Weekly Program Highlights

Friday, 4/24/2015 to Friday, 5/1/2015

Friday 4/24

6:30 – 7:30 PM

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

Saturday 4/25

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… live broadcasts continue this week from The Town Hall deep in the heart of Manhattan, with special guests Brooklyn Rider, a string quartet hailed as “the future of chamber music.” And rightly so. This wildly imaginative bunch pushes the sonic envelope on everything from the classics to contemporary pieces. Folk trio The Wailin’ Jennys will bring their effortless harmonies to the show. Poet Sharon Olds, known for her intensely (and sometimes graphically) personal and scorching commentary on everyday life, will join us to read a few poems.

Sunday 4/26

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.

10:00 – 11:00 AM

Radiolab…Could the best medicine be no medicine at all? Radiolab examines the chemical consequences of belief and imagination by taking stock of the pharmacy in our brains, considering the symbolic power of the doctor coat, and visiting the tent of a self-proclaimed faith healer.

11:00 – NOON

This American Life…We tend to give credit to those who stand by their beliefs. But sometimes it requires even more courage to change them. This week, stories of people reconsidering how they really feel about their enemies, their homes, and themselves. We also talk to a girl named Zalena who finds herself in a pretty unexpected place.

NOON – 1:00 PM

Sunday Baroque… Antonio Vivaldi was born in Venice, Italy on March 4th in 1678, and according to legend, he was baptized immediately after his birth by the midwife. Some stories suggest it’s because an earthquake shook the town that day and frightened the family. You’ll hear an opera suite by Antonio Vivaldi and other ground-shaking music on Sunday Baroque.

6:00 – 7:00 PM

Selected Shorts…Guest host Neil Gaiman presents four stories about the unexpected: “The Baby-Sitter,” by Jane Yolen, performed by Isaiah Sheffer, “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” by James Thurber performed by Dick Cavett, “The Pedestrian,” by Ray Bradbury, performed by Jamey Sheridan, and “The Wood Duck,” by James Thurber, performed by Malachy McCourt.

Monday 4/27

1:00 – 1:30 PM

Bioneers… Most American schools are flunking out when it comes to how well they integrate ecological literacy across the curriculum. And many are doing no better than a C average with the idea that schools should be actively engaged in sustaining the natural and social communities in which schools exist. Fritjof Capra, co-founder of the Center for Ecoliteracy, and leading environmental educators Cheryl Charles and David Orr explore what’s working for the A+ schools that are successfully integrating ecological awareness, understanding and practices through the curriculum and the community.

1:30 – 2:00 PM

IdeaSphere The epic brawl between a baseball pitcher and catcher in 1965 had little to do with the game. The deeper cause involved racial tension, and personal fears. Author John Rosengren explores American culture and racial prejudices in his book, The Fight of Their Lives.

2:00 – 3:00 PM

The Splendid Table… This week on the Splendid Table we talk to David Gelb, creator of the Netflix series, Chef’s Table.  We get indoor gardening advice from Elizabeth Millard, author of Indoor Kitchen Gardening, and we revisit a piece on Nikolai Vavilov, a Russian botanist who collected more seeds than any other person in history.  His goal was to end world hunger, and ironically, he starved to death in a Soviet Gulag.

6:30 – 7:30 PM

Song Travels… Jake Shimabukuro has carried the sound of the ukulele from the shores of Hawaii to the world’s concert stages. In his hands the humble “little guitar” sings everything from J.S. Bach to the Beatles. This week, Shimabukuro performs “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and joins host Feinstein for a duet of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.

Tuesday 4/28

1:00 – 2:00 PM

TED Radio Hour… Even the most seemingly chaotic systems are organized. This episode, TED speakers explore the inner architecture of living systems, from ant colonies to corporations to social movements.

2:00 – 3:00 PM

A Conversation With The Reluctant Therapist…We tend to associate the process of grieving with death and the loss of a cherished other. But this is only one of many ways in which we experience grief. Tune is Tuesday for a conversation with Dr. Annamaria Fidel-Rice author of The Alchemy of Grief about the many ways in which we grieve throughout our lives.

8:00 – 10:00 PM

Pickin' Up the Tempo...Veteran picker and singer Stuart Mason will drop by the studio to play a few tunes and talk about his new release, "Tradition," which draws deeply from his West Virginia heritage and features deft instrumental work and evocative vocals. 

Wednesday 4/29

1:00 – 2:00 PM

Issues & Ideas…

·         We’ll hear from members of CASA about their organization’s local efforts to help children in the community. Jordan Bell speaks with members about CASA’s history and upcoming events.

·         We'll speak with a Central Coast entrepreneur who has created several brands over the decades you're likely familiar with and is now out with a new book, chronicling his life on the Central Coast and the experiences of his baby-boom generation.

·         Winemakers from around the Paso Robles AVA will be celebrating and showcasing their Cabernet Sauvignon & Red Bordeaux Varietals at the Cabs of Distinction in May. Join travel correspondent Tom Wilmer and local winemakers

2:00 – 3:00 PM

On Being Margaret Wertheim became a science writer in order to translate the thrill of scientific questioning across human history and culture and its relevance for all of us. Her Institute for Figuring in Los Angeles reveals beautiful, visceral connections — connections you can play with — between high mathematics, crochet and other folk arts, and our love of the planet.

6:30 – 8:00 PM

KCBX in Concert… host Craig Russell interviews Dr. Tom Davies about the upcoming performance on May 16 of Verdi's Requiem, one of the most exciting choral works ever written, which will feature the Cuesta Master Chorale, Cal Poly Choirs, members of the San Luis Obispo Symphony, and nationally acclaimed soloists.   

Thursday 4/30

1:00 – 2:00 PM

Central Coast VoicesJoin host Kris Kington-Barker and guests for a discussion about tackling life-limiting illness, moving the mindset from passive to proactive.

2:00 – 3:00 PM

This American Life… We tend to give credit to those who stand by their beliefs. But sometimes it requires even more courage to change them. This week, stories of people reconsidering how they really feel about their enemies, their homes, and themselves. We also talk to a girl named Zalena who finds herself in a pretty unexpected place.

Friday 5/1

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… is a weekly, 29-minute international public-affairs program 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

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 pioneers of early jazz drums utilized a variety of tools to express their inventiveness. Cow bells, wood blocks, and suit cases were only part of their repertoire.