'll bring you two special hours from the Library of Congress.  The first hour features superb performances of works by Italy's "Red Priest," Antonio Vivaldi, from a top-drawer period instrument ensemble, The English Concert. Early music star Rachel Podger plays one of Vivaldi's violin concertos. In the second hour Germany's stellar Freiburg Baroque Orchestra plays three of Bach's famous Brandenburg Concertos-- number three in G, number five in D, and number four in G.

6:00 – 7:00 PM

Selected Shorts… Guest host John Lithgow presents a program of stories about strong, unusual women: “Melisande,” by E. Nesbit, performed by Jane Curtin and “Fault Lines,” by Barbara Kingsolver, performed by Jill Eikenberry.


Monday 4/6

1:00 – 1:30 PM

Bioneers… Ocean defenders Michael Stocker, Anne Rowley and David Helvarg illuminate both the peril of noise and plastics pollution and the promise they see in the Seaweed Rebellion to save Mother Ocean, and ourselves

1:30 – 2:00 PM

IdeaSphere… International lawyer and political economist Laurence Brahm sees the need to change our financial architecture. In his book, Fusion Economics: How Pragmatism is Changing the World, Brahm explores a more sustainable model.

2:00 – 3:00 PM

The Splendid Table… A look at real ramen with Ivan Orkin, author of Ivan Ramen: Love, Obsession and Recipes from Tokyo’s Most Unlikely Noodle Joint, the Sterns are in North Garden, Va., at Dr. Ho’s Humble Pie, we talk to Gustavo Arellano of the syndicated Ask a Mexican! column about the latest in American-Mex cuisine, and David Rosengarten of The Rosengarten Report is just back from Sicily and brings us a primer in capers.

6:30 – 7:30 PM

Song Travels… Jazz vocalist, songwriter, and actress Joelle Lurie is a regular at hip New York City venues such as the Rockwood Music Hall and the Zinc Bar, where she performs with her ensemble, The Pinehurst Trio. She was also a soloist at the Boston Holiday Pops, and on this week’s Song Travels, Lurie delights with a set of standards and modern songs from her album Take Me There. Host Feinstein accompanies her on “Our Love is Here to Stay.”


Tuesday 4/7

1:00 – 2:00 PM

TED Radio Hour… Let’s face it: people lie.  We lie to each other and to ourselves. Is there a deeper reason why we do it?  In this episode, TED speakers deconstruct the hard truths of deception.

2:00 – 3:00 PM

A Conversation With The Reluctant Therapist…There’s a lot of the talk about costs, quality, value, salaries and a need for reform in education. It seems that a clear understanding of the goals and purpose of an education have been lost along the way. Tune in Tuesday for a conversation about the current state of education from pre-school through college.


Wednesday 4/8

1:00 – 2:00 PM

Issues & Ideas…

  • KCBX Reporter Jordan Bell speaks with Ira Glass the host of This American Life about his upcoming talk in San Luis Obispo, about recent podcasting successes and how he sees the future of radio.
  • Ears On Art celebrates our sixteenth anniversary this month with a visit with artists Michael Miller and Peggy Vrana, a married team whose medium is clay.  Their studio Earthsea Pottery in Cambria is where they create wheel thrown works individually and in collaboration. 

2:00 – 3:00 PM

On Being A conversation with Fr. Greg Boyle, the Jesuit priest famous for Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles. He works with former gang members, not as a calling to help, but to find kinship and delight.

6:30 – 8:00 PM

KCBX in Concert... Host Jill Anderson features the operetta The Merry Widow, in anticipation of the Cal Poly Opera Workshop production this weekend.  Listen to the lilting melodies of Franz Lehar in such favorite numbers as Vilia, At Maxim’s, and The Merry Widow Waltz, and learn about Lehar’s hit musical of 1906!  Dr. Anderson discusses plot, background, and voices in this Viennese confection, being presented by students and guest artists at the Spanos Theatre on April 10 and 11.


Thursday 4/9

1:00 – 2:00 PM

Central Coast Voices The purpose of public art is not only to enrich the community and improve our quality of life by what it adds to environments, but also to ignite the imagination and to prompt discourse. Join host Fred Munroe as he speaks with guests from the San Luis Obispo arts community, as they discuss the importance of public art and the accessibility and benefits of free arts to the community

2:00 – 3:00 PM

This American Life…Jan Brady is not the only one who hated being in the middle. This week we have stories about how it sucks to be in limbo or be the mediator, but we also hear from a man who absolutely loves being in that uncertain and boring middle most of us dread — on hold, listening to hold music.


Friday 4/10

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… Making Contact is a weekly, 29-minute international public-affairs program that is available free to all public radio stations. Listeners hear from people who share experiences and insights -- not the conventional wisdom. Showcasing voices and perspectives rarely heard in mainstream media.

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… Whatever your musical tastes, you could find it in Chicago in the 1920s.