Weekly Program Highlights

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Friday, 7/31

6:30 – 7:30 PM

the Club McKenzie… Male vocalists of the 1920s dominated the jazz scene. You’ll hear Fats Waller, Bing Crosby, Cliff Edwards, and more, demonstrate the art of vocal syncopation.

Saturday 8/1

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… Trying to beat the summer heat with a cool spring repeat at The Town Hall in New York City. Sarah Jarosz sings “Come Around,” Tom Rush plays “Drivin’ Wheel,” Shai Wosner performs Schubert’s “Impromptu Op. 90 No. 2,” and Sutton Foster and Colin Donnell stop by for “You’re the Top” from Anything Goes.

Sunday 8/2

6:00 – 8:00 AM

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, musician Buddy Guy, travel writer Rick Steves and travel writer Keith Bellows.

10:00 – 11:00 AM

Radiolab More often than not, a fight is just a fight... Someone wins, someone loses. But this hour, they have a series of face-offs that shine a light on the human condition, the benefit of coming at something from a different side, and the price of being right.

11:00 – NOON

This American Life… Charter schools, turnaround schools and small schools are all experiments that are supposed to improve schools for mostly poor, minority kids. But there is one thing that nobody tries anymore, despite a lot of evidence that it works- Desegregation. This week, we look at one school district in Missouri that accidentally launched a desegregation program just a few years ago. It's the first of a two part series.

NOON – 1:00 PM

Sunday Baroque… Twins are thought to have a special bond or mystical connection – they have inspired art and literature, and identical twins are sometimes called “nature’s perfect experiment” in the study of the effects of nature vs. nurture. This week Sunday Baroque features some identical twin musicians who have made a career performing together.

6:00 – 7:00 PM

Selected Shorts…Guest host Robert Sean Leonard presents three stories about compulsive behavior. “Awake,” by Jenny Allen, performed by Jane Kaczmarek “The TV,” by Ben Loory, performed by Liev Schreiber “The Tax Man,” by Bruce Jay Friedman, performed by Sigourney Weaver.

Monday 8/3

1:00 – 1:30 PM

Bioneers… Nontoxic hair color from the recipes of beetles, and a potential Alzheimer’s cure derived from applying nature’s operating instructions. The world-renowned “co-father of green chemistry,” John Warner, says: “We’re learning to do everything we want to do without poisoning people or planet.” He’s showing how we can follow nature’s lead to create good chemistry with nature and our own health. The results are jaw-dropping.

1:30 – 2:00 PM

IdeaSphere In his recent non-fiction, Allan G. Johnson explores the national silence around unresolved questions of accountability and race. The dilemma is– how do we take responsibility for a past we did not create? 

2:00 – 3:00 PM

The Splendid Table… This week on the Splendid Table, we talk to Darra Goldstein, Editor-in-Chief of The Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets, we meet Douglas Quint, one of the founders of NYC’s cult-fave the "Big Gay Ice Cream Truck" and we learn the simple art of Italian dumplings with chef Jenn Louis author of Pasta By Hand.

6:30 – 7:30 PM

Song Travels… Actor, singer, and comedian David Hyde Pierce is best known for his Emmy Award-winning role as Niles Crane on the television series Frasier. A Tony Award-winning stage actor, Pierce joins Feinstein to talk about everything from Beethoven to Monty Python. He performs a few of his favorite songs, including a duet of “You’re the Top” with Feinstein at the piano.

Tuesday 8/4

1:00 – 2:00 PM

TED Radio Hour…Cancer is merciless. It can strike any time, spread without warning, and return unannounced. In this hour, TED speakers reframe not only how we treat cancer, but how we live with it and survive it.

2:00 – 3:00 PM

A Conversation With The Reluctant Therapist…In light of the hacking into the infidelity website, Ashley Madison, what is the allure of an affair or dangerous tryst that would cause someone to put their life, family and reputation on the line to pursue? Tune in Tuesday for a conversation about the role of extramarital affairs in ending, but also quite often, strengthening, a marriage. Your calls with comments and questions will be welcomed and encouraged.

Wednesday 8/5

1:00 – 2:00 PM

Issues & Ideas…

·         Tom Wilmer visits The Circle V Ranch Camp. It was founded in 1945 by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Council of Los Angeles and it’s celebrating its 70th Anniversary. Since 1990, the camp has been tucked in a dreamy canyon just a mile up a winding gravel road just off Highway 145, close to the Lake Cachuma Park entrance in Santa Barbara County.

·         Ears on Art visits Michael J. Strand is an Associate Professor and Head of Visual Arts at North Dakota State University. His medium is clay, but his artistic practice investigates the potential of craft as a catalyst for social change. Objects have been used throughout human history as part of social movements and as a means of working to humanize an increasingly inhumane world. 

2:00 – 3:00 PM

On Being Rachel Yehuda is a neuroscientist and epigeneticist– a pioneer in understanding how experiences can imprint us at a cellular level. Her work demonstrates that trauma can transmit a biological vulnerability to stress in future generations

6:30 – 8:00 PM

KCBX in Concert…Dr. Craig Russell continues exploring the legacy of the chord progression known as the Chaconne, paying particular attention to modern composers, such as Britten, Harbison, Gould, and Berg.  The program culminates with a spectacular performance of John Corigliano’s The Red Violin Concerto, as performed at the Festival Mozaic in 2011 with soloist Caroline Campbell.

Thursday 8/6

1:00 – 2:00 PM

Central Coast Voices Join host Kris Kington-Barker and guests with SLOCOG, with The Santa Barbara County Association of Governments as they discuss transit needs on the Central Coast and the importance of adequate funding to rebuild and maintain California’s transportation infrastructure in order to sustain our economy and safety.

2:00 – 3:00 PM

This American Life… Charter schools, turnaround schools and small schools are all experiments that are supposed to improve schools for mostly poor, minority kids. But there is one thing that nobody tries anymore, despite a lot of evidence that it works. Desegregation. This week, we look at one school district in Missouri that accidentally launched a desegregation program just a few years ago. It's the first of a two part series.

Friday 8/7

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…Since the 2013 Supreme Court ruling on the Voting Rights Act, many states have pushed changes to voter laws that raise disturbing connections to the past. On this week's show, we’ll hear about hard fought battles for voting rights and the implications of new laws.

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…More than a decade after the “Roaring Twenties,” A number of musicians from the era regrouped to create “The Revivalists.”